Monday, January 5, 2015

Best Blogposts and Mileposts of 2014!!

2014 was a banner year for us. Manny and I signed a book contract with Ave Maria Press (loud huzzahs!), the blog got a brand spanking new logo thanks to the efforts of sister-in-law Nancy Santos, and 13 posts were awarded National Catholic Register's The Best in Catholic Blogging.



Blogpost topics have included everything from work/life balance and marital finances to divorce and remarriage, a First Communion memoir, and special needs parenting. I've even covered difficult issues like adultery, homosexuality, and date rape. My articles reporting on Pope Francis' Synod on the Family appeared at stellar Catholic news site Aleteia. To my intense excitement, the Catholic Match Institute also featured my posts on what makes sacramental marriage so special and how to flirt.

The past year also saw the introduction of three new series on the blog. Manny wrote a large block of political-minded posts over the summer -- posts that also ran on Catholictherapists.com. Several long-time married couples have contributed to How to Stay Married 10 Years & Then Some. Many NFP couples have presented important and detailed information on Why & How Natural Family Planning Works for Us. No wonder our whole family collapsed in a sleepy heap for the entire Christmas vacation!

So here's a run-down of the 2014 posts you liked the best, and a request -- tell me what else you'd most like to read about here!

Top 10 Most Popular Posts


1. My Top 10 Favorite Quotes from Pope Francis (Some Will Surprise You!)

2. How to Stay Married 10 Years & Then Some: Karee and Manny (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

3. Gay Catholic Romance Novel Shows Sacrifice is the Heart of Love (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

4. Two Kids' Book Picks: One Light, One Heavy (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

5. My Top 10 Favorite Date Ideas from Spouse Dates (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

6. Woof!: British Divorcee Marries Her Loyal Dog

7. Chastity and Love: Please Don't Let Them Be Misunderstood (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

8. I Am More Than My Desire

9. Roundup of Best Posts for NFP Awareness Week 2014

10. Six Ways to Pray Your Way Through Lent (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)


Top 3 Most Popular Guest Posts


1. No Better Aphrodisiac: Why NFP? by Allison & Kevin Gingras of Reconciled to You

2. Pablo & Kristin's Tips on How to Stay Married 10 Years & Then Some (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

3. Free Sex: A New Right? by hubby Manuel P. Santos, M.D.


Post with Most Likes & Shares on Social Media


big, Big, BIG Book News: We Have a Signed Contract!


Post with the Most Comments


Does God Want You to Have It All?

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Many blessings on all of you for helping this Catholic marriage support community grow. If there are any topics you'd like to hear more about, please let me know in the comments!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Karee, Congratulations! There are many marriages that suffer from difficulties and conflict. In my parish community alone 4 marriages fell to divorce. Having no real support from the community they eventually left the Catholic Faith. In these cases no one would have assumed there was any problems. and they felt abandoned. I also see marriages where there is emotional and verbal abuse, alcoholism and division. These couples try to save their marriage, however there is little to no support from their parish community. They are afraid to let anyone know because they see so called perfect marriages and they believe their marriage is one of the few that is broken. I would love to see more of these issues addressed and openly discussed. God Bless you for the work you do.

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    1. Building community support is so vital, Tami. As you say, people sometimes do hide their problems until it's too late. I wish there could be a kind of Alcoholics Anonymous for folks with relationship difficulties! But parishes could certainly do more in the way of marriage enrichment groups that could teach people to prevent crises before they happen and nurture a network of friendships to help people through the inevitable times of trouble.

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