Hello, hello! Back in January, I set a bunch of goals and I thought it would be interesting to talk about what I’ve changed, and what still needs some work. I really value everyone that reads my blog, so I want to keep you guys informed about what I’m working on, and share some things I’ve learnt along the way.
I wanted to improve my photostories by making things easier to understand. While I think I have made some great progress by doing the mini-series (Neko vs Fashion Planet, Barbie and Her Sisters in a Christmas Adventure, etc.) instead of the continuous ‘Aquifolia High’ soap opera.
However, I want to work on this even further and continue to simplify everything, as well as improve the overall content.
Tagging + Character Index
I completely overhauled my tagging system, and now it’s much easier to understand. I retagged everything using a new system, and there are now much less tags.
I’ve also developed a ‘character index’ page. This is still under construction, but I am slowly working on it!
More Varied Posts
Generally, I am doing well with this one; my “Dreamhouse Adventures: Initial Thoughts” post is very popular, to the point where somebody took the thumbnail I made and put it on an unrelated YouTube video. I told them to give me credit, and they deleted my comment. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s frustrating, but it’ll teach me to watermark my images!
I’d definitely like to write more film reviews, as I think it’s something that sets me apart from other doll blogs so I should continue to work on that.
Increase Post Frequency
In January, I decided I was going to post every second day, instead of only three times per week. And what a difference that made! I thought it was going to be difficult to post that frequently, but it really wasn’t as hard as I expected.
As this graph demonstrates, my stats have been increasing ever since I made those changes back in January! Can you believe it? I think the best change I made was definitely increasing my posting frequency.
May 2016: 185 views, 2 posts (for the entire month!)
May 2017: 726 views, 12 posts
May 2018: 5370 views, 21 posts
So I’m definitely pretty happy with that! I know a lot of bloggers like to keep this information secret, which is totally fine, but I would prefer to share my knowledge to help others improve.
My Most Popular Posts (2018)
- Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Initial Thoughts
- The Evolution of the Barbie Fashionista Line
- Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: What We Know So Far
- 2018 News (where I talked about the new dolls for 2018)
- Which is the Best Barbie Movie? (where I ranked all the Barbie movies according to preference)
I think it’s interesting to observe what kind of content generates the most interest, Dreamhouse Adventures is definitely a popular subject!
What’s Happening in the Future
One thing I really want to work on is the quality of my pictures! Some pictures turn out pretty well (the one above is quite nice), but some pictures are awful. In order for me to improve the quality of my photostories, I’ll have to reduce the frequency -so I might be posting a little less than usual, but rest assured, I’m still working away!
Things I Want to Post About:
- Dreamhouse Adventures Analysis (when it finally releases internationally lol)
- Film Reviews
- Doll Reviews
- Photostory Mini-Series
- History of Barbie and Friends
- Doll Photoshoots
- DIY ???
In addition, I really want to focus on my other blog and my YouTube channel. These things are not strictly Barbie focused (I do have a few sneaky Barbie review videos!), but I enjoy making different kind of content, so I want to continue producing high-quality content on those mediums as well. Outside of the interwebs, I also want to focus on learning Japanese and just generally being a Well Put Together Person™.
So, yeah. That’s what I’m doing, that’s where I want to go in the future, and that’s my plan of action!