I’ve been publishing these reports (and enjoying doing so) since March. But this month, I doubted whether I should. So far, this series has focused a lot on sharing my blog success. I’ve shared my disappointment and failures as well, but there’s always been a good reason, an explanation that was easy to accept.
This month, plain and simple, hasn’t been a good month. The numbers are nearly identical to last month’s. My health (mental + physical) hasn’t been the best this month – but not as bad as when I had mono, which left me unable to do anything.
But you know what? It’s easy to only share the good parts, when everything’s going well – lots of people do just that online. But that’s only part of the picture; I’ll share the struggles and disappointment with you as well.
And it’s always worth noting that I haven’t been blogging for that long, and just a few months back, I’d be excited to show off numbers like this.
Most read posts in August
Only one new post up there this time. But it’s really fun to see the running post suddenly take off. I’m not even sure it’s right to say that it’s taken off because on a daily basis it’s never gotten a lot of views. But somehow it just manages to get 20-30 views every single day for the past couple of months, mainly from Pinterest. Which is amazing, especially considering it only got 48 views in the month it was published – now it has thousands!
Some of the same apply to my Small steps towards self-love post. Published in January, it somehow over the summer got a boost on Pinterest, and it just continues to be popular.
I think this one of the important lessons I can bring in today’s post: If you create evergreen content, it will always be able to bring you traffic. A post doesn’t need to go viral immediately to become a popular post. In my guess, this is especially true for smaller blogs that don’t have a huge following, as a single share from someone mildly popular in their niche can give a huge boost. That’s not something that happens often for a small blog like mine, but when it does, there’s a clear spike in traffic.
Most discussed post
Most shared posts
There’s nothing particularly exciting about this, some days were a little bit better than other’s but not for any interesting reasons.
Where did the traffic come from?
Nothing shocking here either; My Twitter traffic is down. I stopped sending so many promotional tweets out because I haven’t been tweeting a lot in general. I thought it was getting too much and hence toned it down a bit.
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- How I got over 14,000 views in a month | June Blog Report
Focusing on the process vs the outcome
Alright, let’s be real for a second. Do you determine the value of your work based on the process or the outcome?
My process, the hours I’ve put into my blog in September are very different from August’s.
The outcome is nearly identical.
In a way, that’s disappointing. But I’m bound to get disappointed if I only measure success based on results over the process – even if I’ve done everything I could to achieve the best results.
I want to get back to why I love blogging, and how it helps me.
And if I can help somebody else along the way, then that’s brilliant. Numbers are bad at measuring value, the connections between people and the impact you have on other people.
Trust the process – and even more importantly, enjoy the process!
I hope you had a great September! Thank you for reading