Wednesday, 2 September 2015

My Monthly Reflections - August

My Monthly Reflections - August
 
What a month! My theme this month was "Blogging - anything and everything blog related". I started with a list of some of my favourite blogs, and I contacted several of those bloggers from the list to ask if they would take part in an interview series. I had a really positive response. Thank you again to everyone who took part! I also posted lots of blogging tips, mostly the things I wish I had known when I first started out, and things I have learned along the way that I have found useful. I thoroughly enjoyed writing these posts and they were well received.
At the start of the month, I like to note down what I plan to write about for the month's theme. When I did this, I realised I had enough posts for two months, but as I had already (publicly) set a topic for September, I decided to double post each day of August. It was always going to be tight time wise, but I figured I could squeeze it in.
Of course, like a red rag to a bull, this was a trigger for everything to happen at once! My manager at work went on the sick for two weeks, meaning I had a lot of overtime at work, plus my Grandmother went into hospital (she has now been in coming up to four weeks!). I suddenly didn't have the time to do a double post a day, but I figured I'd committed to do it, and I was dam well going to do it!
Cue, a lot of posts being written at 4 and 5am on the day they were due to go live! I managed to just about keep up on the surface, but I know my social media presence slipped massively and I got quite behind on linking up to linkys. I apologise for my lack of tweets etc!
I can't see this improving until she is out of hospital, so apologies in advance. I will still respond to tweets, comments, emails etc, but it may take a bit longer than usual.
Anyway, that's enough of me banging on about how hard I have it, at the end of the day, no one forces me to blog, so I really only have myself to blame!
On a positive note, with everything going on, I'm pretty happy that I managed to get 2 posts a day out! It's shown me that if I apply myself (and accept that sleeping isn't really an option!) I can get posts written a lot quicker than I anticipated.
September, I will be mostly back to one post a day, although no doubt there will be some cheeky little extras, but I think I will do double posts again at some point in the future, as I did kind of enjoy it.

Here's this month's round-up:

My most viewed posts (excluding linkys):
1. My top 30 all time favourite blogs
2. How to write a killer guest post
3. 3 top tips for beating blogger's block

My least viewed posts (excluding guest posts):
1. Even morre things you didn't know about me
2. Hashtags and promo accounts on Twitter
3. My weekly schedule

I think number two on the worst viewed list may have done much better if I had called it something like "Using hashtags and promo accounts to boost traffic", but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

If you have a minute (and a cuppa!), why not check out my most popular posts, or show some of the less popular ones a little love!
 
What where your best and worst posts this month?
 
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22 comments:

  1. Great roundup, hope you Granny is getting better. Sounds like a busy month you've had, great idea to reflect though. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst :-) see you again!

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    1. She's getting there thank you :) It was a mega busy month! Thanks for hosting

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  2. My word that sounds like an incredibly busy month! I am amazed that you managed to double-post each day despite everything else that was going on. Hope your grandmother is out of hospital and feeling better soon.

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    1. It was a busy one for sure! I'm not sure how I did it - stubbornness that I wouldn't give in and lots of caffeine I think lol :) She's still in hospital, but she's feeling a lot better thanks :)

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  3. Wow you are dedicated writing at 4 and 5am that is some going and you must be shattered. I hope your grandmother makes a good recovery xx

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    1. I kind of got used to it, I'm a night owl anyway so it was only a extra couple hours. Thank you :) x

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  4. it's truly interesting to read how it is for others. for myself i find it so hard to post daily and do linkys and something always have to give. I committed to a daily post and thats what i want to do..but it takes me forever to write them and then promoting is even more time consuming. I do think my non bloggin friends have no idea how much time is put in! We never do get a break! I hope your grandma improved soon and thsanks for sharing this insight! - Working hard will pay off debs :)

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    1. I know before I blogged I had no idea how time consuming it is! She's getting there thank you :) I sure hope so! x

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  5. I can't believe you were writing two posts a day! I took your advice & made a schedule - I am posting one post monday, tuesday then #foodpornthursdays linky post & recipe wednesday evening, my week at a glance friday & candidcuddles sunday. It's great to have a routine but I couldn't' imagine having something new everyday let alone twice a day so well done to you!! And thanks again for including me in your interview series!! #justanotherlinky x

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    1. Having a schedule helps so much because you know where you are and what you're doing. I couldn't have imagined posting daily before having a schedule, but when I know what's happening, my thoughts are more organised and I don't waste time flapping about what I should be doing! Twice a day was kind of mental, but I would like to try it again when everything else isn't going on. You're more than welcome, it was a pleasure to have you be part of it :) x

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  6. Wow it has been such a busy month for you. And so sorry to hear your grandmother has been ill, I hope she will get better soon.

    Even though you say have been so busy and haven't done much, it feels like I have seen you everywhere on social media this month. So I think your blogging theme really hit off with people sharing it :)

    Thanks for linking to #mymonthlyroundup !

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    1. Thank you, she seems to be on the road to recovery :)
      That's good, I'm glad I didn't appear to be completely awol lol!
      Thank you for hosting :)

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  7. Wow. You are dedicated and huge inspiration. Huge. Congratulations on your double postings. I feel smug if I get one out a week! Fabulous posts and I have learnt a lot from your pieces. Much love and strength to your gran, I hope she's home soon.
    xx
    #JustAnotherLinky

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you are enjoying them!
      She's doing well, touch wood she seems to be on the mend, thanks so much :) Good to have you back hope your holiday went well! x

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  8. props to you for posting 67 times in August!
    (stopping over via my monthly round up linky)

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  9. This is a great thing to do at the end of the month. Sorry to hear about your granny and hope things improve soon. You have done amazing!! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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    1. She is doing a lot better now, thank you :) Thanks for hosting! x

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  10. Well you go girl! I don't know where you find the time...I feel like I hardly sleep these days either and am always behind! How is your grandma? Hope all is well and keep up your awesome work! Thanks for linking with #momsterslink.

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    1. Lol, thank you :) I'm behind a lot these days, it bothered me at first, now I just roll with it! She is doing a lot better thanks, she's still in hospital but she's responding to the treatment :) Thank you for hosting

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  11. Sorry to hear of your granny. Hope all is well soon.

    On the otherhand, a great monthly round up lovely :)

    Thanks so much for linking up with #justanotherlinky

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    1. She's getting there thanks :) Thank you and thanks for hosting!

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