2015 saw the launch of The Veganista Foodie. Although I am fairly new to blogging, it has already been quite the journey. I made the decision a few months back to start blogging more seriously. Since then, I dove right in and started building my brand. Overall, I am happy with the progress that I’ve made in such a short period of time. Here are ten things that I accomplished with my blog in 2015.
- Designed my site– I am by no means a web designer and this will be an ongoing learning experience for me. My blog design has come a long way since my original blogger site. I now have a self hosted WordPress blog via Host Gator and have been slowly adding more customized features. Although it took many many hours of time, I am very pleased with the way that my blog currently looks. I look forward to making it even better as I learn about new design elements.
- Got a customized logo– Thanks to a designer I found through Fiverr, I now have a custom logo. My logo has become an important part of my brand. I now use it as my header, on Facebook, on Twitter, other forms of social media, as my email signature and on my business cards. Hopefully over time it will come to be immediately recognizable by my fans.
- Gained significantly more social media followers– Gaining followers on social media can be a long and tedious process. My growth has been slow but steady. Through the use of networking, giveaways, and advertising, I have been able to increase my followers on several forms of social media. I now have over 1k followers each on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. In addition, I now have over 5k Facebook page likes.
- Had my first post with over 1k shares– My Chia Lime Avocado Toast recipe was my very first recipe to be shared/liked over 1k times times. As of today, it has been shared 1.17k times. Most of the success of this post is in the form of stumbles and Yummly shares.
- Started to build my email subscriber list– One thing that I’ve gathered about blogging is that it’s important to build a dedicated email list. To do this, I’ve started using MailChimp. In addition, to my WordPress subscribers, I now have about 70 subscribers through MailChimp.
- Joined several affiliate programs– I am gradually trying to monetize my blog. One of my tactics is to use advertisements on my page. It was important to me to be able to curate my ads and choose companies that I am proud to work with. I now work with several affiliate programs including Spiritual Gangster, The Honest Company, Gunas, Matt and Nat, Coco Luxe, Petit Vour, Love Goodly, Juice Beauty, Yuve, Sunwarrior, VeginOut and UrthBox.
- Held my first Giveaway– In December, I held my very first giveaway. It was a holiday themed giveaway and the winner received a $50 Crate and Barrel Gift Card. I used Rafflecopter to facilitate the sign ups. As a result, I was able to gain email subscribers and more Twitter followers.
- Participated in my first group giveaway– At the very end of the year I began participating in a group giveaway. The Ultimate Beginners Photography Giveaway is still active and receiving sign-ups. It has already helped me gain several hundred Instagram followers.
- Got my posts approved on Delishogram and Finding Vegan– I have a handful of recipes that have now been approved on Delishogram. These recipes included my Avocado Toast, Vegan Breakfast Sandwich, Veggie Fried Rice, Spicy Mushroom and Spinach Tofu Scramble and Three Bean and Tomato Stew. I also have a photo on Finding Vegan that links to my review of Vegetable.
- Received my first blogging perk– This November, I was able to get complementary tickets to attend the Tofurky trot. In return, I wrote about my experience. This was an awesome opportunity that allowed me to participate in a great event and promote a worthy cause.
The end of 2015 was a great time for The Veganista Foodie. I look forward to seeing what 2016 has in store.