For our last #bufferchat of 2016, we looked back on our year in review. Our community came together to reflect on the year, celebrate all they’ve accomplished, and set intentions for next year. The conversation was full of positive energy, GIFs, and exciting goals going into 2017.

Read on to discover all of the awesome reflections and insights that were shared during the chat!

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Bufferchat on December 14, 2016: A Year in Review

This week’s stats:
1st Bufferchat: 49 participants; 235 tweets; reach of 874,082
2nd Bufferchat: 268 participants; 1,607 tweets; reach of 3,123,697

Q1: What was your favorite part of 2016?

From the community:

  • “Do I have to pick one part? I backpacked around Central America, won a grant, and grew my business. It’s been a good year.” @alysonshane
  • “My girlfriend surprised me with a trip to New York and tickets to Hamilton. First vacation I’ve taken in years!” @Lauchlin
  • “My fav part of 2016 is being able to follow my dreams and be a DJ. Played in Ibiza, Amsterdam and my own radioshow.” @KevinMazeMusic
  • “I was able to leave my 9-5 and start a company. It’s been amazing and an interesting journey so far!” @Chris_Keller
  • “Getting into Twitter chats, i didn’t knew how much knowledge and empathy you can get from them. It is a WORLD FORUM.” @Hinolll

See all the great answers to question 1 here!

Q2: What’s 1 exciting stat that you’d put in your company or personal Year in Review?

From the community:

  • “Rented an office space, and added 2 pets, 15 plants, and drank 2,562 cups of coffee in it already.” @indigoevstudio
  • “7 – That’s how many years my very first client has been (and still is!) with me.” @ideabloke
  • “Our conference was definitely one for the books! We filled over 650 seats with awesome, inspirational folks.” @emmaemail
  • “Participating in Twitter Chats helped increase our audience by 518% over the past year.” @Wilde_Agency
  • “Our campaign jumped from $3K to $29K…thanks for being so generous world!” @cmbutler

See all the great answers to question 2 here!

Q3: Did you reach your goals this year? If so, what advice would you give to others & if not, what might you change next year?

From the community:

  • “I didn’t. Lesson: Never be comfortable/silent through status quo. Consistently ask, seek why.” @Tejazz89
  • “No, because I didn’t make my goals attainable or have them visible at all times. Which is what I will do for 2017.” @PodcastRoots
  • “Two things: Done is better than perfect. AND just because it worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you!” @hazel_haven
  • “Advice to others – this time next year, you’ll wish you started this time this year. Every little bit counts!” @actinglikeseals
  • “It’s also important to accept that top priority should really be the only things in the goal list. All else is bonus.” @SimTara

See all the great answers to question 3 here!

Q4: What has been your proudest/most exciting social media marketing moment this year, and why?

From the community:

  • “Promoting my first webinar for a client and having 91% percent of the registrants actually show up!!” @KhadyaHale_VA
  • “My proudest moment in social media mktg this year: near 400% boost in organic impressions over 28 days.” @Chris_Santiago_
  • “I think getting our first 100 twitter followers was a pretty nice milestone for us. Small but still worth celebrating.” @ipplyapp
  • “We’ve started an employee #socialmedia ambassador program with great success!” @shred_nations
  • “Biggest shock was when a client recommended me in an Fb group of over 25k ppl for achievements on her biz Twitter.” @askgadgetgirl

See all the great answers to question 4 here!

Q5: Did you have the opportunity to travel or explore new places this year? If so, where did you visit?

See all the amazing places our community explored in 2016!

Q6: If you’re up for sharing, what was one mistake, big or small, that you made this year and what did you learn from it?

From the community:

  • “I’ve spent too much time seeking the validation of others. I’ve learned I’m valid enough.” @MegAHakey
  • “Waiting for the “perfect” moment before making a move. Perfection’s overrated. You just have to do it. The time is now.” @KymWrites
  • “Do not try and automate everything. You have to have a balance between human and tech interaction.” @GreenRope
  • “Lesson learned from this year: context in communication is key to getting across a message to an audience.” @mr0ach
  • “Being nervous to share professional opinions. I’ll never claim to know it all-but I underestimated the value of my own ideas.” @_lblake

See all the great answers to question 6 here!

Q7: What’s one intention — personal or professional — that you want to set for yourself going into 2017?

From the community:

  • “To explore more + have more experiences outside of what I’m used to. Get more uncomfortable so that I thrive.” @AngelaIRL
  • “In 2017, I’m bringing back my Happiness Project so I don’t forget the good things every day.” @martinlieberman
  • “Write. Finish what I write. Then, write some more :D” @KodyAtk
  • “Spend more time nurturing fewer important relationships and focusing more on my own needs.” @izzydoesizzy
  • “Unapologetically run my business. Sorry mum, but no I’m not going to work for someone else.” @A_Djalo

See all the great answers to question 7 here!


Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this chat!

Do you have any comments or answers to these questions? Leave your thoughts in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!

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Written by Arielle Tannenbaum

Community Strategist at Buffer. In addition to her love of community building, Arielle also loves vegetables, cooking, practicing yoga, meditating, living mindfully, and exploring the connections between health and happiness!

  • Alex Henry

    Notebook opened. Taking notes. Thanks for the valuable post. I wish more people would talk about this subject as in depth as you.