2011 Year in Review — My Favorite Posts

These are some of my favorites posts from 2011, sorted by month. Which were your favorite posts?


2001 Honda Odyssey EGR Port Fix for P0401 Code. After fixing a check engine problem on our Honda Odyssey, I wrote about the fix. This has turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever.


Unfollow Friday. Why I quit following so many people on Twitter.


I Want a New Bike. Nope, I didn’t get one, but I started commuting by bike later in the year. (And I still want a new bike…)


I moved from Intel’s Jones Farm campus to its Hawthorn Farm campus and blogged the transition.


A couple of unrelated posts from May hit my favorites list.


Politics on Facebook? No Thanks!. ‘Nuff said.


Hillsboro Fourth of July Parade 2011. We love going to Hillsboro’s 4th of July parade. I love taking pictures of it.


August was dominated by our family vacation to Sunriver. It’s too hard for me to pick a favorite from this bunch. Good times! (And lots of pictures.)


As the summer wound down, we took more family trips and celebrated family events.


My Open Apology to a Nighttime Cyclist. In October, I posted a lot about bicycling, including this post to an unknown cyclist I pulled in front of.


Pacific and Atlantic States will Share the Same Time Tonight. How Florida and Oregon will have the same time for an hour.


Single Character Smiley. I love smileys.

These are just a few of my 238 posts (239, counting this one) from 2011. Check out my archives to see them all.

Year in Review: Favorite Posts

Here are my favorite blogan.net posts of 2009. I learned a few things from writing this post.

  1. Many of my posts are boring, even to me. Before pressing publish I should make sure my eyes are not glazing over. If so, delete it.
  2. The posts I like best are long-form blogging about family, food, and vacations, with a few rants thrown in.
  3. I like the many of my “link blog” posts, but they’re not my best posts.
  4. I posted a lot of family vacation pictures this past year.

Take a quick glance. Do you have a favorite?

Miscellaneous and rants

Social media


  • Vegetarian Chili. A recipe we’ve enjoyed many times. We enjoyed some last week.
  • Gazpacho. Another favorite summertime recipe.
  • Pasta Salad. A great picnic food recipe. I’ll try not to notice the snow outside my window while I type this.
  • Creamy Red Potato Salad. I’m hungry just thinking about it (and missing summer picnics).
  • Vegan Tomato Basil Bisque. It’s not every recipe that mentions Charles’ Gas Law.
  • Update: Healthy veggie soup, or is it stew? Okay, I didn’t write this, and it’s not even on my blog, but this soup/stew is wonderful and I want to be able to find it in the future.

Family pictures

Warning: These posts are unlikely to be interesting to outside my family.

I didn’t use a scientific method to create this list. These are simply the posts I like best. Through some quirk of Google, “Where in the World is North Korea?” is my post with the most page views. Although it’s a few years old, it remains the most hit post each and every day. Does that make it my best post ever? I hope not. My post, “Craigslist Buyer Scam E-mail” has the most comments. I don’t think it’s one of my best posts, either. That’s why I went with the unscientific “what I like best” method. :-)