Oh my goodness! January has been AMAZING!! You may be wondering what I mean by my first “serious” month blogging. Well… I started CoffeeHeartMind in early December but I got serious about blogging just this month… and by serious, I mean I googled and Pinterested my way to learn more about the blogging world.
I wanted to share with you how my first month of serious blogging went but I don’t plan to have this every month. Just saying’….
I kept working on the appearance of the actual blog- a tweak here and there – until I loved it. I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye. Sure, I could have paid a designer, but as a freshie blogger, I don’t have money for that. I was on the fence on whether or not to use banners on my blog but I eventually decided to use them. I still have to play around with my banners to get that perfect shot, but I am loving my banners for all the pages in the Share the Love menu.
I worked hard on my Start Here page and my About page; I wanted them to be able to capture my readers attention. I am not kidding when I say that it literally took me the whole of January to finally have it where I am loving it! It wasn’t a one day sit down project for me. I made sure that each the Start Here and the About page explains what the blog is about, who it’s for, and who I am.
What I’m getting better with as well is linking my posts together. So yay for that!!!
Social networking is so important in the blogging world! I know there are many people that say they get most of their traffic from Pinterest but I don’t – maybe I’m just not utilizing it to its full potential. Ha!
I had to start with Facebook considering before blogging, this was my biggest social media platform. So I thought it’d be a smart idea to create a Facebook page for CoffeeHeartMind. What I really like about Facebook is that there are so many blogging groups out there to join! Most of them have a daily theme to get yourself out there. Must admit that I just recently made the decision to be more active in those groups. They have been so helpful! Have a question? Just ask! Need an opinion? Just ask! Need some love for a post of yours? Wait until the designated day! =P
I’m actually going to write a post about my favourite Facebook blogging groups. So I’ll keep you posted!
I’ve never really understood Twitter. I guess it’s like texting. Hm. Still going to work on Twitter. #Goal
I. LOVE. INSTAGRAM! I feel like Instagram is the place to be. Your audience gets to see some personality. Meet you – the person behind the blog. Now I don’t only post personal things on my account, but I promote my blog! I actually created a new profile just for CoffeeHeartMind. I wrote a post on how you can improve your blog’s Instagram account.
Surprisingly, this is the where I get my second highest sessions from. Sure, they may just stumble and leave! But I think it’s such a great way for people to stumble – *nudge nudge* – onto your blog who otherwise wouldn’t have.
Social Media Help
There are so many things to do! Oh man. I seriously felt like I just played catch up this month. There are many out there that I keep hearing about that would help with the social networking aspect. In all honesty, I didn’t research anything, but I just noticed that a lot of bloggers use HootSuite so I signed on up! It’s FREE so it’s great! I don’t use it religiously. I’ve played around with but have only actually used it once. This month I plan to use it more. I’ve only connected Twitter to it.
Instagram is the I use believe it or not. I wrote a post about how you can improve your blog’s Instagram account. I connected my Instagram account to my Facebook Page, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. So once I post something on Instagram, it automatically posts it to those pages. It’s been extremely helpful if I do say so myself. And I do!!!!
I love that with blogging you get to meet people that you otherwise wouldn’t have met! I think that is so amazing! Now I have a couple of blogging friend who now I can message and chat blogging and life!
Here’s a few of those blogger friends – you should go check them out!
- Ali from themindtravelersblog.com
- Margaret Stuart from margfit.com
- Dr. Arlene Garcia from bsrealtalk.com
- Erin from butfirstnaptime.com
My Month End Social Stats
I knew I wanted to keep track of how well I was doing. I wanted to see how my blog grew in 31 days because I knew that I really wanted to work hard. When I was creating my editorial calendar I made sure to add a Social section to keep track of those numbers. You can find my editorial calendar in the Resource Library. Sign up here for access.
I am so happy with the numbers!
What’s In It For February?
I am so motivated for February – you have no idea! Or maybe you do and that’s awesome!
My main goal is to fill my resource library with some goodies!
My other goals:
- to perfect my banners
- to post consistently at least 3 times a week
- to have my blog segments more well known and to have more guest posts
How did your first serious month blogging go? Let me know in the comments!!!!