Today’s post represents the fourth FinanceSuperhero Monthly Blog Report. In many ways, I cannot believe this site has been around for four months; in other ways, I cannot believe this site has only been around for four months.
If you are reading this, thank you for your interaction, kindness, constructive criticism, and support, all of which have helped this little blog grow. I began this website with a lofty goal – Restoring Order to the World of Finance – but also for own personal entertainment and enjoyment; to be honest, I did not expect to join such an outstanding community of like-minded writers and personal finance enthusiasts.
When I published my first article on April’s Fools Day, I was excited when around 50 people found their way to this site and read it. Life has been a whirlwind since that day, and it is very interesting to look back on those first articles and see how much I have learned from other bloggers in such a short amount of time.
Again, thank you to everyone who has stopped by this site to read an article. If you’re a lurker, especially a non-blogger, please don’t feel too intimidated to leave a comment or ask a question. I would love to see the sense of community here continue to grow each month.
July in Review
In my June Blog Report, I lamented that I had fallen short of four out of five goals for the month:
1. Reach a minimum of 3,000 new page views in June – FAIL
2. Reach a minimum of 3,000 total Twitter followers in June – FAIL
3. Officially join the Yakezie Challenge – SUCCESS
4. Grow my Alexa ranking into the top 900,000 globally by July 1 – FAIL
5. Publish 15 new posts in June – FAIL
Even so, I did not allow the discouragement to hold me back from upping the ante on my goals for July:
1. Reach a minimum of 5,000 new page views in July
2. Reach a minimum of 5,000 total Twitter followers in July
3. Be a more collaborative member of the blogging community by guest posting on at least 3 other blogs.
4. Grow my Alexa ranking into the top 800,000 globally by August 1
5. Publish 16 new posts in July
The results are in:
1. 6,895 new page views in July – SUCCESS
2. 4,470 Twitter followers – FAIL
Ordinarily, I would be very disappointed at missing this goal. My disappointment was somewhat tempered by the fact that I started a Pinterest page and quickly gained 762 followers in no time, thanks largely to the help of Mrs. Superhero. I’m still learning the ropes with Pinterest, but I plan to get started with Tailwind and BoardBooster in the next few days.
3. Four guest posts – SUCCESS +1
The next guest post, How to Quit Your in Style, was far and away the highlight of my short-lived time as a blogger, as it was published on BudgetsAreSexy, one of my favorite personal finance blogs. As one blogger friend put it, “that’s pretty much the Holy Grail of guest posts.” I remain very grateful to J. Money for the awesome opportunity.
And last but not least, Travis graciously allowed me to write about one of my favorite personal finance topics – budgeting – in a piece titled How to Turn Your Finances Around In One Day at MillennialMoola.
I am excited to have a few more guest posts in the pipeline for August.
4. Alexa rankings as of August 1, 2016
United States: 71,920
SUCCESS – very excited about this growth!
5. 15 total posts in July – FAIL – close, but just fell short of the goal
Reflecting on My Goals
I have always been a highly goal-oriented person, even as a child. Moments after being challenged by my Grandpa to hit my first home run on the opening day of a new little league season, I belted a three-run homer into the tall pine trees overlooking right field. Goals motivate me.
That said, I am learning that being too goal driven can be detrimental. In this blog report, for example, I framed my pursuit of the above goals using two metrics: SUCCESS and FAIL. Specifically, the latter metric fails to account for the positive progress that was made in spite of missing my established benchmark. Reaching nearly 4,500 Twitter followers and publishing 15 posts are satisfying statistical benchmarks.
Moving forward to August, I am going to refrain from establishing any kind of measurable, statistical goals; instead, I plan to focus more upon a qualitative evaluation of the progress made with the blog by asking myself questions, such as:
Am I providing and facilitating quality interaction and communication?
Am I building a greater sense of community?
Am I selflessly promoting others and helping them grow?
Am I writing thought-provoking, growth-oriented articles?
By shifting my goal-setting process in this manner, I hope to see the blog grow in new and exciting ways.
How was your July? What blog-related (or overall) goals do you have for August?