YEAR REVIEW: 25%

april monthly review

I can’t believe it’s April already. I was going to write a review of each month as I went by to track my progress and see how well I was doing but February messed everything up. That month was so stressful. March just stressed me even more. Anyways I’m grateful for all of it. Here’s all I’ve achieved so far:

1 BLOG

I’m very proud of my achievements this quarter. I started this blog on Dec 13th, 2016 and I started with 12 days of Christmas. I did so because I had put off starting for too long and I’m very happy I did. But I like to count my beginning from January. I didn’t know you could promote blogs in Facebook groups. I just posted and hoped for the best. I discovered you could, last month and I got a whooping 2000 views. I had set a goal for 1000 and I beat it twice over. I feel so proud. I met genuine people I instantly felt connected with. I’ve made new friends in my niche and outside it. I also met ladies that have inspired me and I was finally able to define my niche and target audience. I picked College, Life and Inspiration, as my categories show. There definitely will be personal posts here and there but mainly, these.

2 SOCIAL MEDIA

I couldn’t work on social media s much as I would have loved to. I was doing a lot of trial and error deciding which social media I wanted to focus on and how to do it. Since I started with Instagram, it’s always at the top. However, I had to make some tough choices. I decided that I didn’t just want a random set of followers there, who probably wouldn’t like what i have to offer. Now, I’m trying to find my ideal reader and Lord, it couldn’t be any more difficult. I started using Twitter but I’m looking for good accounts to follow so if you follow me, I’ll follow back. I’m yet to use Pinterest but I am using StumbleUpon and it brings quite some traffic here. I’m also using Bloglovin though I haven’t paid much attention to it. I’d appreciate any tips or ideas to improve my social media.

3 VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE

In an attempt to get some extra cash so I can invest in my blog, I decide to pick up virtual assistance. For years, I’ve been looking at the possibilities of picking it up and now I’m in the world of blogging, I finally got the hang of it. I even got my first client after putting up a post on a Facebook Group asking for VA resources. Isn’t God great? I really like the job because I help people grow something they love and being a part of that is amazing to me. I do mainly social media, but I want to expand to email management, blog management and administrative support and I need clients for that. If you are interested or know anyone who is, feel free to contact me. My services are affordable.

4 ACADEMICS

For someone who loves education, academics never comes first in these lists. Anyway, I’m happy that I’ll complete my basic medical sciences on Friday as I write my NBME exams. Medical school is tough and I’m happy to be halfway through. After which I’ll start my clinicals hopefully and after approximately two years of rotations and some exams, I should be certified as a doctor. I’m keeping n open mind and my fingers crossed. I know God has great plans for me.

5 HEALTH

I completely stopped exercising and checking what I eat because I’ve had so much on my plate. Once this exam is done, first thing Monday morning after prayers is exercise. I added a lot and my tummy is a small pouch now. I really have to burn everything off. By next quarter, I should be a brand new person. I really miss the feeling of exercise and the near-death feeling that comes with it. Spiritually, I’m glad I was able to deal with some really pressing personal issues, never to come up again. I feel free and brand new. I know that by the end of next quarter I would be very far up from where I am now and I’m excited for it.

 

Phew! That was quite a read. I hope you enjoyed it. II’m planning to start writing posts on relationships very soon. I have some things I’d like to share so be on the lookout. If there is any kind of post you’d like to see, you can comment and I look into it. I read every comment posted and it makes me so so happy ( I never understood this when other bloggers wrote it till now ). I’m also open to suggestions and tips to help me in any of these areas.

Thank you for being part of this amazing journey. God bless you all and keep you. Have a beautiful day and an awesome month!

79 COMMENTS

  1. I totally agree with the exercise part! I’ve been struggling a bit, but I gotta keep myself motivated in order be healthy and well! Great post and God bless!

  2. As someone who also just started blogging this is really inspiring! Social media is a full time job in itself so great work so far! Good luck in this next quarter!

  3. Congratulations on your growing blog! I think having as many social media accounts as you can handle is great but it’s best that you be faithful and know at least 2 inside and out. The less you have, the more people you are leaving out of your potential reach!

    I’d really love to get into VA work, but I’ve never found details as to how to get started. Do you have any suggestions? It would be great to see a post about your experience!

  4. I can’t believe it’s April already! Congrats on starting your blog and doing so well with it in the first few months. I’ve been considering doing some VA work as well but have yet to take the plunge. I might have to take a leaf out of your book and just go for it!

  5. Congrats on your success so far! That is amazing! I recently started blogging about a month ago and hoping for that many views soon 😉 I am excited to follow your journey!

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  6. I love your honesty and accountability in this post! You DID have a lot on your plate so don’t beat yourself up for not accomplishing 100% on every goal- you are doing great!!

  7. I have stopped exercising too (and had a pizza for dinner). Social media takes so much time! you think that 30 minutes a day will be enough but no… I spend my evenings on them ahah! Instagram is quite tricky yes! Well, congrats for all your achievement! xx corinne

  8. I just found your blog today and so far I love it here! I loved the recap of your goals and what you’ve accomplished, too; I actually just started listing quarterly goals on my own blog this year, and I was amazed at how much more motivated I was to keep going and keep trying just because I had outlined my goals so specifically.

  9. Wishing you the best of luck! I think there are always things we all need to work on, I know I sometimes get overwhelmed with everything! I need to start exercising more consistently again and get back on track with my eating habits!

  10. Yes! God is Amazing! He will help you through it all lady! & Cheers to starting this blog 🙂 We’re in the same boat, but as you know you can do all things through Christ 🙂

  11. Whoa! It is April already, time flies by so fast!
    Congratulations on your achievements so far, especially with balancing out things at once. I have still yet to work on the balancing part, esp my health.

  12. If you just started your blog in December, you’re doing amazing! I’ve been at this forever and still don’t understand all the ins and outs of blogging (can’t I just show up and write? Lol). I would love to know more about your experience as a VA. It’s something I’m really interested in pursuing to supplement my family’s income.

  13. Love the quarter review. I am still working on health myself and working on increasing the page views. I am never sure which measure to use though. Do I go with the one I get from Jetpack or do I go with the one I get from Google Analytics. They seem to be so different sometimes. Sometimes hundreds of page views different.

  14. Congrats on all of your achievements! I’m sure you’ll do amazing on that exam. It’s always nice to earn some extra bucks from blogging and from offering your services as a VA. Don’t forget to get back on your health!

  15. I have recently started a little VA work myself -and it is enjoyable! I’m glad that’s working for you. As far as the exercising goes – I completely understand that. I’m a health and fitness blogger. I re-started blogging about 2 years ago after losing a lot of weight through fitness changes. After I started, it was another thing on my plate and I had to figure out that balance again.

  16. These are great accomplishments and so wonderful that you highlight them!! Congrats on your 2,000 views. I followed you on Twitter and if you would like.. send me a DM on there and I can give you great tips that helped me grow my Twitter … Simple tips that go log way!!

  17. Though i still have my 9-6 job, i also do full social media networking for my blog and its crazily fun! It was tiring sometimes but at least i can control my own time.

    What are your next goals?

  18. Thats great progress four months in, you should be very proud of yourself. Dedicated readers takes time, keep plugging at it. Twitter and pinterest are a mystery to me too. I understand you have to post every single day to get traction. It is a full time job. But don’t neglect your health, been there done that.

  19. very good and well detailed review for you, am glad to see that you actually like what you do and you are very proud of it, and yes God is really great. thumbs up to you.

  20. Congratulations! you achieved so much in so little time! I have ma IG account for 2 years and only have around 800 followers, I do believe my feed it is nice to look for my niche, I post regularly, like and comment on accounts I like and add value to me, but somehow that is not quite enough to get followers

  21. OH wow your achievements make mine look pale. I need to make more goals this year and borrow some of yours. I need to focus more on my social media.

  22. Congrats on all your successes! I’m also new to blogging so I love reading about other people’s journeys. Do you mind sharing which Facebook groups you’re in? I’m in two and would love to find more and connect with other bloggers! 🙂

    xo,
    Courtney

  23. Congratulations on your amazing milestones! I’m usually working on social media although I’ve been a bit slow on it due to my job but its definitely rewarding.

  24. Great list of accomplishments. Feb. and March were wild rides for me too. I hope that this quarter will be better! I think you have more to be proud of than the other way around. 😉

    Good luck on your exam.

  25. This is such a good post to see how you’re doing and also how far you’ve come in a certain period of time. I too am trying my hand at twitter after a long time, instagram being my preferred choice generally but what you said about building a readership which is really interested in your content is so true!

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