Here it is my first attempt at accountability! The plan here is to make these reports at or near the end of each month. I want to show the growth of the blog, of profit from it, and the state of my health (just in case there’s a correlation somewhere :)). I will also give a sneak peek at what to expect next month.
Not counting this one I published 14 posts in February. Not bad, not great. I’m trying to get a mix of in-depth (3,000+ words) and short content out and spread it all so I’m posting something new every day. It’s tough but it’s what I want. I just need to make it happen!
- Total words in posts: 16,663
- Average word count: 1,190
- Longest post: 2,785
Overall, I’m happy with the content in February. I accomplished a lot including creating the website and podcast.
The podcast is presented by bots. Someday if there’s interest I’ll explain more about it. There was a surge of interest with the first episode but it’s been waning. I’ll keep it up. I’d like to have at least 4 podcasts a month. I met that goal in February
I’m not sure yet exactly which of these statistics I’m most interested in. But here they establish a baseline:
- Sessions: 1,029
- Users: 785
- Page Views: 1,482
- Bounce Rate: 85.42%
- Organic Search: 22
- Pages/Session: 1.44
- Time on Page: 00:03:18
- Page Load Time: 5.48 (seconds)
- Session Duration: 00:01:27
I started the blog this month and have been operating in the red. I expect not to bring this blog up to profitability for some time. It’s good to have a goal and profitability is a fairly clear one. But I’m not doing this to replace the living I already make, sure that would be fantastic, but right now the blog is about content.
- Hostgator: about -$200 initial hosting package
- Studiopress framework and theme: -$120
- Github private repository: -$7
- Simplecast hosting: -$12
- Affiliates: $0
- Ads: $0
- Total: -$339.00
I’d also like to hold myself accountable for my weight. I’m about 5’11 and the scale recently read 225. With March’s end of month report, I’ll be able to make a chart and am hoping the line has a negative slope.
I’d like to make a big push into Youtube this month with content that is more aligned with becoming a data scientist and preparing for that role as a career choice. This means I will probably be buying software to do video editing etc.