Sunday, January 5, 2014

Top viewed posts in 2013


Hello my friends.

Have you been staying healthy?

I sure hope so because I’m just getting over a terrible cold and cough that seemed to last forever. Somehow I always seem to be sick around New Years …although the optimist in me thinks it’s not actually a bad way to begin the year. I figure it’s got to get better from there, right?

Anyway, today I began to feel like my old, energetic self. and after spending two awful hours trying to fix my email issues with my server, I decided to take a look at the most viewed posts from 2013.  I don’t usually look at my stats because personally I think it sucks all the fun out of blogging. But it was interesting to see what the readers liked.

If you’re curious, here are my top viewed posts by the month:


In January when I was on the verge of a change readers were definitely interested in whether I would paint my fireplace.


February was the first time I shared my kitchen before tweaking it a few more times. And thanks to Hometalk and Pinterest that post along with my White Chalk-painted Fireplace both got 20,000 views which is a lot for this little blogger.


In March, I wrote a post after I heard Oprah interview Nate Berkus and readers liked this topic,

Does your home tell a Story?


But an equal number also clicked on What We Remember in the End.

In April my DIY blue Mason jars got pinned everywhere giving it slightly more views than my post about comparing yourself. with other bloggers.


In May… 10 Simple things… was the most viewed post.

Although THIS POST seemed to resonate with other mothers.


                                           In June readers liked getting some

Rustic and Elegant Garden Party Ideas and seeing what my garden looked like.

In July

readers enjoyed seeing how a pile of old wood became a rustic plank table

which got almost the same


number of views as one of my most sentimental posts ever.


The most viewed post in August was my 7 tips for creating a festive, fun birthday table.

In September


my kitchen update tied with my centerpiece tutorial using a old window box


and in October my chalkboard art on my Fall mantel was the most viewed alongside

Our big news…it’s official.


In November readers were interested in painting projects

and in a love letter to my Body which elicited a lot of thoughtful emails…

PicMonkey Collageholidaytour

while in December …well that’s easy. Everyone seems to enjoy seeing homes decorated for the holidays and so my  Christmas Home tour got the most views at the end of the year.


And that’s it.

2013 is over and our home is still for sale. And there’s still a big move waiting to happen and lots of unknowns about our next home in a new city. Which makes 2014 a rather significant year for me.

Sigh, it’s so nice to have you along for the journey.






Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

It was lovely spending time with you in 2013 Leslie. You inspire me with your décor and beautiful images, but more importantly, you make me think and feel. Wishing you all good things in 2014. Looking forward to sharing the journey!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Leslie, I've enjoyed following your blog this year. You always give us something to think about and the photos you share of your beautiful home are so inspiring. I hope you're able to sell your home quickly and get started on the newest chapter of your life. Happy New Year!

Art and Sand said...

I loved looking back at your blog through 2013 because I remember each post you mentioned here.

I think that says something for you as a blogger that seeing the pictures recalls the words to my mind without clicking to re-read the post. I don't think I could do that with most of the blogs I follow.

I look forward to reading about many adventures in 2014.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

New Year blessings, Leslie. It was nice reviewing how your year went on the blog.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I enjoyed reading all of these wonderful posts, Leslie...and am looking forward to seeing where life takes you in 2014!

michele said...

loved seeing this retrospective--what a fabulous year you have made it for your followers. so glad to have discovered gwen moss in 2013.



Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Leslie, I have enjoyed all your post and loved following you in 2013. Wishing you a blessed New Year!

chillcat said...

I've really enjoyed reading your posts and you've made me see my own home differently (so many possibilities!). You are so creative and so positive. It's always so refreshing to come here. Hope the flu leaves quickly, I imagine you have lots to do to get this year started!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Your posts are so lovely and wonderful! Looking forward to following along this year~!

Gypsy Heart said...

Thanks so much for sharing! You have such a beautiful home and your photos are always beautiful. I'm very grateful to have "met" you and to call you friend.

I just know that 2014 is going to be great! (It has to be.) Good luck with selling your home and move forward with an exciting adventure.

Happy New Year!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Loved looking back at your top picks of 2013 Leslie...
Wishing you all the best in 2014 my friend!

Leslie said...

Wow Leslie! What a year you've had! I've enjoyed meeting you and following your blog:) Looking forward to the year ahead and wishing you and your family all the best for 2014.


Unknown said...

After discovering your blog mid-way through 2013, I see I missed some exciting posts. I'll have to go back and read some of the older ones.
Glad you are feeling better. And you're right, it's all uphill from there. Happy 2014!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing Leslie!! All the best in 2014!

Jeanne Henriques said...

Happy New Year Leslie! I loved reading through your many wonderful projects. I hope your move or anticipation of a move is going well. Thinking of you in Saigon and sending you warm wishes for a creative and inspiring 2014...I have no doubt that it will be! xx

Tamera Beardsley said...

What a beautiful recap! I can't wait to go check these out … as I was a little late to the party … having only found you later in the year!

Hope the home sale is progressing favorably. Let me know if you are coming down to check out your new neighborhood … I am flexible these days and would love meeting up with you!


Unknown said...

I am so happy that I found your blog this year. I always discover some inspiration here. We just returned from a trip to Santa Monica and Newport Beach. I thought of you and your upcoming move. So exciting! Those are my old 'stomping grounds'. Cheers to an amazing year!!
xx, Heather

Sarah said...

Leslie, I enjoyed each one of your posts. Your blog is always filled with thoughtfulness. I remember each one of these you highlighted. I hope all is good in your life. 2014 is going to be an exciting year for you with your move. I look forward to following along.
Happy New Year!

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