It’s that time of year again. The time when people look back on the year just ending and look forward to the year about to start. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the changing of the year coincides with the coldest and darkest part of winter, making it an ideal time for quiet reflection.
When I look back on 2023, my overall feeling is one of gratitude. This is the year I’ve finally become a writer. My little blog has grown into one of the most prolific maladaptive daydreaming blogs on the internet. The Daydream Place is has reached readers in 133 countries. And readership has more than doubled since the end of 2022.
So I thought it would be interesting to look back at which articles have been most popular, and reflect on what this says about the topics of interest to immersive and maladaptive daydreamers.
The third most popular article on The Daydream Place in 2023 was So you’ve just found out there’s a name for this: now what? I’m happy to see this article in the top three, because I think it’s very much needed. Every week there are people who are hearing about maladaptive daydreaming for the first time. Every week someone discovers that they aren’t the only person in the world who has vivid narrative daydreams. I wrote this article to guide people through that life-changing moment when you realise you aren’t alone.
In second place is the guide I put together on Seven quick ways to reduce maladaptive daydreaming right now. This article is for the people who need a quick fix. Perhaps you aren’t working to overcome your maladaptive daydreaming because you don’t have the necessary support in place. Or perhaps you’re more of an immersive daydreamer and don’t see your daydreaming as a problem that needs addressing. But then you have a deadline looming and you need to put your daydreaming on hold temporarily so you can focus on real life. This article shows you the hacks you can use to free up much-needed time right now.
The most popular article with readers of The Daydream Place this year was Daydreaming, manifesting and the law of attraction. I think this reflects the deep-seated desire we have to build a real life that’s as compelling as our fantasies. We don’t really want to escape from the world. We want to build a real life that’s better than the one we’re living now. But we’ve wasted a lot of time daydreaming, and we have no patience. So we’d like that better life to appear immediately – and preferably without effort. Manifesting is an enticing option, because too many websites would like you to believe that manifesting just involves visualising what you want and waiting for it to magically appear. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Daydreamers can learn to manifest, but there’s a big difference between daydreaming and manifesting.
When I look back at the list of the most popular articles, the thing that stands out to me is that immersive and maladaptive daydreamers are hungry for information. We’re curious creatures who want to understand the unique and fascinating way our minds work. And we want that information presented in simple accessible bite-size articles, so that we can focus in on the aspects of our daydreaming that are most important to us. That’s what I’m trying to achieve through this blog.
This time last year, I had a dream to write a book. The exciting news is that next year, that dream becomes a reality. I’ve signed a contract with a publisher, and my self-help guide to overcoming maladaptive daydreaming should be coming out towards the end of 2024. If you want to follow my progress as I navigate the ups and downs of becoming a published author, please sign up for my newsletter. And, of course, there will be an announcement on this website once I have a confirmed publication date.
Thank you each and every one of you for supporting this blog. If you aren’t already an immersive daydreamer, I hope 2024 is the year you finally turn your daydreaming from a distraction into the powerful motivational tool it was always meant to be. I’ll be sharing plenty of articles to help you do exactly that.