This month has been full of milestones! It’s so appropriate that I graduated from college just as my blog celebrated its first birthday. First and foremost I want to thank everyone who has supported me with this project – my parents, my siblings, my boyfriend, and my friends. You guys celebrated even the smallest successes and prodded me when I felt like quitting. I’m so glad to have such a strong support network.
Since I already did a retrospective for the 2010 roundup, I want to spend this post talking about the future. My life is pretty up in the air right now. I’m busy filling out job applications, though I’m not entirely sure what field I want to be in. Maybe that’s a good thing considering the limited opportunities. I want this part of my career to be about exploring options and finding my niche.
Hopefully my job search will my fruitful! Until then, My Lips But Better is my job. I hope that one day I can turn blogging into a career, however I don’t see that becoming a reality for a while.
I think the first year of the blog was about finding my voice. I’m finally starting to feel comfortable in my writing routine and photography style (you have no idea how many hours I’ve spent on this). The second year is going to be about expansion and improvement. Here are my goals:
- Streamline the review process so I can review products faster and be more organized about it. I hate when I post about a new product weeks after everyone else did
- Review products for every budget. I know I tend to focus on the mid-to-high end, so I’ll make an effort to spread things out more.
- Increase site interaction - especially commenting! Is there anything I can do that would make you more likely to comment? Bueller?
- Make the blog profitable. Selfish, but absolutely necessary if I want to turn this blog into a career. This means finding and capturing new readers, increasing site traffic, and referring more sales through affiliate links. Suggestions welcome!
- Maintain the quality you’ve come to expect. This is the most important goal. I’m dedicated to finding a monetization strategy that won’t compromise the quality of the blog as a whole. If I try something you don’t like, let me know! I promise I’m listening.
And there you have it. I think all of these goals are attainable in the next year and I hope to be celebrating my success next May 14th. Until then, enjoy the ride!