Where has the time gone?! I hesitantly clicked the launch button on October 19th 2020, and my first blog post became public. Blogging has brought many unseen challenges my way, along with motivation, happiness and a welcoming community. I love it. For now, I blog simply because I always wanted to venture down this path as a hobby, but thanks to the blogging community, I realise now that it can be so much more.
However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, as I want to share how my first 3 months of blogging have gone. I wanted to write down my first 3 months of blogging, so I have something to reflect upon, and so others can see what to expect. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if these figures are good for a new blogger, but I am proud of what I have accomplished. More importantly, I am happy I have found some a welcoming community that makes me feel less isolated.
Let’s jump straight into some facts and figures. While writing this, I have 188 WordPress followers for my blog and 2 email followers. However, follower count steadily increases, which is primarily due to sharing the blog on social media (discussed below in this blog).
My all-time views are 2,575, and I have written 59 blog posts – 60 if you include this one. I tend to write blog posts around 1,000 words, but I might start including shorter ones to gauge the reaction.
I participated in Blogmas, so my views for December reached 1,000, while October views were 481, and November reached 702. A slow progression I am proud of; however, January views seem to dip.
Here are the overall insights for my WordPress blog.
While views might be down in January, I love the engagement I am getting, as I went into blogging wanting to build connections first.
While I need to do a lot more research about monetisation, self-hosting and blogging rules, I see a future for my blog. Thanks to the blogging community on Twitter, I realise how far you can take your blog. While I don’t think I can quit my job and put all my eggs into the blogging basket, I do believe I can build on what I currently have.
I believe my first step will be switching to self-hosted; however, that would occur in the latter half of the year.
Speaking of the Twitter community, blogging has made me fall in love with Twitter. I can’t speak highly enough of the bloggers on Twitter. I like reading content by other bloggers, so Twitter allows me to find new blogs I might enjoy and engage with other bloggers.
Since October 19th 2020, I have amassed, 314 followers, however, this number fluctuates. I don’t do the follow-for-follow thing. I take part in threads that encourage you to share your handle or blog, but I don’t make promises such as ‘I will follow back, whoever follows me’. I like to follow people who share content I am genuinely interested in or share tweets that I can relate to. So, if someone follows me from one of those threads, I will check out their content and see if it’s the kind of thing I’d like to see on my feed. I genuinely don’t know if this is this right thing to do in the blogging community, but it is right for me.
Let’s move on to the statistics.
From October 19th 2020 – January 18th 2021
January only reaches January 18th 2021, so I am hoping to improve those figures. I love the steady progression achieved by engaging with the community, sharing tweets and just being myself. You have to show up, to reach those views, so it is a good idea to schedule content, especially if you have other commitments.
At the moment, I schedule blog posts through Twitter and share tweets throughout the day.
Twitter retweet accounts
I was scared to share my first blog post on Twitter. Launching my blog was one thing, actively sharing it with others is a whole other ball game. I soon realised that other bloggers included retweet hashtags or tagged accounts that would retweet their post.
Here are some accounts I use that will retweet your post. Some require you to use a hashtag, others require you to tag them, and some require both.
- @TeacupClub_ – #TeacupClub
- @BloggersHut – #BloggersHutRT
- @BloggersTribe – #Bloggerstribe
- @theclique_uk – #theclqrt
- @BloggerDreamsRT – #blogdreamRT
I try not to tag the same account twice for one blog or bombard them with mentions. You’ll need to check on timezones as well, to see when they are more likely to be active.
Key Twitter takeaways
Don’t just share your content and leave, engagement is key. I’ve learnt so much from the blogging community simply by being on Twitter. I am so incredibly thankful for meeting such kind bloggers. Find content that interests you, comment, like and share if you genuinely enjoy it. Well, that is my stance on it. I like to show support through engagement. I have set days in the week now where I read through blogs and comment.
This section will be short and sweet, as Instagram is my downfall. We all have those social media apps that we struggle with, and Instagram is mine. Since October, my Instagram has plateaued at the 160 range.
I genuinely don’t know what to share, and the photos that I do take never work out the way I want. I need to work on this app and plan the month out in advance.
If you have time, check out the bloggers I follow on Instagram, as those people have their accounts together. I am blown away by the content they create, and yes, I am slightly jealous, but 100% impressed with what they share.
I won’t lie to you, before blogging I thought Pinterest was just for event planning and arts and crafts, but it is so much more.
From October 19th 2020 – January 18th 2021
I currently use Canva to create my pins and schedule them through Pinterest itself. I have a few templates I work with, as well as a colour scheme. Personally, I love creating the pins, but there is so much more to do than just the design.
I recently purchased a guide from Kayleigh Zara, about acing Pinterest in just 6 months. While I haven’t put the guide into action yet, I have read through it, and let me tell you, it is an eye-opener. I didn’t realise how little I actually knew about Pinterest before reading it.
I hope I get to the point where I can schedule pins for at least two weeks, ideally an entire month, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I am no Pinterest expert, so I need to work on my knowledge more, using the guide mentioned.
Pinterest can drive a lot of traffic to your blog, the only issue I have is making the time to create and schedule the pins.
I have a few goals in mind for my blog in 2021, but for now, I love the slow progression. While numbers aren’t everything, we can all agree we have a huge smile on our faces when those figures tick up. For now, I don’t make any money from blogging, but it is not out of the question in the future (hopefully). Right now, blogging for me is about the community and improving my overall skills.
There are many reasons to love blogging, from the community (yeah I’m mentioning them again) to creating images on Canva, which I love. Every blogger can agree though, whether you make money or not, it is a huge time commitment and a lot of hard work. No matter how much you enjoy creating the content, images, or conversations, some areas will be harder to get through.
I wrote this blog, not to frame myself as a blogging expert, because I am not. I wrote this blog as a timestamp for me, to say, look at what you have accomplished in three months. I hope I can revisit this blog post in 3 months and compare my journey again.
We are all on different paths, so you might have higher or lower statistics, but the important part is that you took a step forward and started on your journey. I am so happy with the progress I have made, as I spent so long questioning whether or not I should even start a blog.
I love it. I love the conversations, writing and commitment. Who knows where this blogging journey will go? I am just happy that I started.
How long have you been blogging for?