The year is already halfway over! How is that possible?! June flew by, probably because I’ve been so busy with The Light Owl. Over 2,700 people checked out the site, and The Light Owl got over 4,600 page views! That is miles above what I was hoping to achieve in my first month as a blogger. The only thing I can say is THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who shared, commented, and supported my little passion project and made it such a success!
I learned a lot about what it means to be a blogger last month. First of all, it is a much, MUCH bigger commitment than I ever thought it would be! I have learned a lot and yet I have a lot to learn. I am incredibly thankful for the blogging community that has embraced me and my blog. It has been amazing to meet so many like-minded people who are pursuing their own creative passions.
I’m optimistic about everything that July will hold. First of all, I have three special birthdays in July. My Dad, husband, and father-in-law are all July babies. That means lots of good food and celebrating! Second, I was given an incredible opportunity at work to attend a conference in the middle of the month to become a counseling supervisor, something I’ve wanted to do since I started grad school 6 years ago! And third, some dear friends of ours are getting married at the end of the month, and there is not much that I love more than celebrating love!
Stick to a consistent workout routine
Before blogging, I was finally falling into a consistent workout routine where I was working out three days a week. Since launching my blog, my gym time has been replaced by writing, editing, and promoting my blog. I’m still active, but not like I was. This month, I plan to spend at least three days out of the week working out.
Read two books
I love to read, but lately I’ve been starting a bunch of books and not finishing them. My goal is to read at least two books cover to cover this July. If you have any great recommendations, let me know in the comments!
Be more intentional with my time
Especially since launching my blog, I’ve struggled with making valuable use of my down time. This month, I want to make a real effort to be intentional with the way I spend my evenings. I want way fewer evenings of being absorbed into my phone or Netflix and more evenings spent in good conversation.
1. Write Ahead
Having a full-time job and writing three blog posts a week is a LOT of work! I had no idea when I started that I would spend hours a day writing, editing, and promoting. When I launched my blog, I launched with five posts. I also was able to write ahead when we went on vacation. Boy did that feel good! I want to write all my posts over the weekends so that the week can be focused promotion and family time.
2. Create a Content Calendar
Although I have a HUGE list of blog post ideas, there are some days where I’m coming home the night before a post is supposed to be published and I have no idea what to write. Creating a content calendar will help me out a lot if I know what I want to write each week. My goal is to create a content calendar for July and August.
3. Post More on Social Media
So I’m pretty bad with this. Some days I post quite a bit on my social media handles, and other times I may go days without uttering a word. I’m aiming to up my social media engagement! Expect to see a lot more from me on all my social media handles! Find me here:
Facebook » The Light Owl
Twitter » @thelightowlblog
Instagram » thelightowl
Pinterest » The Light Owl
What are your goals for July? Do you have any book recommendations?