A Bloggy Year in Review & Looking Ahead (2013)

A Bloggy Year in Review & Looking Forward at Vicki-Arnold.com

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The year 2013 has been a wild ride for this little blog. I started the year with a handful of readers and God has grown that tremendously. I’ve enjoyed the time. I’ve learned a lot about what kind of blogger I want to be and what kinds of things you all enjoy reading. Thankfully, the two match up well.

Coming into 2014, you will see less reviews here on the blog. They are fun, but time consuming and I’ve felt God leading me away from doing so many for a while. I have one more review coming soon that I’m excited to share with you, after that you won’t be seeing a review for a little while.

What will you be seeing? That is something I’m pretty excited about.

I have a fun project in the works with a blogging friend. This project will be year-long and center around a certain set of 26 letters, particularly for preschoolers. I hope you like printables and books. And fun.

You will continue to see posts about homeschooling, gardening, and goal setting because I love writing about those. I will also be doing more sewing tutorial round-up posts (you’ll see why below).

Another new thing this year, I will begin writing about some health topics. These will center around holistic ways to take care of the body God gave you (me).

Other News

2013 saw the launch of my newest project, The Library Adventure. God put together a great team of writers. We have reviews, books lists, and hands-on activities. Our mission is to grow a love of reading and a passion for the libraries that serve communities worldwide. We aim to provide resources for both library patrons and librarians.

I also became a Lilla Rose consultant after reviewing and giving away a flexi-clip for my 12 Days of Christmas in July giveaway series. That was a fun one, too.

The Top 10 Posts of 2013 on the Vicki Arnold blog

10. 4 Books That Made a Reader Out of My Son

4 books that made our son love reading fiction

9. 5 Quick Tips for a Successful First Garden

5 Quick Tips for a Successful First Garden

8. Scriptures to Memorize for When I Don’t Like Myself

Scriptures to Memorize for When I Don't Like Myself

7. Planning Your First Garden

Planning Your First Garden

6. Free Printable Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pages

Homeschool Curriculum Planning Worksheets (free printable)

5. Websites Frugal Homeschoolers Need

Websites Frugal Homeschoolers Need

4. 54 Free Maternity Sewing Tutorials & Patterns

Free sewing tutorials and patterns for maternity - over 50 tutorials!

3. Free Sewing Tutorials for Skirts

69 Free Tutorials for Skirts

2. 23 Free Sewing Tutorials for Women’s Dresses

23 Free Dress Tutorials for Women's Dresses

1. Free Sewing Tutorials – Dresses for Little Girls

Free Dress Tutorials for Little Girls

Posts I WISH Were in the Top Ten

I love the posts that made it in the top 10, but there are a few that I wish had been seen better over the year. I’m sharing those in closing today.

1. Dear Guilty Mom, Give Yourself Permission

Dear Guilty Mom - Give Yourself Permission

2. How to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

How to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

3. Sensory Bin Resources for Beginners

Sensory bin resources for beginners. An ebook, a few Pinterest boards, and some advice to get you started...not overwhelmed.

4. How to Read Blogs and Not Feel Like a Failure

How to Read Blogs and Not Feel Like a Failure

5. Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy – Selections from Psalms

Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy - Selections From Psalms

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