February 2015 Top 5 Posts & Blog Update

February 2015 Top 5 Posts & Blog Update

Happy end of February friends!  Only 20 days left until the start of spring!

*cue the happy dance*

It may still be like an artic snowy tundra outside, but in terms of the calendar we are almost done with this crazy winter.  I am so happy to be on the flip side of the season with all of spring’s beauty ahead of us.  Since the month is winding down, it is time for another monthly update on Running in a Skirt and the Top 5 Posts of the month.

Febuary Update 2015

Blog & Personal Updates

I’ve really felt like I’ve fallen into a groove this month.  I’m planning my schedule out on Monday and I finally feel organized and somewhat on top of things.  I also feel like I’m finally getting the hang of food pictures and they are finally looking like what I want them to look like.  I still have an infinite about to learn about photography, but I’m getting there.  I’ve had a lot of luck with getting my pictures on Foodgawker this month, which is always a big boost to my numbers.

My biggest blog news this month is I finally launched videos on Running in a Skirt.  I started my You Tube “career” with a big announcement.

[tube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8XIq8H3P6I[/tube] I am so excited about working with March for Babies!  Our big kickoff breakfast was cancelled this morning because of snow.  It is rescheduled for the first day of spring, which will be perfect!   I still need your help with this big event!  Donate to my team the Walking Wunders HERE.

I’ve found some connections for people to help with my site redesign and I’m starting to work out what I want in my head.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to most effectively design my site, let me know.

The only rough part of the month was when we had all that ice last week followed by all the snow this week.  I got a little stir crazy not being able to get outside all week, but I’m pretty sure everybody else felt the same way I did.  I am looking forward to doing more walking/running/living outside really soon.

On a health note, I am still feeling great and have not had any major asthma or voice issues this month.  Holla!

February’s Top 5 Posts

It has been a really solid month number wise and I feel/see some good momentum building.  These posts helped Running in a Skirt grow this month!

1. Top Food Post

Vegetarian Oven Fajitas

These Vegetarian Oven Fajitas are so yummy!  This post got a big boost from a couple of Meatless Monday linkups AND getting accepted into foodgawker.  I adore this pin and picture.  I fidled with the props for a long time to get them “right.”

vegetarianovenfajitaspin.jpg

Runner Up

Roasted Sweet Potato Slices

My Roasted Sweet Potato Slices went crazy on Pinterest and definitely helped this post gain momentum.  I’ve learned a really good pin is the most effective advertising you can do for you blog.

RoastedSweetPotatoSlicespin_thumb.jpg

2. Highest Viewed Post

A Big Annoucement

My big announcement about my partnership with March for Babies was by far the biggest post of the month.  It gained some momentum with the promise of my first You Tube video.

Julie Wunder March for Dimes 2015 Annoucement

Runner Up

Sandals Grande Antigua Review

I was kind of surprised about this post, because it didn’t do that amazing the day I published it, but it remained popular for many days after it originally went out.  It also got some help on Pinterest.  I’m still dreaming about this trip.  If you somehow missed the Hobie Cat video in this one, you must go back and watch it.

Sandals Antigua Review pin

3. Top Fashion Post

5 Fashion Rules I Break

It looks like we all like to be rebels, because this fashion post was the most popular one of the month.

Fashion Rules to Break Pin

Runner Up

Denim Dress

This simple dress with so  much versatility made for a great Fashion Friday!  And I was having a really good hair day, so this post HAD to make the list. 🙂

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4. Top Fitness Post

Bearwallow Mountain Hike

It seems as though you guys love hiking as much as I do because my winter hike to Bearwallow Mountain was a big hit.  When some slightly warmer weather rolls around, I’m looking forward to adding more hikes to my site.

BearwallowMountainhikepin.jpg

Runner Up

 5 Ways to Stay Active During the Winter Months

This post included an easy way to get an entire month of FREE yoga from Stayfree.  You guys were uber supportive with this sponsored post and I could not be more grateful! *hugs*StayingActiveDuringtheWinterMonths_thumb.jpg

 

5. Most Pin-able

The top pin this month was actually my Roasted Sweet Potato Slices & Vegetarian Oven Fajitas, but I decided to put that one in top food, so here are the other top pins.

Skinny Pimento Cheese

I’ve been spending a lot more time on my pins and my Pinterest traffic shows!   My Skinny Pimento Cheese got a big boost from Pinterest.

I laugh though because the comments on this recipe were very divisive.  It seemed like you guys either LOVE pimento cheese or have no idea what it is! Haha!  I stand by my statement that you should try my version, even if it is new to you.  SO yummy!

SkinnyHomemadePimentoCheesepin.jpg

Runner Up

Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp

PestoQuinoapin2.jpg

To pin an image on Running in a Skirt, hover over the pin and a “Pin It” button will appear!

Want to follow me on Pinterest?  I’ll be your best friend forever if you do 🙂

Thanks to Nicole for the Fit and Fashionable Friday linkup!  Next week I’ll have some new fashion, I promise.

Have a great weekend, dear reader.  Once again thank you for you support.  Without your help none of this would be possible.  I’ll see you Monday for a fun survey about my life in my house.

 Your turn!

What was your top post of the month?

What was the highlight of your month?

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32 Comments

  1. Andrea March 3, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Random question: Did you switch out your Pinterest account to a business one or keep it personal? I’m leery aobut switching due to the way Facebook handled things.
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  2. Coco (@Got2Run4Me) February 28, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Great posts – and great pictures! Love the mountain pic! 😉
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  3. Farrah February 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait til this crazy winter is over!! *-*

    I’m so glad I discovered your blog! :] You have awesome recipes (everything always looks so delicious <3 ), and once my laptop stops being stupid and actually agrees to play audio/videos again, I look forward to checking out your youtube channel!

    I thinkkk my most popular non-giveaway post of the month was the one where I announced that I was a FitFluential ambassador + wrote about 10 different confessions. :O Highlight of the month is that I'm almost done with psych! *-* Long have I waited for this moment!
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    • JulieWunder March 1, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

      I’m so glad we have connected too! Thanks for the kind words about my blog :-))))) So glad you can move past Psych too! yay!!!

  4. Cara's Healthy Cravings February 28, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    The highlight of my month has been booking a ticket to travel to Indonesia! There is hope that I will escape the cold 🙂
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    • JulieWunder February 28, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Wow! That would be the highlight of my month too! So exciting. Can’t wait to hear about it.
      Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Jamaica King | rarax3.com February 28, 2015 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Those sweet potato slices look delicious!! I want some now :p

    <3 Jamaica King
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    • JulieWunder February 28, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Thanks Jamaica! Great to see you today. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Annmarie February 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Mmm still can’t stop thinking about those sweet potatoes…they look so good!
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  7. Jess @hellotofit February 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Ahh, those food pics are amazing!! Can’t believe March is around the corner. Excited to read more of your posts!
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  8. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes February 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    These were all of my favorite posts of yours too! I don’t ever go back and see which ones were the most popular. I should do that sometime! Have a great weekend!
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    • JulieWunder February 28, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

      I think it is really useful to decide what to post in the future…. at least for me! Before I dived into the blog fulltime I didn’t spend as much time trying to figure it out though:-)

  9. Nicole @ Fitful Focus February 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    You’ve had a great month, despite the snow! My favorite part of February was having a long weekend were I was actually able to relax a bit. It was joyous!
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  10. Jaime February 27, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    My top post was why you should have professional photos taken. It was a fun post. 🙂
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    • JulieWunder February 28, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

      That was a great one! Glad it did well for you.

  11. Mary Beth Jackson February 27, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    great job on the video! I love the desk set up 🙂 I do try to plan my exercise and posts all on Sunday for the following week. I haven’t looked at my stats yet for Feb. but anytime I blog about StitchFix, it always gets tons of views ! Happy Friday!
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    • JulieWunder February 28, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Thank you! I LOVE having two monitors and it works perfect for a little “set.” That is so cool about Stitch Fix! It is funny what is popular and what is not.

  12. Gingi February 27, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Woohoo! I think I’ve been following you for a month now… I recognize almost all of these posts! Great recap friend! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
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  13. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club February 27, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I think my top post this post in February so far is Working Out For Your Body Type. That thing has been doing gangbusters all week long!!! While I love to reference Pinterest, I am slowly coming around to doing things that Pinterest likes. I guess you can call me a rebel.
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    • JulieWunder February 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      That one was really interesting! I enjoyed it! Haha! Ok, rebel 🙂 It is strange all the hoops you have to jump through to get your work out in the blogoverse 🙂 I totally understand.
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  14. Dan Steadman February 27, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Bearwallow hike…Highlight of February, either hanging out with a friend I haven’t seen for 20 years for an entire day or finishing Green Valley a minute faster than laster and placing second in my age group. Second seems to be setting up as a key number for 2015

  15. [email protected] of a Mother Runner February 27, 2015 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I am going to make those sweet potatoes this week when I get home. I am trying to plan my posts out in advance too it really helps except when you are traveling w bad internet
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    • JulieWunder February 27, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

      I still had that epic scheduling fail when I was in the Carribean, even though I had planned ahead. The blog seems to KNOW when your connection is too bad to fix something 🙂
      Hope you are having a great time!
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  16. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie February 27, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    My favorite post still has to be the Sandals review. A bit of the caribbean is so needed in February!
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  17. Blane Sherer February 27, 2015 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I always love your end of the month posts.
    I agree that your food photos are excellent now.
    Hard to believe that March is almost here.
    I too will be glad when spring comes !

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