Does anyone else feel like March just flew right on by? We’ve waved goodbye to dreary evenings and jumped right on into April, which will hopefully see clear skies and warmer evenings. But I do live in Yorkshire, so we’ll probably get warmer weather for about two days.
This blog post will give you a cheeky nosey into what I did in March, both in my personal life and my blogging journey. I am excited to see my progress and share what I have planned for April.
Side note: I love blogs like this as I get to come back each month and see what I said and if I achieved my goals. Do you create goals at the start of the month?
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- The Yorkshire Dreamer: Blogging
- Blogging goals for March
- Blogging goals for April
- How do I plan on achieving these goals?
- Personal March adventures
The Yorkshire Dreamer: Blogging
I published eight blog posts in March, one less than February. My favourite posts from March were the random acts of kindness blog and the why I’m nervous about Lockdown ending.
Blogging goals for March
You can check out my full March goals and what happened in February here.
✅Reach 500 followers on Twitter
✅Reach 290 followers on WordPress
❌Schedule at least 5 pins a day on Pinterest
✅Minimum of 6 posts on Instagram
I reached and then exceeded many of my goals for March, which I am incredibly proud of.
Blogging goals for April
- Reach 650 followers on Twitter
- 1000 page views on WordPress
- 350 WordPress followers
- 120 followers on Pinterest
- 10k Pinterest monthly views
- Twitter: 552
- WordPress page views March: 773
- WordPress Followers: 304
- Pinterest followers: 98
- Pinterest views March: 7.1k
How do I plan on achieving these goals?
I have taken my bank holiday weekend and used it to plan my goals properly for April. I have scheduled some tweets for Twitter around previous blog posts, with a few morning tweets. I like the engagement element on Twitter and genuinely love the conversations, so I will still be talking and sharing in the moment tweets.
I like the idea of scheduled tweets because it keeps your content present even if you cannot go online that day.
For my WordPress goals, I have seven blog posts written and scheduled already for this month, not including this one. Many are posts that I wrote even before I launched my blog, but they have been edited. The overthinker in me will probably re-read them again the night before they are scheduled.
Again, for Pinterest, I have created and scheduled many through Pinterest itself and plan to work on Pinterest on Sundays. Pinterest is a very time-consuming process, which is why it got put on the backburner during March. Work and other blogging elements took over, which meant creating pins was not at the top of my list.
Personal March adventures
Aside from blogging, I have been working and finding ways to entertain myself and my partner on the evenings and weekends. The traditional Friday night takeaway and Saturday games night have become repetitive. Like many, we have had to find new ways to stay entertained while staying safe.
On the 13th March, my partner and I trekked to Roundhay Park in Leeds. I was under the impression that it was only a straight walk from our home and would only take an hour. It did not. It was worth it to see some swans and go for a wander that wasn’t the local park.
Cooking and baking
No judgement here, as I am not the greatest cook or baker in the world, or even in Leeds. Everyone starts somewhere, though, so I wanted to share that my partner and I have been experimenting in the kitchen. Nothing fancy, just remaking the food we order from takeaways at home.
We started with our favourite salt and pepper chicken, which our local Chinese takeaway makes to perfection. I found a recipe, and we ordered the necessary ingredients. Unfortunately, the Chinese five-spice didn’t arrive in time, so we had to use chicken spice, the substitute tasted delicious.
Continuing with our love for chicken, we made BBQ chicken wings, Nando’s inspired chicken wraps and homemade pizzas. In terms of baking, I made cupcakes from scratch with buttercream icing, flapjacks and brownies.
Chocolate themed date night
My partner recently surprised me with a chocolate-themed date night—specifically, Hotel Chocolat. It kills me to say that the chocolate was absolutely delicious, as I pride myself on being cheap, but as you might know, Hotel Chocolat is anything but cheap.
The chocolate melted in my mouth, and the salted caramel vodka liqueur was mouth-watering. We tried it with a bit of ice first, then, inspired by a White Russian, I added some milk. It was the right decision. Although we didn’t have much, it complemented the chocolate well.
We did a ‘guess the chocolate’ taste test with the chocolate, which was a fun way to start the evening. This was the point, however, that I discovered I am not overly fond of hazelnut chocolate.
March was also the month my partner and I properly tackled our wardrobes. The full, try on those ‘maybe’ clothes and get rid of the things we don’t want, wear or need.
Two 40cm x 40cm boxes were filled with clothes, while we have two small bags of textiles to recycle/reuse that would not be useful to any charity shop. I don’t know if my process is the right one, but I check the clothes for damages, sew small tears (if there are any) and ask myself, ‘would I pay for this if it was in a charity shop?’ I don’t want to donate anything that can’t be resold, or reused, because what is the point?
The items that cannot be donated are put to good use. I’ve made shorts from old jeans/leggings, a rag-rug from t-shirts that were falling apart and even cut up damaged clothes to use as stuffing for bears.
It is nice to feel like everything is in order when Spring rolls around. Plus, I now know what I have in my wardrobe as I feel like I’ve been in joggers and hoodies for a year.
More good news that occurred in March was that both my parents had their first Covid-19 vaccine. My mum felt tired after hers, while my dad built a shelf.
I am happy they are one step closer to being safe. I haven’t seen my parents since last year, and I miss them.
March also saw the UK Covid-19 roadmap start to take effect. We live close to a school, so we had a shock with all the kids walking past on the first day back. Towards the end of the month, the Covid-19 guidelines stated that groups of six people could meet outdoors.
I haven’t taken action yet, in regards to meeting people outside, as I don’t want to act too quickly. However, I am excited to have picnics outside when the weather is warmer.
March felt like it flew by, and in typical ‘me’ fashion, I felt like I didn’t accomplish enough. Imposter Syndrome kicked in again, which is why I wrote about it. It still feels like no matter what I do, I should be accomplishing more. Something about the end of the third month of the year made me feel useless.
It can be hard sometimes, but I have to remember that I am doing the best I can, and I don’t need to be accomplishing everything to be something special. I am enough.
With March over and April literally looking brighter (thank you, longer days), I feel optimistic about my blogging and personal goals. I want to take a moment to say that writing these monthly roundups have been therapeutic in a sense. Even for the goals, I don’t achieve, it is nice to see my goals, see if I achieved them, and what I can do differently to achieve them.
Writing this recap, planning my goals and ways to achieve them help me stay motivated and focused. Even during the days when getting out of bed is a struggle, these goals can help make that process easier because I have something to achieve.
So, I have a few questions for you and feel free to pick and choose the one you want to answer. I just like the conversations in the comment section!
- What moment made you smile in March?
- What are your goals for April?
- Do you have plans you are looking forward to in April?
If we can, let’s help each other achieve our goals. Good luck!