So I’ve had a bit of an epiphany here at Mudpie Fridays. For those of you who are regular readers you may have guessed this when I went Self Hosted and also wrote about what I did next. Mudpie Fridays is just over 18 months old and I have decided that my blog is more than a hobby. Although I’m still yet to monetise it in any way, but it’s something I want to sort out quickly.

Which brings me onto this post, I have decided to do a monthly recap of what I have achieved. I’m hoping this will help me to focus and also make me accountable for the things on my to do list which seem to get ignored week after week! There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. I am also hoping it may help others going through the same sort of thing.

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  • My quarterly overall objective – I’ve three months until I go back to work full time and the blog will become an evening activity again. So while I still have a nap time I would like to get all my social media and blogging ‘processes’ in place so it effectively runs itself during the week. I’m sure I spend an awful lot of time thinking about all the things I need to do and not actually doing them. The processes will help – hopefully!!

Wow October has been a busy month as well as going self hosted heres what I have got up to:

  • Blogmin– It’s seen me re-write my Work With Me Page, which was in much need of some love! The rest has been about setting up going self hosted and that entails. I am still researching plugins so expect a post on these soon as well!
  • Brand Collaborations & Events – I’ve had some great brand collaborations come to fruition this month, some I really have to pinch myself with they included Kids Parcel, Baker Ross, Wicked Uncle, Hasbro and their Furby launch, Learning Resources, Bostik and JORD. I know compared to many bloggers out there that this is not the longest list in the world but each month for me I am amazed by how many lovely people I have the fortune of working with for the blog.
    I also taken the opportunity while on maternity leave to attend some fun events – The Baby Show, Lunch of Joolz Day 2, Hotter shopping night in Guildford  and a Muckboots event at Kew Gardens. I’m so lucky to have some amazing Christmas events lined up for this coming month too. Definitely trying to make the most of the opportunities before having to return to work!
  • Social Media – I don’t know about you but I feel as though I take two steps forward and three back with social media! I had figures in my head for number of followers which I wanted to achieve by the end of the year which surprisingly.  I am on track for. I will be formalising these next year but for now, social media for me is all about automation.This month I have started to use Grum and its changed the way I work with Instagram. Laura and I are amazed by how well our instagram hashtag #RememberingTheseDays is doing we are now at 8,500 tags in 17 short weeks. I have also spent some time considering different Twitter platforms and tried out Social Omph. However for me I work better with Hootsuite so now I have made the decision to stick with them its all systems go to get my spreadsheets set up. After all Twitter is my biggest social media platform – I am about 300 followers off of 10,000 which means I really should be looking to leverage it more. For someone who didn’t actually promote their posts via twitter at the beginning of the month I am not doing too bad. I will be sharing what I have been doing in the coming weeks once I know if it is making a difference to traffic or not!
  • Courses & Reads – none!! I had all good intentions but I have been rubbish this month, I have four books to read, 2 email courses and half dozen e-courses on my to list. Hopefully  I will be able to impart some knowledge by this time next month!

November Action Points

  • So many Christmas posts in my head I need to get them down on paper
  • Revamp my old Christmas posts – add a pdf to some of them
  • Plan, plan, plan  – I have a plan in my head which I started to write down and need to finish and then generate my to do list off of. So that on the off chance I get a few minutes I can always be productive!
  • Shaw Academy digital marketing course(s) – I am half way through and need to finish before the deadline
  • Set up a proper newsletter ..
  • Finish off my Twitter spreadsheets for promotion
  • Continue my focus on IG growth, I may have purchased a very well know course on this… and join in Instagram instants wherever possible
  • Read, read, read – I have posts pined, books to read and strategies to formalise

Oh and to top it all off still continue to post daily! Hopefully because of all the planning my next month review will include some more concrete to do items!

So what do you think? Is there something I am missing, I want my fellow bloggers to get some use from this post, rather than it being a ‘hey look at me’. Let me know if you want me to include anything else in the comments below.

Happy Blogging xx

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36 Comments

  1. It’s great that you’re feeling so motivated to get on and do things now. I think the lead up to Christmas can be a great time to set some goals because you have an obvious headline. I’m working on improving my facebook page (I only set it up this week so it’s looking a bit unloved at the moment) #BloggerClubUK

  2. Great round up chick – you’re so dedicated! I try to plan so much but I seem to blog far better when I just fly by the seat of my pants! With you on the social media frustrations though!! xx #bloggerclubuk

  3. It’s great to read about how motivate you are with your blog. It inspires me to make more of an effort too! Love these blog-related blog posts! #bloggerclubuk

  4. I am surprised your blog is not older than it is, it’s fantastic! My blog is 5 years old and I still haven’t made a proper newsletter, I just use feedburner at the moment. #bloggerclubuk

  5. What a month, you’re doing so well. I have lost all blog motivation at the minute, but I have got a newborn to look after so I’m not beating myself up about it. Good luck for November xx #bloggerclubuk

  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos Reply

    Oh wow, I am super impressed, I’ve never heard of Grum and don’t plan my social media much at all, I just do what I can. I do however plan and schedule blog posts and try to always work a week ahead as I never know when kids, business or illness out of the ordinary may take out a window I ‘d planned to work on a blog post. Make the most of your last 3 months.

  7. You really do so much for the blog, considering you have 2 kids, you are very organised! Definitely a great idea to get as much in place as possible before you go back to work full time, as it is so hard juggling it all! I really need to get more organised, I am planning on using my Christmas break to sort everything out – you have reminded me though I need to update my About Me page sharpish! #BloggerClubUk

  8. You are doing great. I wish I was half as organised/successful at blogging. My blog is some what neglected at the moment but I feel full of ideas right now. Just a case of finding time and energy to do then. #bloggerclubuk

  9. Looks like you’ve got a few bits on your list. Mine looks similar. It’s so hard to know where to spend your time! Great progress though.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  10. It sounds like you’re doing an amazing job and have lots of exciting plans in pipeline, good luck with it all. #bloggerclubuk

  11. You are doing amazing lovely. I can’t believe how much you achieve each week. You are totally rocking it at the moment. I think this year is going to end on a high for you. well done x #BloggerClubUk

  12. Great thing to do, and, as I’ve only started my blog 6 weeks ago, all these things can go on my to-do list too! Thanks for sharing and good luck with everything! #BloggerClubUK

  13. Great overview of your month! I just recently started blogging and love it but sometimes feel at a loss, it’s great to read how others have achieved success and are still working at it! #BloggerClubUK

  14. Well done for all the progress so far. You’ve inspired me to be more organised with my blog. #BloggerClubUK

  15. I think its great to see what you have achieved over the last month as I always focus on things I haven’t done and forget to feel positive about the things I have done! 🙂

    #BloggerClubUK

  16. Wow you’ve certainly been busy! You’re doing a great job so don’t be hard on yourself for what you didn’t get done this month. I know how hard it can be trying to deal with building a blog with maternity leave. I’m sure I’ll have more time on my commute and lunch break to blog than a whole day at home with Ben!
    Yay for you.
    #bloggerclubUK

  17. You’ve been so busy! And so organised too! I literally have nothing organised whatsoever other than a couple of posts which I know have to go out on certain dates. I am utterly useless, you have inspired me to get organised! #BloggerClubUK

  18. Oh boy, you have done so much and seem so focused. Well done.
    #BloggerClubUK

  19. Ahhh such a great post. Its a really nice way to recap over the month and see how far you’ve come. Sounds like a fab month with lots of great collaborations. Good work mamma, thanks for sharing #BloggerClubUk

  20. I like Hootsuite too, I seem to get on it with nicely 🙂 It sounds like you’ve had a really productive month, I love getting to have a little nose at what other bloggers are up to #BloggerClubUK

  21. Wow, you are very busy lol. I write a post similar to this each month. I find it helps to keep me focused on my goals as I am publicly accountable for them.
    The brands you have worked with are amazing, that is what I am aiming to reach one day. Good luck with you goals x

  22. Wow, you’ve done so much in a month. I don’t work with many brands anymore – mostly because I can’t be bothered, but also I’m more picky now because I don’t have the time to do all the little things. I means I rarely get asked anymore though – and events I’d love to do but I’m always working which is a shame.

    I know what you’re saying with courses – I’ve still got courses I purchased at the start of the year and never finished, so I must get back to them. Maybe over the Christmas hols I’ll blitz them.

  23. Tooting Mama Reply

    Wow, wow, wow, you are so good! And so busy how do you do it? I hope you hit your November targets, you have achieved so much in 18 months – that’s so awesome!

  24. Tooting Mama Reply

    Wow, wow, wow, you are so good! And so busy how do you do it? I hope you hit your November targets, you have achieved so much in 18 months – that’s so awesome!

  25. Reviewing what you’ve done and how you’d like to progress can really help. May you enjoy finishing those courses and finish the year on a high. #BloggerClubUK

  26. This is really good and a great idea regarding how to organize things. I really need to do this too instead of leaving notes on scraps of paper everywhere. To do this as a blog post is a brilliant idea. It will keep me accountable. I should try this even though I like writing things down on paper first. #BloggerclubUK

  27. Wow that’s an impressive month! And great goals. I’ve just started to think about setting goals but I’m scared I’ll fail! Interesting you like Hootsuite more than social oomph, I’ve not tried social oomph yet but had heard it was the best out there. Need to get on GRUM I guess but still figuring out how I feel about Instagram and whether I want to go down the scheduled route or not. #BloggerClubUK

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