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Can you all believe it’s that time again?! Whenever I sit down and write this type of post, I’m always surprised by how quickly time passes but I’m starting to wonder if it actually passes quickly or not. I think it depends on the day. And on the day I’m writing this, time seems to be working a bit slowly. It could also be the weather?
Like last year, I’m away from my family again for the New Year, which I’m starting to dislike. I would really love some tamales right about now! But I did tell myself that I would do something a bit different this year. Yes, I’m still hiding in my kotatsu, but I am not eating store-bought food. I actually made some stuff this time! It’s nothing fancy but I am getting tired of ready-made food
I wouldn’t say I can cook, but considering that I
forced challenged myself to make lunch almost every day for about half a year at this point (maybe 75% successful?), I think I’ve surpassed the level of extreme noob.
But enough about my food, now it’s time to talk about the blog
2022 Goals & Highlights
I was trying to see how my goals have changed in the years since I’ve been blogging but I self-sabotaged myself and all the NY posts have disappeared into the void! BUT, I do still have the one from last year, so that’s the one I’ll be referencing
According to the me of last year, I was not in a great place with my goals. I felt like I kept failing and so the only “goal” I made was to get back to blogging. It’s a hard sell, but I do think I mostly accomplished this goal. I mean, I wrote some 30 posts in 2021, and this year I made about 50. That’s a win, and I owe it to my dedication during Blaugust!
At some point, I also feel like I mentioned wanting to increase my views, especially in comparison to last year’s stats. I didn’t always achieve this, but I think I did really well considering that I was mostly inactive for most of the year. In fact, 8 out of 12 months had higher stats this year compared to last year, and two were so close I’d say they were successes too!
I also remember wanting to get to 1k views a month but that didn’t happen, but can’t complain if I didn’t put in the effort. August definitely saw the numbers go near 1K but again, it makes sense as to why. I also gained about 50 followers this year and just, THANK YOU! It really makes me happy to see people still stopping by even when I’m off doing who knows what
I did manage to surpass my overall yearly views and likes from last year, though, and this made me so happy! I think I can do much better so I think I will make that another goal of mine
For 2023, I want to try to double this number. Maybe it will be too high a goal and I should aim for a more reasonable 12k, but heck, why not?! I want to see if it’s possible! My most successful year to date was actually 2019, when I got 9.5k views so I definitely want to blow that number away
Something I was completely baffled by was that I got SO MANY VIEWS for these posts, and yet…the likes and comments are nonexistent. I even had search terms potentially (specifically) looking for these posts and just, what happened? Was my crying not good enough? Should I cry harder? Please lmk what you think my blogger senpais! What am I doing wrong?
But my blog isn’t the only thing I was working on in 2022. I also started making content on TikTok! It’s nothing special. I don’t consider myself funny and I’m not very smart, but I can turn on the camera and cry about things. And that’s what I’ve been doing, if very sporadically. I will hopefully be sharing some of those videos with you all in the coming days since my blog is very behind on the crying content. As for the type of content on my TT, it’s very random. I kind of cry about anime, books, dramas, my glasses, etc. So if that’s something that interests you, feel free to check it out~
That wraps up the stats parts, now let’s get into the resolutions!
I would like to focus a bit more on my stats this year. Not so much as to have them guide my posts, but I would love to try and reach that 1k a month goal I dreamed about last year (as a minimum, remember, we’re aiming double!). How will I accomplish this? By actually blogging this time. I mean, I have been blogging rather consistently (elsewhere) but I would like to put some effort into reviving this blog too. I think my biggest problem was that I wasn’t watching enough content, but in the last few months, I’ve changed my lifestyle. I’ve gone back to being a weeb!
I would like to share all of that with you all. I actually started posting about it in November and had to restrain myself from posting in December. Glad I made it. But my comeback won’t just be about the BL and anime (though it will hopefully be the bulk of it, after all, I’m a nerdy FUJO). I would also like to add some drama action and games to the mix. I already have a queue!
in my head
My goal is going to be to post at least once a week, but I’m thinking that (realistically) I might post some 3-4 times a week. At least in the first few months. I already wrote down some blog post ideas and have written up about half of them. For January at least, I’ll be around. I also really enjoyed doing Blaugust so I would love to participate in at least one month-long blogging challenge. I know there’s Blaugust in August and NaBloPoMo in November…
Assuming I am successful at all of this, I would like to gain 50 more followers and double my yearly stats. Asking for more than this might jinx things so I’ll leave it at that
jk I am asking, but we’re keeping it private in hope of not jinxing it!. But yeah, crossing my fingers for a great 2023, not just for my blog, but for me in general
I feel like I have a few personal goals I’d like to meet this year but it’s going to be tough. Also, I know it’s only January but I’m SO EXCITED for December because I’ll finally get to see my family again!! Can’t wait for the year to end, haha
Let’s Get the Year Started!
Well, that pretty much wraps up what I wanted to talk about today. Thanks a bunch for stopping by the blog, liking my posts, leaving comments, and getting me a coffee. I got my first ko-fi donation in 2022 (TYSM The Huge Anime Fan!!), and that made my day (my month, my year)!
I hope everyone is doing well and that you have a great start to the year. Many good wishes to you beautiful people. Things are tough out there but hopefully not for too long. I don’t often have hope because I’m a pessimist (among other things) but there are some days that I wake up and think, hm, not all is lost
Let’s continue to be weebs for another year!
QUESTION: What are your goals this year? For your blog or just in general? If you wrote up your own post, feel free to leave a link, I’d love to know what people are up to