We’re almost one week into 2020. It’s gonna be an awesome year! New Years always excite me.
I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions cause I tend to abandon those by the end of the first month.
I’m saying FOCUS.
My primary 2020 focus is to finish book 3 in the Fitzpatrick Family series to make up to all my faithful readers for not getting a book out last year.
You see, 2019’s manuscript – Seeing Clearly – was a finalist in the West Houston RWA Emily Contest Romantic Suspense category. Hoping for good news in February when finalists are announced.
Click here to see all the other category finalists.
So, what’s your focus for 2020? Are you starting something new? Or finishing something from 2019?
Countdowns are supposed to build suspense. Are you excited to know which Miller Farm blog got the second most reads?
On July 7 2019 reader wanted to know about the shrinking household at Miller Farm. Not Quite Empty Nest
And, drum roll, please, for Chicken Wrangler Sara’s most read blog ….
On June 21, 2019, the most readers of 2019 read Gertie the Great White Whale.
This will be Chicken Wrangler Sara’s last blog post for 2019 before we head to our holiday break. See you in 2020.
The picture was taken by my photographer daughter on Christmas Eve many years ago. The two grandsons are almost grown now. One in college, the other a senior. Fine young men who exhibited their loving hearts early as you see in the picture of them sharing cookies from the treat table.
About the quote
Dale Evans, Queen of the West and my childhood idol, passed away in 2001. These two grandsons didn’t even know her or that she sparked my young girl longing to be a rodeo barrel racer. I did frequently sing “Happy Trails to You” and “The Bible Tells Me So,” though. Evans wrote both songs. Her quote is a great thought for this holiday season.
This will be my last blog post for 2019 before we head to our holiday break. May your holidays be filled love. See you in 2020.
The Coca Cola Santa – sleigh driving, gift-giving, plump with a white beard and distinctive red suit trimmed with white fur and sipping a Coca-Cola – created by illustrator Haddon Sundblom for their advertising campaigns of the 1930s and 40 may be the Santa most of us recall when we think of Santa Claus.
He was first St. Nicholas, celebrated on December 6th.
Thomas Nast’s illustrations immortalized Santa Claus into his current look. This is his “Merry Old Santa Claus” published in the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly. Nast is also credited with incorporating the North Pole, Santa’s workshop, and the big book with names of children noting naughty or nice.
For me, my Santa is the red suited man in the Coca Cola ads.
This two minute video explains how he became most people’s Santa.
Today we’re starting a 3-2-1 countdown reveal to Chicken Wrangler Sara’s most viewed blog this year.
December is a tough month if you’re a schoolteacher. Corralling students and getting ready for your own family Christmas preparations — it’s exhausting. Finding time to write is hard. Trust me I know.
This little diversion will provide Chicken Wrangler Sara with a holiday break from blog writing. But never fear, she’ll be back January 10 with fun stories from the farm and classroom.
I think you might be surprised which blogs, you the reader, viewed the most. I was.
Two blogs tied for 3rd Place.
April 19/19 Bees & Bluebonnets
August 23, 2019 New Shoes
Just click on the blog title if you missed the original posting and/or want to read the blog again.
Next Friday we’ll discover which blog had the second most views.
This meme was created by Edie Melson. She is a fellow member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an outstanding photographer, as you can see, and one of the most generous, loving individuals I know. She posts memes on her blog for others to share and use. This is one of my holiday favorites.
About the quote
I’m not sure who the Charlotte Carpenter of the quote is. Sir Walter Scott’s wife and a UK singer came up with a Google search. I’m going with Charlotte Carpenter, wife of Sir Walter. What do you think?
Whichever one said it, it’s great advice for this time of year as we hustle and bustle shopping for the perfect gifts in anticipation of Christmas Day, don’t you think?
That means hearing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and Christmas hymns like “Carol of the Bells.” Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas songs—in December. I love Christmas hymns year round and wish we sang those more throughout the year.
But Christmas songs? We’ve been hearing them now for two months.
Hallmark Christmas movies started in October too. Granted most were reruns of older movies, but I was slow to Christmas movies bandwagon and many have been new-to-me. But I’m getting kinda sick of Christmas movies too.
I sense others may share my feelings and be on the verge of Christmas overload with three weeks still to go.
For December blogs, I’m not doing tradition Christmas topics. I’m going to talk blog statistics for 2019 instead.
I’m a cynic about statistics because numbers can be manipulated. Think about it margins of error are rarely disclosed and those margins can change the stated statistical results.
So why am I talking about statistics? WordPress.com offers statistical data about our blogs and looking at that data helps me determine the course of my blog for the next year.
I learn some interesting things. July and August had the most blog views and March was a close third. November doubled the views for all three months.
Curious, I checked to see which November blogs received the most views in those months. Overwhelmingly, Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day received the most views.
The topic: “Irish Blessing for Thanksgiving.” I offer that Thanksgiving blessing every year. I guess this year more folks wanted an Irish blessing for their turkey.
Did you miss the blog? You can check it out here: https://judythewriter.com/irish-blessing-for-thanksgiving/
Next week I’ll be sharing how many views come from countries outside the United States. That was a true eye-opener. Can you guess which countries the blog viewers came from?
Whether you’re in a part of the world that celebrates Thanksgiving or not, we want to say how grateful we are for you, our View from the Front Porch readers. Chicken Wrangler and I truly appreciate the time you take to leave your comments.
Thank you for hanging out with us these many years.
We’re recovering from our own overeating yesterday and have taken today off.
We’ve decided to reduce our stress this year and, in December, we will begin a countdown to the number one viewed blogs from Miller Farm Friday and the Front Porch in 2019. I think you’ll find which blog posts drew the most views interesting. We did.
Hope you see one of your favorites.
To be honest with you, Thanksgiving is not an Irish celebration. The holiday doesn’t exist in Ireland. There is no special Irish prayer, blessing, or grace for the day.
So, unless you have ties with family and friends in America, it’s simply another day. If, perchance you do have family celebrating Thanksgiving, then you might enjoy turkey in November and think of Pilgrims and Indians.
Nonetheless, Chicken Wrangler Sara and I have shared this Irish Thanksgiving Blessing for you and yours for years. And, we’re sharing again this year.
May your day be filled with love and laughter.