An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Best Blog Posts of 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

Best Blog Posts of 2018

I've rounded up my favorite, most popular and most controversial posts of 2018

The end is near! Ha, that sounds dramatic. But 2018 is coming to a close quickly. It was a great year for me on so many levels - the most successful year I've had blogging with not only sponsorships but also with different kinds of work opportunities with various brands (I wrote for other sites! I got paid to take food photos!), and of course, the pregnancy and birth of the twins. I've done fun tutorials and crafts, amazing recipes, and put my opinion out there on topics from parenting to blogging cliques to food allergies and more. I thought I'd round up my best blog posts of 2018 so they're all in one spot.

Next year, I'll hit my 5th year blogging, which blows my mind. Every now and again I wonder if I'll "make it", meaning I wonder if I'll be able to pull off a post in time, or get that Instagram photo up for the day. And every time, I manage to pull something off. Having the twins has been stressful and definitely hampered my progress on the blog. I've just decided to roll with it! I'm hoping to resume two posts a week sometime early next year, but navigating this space and mothering four very young children is a constantly evolving, constantly changing dynamic. I'm not going to be the cliche blogger who teases, "I have so many exciting things in store for you for next year!" I don't. I literally have nothing planned for 2019 because I'm just not sure what my capacity will be as of yet. Alas, that's next year! Let's get back to the best of the best of this year, shall we?

My favorite post
I got to expose some of the craziest things I heard and was asked while pregnant, and provide some of the snarky answers that went on in my head, along with what I really told people when they asked various bizarre questions. I wrote this one when I was 30+ weeks pregnant with twins in the summer in Texas and stuck on bed rest... In other words, I didn't hold back. Definitely one of my favorite posts I've written in terms of entertainment value!
Answers To The Rudest Pregnancy Questions I've Ever Gotten 

My most viewed post
I love that my roundup on how to use essential oils did so well. It makes me happy to know that people are interested in using essential oils that are thousands of years old and want to make healthier changes to their everyday lives. The other post was my pregnancy announcement that shared we weren't just having one baby, but in fact were doubling our family size! It never fails to amaze me how much people love to read the details of other people's lives. I love that about blogging, because I'm an open book and ready to talk about ALL OF IT.
How To Use Essential Oils

Big News! The Shock Of A Lifetime

My most controversial post
This one surprised me a little! It was a sponsored post in partnership with an infant probiotic company. The shocking part? They didn't require any approvals even though I was making medical claims! I could have written whatever I wanted. They did provide some research for me, and oddly enough, I had just read a study from Virginia Commonwealth University on how gut health was officially linked to not only the health issues listed in the post, but now Autism too. Anyway, all moms are intense when you talk about ailments their children are experiencing, but food allergy moms are some of the MOST intense. Needless to say, I got some interesting emails from this post, especially because the brand I worked with promoted it pretty heavily so it reached way bigger than my normal audience.
What Colic, Eczema and Allergies Might Tell You About Your Baby's Gut Health

The best idea I think I offered the internet
This year, I experienced a big shift in attitude towards social media. In the past, I've loved everything about it - meeting new people, "talking" with friends, sharing tidbits on my life and seeing what others' are up to. But this year, I found it more exhausting. I read so many negative comments on other peoples posts and profiles, and of course, had to deal with my own Negative Nancy's. It just seems like people are so quick to judge others and let them know about it, all under the guise of their keyboard or phone. More so than in other years. Anyway, I wrote this on how to mentally process and handle all the negativity on social media, and think it offers some great insight for everyday social media use.
How To Deal With Negative Blog And Social Media Comments 


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  2. Agree that social media can get very exhausting. Especially in election years. Keep up the good work!

  3. I definitely see why your essential oils post was the most viewed, everyone is getting into oils these days. I even just started using them!

  4. Really enjoyed reading through this! I checked out your pregnancy comments post...people are ruthless! You & your family are beautiful! Happy Holidays!
    -Madi xo

  5. First of all, I love your authentic writing style. You really have a strong personal voice. I also enjoyed reading the posts you linked to. I have been interested in essential oils for a while and I appreciate how you bring a fresh approach because many articles I've read discuss what the oils are good for but don't get into how to actually use them around the house. I also found your article about rude social media comments really helpful. Finally, I could really relate to your intro on the article for pregnancy questions because I also can't stand "questions not to ask" posts. Sure, I might cringe at a particular question, but like you said, the person is just curious and certainly has a right to ask that question!

  6. This is a great post, congrats! I hope 2019 will bring more stories and we get to see your adventures with the twins.

  7. Very interesting/cool way to break this all down! Respect to keeping a blog going with 4 times I struggle and I just have ONE! haha
    xoxo Carolyn @

  8. Really intrigued how to use essential oils! You have good contents and everything looked interesting, will love to visit your post about essential oils.

  9. Some good ones there lady! And you’re so right, people are always quick to judge and give their opinions, warranted or not.

  10. AHH How great! I can't wait to read the how to deal with negative comments post! They all sound great!

  11. These are some great posts! I totally agree that people can be so negative on the internet, so it's awesome that you've found ways to combat that. I always cringe when I see trollish comments on other blogger's Instagram's or sites. I just don't get why people can't be nicer!

  12. You’ve done amazing things this year. My focus this year is anything negative, there is just too much negativity on the internet, band abuse people always have something to say.

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