Ooo very excited to say that I have been nominated twice for a 'Bloggers Recognition Award' and have finally got around to posting about it, thank you so much for my nominations Linda over at Linda Memphis Kinda Life and Karla Mae at The Wise Lark (karlacruzado.com), who had this lovely comment to say about my blog:
It's now my turn to spread the appreciation and nominate others.
But first, what is the blogger recognition about anyway?
It’s not an ‘’actual’ award but, it is fun to do among bloggers. We get to be appreciated and we get to show our appreciation to others too! It's a great way to connect!
There are a few rules to follow when accepting this award:
You must thank the blogger who nominated him/her and to provide a link to their blog.
You must write a post to show the award.
You must write a brief story on how his/her blog started.
You must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
You must select 15 bloggers to pass this award to.
You must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.
How my blog started
My blog started in September 2016. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about this as I have already posted about it and you can read this here. Here We Go Again.
Advice to other bloggers - Keeping plugging your blog and don't give up.
My number one advice is don't give up. It may feel at times that no one is reading, but that just requires a little work on your part. Pinterest is your greatest blogging friend. I get up to 200 visitors a day from Pinterest, but it does mean you have to put in the effort yourself getting on group boards and sharing daily. I will be posting a blog post on this at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled. There was a time only a few months where I had on average 18 visitors a day, this now averages 150-200 just in two months. Write great content and stay consistent and you WILL get the readers. Blogging is a great way of making new friends, I have so many new friends in both the UK and Internationally as a direct result of my blog and You Tube channel.
So, without further delay, here are my nominees of the Blogger Recognition Award...
The 15 Nominees (in no particular order)
So there we have it, my nominees - a collection of my favourite blogs, do give them a visit, you won't be disappointed.
Take Care all,
How I track my blog and social media stats:
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.
Tracking my blog and social media stats:
At the start of the month I write down my monthly stats for my blog including page views and unique visitors, I get the information from my Google Analytics account. I then log subscribers to my blog, Bloglovin, Feedburner 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.
Planning my blog posts:
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 use the codes above to plan the posts and editing schedule and so far this is working for me. It is a bit messy as I was just starting out and adjusted the codes to link to my bujo planning.
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.
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 a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.