With the end of the year approaching, we asked a few writers and artists to tell us about their favorite blog post they put together in 2015.
What Was Your Favorite Post You Wrote in 2015?
The last few weeks of the year are the perfect time to look back and reflect on our most memorable work, so we asked a few bloggers to tell us about one blog post they put together in 2015 that they especially liked. Here are their responses.
Myfanwy, myf draws apparently
Favorite post: “How I experienced the life of a model, with Gudrun Sjoden”
I think I’d have to say that my favorite post was my account of traveling to Stockholm in Sweden to be an unlikely fashion model; it describes a rare and treasured couple of days, and then I got to relive the pleasure all over again by drawing and sharing it on WordPress.com! The comments were so warm and appreciative that I really got the feeling I’d added just a little bit of joy to the internet.
It was a welcome affirmation that people enjoy my view of the world, even if that view comes from a middle-aged aficionado of thrift shopping. That’s one of the real pleasures of blogging: showing who you are, and finding the people that appreciate that.
My favorite post is actually about labyrinths. When I was younger, my favorite movie was Labyrinth (1986). The film spoke to my already steadfast love of muppets and no doubt fostered an early appreciation for David Bowie, but it was the movie’s maze — a character in the movie in its own right — that stuck with me year after year.
After graduating high school, I decided to become a classicist, and began to learn more about the ancient origins of the labyrinth. Although mazes and even the word labyrinth predate the myth, it is the Greek tale of Theseus and the Minotaur that gave us the famed Labyrinth of Crete (as it turns out, Jim Henson was also a fan of the myth.) In Greco-Roman antiquity, the symbol of the labyrinth became popular on coins, in mosaics, and in various literary works. Although you might think the pagan myth would die out in the transition to the early Christian period, it was again adapted for new purposes well into the Middle Ages and again in the Renaissance. The labyrinth, in its various iterations, often served as a metaphor for life in general. Whether a Greek or a medieval pilgrim, any person can relate to the feeling of being lost and searching for the string that Ariadne provided Theseus to allow him to escape.
In my own professional quest, I moved four times in the past six years: Chapel Hill, Lexington, Milwaukee, Iowa City. Along the way, I have gained and lost relationships, lamented how long it would be until I saw my family again, and wondered if there was any real purpose to this academic labyrinth. It took a lot of heartache, but I finally feel like I found the string I am supposed to follow. The reason the labyrinth has remained a malleable symbol for so long is that it speaks to humanity’s persistent questions of purpose, salvation, and creation. At the end of Labyrinth the movie, young Sarah realizes her own power to solve the puzzle and to escape the grasp of Jareth (David Bowie). She discovers that she is the heroine of her own story, and I guess I had to learn something similar. Perhaps that is why this is one of my favorite blog posts this year.
Favorite post: “Our Old Dog”
You always hear that you should tell people how much they mean to you before it’s too late. I’m not sure how this applies to pets, but I wanted to write something about our dog, Fred, before he got to the end. He was such a big part of our lives. After I wrote this piece I heard from readers all over the world who shared memories of the pets they loved. It was one more moment of beauty that Fred was responsible for.
Favorite post: “I’ve Been Bursting To Tell You: I Got a Book Deal!”
I remember quite clearly setting up my very first WordPress.com blog in early 2010. A few months earlier, I’d made the drastic decision to quit my awful, soul-destroying office job and use what little savings I had to go “all in” on my dream of being a published novelist. Part of my plan was to self-publish some non-fiction and use the proceeds to keep myself in coffee grounds and ink cartridges (both crucial novel-writing tools, I’ll have you know), and the blog was where I was going to publicly chronicle my self-publishing (mis?)adventures.
I had to admit why I was doing it, which meant I had to publicly declare my goal of being a published novelist. I remember thinking, What if it never happens? What if I never get to write “the” blog post? What happens if the end of this journey is a quiet fade into public failure?
The next five years were one hell of a ride. My posts about self-publishing were a hit and they helped make my self-published books hits too. I began to speak on the subject, got a job working with a major publishing house as a social media marketer, and connected, through my blog, with fellow writers all over the world — some of whom became good friends in real life.
Then, in May of this year, I got to write the blog post I’d been dreaming of writing ever since I started my blog back in 2010, the one in which I shared the news I’d been dreaming of having all my life (as evidenced by the photo I included in it, one of me aged 7 or 8 banging away on the typewriter Santa gave me while Barbie’s Pink Magic Van sits to the side). Now I’ll be using my blog to chronicle my next adventure: my debut thriller will be published by Corvus/Atlantic in Ireland and the U.K. on May 5, 2016.
Where will your blog take you?
Sarah Kelly, Extra Dry Martini
Favorite post: “The Beach”
Extra Dry Martini is my diary. I document my life, and in particular, the challenges inherent in navigating an uncertain future while trying to heal from tremendous loss and grief. My writing is raw and honest, but also, I believe, hopeful, and ultimately about redemption. This year has been a rollercoaster — with incredible highs and lows — so when WordPress.com asked me to pick my favorite post, it felt a bit like asking me to pick my favorite moment from the whirlwind that was 2015.
I settled on “the beach,” a piece I wrote this summer that’s essentially a love letter to the place where I grew up. It’s a place where all of my happiest childhood memories are contained, but also a place that harbors a great darkness underneath the sunshine and saltwater and sea air. I didn’t realize it at the time of publication, but the beach would also end up being the place I’d travel to a mere six weeks later to see my beloved grandfather through hospice.
In good times and bad, the beach is my constant. Writing this post made me realize just how important this place is, both in my life, and in my writing.
Anne Thériault, The Belle Jar
Favorite post: “Being a Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence”
I chose this post because it came from such a place of personal vulnerability and yet seemed to resonate with so many people. I think that all women have stories similar to mine — a fact that’s both infuriating and a sort of unifying force. It’s so powerful to understand that our experiences of misogyny aren’t unique. They didn’t happen because of anything we did or because we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They happened because we live in a culture that dehumanizes women. I also think my post was a sort of wake up call for a lot of men who maybe don’t realize how relentless and grinding misogyny is. I hope that’s the case, anyway. Because as much as women can push back against all the awful sexist stuff we endure day in and day out, the only people who can end the behaviors of men is men.
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A 2 part story, inspired by a tragedy that struck a beautiful city. My favorite post, as also the one closest to my heart.
I shared some few thoughts in 2015 that some readers found useful. My favorite is the one that says that No Loss Is IRREPLACEABLE. You can read and let me know know what you think at:
My favorite post was ‘Have You Ever? Blog Edition’. It was a fun listicle about blogging.
Here is my favorite post, have lots of reading to do now 🙂 YAY
My favorite posts of this past year was that I did a special week of them in late June/early July in honor of the 75th birthday of the legendary Philadelphia DJ, Jerry Blavat; It was such a moment that I would not ever forget.
Hi everybody! I’m a new blogger and I guess for now since I only have two posts my favorite post is my first one! But I can’t wait to ask myself this same question next year and see what happens!
I can’t think of a favorite; I was just so pleased to get so many posts out there, and to make friends so quickly. A wonderful social community.
My favorite blog post was my coffee shop spat post: https://nikkipspeaks.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/coffee-shop-spat/
It wasn’t one of my most read posts, but it was my favorite, because the event which may seem like nothing to many, was a big deal for me. Standing up for myself, to a stranger, in public no less, is a very deal for me.
I enjoyed writing every post at my blog but this post right here is my favourite post https://wpfinity.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/wordpress-coms-new-editor-a-new-gift-to-wordpress-users/
Frankly speaking the reason why I like this post is this was the first post which i was able to complete within couple of hours :p
Hi. according to the nowadays struggle between eastern & western civilizations, i have choosen this post http://adygasysystemd.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/sikidy-un-art-divinatoire-dactualite-a-madagascar
It talks about malagasy (from madagascar, the great island in eastern part of indian ocean) culture, and its links with arabian immigrants in 17th century; the post, based on divinatory malagasy process, shows how western science meets traditionnal knowledges, using mathematical & computer tools= a good example of inter-cultural dialogue, which dramatically lacks as we unfortunately can see at this beginning of 3rd millenary ?
This was my favorite post from the Post A Day prompts- it featured a cat, a vampire and my favorite writer ( not not me ha ha ha )
I do have more than one favourite. They were from the heart and created in a short time. This one tears me up every time and motivates me to keep going. I remember as I wrote it, thinking of my happy experiences but also remembering the challenges I overcame before I got to the happiness stage! It also reminds me that all I need is within me now and not to be put off by other people’s doubts and insecurities.
I always come back to this blog and I’m sure I will reference it again in the future.
This is such an awesome way to share and see other people’s blog! 🙂 I guess my favorite post of the year was when I reviewed a Kate DiCamillo book. I write book reviews, which is hard to do considering I am also a full-time teacher. This is the post. https://thebookfrenzy.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/edward-tulane/
I hope to read some of these wonderful post as well as post one more review before January!
It was hard to choose a favorite post. I wrote a poem that I really love! However, this post is dear to my heart because I really had to take time and research facts.
My favourite post was about the calender with sexy firefighters. 😉
Passover. Esmeralda’s Hair and The Ravages of a Man. All. Three are very different. Ravages came from my historical Ryan and my heart. Passover was a reflection of my spirituality and Esmeralda is the playful side. I invite fellow bloggers to read and comment. Thanks
My favorite blog was about a guy named Kitchen. I am an artist but I love to tell a story about each drawing. Hope you enjoy it too!
My favourite post would be a poem I wrote when completing an assignment for Writing 101. That course really helped me in ways I didn’t even know I needed. Glass Half Empty:
My favorite post dealing w/ true wealth.
Im new to blogging, and im just learning different styles of writing. But i can definitely say that my most favourite blog to write this year was:
Transom Windows, posted in October of 2015. My divorce was mediated and we came to an agreement and the day had me thinking about that girl I used to be.
My favorite was post by a friend, cunningeisele. https://eiselecunningham.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/the-one/ please, help me support him!
I think the one closest to my heart was Christmas Sacks – a Beloved Tradition because it reminds me how wonderful my parents are.
Good job to everyone! These are very nice pieces. So glad i finally decided to join this community of such great bloggers!
I wrote many great posts this year… It was wonderful! 🙂 😀
My most favorite one was about my painting “The Abstract Lord Krishna Painting”. ❤ ❤
Just started to write/use a blog. But have already one favorite: https://mindm8.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/to-my-dreams/
My favorite post is Between the Stars” becuase it’s my first post: https://tryingwrite.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/between-the-stars/
My favourite post was https://bigthinkerz.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/what-is-physics/
… And also the true face of Israel https://bigthinkerz.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/the-true-face-of-israel-by-akinyemi-abdulmalik/
Mine was Confessions of a Bride-to- be (Part 1-3) didn’t believe I could actually write this much.
My Fave post for 2015 was about a little camera that has become my daily “Grab it an Go – Do” camera, from quick grab shot of the grand kids to a photo for a post. My posts are quick spur of the moment, impromptu writings, about my various adventures with Digital, Analog and other photo related ideas, they are quickly written sometimes “tongue – in – cheek” and hopefully with lots of humor, at other times just observations, nothing to serious . . . this one titled “Old Tech – Low Tech – New Tech” . . . https://digipaintersblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/old-tech-low-tech-new-tech
With so many posts this year it’s very difficult to pick just one favorite… so I’m picking from one of my recent posts that tells how I discovered my artistic side by making my own painting, with guidance from this interesting store in Manila: