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Sep 06

Check In, Check Out #6

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Wow. Just wow. This is my 6th check IN, check OUT post, which means I have been blogging for 6 months! The first Friday of every month, I write a post like this to check IN with my readers and let them know what is going on in my world, then post a few of my favorite projects from across blogland for you to check OUT.

I seriously can’t believe I have been blogging for six months. It seems like a mix of “I have been doing this forever” and “I can’t believe how quickly time is flying.” I have learned so much and still have a ton to learn. Importantly, I am enjoying it as much today as I did at the beginning even though I no longer check my blog first thing in the morning to make sure my post actually went live.

Within six months, I have had some amazing bloggy successes and a solid bloggy draught. After my page views skyrocketed in May, peaked in June and hung in there through July, they plummeted in August. Honestly, this pattern comes as no surprise, my blog took a back seat through July and August while we moved. Okay, it was in a suitcase in the trunk. I managed to publish posts a couple times a week, but I wasn’t engaged at all. Nonetheless, the slump is frustrating. I worked my butt off to get my blog up, rolling and noticed, then a months worth of posts go unread and unloved. I hoped that I had enough momentum to keep my numbers up, but alas, I did not. Well, you live, you blog, and you learn, right?

Now that we have settled into our new home and our new lifestyle and I have more time and energy for blogging, I decided it was about time I set some goals. So here they are.

1. Engage every weekday and sometimes on weekends. By engage I mean be an online presence and communicate. I have so many ways to engage: comments, facebook, twitter, instagram (my favorite), google +, sulia, pinterest, etc. 

2. “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.” I have made some awesome bloggy friends so far, but I haven’t been very good at keeping up with them, especially through the move. Part of why I started blogging was to meet other crazy-crafty types, and I want to get to know more. I would also like to get involved in more collaborations both long- and short-term.

3. Climb, climb, climb. I would like to double my peak (June) monthly pageviews by the end of the year. 

4. Gain followers. Only 18% of my total page views have been returning visitors. I know that there is stiff competition out there for loyal followers, but I think I can do better than that. I am shooting to get that number up to 25% by the end of the year. Also, I would like to gain more followers on social media, rssemail, and bloglovin’.

5. Contribute. I would love to become a regular contributor on a bigger, established blog by the time my blog turns 1. It would be an amazing challenge and a great way to connect with new people. 

6. “Show me the money!” Perhaps you have seen the google ads on my right sidebar. There they are. You would think I would be cashing in on them. Nope. I haven’t even set up my account so I can get paid. I don’t want my blog to turn into a commercial or worse a PBS cash drive, but I do want to be able to make a little money doing what I love. Here are my monitization goals. 6a. Start cashing in on the monitization services I have already implemented (this week). 6b. Research, apply and start joining companies that pair blogs with brands (by the end of September). 6c. Sell advertising space (by the time the blog turns 1). 6d. Break even. This goal is not new. When I started my self-hosted wordpress blog, I spent a little money on hosting. My goal for the first year has been to break even… at least on direct costs.

7. Last but not least. Love every minute. I love this blog. I love crafting. I love writing about it. I love you. I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind.

Phew. I think I will stop there. I know other people’s goals aren’t the most exciting thing to read, but I really appreciate you sticking with me. I am the kinda person that has a thousand things floating around in their head, some of which get done each day. But writing things down helps solidify them, and sharing them with you will help keep me on track.

Alright… Here are some amazing projects to check OUT.

If I checked you OUT, feel free, but not obligated to take a button.

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Lego Necklaces from Mama to 5 Blessings.

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Paint-dipped pumpkins from A Night Owl Blog.

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Crocheted crowns from Sarah London.

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Check you next month!

- Laura


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3 comments

  1. Kegga

    I love that you put my favorite line from a girl scouts song in one of your goals. I believe you’re going to accomplish all of these goals, and more. You continue to impress and inspire me! Sending lots of love and support, from across the country!

    1. Laura

      Its amazing how you never forget those songs, huh. Thanks for the love, it means a lot. <3

  2. Brianna @ Craft Thyme

    Your goals sound great. Makes me what to quantify mine in a more deliberate way. Thanks for sharing.

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