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January Blogging Month: Blog Report

by LaurettaCWright
January blogging month

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

January Blogging Month


Collaborations

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.

Top 100 Interior Design Blogs for Home Builders

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.

Epic fails

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

Your friends

Where abouts you are now

Your email address

All your photos

Your ‘About me’ section

All your posts

Your birthday

Your relationship details

Your education history

Your religion/politics

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.

Sticky AI!

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!

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58 comments

Aimee Bradley 4th February 2018 - 9:07 pm

Amazing work Hun! It’s nice to get all your ducks in a row. Good luck with all your goals your going to smash it.

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2018 - 10:22 pm

Loving your positivity – it’s contagious ….thank you!

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Angela Ricardo Bethea 2nd February 2018 - 8:10 pm

I do really like your goals and plans. Wishing the best of luck in achieving all your goals this 2018. Good luck girl!!

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2018 - 9:05 am

Thanks very much Angela!I’ve got my focus on!

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Afshan Nasim 2nd February 2018 - 12:14 am

Great to have goals and you some good ones, I too wish I could achieve those too. Well done for your achievements too.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2018 - 8:40 am

Thank you Afshan! If you put your mind to it, you can!

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Laura H 1st February 2018 - 10:57 pm

I’ve just discovered HIBS thanks to you! Don’t know how I missed that one.. Also it’s so annoying how PR companies think we should work for free? Um no. Can’t wait to see your post about it!

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2018 - 10:11 am

Glad you’ve learned something new Laura – and I’m very happy to write the post – watch this space as they say!

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Joanna 1st February 2018 - 12:59 pm

I have turned down quite a few collaboration offers this month as well. It’s astonishing how some brands think that they can get away with asking us to do work for free!

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2018 - 10:11 am

It’s ridiculous. If the tables were turned would they do that for us? I think not…

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Helen 31st January 2018 - 8:20 pm

I love your goals and some are similar to mine (although mine are much lower figures haha!) Good luck with them, I’m sure you will hit them all.
I’m shocked at how that brand responded, hopefully the more of us that stand up to them the sooner they will realise we all deserve and need to be compensated for our time.
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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 9:27 pm

You really hit the nail on the head Helen. If we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet, it makes it hard for these brands to get bloggers working for free – or at best, very little. It’s a shame there’s no industry standard, but I think it’s just a matter of time (she says hopefully!)

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Nichola - Globalmouse 31st January 2018 - 8:15 pm

I love all of your goals and plans. I can’t believe a brand was shocked when you aasked for a fee, that’s crazy!

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 9:26 pm

I know – mad huh?!!

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Emily Leary 31st January 2018 - 8:11 pm

I think making a goal list is a great way of starting the year, more aspirations than resolutions. And having some bigger goals is never unhealthy, because I think it makes you work harder to try to reach them. All the best for the year ahead, it sounds really exciting.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2018 - 8:02 am

Thanks very much Emily -I’m learning from the best (including yourself!)

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Lynne Harper 31st January 2018 - 5:50 pm

I love the fact that you have a clear plan for this year and this months round up is great its always so good to see how others are getting on 🙂 I have so many goals for the year ahead lets hope we smash them

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:46 pm

Let’s do this Lynne!!

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Agata 31st January 2018 - 1:50 pm

You have some great goals for this year. I hope by the end of it you will have crossed them all off your list.

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:11 pm

Thanks very much Agata! Me too 🙂

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Angela Milnes 31st January 2018 - 1:47 am

These are great goals to have. I have some goals for this year too and am hoping to reach them. Good luck with your plans.

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:41 pm

And best of luck with yours Angela!

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Tanya Brannan 30th January 2018 - 11:20 pm

Wow I am so envious of your stats and followers. I just don’t know how to improve my readers/followers or even how to monetise my blog…. I thought I was doing all I could, but clearly I am missing something. Oh well… I will happily bumble along in my own fashion.
I look forward to reading more posts about you achieving these goals over the following months though! xx

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:13 pm

Tanya – that’s very kind of you but I don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface to be honest! I’m sure you are doing just fine the way you are!

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michelle twin mum 30th January 2018 - 11:02 pm

Good for you Lauretta getting all those goals together. I’ve never been this focused with my blogging, I just seem to go with the flow and it’s been OK. Mich x
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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:41 pm

You’re doing just fine Michelle! More than fine in fact. I have to set goals just to keep myself on track. I’m a bit anal like that ha ha!

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Ali - We Made This Life 30th January 2018 - 10:10 pm

I love this post, it’s great to have goals – good luck on meeting yours, I think you’ll do fine!

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2018 - 12:47 pm

That’s very kind – thank you Ali.

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Ashleigh Dougherty 30th January 2018 - 8:36 pm

You are very inspiring and have made me want to put together some blog goals!

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:34 pm

Oooh tell me if you do Ashleigh! And whatever I can do to help….

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Anonymous 30th January 2018 - 8:35 pm

You are very inspiring and have made me want to put together some blog goals!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2018 - 8:03 am

That’s great news. If you do, make the short term ones (day to day) realistic so you hit them every time – it’s a real confidence booster!

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Mayah Camara 30th January 2018 - 7:06 pm

I really like like the idea that you are setting goals for yourself and the blog this year. I hope you achieve all the things on your list!

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:33 pm

Thanks Mayah – if I didn’t set goals then I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be a lot of movement with the blog. It works great for keeping you on track – is it something you do yourself?

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jade bremner 30th January 2018 - 5:04 pm

I think your attitude towards what you do is great and you should most defiantly be speaking at an event or two. I still only blog as a hobby I would love to make things more serious but I never have time due to work and the kids. Good Luck with your goals x

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:23 pm

Thanks so much Jade. We don’t all blog to get extra money or as a profession, so if you’re enjoying blogging as just a hobby then that’s great! It’s more important to enjoy what you do anyway…

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Dannii 30th January 2018 - 4:50 pm

You have some good goals set there. Focusing on our mailing list was one of the best things we did.

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:14 pm

Good tip Dannii – thank you!

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Yeah Lifestyle 30th January 2018 - 4:22 pm

Oh loving all your list on this page that I have book marked it. You have put out so many clear goals which are achievable but not easily. You are a great inspiration.

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:17 pm

That’s very kind – and lovely to hear it has been inspiring for you! Thank you.

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Melanie 30th January 2018 - 2:07 pm

You look so organised!! I loved reading your roundup and good luck with all your blogging goals x

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:17 pm

Thanks so much Melanie – that’s really kind.

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The London Mum 30th January 2018 - 10:33 am

wow what great goals and really exciting as you tick them off too!

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:15 pm

I do hope I’ll be able to get them all ticket off this year!

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Rhian Westbury 30th January 2018 - 10:11 am

It sounds like you had a great month but I am shocked that somewhere would want to collaborate without offering you anything in return for your time and effort x

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LaurettaCWright 31st January 2018 - 6:16 pm

It’s crazy isn’t it?! Lots of brands try it on, but they can’t call it a collaboration if they’re not willing to ‘collaborate’!

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Sarah Bailey 30th January 2018 - 1:39 am

It sounds like you have some amazing goals ahead of you this year for your blog! You are really trying to reach and get yourself out there more which is amazing good luck!

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LaurettaCWright 30th January 2018 - 8:21 am

Thank you Sarah – and thanks for all your support as well. It means so much.

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Ana De- Jesus 30th January 2018 - 12:22 am

Well I might be able to help you with one of your goals, as you said you want to speak at a blog event. I hosted my first event for bloggers on Saturday and will have more events coming up, with our next big event being in the summer. Do drop me an email as I would love to hear more about your ideas. On another note I am confident you will smash all your social goals, keep up the good work.

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LaurettaCWright 30th January 2018 - 8:17 am

Thanks very much Ana – that’s fab news! I’ll send you over an email soon!

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Helen Costello 29th January 2018 - 11:28 pm

Don’t be disheartened by someone being shocked that you expect to be paid for your work. Blogging is hard work and you deserve to be paid for it but there’ll always be chancers. Brave lady wanting to form part of a panel at a blogging event. Hope I get to see it!

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LaurettaCWright 30th January 2018 - 8:20 am

Thanks Helen – I get that most brands expect something for nothing most of the time – I get emails every day from PRs asking me to include their news , but when you refer to it as a collaboration, then you can’t be surprised when the blogger asks to be paid….that was their mistake.

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Joanna Bayford 29th January 2018 - 10:09 pm

Hope u manage to fullfill your goals my blogging goals are very similar for this year as yours. I like that you are sharing your wins and fails along the way.
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LaurettaCWright 29th January 2018 - 11:07 pm

Thanks Joanna – it’s what keeps me in check and keeps me motivated! I hope you manage to achieve yours too!

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Hannah 29th January 2018 - 5:10 pm

Good luck with your goals. It would be great to speak at a bloggers event

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LaurettaCWright 29th January 2018 - 6:39 pm

Thanks Hannah – I did it last year and enjoyed it, so I might as well give it another go!

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kerry 29th January 2018 - 9:25 am

I find your blogging month round ups so interesting. Its great to see what you see as fails and wins. Doubling your social media count is a great goal, I think Id like to do that this year, its the side I struggle with! Obviously, you forgot to put a goal in as have lunch with Kerry soon, but I will forgive you hahaha xx Blooming good luck with your goals my lovely, you work so hard, you deserve them all xxx

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LaurettaCWright 29th January 2018 - 6:38 pm

Ha ha! The lunch with Kerry is on my ‘social goals’ for sure – let’s get a date in the diary! Thanks very much lovely lady – it’s friends like you who keep me feeling positive (and sane!) X

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