Yes, that's what this is, just a normal blog post - no optimized headers or Pinterest graphics today, just me typing straight to the blog for a quick post. So why, what's the deal Kerry? I just want to check in and give some gratitude as you are all amazing and to let you know that if you have signed up to the feed to please, please, please click the blog title link in your emails so that you are reading the post on the site. The email feed doesn't look the same and you will see much more clicking to the site (such as embedded videos etc, my free printables and much more) and in turn I will be able to see that you visited the blog, win win ._.
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Part of my planning this year is focused on my blog planning and productivity within my blog and You Tube channel. I have spent a lot of time since September building up my blog and channel, so decided to use one of my planners to plan my posts, filming and editing schedule and to track my site sites and set goals. It has helped immensely with my productivity and it's a great way to see how my blog and social media presence is progressing each month.
At the start of the month I write down my monthly stats for my blog including page views and unique visitors. I then log subscribers to my blog, Bloglovin and You Tube channel. Next I move on to my social media stats and log my followers and subscribers and any reason for any decline or inactivity. Finally I log my pins on Pinterest to see how they are increasing (or not) each month.
After this I set monthly goals for each area and at the end of the month do it all again and add a + or - to say whether they have increased or declined and a comment to say how close or by how much they were above target. I have only done January (start and end), but it's working for me and it's great to see how my online presence is improving.
I then use the actual diary to keep track of my blog post ideas and to schedule blog writing, taking photos, filming, editing, organising SEO and uploading. I have so far kept this planner purely functional and non decorative (unlike my other planners), however, I have recently purchased the fab You Tube stickers below from Ugly Bug Plans (Ugly Bug-gers) and will be purchasing a Blog Tracking sheet from The Geeky Planner, so that will probably all change ._. I will keep you updated every few months or so.
So...have you started tracking, logging or planning for your blog or You Tube channel? Any tips on what worked or didn't work? I would love to hear your feedback or methods, just pop it into the comments.
When starting out in the Blogging World we all strive for the perfect blog hoping that we get a lot of traffic and that it will inspire others. Often it is not that easy and this week has been one of them weeks where things are not going the way I had planned them to go in my head.
The plan for this week was to create a process video for my You Tube channel to show you how I made the art journal background in the picture. I set up my camera, adjusted the area to be lit effectively and had everything all planned out. When I recorded it, it all worked fine until the camera cut out. I didn't panic, calmly pressed record again and thought about editing it later. When it came to the editing I ran into my first problem...the files were too big to be edited on my phone. Not deterred I uploaded the images to my computer and then to You Tube. The large file was just too large and was taking forever, the smaller file eventually uploaded and I went promptly to the You Tube editor. Aargghhh! The video wasn't very clear and was full of shadows and the journal page actually looked awful. I deleted the whole video and gave it up as a bad job, incredibly annoyed at wasting a whole afternoon. (Incidentally if anyone has any tips for my filming please do comment below.)
A few days later, I saw a video Anna Brim (Mrs Brimbles) posted in her group from someone called Jake Parker and it focused on striving to be finished, not perfect. Perfect timing and just what I needed as a push to finish my page. It put everything in to perspective there and then and I realised that actually what I had created was good, even if a little off from my original intention and even though it meant I couldn't update my blog and You Tube, that I was generating material for it regardless. You can watch the video here.
So, what I have learned from all this is that we all have plans for perfection, but what is perfection? What is the perfect blog? Who is to say one persons ok isn't a perfect for someone else. I am going to stop stressing if a video doesn't work out and strive less for 'perfection' and more for 'perfect for me'.
Many years ago I used to have a very active website and group on MSN Groups called Starlight Studio Graphics. When I started I was I will admit a complete newbie to the internet and had no idea what I was doing. But I persevered and grew the group. It started off as me making 'sig tags' (very popular on MSN at the time). I got more confident and began learning html which was self taught and ended up being able to code html and php all my pages were html w3school certified and I was so impressed that I started creating layouts for others. The site grew and I branched in to pixel designed graphics and dolls, including some hand drawn bases and dolls that I drew from scratch and tubed for others to download.
I opened up my own Starlight Studio Graphics domain in 2004 and closed it around 2010 when my life became just too busy and I fell out of love with the pixel world and graphics. On closing the main page had hit 800,000 hits and one of the subdomains 'Dollie World' had over 450,000 of those visitors.
So...why start again? I am at a different place in my life now at 40 years young and have rediscovered my love of crafts, planners and art and would like a little place to share my makes. So as the title of the post suggests...Here we go again.
Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and planner, art, craft, smash book and journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and have look around my collection of random musings, tutorials and crafty makes.