August was a very significant month for me in terms of my job and how I work. Without going into too much detail (just yet!), it means that I’m much more focused on the blog and its long-term goals – and I can finally start executing some much needed systems.
First things first though – I need to get on top of the emails. As soon as I clear 20 of them, another 8 have popped into my inbox!
I think I just need one full day with no distractions to have a good old clear out, although I can’t see that happening until the kids are back at school next week.
I’ve been collaborating on a few sponsored posts this month, but I’ve mainly been getting offers of product reviews.
At this stage of my blog, I don’t typically write a full blog review in return for a product. For small cost items it’s not worth my while spending hours putting together a blog post, but for much higher cost items, then it makes complete sense.
Who I met
I hooked up with blogging friend, Anna Nuttall, for a quick look round my local town. It was great of her to come over and Anna offered some advice on dealing with the whole http to https switch on the blog (see below!).
I ended up buying a pair of trainers (which Girlwrighter has now ‘borrowed’ – can you believe my ten-year old has the same shoe size as me?!), as well as a few make up bits and bobs.
In the charts
Last month I reported that I had climbed to number 32 in the HIBS charts, and this month (as I predicted), it has dropped down to number 38. I’m still really chuffed with this of course – I remember going out for a celebratory meal when I got into the top 100, so I’ve got to be pleased that I’m now in the top 50.
But to make up for the slide, my DA score has increased by one to 38. I set a target for the end of the year for 36, so I’m over the moon that I’ve pipped this already.
I had the opportunity to contribute to a post that Your Parking Space were putting together on ‘The Top Ways To Earn A Side Income According To The Experts’.
I quite like these round-up posts and it’s a great article, with some interesting suggestions from a selection of bloggers – have a read here.
So this month I’ve been away for a week, spent two weeks having a massive clear out of the kids’ rooms, my office, the kitchen cupboards and things like that.
And as mad as it sounds – cleaning and tidying helps me to de-stress (I even wrote a blog post on it here!).
But catching up on household stuff and getting my focus right has meant that anything blog-wise took a back seat. And that’s my ‘epic fail’ for this month.
Mind you, in last month’s blogging month my goal for August was ‘Write what I can, catch up on the housework and then relax for a couple of weeks, ready to hit the ground running in September’. So I guess I was only following my own advice!
The other ‘epic fail’ was on my #SnappedUp Linky – July had been an awesome month, but numbers had dwindled in August.
I’m putting this down to the summer holidays and the fact that people are a lot busier – either going away on holiday or too busy looking after their kids to take part in things like linkies.
In between all of the changes that went on this month (work schedules, cleaning and tidying and general organisation etc), I managed to get myself along to one of my favourite shops, TKMaxx. I was glad that I did as I came across something that I really needed.
It was this ‘Girls In Charge’ journal, and as soon as I opened it I knew I had to buy it. The journal ran from August, which I saw as a sign that I needed it – changing times, changing systems and all that…
So I went ahead and bought it and I spent £14.99. It runs right through until December 2019, so it was money well spent.
My vlogging channel
Unfortunately, I only managed one video this month. I can forgive myself as we were away for a week and lots has been happening at home, but I must have at least 20 videos on my phone waiting to be edited.
Anyway, the one video that I made was on a shopping spree to Poundworld Plus, which was closing down and had a 50% off sale. Here are some of the bargains I managed to nab.
I enjoy discovering new systems, apps and reports relating to the blog as I really think that it’s important to keep learning – and bettering systems and getting inspiration for ideas.
Just recently I discovered a website that can help you generate blog titles. It’s called Portent, and even if you don’t decide to go with their suggestions, it may well just inspire your next blog post!
The other thing that I did this month was to change my URL from http to https and order an SSL certificate for the blog.
It was actually a lot simpler than what I thought it would be. And my provider, TSO Host were really helpful – especially as they can advise you both on the phone and over one of those chat bots.
I changed my host provider over from Go Daddy a few months ago and I’m pleased with both their service and their price – in fact, to switch my hosting site to them when it was up for renewal saved me more than £100 had I stayed with Go Daddy.
If you think that TSO Host is for you – you can get an extra 10% off your order if you type in ‘HAH10’ as a promo code.
Here’s an interesting story for you – so I reported in my July Blogging Month and Income Report that I had made some pretty cool commission, but wasn’t sure if I’d see any of it. Well, turns out I didn’t.
I decided to dig a little further and discovered that, in total, I had made a total of 80 sales for Whittard of Chelsea, with the amount totalling £2,714.44. I know, right?!
The commission that I should have received for this – £135 – was declined, so I decided to get in touch with them to find out why.
Apparently there had been ‘a mix up’ with orders placed through head office and my affiliate link – and so they had to decline my commission. It was a bit of a blow as I thought that I had really started to crack the affiliate code. Pah!
So although July revealed a great pick up in affiliates despite the hiccup with the advertiser (with a cleared balance of £10.31), August showed a bit of a drop, with my ‘approved and cleared’ balance being £6.96. Still, better than a kick in the teeth of course.
August At A Glance:
What was great? The DA increase – I’m aiming to reach 40 by the end of the year.
What wasn’t? The drop in link-ups for the linky, the decrease in affiliate links, the lack of blog focus and only making one video. Oh dear.
Goals for September: Come up with a blogging schedule that will enable me to stay focused and get more done in less time.