Since 2015 is officially over, and WordPress sends a fun year in review email, I thought it’d be a good time to look back on 2015!

At the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to try to do something with my blog and make more of a brand.  I setup separate Facebook page, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter accounts.  In May I set up an Etsy shop, and started selling items like oyster shell candles and jewelry dishes on the side.  I even sold items in person for the first time in December at a holiday market.  I also joined the Charleston Blog Society to connect with other local bloggers.  Lastly, my friend Lisa helped me with business cards, which led to a little rebranding.  I can say that I achieved my goal!  Next up, making it official and setting up an LLC.

Onto the blog.. I set a goal to try to post 2-3 times a week and try to drive more traffic to the blog through the new social accounts.  I had over 23,000 page views in 2015, and over 14,000 were unique visitors from 109 countries.  In 2014, I had 7,200 views so that’s almost a 300% increase!  The busiest day of the year was February 20th with 365 views when I posted Engaged!.  I posted 134 times this year, and the top 5 viewed posts were:

  1. Repurposing Trophies
  2. Oyster Roast Table (for oyster shucking)
  3. Hanging Pictures from a Boat Cleat with Rope
  4. Engaged!
  5. Monkey Fist Curtain Tiebacks

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So cheers to 2015 and thank YOU for reading!  It was a fun and busy year, and I can’t wait to keep growing. I have a feeling 2016 will be just as great, if not better 🙂

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