When I looked at the calendar today I could not believe we're in July! This year feels like it's passing by so fast and so slow all at the same time. With working more hours at my new job, I didn't accomplish all that I wanted to with the blog this last month. Hey! Growth is growth though and we certainly had some of that going on all over the place. 😊
Let's take a quick look at June in Review before we talk about my July Goals:
For the month of June, I wanted to keep consistently posting Monday-Friday at 8 am MST. I wanted my social media promotion to be just as consistent. The first two weeks went really well and I'm sure no one will be surprised when I tell you that they were when I saw the most growth. These last two weeks I've lost all momentum dealing with an ever-changing work schedule and traveling on the weekends.
June in Review: Website
In June I had 25 visits to the website, 13 of them were unique visitors. Which means many of you kept coming back for more content over time. Sadly, this was down about 44% from last month. The bounce rate was 64% which is 4% better than last month. This basically means that even though less of you visited the website this month, those who did visit stayed longer on the site visiting multiple pages and came back again later. I still haven't quite mastered the art of conversion that would give you the desire to binge my content but I am doing at least 4% according to this stat. 😂
Beyond that, there were two main changes that happened this month for the blog that I'm really excited about! First, I finally changed our name from Montana Bear Paw Blog to lilmissbearpaw Blog. Second, we now have a community gallery where members can share photos, tag each other in photos, and follow one another. I'm so excited to see what adventures you share there!
June in Review: Facebook
Most of my visitors are still coming through Facebook, so let's check out how I did on that platform this month.
My main focus in June was to continue increasing reach and engagement with my Facebook page. To accomplish this goal I played around with a couple paid promotions this month. This certainly increased my reach but I didn't see the engagement I was looking for. I don't think I will be investing in this type of advertisement again anytime soon.
I switched live on Fridays at 5 pm MST to Thursday to accommodate my work schedule. My reach is up by 1038% and my engagement is up by 39%. Thank you, to everyone who liked, commented, and shared posts this month! Keep it up! We're ending this month with 83 Facebook followers. Some of y'all are following without liking the page 🤔 so we'll finish out June with 77 page likes.
Our June goal was to reach 100 followers on Facebook, so we're just 17 people short of the mark. So in July let's get over 100 followers!
June in Review: Instagram
I'm still struggling on Instagram but we have seen some improvement from last month. I've worked on posting less "ad looking" pics and more natural pics from the places I'm visiting. Also, I tried a couple of interactive stories this month. While I didn't see any engagement for the stories, I did get more reach. We'll round out the month with 93 Instagram followers which is only 7 short of my goal for 100 followers. I'm also focusing on using more simplified or story posts to sound more personable. I would still like to see an increase in engagement for July. According to WiX data, 8% of my traffic came from Instagram this last month.
June in Review: YouTube
Remember when I said last month that this would be the beast I would be surprised to see grow? Well, part of that is because of my utter inability to get up the time or energy to create content for the platform. 🤦♀️ In June I added 1 subscriber giving me a grand total of 31 YouTube subscribers. I've had 673 impressions which is down by 29%. Having not added any new content in June my watch time was still at 65 minutes taking me down by about 48%. I'm really not sure where I'm going from here on the platform so stay tuned!
I know this post is probably not the most interesting, however, I want it to really say two things: I couldn't do this without you and keep me accountable. I need your encouragement and support to continue to grow as a creator!
You can engage with the blog most directly by becoming a member. I value your opinion and your input on my content. Being a member means you will receive extra benefits like being the first notified when a new post drops, behind the scenes stories in my monthly newsletter, the shared gallery, and more as the blog continues to grow.
How would you like me to improve? Are there any specific topics you would like to see me cover? Are there any places you would like me to visit or review?
Thank you, fellow adventurers! You can follow the lilmissbearpaw blog page on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @lilmissbearpaw for sneak peeks into upcoming posts and my adventures. This will also be a great place to share your own adventures!