When I began blogging, one year looked like a long time away. I excitedly marked my one month anniversary and, recently, my 200th post. I had intended to note my one year anniversary and some of the traffic milestones, but those all slipped past while other things were going on. So, in spite of missing my one year anniversary (July 19th), I am celebrating anyways, with my favorite posts.
1. Recipe. In spite of all my time hacking at the keyboard over politics, one of my most viewed posts is the Daifuku recipe. A friend described them as “a cross between a marshmallow and a gummy bear,” which is the best I could do to give you an idea about these things. They’re good, especially the green tea variation, and surprisingly easy to make. (I apologize for the pixilation of the photos; this was before I figured out that I had to use Paint to get the photos to resize properly.)
2. Pro-life. On a more somber note, one of my frequent topics is pro-life issues. Often, it’s just something in the national news or the local paper that caught my eye. When I wrote “Why I Can’t Not Be Pro-life“, though, that was something that had been percolating for a while. I wrote about pro-life issues in the presidential campaign, especially about avowed Catholics who are pro-abortion and about Gov. Palin’s public and private stands for life. The election results were highly discouraging: “The Election is Over, and the Children Lost.” And then, in reply to comments I got while organizing the pro-life protest and to several posts on the blog, “Protest is a Form of Education.”
3. Humor (and kids). One of my favorite (and least serious) posts was “The Poopy Baby Game.” Ironically, the kids quit playing this game within a few weeks of me writing the post. I’m particularly grateful that I wrote this down so that I didn’t forget it in the continuous stream of cute/funny/I’m-going-to-tell-your-date-this-when-you’re-sixteen stuff they do on a daily basis. I thought the Blogger’s Prayer was pretty funny, too.
4. Olympics. Fortunatly for my blog stats, I started blogging right before the Beijing Olympics. Since I wrote on the Olympics frequently during the Games, I was getting a ton of traffic; apparently, a whole lot more people will read short pieces on the Olympics than will read long pieces on politics. My post on Eric Liddell, “A 1924 Olympian, Still Remembered” is a basic retelling of the inspiring story of the missionaries’ son who won gold at the Olympics, then walked away from fame to return to China as a missionary and died there under Japanese occupation.
Being pro-life, a veteran, mom to an adopted daughter from China, and reasonably attentive to current events, however, I had serious reservations about China holding the Olympics at all and the glowing coverage they received. I revisited the subject before, during, and at the end, but “An Olympic Sized I Told You So” sums up a lot of my issues with the whitewashing of China’s human rights record by the Olympic coverage.
5. Chinese adoption. While on the subject of China, I also wrote about a disturbing photo of an abandonned Chinese baby in “Sometimes Tears Are the Only Answer.” All of my kids are adopted, the youngest from China. This one is not particularly light reading, and it’s very personal for me. (There’s a link in the comments to another post about China’s population problems and the One Child Policy.)
6. Homeschooling. The amount of writing I do on homeschooling is directly related to how well it’s been going lately. (Please underline all prepositions and circle all verbs.) I really enjoyed writing about the homeschooler conference, which I’ll cheat and sum up with the 7 Quick Takes Friday post that linked to all of the other discussions of the speakers that I wrote. Strangely enough, “New Homeschooler Statistics“, about the DOE report on the state of schooling in the U.S. was wildly popular, in spite of being a rather dry discussion of statistics and interpretation. (Its popularity was driven by its being recommended on Jennifer’s Favorite Links, Making Home, and Humble Musings, for which I am grateful.)
7. Where America is Going. “How Much Do We Want Freedom?” I’ve been wondering that a lot, lately. More and more, it seems like Americans just want to be taken care of like children, even if that means being treated like children. Maybe because we forgot what the goal was supposed to be, too distracted by what everyone else has and is doing: “Rockefeller Wisdom and Somewhere to Be Going.”
If I haven’t given you enough to read (nothing original this week, I know; it’s summer, give me a break!), please don’t forget to visit Jen at Conversion Diary for this week’s 7 Quick Takes Friday list of participating bloggers.