April 2018: Looking back to reach our goals

April 2018 Goals Review. In this blog post I review and share my business (blog, YouTube & social media outlets) & my personal goals for the year. Are we meeting the goals we've set for 2018?

In this post, I want to share my activity from April 2018. At the start of January 2018, I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel to share my goals (business/personal) for the year of 2018. In this blog post, I will share my April 2018 stats and whether or not I reached those goals.

You can view the aforementioned video here:

Business goals:

 

 

  • Daily posts on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter
    • Every month I seem to abandon my Twitter feed. Will I ever learn about this platform?
      • In April, I posted 21/30 days on Facebook. Overall I uploaded 26 individual posts on this platform and gained 3-page likes.
        • Also this April, I managed to post every second day on Instagram. Excitingly I got to host a giveaway from Trolley Bags UK. The prize was: 1 of my followers winning a set of original Trolley Bags & an Xtra Bag. This competition received great engagement.

 

April 2018 Goals Review. In this blog post I review and share my business (blog, YouTube & social media outlets) & my personal goals for the year. Are we meeting the goals we've set for 2018?

April 2018 YouTube Stats

April 2018 Goals Review. In this blog post I review and share my business (blog, YouTube & social media outlets) & my personal goals for the year. Are we meeting the goals we've set for 2018?

This month the majority of my analytics and stats were down from the previous month. However the average view duration, shares and subscribers were up on the previous month.

Looking ahead to 2018 as a whole, my goal on YouTube is to achieve 6,000 subscribers for a total of 12,000 subscribers by December 31st, 2018. In April I gained 329 subs the number now stand at 7,279. Realistically I need to gain 500 per month. If these numbers stay the same I won’t be on course to reach my subscriber goal.

In the 4 months since January 2018, I’ve gained 1,319 subscribers, had 412,528 views with a watch time of 1,225,946 minutes.

If you are not subscribed to my YouTube you can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr4Aoym9f6tz7MRV7dzDQ5A

 

April 2018 Blog Stats

April 2018 Goals Review. In this blog post I review and share my business (blog, YouTube & social media outlets) & my personal goals for the year. Are we meeting the goals we've set for 2018?

My top 5 referrers were: Pinterest with 151 views, Facebook with 138 views, YouTube with 59 views, Stumbleupon with 49 views,  and Search Engines with 48 views.

In April I made $0.07 in income on my blog from google ads. That’s a 700% increase from March 2018, when I made $0.01.

 

Ava’s goals:

  • Reduce screen time
    • This has been varied for April. Some days I would have the TV on throughout the day but mostly I try to entertain her with other activities.
  • Daily “learning” activities
    • Ava turned 2 years old late March. I’m very honest on this blog and will disclose that we did not complete many Tot School activities.
      • She now says “Hello”, “Mama”, “Car”, “Two”, “Three”, “Dada”, “Nana”, “Balloon”, “Bye”, “Bam Bam”, “Yum Yum”, “Bird” and sounds out the letter “A’, “B’, “C”, “H”, “D”, ” and “L”. She also sounds all the animal noises for Dog, Cat, Cow, Sheep, Pig, Duck, Bird, Horse and Chicken. I’m super proud of her speech development in April. However, she is quite selective about when she speaks. It’s on her terms and no amount of encouragement makes her speak if she wishes not too.

Personal goals:

  • Read 1 book in each of these categories: financial, leadership and self-development
    • FAIL
  • Spend 4 hours learning French
    • FAIL

I may reconsider my personal goals for the year. I’ve been attending our local library and they have a great selection of books. However, I’ve discovered that I’m not a huge fan of reading “real” books. I much prefer to read on my phone. Whilst this isn’t too much of a problem, it does mean I need to pay for the books instead of renting them.

At the start of April, we made the decision to focus on our finances and save as much as we can. We are a one income family and whilst money isn’t “tight” we do need to watch what we spend. In April I started to budget via a software called YNAB and we managed to save €650. I’m hoping this trend continues as we have lots of plans but with one income it’s slow going to achieve them.

Overall I’m happy with my Blog, YouTube and Social Media outlets for the month of April. Like past months there are some areas needing improvement. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post today.

Until next time,

Karen x

 

 

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