What Have You Accomplished This Year?


It's the end of the calendar year, which means most of us are thinking about goals for next year, probably focusing on what we DIDN'T accomplish this year and want to work on next year. Sound like you? I know I do this. But what if we try something different this year?

One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote about her “un-bucket list,” her list of things she accomplished this past year. What if instead of creating more to-do lists, and goals for the new year, we make a list of things we were proud of this year, little & big successes, and focused on those right now before setting “resolutions” for next year?

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for a second, and reflect on all you've done for your blog in 2014, no matter how small:

Did you learn some css & html so you could tweak the design yourself?
Did you start monetizing?
Did you grow your traffic?
Did you build community?
Did you start a Facebook page?
Did you collaborate with a brand you love?
Did you get a press feature you're proud of?
Did you get featured on a blog you admire?

Too often we diminish our accomplishments by immediately shifting to what we could have done better instead of taking a moment to just bask in the glow of well-earned success. I know I do it. All. The. Time. Instead of being thankful and happy for a few minutes for what I've achieved, I move on, and try to figure out “what's next?”

Moving forward is important, and the new year is a great time to set goals and really think about how you can get better both personally and professionally, but it's also incredibly helpful to take some time to reflect on all the things you achieved up until now. Know where you've been so you can figure out where you're going is what THEY always say, don't they??

Now, what are some things you've accomplished this year for your blog?

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10 Responses

  1. Raivyn dK

    I switched from Blogger to WordPress and now have my own domain.
    I learned how to use WP and design my blog
    I ‘upgraded’ my methods of monetizing
    I worked with several different photographers this year
    I got to work with many cool brands
    Lots of new opportunities have opened for me

    Positivity! 🙂

    – K

  2. Accidental Icon

    I am proud that I actually started my blog! I have only been doing it for around 3 months and feel good about the following I am building. I learned Squarespace and designed my own site and started using social media. I really needed to see this post because I think there is merit to slowing down, taking stock and making thoughtful decisions. I need to take a breath and feel good.
    Accidental Icon

  3. Tamarah

    You bring up some great points. I may not be at the level I want to be,but that doesn’t mean I should diminished my accomplishments I have made this year.
    I have been blogging for a while,but I really made some changes in 2014.
    I have the opportunity to guest contributors to two blogs.
    I won a contest for Designer Interview article I wrote which has led to me becoming a guest contributor to their blog.
    I took the plunge to make a website and Facebook page for my blog.
    I have established more fashion contacts.
    Also, now I am receiving the opportunities to collaborate with brands.
    So when I think about all this I had to step back and realize what I have done.

  4. Gracious Store

    I like this approach of ending the year with lists of little and big successes. I was able to re-design my website and tidied up some glitches to meet up with Google guidelines. I am very happy that I was able to do these.

  5. ahhhsoneo

    I do something like this every year, but I call it my gratitude list. I haven’t made one specific to my blog, but I’m going to review my blog goals for 2014 and see how far I’ve come. It’s been a wonderful year and for that I am grateful.

  6. Onianwah

    I recently got to be the official blogger for a big brand,
    Modelled for a fashion shoot and the pictures are gorgeous (can’t wait to model again, lol)
    Got to learn more about blogging and Digital marketing
    Learnt more about affiliate marketing I’m looking forward to implementing in the new year.

    Lagos, Nigeria

  7. Anastasia

    I changed the blog’s design and started to fill it with new content more often and yes, I started to monetize it. The problem is that if you don’t see right away the result of all your strivings at some moment it may get a bit difficult to stay that motivated…