Best of 2014: the 5 most popular articles of the year
Looking back over the course of the past twelve months, I can’t help but feel an insane amount of gratitude for you. Yes, you.
In the past year, Ignited Leadership’s blog has grown from receiving 10-15 readers a day, to several hundred a day.
Is there still room to grow? Of course. But I’m pretty psyched and energized by the direction things are moving in.
Whether you’re on my mailing list, a first time reader, or someone who checks in every now and then, I am so grateful that you choose to spend time with me.
With that said here are the five most popular articles from 2014:
I have never been more nervous about publishing an article than I was when I wrote this. As a speaker and writer, it’s surprisingly easy for me to hide who I truly am behind a façade. In this article, I made an extremely concentrated effort to show up authentically. I was particularly nervous about sharing numbers: 6, 17, 21, and 21.5.
Here’s the crazy thing: that article got the best response of anything I’ve ever written. It was like exhaling for the first time in my life. It was even picked up by a newspaper in Maine (seriously).
This was the article I needed to write. In mid 2013 my life collapsed. My girlfriend and I broke up, my best friend in DC moved away, and one of my friends died. All in the course of three shitty weeks.
For a bit, I was sobbing in bed, drinking myself to sleep, living in a dark world. I realized that what I needed to do was take on the challenge of learning to love myself. This article, and the 2nd and 3rd parts that accompanied it, are what I learned as I got back on my feet.
I had a surreal experience with this article: hours after I published it I ran into the investor who I mentioned (somewhat unflatteringly) in the article. I’m 99% sure he doesn’t read my writing, but it was still pretty spooky because I hadn’t seen him for several moths. I took it as a sign from the universe to stop portraying people in an unflattering light.
Of all the articles I wrote this year, this is the one that generated the most email. Friends, family, and readers wrote to ask, “What happened with that girl?”
One honest answer: a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. And I believe that.
Another honest answer: the woman, L* had a boyfriend. Regardless, I was really happy I spoke to her. She was super cool and showed me around Kansas City after the concert.
In a way, I’m glad nothing happened, because six days after that trip to KC, I had my first date with my now AMAZING girlfriend, N*. Had something happened between L* and I, I’m not sure I would have been open to truly connecting with N* (more about N* in the future…).
This was the first article of the year and my first experiment with sharing more of myself with my readers. To my delight – and surprise – it exploded on facebook and was shared by a shocking number of people.
It was written at a time when I was just starting to come out of a very dark period of my life and was insanely self-conscious about being single while all of my friends were in relationships. For those of you who are also friends of Brene Brown’s work I was reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” (which gets my highest recommendation) while I was working on this.
Those were the five most popular articles I published in 2014. I’m honored to have you as a reader. Thank you!