By Jannet Walsh
I have put together the 2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts. The list is based on reader and viewer comments, along with input from the Minnesota Native Daughter staff, that’s me. Read more about the staff. There is nothing scientific about the list, more a review of the blogs in 2010.
A few stats about the blog
September 2010 – 1,294 views
October 2010 – 1,184 views
November 2010 – 1,195 views
December 2010 – 2,553 views
Year total – 6,226 views
(Information from Dec. 30, 2010)
Average views per day – 53
First blog post
September 3, 2010
Murdock, it’s not on the map!
Most viewed blog post in one day
September 9, 2010
Can’t just get along?
2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughters blog posts
(Ten is the lowest rating and one is highest.)
1. Talked with Garrison Keillor at State Fair via iPhone
I had a chance to talk to Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair on the radio from my iPhone in Murdock. Listen to the audio link.
I have been a fan of Keillor, the host of â€œA Prairie Home Companion” for years. (I would love to see a live recording one day!) When I lived in the Netherlands I would listen to my audio tapes my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. gave me years ago. The audio tapes are complete with fictitious news from Lake Wobegon that is needed by every Minnesotan living abroad or maybe just outside of the state of Minnesota. If you are not familiar with Lake Wobegon, learn more at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.
After calling the Minnesota Public Radio at the state fair, I was asked my name, where I was calling from and if I had a question. Of course I was ready with a question after just finishing my lunch at home in Murdock.
Here is what I asked: â€œHow should I prepare for my â€œre-immigrationâ€ back to my home state of Minnesota?â€
Keillor answered by telling me I should prepare by suffering as the winters will bring great suffering, but really will not have to prepare as I will be suffering anyway in the winter.
I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway. I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldnâ€™t have any trouble.
Now I feel I be able â€œre-immigrateâ€ back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.ï»¿
Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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