Unwanted Life has managed to make it to its third year of existence, so I thought I’d mark this blogiversary with another roundup article like I did for my first and second year as a blogger. I hope you enjoy the roundup.
Unwanted Life started on 7th January 2019, with its first article – Date Night: The Difficulties Of Meeting My Partner – going live on 14th January 2019. Thus, the third blogiversary of Unwanted Life going live and publishing its first article is officially this Friday. Happy blogiversary to Unwanted Life.
Blogiversary: What Have I Done During This Last Year?
Well, as I made it through the end of the first year of the pandemic and now most of the way through the second year, fun times, I’ve not done that much. I’ve largely spent my time at home. But I used some of that time at home to launch two sponsorship advertising packages on my blog. You can find more information about these sponsorship packages by clicking here. Before I launched the sponsorship advertising packages, I first added a ‘Sponsors‘ page to showcase the people who’ve been kind enough to sponsor my blog already. I did that so I could showcase those donors to Unwanted Life by creating a wall of fame to give something back to these wonderful people.
I also opened my Unwanted Life Shop at the start of September 2021, which currently sells digital workbooks you can download. Both my shop and the sponsorship packages I’d put off for over seven months because of the issues I have with imposter syndrome. But I eventually overcame that long enough to start these two endeavours to help support my blog.
Blogiversary: My Five Favourite Articles
That’s enough about what I’ve been doing over the last year while trapped at home. Here’s a collection of my five favourite articles from the last year instead. Let me know in the comments sections below which of my articles you think were your favourite from the last year.
I discovered Sumo Cyco during the pandemic, and I’ve been a huge fan of their work ever since. Not only was it amazing that Sumo Cyco agreed to an interview with little old me, but it was something I’d never done before. I even had to learn a new way to write to write up the interview, which was also a lot of fun. It also meant I could add a new skill to my writing portfolio, so to speak (I don’t have a writing portfolio). You can check out this article by clicking here.
The interview provided such a large amount of great content that I also used some of the interview material to create a second article on trolls for my Unwanted Life Stories section, which you can read by clicking here. You can also see the interview and the different cuts by checking out my YouTube channel by clicking here.
Creating this article for #Cheerscrolling was a lot of fun because I got to define its meaning in Urban Dictionary, my little piece in the history of language. Which is no easy feat when you’re dyslexic. I also tried to get a #Cheerscrolling movement going, and although few took it up, I still like to use it when I see cheerful news. Anyway, you can check out that article by clicking here.
My article on the self-esteem workbook makes it into my top five because it launched my Unwanted Life Shop. The self-esteem workbook was the first workbook I made that I would sell, rather than one of the free ones I have included on my resources page. It might not seem like much, but it actually took me a long time to create the workbook, and even longer to get past my self-doubts to follow through with creating my shop and making that the first product available to buy there. My issues with the imposter syndrome really undermine my life. Check out the self-esteem article by clicking here.
This isn’t my first article on talking about pill shaming, but I think it’s the better one of the two. It’s also not the first time I’ve talked about antidepressants. In this article I take a lot of the myths and stupid things people say about taking antidepressants and explain why they’re stupid comments, outdated, and need to disappear. The reason I wrote this article was because I was giving antidepressants another try myself. And long ago, I also held such stupid views when I was a teen. To read this article, click here.
I love this article simply because I wanted to make my blog more accessible to as many people as possible. As an invisible disabilities blogger, this was really important to me. I had decided to look into ways to make my blog more accessible and I realised this could make for a good article too. So I turned my desire for Unwanted Life to be more accessible into an article to convince other website owners and bloggers to do the same.
Over the course of the year, I’ve written a guest post for the blog Mentriz by Lou Farrell. It even inspired an article idea for myself which I’m currently working on. I also did several interviews. The first one I had the pleasure of doing was by Cosmic Taryn for their interview series and blog, which you can find here.
Weird & Liberated interviewed me for their blog for their blogtober challenge, which you can find here. Not only that, but my gratitude letter featured in one of their posts too, which you can find here. I did a further, smaller interview, for It’s A Jeanette Thing to feature in their six-month blog-versary, which you can find here. After that, I did an interview for The Daily Sunlight, which you can find here.
Last, but not least, I contributed a self-care tip to FemmAllure which you can find here. By my count, for this blogiversary year, I’ve provided content for six other bloggers, which is pretty cool.
Unwanted Life Shop
As I’ve already mentioned a few times, my blog launched its own shop which currently sells digital downloadable workbooks. But I hope to find the time to expand the shop to include physical items as well. It took a while, but I made my first sale at my shop, which was really nice.
I looked into setting up an Etsy shore as well, but I ran into a bit of a setback when I first tried to open it. I ran into an issue with sorting out digital download items, which their support team was useless at helping. The Etsy support team member I was talking to said they’d get their team to email me a solution, but that never happened, and it’s been six months now. The issue was that when I upload my product and wanted to preview it before saving and listing the item; it encountered an error forcing me to keep starting again.
While writing this article, I decided to sort out my Etsy store and list my first product there, just to see if it’d help increase sales of my workbooks or not. Hopefully, it’ll help increase my chances of getting my second sale. You can check out my shop by clicking the button below and visit my Etsy store by clicking here.
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