Blogtober 7th

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Its the 7th of October which means it is the seventh day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 6th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

There are 2 things that made me feel enthusiastic today

  1. Getting all the little things done in the house, like washing up and putting things away.  it’s true what they say about a clean space being better for your mood.
  2. Converting some of my Inktober sketches to digital format.  It has been really good to see my sketches take on another life in a digital format.  I have gained a lot of inspiration to continue sketching before committing my ideas to digital format.
  • What drained me of energy?

The ongoing pain in my shoulder has really drained me of energy.  I have been having to really think about what I am doing and what I can do in order to minimise any strain or pain in my shoulder and its starting to get really exhausting having to think so much about what I am wanting to do before doing it.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I’d never really given it much thought before, but having a tidy home and workspace can do wonders for my mind.  I feel like my headspace has increased and feel so much more productive and inspired just by cleaning the kitchen and doing the washing up!

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A Year In Statistics

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I thought it would be interesting to share my blog statistics from when I started my blog to the day of its first birthday as a way to record them and use them as a basis for next years statistics.

I know that statistics can be a weird one when it comes to blogging, some people can see them as being a mark of failure or success, and while I have been aware of my blog’s statistics and been interested to see the highs and lows of the numbers, I have not been too hung up on them overall.  I have learned that readers will come and go, as will comments and likes and it is not really a reflection of you, the blogger, its a reflection of your audience.  Sometimes your views, likes and comments may be low but this isn’t necessarily a reflection of you, it could be that your audience is busy with their own life events.

Anyway, onto my blog statistics from the day I started blogging to 28th September 2019 when my blog turned 1!

Blog launched – 28/09/2018

Firsts

  • First post published – 16/09/2018 (I backdated the first few posts)
  • First like on a post – 24/10/2019
  • Posts published before my first like – 12
  • First comment – 12/12/2019
  • Posts published before my first comment – 31
  • First Follow – 21/11/2018

Followers Milestones

  • First 100 follows – 02/02/2019
  • 200 follows – 29/03/2019
  • 300 follows – 29/05/2019
  • 400 follows – 18/07/2019
  • 500 follows – 11/09/2019

Blog Schedule

  • Posting schedule when I started – Tuesday & Friday
  • Moved to Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday in December 2018
  • First Blog Challenge – April A-Z Challenge 2019

Stats Now

  • Total Views – 14700
  • Visitors – 10022
  • Likes – 5585
  • Comments – 2248
  • Followers – 532
  • Posts – 353

Daily Averages

  • Views – 40
  • Visitors – 27
  • Likes – 15
  • Comments – 6
  • Followers – 1

In Case You Missed It

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In Case You Missed It was started a few months ago as a chance for you to discover some of my favourite posts that I wrote and published to my blog in the previous month that you may have missed. This month I am looking back at some of my favourite posts for September.

I love planning what my goals will be for the month ahead and my goals for September were no exception!  I love to be able to look back at all of the goals I have set myself and see what I have achieved, and also acknowledge the ones that didn’t go quite to plan.

I ran a countdown on the blog to something that I have been planning for ages and I was really pleased to be able to share my new venture with you all on the blog!

I’m always really interested in where people find inspiration and love to read posts that have been written about inspiration, it always amazes me that we can find inspiration from so many different things.  I wrote this post to add to the conversations and to share where most of my inspiration comes from.

For me, this quarterly look at what journals, diaries and planners work for me is really useful in assessing what will work for me in the future.  I started the year with an absurd number of different diaries, planners and journals but along the way I have found what works best for me, this post is all about what I am currently utilising as my planning tool.

With my blog turning 1 I decided to focus on the year ahead in my blog life.  When I started this blog I didn’t really have any plans for it, but as time has passed and my blog has become more and more a part of my life I thought it would be a good time to sit and think about goals to have in the year to come.

My blog finally turned 1 and I decided to mark the occasion with a blog post and little video that I had made to celebrate!

As part of my blog birthday celebrations, I have decided to host a giveaway!  There are 9 days left to enter, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning something awesome, designed by me, head over to the post and enter 🙂 !

What have been your favorite blog posts this month?  Leave me a link in the comments as I’d love to check them out!

Blogtober 6th

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Its the 6th of October which means it is the fifth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 5th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

This is going to sound a bit weird after yesterday’s Blogtober post where I said that not having a structure and having nothing to do drained me of energy but that was in a work situation.  Today I woke to feel enthusiastic that the day was all mine and that I had no plans other than to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to do them!

  • What drained me of energy?

The weather has been dark and gloomy all day with a drizzle that has turned to rain on and off all day and I have found that the dullness of the day has drained me of energy.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I’m usually busy doing something, whether it is reading, blogging or doing art stuff or any manner of other things and I find that I don’t tend to just sit and not do anything much.  Today I learned that giving myself a break, and just allowing myself to sit and do nothing is just as beneficial as racking through my to-do list and getting everything done.

Weekly Roundup 29/09/19 – 05/10/19

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  • Reading

This past week I have been reading lots of different things about colour theory, the meaning of colour and how different colours can affect our moods.  I love colour and have been really interested in reading about why different colours are chosen for different things.

  • Watching

The Apprentice is back on so I watched the first episode on iplayer the other night.  Alan Sugar set a really good first task but I can’t help wondering where some of the contestant’s common sense is…

  • Listening to

I downloaded “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck” by Mark Manson to my Audible account and listened to that in work!  It was a really good listen, funny but with lots of tips and advice along the way!

  • Eating

This week I have been eating tons of pasta, it’s quick to make, filling and can be eaten with so many different things!

  • Drinking

I bought some really lovely ground coffee from Morrisons to make in my Bodum Travel Press which I have been enjoying in work each day!  It was pretty cheap compared with the coffee I usually buy and so far I have been plesantly surprised by it!

  • Doing

I took my Mum to see a friends choir perform at the beginning of the week, it was a fab evening with a brass band performing too, we had a brilliant time.  I started Blogtober and also Inktober this week which has been really fun to start too!  I have got so many ideas running through my head from starting Inktober and am amazed at how the act of just sitting and sketching each day has started my creative thought processes off again.

  • Feeling

I’ve been feeling pretty tired all week and I can’t wait for Monday to roll around just so I can go to my physiotherapist and get my shoulder looked at, hopefully, they can suggest some exercises or something to ease the pain.  I’ve also had a dull headache of sorts this week too, though I think it is caused by the air pressure.  Aside from that, I’m feeling pretty good!

How has your week been?  What have you been up to?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

Saturday Shout Out

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Today’s Saturday Shout Out is a bit of a different one than normal as I wanted to take some time to share the blogs that have already taken part in this series.  I would like to shout out to each and every blogger who has taken part so far, I have met so many fantastic blogs and have really loved knowing a bit about your blogs!

Clicking on each image will open a new tab where you can read the Shout Out post.

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Monthly Goals – October

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I decided at the beginning of the year that I would not make any Resolutions or yearly goals but, rather, make monthly ones that were more easily attainable, you can find all my Monthly Goalposts here.

Today I am looking at the goals I set myself last month and whether I achieved them and setting myself goals for October.

Here are last month’s goals and whether I managed them!

Blog and Social Media

  • Plan something to mark my blog turning 1.  Having my blog turn 1 was a huge deal for me and I decided to host a giveaway to celebrate.  If you have not yet checked it out, here’s the link!
  • Prepare for Blogtober.  Blogtober is now underway and I m taking part so it’s safe to say that this goal has been achieved!

Home

  • Sort Summer and Winter clothes.  I made a start, then the weather turned warm again, then it went cold, then it rained but was warm, now it’s cold again…I have washed all of my summer clothes though and have moved some of my summer dresses and, really obviously, summer things to storage.  Some things, like vest tops, will stay in circulation in the winter months.  I’d say this goal is 90% achieved.
  • End of Summer house deep clean.  Yep, this DID NOT happen…my shoulder is still bad and doing anything more than wiping surfaces over and washing up is super painful.  Maybe this month?

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Interests

  • Start ties project.  I have made a start, I have made some measurements and done some calculations and am nearly ready to start the actual making process, so I’d say this is a 50-50 achievement!
  • Learn graphics software.  I underestimated how difficult it can be to learn a new software from scratch but I have been learning and have made some progress but I have a heck of a way to go in becoming proficient in it!  This is going to be an ongoing goal!

Personal

  • Read another book.  I don’t really know what happened with my reading this month but I still have yet to finish the book I am currently reading.  This goal was a fail for me.
  • Catch up on reading blogs I follow.  I caught up on the blogs I follow but am now behind again.  The new method I am using to keep track of blogs I follow is working though.
  • Make an appointment to see the doctor.  I saw the dr the other week and now have an appointment on Monday for physiotherapy on my shoulder.  I’m hoping that will sort it out and relieve some of the pain.
  • Start planning Christmas gifts.  I have made a Christmas present list for everyone I need to buy for and listed the gifts I want to get or make for them so this is another goal achieved!

In all I am pretty pleased with how my September goals panned out and that I managed to achieve most things this month!  I hope that I can achieve all of my October goals now!

Goals for October

Blog and Social Media

  • Complete Blogtober!
  • Work on business blog.
  • Promote my Bloggers Brew Facebook Group.
  • Create a chart of all blog and business-related social media and website things I want to achieve and when with any costs factored in.

Home

  • Change my summer duvet over to my winter one.
  • Deep clean kitchen and bathroom.

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Interests

Personal

  • Finish reading book.
  • Plan something for my Birthday.
  • Continue with learning new graphics software.

These are my goals for October, what are yours?  I’d love to know in the comments!

Blogtober 5th

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Its the 5th of October which means it is the fifth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 4th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Realising it was Friday and that it was dress down day in work made me feel enthusiastic!  Friday in work means we can wear jeans and T-shirts, hoodies and trainers or whatever we want.  I love Friday as I can chuck on whatever I want and not have to think too much about what I should be wearing!  (In case you are interested, I wore a pair of acid wash skinny jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and a tea-coloured knitted hoodie which had bright yellow edging, DC trainers and my camo army jacket.)

  • What drained me of energy?

There were two things that drained me of energy today,

  1. Not getting up when my alarm went off and deciding to have “another 10 minutes” in bed.
  2. Lack of structure in work.  As it is the end of payment we have got little bits of work to do but nothing major.  I like to know what I am doing day to day, and when we are processing payment I know exactly what I need to do but days like today don’t really have the structure that I like as there are lots of little things to do rather than anything time-consuming.
  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that routine and structure help me loads in my day to day activities.  I like to have a plan and know what I need to do otherwise I get a bit lost along the way.

Blogtober 4th

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Its the 4th of October which means it is the fourth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 3rd October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

The thought of being able to come home at the end of the day has made me feel enthusiastic today!  I got to spend some time with my friend after work and have a lovely catch up.

  • What drained me of energy?

The thing that drained me of energy today was spending too much time playing games on my phone.  I felt a little glued to it which was fun at the time but has made me feel pretty low on energy.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

Sometimes, what can be fun at the time can also be detrimental to me in the long run.  I need to learn a bit of self-control when it comes to some things.