Back to the grind, friends! I’m honestly kinda happy to be working again… having money is great.
Here’s how September went on the blog!
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September 2016 Wins
Had a (somewhat) viral post thanks to sharing on my personal Facebook.
This is sort-of a win, because I’d rather have consistent good traffic, but the viral one was positive because I gained new readers that have subscribed, followed, and liked. It helped me grow, and that’s awesome! I’m really excited to have gotten further.
I also have to say this was a personal win as well, not just a blog win. The post that went viral was my most recent one — What My First Counselling Session Was Like 1 Year After My Sexual Assault. It was a big thing to share with people I actually know on Facebook, because up to that point, only my close friends knew about it and any people I knew who already were reading my blog — which wasn’t many!
Learned what you want me to write.
I had shared posts before on my personal page, but hadn’t gotten that much of a reaction. I had the inkling that my post about my counselling might be different because it’s so personal, but I didn’t think it would get as much attention as it did… just because the rest of my posts hadn’t.
But I was so wrong. People messaged me personally, emailed me, commented, shared the post even — they were just beyond supportive. (So of course, thank you if you were one of those people.) They really liked and cared about what I had to say, and what I’ve been through.
It was amazing to get this kind of support, and to know so many people are behind me. It really is. I admit, I got teary-eyed and overwhelmed! But this was also a big learning experience for me,because I realized that those stories, where I am so honest and emotionally naked, are the ones that make the most impact. That’s what you want to read, and what you want me to write!
It’s kind of weird, because trust me, I didn’t write that to get all the attention it got. I am genuinely trying to work through my sexual assault. But I know from the response I got that writing about it is helping not just me, but many others. Besides, the scary part is pretty much over — over 200 people connected to me in one way or another have clicked that link and learned more about me than they probably expected, and more than I’ve ever been willing to share.
Something bloggers hear a lot is that once a post gets a lot of attention, it’s time to replicate what that material was so that I can make it a more regular event — and eventually maintain a good amount of traffic instead of fluctuating.
I haven’t had much to say about my sexual assault since I hadn’t made any progress before I started counselling, but now that I have… you can probably expect updates every couple of weeks, or once a month 🙂 and I’ll try to share more about how feminism influences my daily life too!
Made a few more sales on Amazon.
I haven’t made a single sale since Father’s Day, but last month I made 3 sales on Amazon.ca and 2 on Amazon.com. Pretty cool. Definitely slow starting, but neat — considering I sold nothing before June! Those sales all came from my post 23 Feminist Books I Can’t Wait To Read and my resources page.
September 2016 Fails
Still two weeks behind.
I managed to keep up and always post each week, but I still haven’t gotten ahead. It’s been hard because Grady and I work opposite shifts, so I try to do all my work when he’s at work — including chores and hanging out with friends. Before his new job, I just kinda worked whenever I needed to because he was always home! But now we only have one guaranteed full day together, and one afternoon, so the times he is home I try not to work. It’s been hard to get ahead.
What I Want To Do Now: Goals for October
Get back to two weeks ahead.
Still priority number one! Now that the finishing touches to the blog redesign are done, I can focus on content.
Finish updating old posts.
Also took the back burner this month because I was basically just trying to crank out a good post each week, but I’d like to finish — I only have a few left!
Finish Unit 4 of EBA.
I may not have updated old posts last month, but I started Unit 4 and have been doing well — in fact, sharing my posts on my personal Facebook page was part of an assignment! I’d love to finish this one off.
September 2016 Stats
These are my blog stats for the past month, according to Google Analytics.
- Page views: 3,532 (-2,097)
- Sessions: 2,704 (-1,918)
- Visitors: 2,431 (-1,691)
- 18.5% of all visitors were returning visitors — an increase of 1%.
- 81.5% of all visitors were new visitors — a decrease of 1%.
- Bounce Rate (percentage of people who leave right away): 83.73% (-2.62%, yay!)
- Average Time Per Session: 56 secs (+17 sec)
- Pages Per Visit: 1.31 (+0.09)
- Top Referral Sources: Pinterest brought 45% of my traffic, Facebook 23% (+16% since last month), and finally Twitter with 1%.
Pretty big decrease in traffic, but I think this is because I wrote one less post — the more posts, the more traffic generally. I also am okay with fewer page views this month because my bounce rate went down a little, which means people are sticking are around longer.
These are my social media stats as of October 1st.
- Facebook: 210 page likes (+14)
- Twitter: 1,012 followers (+24)
- Google+: 71 followers (+0)
- Pinterest: 1,495 followers (+116)
- Bloglovin: 512 followers (+4)
- Email list: 39 subscribers (+7)
September 2016 Posts
If you’re wondering, these are the posts from last month that led to the above stats.
- Non-Binary Gender: Why I’m Thoroughly Confused
- My Eighth Month Self-Hosting My Blog
- What Feminism Means To Me
- Why I’m So Excited About “Quantico”
- What My First Counselling Session Was Like 1 Year After My Sexual Assault
And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
September 2016 Income Report
Media.net ads: $0
Adsense ads: $0
No payout until $100 for reach, but here’s what I earned within each account:
Media.net – $1.31
Adsense – $4.54
Amazon.ca Associates – $0.84
Amazon.com Associates – $0.73
How Elite Blog Academy Helped Me This Month
This month, EBA helped me stay focused.
I got a lot of emails and invites on Facebook for various classes and webinars, but I always had something I was working on with EBA that needed my attention… so I deleted them. I even unsubscribed from several! It just becomes too much when you have too many voices trying to grab your attention and your money.
I found that focusing really helped me get stuff done, too — I was way more efficient this month than I’ve been in a while!
It also helped me grow.
My Facebook engagement went up, and I’ve since I shared on my own page, I’ve seen tangible growth on social media. I’ve gotten business cards for my blog (which Laura Nicholson at PixelMeDesigns designed) and I hope to give them out to as many people as I can. I’ve developed an elevator pitch so I’m ready to talk about my blog confidently with anyone I meet and be proud of it. I feel like I’m finally getting to the good stuff and seeing change and growth — it’s gotten pretty exciting.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of September 🙂 see you next month!
If you want to see more about how I actually set up my blog and the costs of that, you can check out this post where I explain it all 🙂
What goals do you have for October? Let me know in the comments below!