Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Five Year Blogiversary!

As of today, I've been blogging for five whole years.  Can you believe it?   We've gone from this:

To this:

I created the blog right after we found out we were pregnant for the first time.  I figured it would be the easiest way to keep our family from Kansas up-to-date on our pregnancy and the easiest way to share baby photos. I thought the main (possibly only) readers would be Tony's parents and grandparents.

Then, on December 8th, 2008, at eight weeks pregnant, we went in for our first ultrasound.  You know the story.  TWINS!

So, after a whirlwind few days of calling family and friends to share the news that we were having not one, but two babies, I wrote my first blog post, five years ago today -- just a basic announcement about the twins.  The added "fame" of being pregnant with twins (and later, raising twins) brought lots of readers that I wouldn't have expected.  The next year, I finally got a Facebook account, which added even more readers to my little family updates.

I've mostly written about our kids, with some crafting, couponing, and deep thoughts thrown in every once in a while.  I've been a faithful writer, and a not-so-faithful writer.  I even took six months off from blogging at the end of 2012, and I thought it was the end of the blog.  I figured there wasn't much more to say ... and then God blessed us with another pregnancy.  Now, I blog when I have the time and motivation, and don't pressure myself with updating when I don't feel like I have anything to say.  It's a fun little family journal that we share with the world.

And here, for your geeky pleasure, are some stats:

Total posts written: 307

Total pageviews: 41,584 (!)

Belly Shots posted: 27 (at least)

Most popular post of all time: Cute as a Button: Third Birthday Party, with 647 pageviews.  (I think this may be due to Pinterest.  The Old Farm Sign is a very popular one due to Pinterest as well.)

Second most popular post of all time: Twin Beds / Bed Twins, with 313 pageviews. (This is one of my favorites, too -- I like the picture of Hadley and Leila sleeping in the same bed.)

Most popular month of all time: June 2009, of course!  That's when the twins were born!

Times that we've let you vote: 2
The first time was when we got the twins tested to see if they were identical or fraternal. Identical barely won out over fraternal, and you were correct!
The second time was when we let our blog readers decide whether or not we should find out whether Baby #3 was a boy or a girl. It was close, but you let us see our little girl!

One of my random favorites:  The Unexpected Parent

One of Tony's random favorites: Saber "O2-thed" Tigers

Tony and I absolutely love looking back through old posts, remembering things that we would have forgotten if I hadn't written about it.  It's been a happy, event-filled five years, and I'm glad that I took the time to chronicle some of it.  Thank you for your support!