Six Months In – A Look Back & A Look Ahead

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2011

When I started this blog back in August, I had NO idea what to expect.

I didn’t even have a “launch party” because I had no one to launch my website too! I simply announced it to my Facebook friends and hoped they would visit.

I wondered if I could come up with valuable information to share. I wondered if anyone would read the words I wrote. I wondered if I would run out of things to say {although Dave would tell you this isn’t possible!}. I wondered if I would want to quit, if I would like blogging, if I could make any money, if I would “make friends” with other bloggers, I wondered if all my time and effort would amount to anything.

If you are a blogger, I’m sure you can relate!.

Well, I can happily say that my first six months of blogging have not been a complete waste!

Yes, there have been plenty of frustrating moments. Yes, there have been times when I asked myself if the whole “blog thing” was really for me. There was even a brief moment when I wanted to throw in the towel and quit!  But there have been SO many other times when I’ve thought, “wow, I love blogging — why did it take me so long to start!”

So I’m planning to stick with it!

And just for fun, here’s a little recap of the past 6 months, and a look ahead to a few of my goals.

Over the last 6 months…

  • I’ve gotten to know hundreds of other amazing bloggers — there are so many wonderful women out there.
  • I’ve received thousands of emails and comments from loyal readers {this is the best part so please, keep them coming!!}
  • I’ve learned a lot about blogging and social media – A LOT!
  • I’ve failed more times than I care to remember.
  • I’ve partnered with several other amazing bloggers who submitted a guest post for my site. You can read them all here.
  • I’ve been featured on a host of other amazing blogs — THANKS :)
  • I’ve expanded my organizing business to offer new services and as a result, have gained new clients…yay for new clients!
  • I’ve watched in amazement as my website stats have grown to over 65,000 page views per month. {which I know isn’t alot compare to many blogs — but I have to start somewhere right?}

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These are just a few of the many highlights from the past 6 months – there is no way for me to accurately sum up everything.

I know I could have done more. I could have created a fancier site, written more guest posts, hosted more giveaways, found more advertiser, participated in more affiliate programs, gotten more involved in Twitter and Facebook…but I didn’t. And you know what, life will go on — and now I just have THAT much more to works towards in the next 6 months!

The Next 6 Months — and beyond:

  • I’m excited to offer new giveaways from NeatReceiptsAbout One, Prarieland Herbs, and more — stay tuned for more details!
  • I’m so happy to be working with Mandi from Life…YourWay as the new Site Editor.
  • I hope to attend at least 2 blogging conferences this year — and get sponsored!
  • I want to triple ALL my stats {Facebook followers, Twitter followers, subscribers, and general blogging stats}
  • I want to continue posting at least 6 posts per week
  • I want to learn as much as I can about different affiliate programs and other ways of monetizing my blog
  • I want to double the number of clients and speaking engagements I book
  • I’d like to try my hand at an e-book {we’ll see about this one!}
  • I will hopefully continue to help and inspire others to “create their best life” through simple, organized living!

I have so many ideas floating around my head…way too many to mention in this post, but I’m definitely excited to see which ones come to fruition!

So Thanks…

…to every reader, every subscriber, every commenter, every blogger who has taken time to promote me, and every client who has allowed me to come into their home!

These last 6 months have been great. I can’t wait for the next 6.

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16 comments

  1. Deni

    02/05/2011

    Andrea, I just wanted to thank you so much for your resourceful, helpful blog. I have learned so much from you on organizing my home and life! I tell all my friends about your blog and they enjoy it and are amazed as well. I look forward to it every day and put it into action. It works! Thanks for all you do! Deni

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for spreading the word about my blog Deni! I love knowing that any of my tips and ideas benefit others, so I really appreciate your kind words of affirmation.

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  2. Elizabeth

    02/05/2011

    I just wanted to let you know that I have learned so much from your blog just in my short time following it! This post that I just read is absolutely phenomenal! I have recently been working on putting my own blog together, but have come to a “nervous standstill”. Reading this post has inspired me to go forward with my plans! Thank you so much.

    Elizabeth

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    Pam Reply:

    Andrea — I love your blog! I’m not sure how I found it, probably Money Saving Mom, but out of all the organizing blogs out there, I like yours because it’s SIMPLE, too!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Pam — my #1 goal is to make things as SIMPLE as possible for myself and my readers! Glad you’re enjoying my blog!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yay for the new blog Elizabeth!!!!!! I’m excited to start following along!

    I can completely related with your nervousness, but seriously, what do you have to lose?

    Good luck!

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  3. Laura

    02/05/2011

    Congratulations girl, that’s awesome!!

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  4. Kalyn

    02/05/2011

    That’s awesome that your blog has been so successful in such a short amount of time! Keep up the good work!

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  5. Kathryn Littler-Fuller

    02/05/2011

    I didn’t know that you have only been doing this for 6 months. I love your blog. Good job.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kathryn!

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  6. Shannon

    02/05/2011

    I don’t remember how I found your site but I love it! Congratulations on your blog and thank you so much for all of your information.

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  7. Rain

    02/06/2011

    That’s great Andrea! I am a serial blogger…I start and shut down blogs all the time, lol…just because I get bored or have a bit of blogger’s block. But I think once you find the right one, the right subject etc….it’s such a pleasure isn’t it? Good luck on the next 6, I”ll be here!
    :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, once you find the “right subject” the writing part come pretty easily! Plus clutter is one of my favorite subjects :)

    Thanks Rain!

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  8. Winson

    02/08/2011

    Hey Andrea, thanks for sharing all this with us! I only discovered your site a couple days ago, so I’m definitely a newbie at your site, and in blogging in general. (I’m thinking of starting a new one, but like @Rain had said, finding the right subject is key!

    Oh btw, you said you “could’ve gotten a fancier site”? Are you kidding me? Your site already looks amazing! Keep up the good work!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks! Glad you “discovered” my blog and are getting useful information from it!

    And good luck with your own blog!

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  9. Engravable Keychains

    02/08/2011

    Wow, you’ve come a long way in a short period of time. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog, so I’m looking forward to your future posts and ongoing success. Congratulations on your achievement!

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