Well, here we are. The closing of the curtain of one year, the opening of another allowing us to move on to the next.
It has been a great year for the Schleining’s. We count ourselves as blessed. Looking back at the year that we fondly take a look back at and we can rest knowing that we did our best, we achieved some goals while falling short in others. As a family we faced challenges and victories. We enjoyed watching our children grow. Our youngest graduated from High School and started a great College Football career. Our twins continue to bring joy to our lives, John in the Army and Katelyn in College. It was nice to have them all home for the holiday’s!
Looking back on the blog, it too grew. The blog has been something that has required much thought and evaluation for me this year. Why do I do it? What impact does it have? Is it worth the time and effort? These questions and more have forced me to think long and hard about this blog. It certainly has an impact and is totally worth the effort. I am a believer that the numbers never lie. They may not always tell the whole story, but they measure those things that you believe or need affirmation on. They become a story about the story.
So I looked at some of the year-end numbers of the blog.
Scouters from 8 different Countries are visiting the blog. I found it interesting that there is a Scouter out there from Mongolia that pays us visits from time to time.
I view the blog as a community. That community is only as good as all of us having a discussion on how we better deliver the promise of Scouting. Comments this year increased. This tells me that our discussion is happening. This increase is significant this year and has kept me going at times.
The blog was viewed 48,628 times this year. That number is down, but the number of followers on twitter and Facebook have gone up. Some visitors are getting the blog directly to a feed so they do not click-through the blog.
This is a great thing as social media has become a greater part of the blog.
I tried some give away’s this year. Both of them were successful in that some one won!
Most blogs do give away’s to increase viewers and create email lists. I did neither with our give away’s. I did ask for “likes” on the last one, just trying to see where the blog would land in social media. Maybe the average age of our readers is not into that sort of thing… it really made little or no impact. I kinda wanted to take over the internet for a week…but unfortunately the Kardashians once again stole our thunder.
So what’s next?
Today I sat down and put together my goals for 2015. Within my list are a few or the blog. Last year I did a blog ticket. I finished most of the ticket, but had to modify it. This year I will try to post three times a week, at least one of those targeted to be video.
This should generate lots of good content and keep us focused on what and why we do this… to deliver the promise of Scouting.
I hope that this blog had helped you in some way. I hope that this coming year is a great one for you.
Have a Blessed 2015!! Set your goals and take charge of you and your life.
Have a Great Scouting …. Year!