Taste of HOME| Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Taste of HOME

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Originally Posted September 16, 2017
Read the previous post here: The Big Chop & TWA

I don’t think there are enough words in the English dictionary for me to explain how much I love Cheddar’s. I always go hungry and leave feeling like I’m going to epically explode but there’s always a smile on my face.

The area I live in is what’s called a tri-state area. So I live in Ohio, who can reach out and poke West Virginia, and West Virginia talks to Kentucky on the weekends. And they all get together once a month for dinner (does that make sense? Okay, moving on). Because the states are so close, we often travel to Kentucky for dinner and shopping. This particular Cheddar’s is located in Ashland, Kentucky.

The Menu

The menu honestly isn’t complex, but that’s why I like it. Most of the people that enter restaurants are seriously hungry so they don’t want to spend a lot of time staring at pages and pages of a menu. I’ve worked food service, so it’s also awkward to have to stare at people staring at pages and pages of a menu while they try to figure out what they want to it. Their menu gets straight to the point and plays no games.

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The Food

During this particular visit, we started off with an appetizer. We got the Chips & Homemade Queso without the seasoned ground beef. I liked it a lot so I wonder how it would have been with the beef added. The salsa that came with it wasn’t exactly my favorite but my mother and our friend enjoyed it. The price for this appetizer is $4.99 and I think that is fair for the amount of food you get.

Chips and queso

Now, I have to tell on myself a bit. I am a creature of habit and it’s something that I’m trying to knock myself out of. When I go to a restaurant, I tend to order the same thing over and over again. I’m going to do better though, especially now that I have this blog. My mom and I ordered the Grilled Baja Chicken and our friend got a half rack of the House Smoked Baby Back Ribs.

Grilled baja chicken

I can’t speak personally for our friend, although she seemed to really enjoy her food. But the Grilled Baja Chicken is one of my favorite dishes. I’m always surprised by how big the portions are, the sheer amount of food simply amazing me. You can tell the food is seasoned well and made fresh. The half rack of the House Smoked Baby Back Ribs (sides included) will run you $11.79.

 

Half rack

Since updating this post, Cheddar’s no longer has the Grilled Baja Chicken on the Menu. But I was able to find a similar recipe in Better Homes & Gardens.

Link to: Better Homes & Gardens: Spicy Grilled Chicken with Baja Black Beans and Rice

Extras & Dessert

If you ever have a chance to go to Cheddar’s, don’t miss an opportunity to get a Honey Butter Croissant. It sounds so simple, and a matter of fact it is. It simply is a croissant with honey butter on it. But your taste buds will thank you, and then, you will thank me. You can get 3 for $2.99 and I suggest you do or you may lose a friend or a finger.

Related Post: How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie

To wrap up this post we have to talk about their desserts. This last visit in August was the first time that I had tried their desserts. My mom and I got the Hot Fudge Cake Sundae (us getting the same thing once again was not intentional) and our friend got the Seasonal Crisp A La Mode. Now mind you, my expectations were not that high. In my mind, I was somewhat visualizing desserts the same size as Applebee’s shooters. So when the waitress sat down this mammoth of a plate, I thought I was going to lose my mind.

Cake

I literally starred at the plate for 30 seconds before I asked the waitress, “If a slice of the cake is this big. How big is the actual cake?” She never answered my questioned though, she just kept laughing at me. I actually couldn’t finish it and had to take the rest home. This cake is rich without being sickly sweet and I love it with all my heart.

Overall rating for Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen 5/5

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow me on Social Media. And check out The CoUnity page to learn how you can become a member.

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The Big Chop & TWA

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The Big Chop & TWA

Originally posted October 3rd, 2017
Previous posts from the series:
At first, I started to stretch the time in between my relaxers. Then I just stopped with the relaxers completely so I could transition from relaxed to natural. I’d been told to clip my hair a little each month. I had friends that had gone that route and they did it so they wouldn’t lose the length of their hair. So as their new growth grew out, they would cut off the relaxed straight hair.

I was doing that for awhile and I just got impatient with the whole process. I’ve never been one to worry about that. I’ll get a pixie cut in a minute. So I gradually started cutting my hair during the period of a week. Then I finally went to a salon and got it completely cut off. So I transitioned for six months and I big chopped June 25, 2015.- No More Relaxers!Join The ME Project

The Big Chop

I stated in the previous article that I went the route of doing a big chop instead of transitioning my hair. At the time, it felt like the right decision for me and more so, because I’m an all or nothing type of girl. In my mind, I was thinking, “You’ve made the decision to go natural, so let’s go natural!” I didn’t want to invest in the time it would take to transition my hair from relaxed to natural when I could simply chop off all of the relaxed hair and BE natural.

The big chop

Hair Care & Products?

In hindsight, my thinking was sound. But I admit now that I was impatient and I should have taken more time to learn not only about my hair but the care it would need. I’ve heard that some have gone through a “hair-crisis” after the B.C. That wasn’t necessarily the case for me. When I graduated high school I cut my chin-length hair into a pixie cut, so the length (or not having a length) of my hair didn’t bother me. My problem was I didn’t have the right products or knowledge that I needed.

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I remember the leaving the salon the day of my BC (big chop) and going into a Walgreens. I stared at their ethnic hair product selection in utter confusion. I didn’t know what I was supposed to get. I didn’t know of the LOC method or pre-poos, I barely knew what a deep conditioner was. I remember grabbing a cheap Suave conditioner, some sort of detangling spray and heading to the counter.

Knowledge is Power

After some initial stumbling and falling, I started to figure things out. Styling at this point was really nonexistent for me, but I found that moisture was key. Before the BC, I could hide my face behind my relaxed hair and my glasses. Living life with a TWA really brought the focus back on my face. It helped me get comfortable with myself and find ways to express myself and try things that I hadn’t thought of before.

Want to learn my big chop experience? Interested in reading my thoughts on having a TWA? Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

Believe it or not, but this was my first time trying lipstick. I knew that with the focus off of my hair, I could get away with trying something different, so lipstick it was. After trying lipstick, I bought funkier jewelry. I was already a jewelry lover before my BC, but afterward, I felt that I could get away with wearing bigger earrings.

Time

But just like with anything, hair takes time. You do get the benefit of growing your hair out as one even length and texture when you BC but don’t expect magical results. Your hair will still grow at the rate your hair normally grows. I made the mistake at the beginning of comparing my journey against the youtube videos I was seeing online. Until one day, I realized that we are all different. Sometimes hair does best when it is just left alone, and that’s where protective styling comes into play. I’ll talk more about that next time.

Want to learn my big chop experience? Interested in reading my thoughts on having a TWA? Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

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No More Relaxers!

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No More Relaxers!

Originally Posted: September 23, 2017
Read the previous post here: March 2019| Popular Quotes of the Month

I don’t even know where to start this story from, should it be: the middle, the beginning, the end? Have you ever tried or done something that you didn’t know was bad for you until later but somehow you continue to do it for awhile before you quit? If your answer is yes, then you feel my pain. If your answer is no, that’s okay just keep reading and hopefully, you will understand.

My Beginning with Relaxers

I remember my first relaxer being a, Just For Me Relaxer, but I don’t remember how old I was. I know I was quite young, I was so young that I didn’t know what to do with my hair. And the crazy thing about it is from the Youtube videos and articles that I’ve read about black women they don’t know why they got a relaxer either. It’s a tradition or a doctrine was passed down from mother to daughter that that’s what you did after a certain age. And to be truthful, that’s basically what it is.

Society in the 60s & 70s

My mother was a child in the 60’s, in her teenage years by the 70’s. And at that time there was such societal pressure for black women to fit in with the rest (the same can be said for today). I can say from experience that natural hair definitely makes you stand out.

But during that time, they were told, “Your hair would look so much prettier if it was straight.”, “You look unkempt with your hair like that.” Words like these influenced some of them to blend in and that influence trickled down to later generations.

Add Chemicals but No TLC

The problem with me was that my hair was chemically straightened, but it wasn’t necessarily being taken care of. I have to be honest, my mom is not a hairdresser and she didn’t know what to do with my hair. When an attempt was made, my hair ended up in a bun or ponytail smack dab in the middle of my head and that’s all she wrote. Soon, a friend of my mom started to braid my hair (and interestingly enough she still does my box braids to this day.)

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Years went by and I got older, but unfortunately, I was still uneducated when it came to what my hair needed. During my early teenage years, I would go to the salon and get it done. But I had no clue about what upkeep my hair needed in-between visits. I look back now and I cringe ya’ll, I’m cringing.

There was even a time I got blonde highlights and afterward I couldn’t figure out why my hair broke off. Let me tell you what took the cake, what do you get when you mix old microbraids, new growth, and a super relaxer. You get a straight-up disaster, that’s what you get!

Micro Braids Disaster!

In high school, I got micro braids, something I will never get again. I remember it was a 9-hour process and I had two women working on my head at the same time. So I sat in a chair with very few breaks, acting like a human seesaw and at this time I was quite tender headed.

Learn about my hair journey transitioning from relaxers to natural. Many mistakes were made. But maybe you can learn from my example. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

I left the braids in for too long, and another problem was that I didn’t know how to take them out properly. Add on the super relaxer and well my hair fell out bad. I remember being in the shower watching my hair come out in clumps.

Would you yell at me if I told you that this wasn’t my relaxer finale? If you want to yell at me that’s okay, because this wasn’t the end. After the super relaxer fiasco, I went to the salon and got a haircut and continued on this destructive path.

Health Change, New Perspective

When I turned 20, my health changed a little bit, this caused me to start paying attention to what I eat and my daily activities. Around this same time, my sister went natural and she would always tell me about her progress. My sister is, in fact, my older sister, so she never asked if I wanted to go natural, she just told me to do it. That’s the type of relationship we have.

At first, I started to stretch the time in between my relaxers. Then I just stopped with the relaxers completely so I could transition from relaxed to natural. I’d been told to clip my hair a little each month.

Learn about my hair journey transitioning from relaxers to natural. Many mistakes were made. But maybe you can learn from my example. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

I had friends that had gone that route and they did it so they wouldn’t lose the length of their hair. So as their new growth grew out, they would cut off the relaxed straight hair. I was doing that for awhile and I just got impatient with the whole process.

I’ve never been one to worry about length. I’ll get a pixie cut in a minute. So I gradually started cutting my hair during the period of a week. Then I finally went to a salon and got it completely cut off. So I transitioned for six months and I big chopped June 25, 2015.


As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Read the previous, Tackle That Fro post: Tackle That Fro, Natural Hair Series

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March 2019| Popular Quotes of the Month

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March 2019

Popular Quotes of the Month

Read the previous post here: Tackle That Fro, Natural Hair Series

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Here we are again at the beginning of a new month. I thought it would be great to look back and do a review of the quotes posted to the JTMP Instagram for the month of March.

Quotes from the Month of March

01

Reset refocus

Quote: ”Reset. Refocus. Readjust. Restart. As many times as you need to.”- Unknown

Comment:Take a moment and think about what this quote means for you.⁣⁣ It’s quite common in today’s society to set limits. You only get so many chances or at a certain age, you should have accomplished a certain amount of things. But are these things realistic?⁣⁣ Don’t be afraid to break apart from the mold and do what’s best for you and yours.⁣⁣

02


Mistakes

Quote: ”Take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.”⁣

Comment: This quote is from my most recent post, Breaking Down January & February Stats.⁣ The question of the day: have you learned a lesson from a recent mistake?⁣

03

Instant success

Quote: ”Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.”⁣

Comment: We live in a 🌎  where instant gratification is common and expected. But how often do the results of such things play out well?⁣ Wouldn’t it be better if we worked for what we want? The time and effort would guarantee nothing is taken for granted.⁣

04

Set limit

Quote: ”Admitting that you have a set limit is not a weakness. It just means that you are aware of what your body needs.”⁣

Comment: Do you know your limits?⁣ To me, limits, are what we will allow ourselves to handle. Anything above a set limit is too much. After reaching your limit, it is good to take a break from the situation or the event.⁣ Read the rest of the article, Knowing Your Limits

05

Simple things

Quote: ”The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”-Unknown⁣⁣

Comment: Would you say this quote is true? ⁣Are you aware of your surroundings and the simple things in life? ⁣

06

Les mis

Quote: ”Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” -Les Misérables⁣

Comment: Sometimes we go through situations that feel like they are never going to end. It may be physical, mental, or emotional. ⁣It’s okay to admit to those bad days. Because those bad days will end.⁣

07

Strength

Quote: “Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive.” -Unknown

Comment: Madness becomes strength. Or you could say that strength can be found in madness.⠀

Examples:⠀

• Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde⠀

• The Mad Hatter⠀

• The Incredible Hulk⠀

Can you think of any?

08

One step

Quote: ”One step at a time or one breath at a time.”⁣

Comment: Pain, no matter the form can become all-encompassing. My grandmother used to say that pain distorts the character.⁣ It’s important to pause and take whatever time you need to heal and regroup. Develop a self-care routine.⁣ Living with a chronic illness is difficult but it’s not impossible. We are strong because we endure.⁣

09

Meraki

Quote: Meraki [may•rah•kee] (v.) – to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put yourself in your work.

Comment: Keeping this Greek word in mind, have you ever felt this way about anything?⁣ And if so, are you still doing it? ⁣One of the best ways to remain healthy is to replace our negative habits with good. In most cases, we think we need to drop what makes us happy because it takes up too much of our time.⁣ And when we do, we find we’ve dropped what kept us active. Avoid all of this by remembering meraki. Don’t take that feeling for granted.⁣


As always, let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite quote?

Looking back at all the quotes from March. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

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Tackle That Fro, Natural Hair Series

Tackle That Fro

Natural Hair Series

Originally Posted: September, 20, 2017
Read the previous post: Eat Better, Feel Better with HelloFresh

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today, I will be introducing Tackle That Fro. It’s a natural hair series where you will learn more about me. You will find out the highs, lows, and the whoas. Starting off, I’m sharing what my mindset was when I thought about creating this series.

The Past

In the very beginning of my blogging journey I wanted to be able to keep my blogging life separate from my personal life. Some may remember, for a while I didn’t use my first name, I went by my blogging name. But in a way, I realized I created a barrier and it simply wasn’t cutting it. I didn’t want to restrict myself to what content I created.

I want you all to be able to get to know me and vice versa. Can someone be 50% anonymous? Maybe a better word for it is private? The point I’m trying to make is that I’ll be sharing more about myself, and to start that we have the Tackle That Fro series.

Tackle That Fro

I’ve been natural for over four years now, and man let me tell you, it’s been a journey. The “why did I agree to this trip, how long are we going to be on this car journey.” But I’ll start at the very beginning so you’ll be along for the ride. In the Tackle That Fro series I’ll be discussing the following:

  1. I Give up Creamy Crack!
  2. Natural Influences
  3. How Not to Big Chop
  4. After BC, What Next?
  5. Products: Fails & Wins
  6. Hair Expectations
  7. Protective Styling
  8. Hair Tools

Hopefully, this will be another way for you to get to know me. And through the comments, I can get to know you too. So as always, let me know what you think. If you are natural, how has the transition been for you? If you’re not natural and have a different hair texture, what do you think about all of this?

Introducing my transition from relaxed to natural. Starting at the very beginning. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.comIntroducing my transition from relaxed to natural. Starting at the very beginning. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

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Eat Better, Feel Better with HelloFresh

Eat Better, Feel Better with HelloFresh

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Sticking to your goals of living a healthier lifestyle just got a whole lot easier with fresh, easy to follow recipes from HelloFresh. Eating right doesn’t mean substituting nutrition for flavor; whether it’s Sweet-As-Honey Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos, or Vibrant Veggie Skewers, HelloFresh has easy, delicious, and healthy meals perfect for the individual or family looking to eat better and feel better.

Eat Better

In addition to providing healthy choices, the HelloFresh culinary and sourcing teams search for the most environmentally friendly and sustainable ingredients for each and every one of their recipes. HelloFresh works with some of the best family-owned and operated suppliers in the country, like Del Ray Avocado in California and Sea to Table in New York. Whether it’s seafood, meat, or vegetables, you can rest assured knowing that your meal includes the highest-quality ingredients possible.

Feel Better

Signing up for HelloFresh is as simple as picking a plan that matches your dietary preferences (Veggie, Classic, or Family), selecting your meals (choose from 15 new recipes each week), and scheduling delivery (available 7 days/week). Their flexible subscription model even allows you to skip weeks, modify your plan, and change your weekly menu. Easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info makes cooking for even the most inexperienced chef a breeze.

And, because each meal kit contains pre-measured ingredients, you only use what you buy – no more overspending on ingredients at the grocery store that either go bad or wind up in the garbage. Staying committed to a healthier lifestyle and eating better can be difficult, but HelloFresh is here to help. Say hello to easy, delicious, and healthy home cooking that’s actually fun with HelloFresh. Sign up for HelloFresh today and save $30 on your first box!

As always, let me know what you think. Have you used a service like HelloFresh before and did you like it? Will you be signing up for HelloFresh?

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Obliviscar Felt Letter Board Review

Obliviscar Felt Letter Board Review

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Hello, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today I will be sharing my review of the Obliviscar Felt Letter Board. You will be getting my thoughts on the board itself, and a detailed look on what comes with it.

Let’s Welcome Spring!

First day of spring

I used the board for the first time yesterday, not only to welcome spring but to play around with it. And I really like that it’s an item or product that doesn’t take much time to learn by way of direction.

Inside the Box

Inside the box

Inside the box you get:

  • A letter board sized 10”X10”
  • Precut letters
  • A sorting tray to keep your letters in
  • Adjustable wood stand

What I Think

I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about this felt letter board. I’m really happy with it and I can tell just how much thought Obliviscar put into it. There’s no wasted packaging or plastic. They thought of the consumer’s convenience so the letters are pre-cut. Included with everything else, is a picture to help you identify where the letters are.

Sorting card

And there are so many uses to a board like this. I joked yesterday that I finally felt like an official blogger now that I had one of these. But aside from social media, this can be used for decoration. Or it can be used to leave short funny messages for your family.

So as always, let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have a letter board, do you like it? If not, would you buy this one?

Sharing my review of my new felt letter board. Read the article at jointhemeproject.com

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Healthy & Happy Snacking

Healthy & Happy Snacking

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Hello, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today, I will be sharing ten healthy snack options, some savory, some sweet. Does your favorite healthy snack make the list?

List of 10

Pistachios: They are one of my favorite nuts to eat, and a great addition to both savory and sweet meals. The generally accepted portion amount is about 1 cup. You can put some in a sandwich bag and take with you on the go.

Watermelon: If you’ve read, Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter, you would know that I am partial to watermelon. It’s great for an in-between meal snack and it aids in hydration which is also important.

Giving you ten healthy snack options to lead a happy life.

Broccoli: By itself, it’s fresh and good. But my sister has got me hooked on drizzling the broccoli with a little olive oil, some lemon pepper seasoning, and roasting it for a few minutes. It’s really good.

Healthy Snacks

Cottage Cheese: Cottage Cheese may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a great healthy option to consider. It’s a great source of protein and can be topped with savory or sweet depending on your preference. My favorite combination is mandarin oranges and honey.

Guacamole: Now, guacamole, is my mother’s favorite snack. Usually, we buy a bag of avocados from our local Sam’s Club and we make it fresh and home. Eat it with tortilla chips or veggies.

Bananas: I think bananas are the quiet, unsung hero in our house. They offer so many health benefits, I could probably write a blog post on that alone. We try to keep them in the house, especially now that we’ve cut down on sweets.

Happy Snacks

Apples: Usually, when I have an apple as a snack it’s in combination with something else. I will slice up an apple and pair it with some caramel dip or cheese. Most of the time, it’s apple slices, cheese, and whatever lunch meat we have available.

Easy Tuna Salad: This easy tuna salad is just that, easy. Take a bowl, get your tuna, mayo, and lemon juice. Mix those ingredients together and then add salt and pepper to taste. Put over a bed of lettuce or a slice of tomato.

Giving you ten healthy snack options to lead a happy life.

Yogurt Parfait: The main components of yogurt parfaits are the fruit, yogurt, and granola if you like it. The possibilities truly are endless. Making a parfait should be based on your specific taste or dietary needs.

Smoothies: I am a huge fan of smoothies. The day can go by so quickly before you realize you haven’t had anything to eat. Smoothies don’t take long to make and you can also make them ahead of time. If you have an issue eating all of your fruits and veggies, just cram them in a smoothie.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. What healthy snacks would you include in a top ten list? To read more posts like this one visit Village Bakery.

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Cratejoy: Subscription Boxes for Everyone

Cratejoy: Subscription Boxes for Everyone

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Whether shopping for friends, family, or coworkers, Cratejoy has a subscription box perfect for each person on your list. Use code CRATEJOY15 to save 15% off any 6-month or 12-month gift membership.

Here are a few of the subscription boxes.

Simple Loose Leaf – $9/month

Tea lovers rejoice when receiving this box from Simple Loose Leaf. Each box includes 10 grams of black tea, green tea, herbal tea, and seasonal tea, and the blends change each month. Choose between classic and decaf boxes.

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BookCase.Club – $9.99/month

The BookCase.Club box was made for the bookworm in your life. Each month he or she receives two books selected by BookCase.Club’s curators. Genres range from cookbooks to thrillers, so there’s always something new to look forward to.

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Treats – $13.95/month

Snackers have met their match with the Treats box. Filled with items from around the world that you can’t find at the local grocery store, choose your subscription of 5+ international snacks or 10+ international snacks.

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As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Would you subscribe to any of the three listed here? Or have you bought another subscription box from Cratejoy before?

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Breaking Down January and February Stats

Breaking Down

January and February Stats

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Join The Me Project. Today we will be taking a few steps into the past as I go over my January and February stats. Just as with the previous post, I will be breaking down my stats and sharing what I’ve learned.

Inspired by a Quote

 

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”Sometimes you win. & Sometimes you learn.”- Unknown

Click here to read the previous Stats postBreaking Down My First Month of Blogging.

January

Going into the start of January, I had a general plan of action.

  • Beat my stats from December
  • Build up my Resource Library
  • Create good content

Stats for January

Initially, I had a bad mindset because I started to compete with myself. It was all about the numbers and every chance I got, I was checking to see if there was a change. But then I had to remind myself that even though I have blogging experience, this particular blog is new. Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.

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Once I got over that bump in the road than I could focus on the rest of my goals. Building my Resource Library didn’t prove to be difficult at all. With a few of the blog posts, I wrote in January, I would create a printable using Canva and make it available to download through my newsletter. If you want me to write up a post on how to do so, please just let me know in the comments section below.

Click here to readFree Resources Every Blogger Should Know About.

My last goal for January was simple enough and that was to create good content. With my first blog, I made a lot of mistakes. One of those mistakes was that I wrote and published blog posts just about every day.

And this isn’t to shade bloggers that do so, but I found it detrimental to my health. It had me so stressed out. I’ve mentioned before that I want this blog to be different. I want to take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.

I think that if you create good enough content you don’t have to write as much. As bloggers, content creators, and influencers we spend just as much time promoting our work on social media. I think it’s a 50/50 job between writing and promoting. If the content is good enough, I would continue to get views from those posts all month.

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What I Wrote

I published 10 posts during the month of January. The most popular were:

Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging– 121 views

Finding & Creating Your Brand Identity– 90 views

Stats for January

  • 989 views
  • 431 visitors
  • 36 likes
  • 117 comments

Traffic

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February

If I could consider January, my high than, February was definitely my low. I generally just did not feel well last month. And while my blog took a hit, there are still accomplishments that I am very proud of.

February stats

Stats for February

  • 391 views
  • 180 visitors
  • 21 likes
  • 16 comments

Traffic

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  • Facebook

Looking at the above stats you can truly see the difference between the two months. Wherein January, I was initially battling a bad mindset, this time around I was battling my health. I was dealing with complications with my Occipital Neuralgia and some days, I could find any inspiration to write.

Just like in, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!”, some days you just have to accept defeat and wait for the next day.

What I Wrote

But this doesn’t mean that I didn’t write anything. For the month of February, I wrote 10 posts which seem to be my average. The most popular were:

Create a Self-Care Toolkit– 41 views

Let’s Build a Community!– 36 views

Making a Dream Reality

The month wasn’t a total wash though. I was able to put into action a part of a dream I’ve had since my last blog. I created The Community, a side project of Join The ME Project.

Click here to read more, The Community

As of now, there’s a Facebook group, Twitter RT account, and Wednesday highlight post on my IG. I’m so happy that the feedback has been great so far.

I think that may be all I have to discuss today, as always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Just as with the previous post, I will be breaking down my stats and sharing what I’ve learned. Read at jointhemeproject.com

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