When I started this blog, I was excited about getting to write about whatever frugal ideas I happened to be having, and also about the possibility of making some extra money blogging. The writing part of it has been great from the start, but it seemed to take forever before the blog made any money at all. I think I was making $7/month until I had been blogging for well over a year. I’m making about $300/month now, which I must say is a big improvement from $7. And I still get excited whenever an advertiser wants to put a link on my blog. Especially since I’m thinking about leaving my library job after our baby is born, any extra money I can make will come in handy.
I know I could be much more proactive about getting traffic to my site. I currently have just under 300 subscribers. I’m always impressed when I see blogs with four digit subscriber numbers (Lynnae is just about to hit the 2000 mark – Congratulations!). I did write two guest posts for Small Cents in March, and I submit posts to carnivals and festivals about once a month. I know that I could focus my writing towards the carnivals and submit posts to several of them each week, but I tend to just write about whatever’s going on in my frugal world at the moment, and I only submit to a blog carnival when I think that I’ve written something really appropriate. And I’ve been so busy lately with remodeling the house, working two jobs, and getting ready for the baby that I often forget to submit posts even when I do write something that I could submit.
But enough with the excuses. If I do end up leaving my library job this summer, I need to put more effort into getting traffic to my blog. My readership and page views have been about the same for several months now, and I’ve gotten into a comfortable routine of just writing whatever I want and having fun with my blog. I very much want that aspect of it to remain the same – I don’t want my blog to turn into a chore, but I also recognize that with a little more effort I could have quite a bit more traffic. So I’m going to set a goal of 350 subscribers by the end of April. Feel free to subscribe to my RSS feed if you don’t already!