Weekend links :: A year in review

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

heart in the snow with red shoes
Photo by Jan

2008 was a good year for Simple Mom.  It being the only year and all.

Instead of spreading the usual link love, sharing my favorite posts from the week, I thought I’d do a few honorable mentions today.

Top 10 Referring Blogs

These 10 blogs were the ones which sent the most Simple Mom visitors in all of 2008.  I’m sharing one of my favorite posts of theirs (I can’t possibly narrow it down to the absolute favorite).  Thanks, friends.

Great New Blogs

These are some of my favorite “new” blogs – and by new, I mean they were launched in 2008.

Daily Must Reads

Aside from any of those mentioned above so far, these are the blogs I make sure and hit (when I actually get a chance to sit down and read blogs).

Favorite Podcasts

I’m a huge podcast fan – and these are the ones I with which I stay current.

Overall Greatness

Oh good night, I just want to list all the great blogs out there.  But I can’t.  So here’s just a few more that I think are great.

My Networking Friends

Finally, the following are all blogs with which Simple Mom networks formally, and I’m proud to be part of such a fine group of writers.

The Life Skills Network:

9 Rules:

Thanks to ALL of you who’ve made Simple Mom such a surprising success this past year – I look forward to more in 2009.  I’m honored that you all read my words.

Feel free to leave some of your favorite blogs in the comments section (and feel free to link to some of your own great posts).

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  1. Congrats! So happy for your year of success! Great list of blogs, happy to be included. Here’s a few I’m including:


    Marie @ Make and Takes´s last blog post…Holt Family Biggest Loser Competition

  2. What a wonderful list– thank you for some new reads! This year I’ve been in love with simplicity, but also with beauty. Here are some beautiful blogs:

    And many others. :)

    liz (perspicacious)´s last blog post…Ack, mold in my closets

  3. Just wanted to thank you for the links. I have found some of these blogs via theartofsimple.net even before this summary and enjoy them very much – I am talking about Blissfully Domestic, Momadvice, Frugal Dad, Almost Frugal.
    I didn’t have a chance to wish you Happy New Year yet, so – Happy New Year, filled with love, happiness and success.

    Emma´s last blog post…Hair styles for babies and toddlers – girls’ cuts and hairdos

  4. Thanks for sharing your favorites! There’s so much good stuff out in the world wide web! I listed my favorites yesterday and we have a few in common.

    Sandra´s last blog post…Thirty Blogs

  5. I found your blog through Frugal Dad a couple months ago and it is one of my new favorites! And how cool that you list Mars Hill as one of your faves! Our church in NC gets a lot of input from them and the are doing great things! I look forward to checking out the other links :-)

    Andrea´s last blog post…Happy New Year!

  6. Simple Mom is on my daily reads list, and I’m glad I could contribute to some of the success of your site in 2008. Though I have to admit, 99.99% of your success is because of great writing and the wonderful community you’ve built here!

    Look forward to 2009, the book club, and whatever other projects you have waiting for us!

    Frugal Dad´s last blog post…Roundup: Catching Up My Feed Reader Edition

  7. I’ve found many resources via simplemom and appreciate them so much. I had at one point tried out a home management binder and gave up on it because it wasn’t for me. I was re-inspired by your series and now love it. I created my own daily docket and master checklist and it works so much better for me due to my need for flexibility.

    Shannon´s last blog post…A few notes…

  8. Thank you – there are some new ones for me to check out as well as all the others you’ve introduced me to this year. Happy New Year!

    Alana @ Gray Matters´s last blog post…I’m Sew Excited!

  9. I can’t for the life of me remember how I found Simple Mom, but once I did I was hooked and I have found some of my favorite bloggers through this site. On of my favorites that isn’t on here is Almost Frugal, which I read everyday as well.

    I am excited for 2009 and for the thriving community I see here at Simple Mom to keep growing!

    Lucie @ Unconventional Origins´s last blog post…Mommies Need Their Friends (My Missing Piece)

  10. Thanks for the great list! Maybe we can make it on there next year. ::wink wink::

    Mom’s Marbles´s last blog post…Saturday Sound Off: Have You Put Christmas Away?

  11. Thanks for sharing these links, all! Yes, you’ve mentioned some of my favorites as well – Almost Frugal, Skip To My Lou, etc. I keep wanting to edit this post, but I’m going to have to stop myself, because it’ll just get too long!

    There really are so many good blogs out there.

  12. Your links are wonderful. I actually found you through DIYthemes, and am interested in your blog because I am a new mom juggling work and family and a relatively new blogger. Also, I am always striving to have more simplicity and organization in our lives so that we have time to enjoy our homes and each other.

    I am not a fan of Mars Hill Church, however. Their founder and head, Mark Driscoll, has made offensive public remarks about women and admits to holding a viewpoint that women should have a submissive role in marriage. He has also made offensive remarks about Jesus.

    Lauren fromNorthwest Cheapsleeps´s last blog post…Finding Vacation Rentals

    • Marc Driscoll is controversial and I don’t agree with everything he says. Overall, though, I like his speaking style and his approach to what a church should look like.

  13. GIANT Thank you for turning me on to SouleMama. Oh my, what fabulous images and enjoyable reading. Thank you!! Can’t wait to check out your other picks.

    Betsy´s last blog post…Don’t Forget

  14. Thanks for all of the great suggestions for new year’s reading and thinking and dreaming!

    julie´s last blog post…i’ll have what she’s having

  15. Simple Mom, your are on my list of daily reads! Thank your for all the wonderful posts and your great and ‘simple’ to follow writing style.
    It really is so hard to narrow down all the great blogs out there, but your list is pretty comprehensive, and so many of those I follow! There are a few new ones too, so I’m off to check them out!

    Here’s to a great new year, full of simplicity, adventure and creativity! Can’t wait to see what journeys you take us on.



    Tabitha´s last blog post…Sunday Citar

  16. ACK! My feed reader was already in need of SIMPLIFYING! I can’t handle any more great links! 😉

    You are definitely a daily read. It’s hard to believe you just launched last year. I feel as if I’ve been reading Simple Mom forever!

    Many best wishes for blessing and success in 2009.

    Megan@SortaCrunchy´s last blog post…resolved: surrender

  17. Very new on the Mars Hill thing. (Very new = almost clueless) But hubs has been doing some research. We’re going to be visiting a brand-new church plant by Acts 29 (connected to Mars Hill?) at their “opening day” next weekend. Very curious.

    FishMama´s last blog post…MOM Deals This Week

  18. I just stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and thought it looked interesting so I bookmarked it and then never came back to read. However, having finally broken down and started using Google Reader I can now keep up with the blogs I read in an orderly fashion…yay! I’m looking forward to reading this blog, but I must say if you are going to consistently list more blogs that suck me in even Google reader won’t help me. :)

    Loretta´s last blog post…I Quit!

  19. Thanks for this great list, although to be honest, I subscribe to almost all of them already. There are some really fantastic blogs out there. I’ve enjoyed reading Simple Mom very much over these past few months. I’ve truly been helped and blessed by your words.

    Some other blogs I enjoy are:

    Nicki at Domestic Cents´s last blog post…Routine – Part 2, Finding Your Groove

  20. I am so happy for you and your success! It *was* a great year for you, wasn’t it?!

    I can’t wait to see what is in store in 2009!


    karla | looking towards heaven | modernmediamom.com´s last blog post…2008: A Year in Review. of sorts

  21. Hey, thanks so much! I was checking my stat reader today and saw a ton of hits from this post…and then I read your post and blushed. Thanks for including me with such great bloggers. :) What a FUN site you have here!

    molly´s last blog post…Gentle Shepherd Parenting: A Tale of Three Markers

  22. thanks for these links :) We love ourselves some Mars Hill Church podcasts as well. Have you ever listened to Nancy Leigh DeMoss “Revive our Hearts” radio podcast? Excellent.

    Beth Young´s last blog post…New Things for the New Year

  23. happy new year!

    you’ve given me a few new reads too ^_^

    Desiree Fawn´s last blog post…the comparison.

  24. Thanks so much for including me in this post full of amazing blogs. It has been so wonderful getting to know you this year. Your blog has been so inspiring and encouraging, thank you! Most of my must reads are already on here, Inspired Room, Nesting Place, Small Notebook. I am going to check out a few links that I haven’t been to before, so thanks for sharing them!

  25. Thanks for the link, Tsh–I’m honored to be on your list. You’ve had a remarkable year, and you’re doing such good work. I can’t wait to meet you very soon!

    Rocks In My Dryer´s last blog post…If There’s a Sweeter Treasure, I Don’t Know What It Would Be

  26. Hi Simple Mom!

    This is my first time visiting your site and I will be checking back often. Love your list here and we already share a lot of them in common. Can’t wait to check out the ones that are new to me! You might also enjoy Frugal Family Fun Blog. I update it daily with tips to have lots of good times on a budget! Thanks for your inspiration and best of luck with the new year!


    Valerie´s last blog post…10 Best Gifts for a Tightwad

  27. Thanks for all of the wonderful sites!!! I am enjoying so many of them!

    Sarah´s last blog post…Grace

  28. Hey Tsh! Congrats on the first year! You are doing an awesome job. I really cannot wait to meet you at Blissdom!

    Thanks for mentioning my blog in your list {blush}, I am so honored.

    Blessings in 2009!


    melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog post…A Beautiful Life: 12 Months of Goals

  29. a wonderful lists. thank you

    loved reading it. and did get some real nice links fom it.i think they can help me imorve ny lifestyle. can’t wait to look into the one’s new to me.
    n do check out http://www.makemyweek.com/ i liked this one 2. it features the top ten must read posts of the week.
    but anyways great post, i have just started following ur blog. but i think its going to be a long relationship

  30. Oh, you made my day! You are my daily read in the morning over my coffee. I can’t think of anyone better to spend my time with. I so look forward to meeting you, my fellow 9Ruler, at Blissdom and getting to chat with you in person. You are an inspiration to me- I am so proud of your amazing year! You deserve every moment of it!

    All of the bloggers on your list are among my favorites. My feeds love them all!

    Amy´s last blog post…Redbox Code 01.05.08

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