I’ve been so busy the past few weeks looking FORWARD to 2014 that I almost forgot to take some time to REFLECT on 2013. It’s been a year of many blessings for the International Christian Mompreneur Network – we held our first She Builds a Business training and networking event in April bringing together Christian moms from all over the country. We launched the Foundations to Flourish Mastermind group, helping an amazing group of women grow their businesses this year. We introduced Wisdom and Grace Radio and continued to grow our circle of support in the Christian Mompreneur Sisterhood. Plus, we got out of the house and met hundreds of new friends at Hearts at Home, Spark and Hustle and Type A Con.
While there are so many more things to accomplish, I must admit it was a remarkable year! And I was surprised when I went through the 2013 blog posts to discover the most popular posts of the year – they weren’t necessarily the posts with the most comments, but they continue to get lots of traffic.
I want to share them with you because I’m sure you haven’t seen them all, but also because I want to encourage you to spend time reviewing your own blog analytics (if you are blogging). What are you writing about that seems to attract attention? Do you notice any trends in your headlines, photos or publish dates? Perhaps you promoted your posts differently. If you’re not a blogger, take a look at your other marketing efforts and analyze the results. Before you dive into your 2014 goals, take a few minutes to reflect on what’s working well this year so you can build on it!
Top 10 Posts for 2013: International Christian Mompreneur Network
This was originally posted on WomensMinistry.Net in the form of a video tip and I loved the opportunity to chat with women in business and ministry about their taglines. Playing with words is one of my favorite things!
This is another one I shared over on CatholicMom.com and Crosswalk.com – only I called them “whispers” not “mantras” because I think sometimes people get a little uncomfortable with that word. But the message is the same – what are YOU saying to yourself for inspiration and encouragement?
Here’s a post I wrote for my own benefit. You would think it would become easier to work from home as your children get older, but in many ways it presents new challenges. You’ll probably find a gem or two in here to help with working at home over Christmas break too!
You can’t tell from my blog but this post caused a bit of a stir. I shared it over on Crosswalk.com where the editors changed the title and I think the readers misunderstood my intention. There were a number of comments defending Pinterest as a wonderful tool, which of course I agree that it is. My message in this post is really about how we sometimes focus on the outcome instead of the creative process. What are your thoughts – does Pinterest sometimes bring out the frustration in you rather than the creativity?
I was compelled to write this post after witnessing a “hugely successful” businesswoman give really bad advice on stage. I mean horribly unethical advice. And then I watched as people clapped and cheered her on for her “business savvy success.” Ugghh… it’s seriously depressing sometimes to peek inside the hearts of others. So I share with you these tips on how to run a home business with integrity – because I know that no matter how many of “those” women I run across, I will always have YOU in my corner when it comes to matters of ethics and integrity! [Read more…]