7 meme

Because I have become such a lazy blogger (ie one who posts so infrequently it's amazing I still have readers), I usually don't partake in any 'tagged' posts or any giveaways. But when Leah tagged me in her 7 meme post, I was intrigued and thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane, remembering times when I actually did post a lot. I guess it will be 4 years of blogging this November----so 606 posts later and I should really be able to complete this tagged post with no problem, right?

What this is about:
To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

1) Blogger is nominated to take part
2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
- Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of

3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
5) And so it goes on!
6) The site Trip Base is sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on their blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

My most beautiful post:
Probably this one---I wrote it to Truman on the last day of my maternity leave. It still sort of makes me want to cry just thinking about how emotional my return to work was for me. Being on the other side of the whole transition, knowing that we are both thriving with our current work/home balance, I am much more at peace now. But it was still a very special post to me.

My most popular post:
I got the most number of comments on this post, when Nate posted Truman's birth announcement for me --116 comments from happy readers who followed my dramatic labor and delivery and wanted to hear the outcome!

But a close second was the exact opposite of that happy post---the one where I announced our pregnancy loss got 112 comments. I really love that I have been 'virtually' supported through the ups and the downs of my life on this blog.

My most controversial post:
Honestly, I am not the most controversial blogger. I tend to stay pretty neutral on the 'hot topics' and choose my words very carefully if I DO think what I'm saying will ruffle feathers. I guess I'm just a big pansy that way:) I think that when I posted about The Best Birth topic, I was most concerned that it could be too controversial for some and I might get some opposite opinions posted in the comments. Lucky for me, my readers tend to be pretty nice to me even if they disagree with my statements (now, watch---this will jinx it and I'll get hate emails)

My most helpful post:
Hmmm, probably my posts about pumping as a working mom, found here in part 1 and part 2. I think I probably get the most 'thank you for posting this information' emails from readers about this topic so it must help someone out there.

Or maybe the ones I've written about cloth diapering, and how it works for our family. Those tend to be linked to quite often, too.

Wait, can I choose a third? Apparently I consider myself a very helpful blogger:) This post about my DIY upholstered headboard gets a huge amount of hits according to Google Analytics, which is sort of funny because it's so old that the images are all blurry now.

A post whose success surprised me:
Maybe the post about Truman being a garden gnome for Halloween? I didn't really think everyone would like it as much as I did, but apparently it was a big hit.

The post you feel didn't get the attention it deserved:
I never really thought about it before, but I guess any post that gets less than 10 comments seems like it wasn't really popular to me. So maybe Truman's 12 month post, since it only got 5 comments. But then again, I had just done two maybe three whole posts on his birthday party itself and then another 'one year' post to Truman so more than likely my readers had already commented multiple times about the fact Truman turned 12 months old:)12moclose

The post you are most proud of:

Just to be wild and stray from all of my mommy-posts, I'll go out on a limb and say that my post about running a full marathon has to be one of my proudest accomplishments.

Or maybe one of my anniversary posts, like this one for our second anniversary, when I get to remember how much fun we had at our wedding and how lucky I am to be married to Nate. I really like that second anni post, too, because I have the video of our actual vows embedded into it and I love hearing those words all over again.

so here are my five bloggers, although I know some of you might have already been tagged. Again, I'm lazy:)

Jenna at That Wife
E at Oh! Apostrophe
Erin at It's All Happening!
Molly at A Day In Mollywood
Mary at Girl Stand Still


  1. loved reading back through some of your older posts! :)

  2. Truman as a gnome still remains something I can ALWAYS look at and smile :)

    I also love looking back at things that I was super emotional and nervous about and realizing that things went okay. Things like reading the posts when Annie was a newborn where I wondered if I'd ever feel an overwhelming love for her... very interesting to read now!

  3. what a wonderful 'recap' of some geat posts!!!

  4. Ditto Erin--Truman as a garden gnome still cracks me up. I still remember my MOM calling me up (she totally blog stalks) and telling me that I had to check it ASAP :)

  5. Oh my gosh, your wedding photos were beautiful. You looked SO amazing, Julia. Not that you don't now but I'm a sucker for weddings!

    Your pumping post was so helpful for me. As a working mom I had to pump in some seriously awkward places and it made me feel better to know that I wasn't alone in my obsessing about the amount of milk coming out of my boobs :)

    p.s. thanks for nominating me! I was hoping someone would because I love this meme!

  6. Seeing Truman in that costume will never fail to bring a smile to my face! I have consulted your cloth diapering posts many, many times over the course of my pregnancy to get ideas. I have definitely found them incredibly helpful. I have also revisited a lot of your pregnancy posts as I progress. I'm sure I'll continue to consult your blog for guidance after the baby gets here-the pumping posts will probably be very useful for me.

    I don't remember the one you labeled controversial, but I just went to read it and I'm so glad I did. A lot of the things you said resonated with me and I think I will check out the book you recommended. I am turned off by a lot of the rigid birth plans and preachy attitudes about some things related to birth. It sounds like this book might be useful for someone like me.

    Thanks for the tag! I can't think of one controversial post I've done, but I'll come up with something;) I'm sure seeing a pit bull and a baby together might be controversial for some people...

  7. Love your blog! I've been reading it for a while but this morning I finally decided to make a blogspot so I could follow it! Love reading your posts including older ones :)


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