Being home for the week between Christmas and New Years has been amazing, and I have found so much motivation and time to dedicate to this blog. I’m a little sad thinking about going back to my usual routine next week, knowing that I won’t have as much time or energy to dedicate to writing. I’ll get a process down though, so hitting the publish button doesn’t seem like such a big task each time.
As this week moved on, I kept planning the end of year posts I wanted to write, some of them I have already posted, a lot of focusing on reflection. As I wrote each of those posts, I had one in the back of my mind showcasing the year for The Corner Office. In February, The Corner Office will celebrate its FIFTH birthday! As I begin to round out the fourth year of TCO, I can’t help be so incredibly proud of how far this blog has come. From frequency of posts, to writing quality, site templates, custom images, format shifts, a small community – growing every day, social media accounts, and of course…the numbers. With well over FIVE TIMES the amount of views as all other years COMBINED 2016 was good for The Corner Office. This small, but mighty blog had over 5,000 views in the year 2016. Comparatively to some of my blogger friends, this is nothing, but I am proud. Proud that I was able to stick to writing, reached some of my goals, and found a way to dig myself out of some pretty dark times by sharing my life in this space.
When I looked at the statistics for the year, I immediately went to see what the most read posts were, while I am not surprised, it was interesting to see them all lined up based on readership.
The New Normal remains the most popular blog post I’ve written, followed by The New Normal: Pause, and A Letter to the Person Saving my Best Friend. It is glaringly obvious that some of my best writing comes out of my personal experience, when I get to tell a story from my point of view. I hate to admit it, but I was a little disappointed that those were the posts read the most for the year. Justin and I try so hard to make our life NOT about cancer, there were so many times I didn’t write about it because we don’t want to dwell in it. The reality is though; it is our life and it creates a very raw and honest reading experience.
My gratitude for this space, for the words that come streaming out of my consciousness, and for you have never faltered. People all over the world (27 countries to be exact) are stopping here to read words I wrote, and that is pretty magical.
Now that I’ve shared your favorite posts from 2016, I’m want to share a few of mine!
On Sundays We Wear Pajamas: A fun post about how Sundays have moved out of last place and up in the ranks of my favorite days of the week!
Home: A post where I discuss the relief and excitement that I was feeling about moving back to the neighborhood I grew up in. And they say you can’t go home again…
Guest Post –> GO!: The actual guest post that was shared on my friend Stephanie’s blog is one of my favorites that I’ve ever written. She asked me to just introduce myself to her community of followers and I loved the way it turned out.
The Bystander & The Husband: As part of the Kindness Challenge, I wrote about Kindness that I saw that particular week, which manifested itself in some unexpected ways.
Weekend at Bruno’s: A fun post about my first extended amount of time with just Bruno and I. Justin was out of town and I was off from work so the two of us spent five days together.
One in the Crowd: My love for Andrew McMahon comes out in a concert experience.
The Long Game: I don’t do well with delayed gratification, but life sometimes forces you to sit back and play the long game.
Knock Yourself Out: An honest post about my relationship with religion and my faith.
Do YOU: The new jumping off point for the concept behind The Corner Office. Messy is beautiful!
Reflections, PowerSheets, & Videos – OH MY!: Just posted earlier this week, I have been so humbled and excited by the reflective process I’ve gone through recently and am SUPER proud of breaking outside of my comfort zone by posting my first video!
Even though 2016 felt stagnant in my personal and professional life, it was a year of growth for The Corner Office and I am excited for what 2017 will bring.