Although I’m struggling to believe it, it appears 2013 comes to an end really bloody soon. As in tomorrow. Surely I’m not the only one who completely loses track of time during the holidays? Especially these kind of weird days between Christmas and NY. I spent the majority of the morning convinced it was Sunday and only realised it was not when I searched for 5 minutes for the weekend paper.
2013 has been a huge year around these parts. A second year as a mum, quitting sugar, returning to work, leaving work and becoming a full time freelancer, buying a house, moving from Sydney to the coast, falling pregnant.. That’s a VERY brief summary but it kind of hits the main theme of 2013 I think; change. SO. MUCH. CHANGE. Some of it has been wonderful, some of it has taken time to really settle in and some of it has been, at times, terrifying. I’m hoping 2014 brings a touch more stability to help offset the new changes and challenges the NY will no doubt bring.
One of the best ways to reflect back on what’s been, at least in blogging terms, is looking at the content I’ve posted over the past 12 months. I was a little surprised when I hopped into my stats at the diversity of the most popular posts on (Not) Just A Mummy. Food, parenting, mental health, beauty and in a bit of a dark horse, body image, was what you guys clicked on the most this year. And I love that. I often wrestle with the idea of what my blogging ‘niche’ is. As a freelance writer, I can fairly confidently say that I fall firmly into the health/parenting realm. In my magazine days I was mainly beauty and lifestyle. With (Not) Just A Mummy however, I kind of blog across a HUGE range of topics. Which at times can frustrate me as I sometimes feel it makes it harder to attract readership/advertising/sponsorship but which is also kind of amazing in that it allows me to really explore the basic concept of the site; life inside and outside of motherhood.
I am so incredibly thankful for all of you have continue to visit and read my ramblings on a regular basis. Blogging is a uniquely wonderful way to connect with an audience who you’d never interact with in more traditional forms of media. I am so excited for what 2014 has to bring to the site.
Before I sign off for 2013, a quick round up of this years most read posts. As I mentioned above, a real mixed bag and (shameless plug) well worth a click through to read! Heck, feel free to share them with your friends and use them as conversational fodder at NYE parties across the globe.
Once again, a huge thank you and a very happy 2014 to you all.
1. Body After Baby: A Homage To The Fourth Trimester Bodies Project
2. A Really Big Post About Mental Health
3. Why I Suck At Housework
4. The Lowdown On Mineral Makeup
5. Wellness Wednesday: What I Eat + A Fructose Free Brownie Recipe