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…
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!
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!
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!
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
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 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!