Work in Progress - 1 Year Evaulation

PROGRESS REPORT: MARCH 2018 - 1 Year Down

I try to keep up with these progress reports to hold myself accountable. It’s so easy to let the voices in your head start to take over and tell you “Nobody cares what you have to say.” Or “No one is out there reading these, so it doesn’t matter if you publish anything this week.”

The problem with that is if I put it off this week, it makes it easier to put it off next week, and the next, and the next.. and then life…

So I realized last week was the 1 year anniversary of The Carpool Knitter! That is just crazy! Honestly, I thought I would’ve had a LOT more accomplished by now, but blogging is hard y’all. It takes time, like so much time. And there is such a learning curve!

I’d like to consider myself relatively tech-savvy. I mean I can get around. I know how to use Instagram! #(something funny here) But there are so many things to learn when it comes to blogging!

The good news is, there are also a million and one courses you can take to learn everything there is to know! And finding the right one can sometimes be difficult. Then when you do, it can turn into an addiction, taking course after course after course.

Those have basically been my entire last year! Learning everything I can about how to blog properly and do things the right way. Hopefully, I’ll only have to learn this once. It’s fun taking a step back and realizing the small wins are starting to become more prominent, and things are starting to look like a real business and not just a side hobby.

I don’t know about you, but I am such a numbers girl! My type A personality...the bookkeeper in me I guess. Reading reports and surveys for figuring out how things are working is just so much fun!

HINT: Expect to see some surveys popping up in the weekly newsletter! :-) I want to get to know everything about you and what you want to learn from me!

So lately, I’ve been working my booty off to get systems in place so I can help you better! I’ve been working on Pinterest strategies, so you guys can find patterns easier. I’ve also been planning so I’m not flying by the seat of my pants or just missing weeks altogether because of well life.

As I’ve said in the past, most of the income reports I’ve found have all been from people who have been blogging for several months and are already making money. After reading several articles, most of those people mention how much hard work and free labor they put into their blog in the initial months before it starts paying off. Boy were they right!

My last progress report was done in September 2017, you can check that out here. So here’s how things have been going. I’m posting this to hold myself accountable to keep at it and to not give up! So, I’m doing it scared!

November-February STATS:

Page views: 2015

Subscribers: 37

Pinterest Followers: 57

MONTHLY EXPENSES BREAKDOWN:

Bluehost Domain – $11.99 / yr

SiteGround Web Hosting – $7.60/month (add affiliate link)

ConvertKit – $29 / month (add affiliate link)

Adobe Stock – $54.60

Canva $12.95 / month (add affiliate link)

Tailwind $10 / month (add affiliate link)

Grammarly – $11.66 / month (add affiliate link)

Social Warfare Plug-In $23.20

Total: $137.80

INCOME

Affiliate Income: $27.69

 

WHAT I WORKED ON THIS MONTH:

I’ve started working on finding you, my people, my beautiful audience. Then I realized I don’t have enough content to keep that going for the long haul. Hence the focus on content the next few weeks.

I’m starting to figure out keywords for Pinterest and Google from the business standpoint. This is just a million times stressful. Trying to figure out how these guys classify things is so mind-boggling. I’ll keep at it though.

WHAT DIDN’T WORK THIS MONTH:

Burn out. I have a tendency to work on things in overdrive until I can’t take it anymore. And then I get burnt out. So when I got back from my blogging conference in September I worked almost every single night after my family went to bed. I was up working until 2-3 am. Then I’d get up normal for my paying job. Until finally I was just too tired. I ended up not doing much of anything throughout the holidays.

I feel like I missed out on some major growth during these months because people are always looking to make gifts and it’s a busy season for bloggers. I’m trying to work on pacing myself better. To get on a better schedule.

Working every night is ok. I’m just trying to save the super late nights for weekends when I don’t have to get up so early.

GOALS for the next 12 weeks:

Content: I have one major goal for the next 12-week cycle. That is to build out more content. I’ve come to realize that I’m holding back when it comes to publishing blog posts and patterns and information to you! I can’t grow if I don’t have anything to grow with. So for the next several weeks, my main focus is going to be writing and knitting as much as possible.

I know this sounds absolutely terrible! HAHA. Someone, please force me to knit!

Seriously though, I have a long list of patterns lined up to write and get out to you, but at some point, I need to sit down and write them or they will just be sitting there in my brain. This doesn’t do anyone any good.

Newsletter: Some of you may have seen I finally got the newsletter up and going. I’m working on making this a consistent thing.

 

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

I hope this helps you to take a leap of faith to start living the life of your dreams. With just a few bucks and a lot of work, you can start your own business too! If you need any help or have any questions, please, don’t hesitate to give me a shout! I’d love to help.

If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, check out this post about Steps to Start A Hobby Blog.

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Kathryn O'Neil