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July Blogging Month & Income Report

by LaurettaCWright
July Blogging Month

July has been a bit of a bittersweet month if I’m honest. The upsides being that July is my birthday month and it has also been a month of brands getting in touch to work on collaborations.

But then it’s also been a month of my worst chemo treatment to date and me not being able to do much on the blog – or anything in general really.

I won’t go into the chemo side of things – I’ll save that for a specific post (plus I realise that not everyone is interested in reading about my aching wrists and mouth ulcers).

So let’s start and stick with the positives…

Collaborations

Since July arrived I’ve been hit with collaboration requests left, right and centre. I thought June was a great month, but the blog seems to be getting more attention lately.

I’ve agreed to a handful – not all of them as I hate overpromising and under-delivering, but I also think it’s bad taste to have a blog and only publish blogs that are clearly sponsored.

At the moment, for every ten blog posts that I publish, one might be a sponsored post. Ideally I wouldn’t want to be more than three in ten posts.

Anyway, as July hasn’t been a great month for blog content, I’m yet to publish the sponsored posts, so it’s safe to say that August should be a little busier for this – and should see some more income!

Epic fails

Er….see above. The ‘epic fails’ not only includes a limited choice of blog content this month (I managed to publish What’s New In Interiors for 2019 and my July Favourite Finds), but it also extends to my YouTube account.

Oh dear, it’s not going very well is it? But you know what? These things happen – and I’ll accept it, deal with it and move on. As I said, August is already looking better for content. The ideas are there; it’s just a case of getting myself back to full health and focusing on producing one post a week. I know I can do it – heck, I beat my record in June!

Blog learning

Speaking of YouTube, the platform’s tools have come on leaps and bounds lately and there has been quite a few changes. Rather than read about them, have a watch of the video to bring you up to speed.

My second lot of ‘blog learning’ comes from Donna Moritz who writes on Socially Sorted. I love Donna’s site – it’s so useful for information, tips and advice. If you get the chance you should sign up for her newsletters too.

Recently, Donna wrote about her ‘Tool of the week’, which was SEO Analyzer – and the best thing is, it’s free. You just enter your blog url and then receive a report on what you can improve on.

Donna found it via Neil Patel's site and, as she says…”SEO Analyzer helps you to find everything from broken links to duplicate content. And it costs nothing, compared to $99+ per month on other tools.” Worth a look at.

Out and about

This month I managed to get out and about quite a bit, but it was more for my monthly community magazine than for the blog.

I did however make it to London one day to visit not one, not two, but THREE ‘Christmas in July’ events. They included Dobbies, Dunelm and Wilko and I’ve got some great ideas for Christmas decorations and gifting! 

July Blogging Month

Income report

The side hustle (a monthly community/lifestyle magazine that I launched in March with my business partner) has had its most successful income this month – a grand total of £2,451.47!

Of course we had the printing costs to think about, but the overall profit is just over £1,000, which is great. We haven’t been paying ourselves much every month, which has been tough, but this month we can afford to treat ourselves a little.

Other income streams in October:
  • eBay: This month I bought myself some Trinny London makeup (read about it on my July Favourites) and I sold the Trinny London gift box on eBay for £5 – yes…an empty box! Crazy…
  • JustPark £215.31 (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: This month I earned back £4 in FREE cash for shopping online! Check it out for yourself.

Total July income: £1,450.05

Other news

I was over the moon to be chosen as HIBS100 blog of the month for July. And this month I couldn’t quite believe it when I Other newsI was over the moon to be chosen as HIBS100 blog of the month for July. And this month I couldn’t quite believe it when I ended up as Number 12 in the HIBS charts – it must be something to do with being chosen as the blog of the month!Again, I took a screenshot to remind myself how far I’ve come in the four years I’ve been blogging. I have to say, I love it – and wouldn’t give it up for the world. ended up as Number 12 in the HIBS charts – it must be something to do with being chosen as the blog of the month!

Again, I took a screenshot to remind myself how far I’ve come in the four years I’ve been blogging. I have to say, I love it – and wouldn’t give it up for the world. 

July Blogging Month At A Glance

What was great?  Being picked as ‘Blog of The Month’ on HIBS
What wasn’t? Not getting a blog post a week updated – I’m blaming the chemo!
Goals for August: Publish one blog post a week – come on Lauretta….you can do it!

20 comments

Alex Grace 18th August 2019 - 3:34 pm

Sorry I’m late to this, but massive congratulations (and thoroughly deserved!) on the HIBS 100! So pleased to see the magazine is going strong – what a great success it is already!

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LaurettaCWright 18th August 2019 - 6:54 pm

Thanks Alex – it will be short lived I know that, but it was nice while it lasted ha ha! Thanks for your wonderful positivity and congrats though XXX

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Keith Hunt 7th August 2019 - 6:16 pm

Do you know you can claim your travel costs back if money is tight at the front office at most general hospitals and this is the first link that popped up hospitalshttps://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/healthcare-travel-costs-scheme

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LaurettaCWright 18th August 2019 - 6:55 pm

Interesting! I didn’t know that, but it’s good to find out. Thank you!

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WhatLauraLoves 3rd August 2019 - 10:55 am

I’m sorry to hear that your chemo has been particularly tough this month, its awful that you’re having to endure it. xxx

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LaurettaCWright 4th August 2019 - 6:22 pm

Thanks Laura – needs must and I can’t begrudge it. In the scheme of things I”m actually very lucky and being grateful for what I have (despite the chemo effects) is something I’m really learning to appreciate. Thanks for commenting x

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Lyanna Soria 2nd August 2019 - 1:41 pm

Sounds like you had a productive and awesome July and I’m sure you will do great this August . Congrats on being ‘Blog of The Month’ in HIBS.

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LaurettaCWright 4th August 2019 - 6:21 pm

Thank you Lyanna – I have to say i find it hard to juggle the blog and working full time, but I really couldn’t give up the blog – I love it too much!

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Kacie 2nd August 2019 - 9:44 am

Sounds like it’s been a month with lots of positives but with some crappy stuff thrown in too! Good to hear you’re working with more brands though. Well done you!

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LaurettaCWright 4th August 2019 - 6:20 pm

Thanks very much Kacie – I think I just need to take it easy when my body (and brain) are saying ‘no’ and possibly not set the bar so high while I’m undergoing chemo. Thanks for commenting!

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Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 1st August 2019 - 8:54 pm

You are doing amazingly, and I’m sure that August will be great for you. I love the idea of renting out your driveaway, how clever?

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LaurettaCWright 2nd August 2019 - 9:01 am

It’s a great idea isn’t it? I’m lucky in that I live near a hospital so it’s always in demand. There are other options too though – rent out space in your loft/garage etc…

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Rebecca Smith 1st August 2019 - 8:31 pm

Wow, congratulations on the community magazine income – that is incredible.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd August 2019 - 9:03 am

Thanks Rebecca – it’s hard work but I love doing it – and if it can become my main bread & butter in a few years from now, then it’s all good…Gotta try these things though right? x

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Sarah Bailey 1st August 2019 - 6:08 pm

What a great idea Just Park is! I don’t live in an area people would want to pay to park, it’s just a small village, however I think I’m going to have to look into it for doctors appointments.

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LaurettaCWright 18th August 2019 - 6:55 pm

Yes you should Sarah – it has saved me a small fortune at places like airports, town centres etc..

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kerry 1st August 2019 - 12:02 pm

Ahhh dont be so hard on yourself. You are doing blooming amazing. I always pop over to see what is new on your blog, so us that follow, well we are not going anywhere. xx

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LaurettaCWright 2nd August 2019 - 9:02 am

It’s wonderful to have the support of great friends – and I’m forever grateful! Thanks Kerry XX

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Valerie 1st August 2019 - 11:01 am

Youtube is always changing, I hate myself on video so I ignore it (which doesn’t help either LOL). I had no idea people rented their driveways out!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd August 2019 - 9:01 am

Thanks Valerie – if you can think it up, it probably already exists ha ha! There are many unusual ways of making an extra bit of cash – and it all helps doesn’t it?

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