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The Top Ten Favorite Posts From My Second Year of Blogging

Well, it has been a second year of blogging for Ish Ism. Yes, my first blog post was April 1st, 2012. This second year was clearly harder for me than the first year. They say life has seasons… and this season was a stressful one for me.

1.) I am in my third year of graduate school studying for a comprehensive exam. Studying for the exam takes a lot of time, and I am actually taking it March 31st to April 3rd. So… as this auto post goes up, I am in the middle of a brutal exam. To survive the exam I am fully stocked with coffee, coffee cream, bread, lunch meat, coffee, swiss cheese, coffee, chocolate milk, Soft Batch Cookies, peanuts, and coffee.

2.) I became a foster parent… which apparently also needs coffee.

3.) I am the director of a new blog about food studies. Which, when combined with the other two… needs coffee.

Foster parenting + directing a blog + graduate school + comprehensive exam + marriage = little time for blogging and lots of stress. But by the end of June I will be done with directing the food studies blog, and finished with the comprehensive exam. Thank you to those who continue to drop by even as my blogging has become less regular.

Anyway, following are my top ten favorite posts from my second year of blogging! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

1.) The Seattle Marathon

2.) Today I became a Dad for the First Time

3.) Foster Care Day 26 – Using Cloth Diapers

4.) I finished the Eugene Marathon

5.) My First Time Oil Painting in over 20 Years

6.) Happy Little Trees and the Joy of Painting

7.) Sunset on the Oregon Coast

8.) Cooking with the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook

9.) Spider Web in Ice

10.) Reblog from my Wife’s Blog “Things I have actually had to say”

ABC Award – Awesome Blog Content

abc-award awesome blog contentI received the ABC Award–Awesome Blog Content Award (thank you Chronicles of a Public Transit User): This award is simple – to ‘accept’ the award you just add the ABC award logo to your blog – the links are at the bottom of this page for you… and then you can share something about yourself with your readers and then pass the award on to other worthy bloggers – there’s no limit to how few – or how many – other bloggers you can send this to.

To share something about yourself – you will need to go through the alphabet and choose a word or phrase for each letter and use that to describe yourself – it might be something about you, something you like, or a place or thing you dream about. And that’s all – no long descriptions or detail – just create a new post, add your shiny new blog award badge and alphabet words and let your readers enjoy finding out a little more about you.

And then have fun choosing the other blogs you would like to award this to…. Send them an e-mail and the link to this award logo and watch the fun begin! (rules cited from The Thought Palette)

About Me

A – Adventurous
B – Brainy
C – Creative
D – Determined
E – Environmental
F – Funny
G – Genuine
H – Honest
I – Intelligent
J – Jokes
K – Kind
L – Loving
M – Moving
N – Nerdy
O – Organic
P – Painter
Q – Quiet
R – Runner
S – Studious
T – Tenacious
U – Uber
V – Vintage
W – Wolverine
X – X-Files
Y – Youthful
Z – Zen

abc-award awesome blog contentMy nominees for this award are all running blogs (or a blog by the wife of a runner):

Ranting about Rectangles (a.k.a., my wife)

Fit for a Year

Running Sunflower

Pudding the Damage On

My Journey to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Race for all 50 States

Racing the States…

RunGirls Ramblings

Running for Reachout

See Nancy Run

75 days to…

Some of these blogs are strictly about running, while others are like mine… showcasing running and other parts of their lives. Marathon runners, 5K running, weekend runners… whether you are a casual runner, or a beast that runs over an hour a day, some of these blogs will be exactly what you are looking for. Thank you for following my blog, thank you for reading!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

My Top Ten Favorite Posts – My First Year of Blogging

Fireworks, Ish Ism One Year Anniversary

Thank you wonderful readers! Today is the one year anniversary from my first blog post, yes, on April 1st. Looking back over my first year I can see that the quality of the posts has gone steadily up (in my opinion).

For those readers who have stuck with me since the beginning, thank you very much.

For those who have only recently joined, thank you.

Below are my favorite posts from my first year of blogging. They aren’t necessarily the most popular ones in terms of page views but they are my favorites.  Three are about my amazing wife, two are about marathon training, two are about foster care, and the other three are the random awesomeness that my blog features on a weekly basis. I did not list any posts from my time in the Philippines because even though I enjoyed writing those … well, they weren’t very good (probably because of the time difference).

I hope you enjoy these if you have not read them (or enjoy them again if you forgot about them!) I look forward to a great second year. Thanks for reading!

  1. Wife of the Year
  2. Unfortunately a Dozen Roses Will Not be Good Enough this Valentine’s Day… Thanks for Nothing
  3. Searching for Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting
  4. Marathon Training Day 154: Twelve Miles and my Body Hates Me
  5. Who Needs Kim Kardashian?
  6. Gone Fishin’… for Rocks and Trees?
  7. Foster Care 103: Child PTSD
  8. Treasures in the Attic… A Treasure Hunter’s Dream
  9. Marathon Training Day 1: Why did I feel sick when I stopped running?
  10. The American Dream and World Peace featuring Kid Logic

My Fundraising Page for WomenspacePart of my marathon running this year includes raising money for Womenspace, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy group: Intimate partner violence can be emotional, physical, sexual or economic abuse. It is the most common and least reported crime in our country. Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is battered by her husband, boyfriend or live-in partner. Battering crosses all economic, cultural, racial and religious lines. This epidemic of violence can touch any of us. It will take all of us to make each of us safe. To support me in supporting Womenspace, click on the “Running for Womenspace” banner.