Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging

Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging

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Hello and thank you for visiting Join The ME Project. I officially welcome you to the first blog post of the new year. And to start the year off right, I thought I would reflect on my first-month blogging. Which just so happens to be December of 2018. Today, I’ll be breaking down my stats, what lessons I learned, and what I think other bloggers should be doing.

The Warm Up

I’ve mentioned before in, Let Me Reintroduce Myself, that this is not my first time blogging. I do have some prior knowledge. While this helped the whole experience seem less daunting, I still felt overwhelmed at times.

Towards the middle of 2018, I went on a hiatus from my previous blog. I made the decision to rebrand under a new name. This meant I needed to:

  • Create a blog with the new name
  • Change my social media to match
  • Think of my blog identity
  • Choose my brand colors

Resources That Come in Handy

To complete this list that I created for myself, I sat down and thought about what I wanted Join The ME Project to represent. I used the majority of resources discussed in Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About. I used Canva to come up with a mood board for inspiration. I go back to this mood board often when I’m thinking of colors to use for headers or other content.

Orange mood board

In this regard, the best advice that I can give you is write down a game plan and stick to it. Your blog identity should be what helps people recognize your blog. Think about:

  • The font you use
  • The main colors of your blog
  • Matching your blog and social media profiles
  • Keep it consistent
The best advice that I can give you is write down a game plan and stick to it Click To Tweet

Self Host

By November, of 2018, I was on my way to being ready. The only cost that I had accumulated at this time was biting the bullet and deciding to self-host right away. For my domain fee and WordPress Package, I was only charged $12.00. I chose 1&1 IONOS because that’s who I had my previous package with for my other blog.

1&1 ionos web hosting

Writing from experience, when it comes to self-hosting, a lot of companies will offer great deals for first-time customers or first-year packages. You usually won’t see a hike in prices until the second year. First-time bloggers, don’t be afraid to shop around before agreeing to contract. At the same time, don’t be afraid to leave a contract if it’s not what you want.

Getting Started

I set aside the month of November to do some fine tuning on my blog and get my social media together. In my case, I recycled a theme from my previous blog but I will list where to find WordPress Themes, free and premium.

Next, it was time to set up social media. My first time blogging with my other blog, I made the mistake of trying to juggle every social media under the sun. Quickly, I found myself overwhelmed. This time around, I knew not to make that same mistake. I focus on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, mainly because they are great sources of traffic.

November stats

Tip for the beginning: I had no posts for the month of November but I was still able to get 107 views and 57 visitors. It may not seem like much for some but all progress and all success should be celebrated. A great way to build anticipation and get people interested in your blog is to post teasers about it. This, of course, requires that you set up your social media beforehand.

The Month of December

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

The Illusion Of Social Media– with 96 views

Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About– with 93 views

Stats for December

Stats for December

  • 769 views
  • 317 visitors
  • 39 likes
  • 50 comments

Share on Social Media

A lot of my traffic came from Twitter, WordPress.com Reader, Facebook, and Pinterest. I had some from Instagram but not a lot, it’s not something I spend a lot of time on. I post on it regularly, but the follow/unfollow game has caused me to lose interest in the app.

Besides my mini-rant on Instagram, you should be sharing blog posts on your social media. Don’t think that by writing a great post and hitting publish that your job is done. If that’s the case, it may never get seen. Share across your social media to attract readers back to your blog.

Share on:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Google+

My Thoughts

I am honestly very happy with my stats so far. December necessarily isn’t the easiest month to write a blog in because of the holidays and vacation time. I didn’t make any money last month but it wasn’t a goal of mine. My goal was to work on traffic and engagement.

Join The ME Project is very near and dear to my heart, and I want to do everything that I can to make it the best blog and brand possible. Click To Tweet

Join The ME Project is very near and dear to my heart, and I want to do everything that I can to make it the best blog and brand possible. Right now, I want to work on establishing a community. Everything else can come later.

Your Thoughts

Now, I want to hear your thoughts. Did any of this information help you at all? Will you be using any of these tips from this blog post? Let me know below.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Susan

    Great post Erika!
    I didn’t realize that you had experience with blogging, but love the thought you put into your plan before launching.
    I’m taking notes!

    January 5, 2019 at 1:00 am
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you for reading Susan 😊 Funny enough I’m learning so much more this time around lol

      January 5, 2019 at 1:26 am
  • Reply ladybluebottle

    Welcome back and congrats on your first month of blogging! Just found your blog and I’m glad I did!

    January 5, 2019 at 1:32 am
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you, I’m so happy to be back 😊

      January 5, 2019 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Leslie Tucker

    This is so real, and I can totally relate. It can be difficult juggling all things that go into blogging, but with patience and a plan it is worth it. Great post!

    January 5, 2019 at 1:51 am
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you, Leslie. And you’re so right, it takes a little bit of figuring out in the beginning but it helps in the end.

      January 5, 2019 at 2:25 am
  • Reply Scarlett

    So many useful resources linked here! Thank you!

    Scarlett | asprinkleofscarlett.co.uk

    January 5, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    • Reply Erika

      I hope they prove useful to you!

      January 5, 2019 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Ashley Firth

    Thank you for sharing – I’ve listed the resources you mentioned to help me too! Good luck on your already successful blog as you go into 2019 xxx

    January 5, 2019 at 11:40 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you so much for your kind words

      January 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Great info! Tell me more about tailwind and how you share your blog on Google+!

    January 6, 2019 at 4:31 am
    • Reply Erika

      Tailwind is a Pinterest Marketing website. It helps schedule your pins on Pinterest to be seen in front of a bigger audience. That allows more traffic to your blog if you have set up Rich Pins on your site. Google+ to put it simply, is just another social media site that you have the option to share your blog posts on. I’ve just started doing that so I don’t really have many stats on how that works.

      January 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Molly

    welcome back! thanks for the tips, I am finally about to become self-hosted! xo

    January 6, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you, and that’s wonderful! Being self-hosted does bring its own set of responsibilities but it also allows you control and creative freedom. I wish you all the best.

      January 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast

    Erika, welcome back to the blogosphere! I’m coming up on my 9th blogiversary next month. I still have a great deal to learn about blogging. The only SM I’m on is Twitter and Pinterest (still don’t have Pinterest figured out!).

    January 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Pinterest, took me a good while to figure out too. I had to read a lot of articles on it, funny enough all on Pinterest lol.

      January 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Shantel

    I had a very similar experience. I rebranded in midway through 2018 and just relaunched both my blog and my shop. I spent a lot of time reading up on SEO. You’re off to a great restart.

    January 7, 2019 at 4:30 am
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you so much and congratulations on your rebranding also. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

      January 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply SmackOfFlavor

    You mentioned that you get some traffic from WordPress Reader…I’m not familiar with it. Is it something you sign up for/post on? Or just happens when you post on your WP site.

    January 7, 2019 at 11:05 pm
    • Reply Erika

      The last one. It’s a way to read all of the blogs you are subscribed to on WordPress. It’s easier to see on the WordPress app, there’s a tab for it.

      January 8, 2019 at 12:02 am
  • Reply Kirsten (Graphic Organic)

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Loving the colour theme x

    January 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you, I appreciate it.

      January 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog)

    Welcome back to blogging – there are some great tips here for everyone. I still feel like a newbie 3 years on!

    January 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you, Claire. I still feel that way too, I guess because there’s always room to grow and more to learn.

      January 10, 2019 at 12:19 am
  • Reply val@thoughtfulneighbor.com

    Congrats on such a successful first month! I also use Tailwind, Canva and Unsplash and find they’re great free resources. Pexels is another free image resource I use.

    January 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you! I’ve heard great things about Pexel. I’m going to have to check it out

      January 24, 2019 at 2:26 am

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