Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Highlights of 2012
It's now a new year, 2013! Seems weird to type that but I say that every year. Whether you've been following The Pistachio Project for longer than this last year or if you started somewhere in 2012, I hope you have been enjoying this blog.
The Pistachio Project has done a lot and grown a lot in 2012 and I thought I'd break it down by month and let you see some of the highlights.
January - I started off the year with an entire series devoted to cloth diapers. I wrote about cleaning cloth diapers, how the sun removes stains, all the terminology that comes with cloth diapers and I even interviewed a few of you about your personal favorite cloth diapers.
February - During this month, I covered a bit of everything it seems. There was a post on different types of wheat flour , another on the importance of Vitamin D, and one was a recipe for cheese popcorn.
March - I had previously received questions about how to deal with opposition when you are crunchy so I decided to write about that and I hopefully helped some of you out in that area. If you are curious as to why I drink only whole milk now, I wrote about that in March as well.
April - An on-going series I began this month was Crunchy Cheats where I help you out in making crunchier purchases by giving you a list of some of the better natural products. This was the month that I added a bit of color to one of my bathrooms and showed you how I used fabric to "wallpaper" my walls.
May - This month was a bit of a DIY month with posts on natural remedies for yeast infections and how to naturally fix a squeaky door.
June - Being crunchy can be frugal and sometimes you can even take that further like turning bar soap into liquid soap. During this month, I also began Simply Natural Saturdays, a weekly post that allows other bloggers to link up natural posts to share with all of you.
July - You could tell that I was gearing up to start my homeschool year again by the fact that most of the posts this month were about homeschooling: scheduling, choosing curriculum, and a glimpse into the curriculum I had chosen for 2012-2013.
August - Have you ever wondered why I do not eat soy? I wrote about it this month! I also decided to have a bit of fun on the blog and made a quiz for all of you to see how crunchy you are.
September - During this month there is Child Passenger Safety week but I decided to turn it into a month long event with my series on car seats. Everything and anything you wanted to know about car seats was talked about. September was also the launch of the Natural Living Blog Carnival a monthly event where bloggers join together and write about one particular topic and then link up so that all the readers on all the blogs can see all the posts.
October - I focused a bit on saving money in my posts about ethical choices on a tight budget as well as in my post about turning down the thermostat.
November - This was the Bumps to Babies month. I was due with my fourth baby and I teamed up with another blogger mom who was also due in November. The whole month there was a packed with giveaways as well as a few posts on pregnancy such as: steering your own pregnancy, my must-haves for pregnancy, and newborn procedures
December - I showed you how to whip coconut oil and roast sweet potatoes. I also gave you some tips on how to survive the cold and flu season.
Like I said, 2012 was a very busy year for The Pistachio Project. It was the year that I finally got my own domain name and finally became a ".com" instead of a ".blogspot". It was also the year that my blog got a much needed update in terms of design. Most importantly, it was the biggest growth year to date with reader subscriptions going up 194% and facebook fans going up 420%! My goodness!!! I can't imagine doing that again in 2013! That's a lot of you, dear readers, following my blog and I'm truly grateful.
Brittany Thomas is the founder and author of The Pistachio Project. A mother to four children, she began her journey of living green and crunchy because she wanted the best for her kids. However, she soon realized that natural living was a benefit to her as well. Now she continues The Pistachio Project to share with others how a green and crunchy lifestyle can benefit anyone.