My Personal Perspective

Behind the Blog- 2017 Edition

So this year was an interesting journey where I started out strong for Shopgirl, but then as The House of R transitioned from 8 months of homelessness into our Our Little Castle in Orlando I felt more impassioned to share our journey than business gossip.  I found so many hours being drained away into research for Shopgirl and less time to spend with two incredibly high maintenance toddlers.  That combined with a series of strangers and acquaintances reaching out to me, complimenting me at random for my writing and honesty on my personal blog I took a chance and returned to the sanctum of Step Parents Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary had become a difficult and sensitive place to write, that really only those in a blended family could understand.  So to return I changed the name, I changed the premise, and I started  posting about our transition to Orlando.  This August my readers welcomed me with open arms with nearly 200 views on my first post about Orlando Life, First World Problems.

Where Do My Readers Come From?

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How I Grow

I would love to continue this journey of blogging and to do so that means starting from scratch on many Social Media platforms.  While Shopgirl brings in a couple of hundred views a day solely through SEO and past Social Media postings, Our Little Castle, being a more lifestyle blog, has required quite a bit more effort in the line of promotion.

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As you can see Facebook is a huge part of my contribution, and I know that’s because:

  1. I have amazing friends and family that are super awesome and supportive.  (It doesn’t cost to support my passion, all I ask is a simple click.)
  2. I have amazing blog communities on Facebook who have been some of the best friends a girl can have over this past year of chaos and transitions.


The Stats

In 2017 3 years of Shopgirl had finally shown worthwhile stats:

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While for all of 2017 3 years of maintaining Sanctuary and now Our Little Castle looked a little more like this:

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Which was still a decent sized jump from 2016:

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The Top 8 Posts for Our Little Castle

8.  My Four Year Old Can Outwit Your Honor Student

7. Long Time No Chat (A letter written to my father in 2016 20 years after he had passed)

6. Moms You Meant To Grow Old With  (A letter to all my dear friends I had to leave behind in Huntsville AL)

5. The Lies My Mother Told Me

4. Orlando’s Got 99 Problems, and Real Estate is Definitely One

3. The Millennial Island: Friendship Perverted  (Most people who reached out to me post reading said the exact same thing,”I wasn’t going to read this one, but I’m so glad I did!”)

2. Blake Shelton Showed Us The Hypocrisy of the #MeToo Movement (I was met with mixed criticism and acclaim for this one…)

1. First World Problems

The 3 Posts That had less than 3 views and I Feel Deserve a Glance

  1. Writing for Your Readers’ Psyche
  2. Wrapping Up The Magic of Christmas
  3. Day Three of Seasons: Spring, Rain, and Rainbows

I have high hopes for 2018 as the girls and I enter another semester of learning together, we already have January and February booked for more sky high adventures, and I have a few exciting changes and adventures I am nervously anticipating this fall!

And if you are still reading this a very special THANK YOU, without YOU my reader this blog would not even exist.  ❤

What was your favorite post this year and why?

Answering this question can help keep my blog in the line of topics you, my reader, will enjoy!


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