Tonight’s the night. We say goodbye to 2018 and raise our glasses to a new year. In this celebratory spirit, here’s a countdown of Commode To Joy’s top five highlights of 2018.
5. Launching Survival Mode, a Mini eBook
In January 2017 I released my first ever book, Survival Mode, that I wrote, formatted, and published myself. What I didn’t expect was once published, it still felt a little unfinished to me somehow. But I wasn’t sure what else to do with it…
I’ve gotten clear this year on what more I can do with the book and have been working behind the scenes to turn vision into a reality. Stay tuned for an announcement on that soon. (eek!)
4. Social Media
While Facebook continues to be my greatest referrer to CTJ, Instagram is where my social media interests lie. I’ve spent most of the year learning about Instagram and reshaping my account to refer people to the blog. What I didn’t expect was how much my studies would reshape the Commode To Joy brand as a whole.
I love love love the look of my IG account and I love the message behind it. It feels like the concentrate version of Commode To Joy, whereas this is the taller, ready to drink version. If you’re interested in taking a look, hop over to my Instagram account where I share regular Commodes and Odes to joy, encouragements, and all around feel-good vibes.
3. Honing the Craft
2018 has brought with it personal satisfaction with my installments. Thank to my work with Instagram, I’m clearer on the types of stories I share here, and when writing them, I’m as focused as ever on word count. (Your time is precious and scrolling time is limited. Thank you!) I love the inserted Tweetables serving as both a sharing tool and a way to separate the main post from my sign off. (Full transparency, they’re rarely used, but doggone it they’re practical, and THEY LOOK GOOD, lol.)'Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.' - Tweetable Click To Tweet
2. Most Read Installment
I Shit Myself On A Beach In Mexico reigns supreme as the year’s most read installment (interesting, because it was published in 2017).
Admittedly, I’ve received a fair share of raised eyebrows over this one. Why would she tell other people THAT?! Here’s why: One, it’s highly relatable. Every single one of you have had a code brown shituation in your life. How else do you explain that it’s still the most read post? And two, because it’s funny af.
While Muscato and I were still on that vacation I said to him, “This would make for a really great story if I can write it using humor.” Thanks for backing up that suspicion.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve shared a lot of my life and thoughts with you, sometimes being “inappropriate”, sometimes using foul language, and sometimes with my heart splattering the page (ahem, screen). They’re all forms of vulnerability, and as vulnerability goes, some are turned off by it while others draw closer. It’s the latter camp I’m interested in. While I’ve gotten some stank eyes and a few criticisms for being too raw, more important is the connection gained from allowing yourself to be seen for exactly who you are.
When people share an installment saying it rang true for them, my heart soars; I know that we’re seeing each other clearly in those moments, mirroring each other. Comments made and emails received about timing and how it’s what they needed to hear… People stopping me in town to say how much an installment meant to them… Messages from readers coping with infertility, grieving the loss of a loved one, contemplating medication for anxiety/depression, and telling their own accounts of shitting themselves… Each of these interactions is an affirmation of what I’m doing here, and I thank you thank you and thank you.
It’s my connections with you that I value most from this Commode To Joy journey.
As 2018 wraps up, be safe out there. Arrange a designated driver before going out, call a cab, schedule an uber, or stay home to usher in the new year.
Come 2019, be on the look out for a few exciting updates and announcements.
Lastly, cheers to you.
Every single one of you have had a code brown shituation in your life. Click To Tweet
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