The process of picking the best posts of 2008 is actually very subjective. But I do think that year-end lists are a good way to look at the conversations we have had this year, and how our thinking has changed both personally and collectively.
Posts about my divorce weren’t my most popular, but I learned the most from them:
A Case Study in Staying Resilient: My Divorce Feb. 2008 (131)
I was scared to post an announcement about my divorce because I was in the middle of raising our first round of funding, and I thought I’d freak out investors. But I was more scared that if I stopped posting about myself I’d ruin the blog and my desire to write it. So I followed this post five seconds later with one about me being on CNN in an effort to distract investors. It turned out that investors were much more interested in divorce than CNN, and I realized that I was being rewarded by investors for being true to myself. Bonus: We raised $700,000 in funding.
Keeping an Eye on My Career While I go through a Divorce May 2008 (95)
The New York Times wrote about my divorce and questioned whether I should be blogging about it. My divorce lawyer told me I was going to jeopardize my settlement by blogging. “You look reckless,” he told me. I decided that I was willing to lose money in the settlement to be able to keep writing about my life. Addendum: My almost-ex-husband never complained about the blog.
Posts about the farmer were also not my most popular. But they were the most exciting for me to write. It’s been a year full of soul-searching about a lot of things in my life, including this blog. I knew I didn’t want to 500 posts on how to write a good resume. But I knew I wanted to still write about the intersection of work and life. The farmer gave me the opportunity to try something new. And these posts ended up opening a larger conversation among you guys about what I should be writing on the blog — input and insight that I really appreciate.
A New Way to Measure Blog ROI June 2008 (112)
How I Started Taming My Workaholic Tendencies June 2008 (136)
Vulnerability is the Key to Likability at Work (and on the Farm) Aug. 2008 (104)
Self-Sabotage is Never Limited to Just One Area of Your Life Oct. 2008 (47)
How to Go to a Meeting When You Want to Sit Home and Cry Nov. 2008 (103)
This is the list you were probably expecting. Before I got sidetracked:
Subjectively popular posts of 2008
The Hardest Part of My Job is that Everyone Lies about Parenting June 2008 (161)
Plastic Surgery is the Next Must-Have Career Tool, Maybe May 2008 (126)
Advice from the Top: Marry a Stay-at-Home Spouse or Buy the Equivalent May 2008 (168)
7 Reasons Why Graduate School is Outdated June 2008 (135)
Living Up to Your Potential is BS June 2008 (202)
My Annual Rant about Christmas at Work Dec. 2008 (187)
Post that generated the most thank-you notes:
How to Answer the Toughest Interview Question Feb. 2008 (117)
Post that I cried the most while I wrote:
The Part of Postpartum Depression that No one Talks About Feb. 2008 (102)
Post with the most diatribes in the comments section:
Writing Without Typos is Totally Outdated May 2008 (151)
Post that generated the most interviews from mainstream media:
Give Thanks that there is No Job Shortage for Young People Nov. 2008 (115)
Most popular guest post:
Twentysomething: Why My Generation is More Productive than Yours Sept. 2008 (140)
Thank you so much for all your comments and emails. The blog continues to be my favorite part of my job. And maybe my favorite job that I’ve ever had.