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Year in Review 2022 (and looking ahead to 2023)

Hello, friends. Happy new year! I’ve missed you so. (Without getting lost in the weeds of details, I’ll just say that the last few months have been a bit of a slog in my offline life.)

Though I’m filled with exciting potential plans for 2023, the last few months have taught me to be extra-cautious. Although I’m a huge fan of goal-setting, I’m also keenly aware that all of our best laid plans can be swept aside with curveballs that life throws our way.

I’ve been enjoying the year-in-review posts from so many of my favourite creators, so I wanted to take a moment to check in, take stock, evaluate the year behind us, and look forward to 2023 with both optimism and practicality. I don’t want to make promises about what’s to come in 2023. But I do want to share some of my hopes, goals, and aspirations, in hopes that it might inspire you, too.

What worked out well in 2022: things I’m grateful I was able to accomplish

  • I’m so grateful I invested time into learning more about search engine optimization (SEO) – I was pretty nervous that my traffic and sales would drop completely while I took a long break from social media, but I was shocked and delighted to see my traffic increase month after month nonetheless
  • Moving the Calmer Notes website from Carrd to PixieSet (Side note: I’m still an enormous fan of Carrd and plan to use it for other projects! Just got to the point where I needed to expand the Calmer Notes website a bit more.)
  • Moving the Calmer Notes course to the MemberVault platform + expanding the course content and materials
  • Updating the blog to the Tuuli theme by Biron Themes

What I’d hoped to accomplish in 2022 (but wasn’t in the cards)

  • Consistent blogging schedule across the year (ended up with peaks and valleys)
  • A regular rhythm of email newsletters (instead, the peaks and valleys again)
  • Further expansions to the Calmer Notes course (I’m happy with what I added, but had plans for more…)
  • Launching a second course (plenty of progress made on the course development, but didn’t get it launched as hoped!)

Creator tools and apps I loved in 2022

What I’m hoping to accomplish in 2023

  • Continue to expand the Calmer Notes course
  • Launch a second course
  • Find a sustainable rhythm/routine for blogging and email newsletters
  • Expand the Calmer Notes team
  • Invest in SEO learning + strategy to continue to grow the reach of the blog

Inspiring 2022 year in review posts from a handful of my favourite creators

I love reading year in review posts from my favourite indie hackers and online creators! Here are some of my favourites from 2022 that I found highly inspiring (I’ll keep expanding this list as I come across more):

Wishing you a happy new year, and hope that your 2023 is off to a great start!

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