May 9, 2016

Tenth Blog Anniversary - Ten Most Popular Posts


This week we're celebrating Oak Hill Homestead's tenth blog anniversary!

Ten year blogiversary

It's been an amazing ten years. I've learned so much, and gained a lot of skills and confidence in what I'm doing here on the homestead (although I'm still a struggling gardener). Writing this blog has pushed me to do new things and I hope I've passed along some knowledge to you too.


My daily life is certainly different now. Back then I focused mostly on my dairy goats, but we lost the entire herd in a barn fire in 2012 and I only have three goats now. Our children have grown up and moved out and married. Hubby is getting ready to retire.

Blogging itself has changed a lot. Back then you didn't need photos, and most of my old posts didn't have them. Facebook wasn't even a thing.

But it's been a wonderful ten years. I wouldn't change a thing - except for the barn fire. I want to thank you all for being here, whether this is your first visit or you've been here for awhile. You're the reason I'm here. I love your comments and emails, and I'm thrilled whenever you share a post on Facebook or Pinterest.

I'm going to celebrate all week long, how about you? Care for a slice of homemade bread with butter and homemade jam? Or, if you're feeling really festive and don't mind the calories, how about a cupcake?

In celebration of our tenth year together, here are my ten all-time most popular blog posts. Have you read them all?

solid, pure white tallow from grass-fed beef fat

#10 How to Render Tallow
We kept the suet fat when we had our grass-fed steer butchered;
here's how I processed it into tallow.



Ten things I've learned living in the country

#9 Ten Things I've Learned Living in the Country
I've learned a lot from living in the country,
from obvious to thought-provoking.



How to harvest and dry yarrow

#8 How to Harvest Yarrow
Yarrow grows wild and in abundance here on Oak Hill,
and it has amazing herbal benefits.



How to choose homestead land

#7 How to Choose Homestead Land
What to look for when you're
on the hunt for your new homestead.



Crystallized honey

#6 Reclaiming Crystallized Honey
This one went viral on Pinterest and Facebook.
It was a wild ride, and SO MUCH FUN!
(I guess you've arrived when your son calls and asks,
"Umm, did you write that??")



Why you should have goats on your homestead

#5 Why You Should Have Goats on Your Homestead
A look into the benefits of raising goats,
aside from the fact that they're just plain fun.



Ten must-have items for goatkeepers

#4 10 Must-Have Items for Goatkeepers
The ten items I use most.



Perennial tomatoes

#3 Perennial Tomatoes
Did you know that tomatoes are perennials?



boiled is healthier than fried ground beef

#2 How to Boil Ground Beef, and Why You Should
Boiling is healthier than frying!



How we bale hay by hand

#1 Hay Baling
We're ten years older now and we don't bale hay by hand anymore, but
we could if we had to! This remains my absolute most-popular
post of all time. I'm thankful that I've been able to help folks with
this very common question.



How about you, what has been your favorite post? I'd love to know!


More anniversary celebrating:
Tenth Anniversary - Join the OHH Homesteading Community



This post has been shared at some of my favorite blog hops.


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13 comments:

  1. Congrats on ten years! I've probably been blogging for about that long (I started my first blog when I was 15/16) but not consistently on subject matter, or platform. It has definitely changed over the years - I wasn't even on FB until I was 20, because it was still closed to just college students at that point. I was a bit put-out when they opened it up to everyone a few months after I finally gained my .edu email address.

    Homemade bread AND a cupcake sound fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, Rebekah. Help yourself to a slice of bread AND a cupcake!

      I had a homeschooling blog before I started OHH, keeping track of what we did each day. I think I'd be a bit miffed too about Facebook. ;-)

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  2. "Care for a slice of homemade bread with butter and homemade jam?" Um, yes, please. Oh, dear: was that a hypothetical question? Well, nonetheless, this is such a fun and informative post. Stopping by from (mis)Adventures Mondays (and sharing this with a homesteading friend!).

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    1. I'll tell you what, Elizabeth, close your eyes and hold out your hand... I'll see if I can get a slice to you!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the post, and thank you for sharing it with a friend. Stop by again, ok?

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  3. Congrats on 10 years. I relate to the changes too. I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading all 10

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    1. Thank you, Dicky Bird. A lot changes in ten years, doesn't it? I hope you enjoy all ten posts. I hope you'll let me know which is your favorite.

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  4. Congratulations on 10 years of growing, learning and sharing. I always learn something new on your blog. I will be going back to read the post about how to find homestead land, because sooner or later, our house will sell, and we'll be in that boat!
    Thank you for all of your wisdom through the years.
    Cupcake, please!

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    1. Thank you so much, Daisy. I hope your house sells soon and you'll be beginning your homestead dream!

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  5. What a wealth of information in one place! Congrats on hitting the 10 year mark. Not too many bloggers can say they've hit that milestone.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jamie!

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  6. Congratulations Kathi! It was interesting to hear how things have changed- in blogging, and for your family! Have a blessed week :-)

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I hope you have a blessed week too.

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  7. congratulations, wishing many more years happy blogging. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

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