It has been my first week of blogging with a level of seriousness.
I am using my new site Surreal Squeal to showcase and developed my writing with the aim of progressing into film journalism.
I would like to be able to make a living from blogging and freelance writing this year. I will be keeping a journal of how I go about this here, under the tap at the top – blogging 101.
I started by creating a free wordpress.com site in Jan and Feb, I wrote most days but decided that a blog with a theme instead of a lifestyle blog about everything would be better. Surreal Squeal is to be my film journalistic site.
I launched on Sunday the 22nd of March 2015 -
7 days of blogging – what I have learnt so far
1.Google Analytics is addictive and non accurate
As soon as I started posting on my blog I couldn’t help but observe the stats via ga, however the app doesn’t just count views from people but views from spam robots as well. A large number of views from an unknown source with a 100% bounce rate is suspicious and most likely non human views. I have since put a filter on to block some spam
2. Do something different and useful for the audience
There is no doubt the internet is full of film reviewers and another amateur film reviewer is not needed. I am still going to do some film reviews to get better at reviewing but will also offer different types of articles as well. I have some ideas of things to try out these next few weeks.
3.It will take time to get the ball rolling
I think blogging is a snowball effect, once I have found my niche and that particular thing the internet needs people will come and stay. When I have some good examples of my writing I will start putting myself out there via guest posting and then start applying for paid writing gigs, I just need time to experiment which is what this first month of blogging is all about.
THE STATS week 1 (minus the robots)
Unique Visitor Count – 63 humans read my blog last week – Email subscriptions – 2 -.