Even though we’re a week into 2015, I decided to go back through Flingo and check out which posts you, the readers, found most engaging. Inspired by one of my favorite writers, Alexandra Rosas of Good Day Regular People, I nostalgically combed through my monthly stats. On the whole, the most popular posts were also my favorite ones to write and share. Reading through them again, I noticed a few themes and a subtle but important shift.
About half of the most viewed posts were those I wrote for Finish the Sentence Friday (FTSF). Hosted by Kristi Campbell of Finding Ninee, FTSF is a weekly link up of posts inspired by an open-ended writing prompt. If you’re looking for a supportive community of kick-ass writers, definitely try out FTSF.
Many of my posts germinated in free writes during the many online classes I took with the inimitable Jena Schwartz. During her two-week sessions I literally enter into an other-worldy creative zone where I find not only more of myself, but an entire cadre of beautiful writers who illuminate our shared human experience with their sparkling words. Such a gift.
My most popular post of the year was Blind Spot, which I wrote last January. Big thanks to Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying, who included Blind Spot in her weekly newsletter and sent lots of readers my way. Kim is an excellent writer and humorist and generous to boot!
The shift I noticed as I moved from the beginning of the year to the end is that I’ve begun to transition from writing solely about motherhood and more towards writing about my grown up life. For so long, those two realms were one and the same. Finally I’m feeling more balanced about where my focus is needed and where it lands. This is a good thing that comes with time and effort and is only possible as my girls grow older.
Thank you for being on this journey with me. Your words of encouragement and knowing lift me up every single day. Without further ado, here’s the Best of Flingo 2015.
January: Blind Spot. Coming in a close second was a post to my middle daughter, Ruby, on her 10th birthday. I dedicated one post to each of my daughters in 2015 and this was the first one of the year. See June and July below.
February: The Mom Who’s Always Right Here
August: What I’ll Miss About This Summer
I’d love to know which essays or posts moved you most in 2015, whether your own or another writer’s. Feel free to share in the comments!