2014 was, overall, a good blogging year for me. I completely rebranded and launched Ember & March in July and I’ve been on a blogging high ever since. But, as with anything, I didn’t do everything “right” for the blog this year, and I think we can learn from what goes wrong as much as we do from what goes right.
With Christmas just (oh my goodness can you believe) three days away, we’re all feeling pretty reflective. Looking forward to 2015, these are some habits I’m hoping to leave behind.
Not taking time to brainstorm
I spent a lot of time this year going from to idea to creation and then hitting the ground running on launching. Newsletter subscribers already know the details on my upcoming e-course, I started a new blog column –Up + Out, and there’s so much more to come. But many of these things came from a longstanding list of goals…and I’m honestly running low on creative energy lately. I’m looking forward to working smarter and taking more downtime to daydream new possibilities in 2015.
Becoming numbers obsessed
I saw a lot of blog growth in 2014…and it was really nice. After a certain point, my appreciation for the increased page views and visitors definitely took a turn. I started competing, harshly, with myself to do more, see more growth, watch the numbers rise. See a trend –no time to brainstorm when you’re grinding for numbers. Putting so much pressure on myself for the sake of stats and numbers caused me to feel a separation from the blog for a few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, knowing the numbers behind your blog can definitely be helpful, but everything in moderation is the motto.
Overlooking user friendliness
It wasn’t until recently that I noticed how difficult it to navigate through older posts or search through category archives. This more of a design overlook than anything else, but definitely something I want to make better in 2015. For the new year, along with the new design, I’m working on creating a gallery archive, the breaks every posts down to make older content easier to find.
Comparison…the thief of joy
So many bloggers I follow and admire launched a lot of awesome things this year, which is exciting for ALL bloggers! Still, sometimes I found myself liking an Instagram post of a product launch or announcement and then being filled with the feeling of ‘am I doing enough?’ In 2015, I’m looking forward to celebrating more and comparing much less.
2015 is a blank slate, and I’m looking forward to filling it with awesome. What slip ups are you hoping to leave behind in 2014?