2016! It’s here, how utterly exciting *waves arms around wildly*, and 2016 is going to be so much better. My motto for 2016 is Do More, and that absolutely applies to my blog goals too. I spent a lot of 2015 just talking about beauty, and while that is a passion of mine this was never meant to be a beauty blog. For 2016 there’s going to be more content that’s less beauty related, but because of my new schedule (more on that in a minute), there’s actually going to be more beauty content in general, so a win all around. *confetti cannon*
2015 was all about being brave, and being brave for my blog meant putting myself out there more by producing content. I think I did a pretty good job of that.
- I organically reached the top of Google rankings for searches about cushion foundations and darker skin. Which is pretty awesome. I guess there’s no-one else as rabid as I am when it comes to Western Cushion info for darker skin tones!
- My blog grew immensely, as my average monthly pageviews and visitors were greater than the combined views and visitor count in 2014. I remember looking at January and being like, “Wait what, I beat 2014 already?!” GET IT.
- I reached 156 countries! Which is amazing. Seriously, amazing. I had to Google some of these countries, like are you even real?! *gasps*
Still no hits from Vatican City, but fingers crossed for 2016! Haha~
Goal for 2016: I’d like to do the same thing again, I’d like my average monthly view and visitor count for 2016 to be what my year stats showed for 2015. Why not? Dream big, reach for the stars, #shiajustdoit.
New Year, new look. You like? I really like the look, and it’s the first theme in a while that’s jumped out at me as very me. It’s like a magazine almost? Awesome. *insert other excited words*
Goal for 2016: Get rid of the ads. I don’t like that there are ads at all, so at some point I’d like to get rid of them. Also maybe be self hosted? Would be nice, not that I know what I’m doing but I’m sure I could learn!
Content & Scheduling
Oof, just in case you didn’t see it last year, here is my disclosure policy. 2015 saw me start to accept products for review, which was new but kind of exciting. The policy outlines how I handle such requests, and etc etc all the transparency stuff.
Looking back on 2015, I didn’t post as much as I wanted to on this blog. I blogged a lot more on Instagram partly because as more people started reading my blog, I kept trying to refine my words more and more (omg, why), which meant I ended up with 904385 posts in draft because they weren’t good enough. Deborah, please. 2016 is going to be more posts, all the time, always. Sorry not sorry if you liked this slower pace. How will I achieve that you ask? Why, with a schedule!
I blogged a lot when I didn’t have a job (such is life). When I did get a job, I felt having a blog schedule was restrictive. I’m an artist (lmao), I can’t create on a schedule dammnit I told myself. Yeah well, boo to that. If you don’t plan to do something, it won’t get done. Which is why I have almost fifty draft blog posts waiting for pictures to be edited or some other tweak just because I didn’t make the time! That will change! Let me present to you my 2016 schedule.
Monday: If I’m reading something interesting, or if I’ve just watched something awful, Monday is the time set aside to talk about it. I probably won’t wax lyrical because good or bad I usually would want you to experience it for yourself!
Wednesday: Fun thing of the Week! I’m trying to be more active and adventurous this year, so I’m going to try and do something fun each week and Wednesday is the day I tell you all about it! It could be something simple like going to a museum, or swimming, or something big like going on vacation! Whooo knooowwss~ *waves arms around*
Friday: Beauty Talk! Here will rest reviews, and the such of all the beauty things I am using, or excited about and et all etcetera.
Sunday: Weekly Tracker! Remember these bad boys? I used to do a weekly tracker, go over what I’d like to improve on each week, and what I actually did the last week. I know, I know, I said I’d keep to them and I didn’t, but damnit if you don’t pick yourself up after you fail then what is the point eh?
All in all, I enjoyed blogging in 2015, and I’m excited for what 2016 will bring.
2016, the year of doing more, begins!