2012 Wrap Up ~ My Most Pinned Post

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you pour your heart and soul into something and it goes virtually unnoticed?

And then…when you throw something together at the very last minute,

with little thought and no preparation,

it takes the world by storm? (Or at least the part of the world that uses Pinterest?)

That’s what happened with my How To Make a Perfect Bow post.

Here’s the scoop…I fell in love with a grain sack bow that was featured on the blog Dreamy Whites. So I made my own and used it on my front door wreath. I decided, just for the heck of it, to post a tutorial on how to make this 3 piece bow.

I pinned it to my How To board on Pinterest…and I might have (accidentally) pinned it to a few other boards too.

Just a few.

Then, Centsational Girl hosted a Christmas Craft Linky Party.  I managed to link up in the number 8 position. Unbelievable for me since I am notoriously late for most linky parties.

A few days later I checked the pin count on my Perfect Bow post and it was almost 4,000.

As of today the pin count is over 9,600. Can you even believe it?

One more thing…I mentioned the other day about my trials and tribulations when I installed Google Analytics. Everything was working fine by the time I published the Perfect Bow post. According to Google Analytics, that post has over 18,000 page views.

So…sometimes, when you least expect it, good things happen. After a year of ups and downs, my little blog can close the book on 2012 with it’s head held high.

We went viral on Pinterest. Can’t ask for much more than that.

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  1. Grace @ sense and simplicity says:

    Ann, thanks so much for your New Years wishes. I’ve just been catching up on my blog reading and enjoyed your overview of your year. The bow you made is fantastic so I can see why it went viral. I have to agree that 9,000 pins is amazing.

  2. And, it couldn’t have happened to a more talented lady. May this New Year bring you many more successes!

    Take care.

  3. That’s awesome, Ann. You are so right. I have a thrown together, “hey, look what I made” post that I thought nothing of. It, too, is my most viewed post! It’s funny how that happens.

  4. Shannon @ A Cozy Place Called Home says:

    I’ve learned it’s the things you never expected to be popular are the exact things that take off. Seems I’m always wishing I’d taken better pictures of those things. Your bow and wreath are very pretty, so it’s easy to see why people are so interested. Congrats on the success of your blog! Happy New Year, Ann!

  5. Hi Ann! Congratulations! I was just thinking about you today and thought I’d pop over. I can see why this one went viral since many of us are bow making challenged (at least I am). It’s wonderful when your post goes virtually viral! It’s a wonder anyone ever reads anything that I write or post, but I keep doing it for the fun and love of it. Now I’m heading on over to check out your pin.

  6. I’d say that is quite a way to end the year! Cheers to all the success in 2013!

  7. That’s an amazing amount, wow! Fun stuff! : ) Happy New Year :)

  8. Love your grainsack bow as well . You make the loveliest things, so I’m not surprised you got so many responses. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and have a Happy New Year!

  9. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, this is such exciting news! And what a way to end the year! I bet you are smiling from ear to ear! Happy New Year-I think more exciting things are in store for you!

  10. Suzy @ Worthing Court says:

    That’s wonderful, Ann! I agree with everyone else – it’s easy to see why this particular project went viral. Happy New Year!

  11. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    You are so right Anne! There is no way to know what will go crazy. I can see why this did though :) You can hold your head high for certain. Even with out that mega pin ;) You create beautiful, beautiful things.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Nana Diana says:

    That, indeed, is the perfect bow. You deserve good things to happen to you. You are a very sweet person that gives a lot- xo Diana

  13. Keeping It Cozy says:

    WOW! I used your fabulous tutorial all December long. :-)

  14. It’s like the old saying, “build a better mousetrap…” and it couldn’t happen to a nicer blog!

  15. Good for you ~ although I’m not surprised! You are such a creator of beautiful things. I have no clue about analytics, etc. I do well just to get a post done. :)

    Happy New Year!

  16. Impressive…you can add one more to that count. Although I don’t pin, yet…I did save that tutorial in my bookmarks, so I’d be on top of things for next year! Happy New Year…wishing you all the best! ;)

  17. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Wow, that’s a crazy awesome pin count!
    I wouldn’t have guessed that one…….I would have guessed your stairwell gallery wall! But what do I know……
    I loved that bow tutorial, too, and it’s definitely pin-worthy!

    Happy New Year!

  18. Michele @ Finch Rest says:

    Life is just illogical sometimes.

    Glad for you, though – you deserve it, Ann.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  19. Good for you! I don’t remember ever losing your posts – hum… Maybe I just got lucky :)

  20. Olive Cooper says:

    Thrilled for you Ann:}

  21. No Minimalist Here says:

    Wonderful, Ann! I am on my way to Pin your post. Happy New Year. xx, Sherry

  22. donna@anangloinquébec says:

    It is a great post Ann. I have a feeling about some of what is behind it all. Exciting to see it all connect across the ‘sphere’ like that!

  23. Well how about that?! That’s wonderful! You just never know. I have noticed that myself that sometimes what you find ordinary, others find extrordinary! Your bow tutorial came at just the right time for the holidays. I’m sure that helped it’s numbers too. I love how that bow looks and so glad that you shared that tutorial.

  24. Wow, way to go with the perfect bow!

  25. That’s so true,the things you never expect become hits. Congrats on those great numbers Ann, you always post the most beautiful work.

  26. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog says:

    That is amazing. Great work!

  27. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says:

    It really was a great tutorial and the fact that yours came out so beautiful didn’t hurt either! Love it!

  28. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says:

    I can understand why you got so many hits on this. It is beautiful and simple at the same time…

  29. I’ve been searching for an easy way to make beautiful bows and I’ve found it! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  30. Inspire Me Heather says:

    That’s great Ann, congratulations! It is a pretty photo, well done!

  31. Wow ~ I am not surprised as that bow is just to die for. Love, Love, Love it and you can use it any time of the year. Love Pinterest. Congrats~! Great way to end the year or begin a new one
    Wishing you all the best in the forthcoming year Anne ~ (((Hugs)))

  32. That happened to me last year with a paper star I made. I guess people really do want simple and easy! I loved your bow and shared it on my fb page after you posted it. :)