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The Year of 5K!

Over the summer I set the goal to hit 4K views for each month and amazingly, I hit it and then some! July and August I surprisingly reached 5K both times! This was my first time ever getting such a high reach. So far I’ve been able to keep this streak going for the rest of the year as well so I hope December can pull through too.

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I also reached 5k followers on here as well back in September! I was hoping to reach it for my 3 year anniversary but was a few weeks late. Around this time I also reached 5k on Twitter! So it’s been a year of 5,000s for me and I’m thrilled with all the new accomplishments my blog is reaching.

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With all of this going on, I decided to finally take a closer look at these numbers. I realized Twitter was not a traffic driver at all for the site so I’ve stopped all efforts of gaining new engagement there. The only social I focus on now is Pinterest and I’ll post some updates there in a month or two.

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Interestingly, I check the site’s traffic through google analytics and it’s still under 5K so my goal right now is to focus on reaching it there since any monetary venues focus on how google values the site. My 2019 goal check up will be in 2 weeks so make sure to check back in for that as well.

 

Where to Focus to Gain Site Traffic

There is a ton of advice out there for how to gain traffic to your site. There are many ways to do it and the same way won’t work for everyone. The only advice I think I’m going to give you is this:

Don’t try to be a jack of all trades, but a queen of one. You’ll end up spreading yourself too thin and not maximizing any of the venues.

 

From here I’m just going to talk about what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been going wrong, and what I plan to do from here. The top 4 social media apps are Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. I really don’t have any data with Instagram so I’m not going to mention it. It’s lumped together in my ‘other’ percentage because it’s so low, a mere 1%.  

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Percentages from the “Referrer” stat section of my blog

 

Twitter – 2%

I was involved in the blogging community on Twitter first I think. It was great for connecting with bloggers and relating to their struggles. I put a lot of time and effort into growing my presence and following on Twitter. Twitter is where I announce my new books and blog posts. I liked the platform and I understood it. 

 

2 years later and I think this is the first time I’m actually checking the stats for where my traffic is coming from. I’m very surprised to realize I’ve been wasting all this time meanwhile Twitter is the 6th referrer by a large margin. I’m going to redirect most of my time to Pinterest and see if it makes a difference.

 

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Facebook – 4%

I have not taken the leap to making a blog or author page on Facebook and I don’t think I will. I get decent traffic from Facebook groups but I don’t really feel it’s organic so I don’t think that’s where I want to grow. Well organized groups will have specific posting on specific days to promote your blog or social media with either likes, comments, or follows. To ensure no one is taken advantage you’ll usually have 2 days to check out everyone else’s site so traffic is pretty immediate. 

 

Pinterest – 8%

I’ve heard Pinterest is a gradual build with traffic but it is long lasting once you get there. A pin has a month long lifespan while posts from Twitter or Facebook are mere hours. This might explain why Pinterest, which I haven’t used since March, is still my second highest referrer. That’s right, I didn’t use Pinterest for over 5 months but it close to doubles Facebook’s traffic which is next in line. I don’t use Facebook every month either but I think Facebook works more as ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

 

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screenshot of Tailwind dashboard

 

Pinterest is pretty hard for me to grasp though. It took me a while to get the hang of creating my own pins. It’s a lot of work in the beginning between finding group boards to join, creating all your pins and boards, and setting up your advance scheduling with tools such as Tailwind. Tailwind has a free month trial and then you’d pay $120 for a year membership. You can schedule hundreds of pins weeks in advance and you can also join Tailwind tribes. 

 

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screenshot of canva workshop

 

I had a membership last year but I was still figuring out how to use Canva to create pin graphics and the whole scheduling process took so long for me. It was exhausting, frustrating, and there were many weeks when I just did not have time for it. I knew it was time to cancel my membership and regroup.

 

Months later now, I’ve found this data and decided I need to give Pinterest another chance. Luckily, I’m still in the same groups but I will be looking into joining more which will be time consuming. I already made 21 new pins over the past few weeks so now I feel ready to get back into it and not feel like I’m lagging behind. I will most likely consult people with more experience to point me in the right direction this time. 

 

The bullet points:

Twitter is great for feeling less alone in the blogger struggle

Facebook can bring traffic within a day or two and best for advice

Pinterest will continue to bring traffic even if you neglect it for a long time.

 

I’m going to make this pie graph again in 6 months and see if I’ve made any impact so make sure to check back in for that update!

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5,000 Followers!

Last month was my 3 year blogiversary and I was hoping to reach 5k by then but 2 weeks off isn’t anything to be bummed about in my opinion. I’m thrilled to be here and have the support from all of you!

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I remember my first 6 months being happy to reach 300 followers so the growth since then is incredible! I have a post scheduled at the end of the week for driving traffic to your site so check back in to see that!

The one thing I would like to say though, is other bloggers don’t have to be your competition. I run different series every year, my first one was reblogging other sites and my series this year is giving a spotlight to emerging poets! I want to help other bloggers and artists just like I’ve been helped in the blogging community. Showing love to other sites hasn’t harmed my stats, but it has given me new friends!

So I encourage you all to work together and not against each other.

 

Debatably Dateable is 3 years old!

I’m so excited to celebrate another anniversary with Debatably Dateable! She’s quickly closing in on 5k followers and is consistently setting new records for monthly views this summer, so I couldn’t be prouder! Over the past 3 years, I’ve been able to produce about 500 posts and 2 poetry collections.

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Ddateable has been a great launching pad for my sophomore poetry collection Where I Ache and I thank you guys so much for all that support!!

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Where I Ache on Amazon and Goodreads

 

DD has expanded with dating advice, poet interviews, and writing and publication tips. My favorite article from the past 12 months is You Shouldn’t have to Love Yourself First because of all the discussion it fostered in the comments! My favorite poem would be Moving On and Moving Out, it’s an older piece but I enjoy how it’s held through time.

I’m exciting to explore more topics in the relationship and dating world as well as write and publish more poetry! I hope to continue to reach new audiences with my blog and my books! I’ll be updating you all on the progress of my third collection over this next year so make sure to always check in!

 

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Social Sunday

Summer is nearly here !!

You might have done some spring cleaning with your blog and socials clearing out inactive accounts.

Now it’s time to find new engaging content by sharing your links!

Please leave any and all social links in the comments and check other comments to connect with other bloggers!

 

If you haven’t already please consider preordering

my next collection Where I Ache!

 

I’d love to connect with you all as well on my pages so take a look! Thank you all for the support!

Twitter // Instagram // Goodreads // Amazon

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how to come up with a Book marketing strategy

Marketing your book is tough business and your book’s success depends on your ability to get it right. I’m going to tell you how to implement a book marketing strategy using the 5 month timeline of my book release. Just a heads up, most research would suggest marketing 12-6 months out.

 

Beta Readers / Marketing Research

Early february – Beta readers play two important parts for an author. First, they are a fresh set of eyes that can find any last minute mistakes. They’re a great tool for marketing too since they’re your first focus group on your new project. Their initially feedback will help you learn how first time readers will interpret your book. This will help you decide how you will want to market your book and what you want to draw a reader’s attention to. You can ask beta readers (focus groups) specific questions that may be concerning you and they may bring to light questions you hadn’t considered.

 

Blog Tour

Mid march – Blog tours are a great marketing tool where different bloggers will reviews your book, interview you, or just share information about your book. Blog tours are a big scheduling task though so getting it organized early will save you a headache later. For my release, I’ll be contacting poet interviewers now and hopefully start the tour in early may and have it finish the week before the release date. Since I’m leaning towards interviewing, the more time I have to answer questions, the less stressful the marketing release process will be for me.

 

ARCs

April – By Late February you have the feedback from your beta readers and you’ve made your final changes to the collection. Now you’re ready to send out ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) to book bloggers, fellow poets, and anyone else that will help market your book. Free ARCs are given to readers in exchange for their honest review of your book. If you’re selling on Amazon, it’s super important to have a lot of reviews close to your release date to boost your book in the rankings. The higher in the rankings you are, the more people will see your book and consider purchasing it.

 

More Frequent Posting

May – We’re 6 weeks out from release date and it’s time to pick up the marketing. This is when my blog tour starts, this is when you’re highlighting reviews that have been coming in due to your ARCs, and when you’re posting on all social medias so that everyone knows when and where to buy your book! Support and momentum are really important during the weeks surrounding your release date!

 

Celebrate!

Release Date – June 10th! You’re book is officially released! Time to shout it to the world and celebrate!! You’ve just accomplished something super amazing! Continue to love on your book, but try not to drown your followers in too much noise. Congratulations and best of luck to your book!

 

Cracked Open 1 Year Old!

I can’t believe Cracked Open has been out for a year already!! I am shocked that any stranger took the time to review or purchase this collection and I am so, so grateful for it!   I hope Where I Ache will be greeted with this much love and more. But for now, I wanted to highlight some moments from Cracked Open’s First Year!! It’s also on sale for $5.99, so grab your copy now!

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Amazon Highlights!

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Goodreads Highlights!

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Instagram Highlights!

 

 

25 before 25 list

It’s time to see how I did on my list of 25 before 25.

 

1. Go on a caribbean trip

6 month check in: I’ve finally booked a trip for February!

Totally lied lol, we ended up using that money to go to California instead!

 

2. Figure out how all this self hosting works (how can I find my view sessions?! lol)

6 month check in: It’s a work in progress.

It’s actually going well!! Last month, I reached my highest monthly view yet! I also became a member of a few affiliation programs and made $12 from Google Adsense, so slowly but surely I’m figuring it all out!

 

3. Breakeven on my self hosting investment

6 month check in: That is definitely not happening lol

One of the things I often discredit is that my books are actually products so the money I make there could be used to counter my self hosting costs. First year, I did not make money, but maybe I’ll breakeven this second year.

 

4. Sell 100 copies of my debut poetry collection Cracked Open in its first 6 months

6 month check in: haha definitely not… but I have made over $100 so I’ll take what I can get

Cracked Open is a year old and I am definitely not near 100 sold copies but I do have high hopes that Where I Ache will do much better than my first collection. Fingers crossed!!!

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5. Go hiking regularly in the warm weather

6 month check in: I didn’t get out much as I wanted it

I’m hopeful I can get back into hiking this Spring/Summer!

 

6. Advance my career

6 month check in: Still hoping to

I’m actually switching career paths! I’m very excited to be heading in a new, happier direction.

 

7. Write 125 new poems

6 month check in: I’m at about 50 so I’ll probably only get to 100

In addition to this 50, I also wrote over 50 exclusively for Where I Ache! But I fell short of 125 by a few since I’ve been using my older poems on the blog.

 

8. Create some healthy eating habits

6 month check in: Some weeks I do, some weeks I don’t

I don’t have the self discipline for this… lol

 

9. Be more active with my dog

6 month check in: Definitely taking my dog on more walks

Had to slow down with the winter weather but I’m planning some doggie park adventures!

 

10. Go kayaking

6 month check in: Didn’t get to it this summer

I think I’ll try something else this summer, leave some suggestions in the comments!

 

11. Go to a concert

6 month check in: I didn’t this summer but who knows with the holidays

I went to a Post Malone concert on New Year’s Eve with my boyfriend!!

 

12. Publish 200 new posts

6 month check in: I post 3 times a week and with 52 weeks in year, I’ll be about 50 short. (should have done some better math before making this goal lol)

Still fell short but I actually have switched my posts from 10 times a month to 12-13 monthly so I am posting more content!

 

13. Dye my hair a new color

6 month check in: Indeed I did! It’s blonde now

Check out my different hair colors through the years!

 

14. Start organizing for my next poetry collection

6 month check in: You know it! I have over a 100 poems ready for this one.

WHERE I  ACHE COMING OUT JUNE 10TH!!!!!! Guys I am soooo excited!! I’m so happy that this collection is longer than the first and features a lot more diverse content. I’m also so so happy that I got to work with my boyfriend for this project!! Grab your copy of Where I Ache to see his amazing illustrations!!!

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15. Surprise my boyfriend (no more details incase he reads this)

6 month check in: I surprised him with a dinner cruise for our 1 year anniversary!

This reminds me that I need to do something nice for my boyfriend! He puts up with a lot from me haha

 

16. Grow Blog and Twitter following immensely (hard to put a number on it right now)

6 month check in: I’ve been working hard at this one!

From April 2018 to this April my blog gained 1,810 followers

From April 2018 to this April my twitter gained 2,595 followers

 

17. Get another tattoo

6 month check in: I’m not in a rush and I’m still thinking about what I might want

Since I’m changing career paths I need to be more financially conscious so this is on hold for a while.

 

18. Attend a sporting event

6 month check in: My boyfriend took me to a baseball game.

I also saw a college basketball game!

 

19. Have half of the finances needed to buy a house

6 month check in: I think I’ll reach this goal

Starting on a new career path is going to push me back a few years unfortunately.

 

20. Visit another state

6 month check in: I think I will be, still working out the details

Went to California with my boyfriend over the winter!!

 

21. Visit 20 new places

6 month check in: I’ve been to quite a few new restaurants and local attractions.

I think I’ve reached this one!

 

22. Go to the golf range more often

6 month check in: Nah didn’t happen

I’m not as interested in this goal this spring.

 

23. Go on a boat ride

6 month check in: You bet I did!

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24. Get stronger so I can start seeing my chiropractor less

6 month check in: I am seeing the doctor less

I haven’t seen my chiropractor at all this year and I’ve only had a few shoulder flare ups!

 

25. Have some adventures this summer – fun and carefree!

6 month check in: I definitely got to do some new things and see some new places!

Summer is around the corner yet again, I can’t wait to get a tan and spend time with my family!! Lots of celebrations coming!

 

ARC and Blog Tour of Where I Ache

Hi Everyone!!

Where I Ache will be released in less than 10 weeks!! I’m so so excited! I feel like this collection is really going measures beyond my first collection and I’m so Thrilled!!! I have a list going for anyone who wants to receive an eARC via email, if you would like to be added to this list, just email me at : ddateable@gmail.com.

 

No worries about a follow count number or being part of a certain niche, if you’re interested, I’d love to get Where I Ache in front of your eyes! And I look forward to an honest review on Goodreads and/or Amazon. (Where I Ache’s link will be up by the time I send out ARCs in a couple of weeks).

 

I will also be having a blog tour for Where I Ache in May!! I’ve never done one before but I’m basically just doing Q&As on other blogs about the book, poetry, and writing in general. I hope that all goes well and if you’d like to be a host for one of the days feel free to get in touch with me as well! I appreciate all of the exposure Where I Ache can get!

 

Recap:

eARCs being sent out in 2 or so weeks (mid April)

Blog Tour in May!

Where I Ache launching June 10th!

 

Q&A 3k follower Celebration!

Everytime I talk about stat numbers I’ll always bring up the absolute lack of faith I had in my blog when I first started. It is absolutely astonishing to be able to say I’ve made it to 3,000+ followers on here and I can’t thank you all enough for this support!

 

1.I’ve been following your blog for a bit and I notice that you are very interactive with your readers, what is the most important take-away for you from that connection? Susi

I want people to connect to my work and with all those that relate to it as well. I always want to connect people to each other. My takeaway is the validation that my work is relatable to a wide audience. I want people to feel a sense of themselves in my work and feel less alone. I’m thrilled every time I receive a comment that supports that.

 

2.Has your blog changed you in anyway?

My blog definitely made me confident enough to publish my first collection; If not for my blog, I would maybe have published in my 50s. It’s hard to explain how happy I am that I am now publishing my second collection by the time I’m 25. It’s absolutely changed my writing career and I’m excited to show you my future projects as they develop more!

 

3.If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?

I’m actually working on learning sign language with my boyfriend! It’s a slow process but whenever one of us is bored, we’ll look up some words or phrases and then teach the other person what we learned.

 

4.In your new book, Where I Ache, do the contents reveal how pain motivates or how pain feels? Or something else? – Susi

I would say the majority of the book is how pain feels in regards to depression, insecurity, and grief. But the last chapter is all self love and growth from that pain, so in the end the collection leaves you with that motivation.

 

5.Which section/category was the hardest emotionally for you to work on? Which one was the most rewarding when you finally felt like you’d gotten it just right? Adeline

The most emotionally draining chapter is the grief chapter. It’s a very fresh and raw emotion for me to write about. I also worried that people will think I’m just trying to capitalize on this trauma. There was a seesaw of just not thinking about it or crying and writing about it.

The most rewarding was probably the self love chapter since it really tested my creative ability. It’s a difficult topic for me to write in a new and unique way and it’s not a topic that comes naturally to me. It really required a lot of creative brain power in order to fill in that chapter to be up to par with the rest of the collection.

 

6.How has your idea of blogging changed from when you first began?

There’s is A LOT more to blogging than just posting articles. There’s a community to network with, social media to grow so that you can increase your blog reach, and there’s the ability to monetize your blog. I’m not even going to get into that but it would include things like affiliated programs, ads, sponsored posts, mailing lists, selling products and services, and softwares and tools to help optimize your blog’s presence.

I don’t mean to scare anyone, blogging can just be posting whatever you feel like. But the longer you’re in the blogging world, the more you see the opportunities to grow and change. I’m happy that I’ve falling in love with blogging long enough to watch it grow.

 

7.Might you have any advice for fledgling fellow poets who are working on their own first anthology for publication? – Adeline

I wrote an article about what I would do differently after my first collection came out so I would definitely suggest checking it out to anyone who is looking to publish their first collection. My first piece of advice would be to go for it! Have faith in yourself to go out of your comfort zone and publish your first book.

My second piece of advice would be to have patience. Take your time in your writing process and take even more time in the editing stage. Lastly, I would say to really focus on marketing your book, especially before your publish date! Try to enjoy the experience without expectations of success, the numbers will come in time. Good Luck!

 

Q&A Soon! – Ask Your Questions!

I just want to start by thanking you all for supporting me to 3,000 followers! It is absolutely amazingggg to see a number like that 2.5 years after I published my first article on here.

 

I think I’ll do a little, mini Q&A to celebrate this milestone. If anyone has any questions feel free to leave them in the comments!

I hope to publish the answers in 2-3 weeks but we shall see how busy life gets.