At last, my first month of blogging has passed! (Well, technically I’m six weeks in…I timed my launch weirdly.) And my goodness, it’s been a lot of work. Writing, photography, promotion, oh my! Unfortunately, I didn’t quite maintain the frequent posting I originally wanted. I hoped for two posts a week, but instead I’ve been publishing only one. At least I’m consistent! But I did accomplish one big goal: I was able to grow my social media following fast.
For May 2018, my social goals were:
- “A few” email subscribers. Totally. 5 subscribers (+5)
- 10 Twitter followers. Gotcha. 23 followers (+15)
- 5 Facebook likes. Blew right by! 30 likes (+30)
- 50 Pinterest followers. Crushed it. 172 followers (+139, and 17.6k views!)
and my largest gain…
- Goal: 200 Instagram followers. That’s nothing…510 followers! (+361)
Now, I know those numbers by themselves are not astronomical. But, the percentage of growth is, especially for Instagram and it’s new algorithm. To some extent, I’ve experienced this quick growth because I try to create the best quality content I can. And I promote my butt off–pinning to group boards, liking and commenting, tweeting like a bird.
But what’s been most important: I asked for support.
One of my previous goals was to become more active in Facebook groups. So, I made an effort to join as many sharing and following threads that I could sustain. Most follow threads require every participant to follow each other, so one thread could give me dozens or even hundreds of followers in one go.
But were followers I asked for really the followers I wanted? It’s true that some of these followers I gained are not in my niche (and I’m not in theirs), but many more are, and they’re happy to support their fellow bloggers. Plus, because I connected with these bloggers on Facebook before they followed me, I knew for sure they were real, and not the bots I was used to. And my engagement went way up too!
And so, my major blogging lesson this month was: Bloggers have to support each other. If we try to exist in a vacuum, working only by ourselves, we can't grow. Click To Tweet
I also accomplished a few more goals last month other than to grow my social media following fast:
- Join a Pinterest group board. Yep! I’m currently in four groups boards, and working on getting accepted into more.
- Become more active in Facebook groups. Sure did. You just read about that 🙂
- Tweak my header and logo. Not only that, I got a whole new theme! Ain’t she pretty.
- Take a blogging course. My one failure. I started a blogging course. I did not complete this blogging course.
So what are next month’s goals?
- 10 email subscribers. Email marketing has been the most confusing thing for me, so any growth here is good.
- 40 Twitter followers. It’s not my favorite social media, or the most useful, but I’d still like a little growth.
- 50 Facebook likes. Also not my favorite, so I’m shooting for modest growth.
- 200 Pinterest followers. Pinterest has been great for traffic, so I’m actually hoping for more!
- 700 Instagram followers. Feels like a stretch, but I’m hopeful!
I also hope to…
- Finish that blogging course!
- Send at least one email newsletter.
- Do more affiliate marketing, or install Google AdSense. (Gotta make that cash somehow…;))
Have any more tips on growing your following? What have you accomplished this month? Share in the comments!