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This is my last blog post for 2018! This year has been an amazing year and I want to thank all of my readers. With this post, I want to review my first year of blogging. This blog will be 1 year old in January and that is so hard to believe. So, let’s review some of my blog stats and then I will list five of my most popular posts.
A Year in Review
|Total Blog Posts:||213|
When doing a review of the year, these numbers blew me away. I never could have imagined on the day that I wrote that first post that I would have almost 50,000 views on my blog by the end of the year.
5 Most Popular Posts
These are the most viewed posts of 2018.
13 Reasons Why Coping with Chronic Illness is Hard
When you are sick with an illness like the flu, you recognize that you will get well within a short period of time. If you are diagnosed with a chronic illness, on the other hand, the reality is quite different. A chronic illness may never go away and the symptoms can make coping very difficult.
7 Things You Can Do for Someone with Chronic Illness
In my experience, most people do not know how to respond to someone that has a long term illness. They feel like nothing they do is going to help the situation. To compound this, the person who is sick is waiting on someone to help but doesn’t know how to ask. This is a vicious cycle that leads to the isolation most people with chronic illness experience and ends with broken relationships.
One Day I Won’t Cancel
Your friends invite you for dinner and game night and you are so excited about it. You plan you day around it. You make sure to save your energy, so this time you won’t have to cancel like many times before. It is going to feel so good to get out of the house. It is going to feel amazing to be a part of something.
But then it all gets ripped away.
5 Signs Someone May Be Hiding Depression
Some people have been dealing with depression for so long that they have become extremely good at hiding it from others. They go about their lives like nothing is wrong, in fact, many of them have a seemingly productive life. They have gotten so good at masking their true feeling that sometimes they do not see it either.
The Power of Words: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Yourself
The spoken word is the most powerful weapon in the world. A childhood rhyme says that “words will never hurt me” but nothing could be further from the truth. Words, once said, cannot be unsaid therefore the results of those words can linger far longer than a bruise.
Words can be used to build up or to tear down, to praise or to slaughter, to clarify or to confuse. Since words are so powerful, why do we unleash the most harmful words on ourselves?
A Review of my Goals
My main goal when I started the blog was to be a part of the solution by putting valuable information about chronic illness out there. As I review the year, I think that I met this goal. This will continue to be a part of the mission of The Frozen Mind.
Although The Frozen Mind started as a Chronic Illness Blog, it became apparent pretty quickly that I needed to include Mental Health as well. Chronic Illness and Mental Health are linked in many ways so that is important but I also feel compelled to tell my mental health story.
I am really excited for the next year and I have some big plans. I plan on taking some courses to learn more about blog promotion and SEO Optimization. Through educating myself, it is my goal to get information about Chronic Illness and Mental Health to more people. Here are 3 goals that I have set for the following year:
1. Chronic Illness Spotlight
A couple of weeks ago, I started a series called Chronic Illness Spotlight. This series features people with different Chronic Illnesses. The response for participates was overwhelming and I have enough submissions to post every Friday through July! This series will post every Friday and will start again on January 4, 2019.
2. Migraine Explained
Migraine Explained is a series that will post every other Monday. These posts will be about different types of Migraines, Migraine treatments, Migraine symptoms and more. As a Chronic Migraine Warrior, this is a topic that is near to my heart.
3. Mental Illness Wednesday
Every Wednesday, the post will be focusing on Mental Health Issues. Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and other topics will be included. I hope to have some guest bloggers for this topic as well.
I want to thank all of my readers for the support and encouragement as I have been learning and growing. The many encouraging words and those that have shared my posts are appreciated more than you know.
I also want to thank my amazing husband. Not only is he an amazing caretaker but he has also supported my journey into blogging. This blog would not be this successful without his support and encouragement.