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Blogiversary Reminisce {blog update #4}

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Hello to my lovely readers,

I’m rolling 3 thoughts into one, as this post is an anniversary, thank-you and a reflection on one year of blogging 😄

Today, this day, one year ago is when I started blogging…blogging for real.

I started in 2014 but didn’t have the gumption to blog regurally. It was 1x a month at the time, if that.

May 17th, 2017 I decided to make my first post: Pregnancy, Parenting and God’s Grace. It was about my long (16-month) absence on the blog and what motherhood is like with a baby and a toddler…and how God’s plans aren’t always my plans, but they turn out to be the BEST plans anyways 😉

I was unsure of where this blog would take me. I was nervous that people wouldn’t like what I had to say. That people would never like my posts or think that my blog was worth reading.

But I was wrong. People did want to hear. People did care. You, my fellow bloggers, were kind. You cared. I was a newbie and you took the time to read my stuff.

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So thank-you to all of you. To my readers on and off WordPress. I’m honored. I’m blessed. Thank-you for following my blog. Thank-you for taking the time to read. It means so much to me 🌞❤

I’ve been going through my blog stats, looking at my most-loved posts. Seeing what you guys like so I can improve the blog.

In my reminesce, here are the top 5 posts that you guys loved most on The Buttercup Lamb.

 

Top 5 Posts

1. When Grace Doesn’t Seem Like Enough {5 things to remember}

2. The pain in the quiet, healing flow

3. 5 Favorite Things {on our FL vacation}

4. Nourishing Lentil Stew with Daikon and Sweet Potato

5. Crockpot Calico Beans

Going through these helped me realize what kind of content interests people, which turned out to be the posts that I most enjoyed writing 😯😝

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It’s another year. Of learning, growing and writing. I’ve written 100+ posts and have been slowly gaining followers (but pushing closer to the big 200!)

I’ll be brainstorming new ideas for posts, new designs and new ways to mesh my visions and goals with the stuff I love writing about.

Thanks again everyone!

What kinds of topics would you like to see on the blog? Do you enjoy the recipes and food? The poems? Reflections posts? Or maybe something else? Let me know in the comments, it would be such a big help to me 😊

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Blogging Update #3 {goals for the winter}

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The best cure for writer’s block is to write through it. And so I shall try. Thus this blog post serves a dual purpose. Planning for the blog, and writing my way out of Stumpville.

 

Caturday

Later this month, I plan to post my November Caturday post, most likely featuring Stella.

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Books

1) Book Reviews

In the books category, I’ve found I really enjoy reviewing e-book(s) from bloggers I follow. I’ve written a review of Kate Singh’s e-book The Homemade Housewife so far and I can’t wait to add more reviews to the category.

If all goes well I should have another e-book review up next week. I’ll give you a hint: it may have something to do with Louisa May Alcott 😉

2) Celebrated Authors

A few of my favorite authors have birthdays later this month, so I plan to do at least a small post about them next week.

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Food

In the food category, which people seem to be loving lately (which is great!) I aim to make a new, slight change to my posts this winter.

I was looking at this blog, My No-Fuss Kitchen, which I thought was really cool, as she, the blogger, saves money on food by making stir fry dishes of leftover ingredients. Her dishes are also inspired in part by her Chinese Malaysian heritage. There were a lot of ingredients in her dishes that both intrigued and suprised me.

I’ve been looking at more ethnically diverse food dishes lately and really appreciating the variety and different flavors that these dishes all have.

So this winter I want to make it a goal of mine to make a variety of dishes that are more common in other cultures.

I’m excited to learn…how do people in other cultures save money on food? What ingredients are staples in other countries? What new flavors will I learn about? I’m looking forward to it.

Will you join me on the journey? I hope to post one new dish I’ve tried each month, starting in December (next month).

I will share a photo of the dish I make and make reference to the book or blog post where the recipe can be found.

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Other Categories

So *counts on fingers* Caturday, Books, Food, and of course there will be some posts in the Motherhood and Reflections category (those categories where I share deep thoughts and lessons learned).

Oh and maybe some sewing projects will make it to a post or two. Sewing is one winter indoor activity that I’m learning to love more these days.

And maybe some more Nature posts if we manage to brave the cooler air to explore outside. Can you see me tapping my fingers, waiting for my kids to get over their colds?

 

Until then,

~Rachel

 

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Blogging Update: Goals In Action

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Hello hello! Just wanted to drop in and write a quick post to update you all, dear readers.

I’ve made a few updates here on the blog. Ever since I answered Sharon’s question about blogging goals (on my Liebster award post) I’ve really been thinking about ways that I can improve the blog.

So today I bit the bullet and purchased my domain name. It’s official. My site is now thebuttercuplamb.com! Yay!

I also am changing the looks of the blog a bit. The header image is updated. Some of the titles of my posts have been changed for clarity. I’m adding bits here and there to improve readability and navigation.

I’m working on narrowing my focus as well. I want to narrow down my categories to food, books, motherhood & reflections, nature and caturday. That’s still 5 categories but whatever. I’m happy with it. I may add another category or two later this year about diys and sewing and maybe natural skin care as well. We shall see.

And as I mentioned in my last blogging update post, there is still so much to learn about blogging. But I’m getting there 🙂 And I’ve learned so much already.

A big thank-you to all of my readers for liking, following along, for your support & encouragement. It is very much appreciated. (And I’ve enjoyed following your stories & posts as well, thank-you for sharing them!)

~Rachel

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Addressing the Name Change

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Hello Readers!

I wanted to write a quick post to explain a little bit about the name change on the blog.

Formerly, this blog was known as “the honest herb”. Unfortunately there is already a blog and a website with that name. And a Twitter account. And a business. Something I didn’t know to investigate when I began blogging. I’m learning more and more about the blogging world..all of it’s rules and quirks. It’s a work in progress!

My url address is still thehonestherb.wordpress, even though the name is different. And it is not an easy process to change the site address without totally starting from scratch first. Eeek! So there it stands.

So the blog will henceforth be known as “The Buttercup Lamb”, a name that is (so far) unique to the blogging world.

This new name holds special meaning for me. “Lamb” is the meaning of my name, Rachel. “Buttercup” is one of my favorite flowers as well as an old nickname of high-school days.

I wanted it to fit the tone and content of my blog as well. A lamb is associated with gentleness, peacefulness and a quiet way. Buttercups are pretty and their sunny color is uplifting. Both words speak to natural living, which I love to blog about.

And that’s that! Hope it clears up any questions you might have. Thanks for reading!

~Rachel