And here we are. 2017 is coming to an end. Today is Christmas’ Eve, tomorrow is Christmas and in a few days, a new year starts. Being hundred per cent honest with you, 2017 has been quite heavy for the both of us. We have been through amazing things but also through not so pleasant ones. Life’s ups and downs. Let’s have a quick round up of 2017 to reflect on that year and get some directions for the one to come!
Back in February 2017, Corinne left a graduate scheme in finance in Glasgow and headed over to Manchester for a new job. After a good start, this experience turned bitter and after 7 months in Manchester, Corinne was on to new adventures in London, where her boyfriend should be joining her soon! In the meantime, she had started to work on a freelance basis aside to add some experience and skills to her resume. Her Instagram feed changed too, leaving an all white theme for a more colorful look! Now she is off to Germany for the holiday!
After Kirsty finished her master’s degree, she started to work as a teaching assistant in a primary school in France, hoping to find work in Manchester. When plan A does not work, have a plan B, which Kirsty mastered perfectly. She decided to go freelance and launch her very own brand! She is growing her online presence and building some brand awareness while doing some freelance work for companies that are based both in France and in the UK.
After such a rocky start, things did not turn out so bad after all.
Corinne & Kirsty
The blog is turning two in February 2018 and has been growing steadily. We started with a focus on beauty and shifted to fashion, food and lifestyle. The creation of our Bloggers Night In on Twitter and our consistent activity on social media got us shortlisted for a Northern Blog Awards in the Twiteratti category. We didn’t win but had a blast at the ceremony! Just a few weeks ago, we found out we had been nominated for not one but two blog awards at the UK blog awards! If you feel like voting for us, head over here.
This round up can also help us reflect on previous goals and what we have achieved so far. Here were our main 2017 goals for the blog:
-Reach 4000 followers on Twitter, 1500 on Facebook, 500 on Instagram and 500 on Bloglovin.
-Revamp the blog, get a visual that would be more personal to us and that would improving the overall visual quality of the blog.
-Learn more about SEO and improving the SEO on our blog.
-Get to work with more amazing fashion and beauty brands from the United Kingdom and overseas
Have we made it?
4450 followers on Twitter, 1800 on Facebook, 1070 on Instagram, 397 on Bloglovin and 12 200 on Pinterest. We didn’t make it on Bloglovin but considering that we exceeded expectations everywhere else, it does not really matter. We gave a whole new look to the blog back in January. Our SEO game has been pretty strong too! We have been working with some exciting brands too this year! Our newsletter needs a bit of work though!
Any goals for 2018?
We don’t really want to give numbers as they should not be a focus but we do want to keep on increasing our social following, improve the blog, come up with new content ideas, work with more different brands, improve our photography, get into youtube a bit more (because we do have a channel) and so many other things. Career and life-wise, we of course want everything to work out: grow in our jobs, self-develop, get more experience, build something out of it, etc.
Many things to work on in 2018 then!
What about you? How has 2017 been treating you? Was it a good year? Any achievement you would like to share with us? Do you have any specific goals for 2018? Related to your blog or life?
We wish you a Merry Christmas
See you soon,
Corinne & Kirsty