The Best of 2012 Link-Up Par-Tay

On January 11, 2013, it will be official! We will say good-bye to our blogging infancy by hitting the one year mark! Don’t look over at Archives! Just don’t do it. She’s a liar-liar-pants-on-fire! You can get the full explanation here or just trust us and bake us a cake. Every toddler deserves a cake she can sink her face into.

This is how we eat all of our cakes. We find it leads to less of that pesky sharing thing.


What? No time to bake us a cake? We understand, plus our thighs couldn’t handle it anyway. How about joining our link-up instead?

Pick out your favorite post from 2012 and link away.

Since parties and blogging are all about the conversation, why not read the other bloggers who have linked in your row? It’s really the least you could do since you wouldn’t bake us a cake.

But before you go linkin’, check out our Top Ten from 2012. Don’t go pouting that we get ten and you only get one. We’re the Blogiversary girls and we’ll do what we want to, but to keep things fair, we promise to Pin each of your posts, m’kay? That’s definitely better than a favor bag full of Bits o’ Honey and Dollar Store plastic.

Our Top Ten From 2012

Starting this blog is one of the most fulfilling things we could have done  for ourselves in 2012. We thought we knew what we were getting into, but it has turned out to be so much more. We have made new friends and learned new things about ourselves — we love to craft with words, we have enough bravery to send our little word gems out to be judged, and we like to have an audience that listens to us and gives us feedback.

We have learned  bushels about ourselves and our friendship. If you would like to know more — this is how we write together, this is what our kids think of us, and this is what we think of each other. Maybe for 2013 we’ll open it up to our Sisterhood to see what they think of us, although we’re not sure we have THAT much bravery.

Without further ado, here are our seven most viewed posts and three that we think deserve a little more love.


Our Seven Posts With The Most Views

1. Boy Bands Are for Cougars Too — This one surely did so well because of the love shown to it by Duran Duran on Facebook and on Twitter. Ellen is still swooning. Ellen’s daughters have their fingers crossed that One Direction will respond too. (Piece of advice 1D, you’ll need these girls in three decades, just sayin’.)

Twelve year old Ellen’s obsession comes full circle three decades later.


2. Are You Mom Enough Not To Take The Bait. — Here is the one where Ellen gets uppity with the media for constantly stirring the “Mommy War” embers. In less than 500 words!

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


3. 10 Songs to Celebrate Woman — This quick little playlist has proven to be a blog traffic work horse, garnering at least 100 page views EVERY week. You know you want to check it out. Rock on!

This is how we boogie, Baby . . . or something.


4. Extraordinarily Ordinary — Erin shares a story about a carpool that ended up being so much more—a tale of a teen, a neighbor with autism, and the little favor that helped them all.

Acceptance is a powerful force.


5. Bullying: The Real B Word — Erin shows that there are actions you can take with YOUR kids EVERY day to weaken bullying.

Click on this badge to go to our Pinterest board and repin it for yourself to spread this positive message against bullying.


6. Helicopter Parents: Your Time Is Up. — You may not even know you’re doing it.



7. Ten Steps to Prevent Your Wedding From Being Pintershit — People looooooove our Pintershit series! Here are the others.



Three Posts That Deserve More Love

Hey, it’s not their fault only Aunt Karo was reading our blog when we posted them.

1. Fakes, Flakes, and Troublemakers Not Welcome — We like to volunteer and lend a hand when we can. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy until . . . we’re pushed to the verge of throat punching a penguin.

If only these were the flakes we were talking about. These can be easily handled with a flamethrower. Hmmmmmmm . . . guess the other ones could too, now that we think about it.


3. Don’t Box ‘Em In — It’s limiting to label your kids even if you think it’s something positive like Future Scientist of America. Save those labels for those Pinterest Mason jars.

Quite honestly, WE could use a little MORE boxing in.


3. The Stranger in My House — Genetics has never been so funny. It’s like an episode of CSI!

Anxiety!?! Yeah, I got anxiety! Ellen and her mad genetic knowledge saved the day!


Happy BLirth-day! Favorite Post of 2012 Link-Up PAR-TAY!

What’s a BLirth-day you say? BLogging + Birthday = BLirth-day. We explain it all here. All you need to worry about is picking your favorite post from the last year. We can’t wait to see (and Pin) what you link!

— Ellen and Erin

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64 thoughts on “The Best of 2012 Link-Up Par-Tay

  1. Stephanie @ Mommy, for real.

    Happy Blogiversary! I too was under the impression you had been here for years and years- you are just that awesome. Having only been around for six months, I am shocked when I find out my favorite bloggers that I look up to haven’t been blogging since it was invented! Congrats, and great idea for a link-up!
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  2. sparkling74

    Thanks for sharing your birthday with the rest of us and letting us each have a present on your special day. It’s interesting that you still sit in your high chair to eat your cake….

    I also LOVE the idea of visiting the blogs that are featured on the same row as me! What a simple way to do something we should all be doing!
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  3. Farrah

    I’m very impressed with your new term. I was always confused with ‘blogoversary’ or ‘blogiversary’ or what have you. I like your road of ‘when in doubt- make it yourself’. Which is exactly why I love you ladies so much- you’re originals. Can’t believe it’s only been a year!!! Keep on keepin’ on 🙂

    1. The Sisterhood Post author

      Thank you, Sperk. Finding your blog was good fortune for us this year on our blogging journey. We have enjoyed reading your blog and developing our online friendship. All the best to you in the new year, Erin

  4. Michelle Longo

    Congrats on one year and hooray!!

    One of my first new followers on Twitter when I started blogging seriously last winter was The Sisterood. This alone was good fortune, but through you have received some of the most wonderful comments and I’ve met some amazing people (because it was you who brought me to Yeah Write).

    Thank you for that and thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.
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  5. Azara

    Happy blirthday!! I’m on a conference call so I can’t read all the posts now, but I’ll be back this evening. All that talk of throat-punching and flakes has piqued my interest!

    Can’t wait to visit everyone – what a fun party!
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  6. Kristin

    Happy Birthday! You two are quite accomplished for just one year. I am new to your blog, but plan to start by finishing reading these top posts and those in the link up. PAR-TAY!
    Kristin recently posted..AcceptanceMy Profile

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