May Life & Blogging Review
Guess what!! I totally forgot to post my May review post! Normally, I try to write up rough drafts of posts to schedule ahead of time, but somehow, the last day of May slipped by without me even realizing that I hadn’t scheduled my review post! I guess posting it 3 days late is better than not posting it at all though, so here we are! Let’s take a quick look at a few highlights from the past month…….
I listened to a whole bunch of stuff….. And my Amazon link editor isn’t working… So we’re just going to have to leave it at that. Wow, this is going to be a thrilling monthly review, can’t you tell?
Hmmmmmm…… I actually can’t give this one away yet. I finished up two books, but they had already been highlighted in a previous monthly review. Now, I’m reading two books together., but I can’t give away the titles yet. Don’t worry, I will be doing a post on them soon!
Guess who graduated!?!? Me!!! So yes, that was DEFINITELY the highlight of the month! My parents threw such a thoughtful graduation party for me and It was wonderful to see the supportive, loving family and friends who came to help me celebrate. Oh, and if you haven’t gotten a thank you card yet….. I’m sorry, I’m working on it, I promise!
If you missed my graduation post, you can check it out here: Graduation Thoughts & 10 Things Every High Schooler Needs To Know
Looking Forward >>>
I’m going traveling!! Over the course of the next month, (June into July) I will be traveling to several different places across the country. Mainly, I will be in my (original) home sweet home, Iowa. I couldn’t be more thrilled
Working at camp last summer, I had to pack for 2 months, but since I was in one place, I felt like I could actually unpack and settle in. This will only be 1 month of travel, but it feels harder to prepare for since I will be jumping from place to place. I’m trying to take a minimalist approach to packing…. But it’s just not going to work. I just know it. Because who knows what’s going to happen in an entire month! I have to be prepared for anything!
To those who have contacted me asking if I’m doing okay because I haven’t been blogging as much, the answer is, Yes! I’ve been doing great! Thank you for your consideration. As you have probably noticed, I have been posting only twice a week instead of three times a week. There were several reasons for this, mainly just a busy schedule. Believe it or not, I actually do like to sleep 😉 So with all of the different things going on this month, I thought it would be a good idea to save my sanity by cutting one of the weekly posts. Because let’s be honest, the best writing doesn’t usually happen at 3 AM.
May’s blogging can be summed up in one word: Steady.
Nothing spectacular happened, but it’s still been a great month for blogging. I was able to stick to my schedule of two posts per week, Monday and Friday, 7 AM. Removing Wednesday’s post has done absolute wonders when it comes to scheduling and using my time. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging! But when you finish a long work day and then have the daunting thought of a one thousand word post that should’ve already been finished YESTERDAY…… Yeah, cue the chai lattes and messy buns. Ha, okay, who am I kidding….. I live in messy buns anyways….. and chai lattes? Perfection. But anyways, let’s keep moving!
9 posts! It’s been a pretty crazy month, so I’m happy with that. But looking down through these post titles….. WOW. Talk about a scattered brain. This months posts were definitely all over the place. Sorry, I’ll try to do better this month 😉
Blog Related Thoughts >>>
To the bloggers out there…… Have your Pinterest views and clicks been nosediving lately? I know that it has been a huge topic of conversation in blogger groups for the past several months. I had posts and pins from my website generating tens of thousands of views, and now they’re just flat out gone! For example, a few weeks ago while checking stats, the original pin for my post, 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Start A Blog, had been viewed and read over 37,000 times. Now, it’s showing only 717 times. So what happened? Did they totally erase all previous stats with the new upgrades? If you have any ideas, please let me know! There is a HUGE difference in 37.000 views and 717 views. Yes, of course, I still use Google analytics to track my pageviews and traffic sources, but Pinterest USED to be one of the easiest ways to check my traffic, due to the “clicks to website” stats.
Have the recent Pinterest changes been a frustration to you? Have you figured out how to break the new algorithm or code yet? If you have, please let me know! It’s been weeks upon weeks since they started making all of the changes, and I STILL haven’t heard what size pins we are supposed to be using, how often we are supposed to pin, if manual or scheduled pinning is more effective, etc.
Also, if you have figured out a pinning schedule that works well with the new system, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email to let me know!! Because of a bad pinning schedule, my views coming from Pinterest have dropped almost 80,000 in the past 3 weeks. So yes, as you can tell, I am quite obviously doing something wrong. Feel free to help a girl out, if you can! I’m actually really close to just hiring a Pinterest manager…… So if you have anyone to suggest, (yourself included) please let me know!
Looking Forward >>>
I *think* that June should be a pretty great month for blogging. Key words, I *think* 😉
With all of the time I will be spending at the office in Iowa, I think I should have quite a bit of time to write and schedule posts, as well as catch up on the marketing and affiliate things that I threw out the window in May. As for the posting schedule, we are going to stick to just two posts a week until further notice. I would rather have posts scheduled well in advance, than struggle to keep up with 3 a week.
So now I want to hear from YOU! How was your May? What great things are you looking forward to in the month of June? Do you have any travel plans? Can you answer any of my Pinterest questions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!