My Second Month of Blogging – More Good, More Bad, and Even Uglier

My Second Month of Blogging – More Good, More Bad, and Even Uglier




I don’t share too much personal information in my blog posts as they are really about you and for you, but I am going to talk about something personal here as this post is about my blogging experiences.

If you want to skip it, go ahead and scroll down to the meat of the post. I do think, however, for a segment of my readers, this might resonate.

This post contains affiliate links.

(You can find my post on my first month of blogging HERE.)

I wanted to take a moment and talk about ADD. I’m sure you’ve heard of ADHD. ADD is the same thing without the hyper part. Well, I have ADD and what is called hyperfocus. When most people think of ADHD they think of someone who can’t focus on anything.

That’s not completely true. It’s more like they tend to focus on those things they enjoy and have difficulty focusing on tasks they find boring.

Hyperfocus takes it to the next level. Not only are you focused on an activity, you become so focused on it that you lose track of time and block out all distractions. This includes people, your job, and other things you need to do to live a normal life. There is an almost complete lack of awareness of what is going on around you.

In fact, I was reading about one woman who was working on her computer and didn’t even notice her house was on fire until the fireman broke in and found her. It sounds crazy but it’s true. She was in her bedroom working on a paper and hadn’t noticed that her kitchen was on fire.

The other thing is that it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to force yourself to do things you don’t want to do. Certainly, when you’re a child you have parents that are going to push you to do your chores or homework or what have you, but as an adult, there really isn’t anyone that can make you do anything.

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So, what’s the point?

For me, I tend to get deeply focused on an activity. It can be anything from a craft project to researching a new way to make money or…even creating a website and blogging.

The problem is this hyperfocus doesn’t last. In my case, it can last a few hours, a few days or even a month or two. When it ends, it is like someone flipps a light switch and I want nothing else to do with the activity I was focused on.

I hate to tell you how many times I have started a project to never finish it. Also, I find it practically impossible to make myself do things I don’t want to do. It is something I really struggle with, and once my hyperfocus ends, I no longer want to work on the project that I was so obsessed with just moments before.




So, what does this have to do with blogging, you ask?

While I started this blog a couple of months ago, I have thought about doing so for years. The one thing that held me back is I know myself very well. I know it can take time…months and even years to see a real return on your blogging, and I knew my interest would never last that long.

And, of course, what I knew would happen did. For the past few weeks, okay most of June, I pretty much stopped working on the blog at all. Having said that, I am again working on it now.

What this all boils down to is that we all have to accept who we are, and that includes our strengths and weaknesses. We don’t need to be perfect, and we don’t need to work on anyone else’s schedule.

If you’re blogging or thinking about it or doing anything else, do it in such a way that works for you. Don’t worry about other people’s success or their timetable. That will only set you up for failure.

¬†With that in mind, I’ve decided I’m not going to do monthly updates going forward, at least for now. I find that they make feel very pressured to perform. That takes the fun out of blogging for me.

I shared all of this for those of you who may struggle to meet your own expectations as well as those of people around you or even online. My advice is to do what you can when you can do it and do what makes you happy.

In the end, my goal is to help people and make money with this blog. Does it really matter if it takes me a year or five? Not really.

With all of that being said, I am trying to get back on a regular blogging schedule, so I can provide you more information about making money, saving money, paying off debt, and blogging. As a tease, I discovered something interesting about Twitter this past month that you might be interested in.

Okay…let’s get to what you’re here for…my stats for May.

Page Views:

My goal was 3,000 page views for the month. I didn’t quite reach it but I was a 2,700. That is up from 683 for my first month, so I’m pretty happy with that.

Email List:

I had one very lonely person on my email list. I’m now up to 22. Having said that, I have to admit I haven’t done anything with the list. Yikes. I’ll get there. I promise.

Social Media:

I had 200 Pinterest followers at the end of my first month, and I was on 23 group boards. I added 2 group boards, and I’m up to 368 followers. I had made an arbitrary goal of getting to 500, but I really didn’t have a plan to do so. It just sounded like a nice number.

Blog Posts:

My goal was to write 25 blog posts in May. That didn’t happen. (See above.) I did, however, write 9 blog posts and added 2 additional pages for a total of 34 posts and 15 pages.

Revenue:

As I mentioned in my first monthly blogging blog post, I’m not making revenue goals at this time. Having said that, I did make $4.37 for the month. That’s down from $43.28.

Summary:

  • Page views – 2,700 up from 683
  • Email subscribers – 22 up from 1
  • Pinterest followers – 368 up from 200
  • Posts and pages – 34 posts up 9, 15 pages up 2

Resources I Used During My Second Month of Blogging

In case it will help those that are thinking about blogging, I thought I’d list what I used my second month of blogging, and am continuing to use.

(These are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase, I will make a small amount of money if you use any of them. Also, there is no cost to you, but it will help support this blog and buy treats for my two puppy dogs, Sammy and Truman.)

  1. Blue Host – This is the hosting company I use for this blog.
  2. Tailwinds – I started with their free 100 scheduled pins and then upgraded to a yearly subscription. I think this is really how I got most of my Pinterest followers.
  3. Grammarly.com – I know I don’t catch all of my typos and grammar issues, but I do try my best. I use Grammarly.com to help. They have a free trial as well.
  4. ConvertKit – I started with Mail Chimp for my email list, but am in the process of switching over to ConvertKit. They have a lot of great features that Mail Chimp’s free service doesn’t.
  5. Market Samurai – It’s great to get traffic from social media, but you really need to optimize your blog posts for Google as well. That means you need to use the right keywords. This is a great keyword tool. They do offer a free trial as well.

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2 thoughts on “My Second Month of Blogging – More Good, More Bad, and Even Uglier

  1. How is market samurai working for you? How mych has it increased your traffic?

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    1. Dee – What I like about Market Samurai is the time it saves me in selecting keywords, and the fact that it really drills down into the competition for those keywords. As for traffic, my page views are increasing, but the keywords are really for seach engines like Google, and it can take six months or longer before you really start to see traffic from search engines, and I’m not quite there yet. I use Market Samurai so when the search engines start ranking my site, I will rank well.

      I know a lot of people get most if not all of their traffic off of social media, and that’s certainly a good thing, but for me, long-term success has more to do with ranking well in search engines. It’s a long-end game and doesn’t give you the immediate excitment of traffic from social media, but I think it is super important.

      So…long story short, I really like Market Samurai, but it will be a few more months before I can give you a direct answer to your question.

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