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May has been an interesting month, although not a whole lot has happened!
Over the course of the month, I got a new camera, finished my second year of university and… *drumroll please*… went self-hosted! I am really excited about things to come and can’t wait to embark on this journey with you!
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A small but exciting detail of the month of May, for me, is that I finally bought myself a new camera!
I decided to go for the Sony a6000 with the 16-50mm lens as it was a reasonably affordable camera and yet had a lot of modes and options for taking photographs. One of the things I really wanted in a camera was the ability to change the camera lens and the sony a6000 does have this whilst still being lightweight and portable enough to travel with.
I am really excited to take some photographs and learn the ins and outs of the camera ready to take some awesome photos on my future trips!
Ending My Second Year Of Uni… Online
So somehow I finished the second year of my degree!
I am so proud of myself for finishing the year and handing in (most of) my coursework despite all of the change that has happened due to the current situation.
For those who don’t know, I am studying BA English and Creative Writing which I absolutely love, though it can be a bit challenging at times.
I can’t believe that I only have one year left of university but it is going to be an exciting year for sure!
Alongside my creative writing dissertation, I am doing a module on non-fiction writing which I think will really help me with the travel posts on here!
The most exciting blogging event of the month (in my opinion anyway) was my decision to go self-hosted!
At the very beginning of May, I decided that I wanted to have more control over my own blog. I wanted to be able to start building Domain Authority and be able to work on SEO using plug-in’s and the like.
It took me a long time to decide to go through with this however one thing that really helped me to make this decision was a blog post by BritVoyage which both reassured me and gave me a good place to start.
I decided to use GreenGeeks for my site as, alongside their 24/7/365 support, they are also dedicated to the environment and having a positive impact upon it!
“Your GreenGeeks account will have a positive energy footprint on the environment as we replace, with wind power credits, 3 times the amount of energy your website will use”GreenGeeks
I am so glad that I made this decision and am really enjoying the ability to use different themes, plug-ins and build-up an online profile.
I have big plans for this blog and I am so excited to be taking steps towards them!
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Looking Back On My May Goals
When I wrote my April round up I set myself goals for the coming month. Some I tried to stick to and others I pushed to the back of my mind. I also set myself some social media goals on my twitter account that I would like to reflect on now that May is over.
Post on my blog at least once a week
This is one thing that I was able to stick to and I am so happy that I did!
One of the things that I was nervous about, particularly when purchasing my own domain, was ‘getting bored’ of blogging or having too much to do to keep up with it! This didn’t happen however and I was able to upload a post every Tuesday at 8am since the beginning of the month.
Schedule 5 posts
I was not able to schedule any posts this month. Whilst this was initially a goal I set as a means of convincing myself to go self-hosted, which I did anyway, I would like the security of having a few weeks in advance ready. I think this would reduce the stress of blogging and allow me to focus on other things such as Pinterest.
Post on Instagram daily
I did this for the majority of May and my instagram has grown for it! I also started using the stories feature a lot more. I am so happy with how my feed looks, the engagement I have had and the friends that I have made through Instagram.
Read a book
I have been reading ‘The Boatman’s Daughter’ by Andy Davidson this month and, whilst I have not yet finished the book and so have not quite met my goal, I am really enjoying it.
I have found it tough to relax enough over lockdown to be able to read so I am really proud of myself for sitting down and getting started on this book.
Finish my university coursework
I did it! When I went into lockdown I had 4 pieces of coursework that were due at the end of May and I was able to complete 3 of them! I am so pleased with the ones that I finished and how they turned out, especially considering I have been without the majority of my resources.
In regards to my social media goals I am so pleased to say I smashed them!
I am going to go more into my blog statistics later on in this post but for the most part I did reach my goals.
I got 50 views or more on the majority of days, only missing out a few here and there and was able to, not only retrieve my followers from my old blog, but also gain over 30 more!
I made my instagram account almost a year ago where it sat at 20 followers for 11 months of that time. For this reason, I decided to rebrand my instagram account towards the end of April and so took down all my old posts.
Since then I have been able to reach 585 instagram followers, 185 over my May target!
I am incredibly grateful to be ending the month of May with 1530 Twitter followers, over 100 more than the goal I set myself at the start of the month.
I only set up my facebook page towards the end of May, so I wasn’t too hopeful about getting much traction on there, however I am very pleased to say that I did hit my goal of 10 page likes and finished the month on 15 page likes.
In my April round up post, I shared my blog stats for the month and it is something I would like to continue to do in my monthly round ups, both for myself to look back on and so that other people can see how I grow too.
I finished May with over 2000 views, 300 comments, 850+ visitors and 20 likes.
I am so pleased with these results. I have more than doubled my views, comments and visitors compared to April.
The only drop was in likes however, since going self-hosted, I think it has become a bit more difficult to like a blog post as it is not presented on the screen.
I also ended May with a total of 78 blog followers! That is 49 more than I ended April with!
These numbers are absolutely crazy to me and I can’t thank everyone that reads my blog enough for the support you have shown me!
Would you like to keep seeing my blog statistics in the future?
Would you like them to be part of my round up posts or should I do a separate post all together?
And now onto the part of the post where I set my goals for June…
I have a feeling that June is going to see a lot of change, both in my personal life and in the world. I want my June goals to reflect this by placing an emphasis on mental health and wellbeing.
> Learn how to use Pinterest effectively to drive traffic
> Take care of my mental health
> Stay passionate about my blog and keep uploading at least once a week
> Keep up with Couch To 5k
> Study a bit of Portuguese every day
> Write at least 2 guest posts
May was a pretty slow month, though it zoomed by at lightening speed. I think, despite not a whole lot happening, there have been some glimmers of hope breaking through the cracks.
I hope you are feeling positive about the future and that the coming months will bring joy, relief and a bit more nice weather.
How was your May?
Do you have any hopes or goals for June?