Well, I can’t wait to see where this reflection takes me! Seriously, you feel like a nobody at the end of the year, and then you look back on the last twelve months and realize you’re a superstar! I encourage you all to do your own reflecting; open up your old day-planners and check out all the cool stuff you did! Here’s mine:
The year started off really strong. January found me writing two posts a week and using editorial calendars to keep up with my ambition. As we rolled into February, the two posts a week thing was still going strong and I felt like there was no where I could possibly go but up. I was feeling like a blogging superstar.
As I became more confident in blogging, I decided to add Instagram to my arsenal in March. This was a fun world to join, full of its own rules and expectations. I even started listening to a podcast about Instagram.
April, May and June were all plugging-along months, continuing the strong two-posts-a-week game. Looking back, I’m kind of amazed I managed to write two posts a week on top of all my other commitments for seven months. I didn’t think I had that in me. Goes to show what you can do when you’re motivated and are willing to push yourself.
July was the month I made my first big investment in myself and bought a course that I figured would help my blog, Instagram, and brand. It was an Instagram course from a blogger I have been following for over a year now. It was kind of scary putting more money into something that I could still technically only call a hobby, but I have learned so much from it.
The blog took a turn in August. I couldn’t keep up with two posts a week, or maybe I ran out of ideas, or maybe I wasn’t feeling like writing as much… I can’t really remember why, but the seven month streak was over and I was back to one post a week. Still pretty good, I guess!
There were only two posts in September for whatever reason. Life got busy, I suppose, with my three jobs starting up with the school season. The editorial calendar was non-existent, and my work on my new e-course slowed to a stop.
I so badly wanted to blog in October, but I see there’s a post in my wordpress account that remains an unpublished draft. If there’s one lesson about blogging that I’ve taken to heart this year, it’s that you should always be proud of what you post, and I just didn’t feel really proud of that post.
The blog took a backseat in November (you may or may not have noticed), but my work life really picked up and that’s where all my energy went. If you follow my Instagram account, you may have noticed that I was participating in NaNoWriMo, a world-wide writing challenge, and was performing in a musical near the beginning of the month. But there is absolutely no evidence that I worked on or even thought about See Heather Smile during November.
Which brings us to December, the end of a year that started out with so much promise and ambition and motivation, and ended on a quiet note. I’m somewhat worried that the long break from the blog will have messed with my readership and with my momentum, but it is what it is and I’ll just have to see if I can pick it up again and roll with it at a pace I can keep up with.
Here are my favourite posts from 2017:
I will say I’m starting to get a little more clarity on where I think See Heather Smile is going, though it still looks a little fuzzy a lot of the time. I’ve been thinking and learning throughout 2017, looking forward to 2018, unsure and excited about what may happen, if only I gather up some more courage and do it.
Courage to do what? Stick around and you’ll find out.
In the meantime, I hope everyone had a merry Christmas (if that’s your thing) and I’ll see you in the new year!
Here’s to 2018!