YEAR ONE: GOALS

February 14, 2013

Thanks for coming along for the ride of my blog’s first birthday!

YEAR ONE from Rachel Schultz

Here’s some of my hopes for year two.

  1. Write more home decor posts. I love decorating as much as or more than cooking, so I’d like for it to get a little more air-time. Hence, the new “apartment” tab in the blog’s menu bar.
  2. Continually growing comments and reader interaction! For real. I love hearing from you guys. Whether it be on Twitter or e-mail or Facebook or best of all, right here in the blog’s comments section, I want to hear from you! Let me de-bunk a common-shared fear that it’s creepy to read this blog and follow my life via internet. Hellooo! I’m putting this stuff out there, so I’m welcoming your responses.
  3. Reach 1 million monthly pageviews. Numbers aren’t everything. But they’re still something. I’m currently in the upper 800k range, so this is attainable!
  4. Improve site’s design. What I’m currently working with is adequate, I suppose. But I’ve been making moves so that it will be much better and prettier around here for y’all.
  5. Possibly incorporating some videos. Would you guys like that? With tutorials for recipes and stuff?

NOW this is the part where I want to hear from YOU. Please, if you’re a reader of this site, let me know a way you would like to see things change/grow/improve in the coming year. For real, if you’ve been a long time or brand new reader, and you’ve never commented, I hope you stop and say hey. Reading your comments often make my day! And I think I do a pretty good job at responding.

PS: Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.

Here’s a recap of what happened in Blog’s Birthday Week.
Saturday: Firsts & Favorites
Sunday: Numbers & Stats, if you’re curious how the figures shake out around here 
Monday: How to Blog as a Career (or at least how I do)
Tuesday: A Day in the Life, what I do every day as a full-time blogger (since it’s everyone’s #1 question). The answer is not watch Judge Judy all day. (Actually, sometimes it is.)
Wednesday: From Conception to Publishing, timeline of how a post is born
Thursday: Goals, some healthy reflection time for year two. AND I want to hear from YOU, reader.

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Comments

  • I just fell upon your blog at work and I LOVE IT!! I love your personality, your quirkyness, your recipes, your knowlege, your wisdom, and most of all that you’re super relatable!

    I have a blog too that I started on 1/1/14 and reading through your one year goals and the other posts during the one year week celebration has been so inspiring!!

    Thank you! =)

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s great to hear, Lessy. Thank you!

  • Amanda

    DECOR POSTS!!! YES!

    Also, I’m a new cook and have been utilizing my slow cooker as much as possible. If you could post lots and lots of slow-cooker recipes, I’d be so grateful. My kitchen appreciates being used, honestly. :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’m glad you like the decor posts! I like writing them. Thanks for the slow cooker input too!

  • Nik

    I would love to see some instruction on how you get your food pictures to turn out so great! Any photography instruction is always appreciated by me! Also, do you use Photoshop Elements? I would love to know how you edit the pictures, too.
    I would love instruction for how to set up a website.

    I love to see recipes with whole grains! I’m definitely going to try your muffins and that quinoa recipe you recently posted!

    What does David think about the blog? Does he get sick of it taking your time, or does he like that it’s an income source? Or both?

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s a great idea, Nik. Thanks for letting me know! Dave is really supportive and proud of the blog. He helps me work on it often. I try hard to mostly only work on it when he is it work, so it’s kind of like we both go to work during the day and then have uninterrupted time together at home at night and on the weekends.

  • Rose

    Hi Rachel, I read a LOT of blogs whenever I get the chance and I found yours about two months ago and find myself drawn back religiously. You are so cute and the relationship you and your husband share is truly adorable and heart melting and just so sugary sweet. MORE David Schultz AND you and I’d love more decorating too. I love your quirky way(and that is an ultimate compliment) You are so down to earth and darling. I love the simplicity of your lives which you choose to share with us. I am honored to hear about your new traditions, your daily activities, Davids birthday surprises, etc…. I just cannot wait to see WHAT you do with that downsized apartment. Do I sound stalker-ish??? lol – sorry, but I really love your blog, above so many others, and I’m hoping you don’t change it to much and lose yourself in the process. You two are cute as a bug!!! Many blessings.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Rose,

      Thanks so much! That is really sweet. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.

  • Rachael

    I found your blog through a friend’s FB post of one of your recipes and really enjoy it! I love that you speak through your own voice and have great ideas on food and decorating. I feel inspired to cook (which I normally don’t) and get onto Pinterest more for ideas. Keep up the hard work, you’re doing a great job!! :-)

    • Rachel Schultz

      Rachael! That’s so encouraging for me to hear. I hope you keep cooking! Thanks for reading.

  • Kat

    Hey Rachel!
    I just started following your blog mostly for the recipes, but I’ve found I love reading about the meal planning and everyday little things you and your husband are doing. Thanks for being out there :)

    Kat

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks, Kat!

  • Rachel Schultz

    I could probably swing that.

  • kthomason

    I’ve never been one to follow blogs but I’ve really enjoyed following yours. I have your homepage bookmarked on my web browser and read often throughout my week! You are doing a great work here!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thank you so much!!

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