Today’s the day—again! Two years ago my blog went online. Can you believe this? It really did not seem that long a time and on the other hand I feel like I’ve been doing this for ages.
I like that WordPress gives you these little reminders. It is motivating to see what you have achieved.
Last year, I used my blog’s anniversary as a chance to look back and ahead. Why not make this a little tradition?
I’m not going to bore you with statistics. However, I had a look at them and found that I’ve had views from 23 different countries—which I find totally amazing—and that I’m close to hitting 1,000 views. I know this isn’t that much for a two-year-old blog, but since I’m only posting bi-monthly, I guess it isn’t so bad.
I’m not doing this for view count. For me, the important thing is to know that there are people out there who enjoy reading my posts. To know that the hard work I put into writing it is appreciated and you’re gaining something from it—be it inspiration, new ideas, or simply the fun of reading.
So, many thanks to everyone who read, liked, or commented my posts and/or followed my blog! One reason why I started blogging is that I enjoy writing it. So I hope you like what you read and will come back from time to time.
To my amazement, I found that the most-viewed post of all times is Creativity for Beginners from 2013.
My personal favorites from this past year were:
Where I summarized Ken Robinson’s brilliant TED talks on creativity in education and had my own say about the matter.
My life is still crazy; I have even less time than before, but at least a little more stability.
In June, when I realized that my posting continuity was—well—dwindling, I set myself a goal to publish at least 2 posts a month. Even if, in total, I posted less than in the first year, I at least managed to go for those 2 posts a month in the second half. No more, but at least I managed to meet my goal (except for October—which I made up for in November). I totally made it! Yay! 🙂
My goal for the next year is to continue this rhythm but be quicker with seasonal posts so that they actually come out during the season. To have the due dates in mind, I created my Blogger’s Notebook, and so far this is working really well!
However, I’m still a quality over quantity person and that is not going to change.
Topics and Posts
Again, I was excited to look back at what I had written about in this second year. Especially in comparison to what I had planned to write about and what I had written in the first year.
I wrote a lot about blogging and creativity techniques in the first year, whereas I completely stopped writing about blogging itself in the second year and very little about creativity theory. That certainly wasn’t planned but other, newer topics won out. At the end of the first year I discovered bookbinding, and in the second year introduced two new categories (Teaching and Learning)—which I then wrote quite a lot about—and Knitting/Crocheting. I also finally got around writing more about my favorite pastime ever: creative writing.
I find time and time again that the topics I write about just happen to me rather than me really planning for the big picture. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing, though. I’m quite happy to have the freedom to write about what I feel like in a given month. This freedom I want to keep despite a little more planning.
I still have a lot more ideas for fun projects up my sleeve that I hope to be able to blog about in the future. Although I am making some more concrete plans than before, I still want to be open for new ideas and awesome things that come my way.
I like the “Adventure Journal” theme that I’m using. I totally love the looks of it. It captures my image of creativity being an adventure and a journey.
However, I’m not 100% happy with its functionality. There are a couple of things I’d like to do that this theme just cannot do.
But I’ve already spent several hours looking for another theme and so far found nothing that both captured this feeling and met my functional requirements.
Qué será, será
Although I have made some kind of plan for the next year—with some room for spontaneity—I already find that it is very hard for me keeping to any kind of schedule. There are always new ideas coming in that are then fresh and more interesting.
As I once wrote, I’m a Jack of all tades at heart and I have no way of changing that. However, do let me know if there is a particular topic or aspect you’d like to hear more about. I’m open to suggestions.
But despite my goal to plan a little more, I don’t want to stress myself out to follow any kind of long-term plan. As long as I’m blogging regularly and—hopefully—you guys are enjoying reading it, it doesn’t really matter.
One thing I know: I still love blogging, and I will continue doing it.