End of Year Update (2020)

Happy Thursday lovelies!

It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a little unusual. I hope that everyone who reads this is in good health and helping to safeguard the health and well-being of themselves and others.

MASSIVE hugs and endless ‘Thank you’s!’ to everyone who has visited, liked, commented and followed my blog these last four years πŸ’— your support has been a huge motivator and has never failed to bring a smile to my face. I love you all!

Below are some of the milestones that have stuck out for me at GiftedandChilling.

1. 180+ Followers

Screenshot – 31st December 2020

This is a truly incredible milestone that I didn’t think would be possible.

I am beyond grateful that many amazing people have chosen to subscribe to my blog and receive notifications every time I publish a new post or piece of flash fiction.

Since starting in 2017, I’ve been balancing on 50 – 60 followers due to my random posts and occasional inactivity, but after my update in March and attempting to publish more regularly, I have been blessed with a steady growth of followers.

2. Connecting with Bloggers

One of the best things about this year has been engaging with the community and getting to connect with such wonderful bloggers!

Tip: Do not stick to your “niche”. Branch out and visit blogs that share different interests – you will benefit from new friendships and valuable insight.

I’ve loved chatting to people across the globe and learning about them and what pushed them to create their blog. In addition, they are a great inspiration for other types of content and articles.

3. Doubled Visitors and Views

Screenshot – 31st December 2020

In 2020, the number of visitors and views to my blog has doubled from when it first launched. It still leaves me baffled to see the stats above as I didn’t dare dream that my blog would receive this much attention and reception. Thank you again, everyone!

I love creative writing and studied it at University which is why the majority of my content is flash fiction. Writing gives me a thrill, especially when trying to execute twists that readers may not see coming.

However, this month I experimented with writing shopping-focused articles which were well-received, I got so much encouragement! 😊 It was a risk but was definitely worth it! I thoroughly enjoyed the process of doing research and trying to find products that would appeal to a wide audience. Therefore, you can expect to see more content like it in 2021.

If you have any requests or preferences for what you would like to see on this blog, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

Goals for 2021

****Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay****

1. Create a Schedule

In the upcoming new year, I aim to create a content calendar which will keep me “in-line” for times when I should be writing and determine when I need to post. I’ve used content calendars in my employment and found it really helpful for staying organised and keeping track of small to large volumes of content.

2. Start Daily To-Do Lists

For similar reasons shared above, having a daily routine or to-do list to accomplish will ensure that my mind is less muddled and lessen my anxiety levels. This is both in my personal and professional life.

I will start with setting a minimum of three to five substantial things to do per day, this will range from exercising to mindfulness to charity to writing.

3. Save Money & Invest

My family and boyfriend are planning a holiday for the future i.e. post-lockdown and when there’s less risk of travelling abroad. We want to ensure that it will be completely safe, not only for ourselves but for anyone else we will encounter. Our destination is…The Philippines! πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ We can’t wait to experience more adventures and visit family that we have greatly missed this past year.

Also, I have recently grown interested in investing, and plan to take the first steps into the unknown in the new year. Investing is a liability but when carried out well, it can secure a nest egg for large purchases or retirement.

What are some of your accomplishments this year and are you creating any new year resolutions?

Thank you for reading my end of year update and goals for the upcoming year! I am always on the lookout for new blogs to read, so feel free to leave your blog in the comments below and I’ll happily check it out πŸ™‚

May 2021 bless you with health, wealth, and happiness πŸ’• Stay safe and Happy New Year! πŸ₯³ πŸŽ† 🍾


27 thoughts on “End of Year Update (2020)

    • Thank you for reading 😊 That is a huge accomplishment!! Well done, it is always nerve-wrecking when starting πŸ˜€ (I still get anxious). But you’re doing fabulous and I’m really loving your blog! πŸ’• Happy New Year – wishing you health, wealth and happiness x


  1. Congratulations on all these impressive milestones. πŸ₯³ Excellent goals for 2021, I am sure you will accomplish all of them. I hope you get to go on your trip to the Philippines so that you can visit your family. Wishing you all the best for 2021. 😊

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    • Thank you for reading and your lovely words, it made my whole day πŸ’• I’m a huge fan of your blog! Fingers crossed that we do get to visit loved ones and explore the Philippines again. Wishing you the utmost best in 2021 😊 stay safe!

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    • Thank you for your kind words and support, Jesse! 😊 I’m happy that you like my post. Wishing you have a prosperous 2021, and I’m looking forward to more of your writing! πŸ’“


    • Thank you so much for your lovely and encouraging comment πŸ’— talking and reaching out to people in the community like yourself has been the biggest highlight of creating this blog πŸ™‚


  2. Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your own! Your aims for this new year sound good and promising. I’ve made lists for work but not so much simply for my life. I think it would be a good idea to try that (try them). Thank you. And if I haven’t said, I’ll say it here (and if I’ve said, I’ll say it again), Happy New Year! I wish you success and joy in the coming days and months and on.

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    • Thank you for your incredible comment πŸ’— It is truly pleasure reading your blog, you are amazing and always sharing thought-provoking and touching writing! Yeah, think it would be a good idea to try lists for your personal life πŸ™‚ always found it super helpful. I will happily say it again if I have already said it too…Happy New Year!!! I hope 2021 treats you kindly with great success, health and joy 🍻 stay safe!

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    • Happy New Year hun πŸ’• Thank you for reading and your lovely comment! You’re so sweet. Looking forward to more of your writing πŸ˜€ Hope 2021 brings you more blessings and happy memories β˜€οΈ


  3. Genevieve – I’m very new to your blog, but I can already connect with how relatable your content is, especially this update post. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I truly appreciate bloggers who share their journeys and seek to develop relationships within the blogging community. It’s a beautiful thing. I’ll look forward to reading your enjoyable content and witnessing where your blogging/writing journey takes you.

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    • Hello Jana! Thank you for your comment and following my blog πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• I’m happy that you enjoyed this post, it means a lot. I’m really happy and humble with how my blog has expanded last year. Connecting with many amazing bloggers like yourself is genuinely the most worthwhile part about being on WordPress πŸ’— I’ve been reading through your blog and I wholly admire your experience and writing voice, you are so knowledgable and friendly πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to see more of your posts and watch your blog grow further. Proud to be one of your followers! Hope 2021 brings you more success and good fortune πŸ’ͺ

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      • Wow! Genevieve, I literally had a smile on my face as I read your kind words. Comments like yours are what remind me of why I do what I do. I love blogging (and writing, in general), but getting to connect with others and providing helpful content to those who can use it is my lifelong goal. With uplifting sentiments coming from such an encouraging and talented creator as yourself, you’ve just helped solidify that I’m on the right track. I pray that you continue to be blessed in your creative endeavors this year and beyond. Thanks for making my day.

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      • Thank you for your kind comments, Jana πŸ’— You have honestly made my day too. Your passion for writing and helping others is evident in your blog as each piece is so greatly detailed and carefully crafted. You are so talented and I hope to one day create amazing content like yours πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ Thank you for your words of encouragement and well wishes πŸ’•πŸ˜— I’m excited for your next posts to learn more from you πŸ™‚ waiting with bated breath!


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