Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 Blog Posts and Stats Recap - Reader Appreciation Giveaway

I thought it'd be interesting to recall my posts from 2016 and see where the similarities and differences took place. And, if you read along to the end, I'm also self-hosting a giveaway.  Here are the titles and summaries to the first posts of every month in 2016.

January (46 posts total)

Joining the #Blessings366 Link-Up - Day Two

I saw where Angie with Blessed Beyond Words invited bloggers to participate in a #Blessings366 link-up.  It was created to invite bloggers to post about something they were blessed by each and every day.  I think I made it to the first three months before no longer participating.  It's not that I was no longer blessed, but other posts were brought to the front burner instead.

February (61 posts total)

Good Night, Little Love - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

As the title implies, I hosted a book review and giveaway for a children's book.

March (65 posts total)

The Kind Kids Character Education Book Series - Review and Giveaway

Just like the beginning of February, my first post for March was a children's book review and giveaway.

April (52 posts total)

Grooming Advice from Morris the Cat - Giveaway

Another giveaway for the first of the month!  Along with hypothetical cat questions.

May (37 posts total)

Pointers for Attending A Drag Race

My own personal tips and tricks for what to do and what not to do when attending a drag race.  Figured I'd been to plenty of them that I could give my own personal advice.

June (38 posts total)

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 27

A weekly post that is now in its 50-something week where I ask readers for prayer requests.

July (34 posts total)

It's National Postal Worker Day

A post dedicated to those who work their arses off to deliver packages to us.

August (44 posts total)

It's National Coloring Book Day

A post dedicated to the relaxation and distraction that coloring brings.

September (53 posts total)

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 39

Another post for prayer requests.

October (56 posts total)

Lumo Lift - Posture Coach and Activity Tracker Review

A review post about a gadget that helps with postural awareness.

November (61 posts total)

Harvest Blessings Giveaway Hop - Gift Card and Movies

One of the few blog hop giveaways that I participated in this year.

December (61 posts total)

Power of  Prayer Thursdays - Week 61
Again, another Power of Prayer Thursdays post.

Heck Of A Bunch has been in publication for seven and a half years.  Not bad, if I do say so myself!  Looking back, it seems I was less busy blogging in the summer months than the rest of the seasons. I posted a total of 608 times during the year, and a total of 5313 times since the blog's conception.

The post that has received the most all-time pageviews for this blog was posted in 2011.  It was a book review and giveaway for the children's book, Good Night Little Sea Otter.  Of all things, who would've guessed!

I cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for my blog.  I hope it continues to grow and I continue to form friendships with the other great bloggers and supporters out there.  I sincerely appreciate all who come by to my little corner of the Internet to read what I have to say.

In appreciation to all who read my blog, I'd like to offer a giveaway as a gesture of my gratitude.  I'd like to offer someone the chance to win a 1-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Win It!

One person will win a one-year magazine subscription to Better Homes and Gardens.

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heymissvirginia said...

I love your blog and have been a reader for many years!
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Peggy said...

I have been following you a little less than a year. Naturally I love the giveaways. I love all the "It is National _____ Day". I like that most of your posts are kind of short. I read a LOT during the day.... I do like that you give me a post I can read in less than 2-3 minutes. There is nothing that I do not like. I will you, your blog and your family well in 2017.

Jackie said...

I've been a reader for quite a while. I enjoy your honest reviews and reading about your family.

jakiesmom said...

I have been a long time reader. Like that you offer giveaways and reviews for all ages

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I visit to enter giveaways and I enjoy reading the family updates in your email newsletter!

JewelWood said...

I have been following for over a year, and maybe get more tweet entries for your daily entries. It always gives your faithful followers more incentive to keep coming back if you give more twitter points for tweeting giveaways. I like so many of your giveaways, but have never won. Which is okay, I like visiting your blog because it is a fun place to check out!

Mary Crosson said...

If I absolutely HAVE to come up with something I don't like, this is sort of picky, but I'm not crazy about the layout, how all the text is squinched into a small column in the middle fifth of the page. It feels like all you do is scroll and scroll to read anything. I like the mobile version, though :-)

An Apel a Day said...

I love the personal posts you put up. The ones of your mom especially. It added a feeling to your blog. We all experience happy, sad, and so on emotions. They are all important to express.

As for changes, I agree with Marty above...make the middle not so tight. I also don't like how the Precious Moments add is getting cut off. I think if you click to change it, make it small, medium or large. Then in the HTML you can make the % on top and bottom smaller to get it to fit.

Renee said...

I have been reading for a while now because your posts amuse me--your family and your humor remind me of my own! I am always open to more giveaways (who doesn't want more free stuff?!) and I think you should do more crafts. Haha just kidding. I do like when you share recipes :) It's your blog; do what makes you happy.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I am actually a new reader of your blog, so I look forward to "seeing" you here more often in the future. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at)

bellagirl07 said...

I have been coming to your blog for years. I really like the giveaways. One thing that I don't like is that you use feedburner to sign up for the newsletter and hotmail rejects all feedburner so we never get the confirmation email to sign up it's a big problem all over with other bloggers too you might want to google that and maybe switch you may get more followers.

Charlene S. said...

I'm a longtime reader. I enjoy personal stories, recipes, how-to articles and new product reviews.

Deb PelletierC said...

I've followed you for a short time. I like reviews on books, funny jokes and animals photos.

Unknown said...

I've been a follower on and off over the years. I even have you on my list of favorite sites :) I, of course, love the giveaways and that you have an awesome easy listing to see which ones are live. I'm hungry right now so I would also say throw some more food in it LOL Good job!

Nicky232807 said...

I've been a reader for less than a year I love ur blog! I love that the posts are short and quick some blogs just go on and on and it just gets too much too read and usually they're just saying the same hung over and over in the same ur giveaways!

shirley said...

I am a long time reader of your blog, I like personal posts,your reviews, like to see more how-to posts, and yes, like the giveaways.

Lynne said...

I am a new reader - just since this year! I think you have lots of nice giveaways!

Leela said...

I've been a reader for several years.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I love your giveaways!

michelleplummer said...

I like the variety of reviews and giveaways.

Denise said...

Your reading area is so narrow. Maybe instead of 3 equal columns, try experimenting with a two-column layout so the reading area is wider.

kelley roach said...

have been a long time reader. Like that you offer giveaways and reviews for all ages

Unknown said...

I love your reviews and giveaways

Darlene said...

My favorite thing about your blog is that you have easy access to your giveaways.

Suburban prep said...

I appreciate your prayers that you put out there for others. It has been helpful to know that others are out there "having our back" with the thoughts.

Jeremy said...

New reader, enjoy the giveaways.

rsteve said...

I have just found your blog recently and I do like it. Keep up the good work.

Birdhouse Books said...

I am new to your blog but like it a lot! I love reading reviews here. Thanks!

Kristin C said...

I am fairly new to your blog - love the giveaways

Donna said...

I like your giveaways

kat said...

I am new here but I love the givaways.

LeAnn Harbert said...

I like the giveaways for kids books.

Robert B said...

I like the information you have on many topics, and have followed since last year.

Milton said...

The articles are good to read, and I'm a more recent follower of a few months.

Marc said...

I've been.reading your posts since last year; keep up posting the interesting things you do.

Paulet said...

I like what you post and evaluate; I have followed for several months, too.

Malv said...

I have loved to read a variety of informative posts that you have put up, for the past few months.

Aaron said...

It is useful for me to keep up with your valuable posts often, and I'm a follower from several months ago.