Today marks 6 months of blogging! Holy cow. 6 months ago I hit publish on my first post. I wasn’t sure how this was going to unfold and how much work it would require. Hint: It has been alot. I thought I would list off the things I’ve learned so far :
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The Blog Stats:
60 posts published (wowza)!
1 FREE Resource Library (Get it here)!
Avg Page Views: 12,000 per month!
Pinterest: 1100 followers <– started with 80!
Facebook Page: 248 likes
Instagram: 185 followers
Twitter: 75 <– I’m not sure what to do this.
What I have learned so far:
- That I underestimated the amount of effort that goes into running a blog. Each post can take more than 6 hours of time to prepare before publishing. Once a project is complete, pictures need to be edited, then links need to be connected, a post needs to be drafted, and then combed over to make sure I’m not offending the lords at Google and the FTC. Finally! The post gets scheduled for the go-live date.
- It’s a marathon. Blogging is not an overnight success. I’ve learned from so many successful bloggers that it took them a lot of TIME & EFFORT. I’m using this as motivation to continue blogging even though sometimes it is a little discouraging.
- Being Self-hosted. I’m so happy that I did this from the beginning– no worries about transitioning from wordpress.com to wordpress.org!
- I’ve become extremely knowledgeable in another side of the internet that I never knew. It is pretty cool to see a website that I own and have sole control over grow. I enjoy having the ability to learn about branding, photo editing, and internet security. Well, maybe not the security as much.
- That my husband is an extremely patient man. Every hour spent working/learning/failing at blogging is an hour that would’ve been spent doing another hobby, cleaning the house, or just relaxing with him.
- Staying consistent in posting (2x a week) makes me accountable!
- Learning what my audience likes! My recipe posts are popular, but the DIY posts keep people staying around the blog longer.
What hasn’t worked well:
- Facebook. I didn’t realize that only 9-11 people would see a post. I’ve found it to be extremely frustrating. I have to share my post on my personal page to get it in front of about 30 users. The only way a post can be readily viewed is if there is an engagement with likes, comments, or shares.
- Ads on Facebook. I chalk this up to being inexperienced.
- Promoted Pinterest. See above note about Facebook. Now, I know to only promote pins that drive users towards affiliate links. It doesn’t make sense to spend money to promote a recipe.
- Keeping up with all of social media. I’ve decided that my time is best spent focusing on only 2-3 social media accounts than all of them. It’s too time consuming. Right now, I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram. Pinterest is a search engine and I don’t consider it to be a social media outlet.
What is coming up on the blog:
- Continuing the two times per week blog postings. I can’t commit to 3 times a week and once a week seems like not enough. Will they always be on Monday & Wednesday? I’m not sure yet. I want to test out if posting on different days leverages better results.
- Lots of fall posts. I am looking forward to using the blog as an excuse to begin decorating in August 🙂
- A fun Halloween post of A + O’s Halloween costume from last year (hint: ‘Momma’s Favorite Things!’)
- A strategy of where to go from here. I don’t know the answer yet, but my mind is always thinking 5 steps ahead of where I need to be.
My Goals for the Next 6 Months:
- Continue to use Pinterest in better ways. Right now it is the number one driver of my page views.
- Continue to build me email list to leverage the ability to talk to my newsletter subscribers.
- Create a course for the other busy parents who answered my reader survey.
- Promote a new guest post once a month.