Corinne & Kirsty’s round up of 2017

Corinne & Kirsty’s round up of 2017

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!

Corinne
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!

Kirsty
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,
Love,
Corinne & Kirsty

 

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61 Comments

  1. December 24, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Many congrats on all of your achievements this year, especially on the two blog nominations you both scored! I wish you all the best in them, and in your goals for next year. 2017 was really emotional for me and I hate to say that it was more bad than good, so I really want to make the most of 2018!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. December 24, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Sounds like a really great year – congrats girls and wishing you success again in 2018!

    http://skylish.co.uk

  3. December 24, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Sounds like a really great year – congrats girls and wishing you success again in 2018!

  4. December 25, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Great goals, I need to set mine into stone and stick to them without trying to change them every month or something.

  5. December 25, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Well done with achieving a followers base. Looks like your heading in the right direction. I don’t have goals on my blog because I see it as a hobby. It’s a way my friends and family can keep up on our adventures. Good luck in 2018.

  6. December 26, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Oh wow, you’ve smashed your 2017 blog goals!! The bloglovin’ one definitely is covered up by all the other ones! I’m sure you will reach that goal soon too though!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

  7. December 26, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Many congratulations on all of your achievements this year! I hope that 2018 will be much more prosperous!

  8. December 26, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Congratulations on all of your success thus far and on your blog being two! My blog is not yet two months old! Any advice ? Lol 🙂

    2017 was a pretty good year for me as well. Visited my dream country twice this year. Also have done a career shift. I am blessed.
    Merry Christmas to you both!

  9. December 26, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Despite some hardships, you accomplished so much this year! congrats on growing your blog so much. Can’t wait to read more next year! 🙂 <3

  10. December 26, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    It sounds like 2017 was an awesome year for you guys. I hope 2018 will be the same. I also have goals to grow my social media accounts and blog but I don’t like listing numbers. I prefer to just focus on growth in general.

  11. December 26, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Huge congratulations on your nominations, its incredible work you’re both doing and good luck with 2018.

  12. December 26, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Great accomplishments ladies, congrats to you on your achievements during your blogging journey. I need to make myself a list of goals for 2018, right now it is all sort of disorganized in my head.

  13. December 26, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Wow! what a great progress, I’m proud to her for you two it’s been a tough year for some of us. I’m still adjusting into this new world that I’m into. it’s really nice to hear your story it makes me stronger and motivated enought to continue my journey. Lovely inspirational adventure. Well Blogvin is a problem for me as well. I hope success for us!

  14. December 26, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Damn girls, you’ve both smashed 2018! You’ve tackled the things that didn’t go to plan so well and have come through with flying colours! Seriously impressed with how far your blog has come in under two years as well, your stats will continue to grow and grow I’m sure! Lots of love xxx

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  15. December 26, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Love reading these kind of posts and your accomplishments x

  16. Jasmin N
    December 26, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Sounds like 2017 has treated you both well! I can’t wait to see what’s in the storage for 2018.
    For me, two of the biggest achievements must be my baby boy who was born 02/17 and my surgery that was 08/17.

    lots of love, Jasmin
    littlethingswithjassy.com

  17. December 26, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Hi, it has been great to follow both you lows and highs over the last year, congratulations on achieving a great following it will no doubt continue to expand.

  18. December 26, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Sounds like you had a really great year!! Good luck with 2018

  19. December 26, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I love recap posts like this. I always think it’s great to recap before you move forward. Sounds like you’ve had an exciting year, looking forward to things to come x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  20. December 26, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    You have some of the same goals I do for 2018. I think you’re doing a great job based on 2017 and I hope 2018 will be just as successful if not more.

  21. December 26, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Sounds like you’ve both had a great year and you’ve written some great posts too! I wish you all the best in 2018 ❤️

  22. December 26, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    You two have done awesome despite challenges and even though you didn’t win the award the nomination itself was throughly deserved. Good luck in 2018 and hope you both achieve all of your goals!

  23. December 26, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    Although some parts sound rocky, it sounds like 2017 ended up being a great year for you guys! I wish you continued success on your blog and in life in 2018. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!

  24. December 27, 2017 / 1:05 am

    Got any tips on SEO? I think we all could learn more in this area. Wishing you a happy 2018!

  25. December 27, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Wow, sounds like this year was amazing for the both of you! So lovely to hear of new jobs and new brands and a growing blog! Good luck with everything for 2018 and congratulations on the nominations!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

    ~

  26. December 27, 2017 / 2:31 am

    WAY TO GO!!! Reminds me I should sit down and go through my numbers to see how my social media has grown this year! Good luck in 2018

  27. Shilpa Bindlish
    December 27, 2017 / 3:24 am

    Settings clear goals and making sincere efforts to accomplish those is the key to success. Glad your online presence is incredibly good. May u achieve your future goals !

  28. December 27, 2017 / 4:46 am

    This sounds like such a year for many up and down for you guys. I wish you guys do awesome for 2018. Thanks for sharing.

  29. December 27, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Oh wow congrats on your blog doing so well! And so nice to hear that your personal life is looking well too. I had quite a up and down year too but it mostly shaped me into a better person and I had some real personal growth.
    If you don’t mind me asking, how did you get your following up on Pinterest? It as been quite a slow burner for me, I do get lots of traffic but can’t seem to . get those followers.
    Lea, xx
    PS: I hope you win a blog award this time around

  30. December 27, 2017 / 10:42 am

    2017, I started my blog journey, this year was very humbling. Congrats on expanding your social media branding that;s a huge accomplishment!

  31. December 27, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Congrats on growing and continuing your blog, ladies. For me it was a struggle at first but now I love it. Even after I finished my MBA I still wanted to do this for a living. Keep up the good work.

  32. December 27, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Impressive work, ladies! Your success is inspiring and motivational, can’t wait to see what you do in 2018! Cheers to a new year!

  33. December 27, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Congrats on the everything you hope for in 2017that exceeded your expectations.. I need em tips on SEO because my blog needs it thats one of my 2018 goal been a blogger for 3 years and never thought of SEO lol now I shall start, I also get a new blog template like girls we popping now lol I quit my youtube definitely gon start back once I get a camera. Like i wanna launch my own brand too but for the meanwhile ill continue to work with brands.

  34. December 27, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Congrats on the upcoming two year anniversary of the blog…keep up the good work!

  35. December 27, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    That’s excellent all of the things you were able to accomplish. I am just about to finish up my first year in blogging, so all of these numbers you listed here sound like interesting benchmarks. Really impressed with the Pinterest growth although I don’t know what you started at with that or what your goal was. Still trying to figure out Blog Lovin myself. Good luck on your upcoming year and congrats on all the growth so far.

  36. December 27, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Well done ladies, you are going into 2018 fierce and strong! I wish you both so much more happiness and success in the coming year, best wishes 🙂

  37. December 27, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    It’s nice to read how you both achieved this much success within 2 years after launching the blog.Congratulations and hope to read more blog posts from you in the future…

  38. December 28, 2017 / 12:31 am

    Congrats on reaching 12k on Pinterest. I need to be more active on Pinterest 😊 thanks for sharing your accomplishments.

  39. December 28, 2017 / 6:16 am

    Good work this year! You are doing great. There is so much ahead for you. Good luck!

  40. Blair villanueva
    December 28, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Congratulations on your achievements! Indeed, two-heads are better than one, and gives awesome results. I could see a brighter 2018 for you ladies! Cheers!

  41. Ronnie
    December 28, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Glad to see you managed to reach your blog goals, and the fact that you both had such a pivot in your lives shows that success is based on working hard, thinking outside-the-box and never giving up. 🙂 You both rock! Keep it up.

  42. December 28, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Sounds like a hard year, but you reached some nice achievements with your social media and your private life. If you will keep going like you did you will easily reach your goals for 2018 and even more! 😀

  43. December 28, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Time flies so fast. Good luck on your goals for the next year and more power on your blog.

  44. LavandaMichelle
    December 28, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I just did a goal list and isn’t similar to yours. Good luck and let’s grow together.

  45. December 28, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Loved reading about your exciting journey and congratulations on your achievements. All the best for your 2018 blog goals 🙂

  46. December 28, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I feel sorry for all those who say 2017 was terrible.. Sure, it had bad moments but I refuse to define an entire year by a few moments. 2017 was great for me.

  47. December 29, 2017 / 12:41 am

    Congrats on crushing most of those goals 🙂
    This year I’ll be focusing on really getting to know my audience and providing maximum value in content and my services. I also want to build my SEO knowledge, and get over my fear of live video – webinars, Facebook live, etc.
    Happy New Year!

  48. December 29, 2017 / 1:04 am

    Good luck on your goals in 2018. My goal is to create more interesting and valuable content to my readers.

  49. December 29, 2017 / 4:39 am

    These are some amazing and worthwhile goals! I love this time of year, and the idea of a fresh start just around the corner.

  50. December 29, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    The ending days of the year is my most favourite time of the year as they give me the opportunity to take a closer look into 2017-me and learn from my mistakes to become a better ‘me’ in 2018! It seems like you two have achieved a lot this year, and so, wish you guys the best things for the upcoming year of 2018! Thanks for sharing!

  51. December 29, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    It’s really really tough not to care about the numbers as there are so many brands looking ONLY at numbers and not the work we’ve done! Good job on your achievements and looking forward to see what you guys can do in 2018!

  52. December 29, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Wow! You got your master’s degree. One of the things I definitely want to start doing int he 2018 year is a graduate program. So I will definitely be looking into that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  53. December 31, 2017 / 12:03 am

    Sounds like you both had an amazing year, I hope 2018 leads to bigger and better things!

  54. January 1, 2018 / 11:56 am

    These are great goals. COngratulations! I am looking forward this year to be the greatest year ever for me.

  55. Diana
    January 1, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    It’s really really tough not to care about the numbers as there are so many brands looking ONLY at numbers and not the work we’ve done! Great accomplishments ladies, congrats to you on your achievements during your blogging journey.

  56. January 1, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    You’ve accomplished so much in 2 years! Congrats and kudos to you! I think you all are on the right track. I love how you aren’t focusing per say on the numbers but by developing in your positions. I love it, keep up the awesome work!

  57. Ayse
    January 2, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    This is a great post girls! It’s amazing being able to reflect on your achievements and yearly round ups! Hope you achieve all your goals for this year too! X Ayse

  58. Elizabeth O
    January 12, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Congratulations on achieving your goals and wishing you the best luck this 2018. Hope you achieve all your goals for this 2018.

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