Hello, lovely readers! 2015 has been quite a year here on my little corner of the internet, and truly, it's all because of you.
Without you reading my thoughts (as random as they often are), sharing them and commenting on them, this little blog wouldn't have grown nearly as much as it did this year. I'm indebted to you guys, and I'm humbled that you take the time to read what I have to say. Truly humbled.
Okay, enough with the mushy stuff. Let's get to doing a little review!
Top 3 Changes on The Speckled Goat...
1) It became The Speckled Goat.Thanks for stickin' with me through a total rebrand, new colors, and a new name! Switching from A Home Called Shalom was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. (Read all about it here.)
2) I got social.I sucked it up and created a Facebook page, and then sucked it up again and started tweeting on Twitter. Yikes.
My Featured Farmers series has been a really great success- in part because now I have a little more of an idea of what I'm doing, and also because I got to know some other bloggers who are really awesome people. I'm looking forward to continuing the series and getting to know some more really awesome people- so stay tuned!
3) I made some great connections.
Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015
Who doesn't love a good planner story? Paper planning seems to be pretty popular lately, and this post got quite a bit of love.
Christine's no-nonsense honesty and amazing sense of humor rocked this post.
Struck some nerves, I think.
When in doubt, poke the bear. But honestly, this controversial topic was one I feel pretty strongly about- as Christians, let's be cautious about what we put in our minds.
4) Being a Blessing.
Challenging myself to be an encouragement to others was quite interesting in my own life- hopefully many people were touched by the encouragement we spread!
Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily joined me for an interview about how she cares for her chickens- it's a really great interview from a really great gal.
Most Under-Rated Post of 2015The funny thing about blogging is that so often, I have a post that's just awesome and has some deep stuff to say, but for whatever reason, it just doesn't get any love.
This year, I picked a post actually written by a guest blogger as my most under-rated post, because man, it's awesome... but it didn't really get very many views.
I personally think self-control is the one virtue we have the smallest amount of control over. I believe that biblical self-control is manifested from having the previous fruits of the Spirit flowing through us already. Someone who is without any of the other fruits entirely, but lives a very disciplined life is only that- very disciplined.
Top Blogs I'm Newly Following
I read lots of other blogs. These are my five favorite new follows in 2015!
The Fewell Homestead: Beautiful photos, and a lifestyle-Christian-homestead focus.
Diana Kerr: So cute- and lots of great posts about productivity and being the best you can be
The Elliot Homestead: Lots of good homestead-y type posts and recipes.
Hope N Griffin: Great Christian lifestyle posts- lots of great stuff about marriage, and very inspirational.
Front Porch, Inspired: Honest and authentic- she has a lot of great inspirational posts, and her book journeys are great!
Top 3 Things I Need From You
1) Your Support
The best way to support this little blog is by sharing posts that you love or were challenged or touched by. I'd love it if you'd share posts on social media - it helps to encourage me and keep me pluggin' right along.
2) Your Thoughts
I want to be writing the kinds of things that help you- things you're interested in, want to hear more about- but I unfortunately can't read your mind. So go on ahead and do this super quick survey, if you would.
1) Most Importantly, Your Prayers.
Really. I pray over this little corner of the web, asking God to give me stuff that He wants me to say. He really comes through with that, every single time. Join me in praying for this little project of mine- that more people would know the good news of the Gospel or see a little bit of Christ here on this blog.
Have a very Happy New Year! See you in 2016!
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