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The “Best of” Post, 2013

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 31, 2013

Most Viewed Posts

Several of these were linked from outside sources and reflect the power of referrals, and don’t necessarily represent Keepa’ninny favorite status

1. In Which We Bid Farewell to New FamilySearch and Welcome Family Tree
2. LDS Response to the Relocation of Joseph’s and Hyrum’s Graves, 1928
3. One Earringy Dingy, Two Earringy Dingy / Subversive Photographs
4. There’s Just Something about Covered Wagons
5. The Smithsonian Institution, the Book of Mormon, and Another Legend that Will Not Die
6. El Gran Terremoto de Valdivia, 1960
7. The Great Mormon Marijuana Myth
8. Revelations in Context: The Unveiling
9. Florence Smith Jacobsen: Saving Our Material Heritage
10. Open Letter: Upcoming Youth Lessons on Chastity

The Moral: Amy Tanner Thiriot should be writing Keepa

The Question: Why the heck is that earthquake post (#6) always among the top ten most-read posts, month after month after month? I’ve never been able to figure that out

Most Viewed Guest Posts

1. In Which We Bid Farewell to New Family Search and Welcome Family Tree, by Amy Tanner Thiriot
2. Florence Smith Jacobsen: Saving Our Material Heritage, by Andrew Hamilton
3. Open Letter: Upcoming Youth Lessons on Chastity, by YW Leader
4. Manifestations of the Holy Ghost vs. Practical Experience: A Historical Perspective, by Kevin Folkman
5. President Hugh B. Brown’s Most Famous Statement, by Gary Bergera
6. A Response to the Salt Lake Tribune on Utah’s Dixie and Slave Culture, by Amy Tanner Thiriot
7. The Washington D.C. Chapel, by Reed Russell
8. Historical News Flash: Wilford Woodruff’s Vision of the Founding Fathers, by Amy Tanner Thiriot
9. Beets in White Satin, by Grant Vaughan
10. Eminent Women: Ann Fairfax Washington Lee and Susanna Rogers Sangiovanni Pickett Keate, Part 1, by Amy Tanner Thiriot

My Favorites from Among the 250 Most-Viewed Posts of 2013

Excluding those in lists above, and in the order they appear in the most-viewed stats, not necessarily reflecting my preference

1. Saim Abd al-Samid: “All Unknown” No More
2. Saim Abd al-Samid: That Tried Friend
3. On Being Asked for My Opinion
4. See the Band Wagon. See Ardis Jump on the Band Wagon
5. This Is Why I Love to Read Old Letters: J. Golden Kimball
6. Andrew Julius Miller: A Brother
7. Some Things Toby Has Taught Me
8. David Leo Reeve: Remembering the Fallen
9. Bishop Ek and His “Lovely Ward … But They Are All Poor”
10. Heber J. Grant: Me! Pick Me!



  1. Good. ness. gra. cious. I just took a quick break from the festivities to look at the computer and will have to publicly disagree with the moral of the story. (!) I’m good for the random guest post or week (Cyrus Wheelock last year, the German Latter-day Saints this year), but definitely not for the rigorous schedule that has become a hallmark of Keepa.

    Congratulations on another amazing year at Keepa. It was a very busy year for you, Ardis, and with that level of busyness, it was remarkable that you were able to keep up the blogging and write so many memorable posts. I’ll look forward to looking back at these linked posts over the next few days.

    And Happy New Year! Here’s to many more memorable posts and discussions among the wonderful community you’ve built here.

    Comment by Amy T — December 31, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

  2. Yay!

    Comment by Grant — December 31, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  3. I’m with Amy T. I don’t know how you keep up with all the posts at Keepa along with your other job. You are awesome.

    Comment by Maurine — January 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  4. The Great Mormon Marijuana Myth is still getting attention after all this time. :-)

    Comment by Steve C. — January 2, 2014 @ 5:27 am

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