With things settling back into a routine after half term, my October blogging month has gone relatively well in terms of keeping on top of posting.
It has still been a challenging month as I've neared the end of my chemo treatment, with the side effects sometimes getting the better of me.
As a result I haven't spent nearly as much time on social media this month – probably a good thing for my sanity if I'm honest! I sometimes see friends and people I know step away from social for a few days and I always think it's a great idea.
Just keeping on top of things can be challenging enough in our daily lives without the pressure of liking posts and commenting on them all (any tips gratefully received), but I think the way forward for me would be every weekend away from social and I do what I can during the week…
I’ve downloaded a few great apps this month – mostly business related – that have really enabled me to look at my productivity and keeping things in check.
My current favourite has to be to ‘Todoist’ – it’s a ‘to do’ list that has kept me in check this month – no more writing things in my notes app – it all goes in Todoist and you simply swipe right when you've completed the task. The great thing about it is that it also sends you email reminders to tell you what is pending – oh and it's free too!
The other app I've heard about (which sounds brilliant) is Braintoss. Apparently you can record voice messages, take pics, write notes and it sends everything to your inbox. If you're better at reading emails than dealing with apps, notes or pictures on your phone, this could be a good one to try. It's £1.99 to buy though but worth it I think!
Other income streams in October:
– JustPark and I earned £113.68 in October – a great month for my JustPark driveway rentals this month. (I rent my driveway for parking and also use JustPark for when I’m visiting hospitals, town centres, stadiums, airports etc).
In the run up to Christmas (and if you're fed up of the high car parking rates in the High Street) just rent someone's driveway for a few hours – it will probably cost you less than £5. If you fancy giving it a go but don't want to part with any money – I've got a £5 voucher to get you started! You're welcome.
– Top Cashback: I earned £63.40 this month – £50 of that cashback was through insurance from Hastings Direct this month – an exclusive deal with Top Cashback. It’ how I earn FREE cash for shopping online! Check it out for yourself.
My magazine: I run a monthly community magazine for my local area and between us, my business partner and I split the profits. Sales were up for October and we nearly reached a turnover of £3,000 – not quite enough to go up in pagination but enough to withdraw more money than September! We're aiming for an income of £3,500 for November – onwards and upwards!
Total income for October: £877.08
Out and about
I’ve been out and about loads – just not for the blog! Although I am planning on attending WTM (World Travel Market) for a day next month.
In terms of socialising – I’ve done a lot of that, discovered a new cancer support group for women in my local area, helped out at a couple of PTA events at the kids’ school and been business networking so much I don’t know whether or not I’ve been coming or going!
This month I also attended a Belstaff sale in London. I try to go every year to pick up some bargains and resell on eBay and, apart from some white ladies boots which I haven’t been able to sell, I’ve had some great purchases, making over £100 on some items which has been superb.
I have noticed though that as the chemo comes to an end it has left me really tired. In the evenings I’ve been going to bed at around 9.30pm. The only problem being that I’ve woken up at the crack of dawn! Still, not long to go now…
I said to myself at the end of September that if I can write just one blog post a week – and keep it up for a whole month, I'm doing really well. And I only went and did it!
The first was 5 Must-Do Family activities On A Day Trip To Brighton. If you've never been to this wonderful city, you're missing out – so much to see and do! The highlight for me was a trip up the i360 – got to be done to get in those spectacular views and see Brighton from a whole new perspective.
Having not put together an interiors post for a while I decided to write about Winter Home Trends On A Budget. Sticking to a budget is really important to me – I don't like to be frivolous but I do like to follow trends. I love it when the supermarkets change up their seasonal goods as they always put the discontinued lines on the end of their shelves – you can guess the first place I head every time I go in – it's not the fruit and veg!
My third post was 5 Things To Do In Dorset On A Whim. I went with VIP in the summer (for 48 hours!) and I've been meaning to highlight all the things you can do there in just a day. We got to see loads but there was still more to discover so I think a return visit is on the cards. I wish I had posted this up in the summer though – but it has sat in my drafts for months! Does anyone else do this? Start a blog post with best intentions, save it to drafts and then get distracted by other ideas, start writing other posts and then forget about the ones you started? I've just checked and right now I've got 87 draft posts waiting to be finished. Ahem…moving on quickly…
Finally, I penned my monthly ‘Favourite Finds' piece (and things I've tried – highlights for me this month included a water filter that removes 99.6% of dissolved solids in tap water – and there's a stick to test this, offering complete peace of mind. I've never seen anything like this but I think it's great. My cups of tea and glasses of water certainly taste different!
I also LOVED the essential oils inhaler sticks from GO2. As I have a condition called Hyperosmia, I'm extremely sensitive to smells, which can trigger migraines, so I knew that this would be great for me. They promote things like focus, calm, sleep and energy – and are now a permanent fixture in my handbag.
October Blogging Month At A Glance
What was great? In a strange kind of way, stepping away from Instagram and social media in general. Also, uploading one new blog post every week seems to have gone to plan.
What wasn’t? Not having the same amount of energy that I usually do. Winter doesn't help!
Goals for November: Bring in even more money from magazine advertising sales.