When I published my first UnTangled post on January 6th of this year, I wondered if I would have a second post in me. Seventy-four posts and an eBook later, here we are. I guess I had another post in me!
After the last day of my fourth grade school year, I got home, dropped my backpack, grabbed a snack, and then walked back to the school. I sat on the quiet-deserted playground, and I reminisced about the most poignant moments of the school year. To be honest, I think even composed a cheesy song in my head for a soundtrack.
I guess I’m just sentimental like that.
So, it’s no wonder I’ve always been a sucker for end-of-the-year Top Ten lists. I love the week after Christmas because we get flooded with them. And I just can’t pass up the opportunity to put together an UnTangled 2012 Top Ten list. In fact, I’ve composed two of them.
The first is a list of the top ten most popular posts this year (using number of Facebook shares as the proxy). It contains everything from joyous holiday wishes to a painful plea for the victims of tragedy. But regardless of the topic, I think you will find plenty of hope for redemption in the words. The second is a list of my ten personal favorites that didn’t make the first list. If you missed any posts this year, I hope this is a good resource for you.
Or maybe, if you’re just sentimental like me, come along to the playground and let’s reminisce together.
The Top Ten Most Popular UnTangled Posts of 2012
- Marriage is for Losers
- Marriage is for Liars
- A Plea on Behalf of Newtown, Connecticut (and All of Us)
- A List of Those Responsible for the Sandy Hook Massacre
- “Mommy, Daddy, Lookit!”
- Marriage is for Hopelessly Lonely People
- The Mess Will Set You Free!
- Why Dirty Dishes are the Biggest Threat to Your Marriage
- (What Your Dentist Knows) About the Secret to Life
- We Wish You a Messy Christmas!
2012 Honorable Mentions (According to Kelly)
- Licking Happiness and Forsaking Joy
- One Sentence That Will Change Your Life
- Live Passionately, Not Skillfully
- JoePa and the Death of Story
- Angry Kids, Angry Parents
- The Deep Magic is Everywhere
- Truth and Baseball Cards
- I Wish I Was Clark Kent (And I Wish You Were, Too)
- Dangerous, Rebellious Hope
- A Letter to Masculinity
Two years ago, my wife and I spent New Year’s Eve reminiscing about the places we had celebrated previous New Year’s. We realized in the first eleven years of our relationship we had celebrated New Year’s Eve in eleven different cities. Our life has been full of transition.
A year of writing for UnTangled stands in marked contrast. This blog has been a place of stability and constancy and I’ve enjoyed settling into it with you. And I’m excited about the year to come. I have ideas and posts ready to go.
But I also want to hear from you.
What would you like to see out of this blog over the next year? Topics you would like to read more about? Ideas you would like me to expand upon?
Also, I’m thinking about increasing the flexibility of the Tuesday Tip—using it as a Tuesday Tip when appropriate, but perhaps also replacing it some weeks with more flexible content, such as the two posts in the wake of the tragic school shooting. What do you think? Keep the second post as a Tip, do away with it altogether, or make it a more versatile post?
Any other thoughts and feedback are welcome, as we head into this new year together!
Share your thoughts in the comments section.
NOTE: My new eBook, The Marriage Manifesto: Turning Your World Upside Down, is now available for Kindle and Nook. It is also available in PDF format, and I’m giving it away free to new and existing e-mail subscribers! If you are not yet a subscriber, you can click here to subscribe, and your subscription confirmation e-mail will include a link to download the eBook for free. As always, thank you for reading; it’s a gift. Sincerely, Kelly