Many people already do these monthly blog recaps and I never quite understood them until I started learning more about the skeleton of a blog and it’s purpose. I also learned you can help your blog out or hurt it more depending on how you link within it.
For me, the decision to start scheduling these monthly blog recaps is 95% to help my forgetful and somewhat seemingly half glass empty (lately) brain. Anything at this point is better than doing nothing. I am in the process of coming up with a better organizational system for my work files and for my workspace so having my accomplishments at a glance will be helpful.
Here goes. #HopeForTheVisualProcessor
The 5 benefits of a monthly blog recap: April 2017 at a glance.
This is not to toot my horn y’all. If I’m honest, I will tell you I don’t have a horn to toot. I am my own worst enemy most days and don’t need anyone to do or say anything to discourage me. I do it on my own quite fine and it’s time for a change.
In fact, one of my goals this year of 2017 was to have a shift in mindset. From glass half empty to overflowing glass because I know I am a child of God!!!
A Visual Learner’s Aid & Its 5 Benefits
- To be real with my readers on this journey.
- To build up my confidence (because I hear this in my head a lot: You are a procrastinator, you will never accomplish anything!!) by seeing I really do get things done.
- To be more accountable.
- To remind myself that I tend to take on too much and may need to scale it back. (I blame it on the minions in my head who are running around and building things.)
- To have a consistent visual aid to refer to.
April 2017 Accomplishments
- Relaunched my blog from faithadventures.me to this one.
- Moved ahead in the EBA 3.0 course.
- Made a resource public that I had been working on called, Refresh Your Focus: A 2 page worksheet for the person who has a hard time letting themselves have any fun/downtime.
- Made a resource public that I am currently updating called, NicheFlo.™
- Published 7 articles + 3 guest articles (which by the way was a new adventure altogether for me!) = 10 posts
- Updated 3 weeks of the Writing from Rest eCourse (still moving along there..)
- I figured out how to add a Pinterest widget on my my sidebar (either by pin form or board form).
- I worked on my ebook info compilation and created a book launch team sign up for future use.
- I created a collaborating option by allowing writers who are interested, to get info on becoming a regular contributor here at the blog.
- I created my first sketch-turned-digital product. I have been on Zazzle a while but want to offer fresh designs that have a touch of my humor and blog niche. Check out my shop here. It is slim pickins’ for now – more to come.
- I updated my #TeaAndWord newsletter – which by the way has more changes on the way – I know, I know…
- I recorded and shared my first two videos for the newsletter. Scary stuff!! I found that I desire to podcast rather than do video. Either way it’s going to be a bit goofy. No, I will not be doing podcasts yet. I want to take it one step at a time. Challenging for me, but vital nonetheless.
- I wrote a guest post over at my friend’s blog: Cisneros Cafe
- I finalized more business/banking stuff. Booooring.
- I added my first affiliate link. Ever. Weird.
- I made some change with my first affiliate link. Ever. Whoa?! And thank you to whoever that was!
Thoughts: Wow. Okay. The experts may say all those links look spammy. Call this an experiment. So now that I wrote that out, I am starting to see that maybe I am not as lazy as I thought. Maybe I don’t procrastinate as much as the voice in my head accuses me of.
Maybe, actually…I sign on for too much and then guilt trip myself up when I can’t do it all with my very best, or on time. Which brings me back to pacing myself. Which is why I wrote the Writing from Rest course. So I will try to continually take my own advice, because I have been there before time and time again: overloaded.
See the cycle?
Bottom line: Writing my accomplishments helped me to see I am moving forward and it also showed me I should be careful about adding more to my plate unless I proceed by prayer and really think it through.