Considering I only blogged 13 days in November and had been inactive for a whole month as I was building my new site my blog did astoundingly well. Not only did I get nominated for my third award, but my blog views tripled, my social following increased and I was contacted by a record breaking amount of brands including two of the biggest brands in the world right now. It is mind blowing how everything has come together and while there is still so much work to do- I am a perfectionist I am never satisfied- I am happy that my hard work and graft is paying off. It just goes to show that success is measured through strength and determination and while I might be permanently broke even debt can’t wipe the smile off my face as I type this. I work so bloody hard that at 2 Am I am scheduling posts for next week despite having to be up at 5 AM but do you know what? I don’t care because I know that my sacrifices will come to fruition eventually. Even if it takes me a decade of hard slog I know that I will make it no matter what. When you have a dream there can be the careless whispers in your ear that try and tell you it is time to give up and that the hard work will get you nowhere. Never listen to those whispers because it is bullshit; if I had listened to my inner demons or indeed the people around me I would not be where I am today and I know that following my heart is often the best course of action.
November was a funny month for me; it was the first month since I started blogging where I did not blog for an extended period of time and it felt strange. Despite all the hours I was spending tearing my hair out and yes I admit it crying in frustration I had a frightening amount of downtime. I didn’t like it and it was a relief when my new site was finally ready. On the first day alone the views had doubled and by day 10 I was getting 700 views/visitors a day. It was an incredible feat and I felt so much happier with my new site, feeling that for once my site looked as professional as its content. I spent a ridiculous amount of money getting it to look perfect but I do not regret my decision one bit and I cannot wait to see the rewards come in. Not only have I been contacted by Missguided to say I had been shortlisted for their new Christmas campaign but I had also been ‘found’ by River Island’ who said they had been avidly reading my blog and said they had never seen anything like it, thus wanting to work with me. Along came a flurry of even more exciting collaborations and an assortment of brands who wanted to sponsor me via monetary compensation. Not enough to pay the bills perhaps but I know it is a start and it can only go up from here.
By this time next year I want to be able to say that I am no longer working a job I hate and am doing the job I love- blogging- full time. I want to wake up in the morning not with dread but elation, excited at what a new day may bring. Because that is the best thing about blogging, no two days are the same and unlike most days you never know what will happen next, making it in my opinion the most exciting job of all. What other job do you have complete control of, a 24/7 community and once in a lifetime opportunities and collaborations all because of how awesome you are. My fellow fashion bloggers get sent clothes and products from their favorite brands while travel bloggers get to… well travel the world and the foodies get sent to incredible restaurants to sample the cuisine. But despite what people may think these are not ‘freebies’ but rewards and you worked bloody hard for that reward. So give yourself a pat on the back because you bloody deserve it.
Top 5 Posts
1,500 views ‘Change Is Good’
Sometimes we need to give ourselves a break and reevaluate our priorities. For me I was growing frustrated with Wix and its limited coding but I put off transferring my site because it wasn’t the right time. Because the passion had gone my views and my following was dropping so by the end of October I knew it was the right time to change to WordPress and I could not be happier with my decision.
1,456 views ‘Autumn Throne’
I love writing creative stories,prose and poems and the ‘Autumn Throne’ was no exception. The queen was destined to rule the Autumn Throne from the day she was born and after inheriting the throne after her mothers death she took to the role with gusto. After meeting her handsome but older consort, they fell in love and had children. You might think that this is another fairy tale that has a happy ending but as a fan of the ‘macabre’ there are a few surprises in store.
800 Views ‘Jord Watch Giveaway’
I love JORD watches and you should do; efficient, practical yet stylish these watches had been seen on every bloggers feed and its easy to see why. For your chance to get a beautiful watch enter the fantastic giveaway!
756 Views ‘Moonlight Necklace’
My second creative writing post of the month, this like the Autumn Throne is firmly placed in the fantasy genre. After seeing her mother die she recalls a conversation with the Moon God, who was once her Mother’s lover and begged her to hold onto the ‘moonlight necklace’ a reminder of what could have been.
690 Views ‘Never Judge A Book By Its Cover’
Another personal post; I recall a moment when I had lost control of all my inhibitions and drank to forget the pain. I was sick of people judging me and kept on drinking despite my body not being able to handle it. I rarely drink to that extent and it brought emotions to the surface that made me crumble and fall.
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December Blogging Goals
- To Get 17,000 views a month
- To Get 5,000 subscribers.
December Social Media Goals
- To get 4,000 followers
- To Get An Average of 600 likes on each photo
1. To Get 1,000 followers
2. To drive 10 % more traffic to my blog
- To get 600 Followers
- To Increase The Amount Of Reads
- To Start Posting Again
What Are Your December Goals?
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