This year seems to be going by so fast and have so many different things happening, but September seemed to be especially chaotic. One thing that happened in September was that I decided to start doing life updates every month to go along with my blog reports; admittedly, this was influenced by some of my fellow college bloggers, whose life update posts love to read. My very first one, which covered August, can be found by clicking here, and was combined with my August blog report. To be honest, however, writing them has been difficult for me, even though I love reading them. After struggling to write the last one, I didn’t look forward to the idea of writing a second one, even though it was something I that I thought I would love doing. This confused me a bit.
So as I began to write this life update/blog report, I began to figure out that a formally designated post “life update” post isn’t the right for me. Instead, I’ll try doing smaller versions of life updates through my Instagram posts, which I think I will find more enjoyable and easier to write.
This means that my blog reports will stay just blog reports from now on, which I’m definitely more happy with!
Adventure One: Blog Posts
After recovering from a writer’s block and an unplanned blogging hiatus, I finally got back into blogging! Luckily, I also have 20+ ideas for posts in my Drafts folder, so I think I won’t be experiencing another writer’s block for a while. (*knock on wood*)
The first post of September was my August Recap and Blog Report. This was my one (and will perhaps be my only) attempt at combining a life update with a blog report. This post also covered a few important things that happened in September, since I posted it halfway through the month; this was mainly because the blog re-brand took longer than expected, and I didn’t want to publish a post that had the name of my older domain on it, just to have a new domain a few days later.
The second post that I wrote about this month was about what you should look for on a campus tour. Of course, we will all have things unique to us that we will want on our college campus (such as themed housing, research labs, etc.) but this post covered some the essentials that every student needs to look for. Plus, this post also comes with a really cool printable!
My third post covered How To Survive Long College Classes. This is something that many students struggle with and dread, so me and my friend Emilea came up with a few great ways to enjoy the class time better and not feel as restless.
With the blog re-brand, I’ve also started to update old posts. (I’ve actually updated eight so far!) This was something that I started to do a few months ago, but with the new blog name, I needed to go back and do it all over again. I am beginning with the older posts and working my way to the newer ones, so it’s definitely opened my eyes as to how much my writing and branding has improved over the months. With each one, I have updated their content (and a few grammatical errors), and re-created their featured and social media images. This allows them to all fit the blog’s brand better, and will be much better for the reader. I was surprised to find that some of the posts didn’t even have social media images, so I’m really glad that I went back and updated them!
Adventure Two: Social Media
In September, my social media received little growth, but I don’t really mind since it wasn’t my focus in September. Instead, my focus was the re-brand and the technical issues that went along with that, so any growth was just a bonus. My goal in October is to start automating/pre-planning my social media, so that I can have increased impressions and reach than I’ve had in the past, and hopefully grow my social media some more.
In September, I ended with 179 Twitter followers, an increase of 7 from last month. I wasn’t very active at all on Twitter in September, so I’m glad for what little growth I did have.
My main goal in September was just to get above the 200 follower threshold and have that stay consistent (because I knew there would be a bit of follow/unfollow that would affect these numbers). That’s why I’m glad that I ended September with 218 followers, an increase of 21 from last month.
My Facebook page received no growth from the 24 likes/25 follows that I had in August, even though I’ve started scheduling posts to automatically publish on the platform. I’m wondering if it would grow if I start discussing it on other platforms, as well; this may be something I try out in October.
I gained 2 followers on Bloglovin’ in September, which means I now have a total of 30. This isn’t big by any means, but slow growth is better than no growth!
I gained 22 Pinterest followers in September, giving me a total of 261. I’m hoping to have around the same number of growth, if not more, in October. This is because Pinterest is my main traffic referral, so growing on this platform is especially important to me if I want to make up for the lost pageviews I had this month.
Adventure Three: Site Stats
Since back-to-school season has passed, my blog stats dropped by quite a bit. Admittedly, this was a bit disappointing, as I wasn’t expecting them to drop as much as they did. However, due to my blog re-brand and some issues that I’ve had with Google Analytics, I’m not entirely sure of what my exact pageviews are, and I’ve had to compile both my Jetpack stats and Google Analytics stats into what I believe is the closest representation of what they were for the month. Compared to the 13,091 pageviews I had in August, September had (approximately) 5,764.
Even though they went down due to classes being back in, I’m also wondering if the blog re-brand played a factor into it. Either way, I’m hoping that I can get my stats to go back up to where they once were, even if it’s not an immediate change in October.
Adventure Four: The Blog Re-Brand
I covered a little bit about the Blog Re-Brand in my August report, even though it technically happened in September, because of how long it took. Believe me, it took a LOOOOOOONG time. Between all of the technical things I had to do, as well as the basic wait time of waiting for my website and hosting to get moved (because I also decided to switch hosting companies), re-branding my blog took longer than expected.
However, it did get done! Letters From Sunshine is now Forever Charlotte Nicole, and I cannot be more excited. I had been thinking of re-branding for several months, and I’m glad I finally decided to do it. Along with a name change, I will also be changing up the categories in a few weeks, assimilating a few into each other, adding one or two, and maybe even taking out one. I plan on doing this after updating my older blog posts.
That’s about all that’s happened on the blog this month, and I can’t wait to continue growing it and including some seasonal posts into it. (Is it bad to admit that I’ve already started writing a Christmas post?) Hopefully I will have some more to share next month, as only half of September was spent on creating posts.
Please let me know what you think of the re-brand!