As 2016 comes to an end, and a new year begins, now is the time for reflection and hope for the new year. What did we accomplish last year? What did we learn this past year? What are our goals and aspirations for the upcoming year?
I occasionally ponder this question: Does anyone read my blog? Lol! I hope so. I hope I can become a resource to those who are looking for a good recipe, those looking for travel stories, those needing some cooking or DIY inspiration or those new moms looking for someone to confirm their mom struggles. I am not a perfect mom and wife, nor do I try to be. I make cooking flops at times…ask my husband. I yell at my kids sometimes when I should just be more patient. I can’t seem to commit to losing weight and this food blog doesn’t help.
Many of you may be wondering why I started a blog. The main reason is I simply wanted a fun and exciting job that I can do while being home with our boys. I’m very attached to them and don’t want to be away from them 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. I’m not ready for that yet. I love cooking and sharing my pictures on Facebook so, starting a blog seemed like a logical direction to pursue. So, let’s see where this adventure takes us!
No Plate Like Home is now 3 months young. It has been a volatile journey, to say the least. It started out strong the first month in September where I got my first 100 followers on Facebook and has slowly grown to a collective 352 followers (149 Facebook, 31 blog subscribers, 28 WordPress followers, and 144 Pinterest followers.) I really enjoy the writing, virtually meeting other great bloggers, sharing and photo taking although the photo taking is the most frustrating for me right now as I am far from a professional photographer but, I am learning and improving my photos, especially shooting in day light which, is scarce in Nov and Dec.
I had 1135 page views in Sep., my debut month, 729 in Oct. and 1047 in Nov. and 1735 in Dec. Upward progression is good.
I’m also not a website developer and struggle with getting the site working with all the bells and whistles sometimes. I was starting to get to know the WordPress and Siteground engineers on a first name basis from the help chats we’ve had almost daily at times. Plus, my laptop crashed sometime in Nov.
I moved to self hosting, which was a project in itself and set me back a couple weeks but, worth it to be able to install some great social media sharing plugins.
Blogging may seem easy to those who read blog posts or skim Pinterest for recipes or “How to” articles but, I’ll tell you, blogging is HARD work! So much goes into editing, website set and maintenance, and marketing. I spend just as much time promoting my blog posts as I do creating them. I spend hours finding great pins to pin to my No Plate Like home Pinterest account. When I changed my personal account to a business account, I only had 500 pins and 37 followers. Now, I have 5100 pins and 144 followers! I am hand picking my pins and have beautiful boards to show for it but, it is a lot of work! Kudos to bloggers! They work for every follower and page view.
I’ve struggled to get my posts on Foodgawker and Tastespotting and managed to get four on Foodgawker, which is a huge accomplishment as far as I’m concerned and only one on Tastespotting (related to submission problems.) I also surprisingly had my Tiramisu Eggnog featured in Tiny Prints , which did not generate the page view I thought it might but am happy they picked little ole me. I didn’t enter a submission so that was a complete surprise. I think I’m off to a good start but, I really don’t know because I don’t know what the benchmark for new bloggers would be. This is where I feel that I’m in a fog. Being successful at blogging comes from trial and error. What works for one blogger may not work for others.
Here are my most popular posts and pins:
|Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake
|Tiramisu Eggnog Cocktail||181||118|
|A Motherless Daughter’s Decision to Become a SAHM||155||14|
|Homemade Italian Wedding Soup & The Less Stress Thanksgiving Planner||128||50 & 12|
Coming in 2017
- New Year’s Resolutions recipes to burn off the holiday calories
- Comfort foods, soups
- Valentine’s Day Lover Cake
- Yummy Super Bowl appetizers
- DIY furniture make over
- Florida travel with toddlers
- Easter dinner favorites
- Healthy Grilled meats and veggies and BURGERS!
- Scrumptious summer desserts
- Fall soups
- Thanksgiving desserts, sides and DIY
- Christmas recipes, DIY
- Christmas gift shopping tips
I’m looking forward to blogging next year for all of my followers, new and existing. I hope all of you have many blessings in the new year along with health, happiness and prosperity!
So what would YOU, my appreciated readers, like to see me write about in 2017? More travel posts? More dessert recipes? More healthy food recipes? Cooking tips? Mom struggles? DIY? Money saving tips? Please comment below.
I’d love to hear from you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!