I want to first start with an enromous THANK YOU to everyone who filled out my 2017 survey.
I didn’t expect two responses, let alone the amount I received, so thank you for taking the time out of your day to help and support Katherine-Louise. It means alot, as we move into another year where my focus is redefined and my want for an even better internet space grows. The biggest thing I got from the survey was reassurance. Although it gave me alot of interesting statistics and sparked some inspirations, there is something about readers interacting that really drives home: someone is reading! Page views and hits are something I always check, alongside my social follower counts – but comments on posts and engagement with things like my survey really reassure me that I’m doing something right, as people really do read. I was blown away that 60% of the people who answered the survey have been with me since the very beginning (since the days of Jemima & Ted, before Katherine-Louise was even born). That loyalty and returning visitors really surprised me, and in turn has given me such a push to keep going the way I am – that’s almost 6 years. So much changes in 6 years and to think some of you are still returning after so long…what more can I say! I was also so pleased to see that it was a 50/50 split in readers who had their own blog, and those who didn’t. I think blogging really requires this to grow outside of it’s own sphere. And to see that 50% read every single post I put up? Wow. Thank you!
Scarf & Hat – Joules | Jacket – TKMaxx | Jeans – ASOS | Boots – Primark
Only one or two readers identified this as something to improve on, but I see it as a huge compliment and it’s something I’m going to work my hardest to deliver on. You all know I work full time alongside blogging currently, and my contract just changed to take on more hours. But I’m optimistic, and I actually have little problem writing posts – it’s the photographs I struggle to get shot, as I have developed a rather specific ideal for what I like them to look like, and they often require a helping hand. I fully intend to be more committed to shooting photos this year and hope this is reflected in more regular posts!
(but not too much!)
99% of the comments on my design were super positive, which was a welcome surprise. I have a love/hate relationship with my site design and I know there are things I could improve that I’ve been putting off. If I’m transparent with you, it comes down to cost – I’m no coding whizz and nor is anyone in my immediate sphere, so I have to pay people to help me make these changes. I feel if I write two key things I want to achieve here, I may actually follow through with them this year! First up, I want to swtich my domains over, as I am doing less make up work these days and more blog work. I know clicking through from my make up landing page can be a pain. And secondly, a couple of people mentionned how my images display on different screen sizes. This has always baffled me so I will vow now, to get to grips with it in 2017!
I guess that isn’t one I thought I’d be writing, but a few people asked for more life updates, which is completely how blogging was when I first started. In 2017, Katherine-Louise will take on more of a story telling theme and go back to basics. I’m starting this with today’s post! A Sunday walk at golden hour, and some of my all time favourite photos. I’m also working my way through my USA posts, which simply tell a story of our holiday and share our photos, rather than being designed to draw SEO hits. I hope you enjoy them – my first is here!
And finally, I asked at the end of my survey if people felt they had a personal connection to me as a blog writer. I’ve always been hung up on my voice not coming through, people not investing in me as a person. But your comments reassured me otherwise and I will endevour to remain the same old me for 2017 – money woes and all!
Thank you all so much for helping me realise some changes and opportunities for 2017 here on Katherine-Louise. I hope this is it’s best year yet!
If you’ve landed here, you’re probably looking to find out more about Katherine-Louise. Run by me, Kat - put simply I'm a 30 year old who is decidedly normal. My blog is a destination for women just like me - the same interests and aspirations, working our way through the same twists and turns of life. Katherine-Louise is designed to inspire and inform; to give you a break from the norm as well identify with the beauty of routine. A fifteen minute recoup, or an hours vacation, it’s the go-to for Everyday-Joe’s, just like me, who want a few minutes off the radar.