Although it was to be expected, I am beginning to realize how much more challenging it is to blog consistently while working a full time job.
On the other hand, the full time job has put me in a great position to improve my writing skills—I literally write and edit 8 hours per day.
It has already begun to leave its mark on my writing. I have made advancements when it comes to grammar and punctuation. Also, I am becoming faster at typing, writing, and editing.
Furthermore, I get to be around people who are skilled at writing, too. And that’s the real blessing when you stop and think about it. The majority of our technology driven society has completely lost its ability to put together a proper sentence.
Now, after working as an investment representative and in digital communication, I’ve come to the conclusion that most people are as lacking at writing as they are at managing money.
My experience has taught me that the number of people that lose all their money on stocks is approximately 80 to 90 percent. And my more recent job has shown me that approximately 80 to 90 percent of adults don’t know how to write.
Now, I’m not tryna say that I’m such an outstanding writer nor am I attempting to call people out regarding their abominable writing skills. I’m just bringing it up because of how terrible it actually is.
I mean, it seems as though most people don’t have even the faintest clue of where to place a comma. It appears they are aware that a sentence requires a comma, however, where to place a comma is a seemingly different story. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided the comma’s placement through a game of eney, meeny, miny, moe.
Anyways, at least my new role allows the opportunity to see what good and bad writing looks like.
It has also put me in a better position to achieve my long term goals—to become a full time writer, blogger, and investor.
However, I’m not tryna force the issue to the point that it leads to a lower quality of life.
My focus remains on improving the quality of life now, because nothing in the future is ever promised.
The plan is to focus on my vocation to the fullest of my abilities. If I do that, not only will it increase my chances of additional income, it will improve my writing.
Additionally, if I MAKE time for the blog, it will increase my chances of acquiring more freelance work and improve my overall skill level as a blogger.
That said, I’ve been meaning to catch up on these blogging reports, and since I’ve missed a couple months now, I figured I had to write a collective report.
The numbers below show what a year of blogging can accomplish.
As always, let’s begin with the social media numbers.Analytics, Social Media, and Blog Income Report after 1 Year. Click To Tweet
As of January 29, 2017
@reversethecrush: 1649 followers (Up 158 | 10.6%)
@gbellddsc: 1438 followers (Up 2)
Combined: 3087 followers (Up 160 | 5.75%)
@eludethe9to5: 330 followers (Up 55 | 20%)
reversethecrush_: 173 followers (Down 24)
Reverse the Crush : 10 followers (Up 3)
Regrettably, I haven’t been as focussed on growing the various social networks as I once was. Though, it’s due to a combination of working full time as well as rethinking the message of this blog.
Over time, the same basic message began to make perfect sense. I am still on a mission to reverse the crush, but, I have a different attitude towards attaining skills. Additionally, I have a better sense of direction.
Now, when it comes to social media, you may notice a few social networks missing. The reason is that I’ve made the executive decision to simplify. From this point forward, I will only focus my social media time on Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and of course Twitter.
I made the decision regarding Facebook in part because Facebook will not allow me to post links. Second, it’s the network I least enjoy. Peace out, Facebook.
In regards to the social networks being kept:
Twitter drives the majority of my traffic, and I have developed great relationships with other bloggers through this channel.
Pinterest seems to be growing even though I haven’t been paying much attention to it. It’s also a network that many bloggers claim to be a huge part of their website traffic.
Google+ requires minimal effort as it will be managed through Hootesuite.
And finally, Instagram. Really, I just use it to be creative. I like photography and I like to write captions. I don’t use it to post links at all. Though, I do use it to engage with other bloggers. Liking someone’s photo is a nice way of letting them know you’re still around.
All time page views: 35,601 (Dec 1, 2015 to January 29, 2017)
Alexa rank: 2,213,605 (Down 794,910)
Comments: 741 Approved (including my responses)
Total Published Blog Posts: 172
I’ve narrowed down the categories for this all inclusive report. Normally, I’d go through a plethora of different categories and compare them to the previous month. However, due to the timeframe of this blog traffic report, there is no previous month to compare to.
I just wanted to provide an update to the all time numbers and briefly comment on what’s been happening to traffic over the last several months.
It’s been no secret that I’ve stopped being as active with the blog lately. To put it bluntly, I’m a tad embarrassed by my lack of activity.
It must appear like I’m giving up on blogging to some bloggers. However, that’s simply not the case.
Though, it has become more difficult to write since going back to work, I fully intend to pick things back up where they left off. I am planning to get back to the posts that made this blog what it is—goal-setting, statistics, investing, and creative writing for fun.
Admittedly, though, it’s more challenging because I have less time to write and comment. It’s harder because reversethecrush.com was originally about eluding the 9 to 5, and now I’m working a 9 to 5. Furthermore, I’ve wasted time on being overly meticulous with choosing the blogs message.
Although the page views and numbers have dipped slightly in the last few months, I am fully aware of what it takes to bring this website back to its glory days, and beyond.
This isn’t a full on commitment just yet, no. But don’t be surprised if the monthly statistic reports as well as the monthly goal-setting posts make a return in February.
Google Adsense: $10.99
Sponsored Posts: $150.00
Freelance: $200.00 (Unpaid future revenue)
Including agreed upon future freelance income: $498.19
Although I’ve only been blogging for just over a year now, when I started out blogging, I stated my goal was to earn $500 within the first year on December 19, 2015. And, well, what do ya’ know? I basically accomplished it without much of a monetary focus at all.
I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made and the future potential of reversethecrush.com.
Now, as I continue this journey forward, I have an improved sense of what works and what doesn’t.
It might not seem obvious to the layman, however, this blog has gifted more to me than I ever could’ve imagined.
I mean, it provided me with a greater sense of self—I know I can write my way out of any corner.
It helped me land a new career, which was actually unexpected. Although it makes perfect sense now in hindsight.
I had been worried about having a resume gap, but in reality, the fact that I used the gap to build skills became the differentiator.
Additionally, blogging has brought creativity back to my life. Think whatever you want about my blog or my writing or my social media accounts, but just know these are my outlets. I see creativity as the great balancer of my life because it allows me to channel my inner thoughts.
I am so happy that I took a year off and embarked on this journey. It has really brought about a rejuvenated sense of value to my previously forlorn life.
Moreover, I now possess the skills, capabilities, experiences, and power to accomplish whatever I want.
As long as I ambitiously continue to use the blog as a creative outlet and to build skills, my intuition is telling me there’ll be better days.
Question: How has blogging improved your life? How were your blogging numbers in the first year?