2015 Blogging Goals Reflection

Its so hard to believe that there’s only 10 days left in 2015!  Its been a lot of fun to start looking back on all that I’ve accomplished this year (thus far I’ve recapped my year of running, my top blog posts from the year, and reflected on what I accomplished while pregnant).  Today its time to reflect on the blogging goals that I set for myself for the year.

2015 was another year of growth for From Dancing to Running.  I wrote my first blog post at the end of March 2013, and just look at how much my blog has grown since then:

2013 2014 2015
Total Page Views 5,923 37,058 51,575
Blog Posts Written 104 244 214
*as of 12/21/15

(Even though there’s still 10 days left in 2015, I know that these two weeks are historically low in terms of blog readership due to the holidays.  I don’t expect to see a huge increase in page views or the number of blog posts written over the next next two weeks.)

Looking back at the list of five blogging goals that I set for myself, its clear to me that my priorities shifted shortly after I found out that I was pregnant.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I’ve never viewed goals as something that you “must” achieve, rather as something to strive for.  In my mind, its always better to have something in mind to focus on rather than wandering aimlessly and having nothing at all to work towards.

So what progress did I make towards each of my five blogging goals this past year?

I'll reflect more fully on my 2015 blogging goals in a separate post, and although I've reached some of my goals some of them are just not going to happen this year

1.  Be better about drafting posts ahead of time, especially utilizing time over the weekend.

Grade: C

The only posts that I was truly great about starting ahead of time were my longer posts, particularly my race recaps.  I’d often start writing drafts either in my Google Calendar, or if I was in the car traveling just start writing them in a Word document.  But there were many, many days when I found myself writing posts late into the evening, whether I started them in the afternoon after getting home from work or writing them well after eating dinner and finishing them up right before I went to bed.  It was very infrequent that I had a post 100% finished more than a day in advance.

2.  Continue to use my Google Calendar to keep myself organized.

Grade: A

Thank goodness for my Google Calendar!  I used it to not only keep track of every single one of my blog posts this year, but also to log any scheduled social shares for the campaigns that I participated in this past year.  It was a great tool for keeping me organized and on top of all my campaign deadlines, and I will certainly continue to use it in 2016.

3.  Not to be too hard on myself when I couldn’t write a scheduled post.

Grade: B

I became easier and easier on myself the further into 2015 we got and the further along in my pregnancy I got.  Taking care of myself, both physically and mentally, is much more important than trying to write a blog post.  If blogging were my full time job, then this would be a different story, but I have a life outside of blogging, and blogging is just a small part of what takes up my time.

4.  To remain true to myself.

Grade: B+

Like I said when I first shared my 2015 blogging goals, its easy to get wrapped up the excitement of the blogging world, especially when it comes to applying for and joining product review campaigns.  I became pickier about the campaigns that I applied for as the year went on, and the ones that I did accept I was truly passionate about the product already or was interested in trying the product out, even if I hadn’t received the product for free of charge.  The campaign I was most excited about this past year was for the new Mizuno Wave Inspire 12s.  It was actually a social media only campaign, but I was so happy with the product that I still decided to share my candid thoughts here on the blog.  I didn’t start this blog as a means through which to do product reviews and to participate in campaigns, and I want to continue to ensure that going forward that the reviews I commit to truly fit the vision of my blog.

5.  To become self hosted.

Grade: F

This is the one goal that I made absolutely zero progress towards accomplishing.  When I set this goal for myself back in January, my intention was to work on becoming self hosted over the summer.  Then in April I found out that I was pregnant.  Between April and June when I shared the news publicly, I reflected a lot on whether or not this was a blogging stepping stone that I really wanted to focus on this year, and whether or not it would be worth it in the long run.  Since I have no idea yet how becoming a mother will truly impact my blogging, I decided to put this goal on the back burner.  Maybe I’ll revisit this down the road, but for now, I have much bigger things to focus on and much more important priorities in life.

To be honest, I haven’t 100% decided yet whether I’ll set specific blogging goals for 2016.  I know that I’ll set fitness goals for myself, but I’m not sure whether or not its the right time to go about setting blogging goals again.  I still have 1.5 weeks until the start of 2016 to decided this for certain, but for now I’m leaning towards not setting any.  We’ll see if I change my mind, though we all know that I have a big milestone to be focusing on instead – the arrival of my little running partner, which could be any day now!

QOTD: What blogging goals did you accomplish in 2015?

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19 Responses to 2015 Blogging Goals Reflection

  1. I’ve been wanting to be better at writing posts in advance but also failed miserably at it. I’m such a procrastinator that I don’t think that will ever change.
    I like the idea of using google calendar for planning blog posts though. I tried using Co-Schedule but it wasn’t really for me plus you have to pay.

  2. This was an odd blogging year for me. I grew a ton via social media but not much as far as pageviews. However, For the first 4 years I blogged 7 days a week, then when got pregnant it was 3-4, then I crept back up to 5. I have a lot more grace with myself now though, and 2-3 times a month I skip a day, and I know that seems backwards but that is actually a goal of mine, to not stress when I just have nothing to say! Sure it makes my pageviews go down but I am ok with that.

  3. Given that this was my first year of blogging, I personally hoped for more progression as the year went on. I realized I was actually declining in pageviews, but increasing in actual unique viewers, so I don’t really know what to make of that, except that I just started using google analytics a few months ago so perhaps I was using different statistics. I’m so happy I went self hosted in March though.

  4. I think this year I’ve grown more in social media than in my blog pageviews. People seem to really like the day to day stuff. I used to blog 6 days a week but this past year I’ve gone down to 3 days a week. I was spending way too much time blogging and not being with my family. I had to get my priorities straight. You are doing great girl!!! What amazing progress your blog has made! I know I love reading it! 🙂

  5. It is incredible to see your growth and you have definitely earned it! I haven’t been blogging for even two years, and with a domain shift I felt like I had to rebuild a lot of readership. I think in the past few months I’ve gotten better at interacting in different networking groups which has really helped. I’m glad I found your blog this year and keep up the great work!

  6. I didn’t know you had been blogging since 2013, I wish I had found your blog sooner:)
    Just yesterday I was working on a post for myself going over my blogging goals, and which ones got accomplished and which ones are still in progress.
    One of my goals that I also failed on was same as yours, going self hosted. I was bound and determined to do this in April, but I had a little glitch with something and then I just put it off and ya well, that didn’t happen.
    But some of my other goals and social media goals I have done better with, so its not a total loss for me this year:)
    Your stats show a very steady increase, I imagine next year those numbers will double or triple as you begin adding even more diversity with your blog becoming a new mother:)
    Merry Christmas, hope your enjoying maternity leave and when that beautiful baby does come, wishing you an easy delivery and quick recover!

  7. How fun that you were able to chart your blog progress through the years! We started our blogs at the same time!
    To be honest, we’ve never really had any blogging goals. As you can probably tell, we’ve cut back from blogging every weekday to just M-W-F for the most part and that works for us. We know we will never make Blogging a full time job so we don’t really stress about it. However, as a writer, I do have specific goals in my professional writing and having a blog has been nice because sometimes blog posts that i’ve written inspire an article for my column!
    Like you said, it is nice to be involved in campaigns and product reviews. There is absolutely nothing wrong with earning a little extra $ and trying out some products. We’ve become picky with product reviews too cus let’s face it, it does take time. Ok, I guess I wrote enough here. I do hope you find some time to keep blogging next year. I know you will be busy but I have enjoyed getting to know you a bit more!

  8. My biggest blogging goal was to increase readership while maintaining true to myself. And I feel like I achieved that 10-fold. It’s been a really fun year connecting with like-minded bloggers. I’ve learned a ton. I’d still like to be self hosted–but I’m ok where I’m at for now.

  9. kristenk says:

    I think you did great in 2015! And the pregnancy just made it even better than you planned. Great job on getting views up on your blog this year, that’s awesome!

  10. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I think you did a fantastic job with your blogging goals this year. And unless you have big goals of making this your business, I think you made the right choice to put the last one off! Granted, you dont’ need to make it a business to become self hosted, but you need to know that you want to keep going indefinitely with it! Looking forward to keeping up with you this year!

  11. What fantastic blogging year, I am not surprised by your growth – you have great content! This year, as you know, I switched from tumblr to wordpress and I like all the bells and whistles that came with it. I think last year I would use to stress out if I did post as schedule (according to my plan), but this year I was better about (especially the last 3-5 months with other life stuff taking over). Looking forward to following along next year 🙂

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