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2010 Thank You & Happy New Year!

by | Dec 30, 2010 | blogging

2010 Thank You & Happy New Year!

Martha Stewart New Years Party

A special thank you to my top referrers of 2010:

1. Nester

2. Censational Girl

3. Cote de Texas

4. Thrifty Decor Chick

5. A Soft Place

6. Hooked on Houses

7. Remodeling this Life

8. Absolutely Beautiful Things

9. Holly Mathis

10. Reluctant Entertainer

11. Chatting at the Sky

12. Our Suburban Cottage

13. 320 Sycamore

14. A Beach Cottage

15. Isabella and Max

16. Simple Mom

17. This is Glamorous

18. The Pioneer Woman

19. Flower Patch Farm Girl

20. It’s the Little Things That Make a House a Home

Honorable mention #21 Darcy, Life with My 3 Boybarians and my ever patient blog designer! Woot.

I’m not much of a stat watcher, but from now on,  I will be. I’m going to look at my top referrers once a month now. I am humbled. These people are my heroes. I am one of those insane people who not only blogs because I love it (first and foremost!), but I actually depend on my blog as our source of income for necessities in life right now. It is a blessing I am so grateful for and never take for granted. So each one of you who generously and faithfully links to me and sends people my way truly are my heroes and I appreciate your support more than you know!

I am so happy to have each of these women on my top 20 list. They all have fabulous blogs. I hope you’ll visit the ones that might be new to you and send a big hug to the ones you do know, they are all wonderful! Some of these women I have known since my early blogging days and they never cease to amaze. Others are newer friends. But they are all wonderful and inspiring!

And for the 17 of you who beat out Pioneer Woman for top ranking, I bow at your feet of greatness.

But remember, blogging is not about ranking or popularity. So many factors go into blog traffic and both big and small blogs can do great things and make a difference for someone else.

Even if you are not on this list, I appreciate you so much!!

I also want to thank all of my faithful commenters who make me feel like I have something worth talking about each week, I heart you! And to each of you who read faithfully, visit my sponsors and spread good bloggy cheer everywhere you go, thank you for your support!!!

Last but not least, thank you to all of my sponsors this year, and those who are currently sponsoring. I’m honored to work with each of you and look forward to continuing on into 2011!

I’ll be doing a recap of my top 10 projects soon — I’m really excited about 2011!

Happy New Year! I heart you all.


  1. Erin - The Smallest Sparrow

    Happy New Year to you too! Your blog is one of my absolute faves!!! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2011. :-)

    • Melissa

      Thank you Erin! xoxo

  2. darcy

    Those (and you!) are some of my favorite people in the blogosphere.

    happy new year to you.


    • Melissa

      Mine too! Glad you are honorable mention #21.

      • darcy

        You goof.

        Now I look like a dork for saying how much I love the girls on the list. Tee hee.


  3. Gina

    Happy New Year, Melissa! I ♥ your blog & can’t wait to see you next month!

  4. Emily

    I am so doing a happy dance that I beat Pioneer Woman! HA! :)

    Love you so much Melissa. You’ve been such a wonderful support to me and it means the world to me. I am looking forward to another year of your inspiration.

    Happy new year!!


    • Melissa

      You totally rock Emily. I adore.

  5. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Darn that Pioneer Woman! ;)

    Next year I’ll get you, Ree. Next year! Bwah hah hah…

    Thanks for posting. What a surprise! Your blog is one of the first that I fell in love with. You inspire me and help me notice the everyday, magnificent beauty around me. Happy New Year!

    • Melissa

      Haaaah. You go girl.

  6. Diane

    And may YOUR New Year be filled with much bloggy cheer as well!!

  7. SimplyLKJ

    Melissa, I look forward to each of your posts! Can’t wait to see what the New Year holds!

  8. Jen

    Ok, now I wish I would have linked to you a few more times. It’s bringing out the competitive spirit that I thought was gone. :) Love you, girl and can’t wait to give you a big huge hug in a few weeks. Make sure you homey girls carve some time for this little frugal gal. I am all by my lonesome this year.

    • Melissa

      Yeah Jen. Come on. Sheesh.

      We totally want you to be a part of the home group. :-)

  9. Polly

    Your blog is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, thank you! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  10. Mary Jean

    You are one of my number one all time favorite blogs ever!!! I just adore you and your blog and all your awesome success! Thank you for being there when a girl needs a fix! Wish I could hug you at Blissdom this year. Just can’t swing it this year!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Mary Jean! xo

  11. Emily

    I love your blog so much Melissa. You were one of the first I stumbled across. Well first was Nester and her crazy antics about Tobacco Road (:-)), and then it was you, and then Thrifty. :) So glad I found all of you, and can’t wait to meet you in Tennessee my friend!

    Happy new year, and may it be your best year yet!

    • Melissa

      Thanks Emily!! {heart!}

  12. Pinky

    I don’t always comment but I do visit almost every post. I hope you have your best year ever and have MANY blessings in the new year! XO, Pinky

  13. amy cornwell

    That’s so fabulous! Congrats on the success and much more in 2011!

  14. shannon

    Have a Happy Near Year as well! Hard to believe 2010 is near its end.. I think this year went by a little bit faster than 09.. but, that seems to be the trend, right? Have a great one!

  15. susan

    I am SO glad I fell into the October blogathon with so many of you. It was such a treat and now I can’t miss a day without checking on “the grillz”. Sometimes I lurk but mostly I bet you’d like me to just shaddap already! :D I see I have a few more to pester on your list. Go ahead&warn’em Melissa, I can take it . Since i’m limpy&gimpier than usual with the busted knee (literally), I may have to set a timer or i’ll read all day. It takes that long on the stoopidphone. All good wishes to each&every one of you, and a prosperous&healthy 2011 as well. Seems we’ve had a run on tonsils & I sure hope “the kids are allright” for a little while. ‘Tis the sneezon,but geez! How’s your girl-baby Melissa? I hope doing as stellar-ly well as the first couple days, what a blessing! Howzabout when I do the ticker & knee surg’s I just disappear&you’ll think i’m lurking again! Haha trust me it’ll probly be ’12 before that happens…panic attack city. Oy. CONGRATS ALL ‘ROUND, AND HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS! BLessings&hearts -s-

  16. susan

    PS-Looove the new layout! So purty! -s-

  17. Kayleen

    I love your blog, it truly is one that I come too often. If you have any great tips on blogging I would love to hear them. I have been at it only a short time and would love some pointers from a pro! Really! I can’t wait to see what you do in 2011. See you then.

  18. Julie M.

    God Bless you and all of your lovely friends!

    : )

    Julie M.

  19. Kayleen

    I put a link to your site on my blog. I hope that is ok, I thought that others might like to visit.

  20. Glenda Childers

    What a great post of “honoring those to whom honor is due.”

    Happy New Year, Melissa.

  21. teresa

    Happy New year….as you know I love coming here…feels like home =)

  22. Karen

    You are one of the most inspiring people and deserve any and all notice. I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!
    Thank you.

  23. Centsational Girl

    YOU are such an inspiration to all of us, that’s why the name of your blog is oh SO appropriate and fitting. Thank YOU for all you do and for continuing to be such a warm, real, and amazing wife, mom, blogger and friend.

  24. Janell Beals

    You are my #1 referring URL today, due to being on this list? Thanks, and interesting how this happens! All the best 2011 Melissa!

  25. Heathahlee

    Happy New Year, Melissa! : )

  26. Fiona

    Yay Melissa!! Congratulations on another successful year! You do such a tremendous job balancing making a home with real life. I love what you write and I’m excited to see what you churn out for 2011.

    Raising my glass (of cider, I’m allergic to alcohol!) to you my dear!

    Happy New Year Melissa!! Hug Jer and the kids for me!

  27. Tara

    love your heart for your home and your family and for the Lord….love your blog because you constantly inspire us in all the things that overflow out of your heart!

  28. melissa*320 sycamore

    I am so honored to be on your list!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet *the* Melissa in person~I can’t wait to see more of your wonderful-ness this year. xo

  29. Karen Pearce

    I’ve enjoyed your blog this year! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

  30. Heather E Transue

    I am so glad that I stumbled across your blog. I truly am inspired! Your style is right up my alley. I also love how several of the blogs I follow (Nester, Thrifty Decor Chic, etc) all run in the same circles! You guys all made each other’s top 10s and 20a. Congratulations! Happy New Year.

  31. Genevieve

    So glad I stopped by Melissa! These days I rarely have time to comment, but it’s always a treat to visit. I’ve loved watching your blog grow! Of all the uber blogs out there, yours is my favorite and certainly has the most integrity.

    Blessings to you and yours!


  32. Holly Mathis Interiors

    you know how i feel about your are a blessing to me and so many others…what a ride God has take us all on huh??? THank you for all you do for so many including me..what an honor to be on your list!

    GOD BLESS YOU IN 2011!


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