We’re a week into 2018, so perhaps it’s a little late for 2017 recap and roundup posts, but I’m going to share those throughout January, mixed in with current posts. So, today, I’m sharing the top ten most popular posts of 2017 (according to page views on Google Analytics.) I enjoyed digging into the numbers to see what generated the most interest and a few were surprising!
In traditional countdown fashion, we’ll start with number 10…
Jeff thought I would hate this room, but I could see how amazing it was going to look with paint.
I think it’s safe to say I was right.
#9 | Settling in
I wrote this post when we just moved into our house. I remember feeling overwhelmed, not just with moving our stuff in and unpacking, but with sharing it on the blog. While the house was beautiful, it wasn’t cosmetically “me” and I felt that disjointedness as I was arranging our stuff and taking pictures for the blog.
#8 | Spraying Paint Again
I had a feeling that I would be painting cabinetry in any new house we moved into, so I held onto my sprayer for just that purpose. When I last used my sprayer, I had a spray tent set up in my basement. So, in this post, I shared some tips on my new set-up (in a spray shelter on the driveway) and painting cabinets.
This was a three part series and, actually, all three of the parts of this story made it into the top ten posts for this year! If you haven’t read it, you really should. It’s not just a story about packing and moving a family and business from PA to MN. It’s a story of faith, provision, and providential timing that’s pretty amazing.
This is the only furniture post that came in the top 10, but I think that’s because it was right on the heels of my move and because I was working on a very typical table. It was bought used off of craigslist, but was originally purchased at a discount furniture store. It’s not an antique or anything special, but it’s a good, solid kitchen table that just needed a little customization. How many people have those?
If you want to see how the table turned out, you can check out this post – White-washing a table
Just as it sounds, I took you on a tour of the living room in our new house. If you want to see how this room is coming along, you can check it out HERE.
As I said, all parts of this series made the top 10! So, the second part of the story came in at #4.
And another tour of the new house! This has reminded me that I haven’t even finished giving a tour of the house! And I really have no excuse. I’m going to break out the camera and photograph the rest of the house, so you can see it. I have shared the dining room, master bedroom, studio, my office and sewing/guest room, and foyer. I still need to share the basement family room, play room, and guest room, as well as the boy’s rooms. We haven’t done anything in these rooms, but plop the furniture in and, in the case of the boy’s room, hang a few pictures.
This post was a surprise to me, especially since I wrote it in 2015. It made the list, because it’s popular on Pinterest. In the post, I’ve embedded a video tutorial showing how to make new cushions for a chair/sofa.
This is part one of our moving story and it was my most popular post from all of the posts I wrote in 2017. I suppose I need to make a dramatic move and buy and give tours of a new house each year to get good blog content! Just kidding. I know moves are exciting to follow. After just going through a move less than 6 months ago, I hope I don’t move for a very long time! This top ten list showed me, though, that it’s not always about the tutorials, makeovers, and beauty shots. I need to remember that when I’m doing something mundane and I have the thought that I should get out my camera and share it, but then I talk myself out of it, because it’s too mundane!
Case in point… the post that was just outside of the top 10 at #11 was…
Number eleven!! Out of hundreds of posts!
It’s a riot that a post about cleaning toilets in a new house came in so high!
But I shouldn’t really be surprised. Sometimes it’s the simple, everyday things that are the most compelling.
And, I’d like to say thank you to my top 10 referrers of 2017…
Here’s to more top posts in 2018!