I put a call out on social recently to see if I should continue with my blogging month updates and income report.
Most people seem to enjoy reading them, but they do take a long time to put together – mainly because I’ve got such a bad memory that I have to try and recall what I did blog-wise throughout the month. I also have to research all my affiliate and blog collaboration earnings for the month, which takes a while.
However, I do love doing them because I feel that I’m helping others by providing an insight into my blogging world. But over the last six months, life seems to have got busier with the launch of my new community magazine. As such I’ve had difficulty juggling the monthly updates, not least because I still write a monthly column for BritMums and I publish a monthly Favourite Finds too, on top of writing and putting together a 48-page community magazine.
So next year, I’ll be knocking the monthly reports on the head and doing more round-ups every now and then. It’s nice to keep my hand in, but I shouldn’t feel obliged to provide them month after month. We all need less pressure in our lives, not more.
The main picture for the post this month features one of my last chemo sessions. In true tradition, here I am in the chemo suite working away! But I’m delighted to say that chemo has now finished and I’m about to embark of a month of radiotherapy, which I’ve heard is far less gruelling. Come January, my treatment should pretty much be finished J
The collaborations have calmed down a little this month but only because we went up in size on the magazine – from 40 pages to 48! It was our best month sales wise and my business partner and I were both able to pay our mortgages this month and not rely on our husbands’ pay packets, which was a mini milestone.
Who knows what January and February will bring? Without having yet done a full year on the magazine it’s hard to gauge how business will go.
The good news is that I’ve managed to bag a presentation slot at a magazine conference next year. I’ll be talking about the systems, apps and schedules that I use to juggle the blog, a full time business, a family and dealing with cancer.
I’m hoping to inspire and motivate the audience – I’d love for them to get some great ‘take-away’ lessons – practical information that they can start implementing. Wish me luck…now to work on the actual presentation…!
Who I met
This month I had the pleasure of meeting up with my friend Kerry at World Travel Market. We actually didn’t get a long time together as we both had meetings to go to, but it was lovely to see her albeit briefly.
I’ve got another get-together planned with Kerry and Alex from Living Pretty Happy. And I really wanted to get our mutual Instagram friend, Susie, along but sadly work takes priority for her that day.
Speaking of Susie, I did manage to get together with her to do a spot of retail therapy at B&M and Dunelm. She was such a sweetie and bought me some goodies to try including organic liquorice pebbles, a TKMaxx gift card and some gorgeous smelling almond hand cream – that girl knows me so well!
I almost posted one blog post a week this month but fell at the last hurdle because delivery of the magazine took precedence. It’s a strange feeling that you’re always chasing your tail isn’t it? That’s why the Miracle Morning book has helped me get on top of things a bit better.
I just feel like I need a HUGE clear out – of my desk and my mind. Getting organised is key to avoiding overwhelm for me, so as much as possible that’s what I try to do. So yes, although I failed to post every week of November, I did achieve 4 posts – My Last Blogging Month, What Having Chemo Really Feels Like and November Favourite Finds. That’s better than nothing of course!
I’ve just discovered that you can now schedule Instagram posts on a desktop using Facebook Creator Studio. Here’s a video to explain how to do it!
Another thing I came across is that Google updated its no-follow attribute in September to avoid comment spam. I don’t understand that much about it if I’m honest, suffice to say that the rules are changing in March 2020 whereby bloggers can announce via links that blog content is sponsored. You can read more about it here – and do let me know how you think this will affect you if you’re a blogger.
Out and about
This month I managed to get along to Dunelm's Spring/Summer 2020 showcase in London. It was a fleeting visit, but an eye-opener as there's just so many lovely products being launched by them that I can't wait to get my mitts on them!
There's a real focus on a mindfulness home for next year too – creating a sense of calm and comfort in the home which I'm all about. Some of the colour palettes coming out were very soothing (apparently green is the most relaxing colour!), but I've got a bit of a thing for mustard yellow at the moment – it's just so cheery on these dark mornings.
Other income streams in October:
– JustPark I earned £138.30 just through renting my driveway for parking. I also use JustPark for when I’m visiting hospitals, town centres, stadiums, airports etc to avoid paying extortionate parking charges – and to get a guaranteed car parking space! Here’s a free £10 to get you started!
Top Cashback: £82.63. This is how I earn FREE cash for shopping online! It’s REALLY easy to use – you just sign-up for a for free account, search or browser for a brand you like, click through to their site and shop as normal. Everything else (the tracking etc) is done for you. Check it out for yourself.
I also earned £25 via Quidco back on my household insurance and bought an exclusive deal – 5 Odeon tickets for £20 and got 5% cashback. Nice!
My magazine: I run a monthly community magazine for my local area and between us, my business partner and I split the profits. We were aiming for an income of £3,500 for November but I’m delighted to say we smashed it and managed to bring in £4,200 gross for November! This means we were able to withdraw £1,000 each as wages – it’s a first for us, and a wonderful achievement less than a year after starting our mini empire!