Why do I even do these blog reports? I don't have the following of some of the bigger bloggers with huge impressive numbers. Is this even important?
I have decided it is. Last year, I did a couple of these posts and then just stopped because I wasn't writing or sharing anything that I felt was impressive. But, I love going back and reading them to find out what was working and what wasn't. It's also a good place for me to set some goals for my little website and to set up some accountability.
Have you ever listened to a successful blogger/artist/whatever and they talk about the "magic moment" that launched them to success?
I want to know about all the moments before that. How many times did you get rejected from Foodgawker? How many book proposals did you submit? How many embarrassing videos did you post on IG stories until you figured things out?
I'm still figuring things out and I love this whole process. I want to document all of it. Maybe these will help you as you start your blog, maybe they will encourage you to look elsewhere for a new career because this isn't easy or a get rich quick scheme.
Highlights of January
- Very consistent in posting three posts per week (except this week, for some reason)
- Got a good system of meal prepping and photo shoots on weekends, recipe posts going up during the week.
- Spike in traffic from Pinterest and Foodgawker
- Theme of the month: Whole 30
- Reader Recipe of the month: Raw Brownies
- My Favorite Recipe of the month: Baked Chicken Wings
Things to Work On
- Changing from horizontal to vertical images
- Always improving photography
- Editorial Calendar (need to add to it and stick to it)
- More Instagram! I love IG stories but I need to plan to add something every day.
- I want to have a dedicated space to work on my website, an office, a studio, a working kitchen. Setting my intentions, let's see what happens.
- Trying to decide if I want to shift to Bluehost. My other website is hosted there and so far I really like it.
- I need a new computer.
- I am getting no where with Clever Girls Collective. I apply for everything that might work with my website and I hear nothing back. I'm guessing that my numbers aren't where they want them to be. Working on it. But, in the meantime, I am going to research some other programs that might work better for me.
- Blog Posts Published: 13 (not counting this one)
- Income from Ads: $4.00 (are ads worth it? I have been wondering this a lot lately.)
- Almost 2,000 views on my video! Need to perfect and make more.
- Expenses this month:
- Food Blogger Pro: $29
- Canva: $10
- Hosting: $150/ year
- Groceries: $150
- Total Income: -$335.00
Lots to work on! See you again at the end of February!