I started Victim To Charm at the beginning of 2014. One of my resolutions was to “try blogging.” You can tell by the way I worded that goal that I doubted my likelihood to stick with it.
Yet 163 posts later, here we are.
I started out writing once or sometimes twice each week, primarily in the “Personal” or “College Living” categories. That lasted until April, when I took the Daily Post’s Blogging 201 course. It encouraged me to set concrete goals, write more often, and interact with more bloggers.
On April 15 I set three specific goals:
I didn’t reach 100 followers by my goal date, but I hit that number later in May, and continued to grow my audience by writing more frequently and broadly, including travel posts and discussions of society & culture. I began making sure that every post included a photo to break up the text.
In June, I started a monthly Firsts series.
In October, my Feminist Friday post got Freshly Pressed (dream come true!). I did Blogging 201 again–I’d missed a few assignments during the April course and wanted to go back and review some things–so that meant more goal setting.
I ended up investigating all the themes and then sticking with my tried-and-true Sight theme. I gave up on the widget (I tried a few things and didn’t like any of them) and instead wrote myself a tagline that is now in my header. I interacted more on Twitter, and the followers…well…
In December, I wrote one of my favorite posts of all time, Sex and Reading, and participated in Secret Santa. It’s been a more low-key month due to finals and the holidays and NaBloPoMo recovery, but it’s also been a huge planning month for me: I figured out an editorial calendar system that works for me and filled in posts for next month. I’ve committed to the April A to Z Challenge and decided on my theme and topics–all except N (how is it that I have genuinely good topics for X and Z but not for N?), and I’ll be offering up a few slots to guests.
The above milestones also reflect in the stats.
I’ll admit, I love looking at my blog’s stats. I don’t prioritize the numbers (if I did, I’d write a LOT of highly uncreative list posts), but that doesn’t mean the peaks and dips don’t interest me.
Here are some of those peaks:
I’m not overly surprised by these numbers. November certainly makes sense because of NaBloPoMo and Photography 101: when you post more content, views will be higher–there’s simply more to look at. The fluctuation, especially in April, July, and September, catches my eye. We’ll see if those trends repeat next year.
The comment number is especially impressive to me. We’ve had a lot of good discussion this year on topics like growing up, dating, social media, feminism and gender roles, and disability.
I also love looking at the country data. Here are the countries with the most and least views, plus the world map:
I’m hoping to fill in some of those white spaces in 2015 in my quest for
world domination a diverse audience. Right now the number of Americans vs. everybody else is staggering, so seeing if that gap narrows next year is part of what I’m keeping an eye out for.
What does 2015 have in store for this blog? Here are a few things you can expect:
- A lot of the same:
- stories from life and college
- discussions of feminism, race, and disability
- monthly Firsts
- posts about my travels
- Weekly Photo Challenge participation
- silly and serious tweets about writing and life
- (hopefully) quarterly photo series releases
- New things:
- monthly Favorites series where I’ll be featuring music, movies, blog posts, and other things that stood out to me in the four weeks prior
- discussions on other social justice/discrimination issues–I’ve been especially interested in the prison industrial complex recently
- book-related posts for Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge (more on that in January)
- April A to Z Challenge
If you’ve read one post or all 163 (if you’ve read them all, holla at me, you deserve a trophy), left a comment, and/or tweeted at me this year, know that I appreciate your support–I wouldn’t be doing all these things without such an awesome blogging community behind me!
Let’s make 2015 the best year yet!