2018 Going Forward

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Hey everyone, it’s Naomi! It is so good to be back. This blog has been long overdue for some new posts. We have some exciting news though! 2017 was a massive year for us. We got married (Surprise!), I graduated college, we have our first apartment together and two adorable kittens. That being said with such a massive year behind us, of course we want to make 2018 a wonderful year as well.

Going Forward!

Avery started an etsy shop (Check it out at etsy.com/shop/ogdencustoms)! He is super excited to be moving forward with this as his side job and it brings him so much joy to design merch! I on the other hand have undertaken the task of reviving the “HomesteadSweethearts” brand. After graduating college I really feel like there is nothing holding me back from this blog, our instagram and so much more. I’m so excited to announce that in conjunction with this blog we are planning a VLOG! What better way to provide tutorials than videos am I right? So expect some posts about those coming up in the future.

So besides our new side hustles/brands/passions coming to life we have some major goals this year! Numero uno is to pay off 50% of our debt. I won’t lie we are nearly 91k in debt between things like student loans, cars, new phones, and credit cards. The absolute bulk being in student loans (sorry Aves, you’re a babe for supporting my education!). So that is the number one goal. 45.5k paid off this year, wish us luck!

The second one is a journey to being zero waste. Sustainability was a major part of my life in college and I want to bring that into my marriage with Avery. Not only will it save us money, but it will bring a whole lot of positive ramifications with it. We honestly can say that this is just one of the ways that we hope to improve our lives.

The third major goal is getting back to “homesteading”. This is a dream for us that is hard to make a true reality when we are renting an apartment. But we are fortunate to have access to land to garden and raise animals and we want to show you how we overcome the inability to purchase large lots of land.

There are so many other little goals to this year but those are the major things that you will see us talking about in our blog and vlog. We hope you have a fantastic start to your year. So let us know two things in the comments down below. 1) What kind of content do you hope to see from us this year? 2) What are your top goals for 2018!

~ Naomi

March Review & April Goals!

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Hello everyone!

Our first full month of blogging is over! I can’t believe how this first month has gone by so fast. Avery and I had some goals for this month and we did pretty well overall, but we still have a long way to go! So, let’s just dive right in and review how we did and where we need to improve!

March Review

These were our goals for March:

  • Post on our blog every Tuesday and Friday!
  • Create our Pinterest page
  • Read about bloggers Pinterest strategies
  • Post on Instagram 3x a week

Here is how we did!

  • 7 New Blog Posts
  • Posted at least 5x a week on Instagram
  • Our first affiliate link!
  • Created our Pinterest

Some big things that haven’t happened yet:

  • Posting on Pinterest
  • Scheduled posts on social media
  • Actually making an income

Stats:

Unique Visitors: 24 (down from 40)

WordPress followers: 7 (up from 4)

Highest Performing Post:

Instagram followers: 47 (up from 11)

Highest Performing Photo:

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Photo Credit: Avery. Btw it tasted as good as it looks.

Our thoughts on March

First of all I want to say that in March we did hit over 50! followers on Instagram, but to be honest on March 31st we were down to 47. Since then we have stayed above 50 Instagram followers.

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So that was pretty awesome. Unfortunately I do not feel that we were as successful turning those new followers into content viewers. We are bloggers first and the fact that our post viewers were down is disappointing. I realized this about half way through the month and found that it came from two main reasons:

  1. We were not interacting enough with other bloggers on WordPress. We are great about responding to comments on our own posts, but we need to improve putting ourselves out into the community.
  2. Our social media presence isn’t translating into blog viewership. We need to get Pinterest going as it is easier for people to get to our website than Instagram. Although we really have loved running Instagram and will definitely keep growing it.

Blogging content I was happy with, but my posting skills were weak. I definitely didn’t post every Tuesday and Friday, although we have made progress. Regretfully I struggled with some technical issues and scheduled posts and had to delay some. This is a huge goal for next month. Also we only got our first affiliate link up on March 31st. That was definitely cutting it close and obviously wasn’t going to make us money.

 

April Goals 

  • Post on our blog every Tuesday and Friday!
    • Until we nail this goal it is going to be at the very top!
  • Post on Pinterest
    • Use a Social Media Scheduler
    • Schedule posts once a week minimum
  • Post every single day for the rest of the month on Instagram

Stat goals:

Unique Vistors: 250

WordPress followers: 25

Instagram followers: 100

Our thoughts on April’s Goals

We kept our stats goals at the very same level. While we plan to not drop our momentum with Instagram, we definitely need to change course and work on getting views on our blog! Our number one objective this month is to showcase our blog.

What is your favorite way to attract new visitors?

Naomi & Avery

February Review & March Goals 2017


Hello everyone!

Avery and I have some goals that go right along with this blog. We plan to monetize this blog to make it a side income and work on paying off debt, like my student loans. This means we have to treat this blog right and make some goals! Today I wanted to review our first month and some things goals we have to make it better.

February Review

  • Started blog!
  • Created Instagram

  • Posted Introduction
  • Reshaped about us and contact pages

Some big things that haven’t happened yet:

  • Pinterest
  • Twitter or Facebook
  • Regular blog post schedule
  • Monetize

Stats:

Unique Vistors: 40

WordPress followers: 4

Instagram followers: 11

Our thoughts on February

Honestly, Avery and I couldn’t have been more excited to make the connections that we did. These stats may seem small to some, but it was a huge start for us. We are really happy with how people have been reacting to us and hope we can continue to refine our work!

We did have some major issues occur. I had a heavy college load and Avery had an even heavier work load this last month. During this time we have both learned that we need to treat this like the business we want and the blog we love. So that means setting some goals for ourselves to just keep improving on consistency. Lucky for me my class load lightens after spring break significantly!

I also noticed I was holding myself back by overthinking it. Reviewing pre-written posts and refining them is great, but at some point content has the hit the webpage or it is pointless. This month I’m hoping to be more confident in my posts and get them out sooner!

We have also been taking a lot of time to think about how we want to monetize. We don’t want a billion annoying ads on our page because we don’t like blogs that have that either. Currently we are leaning towards starting with affiliate marketing and maybe one or two small advertisements. This has been a big part of this month just simply reading into terms and conditions and thinking about what we want to give our audience.

March Goals 

  • Post on our blog every Tuesday and Friday!
  • Create our Pinterest page
    • Read about bloggers Pinterest strategies
  • Post on Instagram 3x a week

Stat goals:

Unique Vistors: 250

WordPress followers: 25

Instagram followers: 100

Our thoughts on March’s Goals

Stressing consistency is the number one objective this month. We are committing to post 2x a week for now with the occasional bonus posts. Everyone wants to increase their following and we are hoping by being more consistent we can!

We hope that by the end of March we will have smashed these goals. Check back in April to see how we did!

Naomi & Avery