If Blogmas seemed small to you this year, it’s because it was. I had a much smaller selection of entries but I loved all of them and I’m always so honored when people submit their posts for me to read and feature.
I usually read everything once and assign a pseudo-category like “funny” or “heartfelt” or “mom stuff” which then evolve into my logical groupings for each day of Blogmas. But there’s always that last day of potpourri. The one with a little bit of everything, kind of like my blog. And on this last day of Blogmas, I’m happy to feature everything from fashion to travel to instructional to introspective. Hopefully you find once that resonates with you.
1. Best post with Indie music, summer, and mellow feels at Nada Mas Qué Amor
I’m guessing it’s winter where you are and I’m also guessing you could use a little blast of summer. Nada, who hails from Bahrain, definitely brings the mellow feels and adorableness of fashion all while figuring out who she really is. Ah, to be young again.
2. Longest and most insightful list of nostalgic advice ever by Tzipporah at Postpunk Chronicles
I actually meant for this post to be considered heartfelt. Although, to a degree, some of it is just funny. So I guess it’s fitting that this completely poignant post found it’s way to the “Other” category. If you’re a child of the 80s or 90s, I know you’re going to love this post.
3. Best post to convince people to become book bloggers…or scare them away by Melissa at Me!
Book authors as celebrities… what? Melissa looks at books and authors the same way many of use look at actors and movies. Although I do get it. Words are amazing and books have changed so much about my past life that I don’t know if I would have done as well without the distraction.
4. Best How-To Post for Something No One Really Wants to Do by Jill Berry at Musings from Me
If there’s one thing I absolutely hate doing, it’s laundry. I just have a mental block against doing it. And then when I finally do it, the clean clothes sit in a basket because the “putting them away” is the hardest thing. And yet, Jill makes it all look so easy with her system and stuff.
5. Best I Survived and Lived to Tell About My Family Vacation by Jill Berry at Musings from Me
I hope you’re a Seinfield fan because if you are, Jill’s post will make you think of one episode in particular. It’s the one where Jerry lashes out at the car rental company because, although they know how to make a reservation, they don’t know how to hold the reservation. See how Jill handled that exact scenarios in Englad.
6. Best I Love America (and Colorado) with All My Heart Post by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer at Heiditown
Are you proud to be an American where at least you know you’re free? Heidi is but I find that her post is less about America and more about Americana, which in my mind is more of a celebration of what we loved about America. It could also explain why I ended up in a small town when I always expected big city living.
7. Best Post to Punch a Senator in the Mouth by Connie Foggles at Brain Foggles
Call me a conservative but I just don’t buy into the Republicans being a misogynistic group. Sure, there are plenty of jerkfaces who think women should be barefoot and pregnant and keeping their pretty little mouths shut. But jerkfaces can be on both sides of the political spectrum. Connie, however, got angry and wrote a letter aimed at Republicans which touches on some of her thoughts on their attitudes toward women.
8. Best Storytime About That One Thing You Just Hate by Devin at Velma Who?
This post is like a fashion-based stream of consciousness about a trip to the mall. And for the record I think the American way to say it’s gray. But when in Europe, things would become even greyer.
9. Best Way to Not Spend Every Dollar in Your Bank Account at Christmas by Meg at Classically Meg
I have a bad habit at the holidays of simply spending all at once and buying things at prices I’d ordinarily not pay. Meg wrote up some guidelines that are pretty good for any major gift giving season. Although I will say one of her suggestions is DIY stuff, which would definitely not be happening with me. See if her suggestions match up with your spending strategy.
And just like that, Blogmas is over for another year. If you missed the other days, I included some of my favorite and more popular posts of my own, the funniest of the funnies, the hearfelt stories, and today, the random assortment of good reading.
Thank you for joining me and letting me bring a touch of the best of 2014 into your life!