It’s been nearly a year since I called Go Daddy and purchased the domain for Small Town Leadership. Since then, I’ve published 40 blogs (25,000 words). Here are my top lessons learned and a recap of my posts for easy reference.
It’s okay to put yourself out there – Early on, I hesitated and second guessed before hitting the publish button. That feeling has subsided and only surfaces when I am writing something that is highly personal. So far, no one has trolled or gotten into a debate over my content and I feel great that I am finally putting my stories into the world. Do you have something to share, but are holding back? If so, know that it’s OK to put yourself out there.
Find what sparks joy and follow it – I’ve written a lot about things that sparked joy for me when I was younger, most notably public speaking and music. Reminiscing made me take action to put those things back into my life through quarterly speaking gigs and joining the church choir. How could you experience more joy in your life?
My family is my foundation – My parents, sister, husband, daughters, grandparents, Uncle Bob, and neighbors were main characters in my blog. It’s made me appreciate every one of them even more.
Now more than ever, we need to understand our differences – The fastest I have written and posted a blog was November 9, 2016 following the election. (Read the post-election blog HERE.) I am slowly coming up with a plan for how I am going to take action during the next 4 years. For now, these two posts will be my rallying cry – Love is Love and Running with a Stranger. Not a single person in this world chose where, how and to whom they were born. All of us have a great opportunity – or perhaps even an obligation – to understand our differences and embrace diversity.
2016 Blog Posts – a topical table of contents:
May 2016 – Top 5 lessons I learned from my mom
June 2016 – Craving simplicity in a complex world
July 2016 – Small Town Vacations: 41 states by car
August 2016 – Craft Show Kid: A Lesson on Creating vs. Consuming
November 2016 – Me Not Little: From a punch in the nose to true sisterhood
On Appreciating Diversity
September 2016 – Love is love: from small town to strong ally
On Education & School
April 2016 – You don’t always get a round of applause
April 2016 – The day I rode an entire public bus route
May 2016 – Ripping down the poster: A lesson on respect
July 2016 – It’s ok if you don’t make the team
August 2016 – Staying fit in a small town
August 2016 – First Day of School Spirit
August 2016 – The Dime
September 2016 – Why I resented the football team
September 2016 – Why I chose Ohio State
November 2016 – Passing the School Levy
On Leadership & Work
May 2016 – A Small Town Resume
June 2016 – An Open Letter to LinkedIn
July 2016 – From small town to Silicon Valley
October 2016 – First flight to frequent flyer
October 2016 – My AH-HA moment of the year: Focus on the long game
December 2016 – From getting fired to joining the choir
December 2016 – Why I’m happy at work: 5 ways you can be, too
On 4-H and the Ohio State Fair
March 2016 – A purple ribbon, for me?
August 2016 – Why the State Fair matters
About the blog
March 2016 – About the woman behind Small Town Leadership
March 2016 – Why a red barn?
The Collective Voice Podcast
September 2016 – The year of the podcast: why I listen, why I record
What is your favorite Small Town Leadership post?
Thank you for your readership during my initial year! I look forward to your continued readership in 2017.
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