Another month of 2021 has come and gone, so I am back with another monthly roundup blog post to kick start March. This blog post will talk through my blogging statistics and experience and what I go up to aside from blogging.
- The Yorkshire Dreamer: Blogging
- Finding the balance
- Leisure Activities
- TV time
- Sorting and storage
- What to expect in March
- Key goals
The Yorkshire Dreamer: Blogging
I published nine posts on my blog in February, with the primary themes being love and relationships. The blog posts I published in February are as follows:
- Favourite January blog posts
- 18 ideas for Valentine’s Day at home
- 5 reasons to love valentines day in 2021
- Learning to love yourself in your twenties
- 24 solo date ideas for Lockdown 2021
- How people show love differently in a relationship
- What it’s like having a spender and a saver in a relationship
- Stop telling me to talk: being quiet isn’t bad
- 5 Things I love about blogging
- Goal: 450 followers
- February: 453 followers
I was hesitant to use Twitter at the start of my blogging journey. I didn’t think anyone would engage with my content, but I was pleasantly surprised. While I mention statistics in these posts, nothing compares to the engagement. Talking to other bloggers, gaining insight from other bloggers, and showing your support, are just a few reasons why I love Twitter for blogging.
I even did my first WritersLift in February. I know this isn’t a huge accomplishment for others, but I was scared to share that Tweet as I didn’t think anyone would engage with me. Again, the writing and blogging community came through and engaged.
I think I found the perfect balance between scheduled and manual tweets as well. Most of my tweets that share blogs are scheduled, while my manual tweets revolve around in the moment thoughts.
March goal: 500 followers
- Goal: 240
- Followers: 259
In February, I changed the number of blog posts I scheduled each week. It went from three to two, as I struggled to stay on top of promoting in January. I find that fewer posts per week allowed me to share and comment on other people’s posts more.
I am quite happy with my blogging results. My follower count, views and visitors, increased, but the one stat I love is the comment count. The number of comments I received increased, and I enjoyed reading each one. The comments on my ‘stop telling me to talk‘ post and my ‘learning to love yourself in your twenties‘ were heartwarming. Blogging has allowed me to feel less alone, and the comments mean the world to me.
While I hope to continue creating content that resonates with people enough to receive such wonderful comments in March, I find that setting a numerical aim helps my focus.
March follower goal: 290
Impressions, total audience and engagement increased; however, engaged audience decreased slightly. I’ve tried to be more active on Pinterest and created pins for my older blog posts in February. Creating, scheduling and writing descriptions for pins is very time-consuming, which is why I find this platform so hard to keep up with at the moment.
I am still proud of how far I’ve come with Pinterest, though, considering I didn’t use it four months ago.
I always fall behind on Instagram in terms of creating content, but I love engaging with the content created by others. I have started sharing stories when I publish a new blog post, but I need to publish posts on my feed in March.
On 22nd February, news of England’s new roadmap was announced, which actually provided me with some optimism, but makes me nervous at the same time.
Finding the balance
In my January roundup, I mentioned how my partner and I stopped ordering so many takeaways. However, we noticed that our mood dropped as we didn’t really have a way to separate the work week from the weekend. While we aren’t ordering multiple times a week, like in 2020, we have started to order a takeaway on a Friday to signal the weekend. We will sit down, watch a movie and order from a local takeaway.
It is nice finding the balance between home-cooked meals and takeaways.
I aimed to read two books in February; however, I won’t lie; I didn’t achieve this goal. I started reading ‘The Choice Factory’ but kept going back in the books to make notes. Don’t worry; I don’t make notes in the book.
Again, I will be optimistic and aim to read two books in March.
February was the month of hobbies for me; while I wasn’t reading, I created more cross-stitch creations from scrap pieces of fabric and even baked a cake. The cake wasn’t anything special, but it didn’t set on fire, so it is a win for me.
I used my cross-stitch creations to create some cards for special occasions. Pancake day was also in February, and I got to make some pancakes. While I am not fond of pancakes, my partner loved them, so I made pancakes for breakfast.
When I was little, the process of watching a TV show involved 15 minutes of the show, a break, which gave us time to go to the toilet or do a little chore, then the break would end for the remaining half of the show.
Now, we live in a world of binge-watching, and I genuinely didn’t think I would look forward to waiting a week for a TV show until WandaVision.
I was late to the game and avoided spoilers as best I could, but at the start of February, we paid for Disney+ and watched three episodes of WandaVison. Then we waited. In Lockdown, there isn’t much to look forward to, and each day started to feel like a repeat of the last.
I like the wait. I like talking about theories with my partner throughout the week and reading the thoughts of others. There are also so many breakdown videos that I love to watch, as well.
I am looking forward and dreading the end of WandaVision, but then I have The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to look forward to on the 19th March.
Other films and TV shows I watched
- Thor Ragnorok (Disney+)
- The Mandalorian (Disney+)
- The Aristocats (Disney+)
- Behind her eyes (Netflix)
- Firefly Lane (Netflix)
- The Other Boleyn Girl (Netflix)
Sorting and storage
My partner and I live in a flat, which means there isn’t much space. We maximised the space in February with some storage drawers and filled the box it came in with clothes that no longer fit or things we no longer needed/wanted.
What to expect in March
With the warmer weather rolling in, I fill so optimistic for March. After work finishes, the sun is still out, so I am more motivated to go out for a walk! The sun shines through the windows while I work, which makes the day somehow feel brighter and happier.
For March, I will be posting two times a week, with the post after this one revolving around my favourite blog posts by other bloggers in February. I have other blog posts planned, including another edition of Destination Leeds.
In February, the amount of physical movement I did was limited; I got into a repetitive state that felt like I was just going through the motions. To ensure I stay focused in March, I have a workout calendar and realistic goals for each week.
My partner and I have agreed to make sure we go on a walk regularly, even if it is just a 20-minute walk. I have my Blogilates challenge for March as well and aim to work out three times a week. If I can do more, great, but I know that if I put too much pressure on myself, I won’t achieve my goals when it comes to exercising.
- Reach 500 followers on Twitter
- Reach 290 followers on WordPress
- Read a minimum of two books
- Workout three times a week
- Regular walks, minimum four times a week
- Schedule at least 5 pins a day on Pinterest
- Minimum of 6 posts on Instagram
While I focused on the positives of February, I want to mention that I still had days where getting out of bed was a struggle. I had days where the laundry pile felt like a mountain I could never climb, and work felt like a chore, but those days pass. While I am looking forward to the fresh start that comes with a new month, I know that some days will still be a struggle.
Some days you just go through the motions, while others make you feel on top of the world. I hope that through the moments you struggle, you remember the happy moments.
I wish you the best for March. 💜
What is one happy moment in February that you experienced?