The Best of 2010

Happy 2011 my friends!

Well, I’m a day late and a dollar short for my 2010 “Best Of” post, but late is better than never, right?

I’d like to cram a whole lotta crap into one post, so sit back, kick your feet up, and get ready to be visually over-stimulated. Oh, and get your mouse ready because I’m throwing a whole bunch of links your way that you won’t want to miss!

I’ve spent many years wandering around this planet feeling like I didn’t have a passion. I love being a wife and a mother, but often I wondered if there was more out there for me. I just wasn’t completely fulfilled. I didn’t have an burning passion for anything in my life that was just mine. I had this emptiness for many years. I assumed it was depression.

Then on March 2, 2010, my life literally changed forever. After searching for a good 10 years for my passion, I found it. I created it. I downloaded WordPress and I posted my very first post at House of Hepworths. But let me back up a little and start in January of 2010…

In January I saw a beautiful book wreath at my sisters house. She told me she copied a tutorial from Living With Lindsay. I had no idea what that was. A blog? That posted about crafts and not just family updates? Seriously?

I looked up Lindsay’s blog and all of a sudden there was an entire world out there that I didn’t even know existed. How I could be so behind-the-times was beyond me. I mean, I was one of the first people to get a facebook profile when they finally opened it up to everyone, not just college students. I had MySpace when it was still cool. I Googled before anyone knew what Google was. But blogging about crafts? Wow. I had no clue.

From there I found Thrifty Decor Chick who quickly became my hero, my idol. The first blog that got my heart racing so quickly I knew I just HAD to be her. So I sat down and gathered up all the pictures I had from the house I had recently renovated. And I blogged. And by March 10th (8 days later), I had 569 unique visitors. I was hooked. I’d found my passion. I love to craft, I love to TALK, and I love being liked. And now I finally found a way to combine the three in the most narcissistic way possible. Blogging.

And then on April 4th (a month after my first post) the heavens parted and my idol, Thrifty Decor Chick herself, mentioned me and copied me in her Before & After Party. And I had 10,000 hits that week. And my love affair with her grew 10 fold.

And that my friends is my story. What a ride this year has been! I wrote 328 posts and received almost twelve THOUSAND comments. House of Hepworths received more than 750,000 page views and 345,000 visits. I owe it all to you guys. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for liking my crafts, encouraging me, sharing my blog with your friends, and sending me loads of super-sweet emails.

Here are the 10 posts that received the most comments (excluding giveaways). Click on the image to read the post.

        

        

The following posts received the most page views

        

        

Here are MY favorite top 10 posts (that were not included above).

#10 Magnetic Chalkboard Message Station

#9 Dollar Store mini stand

#8 Zen Garden

#7 Andy Warhol inspired Chair Art

#6 Caprisun Purses

#5 Christmas Confessions

#4 Wheatgrass tins

#3 Painting & Moulding the piano room

#2 Master Bathroom Renovation

#1 Most Favorite Post in 2010: American Idol Finale

I went to the American Idol Finale in LA and met the top 12 finalists as well as David Archuleta and Paula Abdul (and I hugged her!)

And a HUGE GINORMOUS Thank You to these 20 blogs that gave me the most linky love this year:

{These are in order from #1 – #20}

  ASPTL     

      Decorchick!

  The DIY Show Off  Funky Junk Interiors  

      Domestically Speaking

BCD 125    Craft DIY Ideas  

2010 was wicked cool. 2011 will be even crazier! I look forward to this next year with all of you!

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xoxo

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Comments

  1. Happy New Year to you! And thank you for a great blog to read and for enabling me to buy a Silhouette!! I am loving it! I am starting out this year with a new toy and joined the blog world. Thanks again!

  2. Wow! What a great post. Love all the links. And you have been a busy girl this year. I’ve seen some of these, but not all. I kinda dropped off the radar mid Sept. But am looking forward to catching up. Happy New Year!

  3. Congrats on your awesome year, Allison! I’ve loved reading your blog since before I had my own. You’re always fun and I love that you still post about your own home and your own projects even though you’re quickly becoming one of the BIG blogs! I look forward to seeing more next year! er… I guess now, THIS year.

  4. What a great year for you! You are so talented and your blog is fun to read. I am glad that I stumbled across your blog because I get so much inspiration from you! Thanks a billion!

  5. Awesome! Keep up the great work! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog!

  6. I add my congratulations to you for a terrific 2010. Mine was fabulous as well! So 2011 is going to be fantastic for all of us…I just know it!!
    Hugging you
    SueAnn

  7. Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick says:

    Oh my girl — thank you so much! I’m so thrilled I inspired you, and now look at you — inspiring so many others!! Love ya!

  8. Wow you had some great projects this year! Isn’t blogging the best ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoyed your recap and found you via Southern Hospitatlities link party. I’ve been blogging for three years and this is the first re-cap post that I’ve completed and it really makes you appreciate all that you accomplish in a year. Best wishes for the New Year. Fondly, Roberta
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com

  9. Now THAT is a thorough 2010 post!

    There are only like 3 weeks until Nashville! CRAZY!!!

  10. Wow, you had a great year and some fabulous projects! Happy 2011!

  11. Allison, Wow! You had a great successful beginning. I’m a slow poke at this end. You are the kind of person I’d love being friends with. I love to read your blog so I have it on my google front page with about 10 other blogs. The ones I put on Google Reader get lost. Shhhhh..don’t tell the other bloggers. lol

    I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Holiday.

    Happy New Years from Katharine @ Kat’s Almost Purrfect World

  12. Ok, I missed the cloche post…but I’m dying….”Just like when Glee has mash ups!” Sooooo hilarious.

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