I took a photo of the last sunset of 2013 and posted it on Instagram. Apparently it was a popular thing to do. I spend a bunch of time last night liking sunset photos from around the planet. So many beautiful ones!
Did you stay up to ring in the new year? Mr. Doodles was DJ-ing a fancy party so it was just me and the kids last night. We had finger foods including pigs in blankets, hummus and chips, berries, and lobster. So I guess our party was fancy too! My son checked out at 11 but my daughter made it and she and I rang in the new year with Ryan Seacrest from my comfy bed.
New Years is always a good time to reflect back and plan ahead. I like how WordPress sends bloggers an annual report. It included most popular posts, top commentators (thanks Pragmatic Mom, Blissful E, Mama Smiles, Mom, and Artchoo!), top referrers, and traffic info. If you are curious you can take a peak at mine here.
- I set up a new email subscription service with MailChimp and created Nature Numbers (an illustrated counting book as a subscription incentive).
- I created a flexible blog series called I Spy in which I illustrate my drive-by nature/outside observation. These posts are fun for me and super easy so expect to see more in 2014.
- I guest posted at Artchoo!, contributed a post about Cape Cod to “World Culture for Kids” at Mama Smiles (I also created the series button), and was interviewed for the series “Examining the Creative Mind” at It’s a Dome Life.
- I completed PiBoIdMo (30 picture book ideas in as many days with daily inspiration from Tara Lazar and her guest posters).
- I also reduced my blogging schedule because I took on more product design work and have started working on my goal of publishing a children’s book.
2013 Post Highlights
My most popular posts written in 2013 were Animal Tracks in the Snow, Egg Anatomy Printable, Red Light Green Light Go, All Signs Point to GREEN Fun, and DIY Chocolate Box. A few more posts I am especially proud of are Halloween at the Zoo, Junior Engineer, and Fog Art.
- I plan to sign up for 12X12 (12 picture book drafts in 12 months) with Julie Hedlund. I found out about Julie and all her fantastic resources for wannabe children’s book writers from Pragmatic Mom. I wonder if she will sign up too!
- My blogging goals are pretty simple. Continue on an every-other-day schedule with an INSPIRE theme. In 2014 I plan to post about the creative process and share more resourceful, educational, and/or fun activities for kids like this xylophone.
P.S. On the health front I am in a better place emotionally than I was last year at this time when I was so afraid of what was happening to me. From what I read online having symptoms like mine can take years to diagnose but I also read early diagnosis is key. So there will be more appointments and test in 2014 and I will personally focus of eating well and exercising.
Have you reflected on your 2013 accomplishments and set goals for 2014? Please share!