A little look into my goals for January & 2016 along with what happened with & behind the scenes of Domestically Blissful in December & 2015.
You came & went so quick with so many unexpected occurrences!! Did you hear I got sick? Like the worst kind of sick possible?
I hadn’t been that kind of sick since I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. My luck was that I got sick at 2am Christmas Eve morning at my in-laws house. What are the odds? And of course my parents & sisters first question was if I was pregnant!!
Nope. Not pregnant! Just very unfortunate!
Oh well! It’s over now! And at least now I remember what it’s like & will be a little more prepared for morning sickness… In a year or two! … … … Moving on!
We have finally made it to a new year & 2016 holds a lot of exciting changes for us!
Finishing dental school. Graduation. Moving. Buying our first home (hopefully). And so much more! I might explode with excitement!!
I’m still in shock that this year has finally come! It just doesn’t seem real! But before things really start getting crazy I thought I would share with you a few goals I have for January & for 2016!
I’m sorry! I don’t have any iPhone photos to share with you from December! Everything was so hectic!
While I did have a few pictures they really weren’t that great… And now you can see everything on Snapchat (@blissfulmiller)!
I’ll be sure to save some of my pictures from Snapchat & to take a few extra to share with you next month!
Reading Goals & Life Lately
Let’s be real, I did next to no reading last month.
I didn’t even make it through my traditional Christmas reading of Pride & Prejudice!!
I’m thinking I might change this tradition into a Valentine’s tradition. Christmas is so busy as it is & I want to sit, relax, & thoroughly enjoy P&P.
So that is what I’m going to be reading now until Valentine’s Day!
I’m also attempting to read the whole Bible this year through She Reads Truth. I attempted this last year & while I got further than one would have expected of someone with a short attention span, I didn’t make it to the half way point. Maybe you can be my accountability parter on Snapchat?
December Blog Goals/Accomplishments,
January Goals, 2016 Goals
I had a lot of goals & fears for this month. Normally blog views decrees in December (especially the closer you get to Christmas) but somehow (even with my own decrease in blogging & social media posts towards the holidays) my views managed to stay pretty steady, I even had more page views than in November! Praise God!
Facebook: Goal: 5,000 -> Reality: 4,956
+ January Goal: 5,000
SO CLOSE! But I didn’t quite reach my goal. I’m thinking of looking into some sort of non-annoying popup to invite people to like my Facebook page. I had one in the past that got a good response, but I can’t remember the name of the website where I got the code from. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them! My last one popped up on the bottom right hand corner so it didn’t get in the way of what people were reading.
+ 2016 Goal: 7,500
I feel like this goal is a little too small considering I went from 900 something followers to nearly 5,000 followers in 2015. But since I am going to be spending less time trying to grow my social media & more time working on growing my subscription list (which I just started at the end of last month) I figured I should make a realistic goal.
Instagram: Goal: 2,800 -> Reality: 2,741
+ January Goal: 2,800
It just doesn’t want to budge. And I am sort of annoyed by Instagram, so I got a Snapchat account! You can find me at @blissfulmiller.
+ 2016 Goal: 3,500
This might not be a really high goal, but I have a feeling it’s going to take some work to even reach this goal.
Pinterest: Goal: 3,500 -> Reality: 3,454
+ January Goal: 4,000
I might not have reached this goal either, but I have been pretty happy with my Pinterest growth this month & especially this year.
+ 2016 Goal: 10,000
Since I began using Pinterest (properly) this fall I have seen a lot of growth on my blog & Pinterest. I hope that by continuing to regularly use Pinterest I will see even great growth this year! What do you think? Is this aiming too high? I started out this August with only 700 something Pinterest followers. Maybe 8,000 would be a better goal… I guess we will have to wait & see!
Twitter: Goal: 800 -> Reality: 777
+ January Goal: 800
+ Holding steading at under 800.
+ 2016 Goal: 1,500
+ Maybe this will be the year I figure out Twitter & start using it regularly… But I’m not holding my breath! I feel like Twitter takes too much time without was much reward as Pinterest. But maybe I’m wrong!
Page Views: Goal 150,000 -> Reality: 129,987
+ January Goal: 150,000
I didn’t reach my goal, although as I mentioned last month I would be happy with anything over 100,000. And I definitely reached that goal! I was especially surprised to discover that I had more views in December than I did in November, all things considered.
+ 2016 Goal: ???
I really have no idea!! Last summer I was averaging around 30K page views a month & while I think my blog had it’s biggest/quickest growth spirt it will ever have in 2015 (with October being my best month with 200K+ page views), I do hope that it will continue to grow. Dare I hope for a month next fall with 250K+ views? If so I might need to check with my hosting provider to make sure everything continues to run smoothly!
Happy New Year!
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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