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Breaking Down January & February Stats

Breaking Down January & 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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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.

Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.Join The ME Project

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

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • WordPress.com Reader
  • Pinterest

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

  • WordPress.com Reader
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • 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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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.

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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
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.

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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Let’s End It With a Smile

Let's End It With A Smile: Reflecting on 2018 leads us to our goals in 2019. Next year, I'm not making resolutions. But I will tell you what I want to accomplish.- jointhemeproject.com

Let’s End It With A Smile

Originally Posted: December 4, 2017

Over the weekend, I started thinking about what I want to accomplish in the new year, what good habits I want to start. And I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions. To be honest, I’ve never really understood the hype. Only the determined and dedicated stick them, most give up after a couple weeks. My goal is to incorporate some of these things into my lifestyle and the others are things that I want to do for my blog.

The Blog, The Brand

In the middle of the year, I decided to do a complete brand 360. I realized just how much The ME Project meant to me. I questioned why it wasn’t the focus of my brand. I went on a hiatus and I got to work.

One of my biggest goals for 2019, is to make sure that both my blog and brand are optimized to their fullest potential. Motivation and Encouragement are the very foundation of The ME Project and they always will be but I want to include more. Be on the lookout for:

  • Blogging Resources
  • Wellness & Self-Care
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Living
  • Brand Identity
  • Social Media Tips
  • Chronic Illness
  • Blogger Interviews

Planner

Some may not believe this, but I finally got a planner. And I am so excited because I won’t have to keep dashing between my phone and the notebook I’ve been using. I’m honestly surprised that I’ve done well so far, it’s a bit of a mess I’m afraid. I picked a planner that’s nondated. I liked this option because I have more control over what goes into it. I also bought some pens to use along with it.

Flowery Nondated Planner

Price: $11.77

Previously, I was using post-it notes to keep track of what needed to be done. Let’s just say, that got out of hand very fast. I’m a visual learner so being able to write in different colors will help me keep track of everything.
Price: $5.95

Health & Exercise

I have to say it seems like I’ll be ending the year with more questions than answers when it comes to some aspects of my health. And I’m okay with that. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve finally come to an understanding about that. There are some things in my life that I won’t be able to change so I’m going to start focusing on the parts that I can.

I’ve found certain exercises that I can do without breaking my 20-minute limit. Losing weight isn’t really my priority. I want to try and eat healthier, exercise to the best of my ability, and drink more water.

The Blogger Series

I’ve expressed my gratitude often, but I still don’t think it’s enough. The outpouring of support has been so awe-inspiring and I just wish that I could do more to show you all just how appreciative I am. Remember, if you would like to be a part of Blogger Interview series you can just leave me a comment with your email below or send me an email at info@jointhemeproject.com.

Also, I would love to have guest posts for this series. It can be anything along the topics of mentioned earlier under The Blog, The Brand subheading. If you would like to do a guest post, just let me know.


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Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About

Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About

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Hello everyone and welcome back to The ME Project. After writing, Tech Review|Canva iOS App I realized that there were other free resources out there for bloggers that I thought you all should know about. So today, I will be breaking down my top 8 and I made up an infographic which will be at the bottom.

Let me know what you think of my list. If you made up your own list how would yours differ from mine? Tell me in the comments below.

Canva

Download

I use Canva to create the majority of the graphics you see on my blog and social media. It is very convenient to use and with the iOS app downloaded on my phone, I can create graphics on the go. (For a more in-depth review, please read Tech Review|Canva iOS App)

Unsplash

Website

Unsplash.com is my go to website for stock photos. In the beginning, I had a hard time finding some. I stumbled upon Unsplash and it serves all my needs. You can search by topic or theme.

Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About: This article includes my top 8 list of resources every blogger should know about. What do you think made the list? Read it to find out| jointhemeproject.com

Crowdfire

Download

I was very overwhelmed with the amount of social media I had taken on in the beginning. Using Crowdfire gives me an overview of my Twitter and blog. It also allows me to schedule posts.

Instagram Followers App

Download

I think by now we all know of the follow/unfollow game on Instagram. At this present time, I don’t really see it changing. It is really sad that people do it, I don’t honestly see how this helps them grow their platform. Using Followers+ doesn’t necessarily stop the problem, but it helps me keep track of the unfollowers.

Collabor8

Download

With Collabor8 you set up an account on the app and link your social media. You have the ability to contact brands or have brands contact you. Most transactions are done by either trade or pay. But you have control of when the transaction will take place. I think it’s a very handy app to have. So far I haven’t found another quite like it.

Grammarly Keyboard

Download

I started using it for the convenience but now I find myself lost without it. It makes writing a blog post or a quick tweet so easy. Spell checking and grammar, it’s all there. Just download the app and the keyboard to your phone.

Tailwind

Download / Website

Tailwind is a marketing tool associated with Pinterest and most recently, Instagram. It’s available online or in app form. It saves you time by scheduling your pins ahead of time.

Find out more info about Tailwind by reading:

Facebook Groups

In the very beginning, I had such a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I understood that it would be in my benefit to create a Facebook Page for my blog but I went about it in all the wrong ways. I hadn’t used the site since 2009 so I was a little rusty in what to do.

Making a page for my blog has created some traffic for my blog. But the biggest source of support has been finding other blog groups and communities. Sometimes it takes effort to find the right ones for you but the support you find within these communities is so helpful. I’ll list two of the ones I like below.

Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About: This article includes my top 8 list of resources every blogger should know about. What do you think made the list? Read it to find out| jointhemeproject.com

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Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter

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Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter

Originally posted: November 3, 2017.
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Hello everyone, thank you for joining me again on The ME Project. I love this time of year, but as the weather starts to transition throughout the season it gets a little hard for me. The cold weather makes me ache and the lack of sun just about drains me. You may be thinking to yourself, “Why do you love it?” This time of year lets me create my own sunshine. I find ways to keep myself busy and most importantly healthy.

Now, this is not to say that I don’t still have bad days. I do, just like everyone else. But I try my best to work through them and remember that tomorrow is another day. So today I’ll be taking you through my top tips for surviving winter. I hope you all enjoy and let me know in the comments what helps you get through this time of year.

This time of year lets me create my own sunshine. I find ways to keep myself busy and most importantly healthy. Click To Tweet

Use a Weekly Pill Organizer

This may sound like a weird tip, but I’ve found that it’s helped me so much. If you deal with any sort of health condition like me, you probably take a lot of medication. I’d noticed that I’d gotten really lazy about taking my medicine at night. Periodically, I would forget to take my morning doses. Sometimes it can be a chore to huddle up all of the pill bottles and get the right dosage of medication.

Weekly AM/PM Pill Organizer

Weekly AM/PM Pill Organizer- $9.99

So each week I’ll set aside time to refill it and it makes my life so much easier. I really like this pill organizer because the capsules come out. If my day is going to be busy from morning on, I can pop the capsule in my purse and go about my day.

Stay Hydrated the Right Way

Dehydration is a serious issue and sometimes we may not be aware of it. If you’ve experienced dry skin, headaches, or dizziness in some cases these symptoms can be attributed to dehydration. Chronic health problems and the weather can affect the way we feel but we can take precautionary measures. There are a lot of benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated.

Rehydrate Pro 25oz Insulated Water BottleRehydrate Pro 25oz Insulated Water Bottle- $18.97

Drinking water throughout the day will increase energy, prevent muscle cramps, and detoxify the body. There are also fruits with high water content. My local grocery stores stock pre-cut watermelon and I’ve developed a habit of snacking on that.

Other fruits and veggies are:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberry
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Lemons

Dress At Least Five Degrees Warmer Than the Temperature

My sister always says that being a meteorologist is the only profession where you get to lie constantly and keep your job. She was slightly joking when she said that but the point still counts. My fibromyalgia doesn’t act up in the warmer months as much as it is now. When I get cold it seems like it takes forever to get warm and I’ll spend the rest of the day huddled underneath a blanket.

So as an example, Friday it’s supposed to be 49 degrees. There’s 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Factoring all of this in, I’ll dress like it’s 55 degrees outside that way I know I’m warm. It may not seem like much, but a scarf or a hat can make a big difference against a wind chill.

Create Your Own Sunshine

My mom likes to do this by turning on a bunch of lamps in the apartment. She says if the sun isn’t outside than she’ll create it inside. Another way to do this is by making life fascinating. Just because we have ordinary responsibilities to take care of does not mean they have to feel that way.

Just because we have ordinary responsibilities to take care of does not mean they have to feel that way. Click To Tweet

As an example, say it’s time for your weekly grocery shopping. Each time you go to the grocery store, you take the same route. You’ve gotten so used to driving in this direction that you barely notice what you drive by. This next time, pay attention to your surroundings. You just may discover a new store or what could potentially be your favorite restaurant. Make time for adventure and discovery.


What tips do you have for winter? Let me know in the comments below. You can read the previous post, The Visionary Friend, by clicking the link.

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Tech Review|Canva iOS App

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Tech Review| Canva iOS App

This is my first review on this blog and I am very pleased that it is a positive one. Anyone starting out knows the difficulty in finding resources. And it doesn’t necessarily matter what they are starting out in. They could be pursuing their dream, starting a new job, or opening a new business. The point is, at the very beginning of anything, there’s not much money to spend.

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I want to make this blog as organic as possible and be truthful about each step that I take. So I went online to look for an aid in making logos and banners. I went to handy dandy Google and did a search for free logo makers. Now mind you, the free part is what got me. Because the first few sites that popped up looked like they were taking notes from clip art and PowerPoint presentations.

Finding Canva

Before all hope was lost and I lost what patience I had left for the day I came across Canva.

In clicking the link, it sent me to the direct link to the free iOS app for the iPhone. And even though I was thinking the only use I could get out of it was to make logos. It provided me with so much more. You can create logos, banners for Twitter and Facebook, and edit pictures for Instagram. All of the pictures on my blog, except for one that I haven’t got to yet were made on Canva.

Since the app is free, you honestly can’t go wrong in giving it a try.

Since the app is free, you honestly can’t go wrong in giving it a try. Click To Tweet

You can download the app at Canva

This gets 5/5 from me.

Let me know what you think about this, in the comments section below.

Anyone starting out knows the difficulty in finding resources.

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