2016 was supposed to be The Year of Focus, and it’s hard to say how that theme played out for me personally. Was I truly more focused? Hard to say. In this post I’ll do a little bit of reflecting on different areas I cover in my blog and how I feel I did last year and what I want to change (or keep) for this year.
One of my major resolutions was to blog more. “More” is not quantifiable, so more specifically, I wanted to beat my 2015 blog post count—and I did! In 2015 I posted 15 times (shameful) and in 2016 I posted 36 times. I struggle with how over-saturated the blogging world is, and I try to create high quality posts. I am proud that I spend a significant amount of time creating each post, but I still think that this year I can speed up and increase my post frequency. So, there’s a goal for 2017: Bring my monthly average to/above 4 posts/month.
This small victory in increased post numbers certainly owes a lot to my monthly book club posts. Being part of a book club helps keep me accountable to not only reading, but processing my response to it through writing. It is easy to read a book or watch a series without processing it, and this step has been missing from my entertainment consumption so I’m excited that it’s continuing this year. Goal: Keep book club going.
2016 Book Club Posts:
- Her Fearful Symmetry
- Ready Player One
- The Secret Life of Bees
- We Should All Be Feminists
- The Book of Unknown Americans
- Why Not Me?
- The Graveyard Book
- Someday, Someday Maybe
- A Man Called Ove
My goal for 2016 was to focus on two big trips instead of multiple small trips. I did so-so on this goal, since we sneaked in a trip to Mexico City at the end of the year, went to Kansas for a wedding in October, and went camping a few times. I certainly took fewer weekend trips than I did in grueling 2015, so that was nice. I never blogged about my March trip to Washington, DC. I meant to do so in the fall as the weather got cooler, but now here we are. Goal: Process trip photos in less than 3 weeks from arrival back home.
2016 Travel Posts:
- Downtown LA in a Day
- Desert Camping at Anza Borrego
- Tips for Traveling Part 1 and Part 2
- A Long Weekend in Phoenix
- Camping on Palomar Mountain
While travel blogging was my first love, home blogging was my second. I barely put out home posts in 2016 and one of my major goals for My Friend Staci this year is to put out more home posts. Goal: At least one home post per month.
2016 Home Posts:
- Designer Insights Guest Post
- Lorelai’s Living Room
- Inspiration for a Bright and Cozy Loft
- At Home: The Entryway
Thanks for joining me on this little journey back into 2016. I feel like I didn’t blog much but now that I am reflecting, I’m proud of the high quality work I did last year and I’m energized for blogging in 2017.
5 thoughts on “Looking Back and Forward”
I love how intentional you are with your blog posts, and how much work you put into them! They certainly are high quality. I’d love to see more home posts this year, and maybe you could share with us some of your small business passions/goals? I can’t speak for all your readers, but I’d love to read about the dreams going on inside that head of yours.
Thank you! Writing about small business is so scary since I have so many ideas and so little follow through. Haha.
I love the way you organized this post!
YES to ongoing book club! In fact, book club has got me wanting to write about books MORE than I already do. I’m not sure how realistic that is, though, since I’m a really slow reader but we’ll see what happens.
I would love to have a nice and robust goodreads account. Or we could collaborate on some kind of quarterly book review newsletter or something! Ideas, ideas, ideas…
These are excellent goals! Looking forward to the home posts :)
-Clarissa @ The View From Here