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2012 was a busy, exciting, fun and sometimes nerve racking year here at BNOTP. I thought it might be interesting to do a quick review of the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly. If you missed one of these posts and wish to visit it, just click on the title of the post which is a direct link to the post itself.
Most Pinned Post in 2012: Pottery Barn Inspired Garland Tutorial: Make Your Own
The tutorial showing how to make a Pottery Barn inspired Christmas garland was the most “pinned” post during 2012 here at BNOTP.
It has been pinned over 10,000 times since June when the share buttons were added at the end of the post.
Most Rewarding Project in 2012: IKEA Expedit Hack
I really, really wanted an IKEA Expedit unit inside the office closet. Really. Really, really. So I stubbornly purchased one knowing that fully assembled it would be about 1/2 inch smaller in width than the closet itself. Periodically, I still have to go open the door to see if it’s really in there. It’s a miracle Expedit and was willed into place by sheer determination and hard-headedness.
Most Popular DIY Knock-off in 2012: Pottery Barn Clock Plates
One of the most popular DIY projects here at BNOTP was the tutorial showing how to make these Pottery Barn inspired clock plates. I’m still on the look out for the real thing but in the meantime, these will work nicely. They had them again this year in black but my heart is still attached to the original, vintage-looking, cream-colored plates.
Longest DIY Project to Finish in 2012: Pottery Barn Knock-off Shell Chargers
I started creating these Pottery Barn inspired shell chargers in April and finally finished them in July. Each charger has 230+ shells so a lot of movie watching took place during those months. I know you’ll be seeing these some this summer for Tablescape Thursday.
In August 2008 I began blogging for fun. It was an escape and stress reliever from my intense day job as a Social Worker investigating abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly and disabled adults. August, 2010, almost exactly two years later, I gave my notice and began blogging full-time in September 2010. No one was/is more surprised by this turn of events than I was.
I love blogging, but most of all I love sharing the things I find interesting, helpful and inspiring with like-minded souls…that being you!
Biggest Celebratory Occasion in My Life in 2012: A Beautiful Wedding
My son married his sweetie…a happy day!
Most Comments received on a post (not counting Giveaways) in 2012: Sweet Max: A Story of Adoption and Healing
I shared the story of how Mr. Max came to own me. Now I know why y’all really stop by BNOTP.
Most Unexciting but Necessary Home Renovation in 2012: Upgrading the Necessary Room
Yep, I blogged about a toilet. And not just one toilet.
Two toilets. If you want to learn about Kohler toilets, check out that post. I still have one more to replace in the master bath but I’m hoping to get that done with a major bath renovation down the road.
Experience That Most Took Me Out of My Comfort Zone in 2012: Haven Conference
I tend to be a home-body. I think a lot of Bloggers are like that. We are sometimes more comfortable hiding at home behind our computers. I had never been to a blog conference because they can be a bit expensive to attend by the time you pay for the conference, air fare/gas, hotel room, meals, etc… but I couldn’t pass up attending one happening just seven miles from my home.
It was fabulous. I learned a tremendous amount but best of all, I got to meet many of you. I also got to meet some of my favorite Bloggers like Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed) pictured below. If you are interested in attending this year’s Haven Conference in August, don’t wait too long to register. They opened up registration on January 1st with 350 spots and there are only 73 left! And it’s only been 4 days. By the way, the conference isn’t just for Bloggers, anyone can attend. You can buy your tickets at THIS site. I’m guessing at the rate they are going, they will all be gone in a few days. There are going to be some disappointed folks, I’m afraid.
Tablescaping in 2012
An End of Year post wouldn’t be complete without sharing a tablescape post or two. Here are two I really loved creating in 2012:
More Blog Related Events in 2012:
Most Nerve Racking Event in 2012: Moving Between Naps on the Porch from Blogger to WordPress
Well, actually I didn’t move it. I paid a professional to do that since the thought of moving 3 1/2 years of content was terrifying. When the dust settled, 19 posts were missing, including the very first blog post I had ever written. :( Also missing were all the comments on 4 months worth of post. Apparently, this is a pretty common occurrence when moving a blog with a lot of posts. All the missing posts were manually copied over and I continue to copy over comments as time allows.
Your comments are important and worth the work to restore. The feedback you give and the interaction and community we have is worth that effort. So, if you run into a post from time-to-time with no comments, it’s one I haven’t gotten to, yet…but I will. It just may take another year to get it done. When I’m copying them back over, I don’t always copy my replies to your comments, but at least I can restore the comments you so nicely left.
After the blog move I worked into the wee hours of the morning for several weeks to get all the categories across the top of BNOTP set back up. It took a long time to set up the category pages and categorize over 1,000 posts, but it was definitely worth all the work because almost every past post is now easily accessible with just a few clicks.
So the blog move definitely wins the award for most nerve-raking but in the end, it was worth it. Blogging on WordPress is definitely not all rainbows and butterflies, but in the end, I’m glad I made the move.
Most Frustrating Blogging Experience in 2012: Stolen Content: This is How It Looks
The most frustrating blogging experience award definitely goes to finding hundreds and hundreds of BNOTP posts stolen and published in full on 4-5 other blogs. You may remember I made the tough decision to truncate the BNOTP feed after discovering this since the posts were stolen via the RSS feed. After spending many hours filing DMCA and Spam reports to get the stolen content removed, it had to be done to insure this wouldn’t happen again in the future.
Most Linked-To Post in 2012: Stop Scrapers from Stealing Your Blog Content
Related to finding all those evil sites posting BNOTP posts as their own, probably the most linked-to BNOTP post in 2012 was the post sharing how stolen content occurs and what you can do to protect yourself and your blog from the content scrapers. That post had ripple effects throughout the Land of Blog, something I never expected when I published it.
Upgrade Readers Enjoyed the Most in 2012: One of the changes made here at BNOTP was a request to be able to easily navigate from post to post without having to return to the home page each time. That was accomplished by adding links like you see below to the end of each post.
Thanks so much for being here for 2012. I’m looking forward to another fabulous year. I hope to get some major projects done around here this year and I’ll be taking you with me every step of the way. Look out 2013…HERE WE COME!!!