Roundup Post: Your Top 3 Questions

Change Is Constant

Almost mid-October (where does the time go?) and, for today’s Roundup post, we are again doing things a bit differently. Change is always good, although some of you might not agree with that. From an early age, I learned to embrace change more than seeking constancy. So, for every time we had to move, it was met with relish.

What is changing in our roundup post is, instead of looking at the top three most read posts of this past week, what follows are the most read and visited posts and pages of this blog since its move to WordPress in June up to the end of the last quarter (September 30).

These roundup posts are published every Friday for two reasons:

  1. Preparing them allows me to assess how the blog is browsed, what articles interest you and whether there is an angle we need to pursue.
  2. Publishing the most read gives me an opportunity to promote the issues that most readers are gravitating towards. As well, the roundup post is another way to invite readers to browse our archive.

Roundup Post – An Opportunity to “Break It Down”

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Sitting here, I see…Me.

There might be some fancy term for it but keeping it simple, this week’s roundup post mirrors something that I do in my personal life. It is something that, if I might be so bold, you might want to consider for your life. It is something taught to me most clearly while in chaplaincy training. Self-assessment, self-examination and re-positioning based on my life’s intentions. Israelmore Avivor says it best:

The only way to make a spoilt machine work again is to break it down, work on its inner system and fix it again. Screw out the bolts of your life, examine and work on yourself, fix your life again and get going.

Never be afraid to take apart your life, break down your job, look at your role in a relationship or within your family – not because it is necessarily spoilt but because you want to be better. That is what we aim to do on this blog – be better at what we do, the articles we write and the conversations we have with you. The weekly roundup posts is one way of us “breaking down” our systems and fixing what needs repair for the upcoming week.

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Your Top 3 Concerns

What are the top three posts since we moved here?

  1.  Repeat That: 5 Things Best Not To: A post about life lessons, basically, and how to learn them the first time around. “The five things that need not repeat themselves once they have left my or your experience. One you have no control over but the others are well within your control and my suggestion to you – do not request repeat performances.”
  2. Fall Roundup: Mixed Bag: A very seasonal roundup post that attracted the attention of people around the world. “Fall is a great time to start preparing for the winter months. As the leaves change, creating the most natural kaleidoscope of colours, the last thing that might be on your mind is winter.” Through this roundup post you were invited to check out all the things Fall brought to your doorsteps.
  3. Conversations On Sex And The Women Who Sell It: This was the opening for one of the most challenging series we have done so far. It is a series that began and will continue “in our style – “Insightful, Inspiring and In-depth,” never judgmental but clearly offering views that might not fit the stereotypical ones.” We are opening a small window to the world of prostitution and the women in it with the hope of helping even one through you.
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The connection

Life lessons, embracing change and understanding the lives of others – these are the issues at the heart of the top posts since June to September. Along with these posts, you frequently visited our Subscribers’ Couch, with several choosing to sign up for our daily email updating you of our posts, as well as receive my monthly newsletter and affirmation poster. In the New Year, we have some changes planned for our subscription service so you are invited to sign-up today and be part of those exciting developments.

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Many of you also wanted to know who we are and so the second most visited page was the showcase of our Contributors. We are an eclectic group of writers and bloggers here – women and men – who bring to this buffet a range of “food for thought.” Through our weekly roundup post, I highlight our writers and the work they presented for the week. You might have noticed Robert’s absence so far this month. He is away for a bit attending to urgent personal issues. We hope all continues to be well for him and that he will rejoin us at the soonest.

Coming Up…

canadaThat is our roundup post for this week. Thank you all so much for continuing to visit, commenting and sharing your love. Yesterday, I introduced a new short story series covering another issue that we have received questions and requests for support about – How To Let Go. The first part of that series will be published tomorrow, so do sign up for our email list and get your update once it is available. It is my promise to you that your privacy is guaranteed and you will never be spammed.

Have a wonderful weekend! To my fellow Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving on Monday!

As always, Namaste.

Claudette P. Esterine



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54 thoughts on “Roundup Post: Your Top 3 Questions

  1. That’s a great idea! I should do that too but I find often I’m so behind on stuff that going back to core and essence of it all falls through the cracks

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well, do it how best works for you – if it works for you! 🙂

  2. […] week’s roundup posts, comments and even private messages tell me that there are many of you who might be tethering, dying […]

  3. The roundup posts are a great idea all away around. It is important for everyone to assess there lives from all angles to make improvements where they can is also what I believe. There is indeed great topics coming up for sure.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Rebecca and we hope you will continue checking in on us as we open some more doors. 🙂

  4. CourtneyLynne

    I think change is a good thing! Usually means we are growing in whatever area of life it may be in 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed it is! 🙂

  5. Love the round up post. Change is so important. It’s inevitable yet key to growth.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed it is! thank you Jonathan! Did you notice that I have done some of what you suggested? 🙂

      1. Awesome Claudette! I did notice some changes. What all have you tweaked on your site?

        1. Ms Claudette

          I installed a few more plugins to help with loading, caching, optimization. As well, I added a Sumome. Thanks for the tips. I really do appreciate visiting blogs like yours and getting tips. Tried adding a new commenting system – either Disqus or comment luv but not compatible with my current theme. Will keep plugging at it. Blogging is a full time job!

          1. Ms Claudette

            Thanks! I think I read that blog post and have it bookmarked. I will check again. 🙂

  6. I am all for change. Love the roundup. Looks like some good stuff coming up.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and yes, we do hope you and others will find the upcoming posts interesting! 🙂

  7. Ashley

    As I approach 30, I’m finally embracing change instead of whining about it. Actually I think I may enjoy change now!

  8. I think that a roundup is a great tool to connect with your readers. I really enjoyed this roundup.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Jennifer! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  9. You certainly do cover some thought provoking topics. You do a great job here!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much Liz! We try! 🙂

  10. Eileen xo

    I really loved this post. Your whole idea of a round-up post is genius. It is a great wau to assess and stay on track!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and thank you!

  11. Your round-up posts are great . Happy Thanks giving on Monday.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and thank you! Have a great weekend as well! 🙂

  12. Enjoying the beautiful weather in our area today. Happy Thanksgiving to our northern siblings.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Why thank you! The weather is not too bad here either – it’s not snowing!!! LOL

  13. i LOVE the idea of a round up post!! It shows that youre really watching and listening to what the readers are paying attention to, and what they want to read.
    And the blog is amazing! I love it! Im glad to have found it!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Claire and I am glad we can now journey together! Namaste 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank ou Jaclyn! 🙂

  14. These are great. I am a big fan of round up posts. Great way to get people to engage and talking!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and it indeed is! Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

  15. These are some interesting titles and one of them I’m going to read. I may do a roundup like this for my blog.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for reading and do go for it – doing your own roundup! Namaste. 🙂

  16. Agree that change is constant, think that it is kind of exciting too. Means there is always something to look forward to!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Exactly! That’s how I have reframed changes in my life ad instead of crying, I look for the newness of the experience. Much love and blessings. 🙂

  17. I think this is the first time I am reading pne of your roundups–but it certainly won’t be the last. I do enjoy reading your posts!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh, thank you Michele! I really appreciate that. 🙂

  18. Great round up. Love them.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much! 🙂

  19. Elizabeth O.

    I loved the articles posted for this week. I was moved by the post yesterday about prostitution.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I think we all were. 🙁 Thank you for visiting again Elizabeth! 🙂

  20. What a great round up. Makes it easy to catch up on articles that I’ve missed.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for visiting and catching up on what we’ve been up to! 🙂

  21. danavento

    You have intriguing posts daily and bringing them together in one post is awesomeness

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you – we try! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  22. Your roundups are always fun and informative

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much for that! Much love and blessings! 🙂

  23. I think that #1 post is the best one, for sure! We all want to make sure we’re not doing what we’re not supposed to be doing, I think!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I agree with you. Why keep repeating the same mistake? Make new ones! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  24. A round up is a great way to engage readers. That foo picture is making me hungry

    1. Ms Claudette

      Didn’t plan to cause you hunger! LOL. Thanks and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  25. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Love your roundup posts. I look forward to them each week.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh, thank you so much for saying that Robin! Thank you! 🙂

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