7 months in; starting a creative business
[symple_highlight color=”gray”] Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. ~ Auguste Rodin[/symple_highlight]
7 months is a long time and sometimes I feel like I haven’t done a lot yet. I tried my best at promoting this month but despite my best effort, this month was my worst month.
Through recent events, I think it would be saved to say that maybe I need some other tactics to promote my blog/shop/business.
But we are not giving up yet.
I still have 5 months to go. Greater things have been done in less time.
I have been trying to join more in linky parties and another event in the hope that it will be a good way to promote.
I did also received a Liebster Award this month which is very excited and courtesy of the lovely Nikki from they Richness of a simple life. Her blog is so lovely and I am so honoured to receive it from her.
I am still working on the acceptance post plus finding blogs that I can award.
I did not finish any of my extra projects but I actually wanted to ask you this. What would you like more?
the planning ebook I am working on (I feel like there are a lot out there)
an illustration packs full of custom illustration free to use
I would love it if you would let me know dow in the comments below.
I also really want to give my blog another makeover somewhere this month. I feel like I could incorporate my art more in that way in the blog.
I tried this before and it turned out okay but now I want to really make things illustrated and mine across my blog. I have foud some very inspiring blogs which have done this like;
it just looks so beautiful!
Now for the goals for this blog.
Last month my two goals for my blog were
finish one of my e-books
work more on promotion
From which I obviously didn’t do the first one. I did try the second one but I feel I haven’t booked a lot of progress.
I had to get rid of my jetpack plugin since it was severely slowing down my site together with a lot of other plugins. My google analytics is showing lower numbers than ever but at least, I tried.
My total page views; 83
I also wanted to include something new in these little overviews for every month. My planning can be quite bad but bad planning is better than no planning.
So just because I think I will keep me accountable I will be sharing this month’s editorial calendar in every one of these posts. This way you get a sneak peak at the content I am planning and I have an actual planning for this month. (and maybe if this goes well I will start making more content again.
For my editorial calendar, I use trello like I described here.
I also added some little comment features like the fact you will now get an email if I responded to your comments and commentLuv which means you can add your last post as a link to you comment making it easier for people to find you and spread the blogging love.
This is one that has been steadily going this month. I haven’t seen a massive increase but it keep growing anyway. This includes my Pinterest which I am very happy about.
Instagram is something I am still working on. I don’t entirely know the ins and outs of the platform yet and I am not used to regular uploads. Especially since I need to upload over the computer because my phone isn’t handling it.
My goals this month were;
– change my twitter cover really this time
– work on my Instagram instead of hiding in a corner.
And I did both, which is exciting news! (notice I have a tendency to not get to my goals??)
My twitter cover might need another update but I really liked my idea of just starting with my artwork. I think it is a much better idea than the low quality picture I had first at least. Maybe, I will need some more work on my social media profiles and optimize them.
I still have been working a lot on my art. I think that it by uploading more it will be easier to get recognised and I get actual practice.
Plus, this is suposed to be creative business so I think I should incorparate more creative stuff!
For example; I really would like to make some art resources this month for others.
This month I want to;
post a challenge
getting better at anatomy
I think that key to this month’s success is just keep going. I need to keep creating more content & art.
I am also very slightly thinking about maybe starting a YouTube channel just for speed paints but I think that might be a little more complicated than easily.
I did upload some new works in my etsy shop!
So that was is for this month. Hopefully, next month will be better!
I think that by planning a lot of things out already it will be a lot easier to write and keep busy & productive and not just busy.
I am very excited about some of the plans that I have but finishing things does not seem to be my strongest point.
I really want to focus on creating actual income sources and not just keep fooling around and creating unnecessary work for myself. (I feel like right now it is a lot of stress but no results?)
That is also why I will be creating a work with me page soon where I will offer skills. I am very excited about this one because not only will it hopefully be a source of income.
I will also be making a lot of freebies and side projects to help with the promotion of my ideas!
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I would love to hear what freebie you would like most from the earlier mentioned list! I would also love to connect with you one social media! Come find me!
I made a little sheet in the library where you can track your business as well just like this! (But better because it requires no rambling)