This past year was a good year for The Balanced Black Girl.
While it didn’t reach its fullest potential, I’m confident in saying that I’m off to a pretty darn good start to achieve my blog goals next year!
Key Take Away In 2017 — Quality Trumps Quantity
I initially had a goal to publish at least 2 blogs a month. By the fourth quarter of the year, I was not consistently writing. In fact, I decreased my published posts by 25% from 2016. But, my blog had much better metrics than it has in the past. I’m definitely taking note of this in 2018. I will not push out content simply to meet a goal. My goal will be to produce quality pieces since that’s clearly what results in the type of growth that I want for TheBalancedBlackGirl.com.
In addition to producing better quality content, I did a bunch of other things too — like stay up super late creating content and graphics after working my nine-to-five. I got headaches trying think of good content ideas. I incorporated fresh perspectives. I networked with other bloggers. I was inspired by entrepreneurs. I promoted my blog to more than just family and friends. I implemented an SEO strategy. And guess what? My blog grew tremendously.
I’m so excited to see what hard work can accomplish. It only gets better from here.
I appreciate the support from everyone who read, commented, shared, liked and discussed the posts that I published. If you missed out (or if you just want to read again), here are the top posts from 2017!
Personally, I don’t think that it matters where black students choose to pursue their degrees. Each type of institution provides unique experiences for black students, and they each have their cons as well. In the end, all black students who complete their programs are college-trained professionals ready to leave their mark in their respective industries and fields. No institution, in my opinion, negates their ambition.
While I understand that waiting is a part of life, and is inevitable, I cannot support the idea that black women must idly wait, hoping that one day things will get better. If your man can’t understand your wants and needs, you don’t have to wait on him to get it together. If your boss keeps promising you a promotion that doesn’t seem to ever be coming, get a new job. You don’t have to wait, sis.
Being Social doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be out in these streets sipping on cocktails and attempting to do whatever new dance the latest song has made popular. You can also be social and productive — kind of like how we used to have study groups in the library when we were in undergrad. Invite some like-minded friends over who have just as much work to get done as you. Be sure that you don’t let their presence become a distraction and vice versa. Hold each other accountable for completing tasks, and if you happen to finish early, po’ up!
When I was writing out my goals for 2017, I realized that I have a solid group of friends who add value to my life in areas where I need to make changes and see improvements. God Knew what he was doing by putting my favorite girls in my life! I cannot stress how critical it is to have a supportive and thriving circle of friends, and I am beyond lucky to be surrounded by such fierce and well-rounded young women. They each inspire me, which is why I asked them to share some tips in areas where I feel their success is unmatched.
# 5 – ARE YOU HIS FUN GIRL?
Sometimes expectations may not be to establish an exclusively committed relationship. And that’s ok. But when that is your expectation, you need to know if he only thinks of you as just his fun girl so that you can avoid a distraught and unwanted situation.