Since I posted a Year in Review for Squeaker, it would only make sense for me to post a Year in Review: Blogging Edition as well. I would post up something about resolutions, but truth be told- I don’t make them. I set goals for the upcoming year and strive to work towards those instead. I suppose it’s the same as setting resolutions, but I’m more likely to keep my goals than I am to keep my resolutions. That’s partly the point for this post, setting up my goals for the upcoming blogging year and going over the past year that I’ve had with this blog.
My Most Popular Post: Autism and Grief
I wrote this one originally when I had two sub-blogs (School with Squeaker and In Her World) before realizing that it would be much easier on me if I just combined everything together. This post is personal in a sense that I go back to my initial experience with the autism diagnosis. I also hope to expand on this post in the future and turn it into a short eBook for the blog. But, we’ll see when that project comes to fruition.
My Favorite Post: C is for Cookie
This one I picked because it’s purely humor and it’s on the shorter side. I enjoyed writing this one because it also allowed me to go back a bit to my own childhood. I plan to revisit this one very soon because I have more diaper posts to create.
Other major things that have happened this year? I started to monetize and got a bit more serious about blogging. The Holiday Gift Guide took me in the direction of being more of a review blogger and while I don’t mind doing reviews at all, that wasn’t the original purpose of this blog. Still, it’s something that I do intend to keep doing just not quite as heavily as when the gift guide was going on.
I also started to do sponsored posts and started to monetize my social media. I’ve joined more than a few blogging networks and hope to join a few more in the future. But in order to do that I need to increase my blog traffic. One way that I intend to do that is by creating more evergreen content and really focusing on the topics that I want for this blog. To that extent, I’m also rethinking my niche or at the very least, rethinking the topics that I want to focus on.
To accomplish all of that, I’ll have my own blog planner created from printables of my own and from blog planners that I’ve downloaded elsewhere. I think that this will work best for me in the long run in terms of organizing and scheduling my blog time. I’ll be honest and say that being a professional blogger is not in my long term plans in that I don’t intend to make this my full time career. I wouldn’t mind having a part time income from the blog eventually, and I also realize that’s going to take hard work and time. I’m prepared to do what I need to do to really get this blog going and to meet some of my other goals that I have.
What’s to Come:
* A new look. I already have my next theme purchased and I’m saving to have a custom design done. I think having a custom design will also get me more serious about blogging and treating this like my part time income. That all being said, until that time comes I have my next theme waiting and will more than likely implement that next year.
* New topics. Or at the very least, a more organized system of them.
* Start Here Page. I want to have one of those in the main menu, both for my own reference and to make it easier to navigate my blog.
I do have other things in mind that I hope to implement throughout the upcoming weeks before school starts again and throughout the year. Hopefully I get to all of them before the year is over and hopefully I can also meet some of the monetary goals that I’ve set for myself as a blogger.
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