What 30 Days of Blogging Have Taught Me
I can’t believe a month has passed since I launched my blog on 6/1/16. I’ve learned and accomplished a lot during this past month and want to share a few of them with you:
What I’ve Learned
- Networking on social media takes a lot more time than I anticipated. If you’re not careful, you can spend more time on social media than you do actually creating content.
- Engaging readers (liking other bloggers’ Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages) seem to result in more Likes and Followers for your blog.
- Don’t allow the number of Followers discourage you. It’s easy to lose steam when you don’t see the numbers you expected. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
- Your blog and/or freelance business can become overwhelming. You need downtime so take it.
- Goal setting and task lists are important, but execution of the task list is more important. I still have uncompleted tasks that I created for June. Since I didn’t complete the tasks, some of the goals are unmet.
- Time management is super important for bloggers who are still working a full-time job. My planner has been my best friend. I suggest writing down all tasks, appointments, and responsibilities in a planner and carrying it with you all the time.
- I’m glad I created an Editorial Calendar. If you don’t have one, you really should create one.
- Remember your WHY keeps you focused and encouraged. Again, when you don’t see the numbers you want to see, remember your WHY.
- Finding your niche and target audience are a lot more important than I realized. If you don’t narrow it down, you’ll find yourself all over the place. Narrowing down your audience and niche will help you be more efficient and productive.
- And here’s a BIGGIE…….. if you’re new to blogging ask yourself, “Am I going to blog as a business or a hobby?” If it’s a hobby, great! If it’s a business, you have a LOT of planning and thinking you need to do. I started my blog as a hobby but within 30 days I’ve realized the blog is simply a PART of my offerings. Ultimately, I’m a writer who wants to be a published author. I also want to build and market my freelance writing/editing business. So I want my website to highlight my books and freelance offerings. My blog showcases my writing ability. Does that make sense? Now, this is just my opinion and I’m sure other bloggers may disagree. And that’s fine. I just want newbie bloggers to think about their goals as they plan and launch their blogs.
Let’s move on to my accomplishments.
- Launched my website!
- Created 14 blog posts (these were on my editorial calendar).
- Created and distributed my very first e-book entitled “Forgiven to Forgive”. Yay me!!!!!
- My list of actual subscribers is still very low, but my social media accounts are doing very well (these numbers were as of 7/1):
- Facebook – 226 Likes
- Twitter – 167 Followers
- Instagram – 191 Followers
- Added Podcasting to my content and created three podcasts. I’m a preacher and adult bible study teacher so adding the podcast was a natural progression for me.
- Learned Canva and MailChimp.
- Offered free freelance services to five clients in exchange for testimonials. I delivered all five projects and got two clients!!! Whewwww Hoooooo! And here’s a shameless plug: Click that Freelance link in the top navigation bar to learn more about my offerings. I offer quality service, reasonable rates, and quick delivery.
- Created Fiverr and Medium accounts but don’t think I want to use them for freelance business. I’ll probably close the accounts in July as I’d rather find clients on my own or by word of mouth.
- Attended an entrepreneur workshop.
- Created a PayPal account so I can receive payments. Received my first payment and almost cried! LOL
I’ve set a few July goals for ReeINSPIRED and I want to share them with you as well to help hold myself accountable:
- Increase Subscriber email list to 500:
- I need to encourage all my current Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers to actually subscribe to ReeINSPIRED. My goal for July 31 is to have 500 blog followers.
- Increase Social Media followers and content:
- Facebook – 475 Likes
- Twitter – 300 Followers
- Instagram – 300 Followers
- Increase Subscriber email list to 500:
My July theme is Freedom in Christ. I will create quality content on this topic in the form of the following:
- 9 Blog Posts
- 4 Podcasts
- Finish writing 30 day “Mornings with God” devotional
- Finish editing “Life Lessons”
- Write 10,000 words towards my book “Growing Up In Christ”
- Launch my “How to Study the Bible” course.
- Schedule meetings with leads
- Earn $500
Ok – so there you have it. Prayerfully, focus, discipline, and excitement will enable me to meet my goals.
What about you? How’d you do in June? What are you goals for July? Let’s talk!