14 from ’14

It’s an end-of-year linky! Sadhbh started it, I’m just jumping on the bandwagon. But it seems like the right time for a little look back. 2014 was the year I moved to WordPress and got my very own .com URL for the blog. I still haven’t fixed my linkbacks, but other than that, I’m pretty happy about making the move.

I feel like my blogging took a back seat a little during the year, and I didn’t really gain many new readers; but it was a springboard to other things that I really enjoyed, like the wonderful experience I had working on and writing for Parent.ie (currently on hiatus), which I wouldn’t have missed for anything.

1. Most popular post

Apparently the most popular post of the year was Banana Butterscotch Muffins with a Healthier Twist. This is not because it’s a scandalous exposé of my private life, but probably because I pinned it and it’s the sort of thing that comes up in google searches, so it’s guaranteed a few hits every day.

However the most popular post on a single day was Little Americans, because I used it to audition for Listen To Your Mother and it was linked to from their website. (Or somebody’s website connected with it. I can’t actually figure out exactly where it was now.)

Machine-pitch baseball

2. Favourite post
This is really really hard. These posts are my babies, you know. I can’t just pick one. The best I can do for you is to give you a quick run down of the year in posts.

In January, I wrote about how Avocados remind me of my late mother-in-law.
In February I felt like parenting had given me a particularly thin skin.
In March I got all hilarious and gave you My day in Upworthy headlines.
In April I wrote three paragraphs in search of a theme.
In May I walked out of the mall and thought that it Feels like America. Which should have been obvious, but there you go.
In June I joined Helen’s linky to talk about what I miss when it comes to babies.
In July it was Summer.
But in August we went to Italy where I took quite a lot of photos.
In September, I had thoughts about Mabel starting kindergarten.
In October I looked forward to speaking in the vernacular again: Sure you’re grand.
In November I got to grips with some freelance editing, which was its own brand of tantalizing tedium.
And in December, another linky gave me the opportunity to wax lyrical about Christmas past.

Mabel in classroom

3. Favourite photo
All my favourite photos go on the blog. But I am particularly fond of this one.

Mabel standing in a window

4. Best adventure
Well, we went to Italy. That was pretty good. I also had an adventure of my own when I flew solo to Dublin in November.


5. Favourite craft
This was the year of the knitting, although we did have a brief snow-induced flirtation with elastic band bracelets and melty beads too, and we discovered that real watercolour paper makes all the difference. But knitting was definitely the winner.

long scarf, half knit

6. Favourite food I blogged about
This year I found a new food – beetroot (or just beets, if you’re American). It was a revelation, even if nobody else in the family agreed.

whole roasted peeled beets

Mmm, appetizing

7. Most common theme
I think it was actually “What’s going on with Dash?” between his eating stuff and his reading stuff. There was also some boring “What’s going on with my back?” and of course the usual “I’m Irish on the inside” and lots of Mabel, because where would we be without lots of Mabel?

Boy reading

8. Favourite comment
I don’t have a favourite comment, but I can tell you that Emily and Joanna were my most frequent commenters this year. I love comments, but I love engaging on Facebook and Twitter too, so don’t be afraid to tell me what you think in whatever medium you like best.

9. Favourite celebration
I think it has to be Halloween, even though we obviously had two birthdays and Christmas and Easter as well. Halloween was busy in the best way, and it’s one of the most fun times to live in this neck of the woods.

Many jack-o-lanterns

10. My best move
Easy  – it was getting involved with Parent.ie. I learned a ton about writing and SEO and professionalism and working with people you never meet, and I made some of the best friends I have, and I had a connection with home that is hard to replicate.

11. Best blog moment
I was very happy to get to the finals of the Blog Awards Ireland this year, having been at shortlist stage last year. I monitored the awards ceremony on Twitter and Facebook and apparently it was just like having me at the table because the Twitter feed was coming in on a big screen the whole time. If I’d only known, I’d have worn some mascara too.

Blog Awards Ireland 2014 Finalist badge

12. Favourite thing I wrote somewhere else
I wrote a lot on Parent.ie. I really did. Sometimes it was exhausting thinking of new stuff, and I have to admit that sometimes they were just taking up space more than words I’m really proud of, but I did really like this one, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people: Terrible Truths Nobody Tells You. (These posts are all currently hosted at the Irish Parenting Bloggers‘ site.)

You are beautiful in big yellow letters in a field

photo credit: clarkmaxwell via photopin cc

13. My favourite title
I think I’ll choose Angels in the architecture/Spinning in infinity because I didn’t even write it and it has been one of my favourite lines for a very long time.

14.  What my blog did for me in 2014
Don’t laugh, okay, but I think what happened this year was that I started to think of myself as a creative person for the first time ever. I’d always put the word “creative” in a box with the word “artistic”, and neither of those things applied to me. But between one thing and another, my definitions are breaking down and softening up and it’s just possible that I’m allowed to be creative after all.

Framed photo of ice on blossom

External validation is good too. Remember I won a blue ribbon?


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12 thoughts on “14 from ’14

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  2. Muuka

    That was lovely! I really enjoyed reading that and had nearly forgotten about your Photos from Italy…still jealous. It looks wonderful. I always put myself in the creative box yet struggled to know what exactly I meant apart from the fact there was a tiny little creative me thumping trying to get out. 🙂 My blog has also let me see that I’ve been out there all along!

    May 2015 bring you more creativity and artistic inspiration

  3. Naomi Lavelle

    Lovely round up, the knitting id quite impressive! I LOVE your favourite photo and the one from Italy! You must be the last person on earth to put creative alongside yourself as, to the rest of us, it jumps out of every post you write. Looking forward to reading more in 2015. Happy New Year!

  4. Sadhbh @ Where Wishes Come From

    Thanks so much for linking up! I’m amazed that you think your blog took a back seat this year, because I’m constantly in awe at how prolific you are. AND you did incredible work on parent.ie too! You’re very good at this blogging business and I’m thrilled you’ve accepted that you are absolutely, without doubt, creative.

    Happy 2015 x

  5. Lisa | Mama.ie

    Parent.ie would have been lost without you and your prolific writing! Not to mention your behind the scenes editing. I’m so glad I got the chance to work with you in 2014 – definitely one of my favourite things about the year.

  6. Joanna

    How is it possible for someone to write so much so well and not think that that’s creative?! I’m glad you’ve finally realised ;). Anyway, in terms of painting you are definitely capable of following in your dad’s footsteps. Lovely roundup, Happy New Year!

    1. Maud Post author

      I just never considered writing to be creative. Or at least, non-fiction writing.

      Happy new year to you too! Thanks for reading!

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