Venus Trapped in Mars

30 December 2013

End Of The Year


So as 2013 comes to a close, although I haven't been blogging for a year yet (that celebration takes place on January 30th) I have passed through many holidays, many events, just many THINGS that take place during a calendar year, and I blogged about those things.

I blogged about my Christmas Gift Guide

I blogged about the Fourth of July

I blogged about my Birthday

I blogged about March Madness

I blogged about Valentine's Day

I blogged about Halloween

I blogged about... every major holiday that happens in the year.


So as I quickly approach the full year of blogging mark, I have to wonder, when these events roll around for the second time during the lifespan of your blog, what do you do?

Do you try and one up yourself from the year before, by blogging about the same thing? 

Do you post the same thing all over again in hopes that you have a fresh set of new readers? 

Do you quit? I'm not quitting, don't worry about that one.

But really, what do you do at the end of the calendar year, when round 2 rolls around? Or even more daunting, round 3, 4, 5 etc....

Thoughts?
 

40 comments :

  1. Maybe a compare and contrast, this is what I liked this is what I want to change?

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  2. To me, it seemed to get harder. It's like what could I say that I didn't last time around!

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  3. Hi Sarah. I know one thing I wanted to do this year but didn't- saving it for next year- is talking about how I found out about Santa hehe (potentially a cool linkup for next year). Just talking about different things for a given holiday is a great way to go. Maybe sharing an old picture. Or instead of telling what you did THIS year, focus that holiday post on a distant memory from a PAST holiday. Just changing it up from a different perspective is always really interesting an engaging. It's important to not focus on what every other blogger is doing but what you feel in your heart you really want to share.

    Ginny
    www.buttergirldiaries.com

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  4. Ummm excellent question!! I ask myself the same things and I've been at it for over 2 years now!! So far I just try and take a different angle at each holiday/event, but I'm definitely waring (wearing?) thin! Although, you're super creative and an awesome blogger so I'm sure you won't run into that problem =) . If all else fails, recycle and have no shame!! Hahaha! I recycled my Veteran's Day post from last year because I loved it so much and didn't even want to try and top it! A blogger's gotta do what a blogger's gotta do! =)

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  5. so true, what do we blog about now after the next year? knowing you, you will have MILLIONs of ideas flowing!

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  6. Such a great question.. I wonder the same thing! I think that we all will be a little different as year 2 and year 3 (and so on) roll around that we will have plenty of new ideas and stories to tell.

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  7. I think, if I do the same thing, I'll blog about the same thing - but I rarely do. I celebrate my birthday differently every year, I do different bar crawls for different holidays, I hang out with different people... but, if I do the same thing, I don't mind blogging about that again. New readers might like it, old ones will be like 'i remember that, was it better than last year?'

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  8. to blog or not to blog about the amount of sugar i eat for every holiday! hmmmmm.... decisions, decisions.

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  9. I swear I have so many old blog posts, I've probably repeated myself a million times because there's so much crap in my archives. I figure most people don't remember if I don't.

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  10. i think you can blog about a holiday more than once... you have different experiences every year, it's all about what you want to share with your readers! xo

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  11. I say blog about it again! It's pretty unlikely you'll want the exact same things for Christmas next year or celebrate your birthday the exact same way with the same people!

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  12. You can always do a spin on it next year and I know you will want more fun things for Christmas and your Birthday next year! Congrats on the almost one year anniversary!!!

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  13. I definitely ran into this problem during my second year!

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  14. I love this idea for a year end deal. We almost have the same one year mark with our blogs! I am sure you will continue to do great things with your blog the second, third….. times through :)

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  15. I think its fun to recap it every year and see the differences. Also I think peoples writing style and the way they present things changes over time so I am sure each year you would have a different twist on it.

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  16. Meh, I'm heading into year...3 of blogging. I had to go check real quick lol. Anyway I don't post nearly as often as you do, but I just continue to blog about what I want to. Last year in October I did a Halloween manicure everyweek, this year I didn't feel like it. This year I'm planning to revisit a guest post I did about must have's must dos for spring. Don't get too worried about anniversaring things. I know that's not a word but whatever you know what I mean.

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  17. As a blog reader, I usually like to hear/see the same types of stuff in just a different way-new hairstyles, different beauty products, recipes, lifestyle stuff etc. I blog and I'm all over the place. I'm always trying to find a way to tie it all together!

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  18. Sometimes you outdo yourself and sometimes you say fuck it and post the same darn graphics and pictures you used last year just with different words.

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  19. I don't think there's anything wrong with sharing the same information/posts if your audience is fairly different than the first time around! x

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  20. Very interesting question, I hadn't thought about that. I like the person above who said "what you want". I think that's true because you'll probably come up with an idea around said time. Some of them might already lend themselves to being re-written or reflected upon or something "current event"-ish might happen that sparks an idea.

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  21. Different things happen on different holidays, and we gain a different perspective. Of course, sometimes nothing new happens and you just pretend like the fourth of July never happened. At least, that's what I did.

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  22. I say you just do whatever feels right! Each holiday really has its own unique moments. Some are better, some are worse so they all come with something new to share.

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  23. i've been blogging for years - circa 2000 - and as you grow and change, so does your blog. my blog used to be random shit, then a baby blog, then a mom blog, then an in-between of mom/baby, then i took a break and when i came back a couple of months later, it's devolved into what i have now - a bunch of bullshit and cuss words LOL. but it's what, and how, i like to write so write what YOU want!! maybe next year you'll be passionate about something new and it's all you want to blog about...whatever adventure pops up in the coming years, WRITE about them!!

    this is your site, you do what YOU want!

    but here's a topic you can write about in 2014 - OUR MEETUP WHICH IS GOING TO HAPPEN, BTW. just making sure we're aligned on this subject.

    the end :)

    xoxoxo

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  24. BTW, from the looks of your blog I always think that you have been doing it for years and have gotten the hang of this whole thing. You do a great job at making it look easy :)

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  25. I just keep on blogging year after year!! That's it. I still enjoy blogging after all these years so I figure I'm doing SOMETHING right.

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  26. I can't believe you haven't even been blogging for a whole year yet. You have had a wonderful time blogging and we all have a wonderful time reading! This upcoming year is whatever you want it to be. You have more experience meaning more knowledge for the little bloggers, new sports games happen meaning new drinking games. & who knows what personal accomplishments will come your way allowing you to blog about it. Can't wait to read and explore what this year will be for you.

    xo. Kailagh

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  27. Well I blogged about my life and about nothing much most of the time...............

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  28. Change it up! As in... blog about some of the same things, nix some others, and revamp others! Go with whatever your gut's telling you :) Can't wait to read more!

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  29. Lady, you're so creative - you're going to have zero struggles writing about these things and more in 2014!

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  30. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ONLY BLOGGING A YEAR.

    :)

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  31. Do whatever you like to do as I think you already know that your blog is in our hearts :)
    xx

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  32. I say blog about WHAT you want WHEN you want. And you, my dear... do a great job of that! :)

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  33. I've been blogging for years and years. (Not as full time as I have this year, but...) So my advice is blog about whatever you want to! If you feel like repeating on a topic from before; go for it! Your readers are following you for a reason. Plus I used to comment on ALL posts by my fav. readers but now, if I'm not super interested I just pass by and am sure to read and comment on the following day!

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  34. I just passed 14 years, but it definitely doesn't feel like it!

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  35. It'll feel brand new when it comes around, pinky swear :)

    xx
    Here&Now

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  36. Wait... you've been doing this for LESS than a year?! Go on with your bad self!

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  37. Thank you, I'm wondering the same thing. Like.. YouTuber gurus do the same "Holiday Gift Guides" every year with basically the same thing. But most of your readers seem to be drunk, so probably they won't remember what you put up the year before.

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  38. I had no idea you've been at this for so little time. That's a huge testament to your product! Way to go!

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