2016: The Year of the Blog

Two thousand and sixteen was definitely the year of the blog. Somehow I turned my blog from a small side project receiving 2,000 views a month to a life-consuming passion reaching 20,000+ people a month. I’ve invested hundreds if not thousands of hours into this blog in 2016, and I can definitely say that it’s paid off. Not only has my blog blossomed this year, I’ve become friends with so many bloggers!

I’ve had a few weeks to compile all this data, and honestly it’s amazing. This blog is a representation of setting your mind to something, dedicating yourself to it, and seeing it thrive and prosper. In 2016 I became self-hosted, landed my first sponsored post, finally figured out my branding, developed my own WordPress theme, received countless emails from readers, and found myself. So, to sum up 2016, I thought I’d show you my overall stats, my most popular posts, and set some goals for 2017.

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November Recap

What is it with this year just flying by? Thanksgiving’s over, it’s full-on holiday season, and before I know it, school will be back in session in January. Yesterday was December 1st, and that means I’m fully in the holiday spirit (hello Christmas music, sweaters, pretty lights, and Christmas crafting) and Vlogmas has started! Since yesterday was the first official day of Vlogmas, make sure to check out the video at the end of this post or head over to my YouTube channel!

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If you’re looking for people to follow for Vlogmas and Blogmas, make sure to check out my latest post for a list of some of my favorites! Moving right along into this monthly recap, I’m going to be skipping favorites for this past month partially because I ran out of time to take photos and partially because I didn’t keep track of what I’ve been loving the past month… oops! So, I hope you’ll be okay with a life update and a look at my stats for the month. KEEP READING “November Recap”

August Recap

I swear, August has been the longest month of my life. From moving back to college, two weeks of residence life training, and school starting, I honestly feel like it should be mid-October by this point. This a big statement, but August has been the best month of 2016 thus far. I love being back at school, going to class, and hanging out with all of my new RM friends.

August Recap: life update, monthly favorites, & stats

This month was literally INSANE when it comes to stats and all of that. We’re talking triple the number of views from last month, and my social medias are still growing at a consistent rate. I’ve really been able to focus on blogging a lot more this month, and I cannot wait for September and fall and all the holiday posts that will be coming your way in the next few months.

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Beginner Blogger: Stats

So stats. They’re what every blogger secretly obsesses over but no one wants to admit. As you’ve probably figured out, stats are a huge part of the blogging world, but they’re not everything! As a beginner it’s hard to not worry about one day with low numbers or why you’re not seeing super fast growth. Well, in this Beginner Blogger post all about blog stats for beginners, I’m going to cover just about everything revolving around stats! Oh, if you want to see more of my Beginner Blogger series, make sure to check out the Beginner Blogger page. It outlines all the topics I cover and when to expect to see them on the blog!

Beginner Blogger: Blog Stats for beginners

So many of those Pinterest articles tell beginners to not worry about stats. Well when you’re a beginner, stats are all you have! I know for the first six months, I would religiously check my stats 20+ times a day. That is perfectly fine! Enjoy those stats and pay attention to them because they are valuable, but know that just because you’re not hitting the same stats as another blogger doesn’t mean you’re not posting quality content! 

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