At the end of each year I like to do a little review to celebrate my accomplishments and reflect on areas for improvement. Last year I reviewed my top posts, and this year I will do the same, as well as celebrate some successes I had. 2016 was a busy year (each year busier than the last), but some great things happened. I also want to share a few areas where I didn’t meet my expectations.
Besides having EJ, which was the highlight of the year (obviously), 2016 really was a great year. I hadn’t previously focused on growing my blog as a business as much as I did this year. And while I wasn’t able to accomplish everything I planned, I had some good wins.
-I narrowed my niche to mainly focus on health and fitness, and personal development/inspiration. I still consider this a lifestyle blog since I like to share about my family and other things that tickle my fancy, but my main focus into 2017 will continue to be health and fitness.
-I expanded my influencer network and have worked with multiple companies this year, thus growing my income.
-Pinterest: My end of year goal was 1,000 followers on Pinterest, which I surpassed by June! I started with 400 and I’m now at about 2.000 followers. My growth has slowed a bit over the last 2 months, so I’ll be working on revamping my strategies in the new year.
-My pageviews doubled this year! Huge win for me.
-We renovated our entire home! Big undertaking for us but so worth it in the end.
-I started working out consistently 6 weeks after EJ was born. 6 months postpartum I was in better shape than I’d been when I got pregnant.
-I adjusted to being a mom of two! What a hard adjustment it was at first, and there are still times I struggle to find a balance, but obviously all worth it.
-I did not complete a big project I’ve been working on behind the scenes. I feel like I’m so close, but need a good week or two to finish and I’ll be able to share it! So let’s be honest, it will probably be a few months before I get this one done. BUT! Make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter; subscribers will be the first to know what’s happening!
-While I had great growth on Pinterest, my other social channels didn’t grow as much. I know Instagram is like the new micro-blogging, and a great place to work with brands, so I’ll be putting more focus there in the coming months.
-I have been wanting to do a major update of the blog, but that obviously did not happen. I spent a lot of time researching new templates, designers, etc, and finally decided on a new theme, so I really just need to take some time to get it done. Look for a new design coming some time in the new year!
-I struggled with consistent motivation, thus consistent posting. Blogging is a lot of work! Non-bloggers don’t realize the hours we put into creating content, shooting and editing photos, social media and more. With the hubs traveling so much, I wanted to spend time with him while he was home, thus less work got done at night. I wouldn’t trade spending time with him at all, and I was able to at least post twice a week, albeit not always on the same days. That is definitely something I want to work on in 2017.
Most Popular Posts of 2016
If I go purely off Google Analytics, these are the 5 most popular posts that I wrote in 2016.
Diaper Bag Essentials (this one shocked the heck out of me)
My Favorite Posts of 2016
Why We Should Stop Fit Shaming Healthy Moms: This post came from the heart and speaks to my love of health and fitness and making our health a priority.
A Christmas Wish List From A Family With Too Much Stuff: Need a last minute gift idea and don’t want to brave the stores? Check out this post.
EJ’s Birth Story: I still cry every time I read this post. It brings back so many emotions. We are miles from where we were just a few short months ago.
2016 was quite the year of change. Through the ups and downs I’ve had this space to come to for support and motivation. As sad as I am to see 2016 in the rear view, I am really looking forward to 2017.
Next week I’ll share a bit about what I have in store for the coming year!