Twig & White is officially 6 months old! Time has really flown by. While I’m not as far as I’d maybe hoped I’d be by now, I know that I’m not able to devote the time here that I would if I wasn’t working full time too.
My biggest struggle so far has been keeping up with the blog consistently. I’ve talked month-after-month about burning out toward the end of each month which sets me back more and more. Last month I knew that I needed to find a solution by either cutting back my blog frequency or finding a way to make more time to do this.
Over the 4th of July holiday I took a long weekend vacation with B and the boys to my family’s property in the mountains. It was a 4 day break from internet, cell service and most of the luxuries of home and it was amazing. I often find that time spent up there is the best time for me to write, plan blog topics and get a lot of the stuff that can be hard when my mind if full of clutter and distractions.
For the first time since starting Twig & White, I am planned out a good six months plus and outlines or drafts or notes written for for almost half. I didn’t want to work the whole time I was away, but I allowed myself time to sit down and write when I felt inspired. I am so glad I did!
July was also a great month for me in terms of where I’m headed. In working on some homework for the EBA, I realized I needed to take a fresh look at my target audience. I spent a couple hours going back through this answering questions again, more clearly defining who I’m talking to here. I think putting the forward motion on hold while I stepped backward for a moment really helped me. I was able to uncover some things about who I’m writing to, why I’m writing to them and what I want to write that I don’t think I fully grasped until now.
I guess it’s fitting that I did this at my 6 month mark because I feel like I’m ready to turn the page and really start making this thing happen! As much as my business is a part of me I feel more and more that I want to devote more of my time here.
My traffic spiked in June but has since dropped off and leveled. I feel that a lot of this is not having the time to be “out there” as much as I’d like. I also feel like up until now, I didn’t fully grasp just who I wanted to be talking to so my topics have been all over the place.
Still at zero but I haven’t really tried to do much yet with monetizing.