It’s blogiversary time, and Donuts, Dresses and Dirt is officially a toddler!
This has been my biggest – and best – year yet, and as always I am forever be-YOND grateful to all of you who join me here on a regular basis.
And, as anniversaries are wont to do, I took a look back at my “year two” post, to see what goals I set for the coming year:
1. More regularly scheduled features – Done. While not 100%, I was much more consistent in my goal of creating – and maintaining – an editorial calendar. Weekly favor-“ettes”. NYC finds. And monthly “blove” posts. Committing to this kind of scheduling was a big step in acknowledging – even if it was just to myself – that this blog of mine was a “thing”. That I was taking it seriously, and was committed to putting the steps in motion to prove it.
2. Continue improving my photography skills – This was a two-parter, to be achieved through continued practice as well as an on-line class. Well, I for sure continued practicing, and I’m so pleased to see how far my photography skills have come. As for the class? Well, truth is I signed up – twice – and didn’t attend. Ugh, I know. It was on my life list (#27) and everything, and I couldn’t do it. I finally had to accept the reality that taking a class was not something I wanted to commit to right now, and that the prospect of doing so was giving me way more anxiety than pleasure. So I shelved this goal. For now. And you guys, it felt SO good.
3. Writing “elsewhere” – Specifically, guest posts and collaborations with other bloggers. This TOTALLY happened (holla!) and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve gone on and on about how much I love my blogging community, and my greatest joy – and privilege – in being part of that community is partnering up with writers I admire. I hope you’ll be seeing more of that in the coming year.
Not bad, right?
Now here’s the really cool part – because I also achieved the goal I had set for THIS year. That is, to begin earning an income blogging. Writing for Babble has been one of the most challenging tasks I’ve ever undertaken professionally, and one of the most rewarding too. And landing my twice-monthly gig at Buttoned Up was just the icing on the cake.
So what’s up for year #4?
I’ll admit – since starting at Babble I’ve struggled with how to keep this space fun, vibrant and compelling enough for you to keep coming back. Much of my food content is now “over there” – which on the one hand has made room for other types of content, but on the other hand has often left a hole. So I truly appreciate your patience as I’ve been figuring stuff out.
I think I’m there, and the goal is clear – to tighten up that editorial calendar (from goal #1) even more. You’ll still find “favor-ettes” every Tuesday. And “blove” is here to stay. I’m bringing back “couple of things” because I really do love sharing great links with you all. And I want to get back in the groove with regular NYC outings.
Gardening (the “Dirt” in D, D and D) is a question mark. I’ve officially shut down my business, for starters. But I remain a passionate gardener. Yet there seems to be – unless I’m mistaken – little interest out there. Would love your thoughts on this one?
And I’m toying with a couple of new features too.
This year has been truly charmed for my little blog, and I feel like I’ve finally hit something of a “stride”. I hope this means only good things for my readers. Your support and input are EVERYTHING to me.
Signing off here for the week but you can visit me over at Buttoned Up today – I’m sharing a recipe for classic pound cake that is sheer perfection for these cold dark winter days.
Hugs to you all. xo