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April Blogging Month & Income Report

by LaurettaCWright
April blogging month and income report

Wow – what a month. Huge highs and huge lows and not much in between!

Again, I would have liked to have put together more blog posts this month, but life has been challenging – both work wise and health wise – which is another story for another time.

But most of my earnings this month have come from other sources rather than the blog. One of these side hustles (although it really is my main hustle) is the magazine that I launched with my business partner last month.

I explain a little of how I started getting prepared to launch a physical magazine in my ‘April Favourite Finds and Things I’ve Tried’ post, but I’ll probably end up writing a more detailed post at some point, as I’ve had a couple of bloggers messaging me to ask how I started.

Collaborations

It was great to team up with Matr this month, who provided my daughter Nadja with some online maths tuition in the run-up to her SATs exams.

It really gave her a huge boost in confidence and she seems much more confident about going into the exams now, which start just next week.

I’ve turned down many collaborations that I would otherwise have taken up in April, including the chance to trial a stunning watch. However, my main hustle and my health come first and I wasn’t prepared to bite off more than I could chew.

Integrity is really important to me, so when I work with a brand I want to be able to deliver to the best of my ability. Had I taken up some of the other collaborations, I wouldn’t have had time to put in the time and effort into being as thorough as I could. But there’s no shame in saying no – I’m doing both the brand and myself a favour.

Anyway, it looks like they are prepared to wait for me and do something with me in the summer, which will be lovely.

Who I met

I’ve actually met loads of people this last month, but no one via the blog and I haven’t attended any events.

I’ve seen a lot of friends over the last few weeks, which has been lovely. I count my blessings that I’m able to work for myself and that I can be totally flexible when it comes to what I do with my time.

For the immediate future I probably won’t be attending any blogging events, but it would be nice to hook up with a couple of my good blogging pals next month. I’m going to try and arrange this if I can. 

Epic fails

I wouldn’t say I’ve had any major fails this month, but I did struggle on a few occasions to keep on top of the emails. It was getting too much at one point and I could feel anxiety starting to creep in, so I made the decision to unsubscribe to a few regular emails – you know, the ones you receive regularly, don’t bother to read and end up deleting.

It was actually quite a liberating experience and I’m looking forward to seeing a big reduction in the amount of emails I receive on a daily basis. It will take the pressure off and hopefully I will feel less pressure, which is the overall aim.

My vlogging channel 

I put together a video about online tuition provider, Matr, where my daughter Nadja spent some time revising and getting help in preparation for her SATS exams. It was a fun video to put together and Matr’s feedback was that it was one of the best videos they’ve received, which was music to my ears!

April Blogging Month & Income Report

I also managed to put together a video on my recent TKMaxx purchases. I do love a good haul at TKMaxx – it’s quite possibly my favourite shop and I will usually always find something I like in there.

I’ve still got a voucher from my brother to spend in there – it was my 40th birthday present (three years old), but I’m saving it up for something special so that I can say it was a present for my 40th. I’m possibly looking at a chaise longue for my bedroom (I’ve going for the French look), but have yet to see one in the shops. Perhaps I should keep an eye on what they’ve got online too.

Blog learning

Instagram has released Quiz stickers! They’re great for boosting engagement on stories as they offer an interactive way of connecting with fans.

I haven’t actually tried them yet, but you can basically ask questions and offer a multiple choice for the answers. For example, you could ask your fans ‘What’s My Favourite Thing To Do On Sunday Afternoon?’ (a) Nap (b) Read (c) Binge watch Netflix (d) Go Shopping. The answers have to be at least two choices and a maximum of four and when someone answers your quiz they then receive the results.

I do like it when Instagram launches new gimmicks, but I’ve not been impressed with the platform lately as I’ve seen some bloggers report missing posts and even Instagram following and unfollowing accounts on their behalf. They shouldn’t be allowed to do this. As far as I know, Twitter and Facebook don’t go meddling with users’ accounts, so why do they think this is ok?! 

Income report

April was yet another great month for the monthly magazine that my business partner, Nicky, and I produce. It’s surprising really given everything that’s happened over the past couple of months. As long as we stay in the black -and most importantly, cover our printing costs – we’ll be absolutely fine.

So this month we brought in nearly £2,000 earning just under £1,000 each. We allowed ourselves a small withdrawal again to make sure the bank balance is healthy.

I also managed to sell a few Belstaff items on eBay this month, earning me an additional £113.10. Less the eBay fees of £2 (top tip – keep a look out for eBay’s sell for just £1 offers – if you’re selling high value items you will save an absolute fortune off eBay’s usual fees!). In addition, the blog collaborations have earned me £150 this month.

However, since the work has gone up on the magazine, I decided to cut back on promoting the affiliate links – they were taking too much time to update regularly, so I thought it best to concentrate on things that are bringing in more serious money (blog collaborations and the magazine) and leave the ones that are earning me just pennies. Any ‘pennies’ I’ve earned from the blog this month I’m discounting as, right now, this isn’t an area of growth for me.

April favourites and things I've tried

Other income streams in October:
– JustPark £60.80 (I rent my driveway for parking and also use JustPark for when I’m visiting hospitals, town centres, stadiums, airports etc) here’s £10 to get you started!

 – Top Cashback: £3.12 – this is how I earn FREE cash for shopping online! Check it out for yourself. 

Total income: £1,501.88

Out and about

Over Easter (with the kids away with my parents), VIP and I managed to get away to France for a couple of days. The change of scenery was just what the doctor ordered. I came home feeling revived and ready to crack on with work.

My health has suffered a blow recently – and practically every day people have been popping over to bring me care packages, flowers or just a hug – and it’s been lovely.

I’ve been conscious of not overdoing things lately and desperately trying hard not to feel guilty about it either! Why should we? Every now and then it’s important to put ourselves first isn’t it?

April At A Glance

What was great? My mini trip to Rouen was the highlight of my month.
What wasn’t? Getting an infection, getting antibiotics and having a really bad allergic reaction to them, ending up in A&E!
Goals for May: Write a few more blog posts, get out and meet people and pamper myself!

A Pin For Your Blogging Board

Find out what I got up to, who I collaborated with, who I met up with and how much I earned in my April Blogging Month & Income Report

22 comments

Charli Bruce 3rd May 2019 - 11:10 am

Congrats on how well the magazine is doing! I love seeing these posts, it’s really refreshing x

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LaurettaCWright 3rd May 2019 - 9:24 pm

Thanks very much Charli – I always like seeing what other bloggers are up to and how they earn their money.

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stephanie 3rd May 2019 - 9:28 am

That’s great that the magazine is doing so well – and sounds like you’re doing well with the blog bits too x

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LaurettaCWright 3rd May 2019 - 9:28 pm

Sometimes the blog works and sometimes it falls by the wayside. I guess we’ve all got to prioritise and go after the money though don’t we?

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Alex Grace 3rd May 2019 - 9:06 am

Lauretta, you truly are a wonder woman! You do so much! I don’t do half as much and I still allow myself breaks lol. Please continue to be kind to yourself – have a great May x

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LaurettaCWright 3rd May 2019 - 9:30 pm

Ah Alex – don’t put yourself down – you write a ton more posts than i do, trust me! Yes, i will definitely start winding down – thank you xxxx

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kerry 1st May 2019 - 10:38 am

The magazine is doing so well for you, thats brilliant. Of course you are doing the right thing putting yourself first, 100% thats what you should be doing, Im so glad you and your hubby got a little break away xxxx

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:38 am

Ah thanks Kerry – and it’s thanks also to you for encouraging me to take a little break. Yes, really pleased with how the mag is panning out…we’ve just got to keep up the momentum now!

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Kara 1st May 2019 - 7:12 am

I completely missed the quiz stickers on instagram———I am off to check them out now, thanks for the heads

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:39 am

I only recently discovered them myself – enjoy!

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Winsze 30th April 2019 - 11:01 pm

Congratulations on the magazine! I’m loving the information you give out about making extra money such as Top Cash back – I need to get myself on that.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:40 am

It really does help – all the little bits you buy online – it’s nice when you get a lump sum every now and then. Definitely worth checking out.

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Laura Dove 30th April 2019 - 9:00 pm

Sounds like another great month. April was a great month for me too but I also struggled with my emails, I had to juggle four kids with my blog for 2 weeks and then a week of illness so it has been a struggle!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:42 am

Oh crikey. Sorry to hear that Laura. Life certainly comes along and throws us a curve ball sometimes doesn’t it? I hope you’re now fully recovered and you can get back to normal xxx

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Sarah 30th April 2019 - 8:30 pm

It sounds like you had a pretty successful month! Well done you for saying no when you needed too. Congratulations on the fab magazine!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:43 am

Thanks Sarah. No is always the hardest word isn’t it? Well, for me it is anyway. I like to think I’m Wonder Woman and can do anything and everything when in reality that’s not how it works. We need to go easy on ourselves sometimes xx

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Fashion and Frappes 30th April 2019 - 6:57 pm

Wow – your blog magazine sounds amazing. Congrats on all the fun you have had – sounds like it was a super productive month.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:43 am

Thanks very much. I have great fun putting it together 🙂

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Playdays and Runways 30th April 2019 - 6:31 pm

Congrats on your magazine, sounds fab! Looks like you had a successful April.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:43 am

All in all, and given everything that’s happened – I suppose you could say it was a success…

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Dannii 30th April 2019 - 8:55 am

It’s always great to see how well other bloggers are doing. Congrats on the magazine.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2019 - 6:48 am

Thanks Dannii – it it wasn’t for the magazine then it wouldn’t have been quite such a successful month, so it’s been great for that.

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