I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I started The Sanity Plan. So much has changed for me both personally and with the blog during this time.
When I started The Sanity Plan, I was just beginning to consider a career in writing. Over the past year, I’ve continued to explore that idea, publishing articles for other outlets as well as a brief stint in copywriting. I have learned SO much about the writing industry, and have benefited from both a personal essay writing class as well as having a writing coach.
But the best part has really been the commitment of simply having a blog. Posting regularly forced me to practice my writing skills – particularly focusing on structure/tense and coherently expressing ideas. I’ve also had to read a lot more to see what type of content is out in the cyberworld and work through the process of deciding where I want to fit in.
Personally, I’ve grown in the way that I’ve learned how to manage my own website. I’ve even learned a bit about working with images in photoshop. These experiences have broadened my horizon as I think about the next step for my career or other business opportunities. On the homefront, I am expecting a new little man to be born in October, so I know most of these things will take a backseat during that time.
I have made less than $10 from the blog. I was pretty bummed about that for some time, but it has helped me to become a lot more realistic about the blogging world. It is a lot harder than it appears from the outside and requires a lot more time and commitment than I originally expected. And that’s okay. That data was important for me to get so that I can make better decisions about how I spend my time. It’s what helped me realize that I needed to not ignore my investments, which is my primary source of income while I stay at home with the kids.
I’d like to share some statistics with you.
Through the end of August, The Sanity Plan had:
7,692 views (best day was 206)
My most popular posts were:
306 Shares – My High-Risk Pregnancy Scare: Placenta Previa (this one surprised me)
229 Shares – Dear Mom, Look for Love All Around You
228 Shares – Teaching Teens How to Have Healthy Cell Phone Habits (republished by Thrive Global)
203 Shares – 8 Products for Encouraging Your Child’s Independence
My most popular posts on other sites were:
7k Shares – Parent.Co – The Gentle Reminder We All Need: “Your Kids Are Doing Their Best”
3k Shares – Scary Mommy – I Stopped Doing All The Things For My Family, And Our World Did Not Fall Apart
2.4k Shares – The Mighty – What It Feels Like to Dissociate
1.2k Shares – The Mighty – 5 Things I Learned After My Child’s Sensory Processing Disorder Diagnosis
Other than the pieces that got lots of sharing love, there were others that really made my day. My book review of “Drop the Ball” was exciting because the author took the time to write me a personal note thanking me for the review. I’ve also enjoyed getting to know fellow writers through sharing personal stories and guest posts – Sara @ GetMomBalanced, Joelene @ Happiness Depends, Kate @ This Life in Progress, and many many more.
I appreciate everyone who has read my stories thus far, and I hope you’ll join me for the rest of my journey. Over the next year, I will be focused on fine-tuning my message and sharing more stories about myself and others who have made their Sanity Plans a reality.
Stay sane, my friends!