When I created this blog, I didn’t think about writing out my monthly goals for everyone to see. But, I was recently inspired to do so by reading Alexis’ July goals post on her blog, FITnancials.
- Stick to a consistent writing schedule
- Reach out to other bloggers in my niche
- Start growing my traffic
- Find a course to take
- Receive 25k sessions to I can qualify for Mediavine
1. Stick to a consistent writing schedule
I wanted to include this as one of my goals for August because I am trying to improve my writing. And, this being the blogs first official month out in the world.
For practice, I put together a 6-month content calendar for the blog using Trello. I’m still trying to work the nuts and bolts of it all, but I’m happy with what I’ve created so far.
From within the Trello board, I assign myself due dates and have it synced to my Google Calendar. The only thing I have not figured out yet is a way to get Google Calendar alerts. As it stands, I have to go in my calendar, after it syncs with Trello, and assign e-mail reminders.
2. Reach out to other bloggers in my niche
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging, it’s you should reach out to other bloggers in your niche. The thing is, blogging is not a competition. And more than likely, we all want to reach some of the same goals.
Instead of signing up to a million newsletters I may never read, I like to use Feedly to read blog updates. This has been my method to keep up with reading posts and commenting.
I’m also trying to use other ways to reach out to bloggers by being more active. This includes Facebook groups, on Twitter, that sort of thing. It’s a new challenge because it was easier, as a recipe blogger, to find Facebook social groups. For personal finance bloggers, it’s not a thing.
3. Start growing traffic
My goal for August is to start growing my traffic. Since this is my first month launching this blog, I don’t expect huge growth. Yet, one advantage of not having a full-time job is being able to work on it.
I’m going to focus more on traffic coming from Pinterest for now. Still, I’m also looking into some other ideas to get traffic I’ve tried or haven’t thought of yet.
4. Find a course to take
I’m a big believer in continually taking courses. If you think you’re proficient in a topic, the thing is, there’s always something new someone can teach you.
I have a list of courses I’m interested in taking, but either I don’t have the money or they are not open for enrollment. So I keep a list handy and add to the list as I wait for courses to open.
5. Receive 25k sessions so I can qualify for Mediavine
Well, I can’t control how many page views I receive. But, I’m hoping the work I put in this month will show by next months update.
Mediavine is one of the ad networks I use on the recipe blog I no longer update. To get accepted, you need 25k sessions, which is a lot less than other ad networks. I’ve been happy with them, and I don’t expect to leave them anytime soon.
- Continue to learn about freelance writing
- Continue part-time virtual assisting
- Improve my writing skills
- Write for 30 minutes every morning
- Find 4-5 blogs to guest post on for September
1. Continue to learn about freelance writing
A few weeks ago, I’ve started taking Holly Johnson’s course, “Earn More Writing.” If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she is the founder of Club Thrifty.
What I like is she walks you through how she started, how she finds jobs, and how she defends her work day.
(The irony in the latter is I was on the exact course module when a parent called to ask for me to run an errand for them. Though I work from home!)
I love to write and I’ve guest posted in the past, although it had never crossed my mind to offer my writing as a service. So, it seemed like the perfect course to take when I was looking to expand my income options.
2. Continue part-time virtual assisting
Last month, I’ve been helping out my friend Libby put together an e-book series for her recipe site. I only work about 10 hours a week and is perfect for me.
As long as she has the work for me, I’ll continue to work 10 hours a week. As of today, I’m not sure if there is a lot of work to do this month since her e-book will finish this week.
Also, last month was the first time I increased my hourly rates after more than a year of virtual assisting. After reading another girl’s Facebook post, she said she’d never charge less than $75/hr for the same skills. So I will look into changing my rates later on in the future but may mean a lot less work for me.
3. Improve my writing skills
I would like to start freelance writing, so I need to start freshening up on improving my writing skills. Earlier, I mentioned I was going to be writing every day, yet I did not share how I’m looking to improve.
Lately, I’ve been starting to use a mix of the free Grammarly extension and the Hemmingway App. I’d like to buy a subscription of Pro Writing Aid, so that is something I plan on doing in the future.
4. Write for 30 minutes every morning
This might be a no brainer since I already mentioned ways I’m trying to improve my writing. But my biggest hiccup is I’m a perfectionist, so I’ll edit my drafts as I’m writing.
To re-train myself, I’m going to write every morning and type away on whatever article it is I’m working on. Whatever words spew out of my mind in the moment, I’ll type it out and time myself.
For this daily exercise, I actually created a Trello board based off a Neil Patel post. I can’t recall the post, but I believed it had something to do with writing in two hours, from draft to publish.
5. Find 4-5 blogs to guest post on for September
I’d like to pitch some ideas to 4-5 bigger blogs within the personal finance niche to get my feet wet. Either to promote this blog or to start making contacts with other bloggers.
I haven’t written a list of ideas yet, but I’m sure I’ll create a Trello board this week with my ideas logged in to work off of.
- Read 8-10 books
- Workout 3-5 days a week
- Stick to my “no processed food challenge”
- Go through and sell my used clothes
- Set doctors appointments
— Lisa Pfeffer (@LisaPfeffer) August 1, 2017
1. Read 8-10 books
I used to read a lot of books and over the years I’ve slacked off. Partly due to being busy, but lately due to laziness. Sometimes I ponder to myself that I don’t have enough time in my day, but, I can make the time.
When I was in middle school, my English teacher had a banner that tracked how many books each student read. By the end of the year, I was in second place out of all the students, while my friend Emily came in first place. It had to have been around 100 books I read during the school year.
2. Workout 3-5 days a week
I’ve become complacent since my back issues arose last year. It wasn’t until a couple months ago I could actually start working out without much of an issue. Because of it, I’ve gained a lot of weight. I mean, a lot of it.
I thought I would have lost a chunk of weight by now, but I lack sticking to a consistent exercise plan. It’s almost ironic to think about because I used to be in amazing shape, and very routined in my work outs.
That’s why I added it to my list of goals. I’m still trying to figure out a good time to work out. It’s the problem I am having when it comes to working from home is sticking to a time to go to the gym. I know if I did, I’d be better able to stick with it.
3. Stick to my 30-day “no processed food challenge”
Starting August 2, I am starting a 30-day challenge to stick to eating no processed foods. I reckon processed foods and medications are the root cause of some issues I’m having.
My idea was to eating nothing but fruits and vegetables as “spring cleaning” for my eating habits. Though, the struggle for me is I’m a super picky eater, no doubt the worst you’d ever know. But, I can handle fruits and vegetables better in the form of a smoothie.
I want to focus on eating proper nutrition now I’m in my early 30’s. Maybe this will be a springboard to like those foods? Who knows. But, what I do know is it’s one thing to be losing weight, and another thing to lose weight while eating healthy
As part of my “spring cleaning,” I’ve added Milk Thistle to cleanse the liver and probiotics. For sweetener, I am using stevia for my coffee, so it’s the closest I will be getting to anything processed. I’ve also purchased a delicious ginger turmeric tea to help with inflammation.
4. Go through and sell my used clothes
I’ve been meaning to do this for over a year, and I have not gotten to it yet. The most I’ve completed is putting clothes in garbage bags. But even then, they still are not sorted.
Right now, I have clothes of all sizes hanging in my closet and packed away. I had to laugh because not too long ago, I found clothes in the attic from more than 10 years ago. I have no idea how they got there.
My plan is to go through my clothes, and sell them for some extra income. I’m still looking into a few ways I want to do this; garage sale or online.
5. Set doctors appointments
I have insurance, yet the future of my health insurance is unknown. I’d rather set up my doctors appointments now while I still have insurance.
I’ve been seeing an allergic since April for some odd issues I’ve been having this year. She confirmed allergies I have through testing. And I am surprised to learn I have a rare condition called cold urticaria. It means I am allergic to the cold and can have skin reactions to it. Who knew that was a thing?!
On top of that, we’re trying to whittle down the mystery of why spots on my face will swell. Every month this year, I have an issue of a part of my lip swelling or the side of my nose. There never seems to be a cause or explanation to why or when it happens.
The closest thing I could find online was something called facial edema. But I need further testing to rule out autoimmune diseases could be the cause. Facial edema is also a symptom of another illness, so it’s something to consider.
For now, the mystery continues. If I had to speculate, I’d think everything connects to a lack of a nutritious diet and the medications.