August 2016 Top Posts & Best of Blogs

///August 2016 Top Posts & Best of Blogs

August 2016 Top Posts & Best of Blogs

It’s time for another monthly wrap up and the Best of the Blogs Linkup!

Best of the Blogs Linkup- Linkup your top post of the month or a wrap up of your top posts! The last weekday of every month on Running in a Skirt.

Hi guys!

How is summer almost, kind of over?  Oh… I’m so not ready for all things fall and pumpkin.  Are you? Anyways, it’s coming whether I like it or not, so I better get on board!  Starting Friday I’m featuring some of my favorite fall fashion trends and I’ll be kicking off fall recipes with my all-time favorite, contest winning Vegetarian Chili next week.

Blog wise, I had another good growth month.  I’ve seen a huge burst in traffic over the past few months from Pinterest.  I credit working harder on my photos, re-shooting some of my older favorite recipes and remaking longer pins for several recipes that were already doing well there.  Would anyone be interested in a post about what I’ve done to grow traffic there?

Thank you all for your support on my reader survey earlier this month too.  I’m taking your input into consideration in making future blog decisions.  It was very helpful to get some input.

In addition to sharing my top posts of the month, it’s also Best of Blogs linkup day!  Remember the Best of Blogs linkup is on the LAST weekday of each month.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Best of Blogs linkup for the rest of the year—>

  • Thursday, September 30th
  • Monday, October 31st
  • Wednesday, November 30th
  • Friday, December 30th

Just a friendly reminder—> Make sure to not only drop your link, but check out the other fabulous posts other bloggers leave. We had an amazing roundup of posts last month and I enjoyed reading all of them! Let’s make this an active community event! Please share with the hashtag #BestofBlogs

The linkup is at the bottom of the post, so keep on scrollin’!

August’s Top Posts

Highest Overall Viewed New Post

Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Healthy Ranch Dressing with Greek Yogurt recipe


Yoga Gear Giveaway and Reader Survey

Ultimate Aurorae Yoga Gear Giveaway

Top Fitness & Health Post

4 Unlikely Ways to Find Fitness Inspiration

4 Unlikely Ways to Find Fitness Inspiration - inspirational movie - women inspiration fitness

The Ultimate Marathon Spectators Guide

The Ultimate Marathon Specators Guide - support your runner

Top Food Post

Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Greek Yogurt Ranch

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries with greek yogurt ranch

Avocado Caprese

Avocado Caprese Salad with arugula- summer salad/ Running in a Skirt


Top Fashion Post

Coral Dress

Coral Day Dress-68-3

Off the Shoulder Black and White Shorts Outfit

Black and White Shorts-8-2

Flashback Post

Both of these are doing well on Pinterest right now!  The soup just started getting more views in the last few weeks.  Yay for Fall.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Taco Soup

Vegetarian Taco Soup Crock Pot Recipe - so tasty and simple! Perfect weekday meal./ Running in a Skirt

Salmon Asparagus and Tomato in Foil

Salmon and Vegetables in Foil. Fresh asparagus and tomato! Only 6 Ingredients/ Running in a Skirt


Best of the Blogs Linkup

Best of the Blogs Linkup Rules:

  • Link back to Running in a Skirt and/or share the graphic.
  • Follow my FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Visit and comment on others blogs. Please don’t drop and run! I want to make this a place where our fabulous work gets seen more! Use hashtag #bestofblogs to let them know you got there through the linkup!
  • Visit my Facebook Page and drop your link for additional social shares.

In return, I will be commenting and sharing as much as possible! Thank you!




By | 2017-08-15T14:03:57-04:00 August 31st, 2016|Fun, Personal Updates/ Top Monthly Posts|45 Comments


  1. […] had mentioned in my Best of Blogs post the other month that my traffic from Pinterest has grown tremendously in the past year.  A […]

  2. jill conyers September 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I forgot about the round up link up! I really want the Taco Soup for dinner 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I love that taco soup! I think I’m going to make it soon too. Hope you join us next month for the linkup!

  3. masala girl September 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    i love your pictures! no wonder pinterest is doing better 🙂 i finally started using pinterest though! it’s time consuming, but i like it!

    for the best of the blogs link up, what do we have to share? a monthly round up or any post?

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Masala! Sorry it took me a few days to get back with you. You link up either your favorite/top post of the month OR a monthly roundup like I do. The idea is to have the best posts from everyone’s site in one place!

      Thank you so much for saying that about my photos. I’ve worked so hard on them. xoxo

  4. dixya @food, pleasure, and health September 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    love the fries & avocado caprese!!!! overall, seems like a great month.

  5. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run September 1, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I have to try that ranch dressing. I miss my ranch!

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      It’s soooo good and totally healthy. Game. changer.

  6. glenneth September 1, 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply

    great round up! no i want the zucchini fries with the greek yogurt ranch dressing. doesn’t that sound like a wonderful combo?

  7. Lauren August 31, 2016 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I loved your race spectators guide and those zucchini fries look amazing!!!

  8. abbey August 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    wow that avocado caprese looks amazing!!! awesome round up

  9. Patricia @Sweet and Strong August 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I would love to hear about how you grew traffic to your blog and what you use to edit your images. I use PicMonkey now, but am thinking I need to find something different. Also I’m kinda ready for Fall, I love football, and the food, and fall clothes =)

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Patricia! I use Lightroom. I have the Adobe subscription and it is worth every penny. It is the best way to edit and catalog your photos. I’m not an expert on it, but found a few tutorials to help me learn enough to use it. I use PicMonkey to make the pins with the text over them. I’m going to have to do a post! Several other people requested it too.

  10. Mikki August 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the blog growth. I need to work on my Pinterest stuff too. Just need to plan it into the schedule.

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      OH I know… SOOOOOOO much to do with the blog. I could work on it all day everyday and still have stuff to do.

  11. [email protected] August 31, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Now that fall is around the corner I will use my crock pot alot more. Will have to try that vegetarian chili

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Me too! You have to try the Chili. It’s soooo easy and good.

  12. Susie @ SuzLyfe August 31, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    The race spectating guide was fantastic, and you know I love you in the red dress! STUNNING!

  13. Nicole @ Fitful Focus August 31, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    You always have such good posts! I really loved the race spectating one!

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nicole!! I’m so glad you liked that one. Happy Labor Day weekend.

  14. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands August 31, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Ok I wan’t sure what I loved more you in the field of sunflowers or all the food pictures… than the baked salmon and asparagus sorry my mouth was watering.
    Oh and I’m going to stay in my little crazy bubble and pretend like our neighbors aren’t moving today, school isn’t starting next week, and summer isn’t almost over.

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah! I totally understand the bubble– in mine it’s still July.

  15. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets August 31, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Your recipes always look so good! Glad to see all the great Pinterest growth – I’d love a post to learn more about how you did it! I’m noticing a lot more fall/pumpkin recipes now, I can’t wait to start using the crockpot and trying more new recipes for fall!

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janelle! That means so much to me. I’m going to have to do some posts like that– seems to be some good interest! Thank you!

  16. […] This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday and Running in a Skirt for Best of the Blogs. […]

  17. Kerri McGrail August 31, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I loved the post on finding fitness inspiration! So great for when they pep in your step is lacking a bit!

  18. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub August 31, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I would love the tips on growing Pinterest!
    I definitely want to try your homemade ranch.

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jen! I’m going to try to put a post together soon!

  19. Annmarie August 31, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Mmmm that baked salmon is calling my name!! 🙂 Thanks so much for the linkup!!! <3

  20. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition August 31, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I have been loving your photos Julie and I’d also love to see a post on increasing traffic! I need more. 🙂

    I really enjoyed your ways to find fitness inspiration. Watching inspirational movies always makes me want to go out and exercise!

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      I’ll have to put one together! A couple people were also interested. It’s definitely been a process and I’m still learning!

  21. I shouldn’t have read this before I’ve eaten anything! Your food posts make me hungry! Thanks for hosting the link up!

    • JulieWunder September 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Haha! That makes me feel awesome- thanks! Thanks for linking up.

  22. Now I want zucchini fries too! Thanks for the reminder joining you now

  23. Andrea on Vacation August 31, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Your ranch dressing post was my fav of the month. I heart ranch and this one was super easy and used things from my herb garden.

  24. […] I’m linking up to Julie’s Best of Blogs- August edition- at Running in a Skirt […]

  25. Blane Sherer August 31, 2016 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Very nice month.
    I thought your fashion posts were especially
    nice this month.

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