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