I am feeling introspective today. I can hardly believe that this blog is 4 months old. In the short life of this blog I have made friends, focused my niche, and seen a dream turn into a reality. I have a long way to go before I reach the end of this race, and it’s been a wild ride up to this point, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love what I’m doing.
Up until recently, I used the shoot from the hip style of writing: I write my blogs a day or two in advance based on random ideas I have throughout the week. Sometimes I don’t have any idea what I’ll write about until I actually start typing.
Overall I’m happy with how this has turned out, but I know it will be better if I had a plan. Plus, not having a plan has been weighing on me. It was understandable leading up to the wedding, but now I need to get back to my roots. Changes are coming and I want to let you in on them.
First, though, let me show you where I’m at. For a new blogger, I think I have don’t pretty well — here are some of my stats.
Every month has seen an increase in page views. In February I had 600, March had 750, and April had a massive (for me) 950 page views! I am honored that my blog is being viewed so many times!
My daily averages have been going up as well. The first few months I was stuck at about 24 page views per day. But in March and April I was able to get over 30.
My biggest problem is consistency. I will have four or five great days and then a few days where no one comes by. This may be my update schedule, but more than likely it is a marketing and content issue. Sometimes my blogs aren’t very good and sometimes I go weeks at a time without marketing myself (I blame a lot of the marketing drought on the wedding).
This is something new I’m going to try out: letting you in on some of my goals. Not all of them (secret projects are secret for a reason!) but enough where you can keep me accountable. This is also a great way for you to see how I set and achieve goals.
Here are my goals for May:
- 1200 pageviews — if the last few months are any indication, I think I’ll hit this.
- Create a three or more post series — I have one I’ve been thinking of doing for awhile. It’s time I write it out and post it. I want to incorporate more series into my blog. It’ll help me hone my niche.
- Be more involved in the community — You guys are amazing and I feel like I’ve been slacking. No more!
- Tweak the design — This is nothing new. I have been working at this on-and-off since February.
There it is. Not too many goals, I want to see how these pan out before I challenge myself too much. Thank you to everyone who reads and supports the blog, it means the world to me.
What are some of your May goals?