It’s been a roller coaster ride. Blogging is a new adventure every day. Some are great. Some… well let’s stay positive. So it goes on the path to becoming a successful blogger.
For the most part, it’s a fantastic journey.
This blog went live in November 2017. In this series, I am sharing my real blogging experience as a newbie and as it happens. Share in my triumphs and downfalls as I continue to learn how to be a better blogger.
Work! Work! Work!
If you want to be a successful blogger, you have to be prepared to work. I continue to be surprised at how much time it takes.
To blog with the ultimate goal of making a living from your blog, you must be willing to put in the time along with the blood, sweat and oh so many tears.
Don’t get me wrong, I am having a blast. Every night as I am preparing for bed, I think about how thankful I am to be living the life of a writer.
I really hated the last years of my career in financial services. But this, blogging, I enjoy every day.
Even the days with less than anticipated results.
In total, I spent just over 100 hours on my blog in March 2018. Just glancing at the numbers I can see some of my mistakes.
Actually, my number one mistake was fear. I am so concerned about money coming in that I am sacrificing my blog time to take freelance gigs.
The tradeoff means that my blog isn’t growing at the rate I would like.
For the remainder of April, my goal is to produce more quality content each week, promote more on Pinterest and to learn as much as I can about successful blogging.
Continue to Learn
What he has learned so far has been really helpful. Together, we have been working to increase SEO and Pinterest presence following the tips that Scrivs and other bloggers share through the Billionaire Blog Club network.
If you have thought about joining a blogging community, BBC is the one you want to join. The wonderful bloggers in the community have created an atmosphere or encouragement and support.
BBC is only going to be opened for limited time periods so that the owner, Paul Scrivens, or Scrivs, can concentrate on helping all of the members without being spread too thin.
But even if the program isn’t currently open, I can’t recommend the Free Blogging Boot Camp enough.
It’s a great way to get a better idea of whether blogging is for you. You will also see Scrivs style so you can decide if it’s a good fit for you. Being part of the Boot Camp also means you’ll be notified the next time BBC opens to new members.
Blogging is not for everyone, and neither is BBC. That said, I do think it will be an important tool in becoming a successful blogger. We are really enjoying the program so far and learning a lot.
The one area I feel like a successful blogger for last month is social media. My Twitter account has finally reached a point where it continues to grow organically whether I am able to get online or not.
You can see from both images that I didn’t really get serious about Pinterest until near the end of March. But the impact has been phenomenal.
Average daily impressions for the prior month were just 335. But this month they were 1,553, and that’s with not really getting active until the end of the month.
I can’t wait to see the final numbers for April 2018!
Another things that has really pushed the Pinterest growth was adding Tailwind. I started with the free trial and fell in love. Tailwind is like having an assistant to handle some of my work for me, and I can’t imagine working with out it.
I upgraded to a higher level to have access to more options, but this investment will pay for itself in no time.
Visitors to my blog were down in March. Page views remained pretty consistent.
I am honestly not sure what caused the drop. There was less content published in March and that no doubt makes up part of the difference.
April is off to a great start and traffic is starting to roll in from Pinterest. These numbers should change a lot in my next report.
As you can see, Facebook and Instagram were a little neglected in March. Both still saw some growth so I am happy with that.
Twitter is probably the channel I enjoy the most. Of my now 7000+ followers, almost all of them are creators and most are authors or bloggers.
Being part of such a large community of writers gives me the encouragement I need to keep writing day after day, and will in time lead me to become a successful blogger.
My hope was to be one of those bloggers that had an amazing income story to tell after just a few months.
The truth is, in March I earned maybe $1.00 in total. I am not even going to look for the numbers because I know they are quite low.
There is no one to blame for this downfall but me. I have been so concerned with immediate money coming in that I forgot the time spent on my blog is an investment in my future to become a successful blogger.
That said, moving forward I am scheduling time to work on and promote the blog each day. The numbers may not increase a lot in April, but I am confident that the May numbers will show results.
Having a blog means there is always something you can be doing. It’s important to take time to step away from you computer or phone to recharge.
I read a post over the weekend, 50 Unique Self-Care Ideas, and it got me thinking that it has been far too long since I have spent any time on just me.
Down time and excursions are now being added to my calendar like anything else I need to do.
An income is worthless if you aren’t finding enjoyment in life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. But my friends were missing me. And I was missing them.
In conclusion, here’s a summary of what I learned this month:
- Community is important. Billionaire Blog Club is giving me the support and encouragement I need to really grow. Go visit Scrivs site today.
- Learning is important. What I learned through Pinteresting Strategies has helped create real and tangible growth on Pinterest. Take a moment to visit Carly.
- Investing is important. Really it’s a not a significant amount if you choose the monthly option, less than most people spend at Starbucks each month. Tailwind is growing my Pinterest base even when I can’t be manually pinning.
- Recharging is important. Take yourself on a date. Just you and you alone. 50 Unique Self-Care Ideas has many great ideas to help you recharge.
Until next time…