Today, 23rd April 2018, my blog reached one month of being live! I started Unlunacy on a whim because I was bored and needed a new hobby, and now it’s become something that everyday I wake up and I’m excited to do and achieve something new with.
My personal feeling is as though for my first month my blog has done pretty well. I haven’t reached the amazing statistics that some of the people you will read have, but in my first month, these are my statistics:
So in a month, my posts and my blog have gained 1,332 views. Which for someone who started on an impulse and had no idea what was going on, I think is pretty good. It’s not amazing, because it’s only now that I’m getting things like SEO and google analytics set up, but I’m proud of it.
I think the main thing I’ve learned in my first month of blogging is this: Do not over-expect. When you google ‘how to start a wordpress blog’ there’s millions of search results, from bloggers who have made hundreds of pounds and thousands of views in their first month. You expect it to be like that, because you’ve read their posts and you’ve done it all correctly so why wouldn’t you be the same as them? It’s just not like that. I copied every single tip and trick I could find, and this is what has come of it.
As for social media, my Twitter grew rapidly, I’m now on 520 (ish) followers. I put most of them down to my campaign/project taking off quite quickly, though. Facebook was never a main focus of mine, I mainly used it right at the beginning to put my links in groups and such, I think I’m on roughly 50 followers now. As for Pinterest, I’ve been using Tailwind (surprise) and now I’m on 5k viewers per month. I had 110 followers on my first Instagram account, which I’ve now changed, so it’s at nearly 50 on my new account.
I’ve also learnt that for someone who is moderately computer literate and has experience for most of my life online, WordPress and Siteground have been fairly easy to use. I’ve needed a bit of support with widgets and plugins, besides from those though, it’s been smooth sailing. I strongly, *very highly* recommend SiteGround. Their customer service is literally the best thing I’ve ever experienced, and it’s so easy to use and fuss free. I am an affiliate with them, but I only started being one a day or so ago because of the amazing experience with their service that I’ve had.
Aside from technical things, I’ve made friends. Quite a few friends, actually, and I think it’s amazing. I’ve met a girl called Ella (Her blog is here) through my campaign/project. I genuinely didn’t think I could ever find someone that is more alike me than it actually being a clone of myself. Every person who I’ve introduced her to that also knows me has said that her and I exactly the same person. She’s hilarious, honest, down to earth, and most importantly she’s so open minded. She struggles with her own problems greatly, but the way she handles them and uses it to her advantage is inspiring and has helped me also.
All in all, I am happy with my first month of blogging. My goals for my next month are to get my views up, learn more about SEO and google analytics, start up some ads, and create a stable email listing.
I can’t wait to see what my May update will bring and how different it will be.
Thank you to anyone that has read my blog so far, I really appreciate it!