NMNPHX Year in Review

As we wind down the year, I’d like to take a moment and look at the highlights of 2012 on NMNPHX.

Although I created this blog back in June 2011, I only blogged for two months before I abandoned the blog.  In March 2012, I decided to give this blogging thing another chance.  Having made it clear to December, I’d like to take a moment and look at the posts that helped this blog continue on month after month in 2012.

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The Best of NMNPHX

Based on WordPress stats, these are the posts that drove the most traffic to my blog in 2012.

“Events”/ Accomplishments on NMNPHX

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  • Despite the 6 month hiatus between August 2011 and March 2012, I still celebrated  the 1 year existence of NMNPHX in June 2012.
  • I developed the Spotlight Award to continuously promote wonderful blogs that exist.
  • I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful bloggers on WordPress.
  • I took a blog post from June, Hazy Days of Summer, and edited it into a poem that was published in an online magazine.
  • Joined the 20 Lines or Less Community.  Unfortunately I’ve been a bit absent on that blog over the past two months, but it is a great place to hang out if you need a central place to meet other bloggers, get some inspiration for blog posts, and get encouragement from fellow bloggers.

Unfinished Business

Now I’d like to delve into some of my favorite posts on NMNPHX from 2012.

My Favorite Photo Friday Post: Shopping Cart Pirate Ship

Shopping Cart Pirate Ship: It attracted some attention then sailed away. 

I’ve taken better photos, but I attribute this post as the post that got me back into blogging.  I was so happy when after posting this one Friday morning in March, six bloggers clicked the “Like” button. I thought, well okay, I can get people to read my blog.  I”ll keep going.

The blog continues to develop an audience and I’ve continued to try different  types of blog posts to see what works and what feel authentic to my voice. I’ve gone through growing pains with this blog.

This vacant lot above with makeshift pirate ship is undergoing growing pains as well.  The pirate ship left after a few days and the lot stood vacant for months.  Then in August, construction crews showed up and started building apartments.  The apartments are still under construction and the end product should look something like the photo below.

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These apartments will eventually fill the lot vacated by the Shopping Cart Pirate Ship.

Much like this blog, that vacant lot has seen many changes in 2012.

Favorite Spam Comment: Spam Comment of the Week: July 30

2012 highlighted consumer fascination with tablet devices, and of course I received spam comments relating to the iPad. However, this spam comment still has my scratching my head.  Hilarious as it is, I don’t know that I would be so calm if a beloved relative stole my tablet device and threw it off a building.  I also have no idea how Time Warner Cable relates to the comment.  It still makes me chuckle when I read it.

Favorite Commuter Chronicles Post: Commuter Chronicles #3: Bert Sugar

The scenario I wrote about in this post took place in July 2011, and mid-March I finally got around to crafting a short narrative about it.  A fellow light rail passenger was positive that an old-timey reporter also waiting to board the train was Bert Sugar.  I thought the other passenger was full of it – no way that was Bert Sugar. The post went up on March 20, 2012.  On March 25, 2012 Bert Sugar died.  I quickly wrote a follow up post that day.  I know the timing of my story was pure coincidence with Bert’s death, but it still shook me for a few days after the fact.

Favorite Challenge from The Daily Post: Mailing Days are (Temporarily) Here Again

This was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Mail It In.  I lamented the decline of snail mail as well as email.  I then pondered what the future of mail in any form would look like.

My Goals for NMNPHX in 2013


  • Consider expanding the Spotlight Award to include a “Reader’s Choice”.
  • Get better at managing time spent craft blog posts, reading other blogs and leaving coherent comments on other blogs.
  • Based on the success of Hazy Days, be more aggressive about working out material on the blog or using inspiration from my blog writings to craft more pieces of work that I can submit for publication.

That is enough about me and my blog for today. For those of you who make it to the end of this post, I’m very appreciative of the time you took to read through this.

I also want to give a BIG thanks to all of you who continue to stop and check out what I’m doing on NMNPHX. I’m always humbled and amazed when others tell me they enjoy my blog.  I’ll admit that at times, I’ve struggled to come up with content for NMNPHX and wondered what was the point of blogging.  Then I’ll get a nice comment or email from another blogger about something I wrote and it propels me to keep going.

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13 thoughts on “NMNPHX Year in Review

    • LOL! It was the coolest thing. The pirate ship was magically built overnight and disappeared after a few days.

      See my comment to sharechair above…still trying to figure out the time management thing.

  1. I really enjoyed this post. I enjoy blogging, too, for many many reasons, one of which is the surprisingly delightful blogging friendships that happen (like you!). But it is a time hog…. if you ever figure that out, please share your wisdom!

    • I’m still trying to figure it out. I had been sticking to only posting 2-3 times per week and taking one day where I just visit blogs to like and comment, but that never quite works out.

  2. Yay! Congratulations, Nicole, on all those things you have done for this year. You totally rocked it. Even if blogging seems boring or tiring on some days, you still go back in writing and that is the important thing. I hope that you will be able to achieve your blog challenges/goals for 2013. I will be waiting for more 🙂

    • Thank you Monica! I”m glad you discovered my blog, because it led me to your blog. It has been fun to post daily, but I’m so glad I only committed myself to this to close out the year. 🙂

      • Yes, I am very happy that I did. It is nice to meet other bloggers who share some things with me which are not only related to books. Posting daily is fun, but a bit tasking. 🙂 Well, you still have 18 days left to post every day. Good luck!

  3. Hi, Nicole — Keep going! I appreciate that you’ve subscribed to my blog, and I make an attempt to get over and visit yours and others when I can. I like the variety of writers in the WordPress community. It gives me the “big picture” and is very helpful with my own writing. So, contribute what you can. Maybe you can choose one or two days a week to post and spend the rest of the week perfecting those articles or stories. You have your own little piece of the world to share!

    • Thanks Darla! I completely understand the part about taking awhile to make the rounds to other blogs.

      As far as time management, I had been blogging only 2-3 times per week, but slowed way down on visiting and commenting on other blogs. I’ve been blogging more frequently in December because I got to a point where I almost took a hiatus until next year, but decided it would be fun to make December festive and try blogging daily, then go back to the 2-3 times a week schedule in January. For me, the time crunch comes in trying to visit all the bloggers whose blogs I enjoy and make time to comment.

      I like your sentiments of contributing what you can. It’s a great reminder that blogging shouldn’t feel like a chore and doesn’t have to be a daily or even weekly thing. I think we put more pressure on ourselves than we need to when it comes to our blogs. 🙂

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  4. Hi Nicole, your interesting, honest and entertaining! I must admit that the time management part of blogging is hard to do and generally never works out for me either. I think more experience will help so we should just keep going, I do believe things will get easier but life does seem to make a mess of timetables doesn’t it? It’s great reading your blog, Nicole, thank you for this post and best wishes to you, SN.

    • Well thank you very much for your feedback! You have an interesting and entertaining site as well. The reason time management never quite works out is that the longer I’m on WP, the more blogs I discover and it takes longer to make the rounds around the various blogs. Yet, that is part of the fun of blogging through WP!

  5. Glad you returned to blogging. I find your posts interesting and entertaining. So keep’m coming. I finally acknowledged your award nominations today….thank you. Certainly enjoying sunny AZ here at Cave Creek Reg Pk. Have a great holiday!


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