While we're catching up on old memes...Zoanna is always a great source for them, even if I don't come back to them for a year and a half :)
This one involves looking back through your old posts--that means almost a decade worth, since I officially started my blog nine years ago today(!)--and highlighting some notables. I'm using the original seven categories plus adding one of my own, just because I can:
(1) Most Beautiful
The series I wrote on Jude's birth is pretty dear to my heart--its finale, Jude's Birth: Pain, Peace, Joy, tells a beautiful story and features some of the most precious and beautiful (in my opinion) photographs I own.
(2) Most Popular
Well, this one is easy: Where to Buy Cello Silke Pens takes both this category and #5. The post, alternately titled "The Story of a Crazy Woman and Her Pen Obsession, Part 2," has gotten more than four times as many hits as the next closest post. I continue to get comments on it three years later (it now has more comments on it than my previously most-commented-upon post, which was the announcement of Elijah's birth). My top referrals are usually google searches for "cello pens" or "cello silke" or some variation thereof. I did title the post to maximize search hits, but I certainly never dreamed it would take off like it did. It makes me smile every time I get a note in my inbox from some new, desperate, pen-obsessive searcher who proclaims that I have just saved their life and they are headed straight to Big Lots :)
When it's this one and the gratitude lists that get the most positive feedback, you get a good dose of humility as a blogger, that's for sure :)
(3) Most Controversial
I'm stumped here--I don't tend to post about controversial things all that often, or if I do, people don't comment much. The only thing that comes to mind is that whenever I post about anger, I seem to get pushback from people who don't like my labeling anger as sin. The last time was two years ago, when I said I'd work on a follow-up...no surprise that I still haven't gotten around to that, either. It's on my NaBloPoMo list for this month, so we'll see. At any rate, previous anger posts have included:
Anger is Not Neutral
Anger: Being the Wrong Kind of Image-Bearer
Thinking Biblically About Frustration
(4) Most Helpful
I guess that Cello pen post would technically win here, too, but I want to look at some other posts! I don't know how helpful this has been to others, but Grace is Like Manna has been hugely helpful in my life, and the lesson/concept it describes is one I regularly share with others in real life. In the same vein, Who Gets the Last Word is another one I have to preach to myself and others constantly (and since Zo, who tagged me on this, called this one "perhaps one of the best ever," I guess it should get a mention!).
(5) Most Surprisingly Successful
See #2 above.
(6) Most Ignored
I know I've had countless posts that I felt great about posting and then didn't get much (or any) feedback, but no specific ones come to mind. My comments section is generally not very lively, and I check my statistics very rarely, so I really don't have a sense of what actually gets read and what gets ignored. Sometimes I feel like I am just shouting into the void :)
(7) Most Proud Of
I'm running out of blogging-time here, so I'm going to cop out on this one and refer you to my "Favorite Posts" list in the sidebar. I'll go ahead and link here to a more recent post that's not listed there, What We Forget; What He Forgets--since ultimately my goal is to boast only in the cross, and if there's one thing I want to do here, it's point you to the beauty of Jesus.
(8) Most Vulnerable/Hardest to Write
Without a doubt, it was Crushed by Mother-Guilt, the beginning of a four-part series about my difficult and painful adjustment to motherhood. It was even harder after a couple of negative comments I got on part three--but I'd still like to think that this series could fall under the "most helpful" category, too.
I'd love to hear from you, if you have a favorite post or something I've written that has really struck a nerve. And I'm not going to bother tagging anyone on this, but if you want to participate, feel free and give me a heads-up in the comments section.