Wowsers – I can’t believe January has already come to an end and we’re now in the second month of 2019 – how did that happen?
Life for me on the blog has been busy to say the least and a few new opportunities and collaborations have come up this month, which has been great.
I’ve not always had the chance to follow up on them (I don’t like biting off more than I can chew) as I like to set my standards high, but there have been a few things in the pipeline that have piqued my interest.
Who I met
I knew January would be a busy month for me, so I didn’t plan to meet anyone new, but I did hook up with my good friend Kerry – three times in fact! (see ‘Out And About’ further down)
We always have a good laugh when we get together and despite my wonderful friend going through a very tough time right now, she keeps her head up, tries to stay as positive as possible and is always the life and soul of the party. I’m so glad we’ve become firm friends.
I have picked Kerry’s brains on a side project I’m working on – and her advice has been invaluable, plus she has been so lovely to me – giving me all her gorgeous makeup that she no longer uses! When I saw the box full of goodies she gave me, I was like a kid in a candy shop.
In the charts
Not so great for the charts this month – my HIBS score has jumped down by two (I knew it would happen – that’s why I took a screen grab on my last blogging month update!), but the good news is that my DA is still at 39.
My new goal for this year is to get the blog site into the early 40s – and hopefully this will bring me bigger and better opportunities. That’s the plan anyway.
Black Betty got in touch to ask if they could have my permission to promote and use a video that I had published on my YouTube channel showcasing some of their lovely clothes.
I agreed – and as a thank you, they gave me a £50 voucher to spend in their online store – no strings attached. Because of their generosity I wrote back and thanked them, saying I’d probably make another video now. And then they asked me for permission to use that one if I did! Love collaborations like this – it’s a win/win for both parties.
A handful of companies have also got in touch to suggest collaborating with me, with most of them being paid opportunities. It’s great that things seem to be picking up, but I’ve only taken a couple of them on board as most of them were offering well below what I typically charge. And for the amount of time I typically spend on writing up the posts, it’s definitely not worth my while. I have agreed to a couple though, so it’ll be good to get some money come through for those.
And finally, one of my favourite companies, Rex London, got in touch to see if I’d like to contribute to their blog with a post written up about their winter sale.
How could I refuse? It meant I could pick some fab items I wanted, try them out, write about them and Rex London would feature them – a win-win!
I was so impressed by their sale that after the collaboration had ended, I went back to shop for some more goodies! Watch the video I made on them.
Guest Posts & Opportunities
It’s been a little quiet on this front because I’ve been paring down the blog posts, but I did contribute to a post that was put together by Sanna from Wave To Mummy on ‘The best kept “secrets” locals recommend’ in London – have a read….I’ve learned a few nifty ideas myself!
I suppose my one epic fail this month has been that I've not felt like I’ve kept on top of the social media as much as I want to – because I’ve either been too busy working on projects, out and about at events or looking after poorly children at home.
I knew that in order to move forward with the blog from a financial point, I’d have to reduce the number of blog posts I’m publishing every week (down to around one now) to focus on building the backlinks and affiliate links and work on my side hustle.
My other epic fail was that I had to wave goodbye to the #SnappedUp Linky that I’ve lovingly nourished over the last year. I was prepared to run it with another blogger to keep it going, but knew that I couldn’t give it my undivided attention on my own.
But I’m proud that I ran with it for so long – and it has been great for the opportunities it brought over the past year. And who knows? It might see a revival down the line…never say never, right?!
My vlogging channel
Oooh, I only managed to make a couple of videos this month – one on what I bought in the Rex London Sale (I’m a huge fan and this was my own money I spent in the sale!) and another on The Adventure Travel Show (where I went on a mission to track down Levison Wood).
The third one (I almost got it done in time before posting this!) is on a visit to a Lebanese and Middle Eastern restaurant called Comptoir Libanais, which has launched a new Vegan feast priced at the very affordable price of £12.95!
I’ve got plenty of videos on my iPhone waiting to be edited and uploaded, but it’s just a time thing for me.
I didn’t actually think I’d enjoy making videos and editing them as much as I did when I first started, but I’ve really grown to enjoy it. I think this is one of the reasons why I’ve stuck at it for so long.
Well, well, well – the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) has spoken! And now influencers have to be even more transparent than ever when posting. I personally think it’s a good move. I’ve always been completely honest in my blog posts – and whether something has been gifted or if I’ve been paid.
Most of the time, I’m just blogging or vlogging about things I buy for myself or that I personally use, but obviously, as my blog grows I’ll undoubtedly start taking on more projects and paid opportunities.
Anyway, here's a good guide as to what you (if you're an influencer) should be doing…
At the end of last year (it feels strange writing that!), I went to a secret Belstaff sale in London. I say it was secret because (a) I'd never heard of Belstaff before and (b) you have to have a special invite to attend the super exclusive event.
So, as many of you know, I'm going through a period of getting my mojo back. And that includes a body, hair, makeup and clothes overhaul.
But you may be surprised to hear that I wasn't at the Belstaff sale for myself – or for my family. No, I was there on business. To make money more to the point.
How? Well, a good friend and ex colleague of mine (who had invited me in the first place) went last year and was telling me about all the clothes she had picked up and how she'd doubled her money selling them on sites like eBay.
A lot was riding on this particular day. I spent a total of £905 on the designer gear and I've only just started to sell it.
My first item sold just last week and I made a profit of £90. It helped that I did lots of research on the item I was selling, took the time over the pictures – sharp images with good lighting – and writing a detailed description. The lesson here is that it pays if you put the time and effort in.
Other income streams in January
– JustPark £147.44 (I rent my driveway for parking and also use JustPark for when I’m visiting hospitals, town centres, stadiums, airports etc) here’s £5 to get you started!*
– Top Cashback: £124.47 – this is how I earn FREE cash for shopping online! Check it out for yourself.*
Total income for January: £361.91
Out and about
I’ve been a busy bee this month, with no less than three blog outings. The first was to The Adventure Travel Show at London’s Olympia.
The second trip was to one of Comptoir Libanais restaurants to sample its Vegan Feast meal for January. (For £12.99 it was amazing value).
And the third outing was to The France Show back at London’s Olympia. I hadn’t been before and, to be honest, I was expecting there to be more regional tourist boards to chat with, but I still had a nice time and learned about some new clothing, accessory, wine and language companies – there was a real mixed bag of companies in attendance.
And that’s it for my blogging month for January – it has been a busy one but, hand on heart, I’ve absolutely enjoyed every single minute of it.
January At A Glance
What was great? Making a great profit on the Belstaff reselling project!
What wasn’t? Saying goodbye to my #SnappedUp Linky – loved doing it, but I had to put in a lot of effort.
Goals for February: Aim to upload one video a week if I can!
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