This was a big week for Dysfunctional Ever After! After working with Get Polished, my blog design and layout totally changed. (Doesn't it look great?!) There was something about handing my blog off to someone else, even if it was just their design, that made me feel a shift in the way I look at Dysfunctional Ever After. Now that I've invested financially into DEA, it's time I invest personally into it. With financial and personal investment, I'm happy to say DEA had a successful week.
DEA Post Roundup
Bedroom Reveal -- If we're basing this week's success on page views, this one was the winner. Visually appealing, and was relevant to both bloggers and casual readers.
Being on my own -- This post meant a lot to me, but didn't receive as many page views or engagement. These are the posts that mean the most to me, though. So tough cookie! One way to get more engagement is to engage on other blogs and rebuild that community.
Social Media and DEA
I increased my Instagram followers by nearly 50 followers, and my average likes this week more than doubled what I'd been getting in the past. This is, I'm convinced, due to the use of hashtags and just general community engagement.
Instagram and Facebook brought the most page views to Dysfunctional Ever After. This surprised me, because my Facebook just reopened, doesn't have a lot of likes, and I haven't put any time into it at all. (Time to work on that!) I was also surprised because I don't directly link to my blog in each Instagram post. But it's clear that working on my Facebook and Instagram game will bring Dysfunctional Ever After to a new level. How do you get to Dysfunctional Ever After? Directly or social media?
Here are some articles I found helpful this week:
How to Start a Blog for $50 or Less, Webhosting Secret Revealed
Obviously I've had a blog for five years and don't need help starting a blog, but if you do this is a great resource. The part that I found most helpful was toward the end of this lengthy article, keywords. It went through various ways that you can find trending topics for both blog posts and monetization.
Wonderlass Resource Library, Wonderlass.com
The obsession with Wonderlass has begun. Wonderlass is clear, concise, fun, and totally approachable for any blogger experience level. If you sign up for her newsletter you get access to her Resource Library (password sent via email). One of the things I'm looking forward to doing this week is upping my Pinterest game, and her Pinterest Checklist is super helpful!
Learn how to shoot professional photos with your phone, HeleneInBetween
This is a video/webinar and costs $29 to watch. Paying to learn how to use your iPhone camera and edit the photos obviously isn't ideal. That being said, investing financially into my blog helps me keep Dysfunctional Ever After in the front of my mind, and I learned some helpful tips and tricks that I'm excited to utilize on my Instagram and blog moving forward. I learned enough that I'm recommending you check it out too!
Goals for Next Week
1) Begin creating Pinterest images for each blog post.
2) Up my Pinterest game, using the Wonderlass checklist.
3) Post three blog posts.
4) Engage more with other blogs, commenting and sharing other posts.
5) Start using new blog Twitter -- or find a way to merge with my personal Twitter.
What are your blogging goals for the week?
What would you like to see from Dysfunctional Ever After?
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