Blogging

A Year of Blogging

One year ago today, on the 16th September 2018, I published my first ever blog post on This Brilliant Day!

It’s fair to say that I had very little idea of what blogging involved when I first started this blog. For the first few months, I would just quickly type up a post and publish it within a couple of hours or less. I didn’t think about any formatting, images, SEO or any kind of social media promotion. 

Admittedly, I didn’t want to promote my blog for the first few months because I still saw it as a tentative work in progress. It was only in January that I started sharing my blog on social media. But before that I really had no idea just how much work would be involved in creating good quality posts and promoting them. My recent blog posts definitely take a lot longer to write, and I see this as a sign that I have made good progress during my first year as a blogger!

Things I have learned during my first year as a blogger

  • There is so much more to blogging than meets the eye! Taking photos, optimising posts for SEO, social media, managing comments… The list goes on!
  • There is a fantastic community of bloggers out there. Blogging may seem like a solitary activity, but it certainly doesn’t have to be!
  • It’s important to put your own spin on your blog posts and include your own unique experiences, because this sets your blog posts apart from the millions of others on the same topic.
  • I’ve learned how to use Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, none of which I used before I started blogging.
  • Making money from blogging does take time and hard work. But if you can set up a system that makes you even a tiny amount of money, then it can and will grow over time.
  • Most blog stats go up and down from day to day, and sometimes it can seem very erratic! But focus on the general trend over a longer period, rather than expecting a steady increase each day.

My blogging achievements

These are things that I am proud to have achieved this year:

My blog stats from February to August 2019

I want to show my blog stats, not to show off, but as an example of what can be achieved in your first year of blogging. This could of course differ a lot depending on how much time you are able to put in, and other factors. But I hope that this will inspire some new bloggers and show them that it is worth putting the time and effort in, because your stats really will grow!

I also think that it is generally interesting and motivating to read the blog stats of other bloggers, so here you go:

My blog stats from February to August 2019

As you can see, I have only been recording my blog stats since February. I record weekly stats as well, but you can see the biggest difference in the monthly stats. 

Green cells mark an increase, orange means it stayed the same, and red marks a decrease. A green cell with a white border means it is the biggest number yet, i.e. it beats my previous record.

My Google Adsense earnings and my blog users / views have been erratic, but the general trend has been upwards. The reason I got so many views in February is that I had a large spike in traffic from one of my blog posts being shared on a popular Facebook page.

The stats I am most pleased and excited about are my Google search clicks and impressions. These have been steadily increasing since I started recording them, and I look forward to seeing them increase even further!

My blog subscribers have been slow to increase, but have increased nonetheless. I have had some issues with my set-up for blog subscribers, and I plan to resolve these and work on gaining more subscribers.

All my social media accounts have grown, and I am having considerable success with Pinterest which I first started using in April. Pinterest is currently my top source of traffic.

My domain authority is on 6, and I am hoping to see this go up in the coming months.

Fun Facts

With the serious stats out the way, here are a few fun and interesting facts about my blog.

Top 5 most popular blog posts:

  1. 7 Lessons I have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – 3796 views (mostly from Pinterest)
  2. What To Do With Those Little Ribbons You Cut Off Your Clothes – 1538 views (mostly from Facebook)
  3. My Experience with Detox Foot Pads – 1522 views (mostly from Google search)
  4. Hairburst Shampoo, Conditioner and Elixir – My First Impressions – 533 views (mostly from Google search)
  5. Hairburst Update – 6 Weeks – 193 views (mostly from Google search)

Top 6 months with the most blog posts published:

  1. October 2018 – 30 posts
  2. December 2018 – 9 posts
  3. November 2018 – 8 posts
  4. March 2019 – 8 posts
  5. May 2019 – 8 posts
  6. June 2019 – 8 posts

Top 7 posts with the most comments:

  1. Book Review – The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (No Spoilers) Plus Book Giveaway! – 24 comments
  2. What To Do With Those Little Ribbons You Cut Off Your Clothes – 24 comments
  3. How to Get More Exercise Without Putting In Extra Time – 16 comments
  4. The Mystery Blogger Award – 15 comments
  5. 6 Unique Self-Care Ideas – 14 comments
  6. How to Cheer Yourself Up When You Are Feeling Upset – 14 comments
  7. 7 Lessons I have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – 14 comments

My top 7 commenters

While I appreciate everyone who supports my blog by commenting, I want to say an especially big thank you to these 7 bloggers who have commented 5 or more times! I haven’t put them in order of the number of comments because I appreciate all these people equally.

I encourage you to check out all their blogs because they are amazing.

Plans and goals for my blog’s second year

These are some things I plan to work on and achieve in my second year of blogging:

  • Take part in ‘Blogtober’ or a similar blogging challenge.
  • Take part in more collaborations with other bloggers and PR opportunities with brands.
  • Write guest posts for other blogs, and accept guest posts on my blog.
  • Participate more in social media and get to know more fellow bloggers better.
  • Continue to post at least once every 6 days.
  • Carry on making improvements to my blog.
  • Continue to see a rise in all my blog stats.

Outside of my blog I have changes planned in my life, and these should prompt some new topics that I haven’t written about on my blog before. Watch this space!

Financial goals:

  • Reach the threshold (£60) to cash out my Google Adsense earnings by the end of November 2019 (to actually cash out in December).
  • Be reaching the threshold and cashing out within a month by June 2020.
  • Be cashing out at least £500 per month by September 2020.
  • Earn money from other sources including affiliate programmes and PR opportunities.

A year from now

It will be interesting to look back on this post a year from now and see whether I achieved (or exceeded) the above goals, or whether my blog went in a totally different direction. Whatever happens, I am confident that my blog will continue to grow, develop and improve, and I am excited for what the next year will bring. Here’s to continuing my blogging journey!

How long have you been blogging for?

Are you a blogger? Are you fairly new like me, or have you been blogging for many years? Did you have a similar experience to me in your first months / year of blogging, or was it very different? Let me know in the comments!

A Year of Blogging

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14 Comments

  1. Happy blog anniversary! You have done so well! I am glad I am one of the top commenters. I hope you have an even better second year of blogging! Thank you for sharing xx

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much! And thank you for all your comments! I hope you have a great year of blogging too xx

  2. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, you have grown a lot, these are great results for the first year, wish you good luck and more success for the coming years

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much!

  3. Millie says:

    Congratulations on one year!! The progress you have made is amazing and I loved the positive vibe from this post. I also really liked the feeling I got when reading that you are setting these goals and SMASHING them and I found it really motivational! Thank you for also including me and I am looking forward to reading and commenting on so many other blog posts over the next year 🙂

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad my post gave off a positive vibe and that you found it motivational! My goal for next September may be a bit ambitious, but why not aim high! It will motivate me more. I look forward to reading your comments, and commenting on your blog too! 🙂

  4. Happy blog birthday! I’m especially impressed by your views and your Adsense earnings – that’s so great, and I am positive you will continue to grow successfully in whichever ways you seek to. I’m excited to read your first post with a brand when it comes out too!!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much! I’m excited to share my first post with a brand 🙂

  5. Happy Bloggiversary! I’m surprised I’m a major commenter 🙈
    You do fantastically and it’s nice to read that other people get seemingly random fluctuations in stats too!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! You are indeed a major commenter and I enjoy and appreciate all your comments! 🙏
      It seems to be normal to get random fluctuations in stats, although I’ve no idea why it happens!

  6. Congratulations on one year. Loved this post – your Pinterest stats are incredible! Hope you don’t mind me asking what site you used to compile all that information into the graph or did you do it all manually? 🙂

    MB

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you! I worked on Pinterest a lot over the last few months but my stats have actually gone down in September because I’ve been neglecting it a bit lately – but hopefully I can get them back up again!
      I did it all manually in Numbers (Mac equivalent of Excel) – nothing fancy I’m afraid!
      🙂

  7. I love the way you have tracked your results and this post has inspired me to write a similar post for my blog. I’ve been blogging about 18 months. I’ve seen some ups and downs, but as you say, the key is to trend upwards over time. I was especially excited this morning when I saw my Domain Authority increase from 22 to 23! Can’t wait to get to the point where there’s some income to show, but all things in time I guess! I’ve subscribed to your blog so I can keep reading your posts more regularly. Keep up the great work!
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I’m so glad I have inspired you to write a similar post! Congratulations for the Domain Authority increase! I’m still waiting for mine to increase from 6 hehe. I have only made a tiny bit of income but the fact that it is gradually increasing is exciting! Like you say, it takes time. Thank you for subscribing to my blog, I’ve just subscribed to yours too!

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