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Let’s Build a Community!

Let’s Build a Community!

Hello everyone, today I thought I would do something a little different and share my thoughts on current events, along with what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

Starting a Community

When I rebranded as Join The ME Project, one of my main goals was to create a community. I’ve discussed this a few times already. But I truly believe that blogging shouldn’t be a competition. It should be about creating strong bonds with like-minded individuals.

The Community Facebook Group Photo

The Facebook Group

This thought process and mindset spawned The Community Facebook group. I created this group for the bloggers, influencers, and creators. We are all at various stages of development and growth but that doesn’t mean we can’t lend a helping hand.

Within the group, you can find resources, weekly threads, and Q&A sessions. Feel free to join a growing Facebook group!

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Creation of an RT account & Threads

So many of us get burned out because we’re constantly worried about stats. Added on by the pressure of people who follow/unfollow and brands with unrealistic expectations. Instead, we should celebrate each other’s milestones because in the general span of things, we are a small community. Wouldn’t it be better to ignore what we have no control over?

But to combat the negativity, I want to make sure that I do my part. Today, on Twitter I’ve created an RT account that’s also attached to the Facebook Group.

The community twitter

I know one of the biggest struggles about what we do, is feeling like our work doesn’t get seen or pushed in front of a big enough audience. While this account is starting off at the bare minimum, I’m hoping with your help, it will grow.

Instagram thread

Use What You Have to Highlight Others

I wrote about it today in the FB group, but there will be one new change that I will be adding to my Instagram. Each month, I will post a thread on FB entitled, Instagram Highlight. Once a week, I will randomly pick someone to highlight on my IG feed. You just have to be a member of the group and following me on IG.

Find out my thoughts on current events and what I've been working on behind the scenes. Read at jointhemeproject.com

That’s really all I have to share with you today, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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How to Achieve Your February Blog Goals

How to Achieve Your February Blog Goals

As the day begins to draw to a close on February 1st, I thought it would be wise to remind ourselves of the momentum we had going into 2019. While this post is specifically about blogging goals, don’t neglect the other goals you’ve made for yourself. It’s never too late to put your thoughts into action.

 

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Using Available Resources

Previously, on this blog, I’ve discussed Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About. And just recently I’ve gone over How to do Blog Maintenance. Today, I’ll be adding a blog planner to this list. And hopefully, between these three articles, you will find the assistance you need to make your blogging goals a reality.

How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals- read this article to learn how to achieve your blogging goals this month. And receive access to a free blog planner PDF. Check out jointhemeproject.com to learn more.

Blog Planner

Planning and organization seem to go hand in hand. Creating a downloadable planner was the first idea to pop into my head. I tried to think about what I would want in a blog planner all the while keeping it very simple.

What You Will Find

  • Reason for Post
  • To-Do
  • Title
  • Publish Date
  • Brainstorm Ideas

Sneak Peaks

How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals- read this article to learn how to achieve your blogging goals this month. And receive access to a free blog planner PDF. Check out jointhemeproject.com to learn more.

As always to gain access to the blog planner, all you have to do is sign up for the Newsletter.

Please let me know what you think about this planner if you end up using it. I truly hope it helps some of you with your blogging goals. This post is definitely short, simple, and sweet but I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. Be on the lookout for the next post.

Thank you for Joining The ME Project ❤️

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How to do Blog Maintenance

How to do Blog Maintenance

Welcome back to Join The ME Project. In today’s post, I’ll be discussing the importance of blog maintenance. Find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. At the end of this post, you will find a checklist that will make it easier to maintain your blog.

The Responsibility

I realized very quickly that owning my domain would be a bit more responsibility compared to before. Transitioning from a free site to a self-hosted one presented a new set of challenges. I had to learn SEO, what plug-ins to use and how to transfer over all of my data.

”I realized that if I truly wanted to do it right then I needed to understand what it meant to be a self-hosted blogger.” Click To Tweet

What I originally thought would be a quick fix, took a lot longer. I realized that if I truly wanted to do it right then I needed to understand what it meant to be a self-hosted blogger. I looked up articles and with some trial and error, I thought I was on the right path.

How to do Blog Maintenance- find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. Check out jointhemeproject.com to read the full article.

One of the first things I learned, was the importance of continuously sharing your old blog posts. It helps generate a steady stream of traffic to your blog and readers who may not have read it the first time. Since Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter is still relevant that was my pick. Imagine my surprise to find all the pictures missing.

After my small freak out, I learned that the transition between blogs wasn’t as smooth as I thought it was. I was still at fault though, because I had not been doing maintenance on my blog as I should have. If I was, I would have found the problem sooner and I could have fixed it. But then I wouldn’t have the inspiration for this post so I guess it works out.

Time to Fix it

I was left with a blank canvas, all the pictures were gone and all of the subheadings were oddly shifted to the left. Instead of pouting, it hit me that this gave me the opportunity to refresh the post from when it was originally written. I have learned more in my blogging journey since then and I could incorporate it all into this post.

Add the Pictures

Now, this would be a great time to update the pictures in your old posts if they are no longer relevant. The pictures I use in my post still work so that’s what I used but do keep this in mind.

How to do Blog Maintenance- find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. Check out jointhemeproject.com to read the full article.

Organize Files & Pictures

I cannot say this enough, but back up your files and save them. Towards the end of last year, my laptop finally died but every chance I got, I saved all of my files to an external hard drive. So thankfully nothing was lost. Since then, I’ve been using my iPhone for everything but I still like to keep everything organized. This mess up was easy to fix since I already had the pictures and files saved, but I can imagine the opposite happening if they weren’t available.

What Else Should You Do?

Here is where the Checklist will come in handy. Gain access to the Blog Maintenance Checklist by signing up for the Newsletter.

How to do Blog Maintenance- find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. Check out jointhemeproject.com to read the full article.

Let me know if this checklist helps you and if you have ever encountered problems like this before.

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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
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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.

Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging: Today, I will be sharing with you everything you need to know about my first month of blogging. Learn my stats, and what I think new bloggers should know- jointhemeproject.com

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