A little look into my goals for December & what happened with & behind the scenes of Domestically Blissful.
November was here & gone in a flash. Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Do any shopping over the weekend?
I decided to take full advantage of all of the sales this year, but not until after I got some beauty sleep. Although I didn’t do any Thursday night/early Friday morning shopping I did go out Friday afternoon with my mom & sister for a girl date to Anthropologie. Roger & I also did some online shopping. And I will admit I went to Anthro again on Sunday & Monday. It’s an obsession.
And while we are on the subject of shopping, we bought our Christmas tree last month! The Saturday night before Thanksgiving we had a little Christmas party (just the two of us) & over the weekend we decorated it & watched lots of Christmas movies! I love this time of year!!
What are you most excited about this season?
A Peak Into My iPhone Photos
I tried Mallomars for the first time in November.
This funny picture was snapped during a candid moment. And no, I’m not pregnant.
I started Christmas shopping & decorating.
Went to Trader Joes in Birmingham for the first time!
I didn’t try the cheese, but I was fascinated by their selection.
And I would love to hear what you think of their Cookie Butter!
I have heard that it’s disgusting & the best thing ever. So I am really curious!
My father & I took our annual trip to the grocery store Thanksgiving morning to grab some last-minute ingredients & a newspaper.
We ended up going to 3 stores looking for chestnuts.
And although we had a smaller table this Thanksgiving we chose to decorate it similar to last year’s table.
Thanksgiving was also my sister’s birthday, so after all the thanksgiving festivities we took a little trip to Starbucks to celebrate her being 22! (Cue the Taylor Swift music.)
Then that Saturday we had a 60th anniversary party for my grandparents & I ate enough dessert for 4 people!
When we got home Sunday Roger & I shared this big mug of hot chocolate & the next day I discovered I had flat tire.
What a way to end the month!
Reading Goals & Life Lately
I did very little reading this month. I started the book Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary, but I am only about 3/4ths through it. So I plan to finish it this month… Hopefully.
November Blog Goals, Accomplishments,
& December Goals
I have to confess that I was so busy configuring my new theme yesterday that I forgot to snap screenshots of my numbers until this morning. So there is 1 additional day’s worth of followers included below.
Facebook: Goal: 5,000 -> Reality: 4,869
+ December Goal: 5,000
+ While I gained over 150 new Facebook followers this last month, I didn’t reach my goal. Although if you read my November Goals & October Life Lately you know that technically my goal was to reach 5,000 by the end of the year, so I am still on track.
Instagram: Goal: 2,850 -> Reality: 2,732
+ November Goal: 2,800
+ HAHA! I gained & lost so many followers this month it’s comical. I know I’m not posting near as much as I use to, but when I do post I get so very little reaction/response (compared to what I use to get) that I have less of a desire to use Instagram. I know I should get back into it, but I am not a fan of all of the changes Instagram has been making. Anyone else feel the same way? Any tips or advice?
Pinterest: Goal: 3,000 -> Reality: 2,928
+ December Goal: 3,500
+ So close! Although I gained over 600 new Pinterest followers last month I didn’t quite reach my goal of 3,000 followers. This month I decided to join a couple of Pinterest follow threads, but those threads never seem to work for me. I follow every single person, but I rarely see the return (even after a week of waiting & hoping!). What do you do if people haven’t followed back after a week?
Oh well, lesson learned (again). I’m still pretty happy with my Pinterest growth this month. I had too many days where I wasn’t pinning as well or as much as I should have, but it’s a new month & a fresh start!
Twitter: Goal: 800 -> Reality: 777
+ December Goal: 800
+ I gained a few new Twitter followers, which is amazing because I still rarely use it!
Page Views: Goal 150,000 -> Reality: 112,507
+ December Goal: 150,000
+ I have some legitimate reasons for a decrease in views. Remember how last year I had all of those malware/hacker issues? Well since getting website protection from WeWatchYourWebsite.com I haven’t had a single issue, so you know “out of sight out of mind.”
Starting at the beginning of November I noticed my blog was slowing down, especially on my Dashboard side. It got to the point that I pretty much stopped blogging. I think there was at least one week that I only blogged twice & I was lucky those published because my blog was so slow.
So long story short I discovered I had malware, I had it removed, & my malware protection renewed. And so after 2-3 weeks of trying to work on a crazy slow website (to the point that I could only accesses my posts 1 out of 25 times), I am back on track, but not without it hurting my page views in the process.
I also knew my views wouldn’t stay ridiculously high like last month’s 200,000+ page views, but I was hoping it wouldn’t fall back to the 30,000 page view average I was at this summer. So I set the goal of 150,000 knowing that anything over 100,000 would be amazing. And while my reality goal for December is 100,000 page views my dream goal is 150,000 page views, so that is what I am going to set it at & work towards.
My guess is that this fall was the biggest growth spirt I will ever have as a blogger. I went from an average of 30,000 page views in August to an average of 164,000 page views over the last 3 months. It’s a bit shocking & overwhelming, but I’ll just keep praising God & plugging along!
And hopefully as Domestically Blissful continues to grow you will see even more improvements as I continue to learn!
With love, G
LET US NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD,
FOR AT THE PROPER TIME WE WILL REAP A HARVEST IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP.
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