Time for another blogging month in review!
I find the simple act of looking back on the month-that-was helps tremendously in planning for future blog posts and/or updates to my blog in general.
It was a month of flowers, herbs, and gardening. It was a month of learning, sharing, and putting myself out there as I worked through a blogging class. And it was a month of personal reflection on how I want to spend my time (a constant struggle.)
So I turn to my blog … my little space on the inter web … my little space that has always brought me joy and forces me to keep on learning (even if my head wants to explode at times ;) and without further ado, here we go!
Blogging Month in Review May 2017
- I wrote 12 posts (compared to 8 posts in 2016)
- According to Google Analytics, page views are down from May 2016 :(
- My most popular post for May of 2017 is How to Care for a Fresh Rosemary Plant and shockingly, it was the same for May 2016! I wrote that post 3 years ago, which proves old content is valuable. It also tells me what people are coming to my blog for … and it isn’t pretty photos :(
- It also tells me that people like gardening posts; therefore, I shall strive to serve up more gardening advice with pretty photos :)
- I fixed the problem with my WordPress Gallery plugin (woo hoo for my brilliance)
- I posted 25 photos to Instagram (a few were throwbacks, which I think is perfectly acceptable (ahem) and am sticking to my commitment to add a landscape image here and there. Even though people don’t respond well, I think it makes my account less claustrophobic
- I took care of my electronic housecleaning as I said I would in my post A Bit of Electronic Housecleaning and am actually finding this task to be very doable, and satisfying
- Kept up with my blogging class with Emily Quinton of Makelight
- Sent out a newsletter
The biggest lesson I learned by doing this blogging month in review is that I need to pay attention to my most popular posts and make sure they’re in tip-top shape. So, I updated my post on caring for rosemary:
- First of all, I deleted old images—images that really had nothing to do with caring for rosemary (such as focusing on the vintage pot the plant was in, and also a few Christmas shots!) I’ve been advised by my technical guy that removing images from a post does not affect ones that may have been pinned. I believe him, but I’m not advising you to do such a thing … you have to check this out for yourself. So I went back to my archives, found the original images and edited them. Then I added a few new images, including a properly sized image for pinning
- I rewrote the text to make my instructions as clear as possible
- At the time I wrote the original post, I wasn’t into SEO, so I updated keywords, meta description, and added appropriate links
- I tweaked the title, but NOT the perma-link. Do NOT tweak the permalink unless you are a technical expert and know how to redirect posts … I am not an expert
- Then I pinned, tweeted, and posted to Facebook
I also learned that nothing is ever going to be perfect; good enough is good enough; and that life goes on.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you in June xo
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