I have noticed lots of blog posts recently regarding various blogging achievements. I don’t think I have had this blog for long enough yet to get too excited about my progress, but reading these other posts did make me think about how I am doing so far.
On the whole, I think the blog is going really well. I am only doing this in my spare time as I work full-time and have four children. I am definitely making progress, though. As I once worked in the Maths department of a secondary school, I am a fan of numbers and statistics. I thought it would be fun to assess my progress so far in terms of numbers. Here goes!
182– Number of followers on this blog.
567– Followers on Twitter.
14- Followers on my new Facebook page that I have recently set up. Feel free to add to this number!
3,000– Number of views on my blog so far.
16– Weeks I have been posting as The Fruity Tart.
155– The number of posts I have published so far.
2,000– Likes I have received.
252– Comments on my posts.
1– Award Nominations
9– External backlinks to my blog (not including ones that I have created).
Thanks to everyone for their support so far and I am looking forward to many more months, or years, of blogging.
I have previously written about my grand plans for my food blog, The Fruity Tart, and about all the things I want to include on the blog. Although the main aim is to post lots of recipes, I also want to include restaurant and product reviews, lifestyle posts, fun articles, factual lists, health blogs that relate to food, and food news pieces. Basically, I have grand ideas that are far beyond what I am capable of in the time I have available.
My posting has been very random in many ways as I have been adding recipes as and when I am cooking them or if they pop into my head. This means I have found it difficult to keep track of whether I have a good variety of different types of recipes posted and I cannot remember what I have done without looking down my list of blog posts.
The perfect example of this came this morning when a recipe I occasionally make popped into my head and I added it to the blog. When I came to add a photograph, I realized that I had a photo of the dish already on the saved pictures section on WordPress, so didn’t need to find it from my phone or Google Images. I thought this was odd but I do sometimes add photos to WordPress as I take them ready to use at a later date. It was only after I posted it that I realised I have already posted that recipe about a month ago.
Just a few days ago, I decided to keep a spreadsheet with ideas for different aspects of the blog that I can add to whenever I want and highlight them as I have added them. I am quite a visual person, so having a colour coded worksheet is good for me and helps me to get organized. It’s just a shame I didn’t look at it this morning!
Of course, my planning is only vague and not a strict regime. I will still add things as I make them as the instructions are clear in your head and you don’t have to search through photos on your phone if you upload them straight away. I definitely think that a bit of forward planning will help me to get more organised and to make sure that I don’t double up on things again in the future.
This post was in part inspired by the Daily Prompt ‘Vague’ on The Daily Post
Although I have been working as a freelance writer for seven years now, this blog is a relatively new venture. In fact, as I am writing this, it is just eight weeks old. I started off with big ambitions, but I have found it more challenging than I thought and I have not produced anywhere enough content.
However, this hasn’t deterred me from keeping going. This week, I have had so much paid work that I had planned not to write anything on my food blog at all. I was going to concentrate solely on my paid work and sorting out the house. I don’t know how, but at the end of each working day, I have found myself taking my laptop to bed with me as I couldn’t resist the urge to sit and post something on The Fruity Tart.
I have decided that there is something very addictive about blogging. I love checking my views, my likes and who is now following my blog. However, this isn’t the only addictive part of having a blog. I have also become addicted to checking out the reader section of WordPress to see what other people have posted. I am now following a wide range of blogs, so my reading material is diverse. While some are fellow food bloggers, I am also enjoying reading poetry, historical and factual information, personal experiences and blogs about all sorts of niche subjects.
Regardless of how successful my own blog is, blogging is so addictive that I am definitely in this for the long haul.
Written in response to the Daily Prompt ‘Haul’ on The Daily Post
Not wanting to bore all my Facebook friends who are not interested in food and cooking in the posts from my blogs, I have set up a separate Facebook page devoted to food and drink. I intend not only to share my own posts on this page, I will also use it to post other articles and videos I think are interesting about food. I also thought it would be a great opportunity for me to share some of the many fantastic food blogs I have read on WordPress since I started this new blog.
I would welcome any of my followers on here liking, sharing and inviting others to this page. The link is here https://www.facebook.com/TheFruityTart/. Also, if you are interested in me sharing some of your blog posts onto this page, feel free to show interest in the comment section below. I am looking forward to giving other people the opportunity to read some of the fantastic posts and ideas that I read on here every day.