Happy New Year, Honeyed Quill readers! Thank you for journeying with me through 2015. I was told by friends and mentors throughout the year that my star was rising. I took that to mean I was on the right track in developing myself as a writer and coach.
2015 was fraught with difficult transitions that coupled with growth. I am very satisfied by what I have accomplished and hope to continue growing my writing presence and coaching “brand.” I love supporting individuals as they write through trauma. Coaching is truly my passion. In fact, I love supporting anyone writing through anything, so if you’re stuck in your manuscript, consider working with me to move past blocks and realize your story potential.
What you don’t know is that, in addition to coaching your writing, I am also a practiced ghostwriter. If you have a story to tell but need a medium to get your voice on the page, consider me.
Now for a look back at 2015’s top performing posts.
- This first post that brought readers in was The Letter No One Wrote My Mother. This piece is an amalgam of personal experience and that of my loved ones who are struggling in abusive situations. In it, I am honest about the devastation of abuse for the child enduring it. The letter was picked up by The Manifest-Station and Gathering Oaks, and continues to bring readers and letters to my online address. It was a top performer in 2014 and again this year, just like #2.
- I followed the letter with Confessions of an Almost-Abuser. I also still receive regular correspondence to this piece from survivors like me who are choosing to break the pattern. That alone keeps me writing. My goal has always been to help just one person. Every time I meet that goal, I reset it. I’ve reset it several times with these first two pieces alone. The remaining posts are from 2015.
- Overcoming Fear and Judgment and Turning Your Demons into Art is one of my favorites. It also marks the point in blogging where I learned to effectively use images in my posts. I was inspired to be begin creating my own.
- The reception of Why I’m Not at Peace with Memorial Day actually frightened me. I kind of hoped this would be an under-the-radar piece because I value the service of veterans in this country, and I didn’t want to hurt anyone by sharing my complicated position. What I learned was there are lots and lots of you who feel the same, and many of you are veterans or have lost veterans. Thank you for showing up.
- The Truth About My Mother Not everything I write about mothers is about my mother. Still, she’s been run through the mill on my site. She and I have grown into an amiable relationship, and I wanted to express that to the world. Mother’s Day passed this piece around far and wide. I’m not sure if you were just curious about my mom or if you shared the sentiment. Either way, thank you for reading.
- Writing With F-Bombs, Curses and Word of Power came about through an interesting Twitter exchange. You’ll have to read the story. Also, it turns out a lot of you either love cursing or are too timid to try.
- 10 Free Resources for Creating a Writing Practice for Self-Care. I’m guessing there are a lot of you out there with a cloak on your shoulders you would love to shrug off. I’m glad this post made the list. Every link inside it leads to a consistently high-performing piece with regular readership. I hope you find a gem.
- An Open Letter to My Friends and Family: I Am Surviving. This is by far my most-read piece. Readers arrived in droves to this site.Within a few days, I was invited to become a Huffington Post blogger and share my piece there. I did and it went viral. It had another brief run around Thanksgiving. Again, correspondence galore from this piece, and if my goal of helping just one person was a daily one, I’d be set for years on this piece. HuffPo translated the letter into four languages and released it in five countries where it has had considerable success. This astonishes me. I knew I wasn’t alone in my experience of anxiety. Actually, I wrote the piece because someone I loved was struggling and I wanted him to know he wasn’t alone. I didn’t anticipate the world responding with “me too!
- I wrote She Could Love Herself as a positive followup to my open letter after receiving several barbed comments and much open concern about my mental health. This piece was quietly received and I see it making the rounds every now and again. It’s a favorite of mine because writing it kept me safe in myself. I hope it can support you as well.
- Finally, Pink Heart Earrings Are for Boys Too. This post is about my middle son who loves pink and sparkles despite the gendered messages he receives at school. He dropped some wisdom on me when we were getting his ears pierced that made me shout, “Hooray!”
I can’t end this post without mentioning #LinkYourLife. When I started the hashtag back in March, I hoped to make a few online friends. What happened was a community that continues to come together in kindness and grow, grow, grow. I am grateful to be part of such a supportive group of writers. #LinkYourLife is hosted on Facebook and Twitter by me and Shareen Mansfield of On the Verge. Consider joining us today to share your 2015 recap, 2016 goals, or anything else you might like us to read. And link up your friends too. On behalf of all #LinkYourLifers, we’d love to have you.