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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Very Sweet Blog Turns Two

A Very Sweet Blog turns TWO today :) CHEERS for a New Year & Blog Birthday! I love my blog, the people I interact with and all the things I learn each day. After reflecting on some things, I've come up with three goals for my blog.

Goal #1: Balance
I want a balanced blog. Last year, I would do beauty reviews for five days, then talk about fashion for one day and then have five sponsored posts. That's not balanced to me. I'm limiting sponsored posts to two days a week. I love sponsored posts because you get free products, learn about new products and get extra money, but I don't want this to become a commercial blog. I plan on mixing up topics each week. You'll see a healthy mix of fashion, beauty, personal style etc. each week. I love variety and variety needs to appear every week.

Goal #2: New Only
We all have our favorite beauty products and fashion picks, but it's important not to get stuck on Chuck! My two main culprits are Philosophy and Charlotte Olympia. I talk about their products ALL the time! I still plan on talking about them, but I'm limiting myself. It's important to discover "NEW-to-me" things, so I plan on doing that in 2014.

Goal #3: Simplify
Over the next couple of days, you'll see some minor changes with my blog layout. I'll be deleting some things and moving things around. Nothing major or alarming. I just want a really simple blog, that's easy to navigate.
I'm also working on not typing so much in blog posts, but as you can see it's hard ;) HaHaHa
I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you evaluate your blog?

 Ann Taylor Loft Sequined Boat Neck Tee (here) // JCrew Factory Gold and Crystal Link Bracelet (here, pricey)
Bath and Body Works Champagne Toast Candle (here) // Michael Kors 'Dixie' Ballet Flat (here)


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Happy Birthday to your blog doll!! I hope it has many more years to come, I love coming here!! I think all your goals are perfect, it's the same things I try and work into my blog as well. Variety is great, it helps you as well not to go insane, haha. Or feel like your stuck in Ground Hogs day. I need to do that even more so than I already am. I look forward to seeing the blog layout changes as well. I like simple and eye catching blogs. All those ones with ads and pictures all over tend to distract me. Your's is fab already, I like the moving thing at the top. But, I look forward to seeing how it will look :))) You are doing a marvellous job though doll, you work harder than a lot of bloggers and I always appreciate that. I am learning to do my product posts better because of you, haha ;) I hope you have a marvellous New Year doll,you deserve it!!! Lots of love, happiness and fun for this new time Xxx

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to your blog and a Happy New Year! :D

I look forward to reading all of your lovely posts in 2014 as well! :D

Project Curve said...

Happy Birthday to A Very Sweet Blog.. I remember the Sassy Uptown Chic days.. I agree about the sponsored posts. Even I am being selective and also about the events I attend.

Flora Fascinata said...

Happy Birthday Dear Sweet Blog!!! You know what? I love everything about your work! But, I am sure your little tweaks will be even better! I love you 'post in review' synopsis last post. :D xxx

Emmylou said...

Happy New Year, and Happy Blog Anniversary, Kim:) And those are such great resolutions that one can even apply in real life, you know. I think we all need to simplify, literally and figuratively :)

Mica said...

Happy new year Kim! And happy blog birthday! Both of our blogs are 2!!! I didn't know that before, yours certainly looks much more professional than mine :) I assumed you were a long-term blogger!

3 lovely goals, I hope you manage to achieve all of them and more this year :)

Away From The Blue

sepatuholig-Grace Njio said...

Happy 2nd anniversary on your blog and happy new year!!!

Laura said...

Happy New Year Kim! And Happy Blog Birthday! I have been thinking about making some changes in my blogging routine too...the main one being to blog more :)

Looking forward to following along in 2014!

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Happy new year and happy blogoversary, Kim! I think evaluating is important, though I never think of it that way - just go with my gut feeling. :) You are doing a fantastic job, darling! xxx

Unknown said...

wish you a successful year filled with lots of happiness.success with your blog too
wanna follow each other via gfc & bloglovin

Kashaya said...

Happy New year and happy birthday to your blog.=)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love it. Live Simply was my mantra for last year. I'm currently seeking this years mantra.

Megha said...

Happy New Year!!
Following you via GFC :)
Do enter my international giveaway & do follow back if you want :)

Lilli said...

Happy New Year dear Kim! May it be a 2014 full of success, joy, health and love! Happy BlogAnniversary too! I like your goals and they inspire me as well! Keep up your beautiful job! You are so cute and love the tee!:) Kisses!! xo

Tina Bradley said...

Happy New Year, and congrats on your second blogiversary!!! Such lovely pics! That bracelet is gorgeous, Kim!!! xo T.

Rachna said...

Loved how straight up you were about getting free stuff, aka sponsored reviews! xD

I hope you meet all your goals this year!

Happy new year!


Unknown said...

Happy New Year Kim and Congratulations on another blog milestone! It is always enjoyable to stop in and see what's new and sweet here. I've learned with my blog that changing things around and some simplification can be helpful and positive. I've also had to at times scale back on the writing, its seems with so much on the internet folks have a small window of attention. So the first few seconds is crucial. Good luck in 2014 and Cheers darling!


Demi Mist said...

Happy New Year!
I hope you achieve your goals!
The truth is it's very hard for me to keep a schedule on the blog.

Demi Mist said...

And happy birthday to your blog! Mine turns two next month.

ALLIE NYC said...

These sound like very smart changes everything you mentioned is spot on I'm excited to see the future of your blog

Allie of Allie NYC

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year with health, love, success and joy <3

Cee said...

Happy blog-iversary, Kim! Congratulations on two wonderful years and here's to many, many more. I think your blog goals sound very doable and I look forward to seeing where they take you this year. Wishing you all the best for 2014!

Unknown said...

Happy new year and blog anniversary!

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

Congrats on your two year anniversary! I just had my 4 year and it doesn't seem like that long ago I started the blog! I do like to refresh every so often, I did take a class recently and removed much of the stuff on my sidebar that really didn't need to be there. Simple is best but I always thought your site was very lovely. Here is to a great 2014 for you!!

Svetlana said...

Happy birthday :)

Happy new year :)

Svetlana from Lavender Star

Irene said...

Happy blog anniversary and happy new year to you too!
Wow, I'm looking forward to seeing your new blog design. I actually like reading your posts, so I hope you don't cut that much in your writing! I've also been revaluating my blog during the last month and I think I would like to write more often and maybe try different topics. And improve my planning and scheduling!

Again, have a wonderful 2014, Kim!
Big hug,

LyddieGal said...

Those are some great resolutions Kim! I definitely think a lot about my blog, I always want it to be the best it can be. I'm sure 2014 will be amazing! Happy Blogaversary, and happy new year!
Chic on the Cheap

fabulouspetite said...

Happy New Year and Happy birthday to your blog. Looking forward to seeing the changes and can't wait to see more exciting post to come. Cheers to us to all the fabulousness of 2014 !!!!!!


The Dragonfruit said...

Happy Blog Birthday and New Year Kim! Haha, a double whammy it seems. I love the goals you're setting for yourself. I'd like to expand my blog to encompass more than just outfit posts, but it's going to be tough balancing it all with school and work too...we'll see. I have a lot of personal goals that I'm going to be working towards though.
Looking forward to seeing more from you in 2014! :)

The Dragonfruit Diaries

Anne said...

Great ideas Kim....I am trying to work out some kind of set plan for mine too.I think a little variety works best! Happy New Year!
~Anne xx

Maddie said...

Happy birthday of your blog! :)
Two years is actually a long time, considering the fact that most blogs stop exisitng in few months!
This was a really lovely post & I cannot wait to see more in this awesome year! :)
Happy New year!

Chic Delights said...

I edit my Blog too. It is refreshing to always evaluate and improve our Blogs. All the best in the coming Year. Congratulations on your 2nd Blog Anniversary.

tr3ndygirl influencer e fashion blogger said...

very beautiful pictures!
Happy New Year!
May it filled with joy, love and peace

Unknown said...

First off Happy New Year and happy birthday to your blog!!

I agree on simplifying your blog that's something I also want to do on my blog too. Balance is key to everything. I can't wait to see the outcome I know it'll be great!

Jenn said...

Happy blogversary! I look forward to more posts from you. I do agree that we have to balance our blog sometimes. Selling your blog to just about every company can make you lose your authenticity and sincerity with blogging. Posts that are personal and from the heart are always the best (in my opinion).

Happy New Year! :)

The Pink Lemonade Girl

Darcy said...

Happy birthday to the blog! These are a great list of goals! Im in the middle of revamping my blog too... I want something much more simpler. My goal is to have it finished within 2 weeks!

Joie Fatale said...

Happy Blog-Birthday!!!

Leslie said...

First time stopping in:)

I like you goals! Simplifying is so important and I believe sharing from the HEART is an important when writing. It's wonderful that you are honest and sincere:)

Wishing you a wonderful 2014 and success and happiness in all that you do:)

2minutos said...

Happy New Year and Happy b'day!!!!

oomph. said...

happy blogaversary! life gets so overwhelming, that i rarely have time to make the changes that i want for the blog. i hope to slow things down this year so that i can do so. happy new year!

Jo said...

Hi Kim, Happy Birthday to A Very Sweet Blog! Congrats! Looking forward to your posts. I'm changing up my blog too, nothing big. Hehe. Yes, I'd love to do a CNY post for you. It's on Jan 31 so I'll send you the post a week before. And if you don't mind, you can add in your cute images. Thanks for everything! Happy New Year!

xo Jo

Annie Sand said...

Happy Birthday to the blog! I love the goals you set for your blog, we can all use a little revamping of the blog at times just to keep it fresh both for ourselves and for the readers. I wish you a fabulous blog-year to come!

Nats ~Coral Tinted Perceptions said...

Happy birthday Blog! I do evaluate my blog and I think your three goals are great because they are simple, to the point and achievable! Looking forward to reading more ;)

Coco said...

Happy Bloggiversary Kim! Love your outfit, very classy! I'm with you on goal nr. 1, I generally try to follow a blog routine, but then I get carried away. There are so many things I'd love to feature and not enough days to post them :-) Let's see!! I love your long posts, they are entertaining! Happy to be your reader for another whole year!!
Coco et La vie en rose
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Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Dear Kim I'm sure a very sweet blog will continue to be a success in 2014, a kiss!

Carmen said...

Yay, happy Blogiversary and also Happy New Year :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on reaching 2 years here at A Very Sweet Blog Kim! I love your blog, your dedication is amazing, and always reflecting and striving to improve is a definite key to success. Love your goals for this year. I also try to keep my word count down as I know many readers (including me) have a bit of a low attention span hehe, and if there's too much text, it will just be skimmed through. I do read every word of your posts though, as they are particularly entertaining. I like how you have already varied your posts to include book and movie reviews, there always seems to be something to capture my interest. I'm looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year :D. Have a wonderful 2014!

little luxury list said...

Happy blog birthday dear! I think your blog has a great balance between personal, product, and sponsored posts!
I'm actually thinking about re-branding the blog though I'm not sure what I'll do about the layout. We will see!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Unknown said...

excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. Im confident, you have a great readers base already!
jeux de mario

Unknown said...

Congrats with your blog! I am looking forward to read more from you!!

Mighty B said...


Change is always good and I look forward to seeing them on your blog. I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog a year ago. Happy two years!

Keep up the amazing work :)


Margarita Bloom said...

Happy Birthday lovely to your fabulous blog!! I think you're doing a great job but I totally know where you're coming from. I ALWAYS critique my blog and think of ways to improve it. :)

- Gina
Margarita Bloom: Retro Beauty & Skincare

lesapeamusings.blogspot said...

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday. I've missed coming by so much, but the last 14 months has been tough, but I am stronger for it. I've set some goals for myself this year, where will be endings and new beginnings.

I look forward to your updates to your blog, as I'll be visiting more often.

Lisa @ Girl at the Beach. x

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

I do evaluate my blog but I worry that I need a fresh pair of eyes to evaluate it for me. Sometimes someone else can see something we wouldn't catch!

Lorena said...

Happy 2nd blog birthday Kim,
May you have many more!

Ichraq said...

happy birthday to your blog! that totally deserves a celebration!and i think that you're blog is just adorable! i love coming here and you're a really sweet person too! :)
And i do try to evaluate my blog too from time to time, make sure i post regularly (i've been failing at that big time!) and talk about interesting topics! but you know most of the time i just go with the flow!

Unknown said...

Just found out your blog and absolutely loved it ...

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Happy 2nd Blog Birthday Kim! I'm so glad I discovered you fairly early and it's been such a pleasure to get to know you and your blog. I love how you're always so honest and keep it real and that write in your own voice. It's very relatable and I hope you'll be doing this for a long time to come - well as long as you enjoy it cause I enjoy reading and your posts always make me smile :) I think your goals are great and will only make your blog all the better. Looking gorgeous here btw!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Nails My Dreams said...

Congratulations! I'm not really picky when it comes to blog layouts or stuff so I'm not much help in that area, sorry. Hihi. I just want to say that I really love the way you write and review things. Your wonderful personality shines through and I'm really glad I met you through blogging. I look forward to reading more of your posts and hope that your blog will continue to prosper. More power to you, Kim!

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