Friday, December 29, 2017

My Favorite Posts of 2017 + Reader's Favorite Posts of 2017 + Survey

This week of the year is always a bit of a weird one. It has been super rainy here and that combined with the fact that my Christmas break is almost over has me a bit bummed. I think part of the reason for that is in part due to knowing that I won't be able to take as much time to work on my blog and the behind the scenes aspects that I really enjoy once I head back to Greenville and teaching and grad school pick back up. While I know many people would dread working on the back end stuff of blogging over their vacation it reminds me just how much I love having Prep In Your Step as a creative outlet.

The other day I sat with google analytics open and read through every single post I wrote this past year. Talk about nostalgia. Can I go back to being a college student, please? As I was doing this I decided to make note of my favorite posts from this past year. If you know me at all you know that decisions are not my strength. In that typical fashion, most months include a couple of favorite posts. Initially I thought about choosing from those my VERY favorite post of 2017, but that's just not going to happen. I am content with my indecision for now if that means that I don't have to choose which post wins that title. Before I share all of these with y'all I have to admit that I'm a bit shocked and also very proud. With the spring semester of my senior year being one of the craziest with student teaching, spending all summer in grad school every day from 9:00-4:00, and starting a teaching job while attending masters classes I am shocked at how many posts I was able to publish this year. If anything took the back burner I knew it would have to be Prep In Your Step and part of me is so proud that I never had to take an extended break. I am proud of myself for attempting to balance my interest with an understanding of what is "worth it" to invest my time in. I can only hope that I am as proud of myself for the number of posts on Prep In Your Step when I do a recap next year as I am this year. Maybe this year I'll get better at juggling a social life with all the other things on my to-do list as well. And while I've got your attention at that sentiment, I want to take a minute to thank y'all for reading. I'd like to think I'd still be blogging if no one read (pretty much how it was at the very beginning of Prep In Your Step 7 years ago), but it is so much more fun to be able to engage with y'all. I hope these posts help, inspire, and entertain you as much as writing them has done those things for me.

So, without further rambling, here are my favorite blog posts from 2017.

My Favorites:

January:


February:


March:


April:


May:


June:


July:


August:


September:


October:


November:


December:

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

The posts below are based solely on numbers. While bloggers will sit around and say numbers don't matter, they are definitely worth looking at in terms of growth. It was fascinating to see which posts from this past year received the most reads and many of them were a bit unexpected. If you happen to need a way to entertain yourself for the weekend I've certainly offered plenty of reading material through links in this post alone to keep you occupied.

Reader Favorites:
January: Favorite Products of 2016
February: Step Into My Week + Really Exciting News
March: Spring Break Shopping
 April: My Workout Routine
May: After Graduation Plans
June: Gearing Up For Grad School With PB Teen
July: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
August: Step Into My Week
September: Sunday Routine
October: Fourth Grade Classroom Tour
November: Best Gifts I've Received
December: Gift Guides For Everyone On Your List

As if this post isn't nearing on a novel already, I would love for you to weigh in with your own favorite posts I've written this year. Last year was the first year I made a reader survey and it was SO helpful when it came to planning content for the year. I would really appreciate you taking the time to weigh in with your own thoughts. I do have to remind you though that ultimately, Prep In Your Step is how I escape from reality and express my creativity which means that I need to remember to make sure that each post is of interest to me before hitting publish. If I had all the time in the world to devote to this endeavor you'd see more varied content that may hit all of your requests, perfect grammar, and new features but when push comes to shove I have to prioritize and please myself first. Please remember that this is not my job but instead my hobby. Hopefully, even with that reality, you find that what I like to write is of interest for you to read and stick around! I am open to your ideas and am so excited to read through your valuable feedback. It's always so interesting to see the reasons each of you click back to my blog, and I am always so surprised that a feature that one person may not love is the reason another person continues to come back.

take the survey here

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey! I hope that you'll come back tomorrow to see my favorite outfit posts of 2017. 

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