Well, that’s it folks, we’ve done it. Today is the last day of Blogmas which means I have successfully posted 24 days in a row.
Let’s be honest here, I’m as shocked as you are. When I embarked on this mammoth challenge, I thought I’d probably get about halfway through before giving up. Not only have I never posted more than twice in a week in the entire time I’ve had this blog, but I also started a new job at the start of December. Blogmas was, therefore, pretty damn ambitious.
But it looks like ambition paid off, because here we are, 24 posts later.
And what a journey it’s been.
As my final Blogmas post, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learned throughout the course of Blogmas. So sit back, relax, and get reflective with me!
I am capable
I know I keep going on about it, but I really didn’t think I’d manage to post 24 days in a row. I’ve always been a once-a-week kinda blogger (that is, until I relaunched in September and committed to posting twice a week). The fact that I’ve successfully completed Blogmas fills me with a great deal of pride.
If you’ve read my 2017 blogging goals, you’ll know that I want 2017 to be the year I start to really achieve things with this blog. So to end 2016 knowing that I am more than capable is pretty damn amazing.
My favourite posts aren’t always the most popular
Blogmas has also been incredibly enlightening. I’ve posted a lot of different content this month – from sex ed posts, to book reviews, to more academic posts. Some, like my ironic feminist gift guide, have been incredibly popular. Others, however, have done less well. It’s been incredibly interesting to see which kinds of posts resonate with my audience, and which don’t.
What’s disheartening though is that some of the posts I worked the hardest on (such as my Brief History of Islamophobia), got the least amount of views. Going forward, I need to learn how to balance writing what’s popular, and writing what I love.
Of course, I’ve not written anything I don’t love this month. One of my resolutions when I re-launched Petticoats & Patriarchy in September was to only post content that I’m proud of. And I’ve stuck to that. But not all content is created equal. Some posts I love, and some I really love. And sometimes my opinions aren’t the same as my audience’s. And that’s okay.
Blogmas does wonders for your stats
There’s still 7 days left of December, and my monthly page views are already significantly higher than they’ve ever been. Of course, by most people’s standards they’re still not that high – but I’m pretty impressed with them!
I’d always been sceptical about posting so regularly. I didn’t want to bombard my followers with so many posts that they didn’t get a chance to read them all. But turns out I was wrong. Which, I mean, is probably obvious to most people. More (quality) posts = more views. Simples.
Whilst I’m not going to commit to blogging every single day going forward, I am going to try and put out more content in the New Year.
So there you have it. Three things Blogmas has taught me! Thank you to everyone who’s stuck by me all month, read my posts, commented, or shared them on Twitter. Your support has meant the world to me, and it’s given me new confidence and enthusiasm with my blog!