Ten Posts + Readers Faves

Dixiebelle followed suit with Hazel Dene the other day in fishing back through her blog for ‘7 Posts,’ favorites from the past. Is this a thing that’s going around? I’m always the last to know.

Anyway, I like the idea. I’ve been at this blogging business for awhile now, and it always seems a bit sad that once a post is old, it’s more or less gone. A few devoted readers, with enough time of their hands, have gone through my archives (oh, I feel giddy just writing that! Like I’m practically Madonna) but for the most part, old posts are water under the bridge.

I tried to choose 7 posts, fitting the categories listed by Dixiebelle. But I couldn’t do it. Below are my 10 favorites from the year. Oldies, goodies. But let’s up the anty. What are your favorites? If you remember the title of your favorite post, leave it in the comments. I’ll look it up and add the link. If you don’t remember the title, you could try describing it. I might be able to figure it out.

Here’s a few practical type posts:

Cast Iron Cookery— a three part series about rescuing, caring for and cooking with cast iron

Not Menu Planners— in case you thought you were the only one

Camping with Kids: Whatever it Takes including a ‘What to Pack’ list

Good News for Half Beer Lovers— possibly my favorite posted recipe, for beer gravy over noodles that I’ve made about a hundred times and love every time. Just had it last night and was thinking I should re-post it, so good.

And then the head-scratching posts, which have become kind of my thang. I didn’t add any of the ones that are in the Reader’s Favorites list in the sidebar, because I’m thinking you’ve already read them. If you are reading from a “device” (other than a computer) look at the full site sometime for that sidebar list of top posts.

Is Your Sustainable Life Sustainable? looks into how green and groovy we can really be for the long haul.

Someone Has to Wear the Apron and Master or Slave? chronicle my journey of tearing down the ‘cleaning is for pussies’ myth last winter

Caution: Martyr in the Kitchen lays bare my real reasons for cooking, and where they get me

Staking Our Claim: Learning to Ask is an instructional to myself, and anyone else who needs reminding

A Mama’s Heart takes on the rage issue, finally. This is the one that fits the original 7 post category of “didn’t get the attention it deserved.” The short, lead up post called Mama Rage got almost twice as many views.

The Way He Walks is about my boy, and also how I came to be a writer of ugly things

I like this idea of fishing out the best posts from a year. I do believe I’ll make a tradition of it.

And now you. What’s your favorite Apron Stringz post ever?

17 thoughts on “Ten Posts + Readers Faves

  1. That’d be like picking a favourite kid CJ. And you and I both know, you can only pick that after a couple half beers and you can never tell the children!

    But seriously, letter to new mama’s is my dead set favourite, and mama rage posts always bring me back off my self-righteous horse. Them ones and chicken ones.

  2. The one that really stands out in my mind for bravery, honesty and downright practicality was the post about washing up in cold water. That was you right? Pretty sure it was…

    1. Ooo, good one! Yup, that was me. Tepid water, and soap-less. Here’s the link
      Germaphobes and Cleanfreaks! Look Away Now!
      Though, I have to tell you, I gave up on the soap-less and the homemade soap adventures. Not because it didn’t work. Worked fine. But because the feel of (commercial) soapy water is just so much nicer. And like I say in the post, whatever it takes to make that relentless chore a little more pleasurable. I still use tepid water though, in our hot summer weather. Contrary to My Man’s belief, hot dishwater doesn’t kill a damn thing. If it was hot enough to sterilize your dishes, you sure wouldn’t be able to put your hand in it.

  3. I’m guilty of reading nearly all of your posts. When I first found your blog, I made time one week to spend an hour or so each night reading! ;D

  4. I think Hazel got some sort of award (which I never get *sighs* LOL) and this was the thing to do… she only had 6 categories, so I made one up!

  5. I really liked the Wearing The Apron one. I loved the whole discussion about feminism and housewifery that spanned a few posts…you know the series inspired by some article that claimed women weren’t living up to their potential if they were just moms or something….I’m totally blanking on details but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about….

    My MOST HATED POST EVER was the one where you said, “Hey, not blogging anymore. Gotta actually spend time with the littles…. Be back later, maybe.” And then, to my computer I said: “NOOOOooooooooo!!!!”

    So, um, yeah. Glad that didn’t last forever. Okay then.

    And also I’d like to give a shout out to Gardenia’s comment on the Radical Homemaking and Feminism post for being the most compelling and well cited blog comment I’ve yet seen.

    1. oh yeah, Erica Jong. that would have qualified for ‘most controversial post’
      or, yes, actually a series. started with The Madness of Motherhood, which is mostly just the link to her article and my initial reactions, followed by a bunch of very interesting comments. next i digested a little with Off a Duck’s Back. but the comprehensive finale was Casting Stones. if you just read one, read that last one. though, i’ve warned you, it’s loooong.
      yeah, wow. Gardenia. are you still with us? her comment really threw me. i totally thought she was some rampant feminist come to attack me, and i thought it was funny because she quoted exactly the things i find so disturbing about feminism. then i realized she was anti-feminist. interesting. i still think, whatever the original word meant to it’s creators, we’ve culturally re-defined it to mean, more or less, ‘a woman’s right to do whatever the hell she wants.’ we can’t very well make up a new name with every new generation. i’m gonna keep it.

      1. Yeah good call. This was also memorable for me. I remember thinking at the time how incredibly intellectual it all seemed but then at the same time how American it was that you were all so enthralled by what psychologists and behavioral-ists had to say. Australians go the whole “water off a duck’s back” first up LOL and then we give some come-back and attitude.

  6. A further great intro to your blog, CJ. I think my fave posts so far are when you talk about chickens… not sure why… just that you wax so lyrical about your girls and I find it inspiring. x

  7. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve not only read the archives, but I also looked up and read all the posts of your previous blog. I’ve never commented before but I love how “real” your blog is. You’re not afraid to say it how it is, no sugar coating. Keep up the good work!

    1. are you kidding me? you’ve read all the archives on both blogs and never introduced yourself? i’m so glad you finally braved the comment box!

  8. Well, as a personal thing, I liked the one that was all, “to hell with being reasonable, we got chooks, and here’s why it’s so great for kids!” We’re definitely finally moving next Friday, and will have a garden! So, it may not happen til next spring, but my kids will have chooks and I’m over the moon about it!

    1. yeah, the chicken herder post. that was a popular one too.
      as a real life update, the 4yo’s chicken chores have drastically diminished. as much my fault as hers. it’s damn hard to be patient enough to let littles do their work, at their pace. and sadly, our coop is in the crazy horrid mosquito part of our yard. so putting the chooks away at dusk, sloooowly, became just too unpleasant. i took over the nighttime, and she’s never ready to let them out in the mornings until like 11 am, which seems too late for me. it’s just so hot outside, and so mosquito-ey in the backyard that she doesn’t run back and check for eggs much either anymore.
      but, i’m okay to roll with it. she’s barely 4, and needs probably ever changing and therefore ever excitingly new chores. just this morning she learned to make her own oatmeal. fun fun.

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