Happy 2019, friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve! We had plans to stay up...but once the kids were in bed, we soon found ourselves cozying up under our own sheets!
No shame, either. I was nervous about the neighbors lighting off fireworks at all hours of the night - meaning multiple (and very cranky) wake-ups from the toddler in the house - YIKES!
And I was right to worry - because there were plenty of fireworks all. night. long. But, to my surprise, no wake-ups!
With celebrating the new year, I wanted to take a second to remember 2018. I achieved so many things, and surpassed quite a few goals I had in mind (but wasn't even sure I would have time to reach or really go for), and I think it's so important to acknowledge the growth I experienced this past year!
I Started Vlogging!
First off, as you've probably already noticed....I started a YouTube channel! I've been documenting a few of our DIY projects, family adventures, and some cleaning/organization vids.
With my channel, I'd really like to configure a working schedule to fit in everything from my blog, vlog, and social media channels. Right now, everything is kind of up in the air as I'm waiting for the dust to settle. It's a lot of work!
My Social Media Following Blew Up!
As far as my social reach, my YouTube channel reached over 1,000 subs, and my Instagram surpassed the 75,000 mark - HOLY COW! LIKE, WHAAAAT?
Well, that's just Instagram - my Facebook and Twitter accounts have stayed pretty much the same. But I think to succeed on FB you have to be a 'funny video' kind of mom blogger. I haven't cracked Twitter yet. But, I don't see the rush.
My Pinterest account....woah buddy. While my follower count just passed the measly 2k mark, my monthly views blew up to over 1 million!
May Was My Most-Visited Month!
The month of May saw over 62,000 views for my blog!
I don't like sharing the exact number of blog views I receive monthly or yearly, that's on a need-to-know basis, but here are some of my popular posts for 2018...
My Top 10 Posts of 2018 were:
- 8 Self-Care Practices For The Exhausted Mom
- How To Clean Your Oven Door Glass When Baking Soda Doesn't Work
- "The Big One" Fishing Theme (1st Birthday Party)
- 5 Yoga Poses You Can Do To Increase Fertility
- 27 At-Home Date Night Ideas
- 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying Our First Home
- Living Room Furniture Refresh
- Slay Motherhood With These 8 Easy Tips That Will Save Your Sanity
- Baby Registry Must-Haves
- Farmhouse Pantry Refresh & Organization
I Had A Lot Of Opportunities, Although I Certainly Didn't Accept All Of Them...
This year, I have to say that I found my spine. I turned down plenty of opportunities that didn't align with my brand, or were simply products I did't trust or use, and I had to turn down companies that would reach out but want to compensate me far less than my worth. When I first started blogging, I was okay with a $5-15 product to feature. Now, I know that all of the time and work I put into my social media and blog/vlog is worth more than $5-15. There were a few opportunities that I took for product-only opportunities, but I truly loved the product and was crazy excited to share them with you guys.
*If you're a blogger, and aren't really sure what to charge, the current recommended rate is 1 penny per follower. That means that with 77,000 Instagram followers right now, I should be asking for $770 for an IG post. Just one single post! Now, I don't ask for that much, but that's a great 'haggling' point to make with companies. PR reps are taught to get the lowest possible price for the work performed so they can get the PR they need while costing their company as little as possible. But there's always wiggle room ;).
I also got the opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands!
I had several furniture companies reach out to me to work together, but I ended up declining them. I didn't want to work with/recommend a company or product I wasn't familiar with. I take quality and customer service very seriously as a consumer, so I think it's important to work with brands that reflect those qualities in their work and service. As if they read my mind, the one company I would work with contacted me to discuss a collaboration, and we ended up working together!
Things have a way of working out when you stick to your guns, follow your vision, and put out quality work!
Alright, I hope you enjoyed looking back on 2018 with me - I couldn't have done it without my loyal readers and supporters. Thank you so much for supporting the Slay At Home Mother brand, and fueling my passion to write, create, and share our lives and home projects with you!