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We had an interest in writing about marriage, so we decided to start. Now we’ve been writing posts for “creating and keeping the best love, romance and marriage” for a whole year! Thanks for reading and for your queries, and for your comments of support. It’s been a wonderful journey, and so we thought we’d share with you some of the things we’ve learned along the way.

1. THE greatest thing we’ve ever done for our marriage is give away what marriage wisdom we have. We find this to be true whenever we do pre-marriage coaching for a couple, and perhaps even more so as we put our heads together for the creation of this blog. In fact, it can be a great marriage boost for you too. We’ve blogged about you getting out there and doing this in our post, Spreading the Jam.

2. There is an INCREDIBLE community online that informs, encourages and stands in support of marriages and what they’re meant to be. We had no idea of the degree that this was available until we began to introduce our blog. Perhaps you don’t either, but there are compassionate, motivated people who will support you in your quest for a great(er) marriage with their content and interaction. You’re not alone. For starters, check out this year’s 10 Top Marriage Blogs by Stu Gray.

3. SEX is a powerful word online. We have a post titled, Sex it Up to Live it Up, which is our most read article by a long shot. We hope that those searching online for something about sex find wholesome material and advice, and we want to be a part of that resource. An online friend who has done this as an almost exclusive focus provides leadership for the site The Marriage Bed. SEX, by the way, is also a powerful driver of success in a relationship, which is what our article above is all about.

4. It’s easier to read and retweet about marriage than it is to ACT. Knowing what to do is not the problem people face. However, applying what you know to your situation and doing it is. We Dare You to Move. Another thing: people who need help in their relationships comment with criticism on the very posts that hold the truth that would help them! It sounds strange, but we know this dynamic can be very hard to see in the mirror.

These are four things that we now know. They call out loud and clear to us from our first year of blogging. More than anything we want to thank you again for reading our blog. It’s been your interest that has kept us writing.

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Thanks to You

Dear Readers:

Thank you so much for reading and engaging with our blog in 2011. This blog marks the beginning of what we want to say about couplehood and how to make it better. It has been a great joy to meet many of you (albeit online) and to get to know you a little better.

If you’re new to our blog, visit our “About Us” page to see the four things we believe about romance, love and marriage. We believe these values and living them out have the potential to transform any relationship from where it is to even greater heights and the very best “life in love” has to offer.

To all our readers please accept our heart-felt thanks for checking in to read and comment during our first year of blogging. We hope that this blog has blessed your home and relationship just as writing it has blessed ours. Thank you in advance for engaging with us further in 2012.

From our marriage to yours, we pray you enjoyed a Merry Christmas season, and have a Happy New Year.

Let’s make it count,
Rowan and Mara

P.S. On our Twitter feed right now, you can find a variety of ways to ensure you finish 2011 and start 2012 “strong in love.” Check it out here (you don’t need to have a Twitter account to do so). You can also like and follow us on Facebook.

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One Click, One Pick

This week, over at Stupendous Marriage they’re doing a great thing. They have something there that will point you down a rich path of wisdom when it comes to enjoying your marriage more.

And, now for you, it’s one click away. We encourage you to go there and read about what’s going on.

Over at this site they’re asking you to do something quite difficult but extremely rewarding. Dabble long enough to make a choice, just as they ask you. To do this, you’ll have to get your feet wet and poke around enough to ensure your choice counts.

When you’re ready, do as you’re told and make just one pick.

As you investigate what’s going on over at Stupendous Marriage we hope you find some great concepts and things that make you laugh, like we did. Indeed, encapsulated here are possibly the brightest and most dynamic ideas regarding marriage wisdom on the web.

It’s quite important to remember, however, that just clicking changes nothing. To benefit, you’ll need to find something to apply right away. What will be challenging about this will be making just one pick. Find us over there too – one click, one pick. Enjoy!

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We just received a nomination to participate in “My 7 Links.” We were tagged by OneFleshMarriage.com. The idea is to provide links to 7 of our posts in various categories. Thanks to our friends at OneFleshMarriage for nominating us. They have a brand new site, and it ROCKS! That said, here are our picks:

Your most beautiful post
Why it Needs to Be Special – this post was written during a very busy season of our lives … on Valentine’s Day. It depicts love the way most of us experience it: in the midst of busyness and chaos!

Your most popular post
Sex it Up to Live it Up – by FAR our most visited post! (We also have a post titled, “Average Moments.” It’s our least visited post. Human nature is funny!)

Your most controversial post
We can honestly say we haven’t experienced that much controversy in connection with our blog. No link here, so we’ll make up for it with 2 for this next category.

Your most helpful post
In our opinion, two sister posts are probably the most helpful: Inside His Head and Inside Her Head. If you and I can learn how very different things are behind another set of eyes, most of the difficulties in relationships will at least be explained. And that’s half the battle right there.

A post whose success surprised you
Versions of You – This post is right up there with our most popular and surprised us because we didn’t anticipate that. I guess we are all aware that the future holds different possible outcomes for who we become in life. We all want to know how to build who we’re becoming alongside someone significant.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
The YourMarriage Channel – Perhaps it’s the somewhat awkward title, or maybe the lack of a space, but frankly this post is ingenious. It’s time it got some limelight. Go there, don’t flip the channel 🙂

The post that you are most proud of
About Us – Okay, so it’s a “page” not a “post” but embedded here are 4 things we believe about what could and should be when it comes to love. These took a lot of soul-searching to come up with and we believe they are both a directing force and powerful magnet for those that work with us and follow us on this adventure of CoupleThings. Thanks, readers!

Tag, You’re It!

We’ll notify these fellow bloggers directly, but here are 5 other bloggers we love! (See rules for the 7 Links Challenge – follow this link.)

A church planter I greatly admire: Perry Noble
A powerful ministry leader in Canada: Leon Fontaine
A worship leader who has changed the way I worship and think about God: Darlene Zschech
Fellow marriage bloggers: The Pure Bed
Video Marriage Blog! Smart bytes for wives (and those who love them and want the inside scoop!): Be the Smart Wife

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Well, it’s official… we’ve started blogging now. Only time will tell how far this goes and what it will turn into. 

To start, expect 2 to 3 posts each week in addition to our tweets, fb posts, and more.

With this blog, we aim to further inspire and coach you in the two things that will make your marriage great!

For the sake of great marriage,
Rowan and Mara Fraser
www.couplethings.com

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