Friday, January 23, 2015

Third Blogging Anniversary

Tomorrow, January 24th, marks my official third blogging anniversary, with 774 posts. Some days I wonder if there's anything left to blog about.  

I well remember leaving the blogging class at South Macomb Community College in January 2012 with feelings of excitement and apprehension, but an 86 year old classmate made me realize that I could accomplish blogging.

Many thanks to my 95 followers and readers over the past three years.  Your comments are greatly appreciated, and always a joy to read.  Heartfelt thanks to Joy Breedlove, a reader from Georgia, who has rarely missed a day leaving a comment.  Angela McRae, a fellow-blogger, also from Georgia, is a close second.  I've made so many new friends through blogging.  It astounds me that 276,423 views have been made on my blog from all over the world, and it inspires me to make my blog the best it can be.

While I'm passionate about all things tea, an even greater love is serving Jesus and living a life pleasing to Him.  I initiated 'Sunday Reflection' posts in June, 2013 as a way of sharing my faith once a week, and have written 66 of them to date.  Right beneath my love for Jesus, is my love for my family, and they are pictured numerous times on my blog.

It's given me great pleasure to look back over the three year's of blog posts to see the topics and subjects I've written about.  I'm sharing some highlights with you today, and will continue them into next week.

Seven posts have had over 2,000 views.  The post with the highest number of views [3,395] was Tea in London Tour, posted on June 28, 2012.  You can see that post with many more photos here. The trip occurred in 2007 and was a tea lover's dream.

~ Ladurée inside of Harrods ~

~ The Orangery Tea Room ~

~ Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle ~

~ Tea at the London Ritz ~

The post with the second highest views [3,205] is tea at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI.  It was posted on 7/1/2013 and can be seen here.

The third highest viewed post [2,986] was my Georgian tier table and silver plated tea accoutrements.  It was posted on 3/1/2012 and can be seen here.

Fourth highest viewed post [2,906] was Last Dinner on the Titanic.  It was posted on 4/3/2012 and can be seen here.

Fifth highest viewed post [2,856] was The Great Gatsby and Tea.  It was posted on 5/30/2013 and can be seen here.

~ Tiffany inspired Gatsby Tea Set ~

Sixth highest viewed post [2,194] was Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the 60th Anniversary of her Coronation. I have a fascination for British Royals, and have blogged about them several times.  This post was written 6/4/2013 and can be viewed here. If you like the Queen, this post is truly worth seeing.

And last but not least, the seventh highest viewed post [2,055] was the Anne of Green Gables birthday tea I hosted for my daughter.  It was posted on 9/17/2012 and can be viewed here.

Readers left the most comments on the Anne of Green Gables tea [17], so it was definitely a popular post with both views and comments.

The post with the second highest number of comments [16] was "Anything Goes" Quester's Tablescapes by Mah-Nah-Be-Zee Chapter.  It was posted on 4/8, 2014.  There were 59 tablescapes to view, and they can all be seen here.  The winning table was #35, "Pollyanna's Surprise."


  1. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! i was amazed to be mentioned, but I do enjoy your blog every day and am happy to have found a "kindred spirit" as Anne would say. I'm enjoying revisiting your most popular posts, too! Hugs from Georgia!

  2. Happy 3rd Anniversary! Writing 774 fun and interesting posts over 3 years is an amazing accomplishment. And I think there's always something about tea that you can write about! Looking forward to more tea posts in 2015!

  3. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I encouraged you from the beginning, and I was right. Your blog is fun to read and full of delightful tea adventures. I appreciate your Sunday posts, too.

  4. Congratulations on your three year anniversary. You have done a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. Love ya.

  5. Congratulations! What a fun review of your 'top' posts! Keep on blogging!

  6. Congratulations Phyllis, three years of sharing your passion and I've enjoyed reading your posts. You attend many interesting teas and have a beautiful tea-themed home.
    I'm looking forward to what you have to show us this year!

  7. A wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary, Phyllis. Congratulations and thank you for sharing with your fellow tea lovers. Raising my cup to you, dear Friend.

    Love and a big hug,
    Mary Jane

  8. Happy blog anniversary! I'm new to your blog and have really enjoyed your recent posts.

  9. Congratulations! I love all your posts. Please know that a lot of us are reading and enjoying being included in your tea parties.

  10. And how blessed we are that you started blogging three years ago, Phyllis! I can't believe it's been that long already ... and yet it seems as if I've known you *much* longer than that. Congratulations on the blogiversary, and may there be many, many more posts from you!


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