My Seven Links, an Award, and a Sunset

8 Sep

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for so long.  It seems that lately I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on my blog and how it has evolved over the past year and a half.  Claire at Whispering Acres was nice enough to share with me the opportunity to participate in My Seven Links.  This was started by Tripbase Blog.  You simply have to share seven links.

  • My most beautiful post
  • My most popular post.
  • My most controversial post.
  • My most helpful post.
  • A post whose success surprised me.
  • A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved.
  • The post I am most proud of.

My most beautiful post is one of the most difficult to choose.  I love my farm and animals and sharing it with everyone.  I guess I’ll have to go with Under a Blue Sky.  I think I have to choose this one because it has my beautiful great horned owl, a beautiful blue sky, and several photos around the farm.

My most popular post is Making Honey Oatmeal Soap.  Actually it is the second most popular post with 413 page views.  I do know why it’s popular~it’s a great soap.  I’ve actually had people tell me they don’t ever want to use anything except this soap because it helps their eczema.

My most controversial post is An OMG Moment.  I wasn’t sure I should post about this or not.  After all, my full-grown steer was nursing my cow.  It’s kind of a strange situation that I didn’t know what to do.  Luckily, the situation seemed to resolve itself.

My most helpful post is really a tie between A Couple of Goat Pregnancy Notes and How Do You Tell if Your Goat is Bred.  Based on the number of hits I get to my blog searching for information on goat pregnancy, these have been helpful.

Litha May Street

The post whose success surprised me is also the one that is technically the most popular, Goat Teeth.  It has had 418 page views.  I feel kind of bad about this because I posted a little bit of wrong information.  When I said goats don’t have teeth on the top, I meant in the front.  They do have top and bottom teeth in the back of their mouths.

Dolly Ann Street

A post that didn’t get the attention it deserves is Antibiotic Garlic.  Really, I’m a huge believer in the benefits of garlic.  It’s virtually 100% antibiotic and has anti-viral properties as well.  Everyone should know about the benefits of garlic.

The post I am most proud of is It Might Be Time to Quit Milking.  It was fun.  It was challenging.  I actually took the pictures myself, which was quite challenging while milking.

This is my 562nd post.  It was a lot of fun looking back through them all to pick out those for my seven links.  Now the hard part~passing this on to three more people.  I’d love to see how pretty much everyone would rate their posts. but I think I’ll go with some blogs I have started following more recently.  Then I know which older posts I should go read.  So, I would like to nominate those three blogs who’s memes I’m linking up to today.

Deborah Jean’s Dandelion House who hosts Farmgirl Friday

Verde Farms’ Amy who hosts Farm Friend Friday

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry  who hosts You Capture where this week’s theme is Summer Sunsets

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I was also lucky enough to be awarded the Liebster Blog award by Jerry of Soap Box Tech.  This is an award for small bloggers~those with fewer than 300 followers.  I certainly qualify there.  I have 59 followers (not worth going to Blogger for the easy Follow Me button).  I love the comments that I get from people.  I hope people do find my blog worthwhile and helpful.  It’s quite an honor to receive an award that means “friend” or “love”.

Now I have the honor of passing this on to three more bloggers with less than 300 followers.  I immediately thought of my goat sisters.  Now some don’t qualify because they have so many followers.  Some aren’t bloggers.  This is all good because I have to narrow it down to three.  Here’s to all my goat sisters out there (even if I couldn’t nominate you) that have embraced their inner goat!

Mimi and Darla of The Goat Borrower.

Isobelle Golightly, the beautiful goat and her lady

Claire (and Lucky Nickel) of Whispering Acres

Finally, as the sun sets this summer day, I think we should all take time to reflect on our lives and how we share them with everyone.  I’ve had so much fun joining different memes to share my posts and read other people’s posts.  Blogging has been such a great way to meet so many kind and caring people.

Summer Sunset

I look forward to many more wonderful posts and the great comments everyone leaves.  Thanks for coming back and reading what I have to say.

16 Responses to “My Seven Links, an Award, and a Sunset”

  1. Candy C. September 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    How fun to go back and see some of your older posts! You certainly deserve the Liebster Blog award! Thanks Teresa for making the rest of us feel like it’s OKAY to have goats, gardens and farms! 🙂

    • Teresa September 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      Thanks! Really, is there any other way of life?

  2. TexWisGirl September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    congrats on your award. you have a great and varied blog here. you take the time to make it informative as well as providing lots of beauty and cuteness from your animals. 🙂

    • Teresa September 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      Aw, you are so kind. It’s all things that I love and just can’t get too much of talking about.

  3. Jen C. September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Congratulations on the award 🙂 I haven’t been reading your blog for that long but I have been quite amazed and amused by the stories you tell about your goats and life on the farm. Reading through these 7 links you shared was quite fun especially the OMG moment. You made farm life sound so much more fun than I have ever imagined (well that and you opened my eyes about all the hard work involved) Happy 562nd blog post!

    • Teresa September 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      Thanks! Like most things, it’s hard work but you can always find the fun and beauty in it.

  4. Alica September 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    I’d have to agree with TexWisGirl…she said it well! I’m sure it was especially hard for you to choose your “most beautiful” post…your pictures are all so good!

    • Teresa September 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks. I was really surprised at how hard it was to chose any of them that didn’t involve simply looking at the stats. It was fun though!

  5. Sharon Qualls September 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Except for some of the ah, er, stuff like looking for worms – I think all of your stuff is beautiful – I never would have been able to pick!

    Love the summer sunset!

    • Teresa September 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      Thanks. There are some things (like parasites and rut) that just can’t be beautiful.

  6. Nancy September 9, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Fun to go back through some of your posts that I haven’t read before. Lovely sunset photo — well done, Teresa! 🙂

    • Teresa September 9, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      Thank you. It was a lot of fun for me to look back through them as well.

  7. Judie September 9, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    As always, your photos are wonderful! It just occurred to me that I love coming here because when I was very young, my grandfather had goats that he trained to do tricks. They could climb a ladder, cross a plank, and come down the other side. When he held a handkerchief to their noses, they would sneeze into it! I have no idea why I didn’t make the connection sooner!!

    • Teresa September 9, 2011 at 11:09 am #

      That sounds like so much fun! Goats are really very smart creatures.

  8. Heidi Gonzales September 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Congratulations on the blog award. You certainly deserve it. I agree with the other bloggers that enjoy your blog because your content is practical and fun. I especially love the adorable goat pictures. Here’e to another 500+ posts. Thanks for the wonderful information,

    • Teresa September 14, 2011 at 7:06 am #

      Glad you enjoy visiting! I really have fun sharing my goats and everything about my farm.

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