Another year has come and gone which means it’s time to look back at what has happened in the last 12 months with this blog and what I want to do with it in future.
To say that this year has been eventful would be an understatement. In the UK, we’ve have had three prime ministers and witnessed the death of our longest reigning monarch and elsewhere we have seen war come to Europe again through Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the US, Donald Trump has relaunched another Presidential campaign and Elon Musk has taken over Twitter.
In the more mundane world of this blog, I set myself some targets at the end of 2021 and unfortunately I didn’t do too well! I think it was a case of biting more than I could chew. I have looked back on the targets I set and, even though I didn’t achieve most of them, I want to look at how well I did on each one.
I had a target of doing two posts every month this year but I only managed to do this between January to March. Although I managed to post at least once a month, I struggled to get a post finished before the month was out on a few occasions so I think this target was a hindrance rather than a help. Although I still want to post regularly, I’m not going to bother trying to post every month next year. Ideally I want to get to a point where I have enough writing to post more often. I’m not going to post anything next month and instead have a little break from writing.
More book reviews
My target this year was to read and write a review for five books but I only managed two and I’m still reading the books I had planned to review this year! I’m pleased overall with the reviews I did during the last 12 months although they were probably too long and detailed than they needed to be and it was often very draining writing them. Believe it or not, those reviews were even longer before I edited them. I’m still going to write reviews in the future but I want to try to make them more concise.
More videos (eventually)
I completely failed in this goal and I still don’t know when or if I’ll get round to making any videos at the moment. Next year I want to at least think more about this than I did in 2022.
And other things
This is the only target that I had any success with as I managed to write about other subjects such as films alongside my usual content. I have more ideas what I want to write about but I still have to work on a lot of them. I managed to redesign the layout of this blog as well and I’m happy with how it looks at the moment.
A bigger audience
I also failed on this front although I could have done more to promote my posts such as using Twitter. However, I don’t like to use that platform too much and I like having time away from political stuff – on the internet at least. Using Twitter more would mean I’d spend more time on there than I want to. Like my idea of making videos, how I could get a bigger audience is something I should try to think about more in future.
Instead of making more goals, my target next year is to just keep doing what I’m doing but keep trying to improve things. Happy New Year!
2 thoughts on “MMM#17: Review of the Blog in 2022”
I hope you do keep the posts coming.
They are always good to read. Growing a bigger audience is hard and sometimes it takes a bit of luck (I am struggling there too).
It is especially hard if you avoid writing inflammatory or insulting material. Thoughtful pieces that require some effort don’t grow audience quickly but they are the right way to go.
Finally, the act writing can help crystallise your own thoughts even if you don’t get as many views as you would like.
In other words – keep going.
Thanks as always for your comment. It’d be nice to have a bigger audience but it can become all-consuming if you have a large number of people who follow you online. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t posted or commented that much on Twitter. I like that I can have time away from this even though I enjoy writing. I agree writing is a good way to crystallise thoughts as I’ve found that I can remember a lot more of the books I’ve reviewed than other books I’ve read.