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Top 9 Posts of 2011

As I reflect back over this year, I see how many great things have happened. My blog has grown more than I expected, my writing has improved and I wrote more this year than I have in the past 10 years.

I’ve been able to write about the most memorable personal aspects of my life like meeting and marrying the woman of my dreams (and a fellow blogger) and quitting my job to pursue a dream.

All in all, I can say that this has been one of the best years of my life. And I know that 2012 will only get better. So with that, I give you my top 9 posts (because who needs 10?) of 2011:

1. The Doctrine of Agreement (March 1, 2011)

This post was about how we elevate the importance of agreement over the importance of relationships. I give a little history lesson in where the importance of agreement in protestant reformation originated and how that problem is still with us today. I came back to this one a number of times this year.

2. Do Not Remove This Label (March 2, 2011)

I learned a lot on the topic of labels this year. I’ve seen how much I’ve used them for myself and others. This was my first post in the direction of reframing the conversation.

3. Creation Is Groaning (March 14, 2011)

This post was exciting for me because it got picked up by Charisma Magazine online and was republished. Getting published in a magazine was on my dream list so it was exciting to cross one of those off.

4. I’ve Got This Friend (April 24, 2011)

This was definitely the most fun post of the year. I had my friend Wes Molebash illustrate a comic strip of the first time Katie and I met in DC. She absolutely loved it and we even used the picture as part of the decorations in our wedding in October!

5. Emotional Justice (May 25, 2011)

This is the first part in my first pseudo-series on the blog. It sets the framework for judgement and how we judge poorly when it comes from an emotional response.

6. Who Are You To Judge? (May 30, 2011)

It surprises me how many Christians (even leaders) continually tell us that we have no right to judge when the Bible clearly teaches the opposite. However it isn’t until we have a right understanding of WHO, WHAT and WHY we are to judge, that we can do it the right way.

7. Balance Is A Pose, Rhythm Is A Dancer (June 20, 2011)

This post marked a pivotal point in my life where I shifted from wanting to balance my life to finding my rhythm in life. Inspired by Bruce Miller’s book “Your Life In Rhythm,” I made some pretty big changes in the way I looked at how I live my life. This post explains why.

8. Life Without Rules (September 13, 2011)

The second mini-series on my blog revolved around a rules-based lifestyle. In this post I explore what life would look like if we completely eliminated rules from our lives.

9. Coloring Inside The Lines (September 15, 2011)

Part 2 of my rules series focused on boundaries. I posit that boundaries are far superior to rules because they are motivated by our heart and therefore much more sustainable long term.


If you’ve read a few of these, all of these or this is your first time to my blog I just want to say thank you for reading. I’m excited about sharing all the new things that I learn in this next year.

What were your top posts of the year?
Did you create a top posts list? Would you share the link in the comments?


  1. These are good topics to read. For sure a lot of people would love to read those posts.
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  2. Here are the 9 posts from 2011 with the most visits:

    1. Making a Ring from a Quarter

    2. No Heat Curls

    3. T-shirt Headband

    4. 3-Stitch Summer Dress

    5. Nail polish Prints

    6. Paper Flowers

    7. 5 Minute Earring Holder

    8. Floral Bralette

    And lastly
    9. $1 Floating Bookshelves
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  3. I didn’t do a list. To be honest I forget to do it.

    I will say this: I can’t wait to see what this year holds for you bro. I’m excited about your new position and can’t wait to see how that develops.
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  4. It was great getting you know you through your blog this year Tony…

    Much love, Much love…

    Oh and thanks for letting silly ol me to guest post for you last year too! lol…
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  5. I could not ask for a much better time to read your blog!! 31st Dec is the perfect time!! I truly love you and the journey that you are on. I am a fan of yours, like seriously!! Happy new year to you and Katie!

  6. Hey Tony
    I did post a Top Post list. Here is the summary!

    Happy New Year! (soon)

  7. I’ve been slacking this year, but I’m off to a good start now. I may not always comment, but I love your blog!
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  8. You share a lot of great stuff with us this year, Tony. God certainly moved in tremendous ways and it’s been our honor that you let us be a part of it. I’m sure 2012 will be another huge year for you.
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  9. Tony! It has been quite a year for your blog/writing! Your readership has exploded, your writing (which has been great all along) has improved, you inspired more than one person to start a blog, AND you were published in a magazine!!! All amazing, although I must say they do pale a bit in comparison to snagging Katie 😉 Anyway, since I only have 5 blog posts so far this year (having only started a couple weeks ago) I would say my first one, “A Flower from Brian” was my top post since it marked the beginning of my entry into the blogging world =)

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    • I’m excited to see what this year brings for you in writing. I’m confident that it will just be a catalyst to releasing all the gifts inside of you. I know writing has changed my life in so many great ways. I have so much more creativity flowing inside of me.

      I can’t wait to see how this grows you!

    • Hey Tony
      Carla mentions that your readership exploded. Sounds like a good future post! Seriously, I would like to hear the story. It it is not a full blown post, message me and let me know!
      I enjoy the posts.
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  10. I didn’t create a top 5 or 10 list (yet), but I did repost the top 5 over the past week. They were:

    5. Detours (a guest post by my wife) http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/top-posts-of-2011-number-5-detours-a-guest-post-by-leanne-stolpe/

    4. Locks of Love http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/top-posts-of-2011-number-4-locks-of-love/

    3. Reflect More, Risk More, Leave a Legacy – Start Blogging (a guest post by Jason Fountain) http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/top-posts-of-2011-number-3-reflect-more-risk-more-leave-a-legacy/

    2. Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/top-posts-of-2011-number-2-ten-things-every-small-group-leader-should-know/

    1. Top 10 Things to do at Grove City College http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/top-posts-of-2011-number-1-top-10-things-to-do-at-grove-city-college/

    (Number 5 was probably my favorite from this list.)
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    • Thanks so much Jon. Now that you mention it, my wife (then fiance) posted one of my favorites this year as well. She talked about the significance of taking my last name when we get married.

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