My Most Popular Posts of 2017


2017 is about to end and boy, what a year it has been! I’ve taught writing for 14 years, and earlier this year started my first blog. I would like to end 2017 by highlighting this new endeavor of mine by reflecting on my most popular posts of 2017.

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A Written Past

I taught writing for many years and have written for fun in the past, but this year was my first year writing for a wider audience. There were many topics I could choose from, and I might still branch out to other topics in the future, but I initially started my blog to share my newfound love and adventures in urban gardening.

If you have been following me for a time, you also know I have plugged in some posts about blogging for beginners as well. I am planning on continuing that and have a few of those posts planned out for 2018. I’m still a beginner blogger and want to share what I have learned on this wild adventure so far!

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Choosing Popular Posts

I chose this roundup of popular posts based on the amount of traffic I received as well as how many comments. Enjoy this list and make sure to come back for more!

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My Most Popular Posts of 2017

Here they are! My most popular posts of 2017. Click through to read each one and feel free to share on social media!

How to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Garden

This post received a ton of views, but few comments. I’m still trying to figure out the hows and whys of this with blogging. If you are having trouble trying to keep squirrels and other pests out of your garden, this post includes some great and inexpensive ways to do so.

Planting Upwards-Cheap Vertical Gardening Ideas

Vertical Gardening is very popular today, especially if you have limited gardening space like me. You can find some unique ways to vertical garden in this post. I also included an interesting history of vertical gardening.

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Gardening Shelves

My awesome hubby made me beautiful gardening shelves from scratch and this post shares some ideas on how to make your own gardening shelves! These are great space savers, especially if you have a garden on a balcony or other small space!

Learning Curve-6 Lessons from 6 Months of Blogging

Although six months is not a very long time to blog, I learned many things in a short amount of time blogging. In this post, I discuss six lessons I’ve learned on my blogging adventure so far.

How I Made $80 My Seventh Month Blogging

I was very excited to make some money less than a year blogging and talk about it in this post. There are many ways to monetize your blog and I also discuss other ways to make money blogging here.

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How to Start a Garden from Scratch

Anyone can start a garden if you have the right tools. This post discusses how to start a garden with a container, dirt and of course, a plant! Some other tools are also helpful in starting a garden, which are further mentioned here.

How to: Seashell Succulents Planter

This is one of my favorite posts to date since my first video is featured here. I also love beach decor, so this was a very fun project to do. If you love seashells and succulents then this project is for you!

An Urban Oasis: Types of Succulent Plants

Speaking of succulents, this post talks about some popular types of succulents plants, as well as how to care for them. I’m planning on adding more succulent based posts next year.

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No Birdfeeder Needed: How to Attract Hummingbirds

I decided to add this post to my list because of all the awesome comments, despite the lack of views. Adding hummingbird friendly flowers to your garden is a great way to attract these beautiful birds near your home, as well as adding color to your urban jungle.

End of Year Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed my list of my most popular posts of 2017. This was a wonderful year filled with new adventures in blogging and meeting wonderful bloggers that have helped me maneuver through this new endeavor. I hope 2018 is filled with even more blogging adventures and new blogging friends!

Stay tuned for many more gardening posts as well as some more tips on blogging for newbies like me in 2018! Enjoy the last of 2017 and Happy New Year!

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I am a blogger and gardener. I love sharing my ideas about gardening in small spaces and on a budget. To learn more about me, please visit my site


  1. Brenda Bacha

    I love your blog. So proud of you for starting this adventure and you have inspired be to make effort again at getting mine going. In our current place, we have a nice patio, so I am looking forward to doing the vertical garden, the seashell succulents and other tips you gave. Awesome! Your writing is very conversational and reads with persona passion. Eager to see what 2018 has for you. Happy New Year!

    30 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      Thank you Brenda! So glad I can motivate you to garden more! Thank you for the feedback on my writing skills! It lets me know I’m on the right track with my audience. I can’t wait to see your site! Happy New Year!

      01 . Jan . 2018
  2. Bob Taylor

    For a new Blogger this year you have done well, easy to read posts and very formative. I started my blog 5 months ago, still haven’t got into the full swing of it yet. but reading posts like yours helps motivate me.
    Cheers Bob.

    P/S All the best for the New Year

    31 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      Thank you Bob! I’m glad that my posts are readable and full of information. I love getting feedback from my audience. Keep going and you will get there! Happy New Year!

      01 . Jan . 2018
  3. Danielle - Rambles and Runaways

    Okay, I may have just bookmarked all of your posts! We live in a townhouse with artificial grass and limited space for gardening (plus an active toddler who likes to eat dirt) so the vertical garden and shelves would be pretty fantastic. I also have some succulents that just about died after winter descended upon us, so any tips that way are good.

    04 . Jan . 2018
    • Ann

      A vertical or hanging garden would probably work great for you! I’m planning on more succulent posts for this year so stay tuned for those. I’m currently working on a guest post about winter gardening tips too, which I’ll be posting on my social media. Thanks for the comment!

      05 . Jan . 2018
  4. Toni

    I’m glad you had such a successful 2017. I love your post about how to make money blogging. There are SO many helpful tips on this post and I’m excited to dig in.

    04 . Jan . 2018
    • Ann

      Thank you! I wish I could have gotten more done but glad about the success I had blogging last year. I’m glad you found my how to make money blogging post helpful. I have some more post ideas related to blogging, which I’m hoping to write and publish soon.

      05 . Jan . 2018

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