Congratulations and Happy New Year! We have all made it to 2016!
New Year’s Day for me has always been a day of reflection and renewal. It’s a day to look back on what you’ve accomplished in the year behind and set goals for the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions are usually made to be broken, but not if you really set your mind to improving upon yourself.
Here at Renee Nicole’s Kitchen the same applies. A lot has happened in 2015. The idea for this blog began in January, when I learned of Christie Mims and The Revolutionary Club. After sitting down and really analyzing what I want from life, where I want to go in my career, and what is the legacy I want to leave behind, the seed for Renee Nicole’s Kitchen was planted. It took 9 months of analyzing, researching, educating, and convincing myself not to give up, and that was all before the first post was posted.
The official launch was September 16, which will be a date I’ll always remember. Pressing that publish button for the first time was intense. It’s the first time I let anyone read what I had written. Part of me was thinking “it’s not ready,” part of me doubted it was good enough to be shared, and part of me doubted that anyone would actually read it. Fast forward 3 1/2 months, and pressing that button has gotten easier every time.
This blog is a labor of love. By labor, I mean 60+ hours a week every week. I’ve literally been eating, drinking, and sleeping this blog. Yep, I dream of google analytics and recipe creation. I suppose it could be worse. The good news is that it’s starting to pay off.
In the past three and a half months have shared 27 recipes through 31 different posts. These posts have reached 4,457 unique visitors, in 6,020 different sessions, who in total looked at my pages 15,295 times. For a three month old blog, that’s really good traffic. I’ve grown my social media following to over 4,500 followers across all of my social media account and have been working behind the scenes to improve content every step of the way. These numbers are still relatively small, but we are growing and that’s what counts.
In the year ahead I hope to deliver more of the same quality content, with original recipes, improved photography, and an educational spin. I am looking at partnering with brands that I trust to create sponsored content, where both you and I can benefit. I also anticipate incorporating video in some of the posts.
Today however I am spending the day with my loved ones. I am stepping back from the hustle and bustle, and taking a moment to recognize where I’ve been, see how far I’ve come, and know that the road is long and the journey will be worth it. Thank you all for being a part of it. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites from the blog so far. Based on how often they are viewed, I think they may be some of your favorites as well.
- The most popular post of the year was the one on Worcestershire Green Beans. They are pretty amazing, so I understand why you love them. They pair nicely with the Pork Chops with Mustard Shallot Gravy and a glass of pinot noir.
- Grandma’s cornbread was the second most favorite post of the year. It pairs wonderfully with the Potato and Parsnip Soup and the Carrot Ginger Soup, both of which go great with a minerally reisling or a crisp viognier.
- Coming in third is the Apple Crumble post. This one is standalone delicious, but if you just want the recipe for the bourbon caramel sauce that I used for the apples, you can find it here as a suggestion for a homemade Christmas gift.
I hope you all are having a wonderful day today and I wish each of you the best journey during 2016. If you want to stay in the loop on what’s happening here both on the blog and behind the scenes, sign up for the Sunday Spotlight. Happy New Year!!