AUTHOR’S PICK: MY FAVORITE POSTS OF 2015 *

(*) At least those I can remember!

Statistics don’t tell the whole story. I’ve been looking through the stats on my various posts to see what they tell me about the “best” posts of 2015. Statistics reveal which posts got the most hits … but that’s all. It doesn’t take into account how the author felt about it.

Because I publish about 1000 posts per blogging year — including re-blogs, photographs, and four authors — it is difficult to remember what I posted this year. I have to rely on statistics to give me a list of the popular posts for 2015. I’m leaving out any post I already mentioned in the “all time top ten.”

These are my favorites of those that made the top hundred most popular — using views as the sorting tool … and then my opinion as the final criteria. Click on a title to open the original post.

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WHAT EMPOWERS YOU? From July 2014, this post apparently resonated with a lot of people and is still accumulating hits. It’s one of those posts that fell out of my fingers into the keyboard. On rereading it, it’s not bad. Perhaps I haven’t given it its due.

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MARILYN’S FAVORITE YEAR – 1969 Originally published in September 2014, it is still getting hits. Some posts apparently are “evergreen.” Not popular when first published, but has gathered momentum during the weeks and months that have followed. I’m glad, because it is one of my personal favorites.

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NON-WHITE AMERICA IN NORMAN ROCKWELL’S PAINTINGS – HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT,  JANE ALLEN PETRICK – This is a review of a lovely book that got almost no attention the first two times I published it. Yet this third time, it garnered hundred of views and several reblogs. I hope it convinced a few people to buy the book.

I’m not shy about republishing pieces that I feel were overlooked or under-appreciated.

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HE SAID YES was published in January 2015. It’s a piece of the very long story of Garry and my courtship. Edited for a G-rated audience and to keep the main characters out of jail. The truer story is longer … a book, not a post. Maybe I’ll write it. I’ll think about it. I’m not sure just how much personal information I’m feeling public about.

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BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS DON’T LIVE HERE! So after Garry got bitten by one or two brown recluse spiders — who don’t live here even though everyone except the experts agree that they most certainly do live here — this is a piece of the story of the great spider bite debacle of 2015.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! – GARRY ARMSTRONG Garry’s affectionate memories of his mom, on her birthday this past July, 2015.

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PASS THE ALUMINUM FOIL (DIRECTIONS INCLUDED) A humorous anecdote of one of the more amusing wackos I’ve met over the years. A little astrology and directions to make your very own aluminum foil hat.

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DON’T COVET YOUR NEIGHBOR’S ASS I couldn’t remember the ten commandments. Doesn’t everyone know them? But Garry couldn’t remember them either, though we more or less pieced them together — two minds being slightly better than one. But then, what was the correct order? I’m still not sure.

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GENERATION GAP – GROWING UP BOOMER Communication between generations. Maybe not the impossible dream? Is there hope?

16 thoughts on “AUTHOR’S PICK: MY FAVORITE POSTS OF 2015 *”

  1. Happy new year Marilyn and have a great holiday. I also blog at least 700 pieces per year. the funny thing is the ones I think are good do not get as many views as the ones I find are not so good, so I will never understand the wisdom of the blog world, but the main thing is we have fun. We met somewhere on the way so let’s continue blogging until Windows 20 arrives, then I will have to do a rethink.

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    1. Mrs Swiss, Marilyn says the same thing about the responses to her “great” blogs versus her “good” blogs. I guess as long as people follow you and comment, all is fine in your blogging world.
      Happy New Year to you, and Mr. Swiss!

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  2. These reports are puzzling. They compare you to visits to the Louvre/ Syndney Opera/ ( I think one was a Gondola) and how many times you filled up the place. I’m still pondering the meaning behind it all.
    Leslie

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  3. We can get so hung up with all the statistics and how many likes and comments each post gets that we lose our passion for blogging. I have just enjoyed reading your blog with your contributers. May it continue in 2016 – I am already in the New Year.

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    1. I wish I could actually remember what I wrote. I’m pretty sure I liked at least some of it. Oh well. I mostly find the statistics kind of amusing. And when I don’t have anything to say … like right now … it’s something to talk about.

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