Best Of Beauty School Dropout – “the BOBSleDdies”

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Photo Credit: [rotten apple] via Compfight cc

For the last week of 2013, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite and most popular posts of the year — a “Best of” series, so to speak.  I’ve been jokingly referring to it as “the bobsleddies” in my head ever since I wrote out the abbreviation BOBSD (Best of Beauty School Dropout) in my blog planning notebook.

I’ll kick things off with the 5 most popular posts of the year.  Tomorrow I’ll dig into the archives for some of my other favorite posts.

1. What’s on your bookshelf?

2. Cooking School: Slow Cooker 101

3. What I’m Into, October 2013

4. Cooking School: Asian Cooking Toolkit

5. Merry Christmas to YOU — a giveaway! (giveaway now closed — sorry!)

I was really happy to see that my Cooking School posts seem to be resonating with people.  I put a lot of thought into coming up with topics that might help people who want to learn to cook or expand their cooking skills a bit and to keeping it really accessible to newbie cooks who might not have a lot of kitchen gadgets or experience using (or access to) unusual ingredients.  (PS, if you have any requests or suggestions for posts in that series, I’d love to hear them!)

I also loved that two of my most popular posts were from link-ups.  I have made so many new blog-friends this year (and even met Shana in person!) from participating in link-ups.  I’ve tried several, but my favorites are Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature, Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into, and Vodka & Soda’s Humpday Confessions.  Oh, and I can’t forget One Community, the photoblogging link-up that I co-host with Kelli and a rotating assortment of other photography loving friends.

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20 thoughts on “Best Of Beauty School Dropout – “the BOBSleDdies”

    • Yes! I just discovered that feature on wordpress and it’s been pretty fun to play around with it. I’m totally winging this whole blogging thing, so any time I can figure out something like that, I’m always fairly impressed with myself. =)

  1. So awesome that you’ve met Shana in person! I always associate the two of you together, and it must be because I found you at the same time. Or you two found me? I honestly don’t remember!
    Bobsleddies = brilliant.
    Here’s to another great blogging year!
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  2. So I have a silly question: how is everyone seeing their most popular posts? You can tell I don’t pay much attention to stats. I think one of the reasons I don’t is because I don’t really understand all those numbers. Ironic coming from a one-time financial analyst, huh? Maybe that’s why I left that career 🙂

    You did a great job with the cooking school series. I love how they were so basic and adaptable. Thinking about the Asian noodles I made using your tips makes my mouth water. I need to put those on my menu for January!
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    • I have Jetpack installed through WordPress, then through that you can look at site stats. I’m glad you liked the Cooking School series! I had fun writing it. I’ve got one planned for January but I’m looking for ideas after that.

    • Thank you! The cooking ones seem to be favorites, and I enjoy writing them, so that works out well. As a totally shameless plug, I’d love it if you’d join us for the One Community photo link-up! The next one is open Jan. 5-12 and the inspiration words are treasure, silver, resolution, and winter.

    • That seems to be the consensus! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog this year, and I can’t wait to hear about all the races you have planned for 2014.

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