Favorite Posts of 2011

Favorite Posts of 2011

Thank you so much for finding Modern Mrs Darcy this year and joining me here.  This has been my first year (well, partial year–I just got going in the spring) blogging and I have enjoyed it so much–and it’s all because of you.  Thanks so much for stopping by and reading and commenting here!

Blog traffic is a funny thing, I’m finding, and the most popular posts are rarely my favorites.  But here are the most-viewed posts of 2011 (in no particular order).


On My Anniversary: My Best Advice for a Happy Marriage

11 little tidbits of advice on my 11th anniversary.  What can I say?  I love this post.

Unplanned?  More Like, Unplannable

The news says, “Half of all pregnancies that happen in the U.S. every year are unintended.”  To which I have to say:  Just half?

By Request: DIY Kate Middleton Costume

I wrote this on a whim after I watched my search engine traffic soar in September for terms like “Kate Middleton Halloween costume” because of this post (and this one).  For once I tapped right into the zeitgeist:  this post has brought in far more search engine traffic than any other I’ve written for this site, and I was very surprised when it was picked up by some newsy sites in October.

1 Ridiculously Simple Tip to Make Your Marriage Better

I wrote this way back when I first started blogging, and it’s funny to read it now and see how my tone has changed.  I do think it’s excellent advice, though.

5 Things I Love About Shopping Online, and 3 Things I Wish I’d Learned Sooner

My public service announcement in advance of the holiday shopping season.

How to Deal With Your Crazy Family (From an Accidental Expert)

This one really struck a nerve.  I can’t say I’m surprised.

You Can Kick the Sarcastic Habit

This is another early post that I wrote after coming home from another discouraging, sarcasm-filled meeting.

1 Good Reason to Gossip and 5 Better Reasons Not To

I wrote this after hearing a little blurb on the radio that gossip is actually good for us.  But as for me, I need to be encouraged to keep my mouth shut much more than I need to be prodded to dish the dirt.  And many of you felt the same way.

Don’t Be a Drama Queen and Other Lessons in Friendship From Anne Shirley

I wrote the Green Gables posts very early on, and I wish they were formatted a little better, but I think the content is fabulous and fun.

Some of my favorite posts appeared elsewhere:

For SortaCrunchy:  An INFP Goes to Church

I’m a Myers-Briggs geek, and here I write about what it looks like when a starry-eyed dreamer meets the real world on a Sunday morning.

For Money Saving Mom: How to Make Your Own Delicious Homemade Lattes Without an Espresso Machine

There is nothing not to like here.  (Several of you have emailed me gushing about the new Aeropresses and frothers you got for Christmas!  Enjoy!)

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  1. I had no idea this was your first year blogging – you’re well on your way! 🙂 So glad I stumbled onto your blog through Jessica and I look forward to seeing what 2012 holds on Modern Mrs. Darcy! 😉 Blessings and Happy New Year!

  2. I hadn’t read those posts about sarcasm & gossip until now & it’s nice to see other women thinking about cutting out those things! I try to make my words better too, especially since having children. Enjoy your blog!

  3. I just hopped on the bandwagon and did a “best-of” post. May as well. 🙂 I have enjoyed your blog so much since I found it, Anne!! You are a blessing and I’m thankful to “know” you in bloggy-land. 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    I remember reading almost all of these. The INFP goes to Church really resonated with me (this INFJ has faced similar things). I can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2012. Happy New Year from another First Year Blogger!

  5. Julie Rousseau says:

    I have enjoyed reading my first blog and the only one I follow! Looking forward to seeing what the blog brings in 2012!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Malisa says:

    I found your blog in the latter part of this year, so I really appreciate your list of your Favorite Posts of 2011. Really looking forward to reading more in 2012. Have a wonderful day!

  7. deborah says:

    Love your blog name! Who wouldn’t want to be Mrs. Darcy?! 😉

    I’m impressed (and a little envious) at how great your blog is and how young it is! Congrats! I really am happy for you! I like your style and ideas for posts!

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