My Authentic Blogging life – Month 1 Results
Wow! It’s only been a month, and I feel like I have done and learned so much. Actually, I am just a couple days short of a month -but close enough, right? This is it – this is the real deal on blogging for the very first month.
Let’s start with I decided to start a blog…..
The Mr’s job relocated us to the Midwest from Texas. South Texas at that – so we moved a really long way. I owned a business in Texas and was worried about what I was going to do with it when I found out I was leaving. There has been so much invested in growing that business. You know, the typical blood, sweat, tears and all. And it worked. The business was doing great. The thought of leaving it behind was breaking my heart. Then, the thought occurred to me that maybe I didn’t have to really “leave” it completely behind at all. All the key systems were in place, and my rock star assistant was very strong, and I just knew she could handle the execution while I handled the businesy stuff. That businessy stuff can be done from anywhere, so it was a solid plan. I talked it over with her. We drew up a contract, and here we are. Handled. (She is a rock star!)
Soon after the move, I realized I had way too much time on my hands.
My business in Texas requires some promotion, some strategic planning, a little accounting and legal stuff – and a lot of doing stuff. The rock star handles the doing so there just wasn’t enough to keep me busy. This left me too much time – that I mostly spent on Pinterest and getting restless. I could have got a job somewhere to fill the time. But, I have been self-employed for a few years now and don’t want to give that up. Another issue I have is that it snows where I live now. Being from south Texas I don’t drive in snow, or ice, or sometimes, even rain if I don’t have to. The thought of shoveling snow before I go off to an office somewhere just doesn’t appeal.
I had to start another business or find a hobby.
The Mr’s job will be moving us again in the next couple years. This means I was not going to start another business that I will have to leave behind. Seriously, what are the chances I will ever find another rock star? It had to be something internet based that I can take with me where ever we go next. I sat down with my post it notes to organize my thoughts…you can learn more about that awesome process here. I figured out what the things are that I like and what I might be able to help people with that can be internet based and move with me without any interruption to the people I help.
It was narrowed it down to organizing, decorating, and planning.
Now that I knew what I wanted to do I had to figure out how I wanted to do it. That’s where the idea to blog about it came about. Blogging allows me to help people, in the areas I’m good at, from anywhere. So, research was done. The plan was developed….and here I am. I’ve been blogging for just under 30 days now.
What I’ve learned in my first month of blogging:
- I started promoting the blog before I had much content and that was not the greatest idea. It’s difficult to get people to a site to only find out there’s not much there.
- Blogging takes a lot more planning than I thought it would. I just love this part. I can’t help it. It’s who I am. I even customized my blog planner and it is awesome!
- I learned I like creating printables. Customizing the planner gave me some insight into the whole printables thing. I love it. I just put some out – you can click the printables button on the home page to see them all.
- No one reads my blog. Ok…I’ve had a couple of visitors, and some have even left comments. (Thank you!) I’ll share some stats in a sec – but nothing impressive here.
- Blogging takes a lot more time than I originally thought it would. I don’t know how mommies that still have kids at home do it so well. My babies are grown men now, and I just cannot imagine doing all of this while they were little.
Here are the stats
- 400 unique page views with a 77% bounce rate. That’s right….over three-quarters of my views bounce…..boing, boing, boing!
- I have no
(zero)3 email subscribers.(3 signed up this morning – thank you!)
- Planned Pretty has 34 Facebook likes
- Planned Pretty has 78 Pinterest followers
Now, don’t look at these stats and feel bad for me. Unless you are my mom….Mom, seriously, you can’t even subscribe to get my emails? You can do it Mom – thank you 🙂
Now for the ugly part.
We’ve all seen the post where the new blogger has made a gazillion dollars in their first 10 minutes of blogging. They are truly talented bloggers. I’m going to have to work a bit harder.
I’ve spent $621 getting this blog set up, getting an email system (that I currently don’t have a single subscriber to), and getting some training on how to do this thing right. Ouch – but I’m pretty much paid up for a year. So that’s something, right?
I’m in it for the long haul. I have a plan (the most important part), and I have the ability to stay focused and work the plan. We’ll see how this thing goes and I’ll be back next month with an update. If you have a minute – please subscribe to my emails 😉
Tell me, do you blog? How was your first month? Or even your first year? What stats should I be tracking that I don’t know about yet? Help me?
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