2014 is over! It was the first year of my blog, and I’m happy to call it a success. I’ve learned so much and I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts about improving kids’ and teens’ mental health.
I was a little overwhelmed the second half of the year, and didn’t have time or energy to post nearly as much. I also felt like I had a bit of writer’s block. I wasn’t sure what to post about that would truly be helpful. But then, yesterday, I read an article that gave me new inspiration. The author stated that by looking at your most popular blog posts for the year, you can get a sense of what resonates the most with your readers and what types of posts to write in the future.
This seemed like a great idea to me! So, on the last day of 2014, I’ve been looking back through my most popular posts and gaining some insight into the types of posts people most want to see. I decided that since I was re-reading them, I’ll share them with you all as well.
Here are the 5 Most Popular Posts of 2014:
5. Relaxation Techniques for Kids and Teens: I teach three different relaxation techniques that can be helpful for anyone who feels anxious, stressed, or angry. I use these all the time!
4. The Nine Red Flags of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Kids and Teens. This explains the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and how to differentiate between “normal” and problematic worrying.
3. 83 Conversation Starters For You to Use with Kids and Teens: A wide range of questions that can help you and you child connect.
2. How To Make a Behavior Chart That Actually Works: Behavior charts are great tools to reward positive behaviors and change negative behaviors. They don’t have to be difficult, and they can be really helpful if you use them correctly.
1. Making Your Home an Emotionally Safe Place: This was far and away my most popular post of the year. I got so much positive feedback that I ended up developing a presentation based off of it, and I was able to give this presentation to parents at a few Houston- area schools! It’s funny -this wasn’t the most exciting or the most well-written post, and it doesn’t even have great pictures. However, it’s a topic that I’m passionate about and that I know well as a psychologist, and it really seemed to resonate with many people. I’m definitely going to try to write more posts with these qualities in the future.
I hope you enjoyed reading those! After reading through those and thinking about why they were my most popular, I’m feeling inspired and I have a lot of new ideas in store for 2015.
I would also really appreciate your input on what you’d like to see on the blog. If you have any thoughts, ideas, comments, or questions, please let me know. Email, Facebook, and Twitter are all easy ways to reach me and give me a suggestion.
Happy New Year!