Happy 3rd Birthday, Wonderfully Bookish!
Raise your banners… blow up the balloons… light the candles on the cake… Wonderfully Bookish is officially three years old! 🎉
A couple of years ago, in 2016, I wrote a blog post saying that Wonderfully Bookish was one year old. Now two years have passed and so much has happened. It’s funny to look back on that post and see how much things have changed, so I thought I’d do another one for this year to look back on!
Bloggers don’t share their stats very often, but I like to post mine in these blog posts just so I can compare them in a years’ time.
These were my stats in 2016…
- 115 blog posts
- 127 WordPress followers
- 11,000 all-time views
- 5,300+ unique visitors
- DA: 9
And now these are mine now, in 2018…
- 270+ blog posts
- 220 WordPress followers
- ~40,000 all-time views
- ~18,000 unique visitors
- DA: 26
I know my stats aren’t as high as others who have been blogging for the same amount of time as I have, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve had a couple of long hiatuses when I was busy working or genuinely lost all my motivation (for example, this year I went almost 3 months without blogging) but each time, I’ve managed to pull through the slump. I’m now in a position where I’m planning ahead, and I’m so glad I have my mojo back!
I’m still working at Taskerly as a virtual assistant but the main difference is that I’m now employed full-time. I still love it! I also now have a podcast, which is another thing that’s filling my time. Clearly I like to keep myself busy.
Talking of the podcast, that’s the thing I’m especially proud of. I’ve wanted to do one for a long time, especially because I work on a couple of people’s podcasts as part of my job, but never really had the time or motivation to do it. But this year, I started brainstorming some ideas, getting them down on the page, and contacting potential guests. The wonderful Jo sent me her podcast microphone (I can’t thank her enough!) and I was good to go.
I’ve now recorded a few interviews with some amazing authors and bloggers, and I’m so excited that it’s a thing. Every single download makes me happy and makes me believe the the hard work has been worth it! At the time of writing this, I’m on around 80 downloads after just two full episodes, so it’ll be interesting to see how many I have next year.
You can listen to the podcast here or subscribe on Spotify or iTunes (or Apple Podcasts as it’s now called). If you listen to podcasts on a different player, please let me know and I’ll look into getting it added in there for you! And if you do have access to an iTunes account and you’ve listened to an episode or two, I’d absolutely LOVE you forever if you could head over to iTunes and leave me a quick review. Every review helps with the growth of my podcast baby.
As well as the actual blog stuff, the things I’ve got out of blogging have been amazing too. Since my one-year blog post I’ve attended YALC twice, met up with some wonderful local bloggers and continue to meet them each month and I’m always looking for new events to attend, like YA Lit Cardiff. This is one of my favourite bits of being a blogger – being able to meet so many great people!
In terms of my goals for the next year, I’m trying not to set too many. I just want things to happen as they happen, without me trying to aim for particular goals. All I know is that I want my podcast to continue running, for it to be doing fairly well, and for my blog to carry on growing. I don’t have any specific numbers in mind, because to me, any growth is a good thing!
How has your year been? Do you like to stick to particular goals, or do you prefer to just see how things work out like I do?
Here’s to another wonderful(ly bookish) year!