Darling Life blog journey
I’m going to document my blog journey; compare data from the previous month, detail interventions and approaches. Share the things that work & everything that doesn’t
This is my first proper blog. I say proper blog because it’s the only one I’ve had that I self hosted and plan for to be actually successful. Previously I didn’t promote them, and they were more like diaries.
I’ve done a lot of research into launching a blog and read a lot of blog
- How I got 20000 views in my first month blogging
- How I went from 0 to 15000 views in my first month
- How I got 1000 on my first day
Here’s the minor detail they don’t usually share; these blogs from people who have had previous success and already have a fan base. They launch these blogs with the knowledge they’ve acquired from having other blogs, with an established reader base. The
Whereas the information my stats will bring you will be from scratch (well 3 months after scratch). I started this in October from nothing, with a brand new Instagram account and no words to friends and family that I launched this blog.
I’m going to share with you real growth, and development from nothing.
Each month I’m going run down the data from the previous month, detail interventions I’ve made and approaches I’ve tried. Things that I’ve seen work, and everything I’ve tried that doesn’t work.
Because I’m fed up of unrealistic promises that if you follow x, y, z pathway you’ll have a multi-million viewed blog and be making hundreds of thousands in 3 months. Ok, just a slight exaggeration.
I want to share my genuine path. My struggles and my growth.
In 2019 I have some pretty big goals, and my specific blog goals were:
- 20,000 unique page views
- Blogging three times a week
- Getting a brand deal
I’ve listed what
sometimes usually don’t follow through with what I’m learning. It’s something I’m trying to get better at.
Thrive– I’ve learnt so much already from the Thrive together blog and Facebook community. Bree shares some amazing processes and gives her time for free to her Facebook community covering a specific topic and answering questions. She also holds a catch which I’ve yet to attend due to the time difference. I wish I could attend their conference in Texas!
I’ve already implemented some of their actions like Bree’s tutorial on how to plan a years worth of content. It’s what guided me in planning my first quarter.
A branch of Holly – I just discovered Holly through Blogosphere magazine. Her blog has tonnes of information and her facebook community seems active too. I plan to implement some of her actions I’m just deciding on what to focus on first.
Janet Murray – this is marketing driven information and some is not applicable as its sales driven but there is so much golden information here that is applicable to bloggers.
Thrive – so much value and actionable steps. I often listen again when I’m able to take notes
Janet Murray – again its marketing related and some of the sales parts don’t apply but I’ve learnt so much, and again very actionable.
Blogtacular – I cant wait until this returns, it’s UK based too so when it talks about GDPR and advertising rules it’s applicable. Kat delivers practical information as well as actionable stuff
Make it Happen – this is one of the first podcasts I discovered. It’s not about blogging or marketing is about living a creative life. I learnt a lot about myself in a time that I was in an awful job and needed a creative outlet.
Starting the Conversation – I’ve not listened to much of this but I love what I’ve heard.
Blog it Boss it – I’ve only just discovered this but looking forward to listening
Course & Subscription
Elevens Global Mentoring Scholarship – I joined this on a beta-launch, before their official mentoring launch, at a heavily discounted price. It gave me the initial direction I required but wasn’t something I was in a place to continue.
Social curator – I am in love with Jasmine Star she’s such a straight-talking inspiration.
Project Blog by Tammy Gibson – I bought this in the Christmas sale and I’ve read it but not actioned anything yet.
Janet Murray Media Diary – I love this it’s so practical it allows me to lay out my content plan and my social media content.
Blogosphere magazine – great for inspiration and expanding my blogging knowledge.
DSLR camera – awaiting delivery of a Nikon D3500 I’m so excited!
Trello – I’m in love with Trello I use it for so much not just to organise my blogging. It’s such a simple and effective online organiser.
Things I’m considering
Investing in myself – a membership or coaching after listening to Janet Murray’s episode 300 I’m aware of how much self investment can have direct impact on results.
A course maybe more financially realistic in the short term I’m looking forward to watch Blogtacular release this year, and Blogosphere events have an educational side too.
I actually can’t wait to share this journey with you. I’m eager to track my progress and be accountable.