Last week I was so proud of myself for finally catching up on the 31-day business blogging challenge. But the same day I caught up was the last day for posting, and now I’m way behind again. It is day 21 and I still have to backtrack from day 17. I am determined to finish this even if I finish late.
There are several reasons for me being behind. The main one is that I started my 7-day juice diet last Tuesday and it has left me feeling pretty low on energy for the last few days.
They gave me too much juice the first few days and it completely overwhelmed my body. I might have mentioned it before that I was on a 75-90% juice diet since before Christmas. However, I was taking in very little juice, 3 juices a day, and eating one small meal a day. I had told them that I wasn’t eating much, but I don’t think they heard me, or might have heard me but didn’t believe me. I don’t know.
So when they gave me all that juice in one day, 10 to be exact, my poor body was totally overwhelmed. I was only supposed to have 5, but they must have thought I would get hungry or something. So why did I drink that much? Because technically they only gave me 5 bottles full, but I had no idea that they were supposed to be only half full.
Anyhow, I had a talk with them and they agreed that less might perhaps be better for me, and so now I’m doing much, much, better again.
My plans were to crochet all day yesterday, but my neck and shoulders were so sore that I ended up resting instead. When I get that stiffness and pain it is generally due to toxins leaving my head and so I have learned to accept it and just rest during that time.
The best part about this whole experience is that last night I saw the sun in my dreams. For the first time in my life my dream was not filled with darkness, but with a bright sunlight shining down. Honestly, I don’t know what that means, but it’s got to be something good.
Despite all that, I did manage to get some work done for this challenge. Sara, from Crochet Business Blog, gave me some helpful tips on how to get more twitter followers and I did my first test on that last week. She mentioned somewhere that an easy way to get more followers is to pick a similar account and start following the people in that account. I think I picked two accounts and followed about 20-30 people between the two, and tada, within 24 hours I had seven new followers. I was thrilled out of my mind!
Now all I have to do is repeat that every day and I’ll reach my goal before I know it. So thank you Sara for the sound advice. 🙂
Another thing that I finally accomplished was to revamp my website, CrochetN’Crafts. I moved my social media buttons to the bottom of the page. I have not seen any results from this yet, but I wasn’t seeing any results when they were located in the side bar either. Another tip from Sara is to place those link in my email signature, which I have yet to do, but I’m thinking that will be more helpful than on a web page. I also have to add them to this blog.
During the challenge Sara mentioned the importance of a call-to-action on each webpage. I couldn’t think of one at the time because I’m not really selling anything besides advertising space. But after thinking about it I realized I do want my readers to subscribe, and therefore, I do need a call-to-action just like anyone else.
I’ve been giving away a free e-book containing four dishcloth patterns and no one knows about it until they sign up and actually get the book. How thoughtless of me. Anyhow, I put together an image of the patterns and posted them to my site with a short phrase stating they are free for signing up. This alone has doubled if not tripled the amount of subscribers over the last few days.
The only thing I’m worried about is that some might unsubscribe as soon as they have the pattern. But then on second thought, if I keep delivering good patterns then they’ll have no reason to leave.
My next step is to put the email sign-up form on its own page with a brief description of the free patterns. Once that is done, then I can post the page link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
I still need a pattern for my Facebook fans. Not sure if I’ll design a new one for that, or just use the dishcloths. Maybe you have an idea as to what I should do?
Another accomplishment last week was that I got accepted into Project Wonderful. I’ve placed the ads on my site and will be doing some experimenting to see which ads perform the best. The bidding is still at zero for some ads, but once more advertisers know about it, I’m hoping the prices will naturally rise. I’ll give it a few months and see, but I think it is a good accomplishment.
Oh and I finally registered with The Yarn Box!
So even though I havn’t been blogging the last few days, I did manage to accomplish a lot. And the best part is that I didn’t even have to work hard, thanks to Sara. With that said, I’m going to re-think my goals for designing so many patterns. Perhaps I might do better if I published one pattern per week and spent the rest of the time marketing, seeing just how easy it is.
That’s it for today, and hopefully tomorrow I will get on with the challenge again.