Blog Income Report February 2019

Blog Income Report February 2019 : Find out how I made $1156.07 through my blog with various strategies. 

Blog Income Report February 2019 : Find out how I made $1156.07 through my blog with various strategies. | Food Blog Side Hustle

I can’t believe I am saying this, but this is is my 12th blog income report which means I have been recording these for a full year! Honestly right now in the moment it’s hard for me to look back at how far I’ve come but seeing these solid numbers really proves how much I really did improve over the last year especially when making the decision to take this seriously. 

This month has been really hard for me as I will explain below.  I’ve had to step back A LOT and I don’t see myself ramping things up for at least another few weeks but I feel ok about it.  I am armed with all the tools I need, I have a lot of support and a great network and I know that whatever is meant to happen in this space for me will continue to show it’s path for me. 

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Blog Income Report February 2019

Here are some noteworthy things that happened in February:

  • Traffic Dropped for Everyone: This is obvious to anyone that blogs anything about health.  The new years resolution boom has passed, most people are done with their Whole30’s and things start to take a dive.  Advertisers especially know this because they spent their budget over the holidays and it doesn’t kick back up for a while. Slow season is upon us and it will only get worse during the summer when everyone is out and about as they should be! Although this makes me nervous, I am glad I have other streams of income coming in through my main gig as a personal chef.  
  • I did the BARE MINIMUM for this blog in FEB: I feel like I have been saying this for the past 2 income reports, but it’s true. Between first trimester extreme fatigue and food aversions it’s been really hard to keep up.  Not only that, but we had some potentially scary news come our way about the health of our baby and it pretty much sent us in an emotional spiral along with double the doctors appointments. While I am keeping this private for now, we will have definitive answers soon but in the meantime I really needed to let something sit on the stove and simmer while we take care of ourselves and the blog was it. Something is keeping me from diving in full force to this as of late and I have to listen until it feels right again.  It sucks, but that’s life sometimes. 
  • I signed up for Foodtography School:  I followed foodtography school on IG for a while and saw that Sarah of Broma Bakery was doing a free webinar.  The webinar was pretty convincing and after a chat with a fellow blogger friend that got so much out of the program, I decided to take the leap.  I have barely scratched the surface of the modules because of what I mentioned above, but overall I realized something important that pushed me over the edge to make this decision. (see next point)
  • We can’t control anything on the internet: One of the things I really thought about this month was the life of a full time blogger. As exhilarating as it is, it is a very risky basket to put all of your eggs in.  We don’t control google, we don’t own our social media following and we have NO idea what will change in the future.  With that said, everything that we’re doing now to grow could all be taken away or drop in an instant and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. I got to thinking about how just relying on ad revenue would maybe not be enough and to make up for that we’d have to constantly work with brands and companies that is also scary as it could tarnish reputations. I guess what I am saying is that while being a full time blogger was something I strived for, maybe continuing to be a multi-faceted entrepreneur that works online in many different ways AND also works in her community is the way to go for me.  Sure that will mean so many changes and different things as my skills improve, but I also feel it’s more safe to be all over the place in a way.  Does that make sense? 
  • I’m Changing up my Instagram: I lot of people think that a ton of my traffic comes from Instagram.  When I run the numbers each month, it’s actually shocking how LITTLE traffic comes from Instagram. I realized that Instagram for me is a business space but it’s also a personal space where I build trust and community and it has been such a great outlet for me. Because of that, I have decided to start putting more of ME in it. The best responses I get are from personal stories and authenticity. Sure food is great, but there is so much more to me than that and I am going to start showcasing that more because IG isn’t just for my business, it’s for me too. 

A note on the metrics below: All of this is income that was MADE in Feburary.  I don’t actually see any payment for this money for about 2-3 months depending on the company paying me. 

Blog Income Report February 2019 | Metrics

Food/Recipe posts that were created in February: 7

Amazon Affiliate Income: $36.17

 Mediavine Income: $519.90

Recipe Development Projects Paid Out: $500

Virtual Assistant Work: $50

Food Photo Projects: $50

Hours spent working on the blog: 4-5 per week

Blog Income Report February 2019 Total: $1156.07

I think that the theme in my life lately is recognizing that there are so many things out of my control.  Sometimes what we WANT to focus on is not what we can focus on and we need to put things on the back burner for certain seasons in our life. 

I am committed to showing up as myself more in every way even though that means a brand new season for me where I hustle less and value my time more. This doesn’t mean I will quit blogging by any means but it does mean that the expectations I set for myself with this may be adjusting to fit my current life for now and that’s ok! 

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  1. Hi there! Fellow food blogger here and wanted to say that I enjoyed reading these reports with my morning coffe. I’m right at the cusp of being able to apply to Mediavine but, like you, I’m finding it hard to gather the motivation lately. Just wanted to say keep it up, do what you can, and be proud of the work you’ve put in. This is great growth in only one year!

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