My top ten blog posts of 2015

Headshot-Amy Treasure, Mr and Mrs T Plus Three

I was going to write a blog round up and summarise my own favourite posts from the past year, the ones I am most proud of. I thought I would check my stats first to see which ones were the most popular with you, my readers, and it turns out that the list is pretty much the same.

It’s been so nice to look back and reflect on which posts have resonated with you. It also reminds me of the reason I started writing this blog in the first place: as a way to record our lives, to keep a photo journal and at times as a place to collect my thoughts and sort through my feelings which has been a healing and cathartic process for me.

Headshot-Amy Treasure, Mr and Mrs T Plus Three

Here are my top ten posts of 2015…

1. What happens when your teenage daughter tells you she has a boyfriend

I had absolutely no idea when I wrote this just how popular it would be. It seems that those of you that haven’t reached this stage yet have read this post through gaps in your fingers thinking ‘I don’t want to know!’ I’ve had so many tweets and comments on the subject ranging from ‘I’d lock her up’ and ‘Send her to a convent’ If I look at my keywords searches on Google it tells me that this post has been viewed every single day since I published it which astonishes me. She is still going out with ‘the boy’ by the way…

2. How I tripled my blog traffic in three easy steps

A provocative title that promises an easy solution certainly helps! I think this has done so well because it’s simple. Follow these three easy steps and I can promise you that your traffic will increase. It wasn’t until I realised what content readers actually wanted to read that my blog really took off.

3. Save Syria’s Children

In September, a group of bloggers got together and achieved something quite remarkable. I felt so proud that day and still get goosebumps thinking about it now. As one of the main organisers of this campaign my post was featured on the Save Syria’s Children Charity facebook page, it attracted literally thousands and thousands of views within an hour. Unfortunately as was inevitable with such an emotive topic there was a terrible backlash and I had a sudden influx of horrific emails and messages; some very graphic. By the end of the day, Mr T set about deleting all the emails because they were that bad and it was too upsetting. It makes me sad that the nice ones (of which there were many too) got lost and I didn’t have the opportunity to say a personal thank you for the support. That part was a pretty horrendous experience but I wouldn’t change it and in the end, we raised more than £8000 in a single day. Thank you so much if you were a part of it, I am actually welling up as I type this!

4. Vegetable soup made with the Crofton soup maker

A bit random, but this is an honest list based on stats so this one comes in at number four. I must have paid attention when it came to SEO as apart from number 1 in this list, going by Google keywords I get searches for the Crofton soup maker almost daily! I have a really good relationship with the PR and Aldi and work with them on their specialbuys regularly and as this one was so time sensitive I actually put this post together in about 15 minutes so I’m not exactly proud of it. I keep meaning to put up some better soup recipes, as let’s face it, this isn’t the most exciting of soups is it?! On my to-do list…

5. What to include on a killer media kit

I must admit I really need to update my media kit as it’s so out of date now. Bad blogger. I was really pleased with my swanky media kit and wanted to show it off. I get quite a few Pinterest referrals through for this one and have been told it’s a useful post for bloggers thinking about turning their blog into a career. I do think a good media kit is important so hopefully if you haven’t got one you can pick up some tips from this post and I’ll make a note to update mine!

6. A farewell to breastfeeding; goodbye baby, hello toddler

Oh gosh just reading through this makes me well up a bit! I have loved reading all your comments on this post so much. I still miss breastfeeding Rose, it was such a special time and one that I really didn’t think I would ever get to experience again after Lewis and Holly. Rose was born after 8 years of trying to conceive and so all these precious moments are just that little bit more poignant and I am a soppy old soul.

7. A letter to my teenage self

This post was incredibly hard to write but like I said in the intro a lot of the stuff I write on here is to help me deal with my emotions. All the bad things that have happened in my life took place a long time ago but they are still present in my mind and need to be dealt with. I wasn’t sure whether to share something so personal or if I was overstepping some sort of line but I am glad I wrote this and I’m so grateful for all the support I received.

8. Are you beach body ready? (why this statement makes me fume)

Well, I do like to have a rant every now and then <winks> This post attracted quite a bit of debate and my first ever negative comment which was exciting! I love to debate and would never, ever expect everyone to agree with what I think but we do have to be grown-ups about it, don’t we? I managed to get a bit of my own media attention when this post was featured on the CNN website of all places and I was invited to speak at a college and a women’s group on feminism, get me! Have a read and let me know your thoughts but no comments about my cellulite, if you please…

9. Come what may

This is a newish post and of anything I’ve ever written it made me feel queasy when I hit publish. Although I have come to (relative) terms of dealing with the domestic violence I suffered all those years ago, I still feel some amount of shame and embarrassment. I know I should feel proud that I’ve come through it and the outpouring of love I felt the next day after finally publishing this was unbelievable and just amazing. Thank you so much for all your emails, comments, facebook comments and in particular that one Twitter message that had me balling my eyes out (I hope you know who you are) I am just so saddened at how many people reading have been through similar. If you have read the post and are affected then this statement will make sense: I hope you found YOUR fight song.

10. Seizing the day and why my husband calls me ‘lucky’ 

Just sneaking in at number 10 is one of my favourite posts of all time. Even though the beginning of this story is a bit crazy, I do try and live by the sentiment. I think it’s so important to take stock and remember everything that is truly important. It’s too easy to get bogged down with life and work, every now and then it’s good to pause, take stock and work out what really matters. I hope you like this one if you’ve never read it before. Carpe diem.

That’s my top ten! I have had a lovely time reminiscing and looking back it’s inspired me to instead of concentrating on commissioned work to find the time to get writing more of the personal posts again just for me (and you!) Except for those soup recipes, of course, got to keep Google happy!

Thanks so much to everyone for reading, commenting and sharing my blog posts in 2015 I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. 

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Comments

  • Silly Mummy

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    Great posts – your blog had a good year! I keep thinking I should do a media kit/at least work out if I need one, so I’m going to be checking that one out! Happy New Year! #thelist

  • Sara at Handy Herbs

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    Some inspiring posts, Amy! I think the Syria campaign was amazing and felt gutted for you when you received the negative comments. Still, that says everything about them and their ignorance or inadequacies. Having got through some bad stuff in my life, I did a very random thing for me and got a tattoo. It is carpe diem and I try so hard every day now to do just that – and to enjoy the really ‘normal’ everyday things that I am blessed with. Happy New Year to you and your family. #TheList

  • ShoeboxofM

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    That’s an impressive range of quality posts. Look forward to reading them later! #TheList

    I may keep the teenage daughter one for later. I’m way off that point but I’m still dreading it. Have you seen the Phil Jupitus routine about when his daughter’s boyfriend stays over the first time?

  • wendy

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    I am pretty sure I read all of these posts last year, I love your blog. I have been thinking about putting together a media kit but I don’t think my blog is quite ready for that step yet, hope you manage to get around to updating yours xx #TheList

  • Rachel In Real Life

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    There are some fantastic posts in there. I haven’t time to read them all now so I’ve saved some to read later but it sounds like you’ve been through a lot. x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    What a fabulous selection of posts. There’s great variety here too. I’m off to read your how to increase your blog traffic post as I could do with that one. Number 10 has intriqued me as well! Thanks so much for hosting #TheList x

  • Stephanie

    Written on 8th January 2016

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    It’s interesting to look back and see what resonates isn’t it? I was nodding along remembering some of those posts, and now I’m off to check the others! Thanks for hosting #TheList x

  • Laura

    Written on 10th January 2016

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    Thanks for sharing this list. I never have enough time to read all the posts I want to read so this gives me a great place to start! #thelist

  • Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Written on 10th January 2016

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    There are some fabulous, moving, and beautiful posts in here Amy, all posts to be proud of.

    I’m still puzzled at why the Syria fundraising attracted the criticism it did, and such vitriol too! Just don’t understand. xxx

  • Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

    Written on 11th January 2016

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    These are such great posts. I can learn so much from you such as; when my daughter become a teenager – boy – that’s a scary thought?! I will need to right a media pack soon and so this will become handy. I think you are such an inspiration to everyone and that you have become such as strong women in your own way. You have taken these lessons and infiltrated into good deeds – hence the Save Syria’s Children campaign was phenomenal! Thank you so much for organising it. It is so nice getting to know you a bit more through your posts. :) xx

  • Julie Downes

    Written on 12th January 2016

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    I’ve really enjoyed reading everyones top posts of 2015. As I only started blogging in June last year, and wasn’t really aware of the whole blogging world, its a great way of catching up on some great posts that I missed earlier in the year, thanks for sharing! I’ll be going back to some of these later #thelist

  • The L's Mum

    Written on 12th January 2016

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    Great posts here as many of them I read as they were published. Really enjoy your blog and looking forward to seeing what this year has in store.

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