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One year of “Blogging”

Hi there! I have to apologize, yet again, for being so absent on here. It seems to be a pattern for me lately, and I think I need to be honest about why that is. December marked one year of “blogging” for me. Now the reason that blogging is in quotations, is because I’ve really pulled back the last few months, publishing no more than one blog post a month. That’s not really a good number for a blog to be successful.

One year of “Blogging”

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Let me be truthful… I expected a lot more from this blog at this point in time. I know, it’s pretty dumb, especially considering the fact that basically everyone and their mom has a blog now. What makes mine so special? When I started off, I tried being realistic, knowing that only a small percent of bloggers can make it big. But then, of course, I was also hopeful that this little corner of the internet can become popular and profitable.

I’ll break it down for you, for the sake of total transparency. When I started, I invested about $100 into this blog, which covered my domain and self-hosting. I applied to a few different affiliate networks and began writing and linking and posting. Do you want to know what my income was for 2017? Maybe $40. That’s right. I didn’t even break even. I mean, two of the affiliate networks only pay in $100 increments or more, and I have about $50 on each of them, so I can’t count that income until I actually get paid. And I did get a few products in exchange for mentions or posts, and that was nice and counts for something, but still, I’m a little embarrassed for myself.

Around the summer months, I really started to notice how nothing was growing. My pageviews stayed in the same range, even though I was trying a couple different “marketing strategies” (Facebook groups, Pinterest group boards, social shares across all media channels). My affiliate links were being clicked, but not converting into sales. I spent hours reading other bloggers tips for success, but pretty much all of them were recommending buying classes and courses that promised to help. I just didn’t think it was worth it for me to invest hundreds more into a blog that was making zilch. That’s when I tapered off with the posts a bit. I was too discouraged and decided that I’d rather spend that time with my kid.

December came around, and my hosting and domain needed to be renewed. I didn’t remember this, but apparently, the first time around I got some sort of deal as a newbie. This time, the total was almost $200. That’s a big chunk of money! I’ll be honest, I almost threw in the towel. But, as you can see, I’m still here, with another year and a chance to grow and learn and maybe have a better report for my second year “blogiversary”.

So there you have it. Now you know why I haven’t been blogging lately. Hopefully, I can back into the swing of things and give you all great content to enjoy.

Please let me know if you have any advice for me, or if there are any topics you’d like me to cover in the near future! Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below! I would love to read them!

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