As 2017 comes to a close, it’s the time of lists. It’s time to trade in your shopping lists for lists that take stock of your year and recognize some of the highlights.
My Personal Highlights
Since we often remember the negative over the positive, it can take some work to remember the things that went well (no matter how small). To help you remember some of your highlights, I have provided a list of my own.
Your Favourite Blog Posts
If you have read my blog posts and liked, loved or laughed at my posts on Facebook or on my website, I have used your reactions to compile the following list of top 10 blog posts:
Did you notice? There are 11 items on my top 10 list. This was intentional. The last four posts were pretty much tied, so I decided to add one more. I had to be fair to you, my readers, and to my posts that are vying for your attention.
Our Shared Experiences
When I wrote my book and started writing my blog posts, I didn’t fully appreciate that by sharing my experiences I would be starting a two-way conversation with you, my readers. While my goal was to help you, you have ultimately helped me. Your reactions to my posts, your comments, and your feedback about my book have made my day/year.
I get excited when you tell me that what I’ve written is what you’ve been feeling. These comments tell me that I have achieved my goal.
When you respond to a blog post, you tell me what topics are hot and which ones are not. For example, you told me that you like a good boob story, if the reaction to my “What a Boob!” post is to be believed. I also learned that some people who have not had cancer do not feel comfortable reading posts where laughter is associated with cancer. In fact, I’ve been told, they feel guilty. To demonstrate this point, my personal Facebook page saw little traffic with this, but there was a lot of traffic and responses from the various breast cancer Facebook groups, who could identify with me and knew it was okay to laugh.
Thank you everyone who has shared their journey with me and who has taken the time to not only read my posts but respond to them.
I hope 2018 brings you many top 10 moments and more shared experiences.
Over 30-years of writing experience, about 10 years as a cancer survivor, and a lifetime purveyor of wit and laughter.
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