Happy one month! 30 days of blogging by one word-obsessed writer.

 

Hi friends!

In lieu of this week’s “What if Wednesday,” I thought I would let you know that… the blog has officially been up and running for ONE WHOLE MONTH!

It’s certainly been a whirlwind of a month, that’s for sure! I came into the blogging world knowing nothing! It has been a big learning experience. Although I still have an absolute ton to learn, I feel like I’ve made decent progress.

Without further ado, let’s do a vitals check…

Followers.

As of 5pm yesterday, the blog had 351 followers. whaaat. All I can say is THANK YOU! Thanks for following, reading, and engaging! I appreciate that you come back :) And most of all, I’m excited to get to know you even better!

Google analytics.

I finally got access to my Analytics account, and am poking around in it… Still learning how it works.

Here are a few highlights:

  • The majority of you guys are between 18-24 (28%) or 25-34 (34%) years of age.
  • You guys are about half and half male/female.
  • Most readers are tuning in from the USA. However, we’ve got strong representation. from the UK, India, Canada, Australia, Kenya, Germany, South Africa and so many more! A total of 79 countries are represented so far. Woah! I love it :)

The posts.

The most popular post to date is the one about thing you should wrap your lips around. I am not sure if it’s because of the suggestive title or the mouthwatering photos, but this post seems to be a crowd pleaser! Another popular post is about how weird habits keep you grounded. This started out as a post about earplugs and before I knew it, I was writing about “bigger stuff.” Interestingly, the day that received the highest viewcount was the day I posted a story about a cockroach’s dinner. And the second highest viewcount day was when I wrote about boarding school. Oh, and side note: stats for the highest viewcount revealed that the major referrer was StumbleUpon (a site completely new to me) — many thanks to whoever shared the post on there! I have since signed up for an account, and am loving it! Who knew there were so many amazing sites, blogs, and random things to LITERALLY STUMBLE UPON??

Connecting.

I continue to be impressed by all the ways I’m able to connect with you all. In addition to gobbling up other bloggers’ posts via the Reader, I am also enjoying getting connected with you on social media. Good stuff all around. If you haven’t already, please do connect with me on #alltheapps! :D

Reflecting on month #1.

I came in planning to write a post daily. This worked out really well in Month #1. I only missed a couple days at the very beginning, so I more or less have an entire month’s worth of posts.

I now have some pretty cool data to poke around in. It’s interesting what a month of data can reveal!

I have always loved to write, and I feel “off” if I don’t get to stretch those writing muscles daily. However, I do work full time, and it’s hard to get everything done in a day.

  1. Write and edit my blog content –> I find this really enjoyable and also quite time consuming.
  2. Read other blogs –> I’ve learned a TON about blogging and writing in general by reading the content others put out.
  3. Engage  –> writing and responding to comments on here and on other blogs.
  4. Interact on social media –> connecting is fun and an awesome way to easily share content!
  5. Learn bloggy things like coding and all that good stuff.

As much as I’m enjoying it, I must say, it’s tough to do all of these things every day after work. Realistically, I probably should focus on only a couple on any given evening in order to do each well. Given this, I’m thinking it makes sense to adjust the schedule. So, let’s see how it goes to have a new post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, shall we?

Posting topic and structure.

One of the best things I ever did was design a plan for blog themes/topics early on. The structure gave me a framework on which to write, and I never felt stale or forced.

Since I’ve had such a good experience with it thus far, it makes sense to keep a similar structure moving forward.

Mondays. You’ll see posts about memories, discussions, tips, or running!

  • Memory Monday. Just random memories, like the time I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, or what boarding school was like for me.
  • Discussion Monday. This is where we as a community get to engage in what I hope will be lively discourse. For example, would you delete someone from your life or memory? Should sick people pay higher health insurance premiums than healthy people? Share your thoughts and opinions! All perspectives are welcome.
  • Monday Runday. This is a running-centric theme. I will recap my weekly miles, share thoughts on running, and maybe even tell you about races I have completed.

Wednesdays. You’ll see posts about “What if’s,” rambles, and tips!

Fridays. You’ll see posts about faves, reviews, “what’s in my”, and stories!

  • Friday Faves. Here is one of my first posts on my favorites. It’s a collection of things that I genuinely love!
  • Friday Review. My first review is on the Saltaire restaurant in Port Chester!
  • Friday What’s in My. I like the idea of sharing “what’s in my”….bag, desk, fridge, pantry, pocket, recent calls list, notebook, playlist, netflix queue, wishlist, etc.
  • Story Friday. This is where I share stories or poems, like The Knight’s Rose and The Roach’s dinner.

Also, I still plan to do Giveaways every now and then… :)

What is your favorite type of post to read? What social media app do you use the most? 

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204 thoughts on “Happy one month! 30 days of blogging by one word-obsessed writer.

    1. Yeah I wanted to say the same thing only I’ve been blogging for years (only recently started actually promoting and marketing but still..) this post actually made me feel really bad about myself!

      1. Aw, please don’t feel bad! There are so many things i want to learn from more seasoned bloggers like yourself. I really appreciate you stopping by, i hope your weekend is going well! 😊

  1. Congratulations… This is a great post for advice on blogging. Your first month is very impressive but based upon what I have read I can honestly say that I am not surprised. I really have enjoyed reading your blog.

    On a side note… I love every time I see a new country appear in my stats. It is amazing how small the world can be. (and how curious it is that anyone so far away could be interested in what I write)

    1. That’s so nice of you, thank you! ☺ i love seeing new countries show up in the stats too, the world really does get smaller every day!

  2. Dang girl, they are some amazing achievements!! I have been blogging over a year and do not even have anywhere near the number of followers you have or the same level of understanding of how to read your stats!! Kudos to you

  3. Congrats on blogging for a whole month! Your stats looks amazing. I’m so happy you were able to do this and not give up. You can feel the love and devotion you are putting in this blog. You should be really proud of yourself!

  4. First and foremost, congratulations! I’ve been personally blogging for 7 years, but started my travel blog a few months ago. I find it commendable to have posted each day, I quickly discovered that three times a week was perfect for me. Like you, I have themes – mondays are blog days, wednesdays are my “7 series” tips and ideas on travel, and fridays are my “photo of the week”. And I appreciate that I can write ahead and schedule my posts…
    I also discovered the NEED to interact on a daily basis – just blogging doesn’t go far – there has to be a good reader base.
    Thanks for sharing your first month’s experiences – and keep it up!

    1. Thank you Sylvie! I like your themes! You are so right, blogging is more than the actual writing :) and I’ve learned a ton from reading others’ posts and interacting with people! :)

    1. I like those ones too! It usually makes me feel like my daily eats are super boring, but I’m always curious about what other people haha. :)

  5. Congratulations! Celebrating your first month is very exciting. If I can share one piece of advise with you it is don’t ever stop creating goals for blog. It looks like you’re doing a fantastic job!

  6. Wow Congratulations! 30 days! That’s great! And what a fun article, I need to poke around my blog and see what people are being drawn to, I’ve never really done that before!

    1. I think I will still be learning things for a long time too — there is just so much to learn! lol :) thanks for dropping by!

  7. Well done, im sure soon instead of months, you`ll be saying “my blog is 1,2,3 years”Blogging is alot of work and a never ending learning process so keep going on

  8. Congrats on your first month of blogging! I feel like you’re so much further ahead than I was after my first month! Good for you for figuring out so much so fast

  9. Congrats on hitting the 1 month milestone! You’ll definitely find a groove that works well for you, and do take care not to get burnt out!

    1. Thanks for the wise word of caution! I agree, it’ll be important to pace myself so I don’t burn out. Thanks for checking in! :)

  10. Congrats on your first month! We’ve done great in such a short period of time! You’re figuring everything out so fast!

  11. I admire you. An excellent way to be sure you have a strong start while proving that you are consistent and serious.

  12. Awesome! My favorite posts to read are about real life. And my favorite social media account is a toss up between Instagram and Facebook. But I do enjoy them all.

  13. Congratulations on your one month anniversary! You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished in a short time, and I’m looking forward to following your adventures. Soon you’ll be celebrating one year!

  14. Documenting your process is good as you are hereby making your footprints available for other bloggers to follow. It can be a source of blogger empowerment

    1. Welcome to the blogosphere! Nice to “meet” you! It’s always nice to get connected with other new bloggers. 😁

  15. Congrats on one month of blogging! I remember when I used to blog once a day. It wore me out! (My posts require a lot of photography and editing.) Hopefully you’ll be able to keep to your schedule better than I did. Keep it up!

  16. Congratulations on your blogging journey. You are very good in organizing and documenting which I believe is important when you are monitoring the growth of your business.

  17. Congratulations! I was wondering what are followers, are they subscribers? If you, you have a lot for just one month! I wish you the best! Stumble upon is great for traffic but be careful: I’ve used it for years and they banned my blog anyway 😦

    1. Thank you Cynthia! I’m liking StumbleUpon a lot so far. Stinks that they banned your blog! Do you know why they did that? 😔

  18. Congratulations on your one-month anniversary! It seems that you’ve achieved quite a lot indeed. Look forward to your next interesting posts!

  19. Wow! Pretty impressive – I am quite jealous. My first 30 days hasn’t exactly been as good as yours, but I’m happy nonetheless!

  20. Congrats on your one month! I love your post layout structure! It is so good to have a game plan and structure when it comes to blogging!

  21. That’s great that you have enjoyed the 1st month of blogging! I knew nothing about blogging as well, didn’t even read other blogs online before started, but I love the blogging world and I’m sure you will continue to as well!
    Sounds like you have a concrete structure/scheldule for your blog which is awesome! I look forward to reading more in the future ;)

    1. Thanks Eloise! It’s been a good first month! The structure is so helpful to keep me on track. Thanks for reading along! :)

  22. Congrats on one month in on blogging. It’s definitely a milestone. I remember being at that point and just figuring out how things worked. But it seems like you have had some cool real growth. I remember the moment I got some real shares on stumble upon. Was a revelation. I really like the voice you have on here. It’s very authentic. Great post.

    1. I’m definitely still figuring things out and learning so much along the way! Thanks for your lovely compliment, it means a lot! 😁

  23. Aww, congrats hun! Love that you’re so organized and have your posts scheduled so you get motivated cause you know people are watiing for your posts to go live. Youre inspiring me to be more active with my content! Wishing you all the best in your blogging journey!

  24. Congratulations on completing your first month of blogging! And wow, it’s so impressive how much you learned and how well you categorized it! It’s funny you mentioned StumbleUpon, because that’s one I had never heard of, either, yet also got the greatest number of views on one of my blog posts through SU one day (174). It’s also interesting you mentioned having daily blog topics or themes – I do that on one of my blogs (like Motivation Monday, Top List Tuesday, etc.). I especially like motivational posts, organizational posts, and informational posts for social media strategies. I mostly use Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

    1. I love motivational posts too! They really inspire me. And i like reading informational posts too! I’ve learned so much from fellow bloggers! 😁

  25. Good job! This is such a great advice for bloggers. It’s not easy to have an 351 followers. Keep up the good work girl 😉

    1. Thank you Hannah! Its been so much more than i could have imagined! I’m excited to see what the next month brings! 😁

  26. What an amazing accomplishment! I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now. I’ve just recently branched out to talking about more than just products so I’m hoping that mine will also blossom a bit more! Congrats on your first month!

  27. I love that you’ve categorized every blog post that you publish. Congrats for getting to your first month! It’s going to be pretty exciting as the months pass by!

    1. Thank you Meagan! That’s so nice of you. Month #2 is already off to a nice start :) I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Thank you Emman! It really is pretty exciting, isn’t it :) I hope your week is off to a great start!

  28. You learned so much in a month!
    I’ve recently made myself a blogging schedule. Not for posts. But for what I need to focus on each day. Ie reply to comments.

    1. Thank you, i appreciate it! It’s been quite a ride so far! Thanks for stopping by, i hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thank you! It’s been such a fun month! I appreciate your stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😊

  29. Congrats on having success so quickly! I love your theme lists, too. I do something similar, but I may need to broaden my topics a bit. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thank you, that’s so nice of you. I hope they are helpful! I appreciate your stopping by, have an amazing day! 😊

  30. Wow congratulations for passing the first lap :) I happy that you love the blogging life, It’s gonna be a rocky road at first but after all will be just be easy for you. wiishing you the best!

    1. Thank you Denise! And happy upcoming one month to you! I appreciate your dropping by, i hope you have an amazing weekend! 😊

  31. That’s so much to learn in one month!:) great job! I don’t think I could Blog every single day- I need like a week to get one post done and promoted lol.

    1. Its been a whirlwind of a month, that’s for sure! Thanks for stopping by Dedreanna, enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😊

    1. Thank you! I use facebook quite a lot these days too.I appreciate your stopping by! I hope you have an awesome day! 😊

    1. Thank you! I have learned so much and am excited to learn more! I appreciate your stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😊

    1. Thank you Maria! It’s true, schedule has really helped to keep me on track, but i can also understand that it’s quite time consuming. I appreciate your stopping by! I hope your week is off to a nice start!

    1. Thank you Star! I appreciate that. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you’re having a lovely day! 😊

  32. congrats on your blog achievements Hun! I’m almost at my one month mark blogging too! I need to really take some time and dissect my analytics so i can create more curated content for my readers :) but i love your blog and where its going! AND I love that you have a structure :)

    1. Thank you Abbigayle! Yes the stats are so interesting and telling. I appreciate your stopping by, i hope your day is amazing!

  33. This is great! I just actually went live with my blog this weekend. Hopefully I can reach goals similar to what you’ve achieved over this past month! Congratulations!

    1. That’s awesome Jess! Congrats on starting your blog – wishing you many happy writing days ahead! Thanks for stopping by, i hope your day is awesome! 😊

  34. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary! Cheers to more months and for sure more years in blogging.

    Love how organized you post your contents :)

    Liked your FB Page!

    1. Thank you! And cheers to you too! :) I appreciate your stopping by, I hope your week is off to an awesome start!

  35. What a cool thing to share. I just finished writing my 2 month blogging update. Just waiting until thrusday to get the latest info to plug it. I was going to write my one for my first month, however I was nomination for a bloggers awards and I wrote about that. Getting this Blog ready is so fun and I can read how much you enjoyed writing yours.

    1. Oh how cool, happy 2 months to you! It’s been quite a wild ride, and I’ve learned so much! Thanks for stopping by, i hope you have an amazing day! 😊

  36. Happy Monthoverssary! Blogging is fun but it’s very time-consuming. Now that I’m working FT it’s very hard to manage both. I do love it though :)

    1. I totally understand that, it takes a lot of effort and time to blog, and it can be hard to balance that with full time work. I appreciate your stopping by and reading. Have an amazing day!

    1. I am loving stumbleupon, and I just recently discovered flipboard too. I need to poke around in it to learn a little more about it. thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read, I appreciate it! Enjoy the rest of your day! :)

  37. OMG, how have you accomplished all this in just one month. I’m just over a year in, and still not understanding how it all works. You must work so hard to fit all this dedication in amongst a full time job. Well done, and keep on blogging.

    1. Thank you Jill, it took a lot of time and I’ve still got a ways to go, but its been such fun! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read, i hope you have a wonderful day!

  38. Wow honestly that’s so outstanding that you reached so much success in less than 1 month!! Imagine what you’ll accomplish in 1 year if you keep it up!! You honestly inspired and motivated me. I just started blogging. Thank you for your tips and insights. I really hope you continue to grow your network.

    1. I’m glad this was helpful! It’s been a whirlwind of a month and I’ve still got a lot to learn, but its been a lot of fun! I appreciate your taking the time to read! Enjoy your day! 😊

  39. Wow stumbleupon is super cool, I’ve been struggling to find a platform to find new blogs, can’t expect people to interact with you if you don’t do it yourself! I’ve just started blogging but haven’t been as good as you with the amount of posts! keep up the good work, looking forward to see how you blossom further xx

    1. I’ve been loving stumbleupon too! I agree, building community and interacting is so important! Thanks for stopping by Holly, I appreciate your taking the time to read! I hope you have an amazing day!

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