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First month bloggingWell ladies and gentleman, Partners in Fire has been an active blog for one full month!  We made it!  We actually kept up with it for the first month!  I think that’s a feat in and of itself!  Though the true test will be to see where we are 6 months down the line…don’t most people quit before the 6-month mark?  I kinda did that with my travel blog. I didn’t exactly quit, but I didn’t make it a priority either. A travel blog is a bit harder to update and maintain in my opinion though. It’s hard to get to all those places while working a full-time job! Its way easier to find things to write about for a lifestyle and personal finance blog.

So how did we do during our first month blogging?

 

Posting

We also did a great job with posting regularly this first month. We’ve published 4 posts, including this one!  We are both working full time and I’m still trying to work on Travels Near and Far in my spare time; so we really hustled to get all these posts up. I’m proud of that.

Related: Check out our First Blog Post – Getting Lucky with Real Estate

Social Media

I think our greatest achievement during the first month blogging by far was our social media presence. Social media is incredibly important when blogging. It’s the best and easiest way to market a blog! I think we killed it on social media.

We have 700 Twitter followers (though I started on Twitter three weeks before we published the blog, so I’m kinda cheating), 350  Instagram followers , and almost 30 likes on Facebook. But its not all about numbers. I feel like we’ve build some amazing communities and partnerships with our social media presence. I’ve meet some amazing members of the personal finance and blogging communities via Twitter, and I’ve learned so much from them already. I love how supportive everyone on Twitter is! My goal is to build the Twitter account but maintain the sense of community that I’ve cherished so much. I’m hoping to build that kind of community through the Facebook account as well, and Jonathan is building it through Instagram. The community is so much more important than the number.

Readership

Well, as is to be expected, our readership isn’t stellar. According to google analytics, we’ve had about 89 users in our first month (most of that was due to my awesome work in getting 500 Twitter followers…a lot of you were super interested in that!). Jetpack on WordPress gives me far different stats; according to them we’ve had over 346 users! I think I’ll go with Jetpack when I make my media kit! Though I think Jetpack counts each time I look at it as a unique view. I’m guessing that’s a big portion of the discrepancy. Oh well.

I do, however, think that 89 users for the first month is fantastic!  I’m super happy with that number. When I first started my travel blog, it took over 6 months to reach 80 users. I feel like we are way ahead of the game with this one, and we can only get better from here!

first month blogging

Education

Another huge achievement is how much I’ve learned during this first month!  I learned how to use Canva to make pretty images for Pinterest. I’m learning how to increase my Pinterest presence, and how to leverage that to drive traffic to the site. I’m learning how to take better pictures, and how to use the free pictures available online. These are things I never even considered with the travel blog, and I’m very grateful that I’ve found the resources to learn them now. Blogging seriously increases your skill sets in so many different areas!  It’s amazing.

Related: Are you interested in starting a blog but don’t know where to begin? Check out the Blogging For Dummies series on Amazon. This series can always be counted on for relevant, useful advice*

 

                                                                

 

What’s Next?

The next step is to monetize the blog. During the final days of this month, I signed up for a variety of affiliate programs. Our goal is to chose partners and products that add value to you, our readers. We are also trying to avoid being spammy about it. We hope to increase our readership, even if just by a little. Maybe we can get to 100 for the month! I think that would be awesome.

We will see what the new year and the new month brings us!  Wish us luck! Thanks for being with us on this journey!

 

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9 thoughts on “Our First Month Blogging

  1. Congratulations on month one in the books! I’m poised to hit 6 months in just a couple weeks, so I’m basically an old lady blogger at this point 😉 The PF Twitter community is really the best though. Since I really started my blog to get more active online with finance, I’d say it’s been a success. I really feel that there’s a true community on Twitter, which I would never have expected.

    • Thank you! It’s awesome that you made it to the 6 month mark…looks like you are going to make it as a blogger!! Go you!!! I agree the PF Twitter community is awesome, I’m so glad to have met you through there!

  2. Congrats on your first month of blogging! I just finished my first month as well. I did better than I expected, but I want to learn how to grow my blog more. Looks like you crushed it at social media!! Definitely need to learn some tips from you! Looking forward to reading more!

    • Thank you! I did do super well on social media! Getting the page views to my blog has been my biggest struggle. I’m working on it though! I did better than I thought I would too haha!

  3. Congrats on the blog! It was funny, my husband noticed you guys on Twitter, and he’s like, “Hey – have you seen Partners in FIRE? They seem pretty cool!” and I’m like – oh yeah, I’m already following them on Pinterest too! So – way to snatch both our attentions at different times! #socialmediapower
    I’m still learning the joys of Pinterest but groan as I don’t think I’m pretty enough to be on this site! ~ so much pink, so much cursive text. Sigh and smile. Happy 2018 to you & keep up the great work!

    • Thank you! It makes me so happy that you found us separately on different social media sites! We must be doing something right!! You are definitely pretty enough for Pinterest though, please don’t think you aren’t!! I use Canva to make my pins look as nice as possible, and I still don’t think they are as professional as some of the others that I see. But then again, I’m not paying for a professional photographer or designer, so I feel like I’m doing really well with the tools that I have and you are too!!

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