I look in my side-bar and I just can’t believe it. My third most popular post ever is Writing My Very First Blog Post. There it is, just below that imposter of a post, Hello Again. I sit here wondering why my very boring first post, and a post about my very boring first post are so popular.

I have to admit I’m a ‘most popular posts’ watcher. Whenever I visit my blog to answer comments, I can’t resist glancing into the side-bar to see which posts are jostling for the top positions. For weeks, or even months, there might not be much change. Ten old posts sit there looking rather smug and satisfied: We are the best! they seem to brag. And then all of a sudden, some unexpected story comes back from the dead. It elbows one of the old regulars out of the way. And I think Why? Why has that particular post made a reappearance?” I had thought it was gone forever.

I guess a lot of new readers might sample a post or two from the top ten just to get an idea of what my blog is all about. What must they think when they read Hello Again? “Is that the best she can come up with?” Probably! That post has been read thousands of times, but I only have a small number of followers. Are there thousands of unimpressed readers?

So what stories would I prefer first time visitors read? What are my all-time favourite posts? I had a scroll back through my archive and noted down a few posts I really like.

Is it wrong to like our own posts? It doesn’t sound very humble, does it? I was talking with Father James Tierney, author of the Bush Boys books, about writers liking and enjoying their own work. Father told me he likes to dip into his own stories every now and then: “I was reading that bit where Greg and Bernie… “ Father stopped and chuckled as he remembered. Then he added, "I sometimes wonder where those words came from. They're so good." We decided if we don’t like our own writing how can we expect others to enjoy it.

So I made a list of my own top ten favourite posts. I found it hard to limit myself to only ten posts. So many stories felt like old friends. But you can be sure I had no trouble ignoring Hello Again. Actually, none of the current top ten posts is on my list. So what did I choose? In no particular order, here they are…












Why do I like them? Some of these stories just flowed onto the screen as I was writing them, as if they wanted to come to life. (Like Father Jim, there are times when I also wonder where the words come from.) It's a wonderful experience when that happens. Other stories contain special memories. And a couple just make me laugh.

Do you ever look at your own most popular posts and wonder why they made it into the top ten? Have you ever composed your own list of favourites? If you haven’t, perhaps you could write your own My Top Ten Favourite Posts post.

And now I'm wondering if anyone will like my choices. Will readers enjoy and chuckle and cry over my own top ten? Or will they prefer that old rogue Hello Again, after all?


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  1. I don't know why you don't like Hello, Again, Sue. It's my favourite post of yours;-) No, seriously, all your posts are good. It would be hard to think of a favourite. But, I like the one where you got your car stuck on the driveway and the one where Callum bought Andy a car and all the ones about Thomas and...there's too many to list, but I'll click on your list to refresh my memory.

    My own most popular post is a clumsy biography of Claudio Monteverdi, Sue - people link on it through an image search. It's very humbling that the best thing about my blog is a picture of an old composer - but you have just given me a really clever idea. I'll move that picture to one of my favourite posts - you know, one of those ones where I was particularly witty:-D - and, then, everyone who lands there will be pleasantly surprised and grateful to have accidentally discovered such a wonderful blog! I can't believe I never thought of that before.

    It's funny how words just appear, isn't it? Sometimes, I think we're afraid to say it's good enough to come from God as if it's proud to think that, but I think it's a humbling thing to reflect on how everything we have comes from God.

    God bless, Sue:-)


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    1. Vicky,

      I'd forgotten about that post where I drove the car over the edge of the driveway. It's lovely you remember it! All my posts about Thomas are very special to me too, but I didn't want to choose only grief posts. As it is, he features in 4 out of my top 10 stories.

      I like your idea of moving your image to one of your favourite posts. That's very clever! But maybe your post is actually better than you think. I must reread it!

      You are so right about everything coming from God! And about not wanting to say so in case everyone thinks the words aren't good enough... "How could you think that comes from God?" You've put that into words better than me!

      I will be over to have a look at your most popular posts!

      God bless.

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  2. You are an amazing writer Sue! I think it depends on where the readers at in their life, as to which posts draw them in. We've already talked about this but my most highly read posts are about Catholic crafts that I use in my classroom. And I do tend to seek similar posts out there to help me with my lesson planning. I wouldn't say they were my own favorite as in meaningful but they are the most fun. I'm always on the hunt for new ideas on how to liturgically enhance my lessons. And due to the fact that I've benefited from others I like to advertise for them too.

    Back to you now, you have many great stories you've written and many more to write! I think you'll know soon if your favorite posts move up the ranks of popularity!

    Thank you for the sweet daisy button on your side bar. You are very sweet and encouraging and an advocate for the unborn too! I read an article recently in the Times Magazine where it stated that the pro choice side is losing this battle even with the support of our pro choice president. Good news!

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    1. Noreen,

      I think you are so right about where readers are in their life to what posts they like. What I find interesting, and grateful for, is that practically everyone stops and reads my grief posts, even if they have never lost a child. I think that is so kind and supportive. We all seem to find something to share and discuss.

      Noreen, I'd noticed how quick you are to link back to the sites and bloggers who give you all the wonderful liturgical art and craft ideas. I like how everyone helps each other in this blogging community.

      It was my pleasure to put a button in my sidebar for you. So good to hear that the pro-choice side is losing the battle. That must have given you much encouragement. I read an article that also said the tide has turned, due to the development of more sophisticated ultrasounds. It is very difficult to deny an unborn baby is actually a baby when the images are so clear.

      Keep working. You are making a difference! We are praying for you and your work.

      God bless!

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  3. Yes, we are curious and vain ;) I also thake a look from time to time, which is a very humbling experience, as my top ten posts invariably are "Yarn Along" posts. I'll have to write some witty and brilliant posts.
    I think you have hit a bull's eye with you top ten. I tried thinking back on your posts before reading your list, and almost all that came to my mind are there. I miss the one about saying grace in public, and Life after babies, but with the number of posts you have written, you must have had a hard time choosing.

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    1. Uglemor,

      I'd forgotten about Life after Babies! Yes, that one meant a lot to me. Maybe I'll put it in my next top ten list! I did have a hard time choosing my favourites. I was thinking I should write a list of my top ten neglected posts: Those posts hardly anyone read. But then again, maybe there's a reason why they didn't get many page views. They might not be worth a second look!

      Uglemor, perhaps you could compile your own list of favourite posts from your blog. Would you include the Yarn Along ones? I like the posts with stories about your daily life around the owlery, and I like looking at your photos. Those of your recent snow are so beautiful!

      God bless!

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  4. I sat here and read every single post, even the ones I'd already read (of course), and laughed and cried and enjoyed your marvelous gift of writing. It has been exactly what I've needed as I sit here caring for a sore joint(hmm... does that sound like I've been tending a mad house?.. maybe that's my problem!).

    Now I only have one question. When do we get a list of your top eleven through twenty favorite posts? I promise to read every one.!!! On the other hand, maybe I'll just poke back into your archives and pick some of my own faves from what you've done.... :)

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    1. Nancy,

      You read all ten posts? Wow! That has made my day. I'm sitting here smiling. Thank you!

      I'm so sorry to hear you've got a sore joint. I hope it's feeling better soon. Tending a mad house? Maybe you felt crazy enough to tackle ten posts at once!

      I have an overflow list of favourite posts. Maybe I will post them in the future, a long time in the future though, when everyone has got over this post!

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  5. Wow! Thank you! I read all of them and they made my day! I sat down to have a look at your latest post, and got to read ten... they made me smile, laugh, cry and think. I can see why they are your favourite, although I'm also very fond of some of your other posts that I've read.

    The one about "Your Starring Role" had me teary eyed.... truly you are a superstar in heaven's eyes!! I loved all your special posts relating to Thomas. When I read your one about how to bring up your child well, Stephen was looking over my shoulder and couldn't help getting interested... your wonderful points (and Callum's helpful insights) helped us to discuss some great parenting ideas as we struggle on as newbie parents (just like you describe yourself in "Memories of an Inexperienced Mother") We really enjoyed your lovely post about your wonderful husband, and listened to the voice clip- he has such a wonderful voice! I bet he had so much fun impersonating Mr Presley! And then I laughed and laughed when looking at the pictures of the "Weird Unschoolers", and read about the Waiting Room education. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for machines that can remove cat hair for Gemma-Rose's benefit.... :P

    God Bless you!

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    1. Jacinta,

      You had time to read all ten posts? Thank you!

      For some reason, I really like My Starring Role. I know the whole post isn't perfect. It could do with some changes here and there. But the ending... It just flowed onto the computer screen without me realising what I was about to write.

      I am glad you laughed when you saw our weird unschooling photos. They are quite scary! When I wrote that post the whole family was rolling around the floor, with tears of laughter flowing down our faces. I think we're a bit strange.

      Please, keep your eye out for that cat hair removal machine. What a wonderful invention that would be!

      Thank you so much for sharing my stories, Jacinta. And Stephen too. It's good to share with husbands. Andy doesn't read my posts though. I think he's afraid of what he might read. Saying that, he doesn't mind me writing about him. He's a good sport.

      God bless you all!

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  6. Though I have read many, MANY of your blog posts, I think I've only read about half of the ones you've listed here. I was wondering to myself which of your posts I liked best, and I have to say I've Never read a "bad" post... you are simply incapable of writing anything bad or boring! :) For some reason though, your post about "Gorgeous Hair" really made me smile. :) I guess I could relate to it, since my hair is "old", thin, mostly grey (unless I color it) and just not the nice vibrant youthful hair I once had. :) Perhaps the reason that post stands out in my head is because it left me with a smile on my face. Many of your posts do, but I just got a huge kick out of that one. :) Looks like I have more reading to do!! Love to you!!! ♥

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    1. Susan,

      I remember Gorgeous Big Hair! I also remember discussing our past hair mistakes in the comments box! Maybe the best posts are the ones that lead to good conversations. Do you remember I'm a Skirt Girl? I'm sure we had a good chat about clothes after that one was posted. And of course there's The Birthday Shopping Dilemma where we discussed beds!! Yes, I definitely enjoy posts where readers share their own experiences and thoughts.

      Thank you for your kind words and for always being such a faithful reader, Susan. Love to you too!

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    2. Haha!! I remember those!! We've had some great conversations!! :)

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    3. Susan,

      I love rereading the comments as well as the posts. In fact I am sure the conversations are better than the posts.

      God bless!

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  7. LOL!! I feel the same way! :) I remembered earlier how much I loved "What Do Nuns Do All Day". That was a big favorite of mine, and I showed it to my girls. It was just awesome!! :) Gosh.. I love our conversations. I wish I had lots of time to just sit and yak away!! LOL

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    1. Susan,

      I love Felicity's drawings in "What Do Nuns Do All Day?" I told Felicity how much everyone enjoyed that post and passed on the idea that she might like to consider making a picture book out of the drawings. Maybe she will!

      I always love chatting too!

      God bless!

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