Looking Back and Forward

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. 

Shakespeare and Company

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: 

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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:

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. 

A Bright and Cozy Loft

2016 Home Posts:

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.

As Summer Wraps Up…

If you didn’t know, I work at a school: and school has now begun! It occurred to me that my work year is split equally into thirds– Fall, Spring, and Summer! Summer seems to go by so fast, so I was surprised once I measured out that each segment is four months.  (Alert the “duh” police).

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And thus! We all enter our last four months of 2016. Doug’s birthday is today (Yay!) and so last night we looked back on all we’ve done this past year. A lot!! Super busy! You’d think I have a lot to blog about, but I’ve been too busy doing stuff to keep up. A good problem to have, I guess. :)

Poll Results

Anyway, the results of last week’s poll! Thanks to my high school Excel class for showing me how to make a pie graph. A big thank you to those who voted. It looks like people want me to write more about interiors, which I love, so I will definitely take your feedback to heart. The write-in votes for Pets and Food made my heart sing.

I hope you are having a wonderful week. See you tomorrow for my book club review of The Unknown Americans!

Quick Check-In (with a POLL)

Happy Monday, everyone! (Is there such a thing?)

I wanted to do a quick check-in today before I start brainstorming blog posts for the fall. When I started blogging in 2009 I was writing quick updates on my Study Abroad experience in Morocco. When I got back from Morocco I posted little snippets about life at home, doing craft projects and cooking, then I moved to Kansas and used it as a way to show people back in California what my life was like as I put together my first “grown up” apartment with my roommate Lisa.

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Then, what I like to think of as the blogging boom started, with people like Sherry and John leading the wave of the thousands of other home and personal blogs that followed. I tried to keep up pace, posting more projects and inspiration boards. At my peak in 2012  I was posting almost every weekday.

Now blogging “the old way” is almost gone. People want quick top ten list, or “25 outrageous things” à la Buzzfeed. Or, big time bloggers with magazine-level budgets churning out a huge volume of excellent content… I’m no stranger to online window shopping and making product roundups, but I don’t have the budget to overhaul my whole condo in the name of blogging.  I’m feeling more “talky” these days as evidenced by my recent lengthy travel posts.

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All this to say — people don’t comment on blogs the way they used to, so I don’t know how many people are reading and what is connecting with those who do. Won’t you please use the poll below to let me know what you like to read?

Have a wonderful week!