My Weekly Money Check-up 10/14: Blogging Goals, Festive Time

Here is the second post of My Weekly Money Check-up series. A weekly review, like this one, is a great way to reflect back on the week evaluate what went right, see what I could do better and set goals for the next.

READ MORE: My Weekly Money Check-Up 10/8

Like I said last week, this series is based off  a series that appeared on My Pretty Pennies. It has since been discontinued on her blog.

My Weekly Money Check-Up: Blogging Goals, Festive Times

This is for the week of October 8 -14, 2018. My baby blog is 14-days old, already.

1) The most I’ve spent this week was on groceries. Got plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for the week.

2) This week I am thankful for the lady who helps me with the housework. She got me a whole lot of custard apples from her parent’s farm. Fresh, home grown produce is a dream.

3) Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did this week that made me happy was to go for long walks over the weekend. It is really the only exercise I got during the entire week.

4) I will consider the next week a success if I

  1. have a new quality blog post up every ALTERNATE day. I already have 14 posts up on my 14-day old blog. Not bad. Now I want to focus even more on providing quality posts that you readers enjoy and find of value. So, I will not be posting every alternate day till the end of this month.
  2. pin regularly on Pinterest. I am pin manually every day. It ends up taking more time than I would like. Need to work out a system that will improve my efficiency.
  3. get a simple subscription form going on the blog. This is a carry over from last week. Need to get it done ASAP

5) I am willing to splurge on festivals and celebrations. With Diwali just around the corner, and Christmas following shortly thereafter, it is going to be pretty festive for the rest of the year. I have already started budgeting for Christmas, which is going to be the bigger expense of the two.

Blogging Diary

In addition to this weekly review, I am also thinking of doing a fortnightly round-up of what I did each day. This would be mostly blogging related – for newbie bloggers like me to follow along.

This would be in a diary form. I will detail only the major things I did, the successes and frustrations of a beginner blogger. Routine things such as making graphics, pinning stuff, spending time on social media can get boring for you, so those will be left out.  Let me know if you find this useful.

I have just started keeping this diary. So this one is a shortened one and starts on October 11.

October 11

Morning: Writing a post on finding leaks in your monthly budget that will help you cut costs without impacting your lifestyle.

Evening: In one of the groups on Facebook I came across a comment, “3 things all bloggers must do are writing, marketing and networking.” This one got me thinking about what tasks are performed by a typical blogger.

Writing

  • Coming up with blog post ideas
  • Researching
  • Writing
  • Proof reading and editing
  • Uploading
  • Adding Images

Promotion (I prefer to call these tasks as promotion, rather that marketing)

  • Optimizing for search engines
  • Pinterest
  • Social Media
  • Adding it to relevant groups on FB
  • E-mail list (got to start doing this)
  • Advertising (via Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Promoted Pins etc.)
  • Guest Posts

Networking

  • Commenting on blogs
  • Engaging on social media
  • Interacting with fellow bloggers via FB groups
  • Doing collaborations

Learning (I would add this as a fourth, but very important thing bloggers must do)

  • Taking courses (I want to learn more about SEO and affiliate marketing. Any suggestions?)
  • YouTube tutorials
  • Blogging Groups

October 12

Morning: Writing an article about the costs you forget to consider when you are your own boss.

Based on an article I read about how to correctly add descriptions to your pins, I used the data-pin-description attribute method today. Using the alt text is much easier though. Let us see if there is any advantage in terms of reach.

Afternoon: Finally have my Pinterest profile set-up. Figured out the boards I wanted to have. My boards have names and descriptions with keywords.

October 13

Morning : The daughter was transiting through Mumbai on her way to an inter-school swim meet. I was excited AF. After the flight landed, the teacher decided that the none of the girls would be allowed to come out of the airport terminal building.

The husband was gutted. I was agitated. This was a pretty extreme reaction for me. The rational part of me knew that the teacher was not at fault. Escorting a group of 15 teenage girls is a lot of responsibility. I could not figure out what brought on this intense emotion in me.

A long walk in the evening helped calm me down.

Didn’t do anything on my blog. It was a Saturday, after all.

October 14

Sunday – another scheduled day away from the blog.

Morning – Saw A Star Is Born. I cried. Not just tears in my eyes kind of crying, it was tears rolling down my cheeks kind of crying.

Did the movie remind anyone of you of O. Henry’s story The Gift of the Magi? What is the gift Ally gives Jack?

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6 Comments

  1. lauren

    October 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    This is such a great blog series idea! I’m very impressed with how put together your blogging strategy is so early! I’m 8 months in and still winging it lol.

    1. pennies4cents

      October 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you, Lauren. Loved your blog post with the honest confessions. I could definitely identify with ALL of them.

  2. Emidio Amadebai

    October 18, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Hi, congrats on making such a nice looking blog. Happy 14th day (sary). I have identified with almost 100% of your struggles, my blog is 26 days old now, and I feel like I have a Ton of things to learn. Good luck to both of us. 🙂

    1. pennies4cents

      October 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Thank you. Glad you like it. Yes, blogging is such a continuous learning process. And then there is so much to do. Good luck to you too

  3. Ariel Shanelle

    October 18, 2018 at 3:20 am

    You blog looks way further ahead than 14 days! That’s amazing! You’re doing a wonderful job and can’t wait to see what this domain will look like in another 2 weeks!

    1. pennies4cents

      October 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Your words are so much motivation for me. The first thing I do when I start work is to check my blog for comments. Your’s has made my day. Do come back at the end of the month and let me know how you feel.

      Thank you for your support.

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