Since the end of the year is drawing closer and closer, I think it’s time for a year-in-review looking-back post.
First of all I would like to wish you, all my readers, the very best in the new year and thank you for reading and commenting.
Now I’d like to present the highlights of this blog for 2016. I published 57 posts, which is 20 fewer than last year… I don’t think this is what I planned, as far as I can remember, I wanted to write more, not less. Well, it happened this way. Maybe next year.
The most popular posts (except for Homepage/Archives) were:
- Tasting… Vilnius or About Lithuanian food and drinks
- Tasting Czech Republic – marinated camembert
- H2O – Weekly Photo Challenge
- Recent bread baking: garlic and herb bread, oat bread
- Virgin Matchacolada (Summer of Matcha by EatCleanTea)
Feel free to browse through them!
According to the statistics, most of you (readers) came again from the United Kingdom, the United States and the Czech Republic, which is not a surprise since one country is where I’m from and one is where I live now.
This year I also got a brand new logo for the blog and associated social media pages.
Non-bloggers can skip the following three paragraphs, I donˈt want to bore you, it is about blogging strategies.
What was new for me this year in the blogging world? I tried to dip into marketing my blog online. Since I already have a related FB page for this blog, I wanted to utilize it and so I joined some FB groups for bloggers. Some I liked, some I did not. For example, I can recommend Blogging Boost, where people ask for/provide advice about blogging. But I also joined some groups where the main purpose of contributions was asking for “like for like” or “share for share”. I don´t like this strategy, it seems fake to me, however it might work to get a lot of following quickly. I guess I just prefer the old-fashioned organic growth. I tried something else, though. Since I wanted my posts to be visible for more people than my friends and the followers of my blog FB page, I tried creating ads with FB. This way, I got my posts to more potential readers, but the growth was not artificial.
I also created an Instagram account since Iˈve read it could be a huge help in drawing audience. This is not really working for me so far. No wonder, I uploaded just a few pictures and I guess thatˈs not gonna work wonders. I should focus on that next year.
Another new approach I tried is connecting with brands. I tried to register at various pages and again, some of them were more useful than others. I did two reviews of a product that I received for free, coincidentally it was matcha powder in both cases. I wish I could find some more and more varied opportunities next year, because it also helped me to get some more views.
What about 2017? Iˈve got a new regular series in mind about street art, stay tuned! Also, I should really try to push this Instagram thing before another super-trendy platform appears. And obviously, I will try to write more. I have so much material and ideas, but the time, the time… Well, fingers crossed.
Thanks again for reading, commenting and following!
Kristýna from Tasting the World
Update: this is my contribution to Retrospective by Daily Post