One Month Blogging Review – Results, Community, Tools & Skills
It’s been just over a month since I “officially” launched Making Momentum on February 20th. Given February was a short month, I’ve extended this period of the blogging review until March 24th (it also aligns with my Rockstar Finance & The Financial Diet features).
I can honestly say I have enjoyed blogging much more than I ever could have expected. From connecting with a whole collection of new people to the development of new skills, it’s been a rewarding month. The best part is I know even bigger and more rewarding relationships, personal discoveries and growth opportunities are still to come.
Another benefit of blogging and connecting with people in the personal finance community is the endless amount of knowledge on life, money, retirement, careers, etc. all these different content creators have. The blog posts and podcasts episodes being shared by others are helping me continue to improve so many aspects of my own life.
With that said, let’s get into the one month blogging review.
I won’t spend too much time on the numbers given my blog is only one month old and the majority of my focus needs to remain on learning the skills, growing my knowledge, connecting with the community and producing better content.
Google Analytics is like a wormhole, you can get lost clicking and tracking for what feels like an endless journey. Here is how this first month stacked up on the quantitative side of things.
Can you guess which day I was featured in Rockstar Finance and The Financial Diet? I was averaging between 120-170 daily page views until that explosion.
Here are some baseline numbers totaled over the first month:
- Alexa Global: 2,409,000
- Alexa USA: 257,000
- Twitter Followers: 835
- Pinterest Followers: 341
- Email Subscribers: 38
- Google AdSense: $13.06
Published Content & Most Popular Posts
I seeded the site with 7 posts on the weekend before going “live” on February 20th. So including those I published 22 blog posts between launch and March 24th. This includes 16 original pieces of content and 6 Weekly Roundup Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays posts.
Based on page views and comments these posts below have been the most popular and engaged with on Making Momentum.
- Stupid Money Mistakes I’ve Made – What I Learned From Them
- Top 75 Podcasts To Improve Your Life, Finances, Business, Health & More
- 25 Books On Personal And Professional Development – My Reading List
- 35 Rewarding Side Hustles That (Almost) Anyone Can Do
- 13 Easy Ways To Save Money On Groceries
- 9 Great Ways To Invest In Yourself – Courses, Books, Finances & More
- Building Good Money Habits – Make Your Own Money Momentum
If you want to checkout any of the Weekly Roundup Momentum’s Finest On Saturday’s posts, click here. I enjoy aggregating the Weekly Roundup posts and it gives me an opportunity to connect and engage with other content creators.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned about the blogging community is that it’s an extremely supportive and welcoming place. I was lucky enough to get a couple of my posts featured and am very grateful as it gave me the opportunity to connect with a whole new group of people.
- Rockstar Finance featured my Stupid Money Mistakes in the March 23rd Features and Today’s Best email
- The Financial Diet featured my Stupid Money Mistakes post in the 7 Personal Finance Articles We Loved This Week for March 23rd
- CampFIRE Finance featured my Stupid Money Mistakes post in the March 10th Features
- She Picks Up Pennies featured my 35 Rewarding Side Hustles post here
- Millionaire Doc featured my Top 75 Podcasts To Improve Your Life post here
I appreciate each of the above features and hopefully the inclusions I build into my Weekly Roundup posts each Saturday helps pay it forward to other bloggers and podcasters.
Tools I Am Loving & Using Most
From my computer to phone, there are a collection of tools and services I am using on a daily basis.
One of the most daunting things off the start was just the number of choices. From web hosting and email service providers to automation tools and everything else in between, so many choices.
However, I think I’ve found a system that is working for me right now and will continue to augment with new services and products along the way.
Before launching my blog, I had heard time and time again about the importance of the email list. The holy grail of community building! I was able to score 45 free days of ConvertKit, which is now coming to a close and I will be continuing with their services on the paid plan.
I can say wholeheartedly, I love what ConvertKit offers. I only have limited experience with other email service providers from my career work and other random online business initiatives. I can say the intuitive platform, user-friendly features and customer support are everything I could expect and want as a new blogger.
I am excited to dig deeper and built my overall email presence further.
If you’re a new blogger and on the fence, I would make the investment. If you’d like to use my affiliate link, thank you!
This tool saves me so much time and alleviates a major pain point for me – graphic design. Snappa is a game changer!
A fast and easy to navigate online platform with a ton of royalty free imagery, custom fonts, icons and much more. Within a few clicks I can resize a consistent graphic to all the specs required on my website and social media accounts. It makes all the necessary graphic design work for the blog quick and easy, mind you I think my Pinterest pins need a ton of work.
I am on the paid service for Snappa and wouldn’t change that decision, in fact I’d pay more if I had too…just don’t tell Snappa that yet.
Watch a quick video on Snappa.
If you’re interested, I’d be gracious if you used my affiliate link.
I use G Suite in my personal and professional life, that hasn’t changed with blogging. I used most of the apps multiple times a day to support my blog.
- Docs: I write 98% of my content in Docs before moving it over to WordPress to finalize the formatting, insert images or specific coding.
- Sheets: I have different sheets for blog post ideas, Pinterest Group Boards, affiliate tracking and a bunch more of other related topics. I also use an individual Sheet for each Weekly Roundup to save links to posts and podcast episodes throughout the week.
- Calendar: I do my best to schedule the various areas of blog work into Google Calendar. The hardest part is sticking to that schedule but I try my best to stay organized, timely and productive based on what I’ve put in the Calendar.
I am only on the basic, free plan but being able to schedule even 10 Tweets is big time saver for me. As part of my pre-work routine in the morning, I use Buffer to schedule 10 pieces of content.
It’s quick, easy and dependable.
As time goes on I will explore some of the other automation services or the paid version of Buffer, but for now it does what I need.
One of the most rewarding aspects of blogging I’ve enjoyed since launching Making Momentum, is the development of new skills or sharpening of existing ones. I find the multi-faceted requirements of building, managing and promoting a website so engaging and rewarding.
From the creative and thought-provoking side to the business and analytical approach required, it’s an all-encompassing endeavor.
The three skills noted below are only a small sample of the benefits I am feeling from blogging. Again, it’s only been one month so I can’t get too far ahead of myself.
Dusting off the old long-form writing skills that have been dormant for an extended period has been a challenging but fun element of starting a blog. I have so much room for improvement in terms of writing for a blog platform but with time that blade should continue to sharpen.
Email marketing, social media management, WordPress CMS, monetization strategies, data analytics and lead generation are just a few of facets of digital marketing that the blog allows me to work on. I am only scratching the surface on each and look forward to continuing to hone these skills further in the time ahead.
The biggest surprise to me since launching the blog is the genuine support and connection within the community. From the Rockstar Finance Forums, various Facebook groups and ongoing Twitter conversations, the ability to network, learn and have open discussions has been an unexpected reward.
Over the last month each of the content creators below have delivered some amazing posts and/or podcast episodes focused on blogging. For a new blogger like me, the information and knowledge they share is invaluable.
- ESI Money: Five Steps To Creating A Winning $25K Blog
- Think Save Retire: 48 Fresh Blogging Strategies To Increase Your Blog Traffic
- Do You Even Blog: All Pete’s blog & podcast content (especially this podcast and takeaway notes post from a discussion with Grant from Millennial Money)
- Millennial Money: How Much Money Can You Make Blogging?
There are dozens of other names I could mention here for all the shares, advice and support through month one. Let me just say a collective THANK YOU to everyone!
5 Focuses Moving Forward
Again, I don’t want to focus too heavily on the numbers or quantitative results knowing how new this blog is. Therefore I won’t be laying out any hard goals outside of just doing everything more, bigger and better.
- BETTER CONTENT (this will be the #1 goal forever)
- Connections & Networking
- Guest Posting
- Email List Growth
- Pinterest Group Boards
I probably won’t do another blogging review check-in until the 3, 6 and 12 month marks. My goal is to just focus on what I’ve mentioned above.
It’s been a fun first month but it’s time to get back to work. Thanks to anyone who visited the site, connected on social media or provided some engaging, rewarding content to enjoy.
How did your first month of blogging go? Let me know in the comments below what wins or reflections you had in your early days.
What advice would you give me for the next 6 months? I’d love to know what tips or suggestions you’d made.
That’s it from me for now.
Back to the blog!
(I know I said I am not worrying about the numbers too much, but I am A/B testing Pinterest images)
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