2018 Blog Wrap Up

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you had a great holiday week. We have been a little crazy–between the usual holiday activities, traveling and then throw in some sickness! Ugh! I am ready for 2019 to get started. Before we say goodbye to 2018, I wanted to do a wrap up on the blog and share some of the highlights and statistics! It’s been a fun and rewarding year! It’s hard to believe, but last year when I did a blog recap at this time, I had only been blogging for four months! Sixteen months later, I am still having a lot of fun. Thank you for all of your support on this little blog of mine! Now, let me share the details!!

Blog Stats

Last year, I shared some of my blog statistics and so I wanted to do the same this year. It’s easy to play the comparison game and think I could do so much more! But when I think back to where I started, I realize how much the blog has grown.

Total Views in 2018: 115, 000 + (2017: 17, 500)

Total Blog Posts: 143 (2017: 46)

Total Blog Comments: 1900 ( 2017: 500+)

The blog has gained a lot more traffic in the last four months, so I hope it continues to trend upwards in 2019.

2018 Blog Highlights

This year, I got to work with over 100 awesome companies both big and small. Some of these collaborations were specifically on Instagram and others were both on the blog and other social media platforms.

It is hard to pick favorites, but here are a few fun partnerships!

House of Crazi (letter art)

Night in Boxes

Kerri Makes (personalized plates)

Red Baron

Babybel Cheese

Some local Cleveland opportunities included:

Cleveland Auto Show

Swings-n-Things

Cleveland Candle Company

Laura of Pembrooke Grand Opening

Goldfish Swim School

Card My Yard (family favorite!!)

Celebrate Back to School with a Card My Yard display #1stdayofschool #ideas #celebrations

My biggest accomplishment was getting the chance to be on TV. In August, I was on the local news sharing Tips for Packing School Lunches. The opportunity was certainly one of the biggest I have gotten from this blog. I am so thankful!!

Friday Favorites;Coffee, Pancakes and Dreams

Top Blog of Post of 2018

The most viewed posts on the blog include a little bit of everything–home decor, fashion and organization.

5. Trendsend Subscription Box Review February 2018

I love a good subscription box and Trendsend is one of my favorites! I just tried out Stitch Fix in December (another popular post) and I plan to continue with both subscriptions in 2019. While I love hitting the stores for home decor or for clothes for my family, I rarely get to the stores to shop for clothes for myself. So I love having a “personal shopper” to do the work for me.

What I got in my February Trendsend Evereve Box

4. Amazon Fall Home Favorites

This year I joined Tanya from The Other Side of the Road for a monthly Amazon link up. I love finding home decor deals on Amazon!! The Amazon fall finds post in September was the 4th most popular blog post of the year. The next Amazon link up is on January 7th, 2019!

Inexpensive Fall Farmhouse Finds on Amazon #fixerupper #farmhousedecor #falldecor

3. Friday Favorites: Kirklands Grand Opening and Fall Decor Finds

This year, I continued with the weekly Friday Favorites link up. I posted 49 out of the 50 weeks (I couldn’t get my act together last week!). This particular Friday Favorites post was the third most viewed post on the blog. I think it had to do with the fact that I shared all the details on the Kirklands grand opening! Kirklands is my new favorite home decor store!!

Farmhouse Home Decor Finds at Kirklands #falldecor #farmhousestyle #kirklands

2. Functional Farmhouse Favorites

Earlier in the year I shared my kitchen farmhouse favorites! It seems like we all like to talk about home decor:)

Farmhouse Kitchen #farmhousekitchen #fixerupperstyle #farmhousedecor #whitekitchen

1.30 Minute Spring Cleaning

The number one post of 2018 was 30 Minute Spring Cleaning! I partnered with Bona Mop to share tips and tricks for spring cleaning. I’ll be honest that I was a little surprised that this was the most popular post of the year! I love to get things clean but I don’t like spending all my time doing it! So my spring cleaning was completed in 30 minute increments!

Quick Spring Cleaning Tips

Honorable Mention Post

The Festive and Cozy Christmas Home Tour  post that I wrote just a few weeks ago came in as a close contender for the top five posts! I had the opportunity to connect with five other bloggers for this holiday home tour. The Christmas decorations have already come down, so now I am focusing on a clean and uncluttered home!

6 Tips for Creating the Coziest Christmas Home #farmhouse #rustic #countrychiccottage #kitchen #livingroom

Plans for 2019

This past year, Keri and I hosted a year long Clear the Clutter Challenge. This year, we are organizing a Five Week Clear the Clutter Challenge! January is the perfect time to get your house in order. We are making it easy but giving you a week by week guide to get your house decluttered! Every week, we will focus on a different area of the home and give you tips and motivation to tackle each of these areas!!

Clear the Clutter Challenge 2019

Are you ready to join the challenge?

    1. Join the challenge Facebook group here.
    2. Print out the 2019 printables (Available on January 1st).
    3. Invite your friends to join you!
    4. Sign up to receive important updates for the challenge.


 

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This year I turned 40 and while there certainly have been highs and lows, this blog has been one of the highlights of my year. Besides being a creative outlet, this blog has given me the chance to connect with so many people. I can’t say it enough, but thank you so much for your support and encouragement! I hope to see you back here in 2019:)

 

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8 Comments

  1. Erin
    December 31, 2018 / 7:37 am

    Congrats Jac!! Well deserved success 🙂 I’m sure 2019 will keep building on!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 31, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thank you for your support and encouragement Erin:)

  2. January 1, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I’ve enjoyed following you this year!

  3. January 2, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Congrats on such a successful 2018! I really do want to up my blog game this year, so we’ll see. 🙂

    -Lauren

  4. January 2, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    Good for you! It’s fun to see others growing and making progress towards their dreams and goals.

  5. January 2, 2019 / 9:37 pm

    this was a great lineup for the year’s past posts!

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