Posts on the blog: a breakdown
- I published 114 posts about blogging.
- I talked about books in 36 posts.
- I released 18 coding guides and tips.
I graduated university and started a business
Okay I didn’t really start my business in 2014, but I did take it full time in 2014. I graduated from university in July with a first class honours degree in Digital Arts. Before I graduated, I had already made a name for Creative Whim, released premade products, and taken on custom work. But after graduating, it felt more official. This was now my full time job. I’m no longer a student; I’m a web developer—a freelancer.
And how has this business been doing?
I made over $23,000 selling premade WordPress products
In last year’s post I raved about how I created the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin and started selling premade WordPress themes. I’m so happy to say that a year later and everything is going PHENOMENALLY and I owe my success to all of you.
Making themes and plugins is my favourite thing in the world and it’s amazing that I can do it every day as a living. So THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased a theme or plugin from my store. THANK YOU for helping me live my dream. 🙂
I launched a managed WordPress hosting business
In March I launched Book Host, which is my managed WordPress hosting service. At first I REALLY struggled with whether or not I wanted to do this. Well, I wanted to, but I also knew it was going to be a HUGe responsibility. I didn’t want to let anyone down.
But, finally, I bit the bullet and I’m so glad I did! I’m now hosting 89 blogs and websites. People have said some lovely things about the service and that makes me so happy!
In 2015 I’ll probably be migrating to a more powerful server. Everything is running pretty smoothly right now, but I should be able to double the power of the server for the same cost by switching providers. I want to ensure that everyone has more than enough resources at all times!
I spoke at BookExpo America
Being chosen as a speaker for the BEA Bloggers Conference was amazing! I had so much fun being up there with Jeremy West and sharing my knowledge with fellow bloggers. 🙂 I’d definitely love to do this again!
I launched my first e-course
I was thrilled to finally get my first e-course up off the ground! It was a huge success and I got a lot of positive feedback. I’m already looking forward to reopening registration and even creating a second e-course. 🙂
I got married to the love of my life in Florence
I had the most incredible fairy tale wedding in Florence, Italy. It was straight out of a romance novel. Sometimes I actually have to stop and wonder if it was real because it was SO PERFECT!! I couldn’t have even dreamt up a better wedding. The food, the scenery, the magic, the groom (the most important bit!)… it was all just amazing.
It’s now been almost 10 months since our legal wedding and over 5 months since the Italy celebration (photo above). My husband and I couldn’t be happier! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 🙂