LIFESTYLE | January Review

Monday, February 26, 2018

Last year I really focused on growing my social media and while I love social media I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity. I will admit it's lovely to see a nice round number.

As it's the 31st January I've recorded my current social media stats and wanted to record that somewhere. I do have a spreadsheet but as this is my blog I thought this is a good a place as anywhere to share. 

January Change
Twitter 3779 59
Facebook 770 2
Instagram 2158 25
YouTube 369 43
Pinterest 1253 12
Bloglovin 642 5
Google+ 423 -1
Instagram SW 1361 94

As predicted my Slimming World Instagram had the best growth new year, new me and sw is always popular and since I set the account up it's my most active platform.

Twitter is also a good place for growth, it's very organic growth and I don't feel like I have to work at my twitter account, I tweet blog and youtube posts. I've started using some hashtags again. I've joined in one twitter chat and my IG posts are auto-shared via IFTT but I don't really cross promote it on other platforms very often. 

Youtube also say a really good growth, I gained almost half the number of followers in one month than I did in the whole of 2017. This is a result of promotion and the change in YTs T&Cs that they now only really care about channels with over 1000 followers and 4,000 hours of watch time per 12 months. There has been a big drive in the community to support one and other and it's working. I'll never get the required watch time even if I do make the 1000  subscribers. My lifetime minutes are 73,522 and that's from 02/01/2013 to 30/01/2018. It's not going to put me off. It is very much a hobby and that's how it will stay but it feels a shame YT have made this change and it does feel like they only care about the huge creators. 

I was worried about Instagram for a while, I was losing followers at the start of the month. for every new follower notification I got, I noticed my follower count had gone down by 2 or more. That one and only twitter chat I remembered to join in was about IG which was a massive help to get some new followers. 

Pinterest. I've just left that to bob along by itself, it's an odd little platform. I get hooked for weeks, then I ignore it for months. Sometimes I've gained loads other times I look and the numbers have dropped massively. It can do what it wants and I will go to it when I'm in the mood. From what I've read follow count don't matter as it classes itself as a search engine, not a social platform but I will say getting to a target number is always a nice feeling. I'm mainly pinning Disney inspiration at the moment and I am trying to pin my own blog things on it but I'm not remembering very often. 

Ah Bloglovin, I still don't know about this. I don't really use it to read blogs on and I know a lot of people came off it last year so I'm letting it do it's own thing for now. 

Google plus, the only place I dropped a follower. I'd say sad face but let's face it how many of us actively use it? I like the look of it and once this month I've shared a post in a couple of groups but I want to use it and think I might try and spend some quality time on it in February. 

I feel like I've used my month to focus on the blog and youtube content more than social media channels and it was only towards the end of the month when I started scheduling posts to auto-tweet content. I want to get back doing this as my readership is so low on my blog. My monthly stats are less than some other "small" bloggers daily stats. Even if blogger stats where real (I use google analytics - Just checked blogger for this post) the stats would still be bad. 

Do I need better content, when I speak to people who read my blog they say they like it but then no one reads it? Well, about 40 people a day on a good day. Maybe I need to share more, maybe I need to share less? What do I do? 

One thing I think I need to start being proud of is my HIBs100 score. I'm currently 93. I don't know what this means in the real world but it's nice to be ranked and they even featured one of my posts on their website so I can't be all bad! 

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