My January blogging month got off to a great start; I used Twixmas (the time in between Christmas and New Year) to reflect on many things in my life- both personal and professional.
And you know what? It did me a world of good; instead of making resolutions, I made goals – lots of them in fact.
And it actually worked wonders for giving me focus. So that’s what this month has been all about for me.
So just to share my blogging goals for the year…
- One month this year earn at least £2,000 in one month
- Increase my DA to 36 (at least!)
- Double my social media followers (>20,000 in total)
- Become a travel brand ambassador
- Grow my email subscribers to at least 2,000 (I’m at just under 1,000)
- Speak at a blogging event/sit on a panel
- Get an ebook published on Amazon
I’ve turned down a number of collaborations this month – just to get my shazzle together – and I’m glad I did.
It has allowed me to concentrate on building a schedule – and doing my best to stick to it.
However, out of the blue I received an email telling me I’d been included in the Top 100 Interior Design Bloggers award at Smart Style Bathrooms, which was lovely to hear.
I was also featured in IQ Planner’s ‘BloggerVoice’ this month – read what I’ve got to say about being a travel blogger – and my advice to others.
I was in 75th position in December and the lovely Zena from Zena’s Suitcase gave me an insight into how the badge works etc…
My HIBS at end of Jan is 77! This might be because it’s still catching up with the changes I made, but more than likely that I just need to up my game and get more credible links pointing to the blog!
But that’s nothing compared to how dismayed I felt to read an email response from a brand, who had initially sent me an email looking to collaborate.
When I sent them details of how I work with brands – and my rates – I was shocked to receive an email back amazed that I was asking for money.
In fact, it has spurred me on to write a post about how brands should look at collaborating with bloggers.
Surely a ‘collaboration’ is one that benefits both sites? Unfortunately, this particular brand felt that was perfectly fine to ask me to write about them and promote them – and expect nothing in return. How bizarre.
The blog post will be coming soon, so watch this space (blog!)
My vlogging channel
Yes! I’ve finally published a new vlog! But the bad news is that it’s about what I got for Christmas – over a month late!
But better late than never I guess. Click here to have a watch!
Something I learned…
I was really interested to read how much information we are letting websites/businesses see by logging in via Facebook.
In fact, Supremo.tv has created a tool that lets you see just how much someone can find out about you when you log in with Facebook – for example when creating profiles while shopping online.
You can find the new tool here: https://www.supremo.tv/facebook-privacy/
To try this out you need to log in with Facebook – but no information about you will be kept, it's all deleted once you leave the site.
Did you know….here’s a list of all the information Facebook can share about you:
|Your public profile (name, age, gender, location, profile picture, timezone)||
All your likes
|Where abouts you are now|
Your email address
All your photos
Your ‘About me’ section
All your posts
Your relationship details
Your education history
Events you’ve been to
Your work history
|Where you are from||
Your phone number
Due to restrictions, the content piece released by Supremo.tv can only use about half as much information as Facebook can release.
Brands will often look at the user’s personal information and use that to their advantage, bombarding them with advertisements for a certain product or service they think they will like, based on the information taken from Facebook.
I love discovering new apps and playing around with them – and this month I discovered Sticky AI, which allows you to convert selfies into stickers or GIFs.
When someone messages you, instead of replying with an emoji thumbs up, you can use the app to create an animated GIF of yourself giving the thumbs up!
I’ve had some great responses when I’ve posted GIFs on Twitter – I’m just a little bit obsessed with it – and best of all, it’s free.
Blogging Month: January At A Glance
What was great? Getting a blogging schedule in place and sticking to it!
What wasn’t? The email I received from a brand.
Goals for February: Last month I put my goals as: launch a monthly favourites section (yep), stick to my posting schedule (yep) and start working on my ebook design – er….no. So my goal is to work on my ebook design!
Have a great February all!
You might also like to read…
- My Blogging Month: December
- Where I was a year ago – My Blogging Month January 2017
- 25 Signs You Need A Break