Hello everyone, I can’t believe February is over. At the start of this month I felt quite overwhelmed at the task I’d set myself. If you read my initial introduction to daily blogging, you’ll know I decided about 3 days before February began that I was going to do this, so I wasn’t at all prepared. That considered, I’m quite shocked at how I’ve found it.
Before I decided to daily blog this month I was concerned that February would be the first month my blog didn’t grow. I’ve only been doing this for 5 months, every month so far, I’ve been lucky enough to see a substantial jump in both users and views. Having less days to play with, I thought this could be the month that stops. When I decided to daily blog I was unsure what impact that would have; my concerns were less about views and more towards engagement on individual posts.
I’m writing this at about 1am on the 28th February. I’ve surpassed January’s views and reached my goal for users. I’m currently around 50 views from my view goal so I’m going to be confident enough to say I’m going to achieve all my blog related goals for this month. I was right to be concerned about individual posts. They haven’t dropped massively but my average number of views per post has dropped about 15% on last month. While I would have liked to see growth here too, I usually post three times a week. When you usually have two or three days to promote a post and that suddenly drops to 24 hours, I guess a slight drop is to be expected.
This is quite funny, in an attempt to dedicate a month to my blog, I have in fact neglected it in many ways. Had I planned to daily blog in advance, this could have all been avoided but that’s just not how this story was meant to unfold.
Although I’ve achieved my blog targets (hopefully you’re one of the 50), I’ve fallen slightly short of my social media goals. Because I’ve put zero effort into it this month. Coming up with daily content and promoting it has left my pretty burnt out to the point where I’ve wanted to ignore almost every buzz on my phone. Had I pre-planned and scheduled my posts I imagine this would have been different. I’d be excited to share my content rather than exhausted the second I’d finished and clicked publish.
And I’ve neglected you. Yes, you, the person reading this. I usually like to respond to all engagement and comments etc. Back to that whole being exhausted the second I click publish thing…I’ve hardly responded to any comments this month. And I hate that. I spent a little time tonight (last night for you) going through some comments on my last two posts, and I really enjoy it. I like the conversational element. It’s something I’m very much looking forward to getting back to in March when I have more time.
I mentioned in my intro to daily blogging that I had most of my posts planned. I hadn’t actually planned recap and review posts like this one and yesterday’s, so I actually had a plan for all 28 posts. Some of them got bumped when better ideas came along, which is totally fine. Having enough content ideas was bizarrely not my problem. I did however struggle with planning my monthly calendar. I do skin, food and the odd random blogging related post. Those areas are quite different, and I didn’t want to have clusters of 5/6 food posts followed by a week of skincare. I had to pay close attention to my ‘idea’ page to make sure there was a good balance of content. Turns out that’s harder than it sounds.
The first ten days or so were a struggle, a real struggle. It was quite daunting looking at this page with 30 or so suggested posts on it, not having any other than my first 2 or 3 completed and knowing I had to do it all in a fairly short space of time. I woke up twice in the first week in a complete panic that I didn’t have a post for that day, completely forgetting that I’d taken the photos a few days in advance.
The last fortnight was much smoother. I’d found my rhythm a bit more. I was more in control of my post planning and had figured out my time management. I’d managed to pre-take a few of my photos and had written a few posts for days when the British winter weather ruined all my plans and the sky waved its metaphorical middle finger at me while I ran around my house with a white sheet in one hand, a bowl of food in the other and a camera swinging around my neck. That ridiculous image in your head right now is an oh too real situation. And I tried to schedule an ‘easy’ post every few days to give myself a little break.
This post was a product of one of those ‘running with the sheet’ days.
This month has flown. I don’t know whether that’s simply because it’s a short month, or whether it’s because I’ve been too busy and surgically attached to my screen to look around and notice it’s happening, but it has gone far quicker than I expected. And it’s like you travel at a different pace. As I usually post three times a week, like lots of others, I’m used to seeing the same faces have new posts up around the same time as I do. It’s been weird seeing the same posts multiple times this month. As I’ve been working on something new constantly, I’ve been forgetting everyone else is still at their usual pace and I’ve been living in my own little bubble. Literally, a bubble. A screen shaped bubble.
It’s interesting. Some people take a break from blogging to figure out what they want to post and where they want to go. Well, I found the opposite. By throwing myself in the deep end I think I have a better idea of what I want my blog to look like and what I enjoy creating the most. I now have a lot of blogmin to catch up with, expect a few changes in the near future.
I know it probably sounds like I’m moaning, but I’ve really enjoyed it. I always thought I’d never daily blog as content standards usually drop when people try to do it. No offence to anyone who has, some people do a great job, but I didn’t think I had it in me. While there are some posts I’d have liked to have done slightly differently and had more time to work on photos etc., I’m happy overall with what I’ve put up. I don’t see myself doing Blotober or Blogmas anytime soon, but there’s a good chance I’ll repeat next February if you’re still here to read it. And I’ll plan ahead next time, so I won’t moan so much.
Have you enjoyed my February content? ‘Febmas’ is finally over, BUT yesterday I had a realisation that Thursday is March 1st. My regular post days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. So, for one final time, until tomorrow,
(I’m off to nap for a week now, goodbye)