A Review of 2010 Blog Posts

This is the first time I’m doing a review of my blog posts from the previous year. Since I took an extra long blog vacation, which I thoroughly enjoyed and really needed, I thought I’d start off my “real” writing with a look back on 2010. I’ve broken them up into categories:

Product Reviews – Some of my favorite products and my favorite written reviews

  • You’ve Been Sentence Board Game – I just realized that I should have bought this game for my daughter Alicia and son-in-law for Christmas. They’re big game players and this would make a great addition to their collection. My favorite lines from this review, “This is some of the best fun I’ve had without drinking and marital relations. (This is a family friendly blog.) It’s totally different when played with my husband and daughter, then when played with my husband and adult friends. Think Twister, only with words and less sweating.”  I can just imagine Alicia, Scott and their friends playing this game.
  • Trendy Twin and Kid Shop Mom and Daughter Shirts – Some awesome shirts that Sammi and I loved to wear together. I’ll have to order a bigger shirt for Sammi though.

  • Yoursphere – The safe, social  networking site for children, tweens and teens that Sammi still uses. Founded by Mary Kay Hoal, who I got to meet in real life and have come to call a friend.
  • Kids Spinbrush My Way – Just got a new one for Sammi. Yes, it really helps children want to brush their teeth.
  • iGo Charge Anywhere – I take this everywhere with me to be sure that my iPhone is always charged.

Conferences of 2010


  • SmartMoms Solutions Roadshow in Tampa – Although a small gathering, a chance to meet bloggers in the area where I live. I hope there are others in the future.
  • Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – Held in my favorite place, full of surprises and the ability to spend time with my family and blogging friends, excitement was the key word. I’ll be attending the 2011 event and can’t wait!
  • BlogHer (My Views) – My first BlogHer, an emotional time for me. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it this year due to the location, but it’s on my list of conferences to attend.
  • Type-A Mom – I’ve been bitten by the bug that is Type-A and will be back for more this year. Kelby and her team uses some kind of magic when creating the sessions, etc. and I want to be part of it.
  • IzeaFest (The Conference That Wasn’t) – I made some assumptions that weren’t true about Izea when I wrote this post, but I was upset that IzeaFest wasn’t held.

Social Causes – the ability to make a difference this year was made easier due to companies, non-profits and blog groups who pitched me

What Have I Learned

  • Product reviews and giveaways are fun and an important part of my blog, but I want to focus less on them in the coming year.
  • Conferences help me to network and learn how to grow my blog. I intend on attending conferences again this year, but focusing more on the professional sessions, connecting with people who I can learn from and work with. I’ll still have fun though and want to meet bloggers from other areas as well.
  • I want to focus much more on social causes.
  • Travel is another area that interests me. I want to travel more and write about my experiences.

Have you reviewed your blog from 2010? What are some of the things you want to continue doing or want to change on your blog?

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Comments

  1. Wow! It looks like you had an amazing 2010! I haven’t done a review post like this yet, but I want to if I get the time. I think one of my goals for 2011 will be to make my blog more personal instead of just reviews and giveaways. I like that you gained a bigger appreciation for helping others this year – that’s always a great thing. : )
    Lindsay wrote this fabulous post..Healthy New Year Snacks GiveawayMy Profile

  2. I own You’ve Been Sentanced. It’s an awesome game!

  3. I am moving my travel posts to their own blog in 2011! I am also planning on covering more parenting topics and issues this year.

  4. I keep saying that I am going to write my review post, but I might still be saying that by this time next year. 🙂

    I, too, am focusing a bit more on travel just because I do travel so much and it would sure be nice to do it on someone else’s dime. LOL! I also want to do more tradeshows… LOVE THEM!
    Kelli wrote this fabulous post..REVIEW- Days Inn Hotel Gulfport- MississippiMy Profile

  5. What a fun year you had!

    Love the pic of you and Ms. Potato Head. 🙂

  6. Connie Roberts
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    Lindsay, I may do this every six months or so to evaluate what I’m doing. It really helped me.

  7. Connie Roberts
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    Isn’t that game awesome Lisa?

  8. Connie Roberts
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    Cindy, I can’t wait to see your new blog! How exciting!

  9. Connie Roberts
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    Yes, Crystal it’s been an amazing year!

  10. Connie Roberts
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    Kelli, I’m going to see about getting some travel blogging work. I took part in a session on Travel Blogging at Type-A-Mom last year and was intrigued by it. I have some ramblin’ blood in me!

  11. You had a very successful 2010. I hope that 2011 is just as good for you if not even better. I hope to attend at least 1 conference this year. I need to look over my blog from 2010. I have been going back and forth of doing just product reviews/giveaways or to continue to do the coupons, deals, freebies, etc. I think once I am over this sickness I can get my blog (and behind) back in gear.
    Shanaka wrote this fabulous post..Still Sick but Mickey Mouse Cake was a SuccessMy Profile

  12. Connie Roberts
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    Shanaka, I know what you mean about getting back in gear. Anytime I take a few days off, I’m playing catch-up. It’s so hard to decide on a blog niche. I’ve changed mine a number of times. I wish you the best!

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