I Know What I Did in 2015

She’s bacccckkkkkk.

After taking an intermittently interrupted, somewhat intentional hiatus from this here blog, I thought it might be nice to give you the run down on where exactly I’ve been, and what I’ve been doing.

A year ago, in January 2015, I quit my job in marketing at The University. After many years of being unhappy in my chosen field, I decided it was time to leap into the professional abyss for something brand new and scary as hell. I became, for a bit, a freelance writer. And like all slightly insane, not-as-thought-out-as-you-imagined plans, this little experiment had its ups and downs. I’m planning to write more about what I learned as a freelance writer, what went right, and what I wish I had done differently. Stay tuned if that topic interests you.

But in the meantime, here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to, writing-wise, around the Internet:

In June, I became an About.com expert for the Toddlers and Twos section. That means I write eight articles a month about toddlers. This is a lot of articles about toddlers. When my work load picked up significantly in October, I started subcontracting out a couple articles a month to Gena. But, if you’re interested in toddler topics, here are a few of my favs from the last seven or so months:

8 Reasons to Try Toddler Yoga

10 Tips for Traveling with a Carsick Toddler

What To Do When Your Toddler Climbs Out of the Crib

No Toys Please: 10 Toddler Gift Ideas That Won’t Create Clutter

5 Tips to Start the Preschool Process

Surviving Santa: How to Manage Your Toddler’s Fear

3 Ways to Encourage Toddler Independence at Mealtimes

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents of Toddlers

Toddlers weren’t the only topic I wrote about last year (thankfully). I also did a little writing for Midwest Living magazine’s blog:

10 Reasons to Love Harbor Country This Fall

7 Hotspots for a Michigan Winter Adventure

Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Columbus

Finally, I had a piece published on Jezebel, which was a huge thrill  for me as I’ve been reading Jezebel for many, many years, plus it was my first attempt at more serious journalism and pitching bigger outlets, which was nerve-racking as hell and, frankly, hard. Lucky for me, I had a couple journalist friends who were willing to take my anxiety-ridden phone calls about handling sources and editors. They also both read drafts for me and provided a ton of insight. The result:

Mommy Get Your Gun: An Investigation of Mothers Packing Heat

And while I neglected the blog for many months, a few articles had a life of their own. Just for fun, here’s the most popular 2015 article on Mommy Sanest, which is now pushing 100,000 views. Whoa.

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This isn’t all I did in 2015. I wrote content library articles, blogs, and emails for a few mom-focused businesses; I worked as a copywriter with a higher ed marketing agency; I was hired to write all of the digital campaign pieces for a university’s Giving Tuesday campaign; I was contracted to be a staff writer at an association.

It was the association job that ended up being the last stop on my freelance adventure. They offered me a full-time position in December, and after much thought, I decided to stay. I’m back to work full time, for better or worse, as a senior writer in the marketing department of an association. The pros: I love my team possibly more than I’ve ever loved a team. I love that I’m writing. The cons: I’m once again figuring out how to balance life with a full-time job, a husband whose job requires a “non-traditional” schedule, and a young child. In other words, same old, same old… but more on that later.

And that, my friends, brings us to Feb. 1, 2016. Welcome back.

3 thoughts on “I Know What I Did in 2015

  1. Congrats!! I can’t wait to read the Jezebel piece (it’s my next tab!) and I am so happy for the full time gig at the association! I cannot imagine balancing all the things you balance, but I am crazy proud of you, and I know you’ll figure out a way to keep all those balls in the air.

    Heh. Balls.

    xox

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