This Month’s Top Post: Home Made Decorative Wreaths – 260 Views – 9 Comments
Runner Up: How I Use SmartThings for Home Automation – 144 Views – 7 Comments
This month went quite differently than planned. I stated in my last monthly update that I was looking forward to slowly growing my blog over 2016 and working my way into becoming self-hosted by in 2017. Well, as I was working my month, I realized that little by little, every new thing I would try required me to become self-hosted.
So, I took to the internet to learn about self-hosting and research Blue-host which seems to be pretty popular. I quickly realized this would be a pain since my domain was at 1&1 and I didn’t want to deal with transferring. I then realized that I should check with 1&1 because that would be the only way I would be able to keep my domain where it was.
Luckily, 1&1 was extremely cheap compared to Blue-host and I was able to become self-hosted for $1 per month! (all of which I’ve made back already).
January 2016 Income Statement:
Google Adsense – $44.89
1&1 hosting – $11.88
Etsy Posts – $1.20
NET INCOME: $31.81
*View past blog income reports here.
I’ve been slowly but surely cooking away at my 2016 Blogging Goals. I am currently on track to reach my goal of 60 posts for the year and I received at least 3 comments on every post. I’ve begun working on a followers strategy and have added my book for free download for all subscribers.
Outstandingly, I surpassed all of my social following goals for the year within the first two weeks of the year! This month, I increased my social following by 56%! I’ve learned that if I have a goal I will keep pushing until I reach it. I should have known this, I’m always this way. I do everything as soon as I possibly can.
Focus For Next Month – Branding and Images
This month, I realized that it’s best to pick a topic to focus on to grow. I focused on my followers and had amazing growth! Next month, I plan to focus on Pinterest and making each new post have Pinterest worthy art. Hopefully I’ll have time to update some pages and old art while I’m at it and clean up my blog categories.
In the spirit of images, I’m hoping to create a logo and banner that I can use across all of my social platforms.