It was a stellar year for this little blog. Exactly a year ago, I shared a an image on Pinterest that changed everything, generating over 185,000 repins and a whole world of new readers here.
Want to know what it was? You’ll see it below because it also ended up being my #1 post!
While this list shows the most visited posts (which also happen to be DIY projects), there’s a whole other list to be made as well, and that’s the posts that generated the kindest notes and responses, and the ones that seemed to mean the most to you, the reader, and me! The big traffic pays the bills, but the sweet responses fuel the desire to do more, so thank you.
Top Ten Posts For 2013
10. Easy Trick For A Sparkling Clean Pond
This little trick works like a charm, involves no chemicals, and keeps pond water clear on an ongoing basis. I have received dozens of testimonials confirming the success.
9. Glass Gem DIY Craft Ideas
I kept getting more and more requests for projects using glass gems through the year, so I delivered!
8. How To Place A Fence Or Screen For Maximum Privacy
I am one of those people who likes a really private garden and apparently others do too because this post gained its popularity through numerous Google searches for ‘privacy fence’ or ‘how to make a yard private’ or ‘privacy fence ideas’ and so on.
7. 12 Creative & Frugal DIY Garden Projects for $20 or Less
I love it that this post did so well because it’s a compilation of projects from a group of creative bloggers I belong to called The Garden Charmers. This is just one of three posts collecting their great DIY garden ideas. And they’re all frugal. Go Charmers! (You can see the best of The Garden Charmers here.)
6. Glass Garden Totems Garden Art DIY
Yup, glass garden art was a very popular topic this year! I kept getting so many questions, I made posts and how to videos to provide the basic information. I also confirmed to myself that hermits like me make very awkward video hosts! (I vowed never to say ‘um’ in a video again after making this one. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve made a video since that one. Hmmmm.)
5. How To Make Flowers From Dishes & Plates
Sometimes things sound just too intimidating to try. And that’s why I procrastinated about learning to drill holes in ceramic plates until I tried it and realized it’s as simple as drilling wood. You just need to know the right drill bit to use and a trick shown in this post and video:
3. How To Make A Stone Birdhouse
This post really is a perennial favourite. I made a stone birdhouse over ten years ago and posted it my former blog. Now, all these years later, it’s still a very popular topic. And well-deserved, I think, because once you learn the right supplies to use for outdoor garden art projects, you can make just about anything. Plus, stone birdhouses kinda rock the gardening world.
2. Garden Art DIY: Decorative Garden Balls
See what I mean about glass gems this year? They just kept bringing more readers, and more questions, and then I would create posts to provide the answers. I also received the most beautiful contributions from friends on the Empress of Dirt Facebook page including Karen Weigert Enos who, as you’ll see in this next post, is a master of garden ball art.
1. Best Garden Art Projects
And this is the post that made 2013 a brilliant one for the old Empress of Dirt. I shared it on a whim a year ago, and serrendipity took over.
Thank you for making this a great blogging year. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!