It’s time for another monthly wrap up and the Best of the Blogs Linkup!
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
Yoga Gear Giveaway and Reader Survey
Top Fitness & Health Post
4 Unlikely Ways to Find Fitness Inspiration
The Ultimate Marathon Spectators Guide
Top Food Post
Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Greek Yogurt Ranch
Top Fashion Post
Off the Shoulder Black and White Shorts Outfit
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
Salmon Asparagus and Tomato in Foil
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 Facebook, Twitter, 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!
jill conyers says
I forgot about the round up link up! I really want the Taco Soup for dinner 🙂
I love that taco soup! I think I'm going to make it soon too. Hope you join us next month for the linkup!
masala girl says
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?
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
dixya @food, pleasure, and health says
love the fries & avocado caprese!!!! overall, seems like a great month.
Thanks Dixya! And here's to fall!
Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run says
I have to try that ranch dressing. I miss my ranch!
It's soooo good and totally healthy. Game. changer.
great round up! no i want the zucchini fries with the greek yogurt ranch dressing. doesn't that sound like a wonderful combo?
Oh yes! They are legit!!!
I loved your race spectators guide and those zucchini fries look amazing!!!
Thanks Lauren! That means so much to me.
wow that avocado caprese looks amazing!!! awesome round up
Patricia @Sweet and Strong says
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 =)
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.
Patricia @Sweet and Strong says
Yes please do! Thanks Julie!
Congrats on the blog growth. I need to work on my Pinterest stuff too. Just need to plan it into the schedule.
OH I know... SOOOOOOO much to do with the blog. I could work on it all day everyday and still have stuff to do.
Now that fall is around the corner I will use my crock pot alot more. Will have to try that vegetarian chili
Me too! You have to try the Chili. It's soooo easy and good.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
The race spectating guide was fantastic, and you know I love you in the red dress! STUNNING!
You are too kind! Thank you -- xoxo
Nicole @ Fitful Focus says
You always have such good posts! I really loved the race spectating one!
Thanks Nicole!! I'm so glad you liked that one. Happy Labor Day weekend.
Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands says
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.
Thanks Sarah! I totally understand the bubble-- in mine it's still July.
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
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!
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!
Kerri McGrail says
I loved the post on finding fitness inspiration! So great for when they pep in your step is lacking a bit!
I agree! Thanks Kerri!
Jen @ Pretty Little Grub says
I would love the tips on growing Pinterest!
I definitely want to try your homemade ranch.
Thanks Jen! I'm going to try to put a post together soon!
Mmmm that baked salmon is calling my name!! 🙂 Thanks so much for the linkup!!! <3
Ohhh it's so good. Thanks for linking up!
Mary Ellen @ VNutrition says
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!
I'll have to put one together! A couple people were also interested. It's definitely been a process and I'm still learning!
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
I shouldn't have read this before I've eaten anything! Your food posts make me hungry! Thanks for hosting the link up!
Haha! That makes me feel awesome- thanks! Thanks for linking up.
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
Now I want zucchini fries too! Thanks for the reminder joining you now
Andrea on Vacation says
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.
Blane Sherer says
Very nice month.
I thought your fashion posts were especially
nice this month.