Its the end of the year and that means its time for those ever popular wrap up posts us bloggers love to do this time of year. Since I've already done my 10 things that happened in 2014 post I thought it was fitting to revisit the top 10 posts of 2014, as chosen by you guys. There were actually quite a few 2013 posts that came in within the top 10 posts for this year. Nice to know that you're still interested in my old stuff and its not just gathering dust in my archives.
Without a doubt the most popular post of the year was my mega giveaway to celebrate my blog's 2nd anniversary in February. I had a bunch of awesome businesses join in to offer readers a range of prizes for babies, kids and mums. It was a huge success and the good news is I'll be running another one next year to celebrate my 3rd anniversary.
Coming in at a close second was the introductory post for my 52 Weeks of Memories photo challenge. I created the challenge basically to remind myself to capture memories of my daughter growing up. I also suck at sticking to the photo a day challenges so thought I'd make up a 52 week one that was just one photo a week to try and force myself to stick to a photo challenge for a whole year. Also being that it was my challenge I figured I kind of had to stick to it! And I did! Well technically the last photo isn't until this Wednesday, but I'm so excited that I managed to stick it out (not only because it would've been embarrassing if I didn't stick to my own challenge). The challenge also proved to be quite popular on Instagram and Facebook. I'm currently putting together the list for 2015 which will be revealed in the first week of January.
This post I wrote back in 2013 but it continues to be one of my most popular posts of all time. It explores all the different meanings of family and the fact that family doesn't always have to mean blood relatives. I still love this post and I'm glad others do too.
This happens to be another post that I wrote back in 2013. Its a letter to my dad who, for those who don't already know, passed away when I was ten. After dad died my brother and I kind of made it a habit to write letters to him. We've always thought if we wrote down what we wanted to tell him then even though he wasn't here any more, somehow the message would get to him. I hadn't written a letter to him in ages and I was feeling very emotional being pregnant so I wrote a letter to him on his anniversary.
This year I was lucky enough to visit the Pregnancy, Babies and Children's Expo as a guest of Dorel. I got to attend a bloggers breakfast before the event and then we got to learn more about all their new products before the expo opened to the public. As a result of attending the event I was able to review the Safety 1st Wanderer which was only released this year. Its a fantastic pram and Dorel were generous enough to give one away to a lucky reader too, so naturally this post got a lot of traffic!
This post was inspired by one of Kirsty's prompts for I Must Confess - the biggest chance you've taken. I'd been considering writing the post for ages beforehand but hadn't built up the courage to go there yet. I knew I should delve deeper into my story in the hope it may help others and the response I got was nothing short of amazing. I feared I would be judged, but instead I was contacted by so many women who had been in a similar situation. It makes me so happy to know that in some small way all the "bad" things I experienced during my marriage have now lead to something good by inspiring others.
52 Weeks of Memories series - smile. And I can't blame you guys, who could resist this cheeky smile?! Gets me every time!
So there you go, that's your top 10 for 2014. Here's to an even bigger and better 2015. Thanks for reading!