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JUNE IS OVER!!!!
If you’re interested in seeing how my blog has grown in past months, I’d highly recommend checking out my previous income posts:
- January 2017 post here
- February 2017 post here
- March 2017 post here
- April 2017 post here
- May 2017 post here
My “Why” For Starting Momblah.com
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How I’m Growing As A Blogger
I watched this fabulous video about Millennials by Simon Sinek. He mentions toward the end of the video that millennials have a tough time when they don’t see success right away. Unfortunately, that is me to a t!
I’ve been making minimal moves as a blogger, hoping that a million people will see them. Really though, why would people take the time to read things I haven’t invest enough of myself into? This is why I’m stuck at the pageviews I’m currently at.
This is my sixth income and traffic report, and I must say, I’ve been really disappointed that I haven’t made much traction in traffic or income in the last half year. But I’ve grown so much as a blogger.
Personal growth is much harder to measure than hard numbers. And this blog has been as much about my journey as it has been about anything else.
I can honestly say I’ve really been growing as a person, not just a blogger, in the last 6 months. I’ve been learning to let things go in my life, and to be comfortable at the stage I’m in. In the past, I’ve found myself in quite a few stages of life wishing for it to be over rather than enjoying it. So I’ve resolved to enjoy this phase.
This stage of my life is teaching me to finally balance things. I am an obsessive person. I tend to like to only do one thing at a time, and for almost 10 years, that one thing has been my former job. Even when I was doing the working mom thing, I focused heavily on my work and everything else took a back seat.
I think that part of my motivation to start this blog was something new to obsess over as I was desperate to escape a difficult pregnancy and my not-so-favorite newborn stage. Now that both of those have passed, I find myself wishing more for time to slow down so we can enjoy more of summer, more smiles, more innocence, and fun. I think that’s growth!
Traffic and Income
You can’t celebrate and improve on what you don’t measure. And that’s really why I keep track of my page views, stats, and income each month.
Here’s my lovely assortment of statistics that I think are relevant:
- Pageviews: 4,882 (+18)
- Pinterest Followers: 568 (+47) Follow Me on Pinterest!
- Facebook Page Followers: 87 (+4) Follow me on Facebook
- Email List: 19 (+4)
- Instagram: 807 (+257) Follow me on Instagram!
Posts in June:
June Goal Review
- YAY! Continue to grow my Instagram account
- KINDA? Try writing every day for a week. I am usually a night owl, but I’ve noticed that by 7:30 I’m spent. My two kids take a lot of my energy. I’m considering waking up at 6:00 am to write some, but I am no morning person. Yikes. So the waking up at 6am thing definitely didn’t happen. I did manage to write 6 days in a row, minimum of 250 words. But the weather is really awesome, and summer is only really 2 months here in Canada…. so the zoo and park and pool have definitely been winning.
- NOPE. Get my ideas down on paper and create a focus board.
Monetizing My Blog
All of the advice I’ve read about monetizing a blog talk about creating little seeds that need to be watered and nurtured into income. With that in mind, here’s what’s on my list to nurture!
- Google Adsense: $6.19
- Amazon Affiliates: $3.27
- Other affiliate products that I use: Bluehost, Blogbynumber & Boardbooster (haven’t made any sales yet!)
Total: $9.46 – at least I’m almost making enough to cover my website expenses!
July is Half Over (oops!)
Even though the month is almost over, here are a few things I’m working on in both my blog and my life:
- Publish an article every week
- Write at least 250 words a day
- Cleaning out my basement
- 40,000 steps a week
- Healthier snacks- I started an Oatbox subscription and have been enjoying it over granola instead of consuming 800-1000 calories after dinner. No wonder I wasn’t losing weight, even with the breastfeeding!
I’m pretty happy to be working on a well-rounded life as a stay-at-home mom these days than just hustling to get this blog to become a success. Each post I write is building my blog, and every person I help with my content or otherwise is a pleasure!
Tell me, how are you growing this month? What things have you frustrated these days? How are you winning? Let me know in the comments below!
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