2015 Review and 2016 Goals

Happy 2016 Everyone!  I just rounded out my first year, well half year, of blogging and decided to share my stats and goals.

In June of 2015 I decided to create a blog for all of my hobbies.  I had previously owned my own business and managed a website and blog for years, but I wanted this to be different.  A blog just for me, just for fun.

I started really strong posting three times per week and I felt I was doing great.  I even got my first sponsored post not long after starting the blog.  Then, I lost all my motivation for the blog out of nowhere.  I still don’t know why I lost interest but I’m betting I was burnt out.

After a two month break, I came back to blogging in December and excited to dive more into blogging in 2016!

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2015 Top 7 Posts

2015 Top Page

2015 Achievements

  • I started blogging!
  • I earned $9 on an Izea post my second month blogging
  • I transferred my blog from Blogger to WordPress.com
  • I bought a domain and applied it to my site
  • I increased my social following by 84%
  • I posted to my blog 40 times
  • I had over 4500 views in December.
  • I was featured in Bloggers Spotlight with  Modest Couponing Tips

2015 Social Following

2016 Social Following Goals

2016 Blogging Goals

  • Write 60 Blog Posts
  • Maintain an average of at least 3 comments per post
  • Create 2 guest blogger post/ be a guest blogger twice
  • Reach 5000 blog views in one month
  • Create a financial planning spreadsheet and have it available for download
  • Create a media kit
  • Create a work-with-me page
  • Develop a strategy and begin executing to gain WordPress/email followers
  • Create 2 YouTube videos
  • Create 2 Posts about my eBook: Alex and John’s Scientific Adventures: The Big Explosion!

2016 Behind the Scenes Goals

  • Research sponsors and their requirements
  • Discover new ways to get viewers
  • Prep to transfer to WordPress.org for 2017
  • Regularly engage in Facebook blogging groups
  • Participate in Linky Parties regularly
  • Use Instagram and create photos for blog posts
  • Use a blogging notebook for organization
  • Create a standard logo/banner photo

 

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Mid December Update

 

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Hello again!  It’s been a few month’s since I’ve really been involved with my blog.  At the beginning of September, I did a lot of behind the scenes.  My main focus was switching from Blogger to WordPress.com so my site would look more aesthetically pleasing.  Now, the site is fully transferred, except for losing all of the stats…Boo :(, so I figured I would give you all an update.

It’s been an interesting mind game to see views in the single digits for a day since I was used to being in the double digits each day, but my stats are starting to come back up on the blog side.

What I am very excited about is that my social presence has grown by 10% in the last third of 2015!  Most of while I was taking a break from my blog.  The support is truly appreciated and it has re-motivated me to get back into the game!

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August Review and September Goals

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This month went quite differently than last.  Last month, the blog was the only thing I ever wanted to think about.  I was constantly commenting on Facebook groups, reading other blogs, and doing everything I could to ‘force’ traffic to my page.  This month, I focused a lot more on using multiple social media outlets rather than posting on multiple Facebook posts.

I opened a Bloglovin’ account and claimed my blog, created a Facebook page, and reclaimed my old Twitter account.  For the first two weeks of the month, I posted in every Facebook thread I could find so I could drive traffic to all of my new social media sources.  Once I began driving traffic, I reopened my old Hootsuite account and scheduled some automatic posts.

This automation came just in time because I lost interest for a week or so because I was spending time with people, actual people, in person, not on the other side of a computer somewhere.  This was much needed and I’m happy that I had my blog posts created a few weeks ahead of time so I could take a few weeks off without anybody noticing.  Didn’t notice, did you?

As of now, I’m back to creating blog posts shortly before they come out, but I’m set on getting back up to being a few weeks ahead again that way I can take a break when I need to.

My goals for September are pretty short because I want to solidify my blogging routine and automation.  This month is all about maintaining.  I feel like my blog has grown very quickly for only being two months old and I don’t want to push it so fast that it pops.  Right now I’m getting about 20-30 views per day without having to push a lot.  Of course, those numbers are pretty low in the general scheme of blogging, but to me, an individual, sitting alone in my house, 20-30 views means that 20-30 people are looking at my blog each day.  That’s like a whole class worth of people who come from who knows where (well my stats say from all over the world).

I did do one sponsored post last month through Izea which worked out very well.  I’m keeping my eyes opened for sponsored posts but I have to be 100% on board with the concept in order to think about putting it on my blog.  I plan to keep sponsored posts pretty low for the blog’s first six months while I’m working on stabilizing the blog.

Anyways, here’s all the fun stuff!

August Stats
Blogger/Pinterest: 1229 Page Views, 100 Comments
#1 Post: How to Paint a Diamond Accent Wall, 102 Views, 16 comments, Google +2, 10 Pins
#2 Post: How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget, 88 Views, 22 comments, Google +3, 8 Pins
#3 Post: Master Bathroom Upgrade – On a Budget!, 74 Views, 7 comments, Google +4, 3 Pins
Facebook: 57 Likes
Bloglovin: 15 Followers
Twitter: 388 Followers
Sponsors: IZEA – 1 Sponsored Post, $9.00

August Tasks
-Create sharing schedule to feature current and past posts
-Sign up for Bloglovin’ and claim my blog
-Create a Facebook Page
-Pin all relevant past and current posts to Pinterest
-Begin to grow social media sites.

September Goals
-Create Twitter schedule for top blog posts
-Update ‘Follow Me’ section
-Create posts 1-2 weeks in advance

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