Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Diana Rambles Recap

The Blog
Diana Rambles has undergone many changes in 2012. I started the year with this wintery design~
My posts mostly centered around the bentos I was making for my daughter each day and giveaways for custom 18" doll clothes. I also started a new weekly thematic linky party. In the spring I updated my blog with this look~
I slowed down my blogging over the summer because school was out and I didn't need as many bentos and my blog party ended, but I did blog about my first attempt at gardening. I decided to put more time into blogging in September and started with a new look~
I was really getting into blogging and decided really work on increasing readership. On my 4th Blogoversary I launched my new weekly linky party called Pin Me. Participation in this meme really picked up after I redesigned this blog in November. This total overhaul and reorganization you see here now was largely influenced by my reading of 10 Ways to Grow Your Blog and 10 Way to Make Money Blogging by Six Sisters' Stuff. Those inexpensive ebooks really have some great suggestions!
The Posts
This is my 215th post this year. Here are the 6 posts with the most views this past year.
Ultimate Elf on the Shelf Link Party
The first was written a year ago, but the last 5 were all posted in the last month and a half. Since October, my posts have been featured on other blogs 58 times. Just goes to show you how quickly Diana Rambles is growing! As of today I have 881 followers via GFC, 1000 email subscribers, 617 Twitter followers, 161 Facebook followers (page created this fall), and 554 followers on Pinterest. This is the first year I wrote a recap. I wish I had last year so I could compare. I guess we will see what 2013 brings!
best of 2012

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. I must still write my post and today I feel a little under the weather, hopefully I can do it over the weekend and link up on 30 - 2nd :-)

  2. Hi! Found you on the Happy Hour party! Love your link party ideas! Following you on Twitter and Pinterest. Look forward to connecting in 2013.

  3. What a great year you have had! I will have to come back and link up to some of your partys. I still haven't quite figured out how to do that, but I am working on it!
    Great blog!! Love reading you!

  4. What a fun blog! You have so many great ideas and crafts and recipes! I would love to have you come link up at my Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  5. Great year!!!! I really enjoy viewing your blog and very excited at what 2013 will bring, thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.
    Happy New Year.

  6. Congrats on a fabulous year, Diana. Happy New Year!

  7. Love it, great post my dear :)

    I just put up my recap this am.

  8. Have a Great New Year! Thanks for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's! You have been Pinned! I hope you return each week!

  9. You definitely had a wonderful creative year
    I wish 2013 will be full of great new ideas for you

  10. Congratulations on a great year Diana! Wishing you all the best for 2013!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. It looks like you've had a very busy year! I really like the chevron background and the design of your blog!

  12. Thanks for linking up on our blog hop, Diana. May your 2013 be even better than 2012! Many blessings,

  13. Lots of changes for sure. I LOVE your current design!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  14. Wow! Great posts and what a change the blog underwent! Your current design is my favorite ;) I linked up to the linky - thanks so much for having a Best of 2012 link party!!

  15. As a fairly new reader I love reading about your year! Thanks for sharing over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

  16. Happy New Year!
    Thank you so much for sharing your creative post with us last week in the Bowdabra Crafty Showcase. We love seeing your creations! If you haven't yet stopped in, the new Showcase is up and running! We can't wait to see what you share with us in 2013!


  17. You had quite the productive year! Wishing you a beautiful and another productive year in 2013. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. Love your blog, and it's fun seeing all the changes and great posts! Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week :)


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