100 Pink Rambles later: tips, wins, reflections, and flops of a blogger

Wow! Who would have thought that I am already on my 100th post?  I mean, I ❤ blogging, but 100 posts, here, already? If I wanna be scholastic about my numbers, I am actually on my 264th blog post (cause I have two blogs), but it is 100 here. So, what does that mean? What have I learnt? Any tips?

Realisations & Reflections

Difference between edu-blogging and ‘lifestyle’ blogging.

Blog number 1 is an educational blog. That one is an oldie. It (now) only has to do with topics connected to teaching or ‘kinda’ teaching. My readers are teachers of English. I have a niche blog (you gotta have a niche blog).

Blog number 2, this one, is still learning. My ‘lifestyle’ blog doesn’t have a voice yet. I am still trying to figure out what I like to write about and I don’t even know if this blog is a lifestyle blog! I’d love it if there was a niche/blog category called “personality blogging”. That’s what I’d fall in. My blog is me (I seriously have a problem with calling this blog a ‘lifestyle blog!). My readers? I dunno who you are. I see numbers, but who are you?

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Tips, Wins & Flops

Choosing what to write/Inspiration

So far, I have been inspired/ got ideas from:

❤ My life (my me, me, me fest)

❤ YouTube (youtubers who talk about makeup, beauty and planning)

❤ Other blogs

Helpful tools/tips & some random blogging realisations

I have learnt a lot about blogging and taking photos and while I still have a lot to learn, these websites have proven to be my blogging saviors.

Picmonkey: I edit all my pics there. I watched a few Youtube tutorials and learnt how to add banners and pins. I am still a learner. Life saver: I also use hex codes to determine my colour choice (I am colourblind).

Samsung Photo Editor: I edit my pics on my phone first and then edit on picmonkey as well.

Stumbleupon: I have had a lot of traffic from Stumbleupon. I have also read lots of interesting blog posts there.

Giveaways: I organised 2 giveaways cause it was my birthday. I did get quite a bit of exposure/followings. I also got to interact with a lot of you. My lucky winners should be getting their pressies soon. Is a giveaway a way to get more readers? Yes, but only temporarily, me thinks.Was it easy to organise? Well, kinda. I used rafflecopter to pick a winner, but it was not as easy as I had wanted it to because lots of readers did not end up qualifying for the gifts. Were my rules not clear? Dunno. Have to think about that one.

Buffer: I now schedule my posts. Yayay!!

My hashtags: I do internet searches for popular hashtags when I tweet a blog post. I have also followed accounts that often retweet my posts cause they have to do with a particular interest. My faves?

For planner-related posts: #planneraddict #plannercommunity #scrapbooking #cblobloggers (also for DIY).

For my beauty/lifestyle: #fblchat #lbloggers #bbloggers #beautytalk #beautychat

Back to Realisations

Daily blogging

I tried to do daily blogging in December. It was very interesting to read other people’s #blogmas posts (blogmas means blogging every day till Christmas/ New year’s), but very challenging for me as a blogger. I wasn’t good at it. I did miss a few days. I did like the kinda daily blogging though.

Addicted to stats/ page views:

I do check my page views but I am not sure why. I started on the 10th of September 2015 with 950 page views and today 25th of January my January views are 3600. In total, I have had about 12.000 views (4,5 months). For me, that’s fine. As I said,

  • I don’t have a voice yet.
  • I dunno what I want to gain out of all this blogging.
  • I am enjoying myself so numbers are interesting, but not why I am blogging.

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Numbers?

Numbers are just numbers. They can change. Rome was not built in a day. Slow and steady wins the race, and yes, I do know my sayings. Yes, I want people to read my posts. If I didn’t, I would have been writing in a diary, to myself, but that’s weird ( or is it….? :P). And anyhow, I am not losing sleep over them. When I start losing sleep, then I will worry (about me, not my numbers!).

Info you didn’t need, but I am gonna share anyway

Most of my readers/ visitors are from the US. 2nd place the UK, then Greece, Canada, Australia and Germany. Why is that interesting? Well, out of my top 6 countries 4 use English as their mother tongue. I am Greek, but I blog in English, so 700 Greek people have read my English blog posts, same goes for my German readers. I have also had page views from a country called “European Union”. Seriously? Where is that????? Search terms that have led to my blog? Free stickers, planners, functional stickers and yeah… a lot about stickers.

Tips, Wins and Flops part 2

Social Media

What have I been using and doing in my life?

Facebook groups: I joined lots of groups in order to interact with other bloggers. I am in the groups: show your blog love/ blogging boost/ blog passion project and a few more. For new (and old) bloggers, these groups can be extremely helpful. Join them!

Twitter chats: I have taken part in lots of twitter chats that have allowed me to connect with other bloggers and actually talk about blogging quite a bit cause my friends/family here (on my little island) just don’t get the whole blogging thing!!

Faves: #lbloggers (lifestyle blogger chat/ #fblchat (Fab chat)/#bdib (for bloggers).

Pinterest has proved to be a good way to get ideas and get blog traffic. I post a lot of posts about planning and DIY, so most of my traffic is from Pinterest. I still need to learn how to make good pins!

The good part: Wins

I have interacted with you guys (<3 my readers)and have ‘met’ lovely bloggers.

I became part of a planner team ❤ (Just Jaimee: the Lily pad) and I have had the opportunity to chat with lovely Etsy store owners from the planning community (seriously if you are not a planner, you must be baffled with all this planner/planning talk :D). I also got to share a lot of planner-related printables/ coupon codes and giveaways with my readers.

Monetizing? 1 person ordered something from Amazon (I am rich!!! I made $0,27 :))

I will be writing a collab post about planning (exciting :))

I got to do a book review where someone actually sent me the book to review. You can view that post here.

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Me, Me, Me

My most popular posts (toot tooting my own horn): Plan with me November 23rd. Gabis Planner prints gave me an interview and shared a printable.

The one closest to my <3: Feeling like a Unicorn: a day in the life of a colourblind gal.

Post that almost no one has read (I thought these were funny, but no-one else did :P): Greek gal in the UK: itsy bitsy spider.

You done yet?

What about the future?

Well, I don’t know what to expect. I mean, I see people hitting 10k or 200k views per day and I wonder, “How?”

I am a teacher. I ❤ teaching. When asked, “would you give up your full-time job to become a full-time blogger?” My answer is” No” ,but I still enjoy blogging. It is my creative outlet, my childhood dream of being a writer. This is as close as I can get to that aspiration.

So, that’s what I’ve learnt. You have my  wins, my flops and a lot of me, me, me talk.  I hope you found at last one thing interesting. Again, this is the part where I beg for some sort of …. connection ❤ <3.Do subscribe to my blog if you like what I have to say (it does help me out and thanks if you do). Connect with me on Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram.Maybe even give my Facebook page some TLC? Don’t forget to ‘pin’ this post 🙂 Remember the comments section is all yours. OK!! Enough with the promo!

Thanks for stopping by

xox

Jo

P.S. I hope I don’t have too many typos. I really wanna press  ‘publish’ now, cause, yes, I am that kind of blogger……

P.S. 2 This is blog post 101. Thank God I became an English teacher cause I’d suck as a maths one!

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12 thoughts on “100 Pink Rambles later: tips, wins, reflections, and flops of a blogger

  1. This post was really fun to read, its always nice to get to know a blogger a little more! thank you for linking your favourite Facebook groups too, I’ve recently started to use Facebook to branch out and gain more viewers but I never know which groups to join! Also, I have a Stumbleupon account but I just can’t get used to it, how the heck do you do it haha?

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I’m in the same boat as you and I’m still trying to figure out my voice and what I’m doing with my blog. It’s great to see what other people think and do as well. I haven’t done a giveaway yet but I’ve been thinking of maybe doing one. I’ll need to do a bit more research!

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    • Giveaways are great for the interaction. I dunno if they give your more followers tho. If you want to do one, go for it. It is fun to read all the comments 😀
      Thanks for stopping by 😀

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    • I ❤ picmonkey too. They actually suggested I use hex codes when I tweeted them that there website is completely colourblind unfriendly so their customer services is fab as well!!!

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  3. Hi Jess! I use Stumbleupon when I write a post. I add my page. I use it in the blog threads and I also use it when I am read someone else’s blog post and I like it. I stumble my work and other people’s work as well. While I do get views from Stumbleupon, most of my traffic is from Pinterest and facebook 🙂 xx Joanna

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