This month marks one year of blogging! I’d love to say we started from humble beginnings, but we’re still pretty humble around here. I’ve learned a lot but I have a LOT more to learn too (and totally accepting offers for help! I’m either not as technologically advanced as I thought or WordPress is hard).
I am really excited about some of the things I’ve achieved on the blog, and I’ve set some new goals for this next year as well.
First- the numbers.
When I started blogging I had no idea if 25 or 25,000 people cared a single iota about what I had to say. I was pretty sure it wasn’t 25,000, but one can never be sure. I didn’t actively track my stats throughout the year because I didn’t want to really focus on that to deliver content; I wanted to just write and see where that took me.
Looking back at the year, 2019 brought about 7000+ unique visitors from exactly 75 countries, achieving nearly 14,000 total views. That seems pretty cool. My most popular post of the year was actually my Introducing Our Newest Family Member post, but I think that was more to do with Chloe and not me because she shared that with her friends and family as an announcement of her coming to America. My next three most popular posts were My Dream Homebirth of Milana Grace…, Surviving Codependency, and Failure as a Mom.
For 2020, my goal is for 1000 unique visitors to visit the site per month (on track so far!). For accountability purposes, I’m letting you know that I want to post 7 times per month- that’s the goal- up from 4.8 posts per month this past year. Sometimes I find it difficult to come up with content, and I tend not to write during those times. Other times I have so many ideas that I have to really plan them out so I don’t write 2-3 a day. I feel like content that isn’t forced just comes across better.
More importantly- the journey.
2019 was a heck of a year, I’ve talked about it a bit more in my highs and lows post. I created this blog for a variety of reasons. First, I love to share things I’m passionate about. Largely, this is my kids, traveling with them, the Montessori method, birth, codependency/empath recovery, solo/single mom life, and lawyering. Second, since I was getting a lot of questions about these topics, I was talking to people about them all the time and figured I may as well write about them. Third, I was going through massive changes in my life; they continue this year. See here, here and here if you haven’t already.
What I didn’t expect was how having something else to focus on, creatively, would be such a therapeutic experience for me. I’ve always been a creative person; I spent most of my pre-lawyer life on stages of all shapes and sizes. I love the creativity inside me. But for most of the last decade, it didn’t have an outlet. While a lot of that does go into my work, it’s a different kind of creativity that is channeled into the blog because it begins from nothing.
Particularly as I’ve shared extremely personal struggles with my divorce and my journey through codependency, I feel like I’ve reached a particular audience, albeit small, that wanted to hear what I had to say. That is both extremely satisfying and inspiring. I hope to continue to be able to share the very real aspects of myself with you in a way that is relatable.
More than anything else, I want to share that I am so thankful to each and every one of you that have joined me on this journey over the last year. It’s not easy to be so open and vulnerable, and you’ve all certainly made me feel validated after sharing so much of my life with you.
Thank you, and I hope that you continue with me for year #2! To infinity and beyond indeed!