This month has been a most unique one, not only did I finally get the opportunity to purchase my blog rights, we also had multiple visitors at the house, the baby caught a 24 hour stomach bug, and my husbands schedule went bonkers. Thought the month did not go 100% as planned I still managed to get a ton of stuff done. Not just with the blog, but also around the house. Some of you may remember my Website Revamp plan. I achieved many of the goals I set out for myself, but I also discovered some things would need to just become long-term projects. Specifically editing my 150+ old posts. In addition, to my blog revamp I also managed to get closer towards reaching some of my personal goals.
Posts by category:
My favorite Posts to write this month:
I loved every post I wrote this month. I lowered the number of posts that I was writing each week from 5 to 3 and interestingly enough my traffic slowed down a little, but my followers continued to increase at the same rate. By lessening the number of posts I was able to give more focus to what I wanted to say and write about. I’m taking it as a great lesson to the ode that sometimes less is more. I also ran a test of editing and updating an old post and re-posting it as new. The results were amazing and I’m thinking that is how I will continue to provide 5 posts a week. 3 New ones and two old/re-purposed posts.
Posts that received the most traffic:
I looked up the top five posts for every month since I began this blog in January of 2015, I was surprised to discover that since October 2015 my most popular post has been Expiration vs. Use by Dates. Knowing this I don’t want to keep repeating about how it made the list. Should a post sometime in the future surpass the Expiration vs. Use by Dates post then I will let you know. At any rate here’s a list of my top 6 posts for this month.
New Years Resolutions:
I’ve been on the biggest health kick this month, eating more vegetables, and more meals cooked at home.I made homemade couscous for the first time, started making my own homemade salsa, and I even made smoothies with spinach in them.
I’m super proud of my healthy eating right now. In addition to that I also started using the Samsung S. Health App on my phone to help count my steps as I run errands, walk the dog, and even while I did laundry. I’m hoping to eventually transition to using the app as an incentive to walk even more. Meaning the baby and I are going to be going on a lot of long strolls.
I still have more steps to take towards a healthier me. For instance a bedtime and morning wake up routine would be a good place to start.
My husband got a call from one of his long-term friends he just opened a restaurant and needs help, my husband is tired of long hours where he gets no time with his son. He is still working 6 days a week 14 hours a day, but here soon he will be going down to 40 hours with 3 days off a week. My job is to increase my income either via this or getting a part time job when that happens. Fingers crossed we see a big jump in my income report during my next two Roundup/Review Posts. In case you missed the last two check them out below.
Even with my husband switching jobs for the what seems like 100th time we are still doing good financially. In addition, my credit score is on the rise thanks to careful use of our tax returns. Unfortunately, we are scratching our heads about how we are going to afford to move and get a new car. Some of the things we ended up having to purchase were a bit more than we budgeted for. However, we are determined in our ability to do it. Finally, amidst my blogging re-vamp endeavors I also re-launched my Fiverr account, however I still need to create a video.
If you are interested in hiring me, you can check out my Fiverr account here.
This month it was finally warm enough to start gardening, again. I love re-potting, watering, and pruning my plants. Plus I added some new ones I’ve never worked with before. It is a fun journey, learning how a new plant works. Ha, I’m still learning how to take care of my Hibiscus, which was one of my first plants. Check out my Hobbies Post on Taking Care of Temperamental House Plants. Unfortunately I was not able to give much time to reading, painting, or making jewelry, but I’m hoping as my schedule becomes more regular/predictable some of that will come into play. I did get to enjoy a good two hours of dancing this month. Kinnectpay and I took some time to navigate SXSW this month. We handed out business cards and shared with people about how they could make money by doing things they do on Social Networking Everyday.
This month was an excellent goal achieving month I managed to take at least one or two small steps at achieving my bigger goal for the year in every category of my personal life, and wait till you here about how I managed on my writing goals. There is no better word to describe this moment, besides Ecstatic that is how I feel about this month. I’m happy and overjoyed at my ability to put my head down and bulldoze through everything the way I managed to do so this month. There were so many things that could have gotten in my way as well, but I didn’t and I couldn’t let it. This month I ate better, I raised my credit score, I danced, and I took care of my plants. Most importantly I purchased my blog and started the process of turning it into the site I always imaged it could be.
This month was busy, I purposely cut back my blog posts to 3 a week while I went through the process of updating and developing a marketing plan. In changing my weekly post count to 3 I was able to learn a lot about how I currently receive traffic to the site. In addition, I was able to give more focus to each article and was able to enjoy the writing process ten times more.
I have a new affiliate partner and I can’t wait to share their product line with you guys this next month. It’s a product that I love and I am so excited that they accepted me as an affiliate member. I was afraid my blog wouldn’t be big enough, but I went for it anyway. I did not actively search for new clients this month, I actually stumbled on the affiliate sign up for this company, and couldn’t believe how quickly they accepted my application.
I also developed a marketing plan aimed both at gaining readership and finding/locating new clients. I did update and re-open my Fiverr account, but seeing as its been open for two weeks with no bites I’m thinking I need to come up with a new plan or re-work my packages. Finally getting around to making that video would be nice too.
I spent some time developing a short story this month. Originally I was planning to share about story telling Day with you, but I just couldn’t find any love in writing the story, that’s how I ended up writing about my plants. I just love them, maybe even slightly obsessed since I’ve mentioned it multiple times now. Ha! I guess Gardening and Household plants will be going in the keywords now. 😛
My Income Report:
I did my usual work for Kinnectpay this month, but I also made some money selling an old phone on Craigslist, upping my income for the month.
How are your goals coming along? Have your Resolutions long been left in the dust? Check out my article Ditch New Years Resolutions for ways you can get back on track to achieving your New Years Goals.