2014 has been a year filled with incredible experiences. Of course, the icing on the cake was welcoming our little son James into the world, but looking back, it’s fun to see how this little blog has transformed. Join me as we take a short walk down the 2014 memory lane.
2014 Major Milestones include:
Launched new blog theme – On January 31, my new theme went live! This was my first big upgrade. I worked with Shay Bocks to come up with a unique design based on the Foodie Theme. I told her I was looking for something that incorporated science but was still girlie and whimsical. I think she nailed it out of the park!
Do you remember what my old theme looked like? If not, here’s a screenshot showing what it used to look like:
Invited to review a restaurant – On February 5, I was invited to review my first restaurant. I had been contacted by the marketing department of Greenleaf to come in and try a couple of signature dishes and write about it.
Hit the 100 recipe mark – On August 4, my Tahitian Mahi Mahi with Vanilla Sauce recipe helped me cross the one hundred recipe threshold. Wow, it felt like it took a long time to get there, but now my sights are set on 200 recipes.
Started creating income reports – In June, Jason began documenting the income and traffic for my blog. It has been interesting to see our slow and steady progression over the months. These reports have also been helpful in keeping track of strategies we’ve implemented. We can see what’s been working and what areas need more attention.
Had a baby! – On July 27, the bun was ready to be out of my oven. Little James entered this world in a hurry! Jason and I were both relieved we made it to the hospital in time as James was waiting for nobody.
Joined Food Blogger Pro – In September we joined an online community for food bloggers. We learned some new tricks via their extensive library of video tutorials, but also from the forum where we connect with other food bloggers. The husband and wife duo behind FBP is Bjork and Lindsay of the wildly successful Pinch of Yum food blog. The reason this was a milestone for me is because I wanted to connect with major influencers in the industry and I did. Bjork even stopped by my blog and gave me some feedback, oh yeah!
2014 Top Five Recipes:
Of the recipes created in 2014, these were my top five most visited pages:
Looking forward, Food Blog Goals for 2015:
I find it helpful to jot down my goals for the new year, in doing so I feel like I am on the hook more. So here is my list where I plan to focus my efforts next year:
- Improve photography
- Create a variety of new and healthy dishes
- Take more video
- Improve article quality, both writing and graphics
- Share more personal moments with you
- Work on efficiency, focus and learn to say no
- Experiment with new lists (i.e., buying guide)
- Look into new informative ideas and resources to share
- Improve social media engagement
- Lay the groundwork for a future eBook
That’s quite the list, and that’s definitely going to keep me busy in 2015. What are your 2015 goals? I want to hear them in the comments below.