Blogging Income & Stats October 2017

I’ve struggled in October, a bout of food poisoning earlier in the month and now half term this week have left me struggling to keep up and with an overflowing email box. I’ve managed to pull it back working late evenings and on the rare days that I’ve had childcare I’ve pretty much pulled a twelve hour shift. This has meant that my income hasn’t suffered too badly, but I am probably pissing PR’s off with my very slow replies!

The bots have been blocked again and my stats seem to be more accurate now, which is unfortunate as those over inflated figures did look good, but I pride myself in being an honest blogger so had to get rid of them!

During October my site received 11,915 page views, 7,952 of which were from unique users. My domain authority is now 38 and I am ranked 88 in the Tots100 chart. My Klout has fallen to 68.

My followings as of 1st November were:

Facebook : 1,243
Twitter : 8,663
Instagram : 26,680
Pinterest : 1,278
Google+ : 409
Bloglovin’ : 1,356
YouTube : 421

My earnings during October were:

Sponsored blog post fees – £552.50
Sponsored social media fees – £350.00
eBay Commission – £21.85

Total income – £924.35

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Hosting fees – £4.99
Paypal fees – £7.99 (I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Photoshop – £8.57
Epidemic Sound – £10.00 (YouTube music)
iCloud storage – £2.49
Social media scheduling – £18.82

Total Expenses : £52.86

Total income less expenses : £871.49

On top of the income I received the following to promote/review : October Degustabox, items for Halloween guide, Shopkins goodies, Dancing Paddington, YoursClothing outfit and Sands Alive.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £1,305.

My five most popular recent posts in October were:

Blogging Income & Stats September 2017
Defined by Tiredness
The Curse of The Work From Home Mum
DIY Pumpkin Picking Adventures
Is This The Five Year Itch

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The Curse of the Work From Home Mum

Being a work from home mum is most definitely a blessing.

I get to spend more time with my daughter, I get to take my daughter to appointments, I get to take her to and from nursery, I have total flexibility to be there for her and I love that.

But sometimes, just sometimes, that blessing can be a bit of a pain in the ass, it becomes a curse.

When my daughter is ill it automatically falls on me to care for her, which is great as I want to be the one to care for her. It simply wouldn’t make sense for Spencer to book time off to care for her when I’m home anyway.

I love that I can care for her, I love that I can be there to comfort her and give her the hugs that she needs. But it wears me down, especially when it comes to week two of illness and the end is still no where near in sight.

I can see the emails building up in my inbox but I simply don’t have the time or energy to reply to them. I feel stressed and I’m irritable. I’m neglecting my work, I’ve not updated my blog for a while and my social channels are even more sparse than their usual pitiful selves.

I’m neglecting me. I’m tired, I’m stressed, I’ve not showered in days and my diet consists of shit, shit and more shit, as does Aria’s and Spencer’s. I’m neglecting us.

I chose to put myself in this position, people say that I’m lucky as ???I don’t have to take unpaid leave to care for my daughter, what they don’t understand is that I’m self employed, if I’m not working I’m not earning.