September Blog Evaluation & October Goals

September blog evaluation October goals

It’s October now so it’s time for an update on what I’ve been doing with my blog. Yay, right? I’m writing these posts to document my progress as well as give other new bloggers an inside look at how one blogger is progressing. Hopefully, my efforts will provide some insight or inspiration.

**Note: I wrote this post up at the beginning of the month, but I’m just now getting around to posting it, so bear with me! I suppose that makes me really behind on my goals this month!

Theme change

If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed the theme changed. I’m still not 100% sold on it, but it’s good for now. I’ve had a hard time finding something that I liked AND would work well with square images.

I probably should have grabbed a screenshot of the old layout, but I totally forgot. Sorry!

I’ve also reorganized my categories. Everything was such a mess before. I plan on doing a separate post on how I realized this and how you can organize your own blog if you’re feeling cluttered. I think that will be really useful as a lifestyle blogger, especially if you’re just starting out.

Graphics

I spent most of September working on social media and graphics. So far my graphics have evolved through a few styles. I think I’ve finally settled on the 4th style, which you can see on this post and the last few. Only time will tell. I’m just happy I’m finally building an identity for my blog.

Opening up shop

I’ve had so much fun playing with different styles. I have a ton of potential templates and it seems like a waste to let them just sit on my hard drive. As such, I’ve decided to open up a small shop with a few designs.

**Another note: I applied for a Creative Market store last week and I’m in! I’m excited to get set up there.

Free templates just for you

I’m still working on getting the paid templates up, for but now you can grab a FREE pack of themed templates here, just for signing up to my email list.

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I’ll be offering up more free templates and PSDs in the future, along with tutorials on how to use them with Photoshop, Canva, Desygner, and possibly some other programs. Just sign up for my email list, and you’ll be all set to receive the template files and updates for other free graphics and tutorials.

I also made this rainbow kit you can grab just by sharing a tweet or Facebook post. Click here to download them!

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Social media and blog traffic

Speaking of social shares, I’ve been trying to really hustle it in my social media accounts. I managed to grow my Instagram to 1,000 followers in just two weeks (wow!) and my Twitter is currently over 500.

I’m finding Twitter to be great for blog traffic and meeting other bloggers. I think it’s definitely a good investment for new bloggers. It’s driving most of my blog traffic so far, even if it’s just 10 people. I’ve gotten a few hits from Instagram as well. I find that impressive since you can only have the one link in your profile.

October Goals

My goals for October are pretty simple. I’m not putting numbers to anything yet since I still don’t have much traction. But that’s what I’d like to get; some traction.

I have about 70 drafts that I need to get posted, so that’s going to be my priority along with getting more graphic templates uploaded and up for sale. It’d be great to make some sales too!

I’d like to get back on track with why I created this blog, as mentioned in my previous post. I won’t go into details since I did there, but I want to mention it here so it’s officially on my goal list.

So, basically, here’s the official goal list:

  1. Post more
  2. Build traffic
  3. Build my email list
  4. Continue building my social media pages
  5. Get my graphics store up and running

September Evaluation

Let’s take a look at my September goals now. Here’s the list from my last goals post:

  1. Produce more content
  2. Create a free gift for email list subscribers
  3. Up my social media game
  4. Promote my blog

I’m happy to say I did, in fact, do all these things! Technically, I didn’t really finish a few of them until October, but I started in September so I’m gonna call it a win.

For September, I give myself a B because I’d wanted to join link parties and get my Facebook and Google+ up and running properly, but I didn’t. I joined 1 link party only. I have joined more Facebook groups, though. I’ve even been a little bit active in a couple. NEED TO WORK ON THAT.

Fashion Finds Week 2 | 7 fashion picks from Instagram

7 fashion favorites from Instagram

Fashion Finds Week 2

What is Fashion Finds? Every day I post a fashion related favorite on my Instagram. Posts are usually from brands I’ve discovered through browsing hashtags or looking for shops. Doesn’t matter if it’s a handmade item or from a large brand. If I like it, I repost it!

Get the daily #fashionfind by following my Instagram, @wonderlandloft. You can also follow @style.curated if you’re interested in following my fashion tastes more extensively.

1. AKIRA

2. JLUXLABEL

#💕 this dress! #fashionfind #Repost @jluxlabel with @repostapp ・・・ All New in the Dew Bandage Dress✔️

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3. AKIRA via Locks & Trinkets – Be sure to check out this blog!

4. WearAll

5. Shop Carley Glam

6. The Marbella

7. Xarias Clothing

That’s all for this week!

Come back next week for more fashion picks, or check out the archives to see picks from past weeks.

Fashion Finds Week 1 | 7 fashion picks from Instagram

7 fashion favorites from Instagram

 

Fashion Finds Week 1

What is Fashion Finds? Every day I post a fashion related favorite on my Instagram. Posts are usually from brands I’ve discovered through browsing hashtags or looking for shops. Doesn’t matter if it’s a handmade item or from a large brand. If I like it, I repost it!

Get the daily #fashionfind by following my Instagram, @wonderlandloft. You can also follow @style.curated if you’re interested in following my fashion tastes more extensively.

1. Fashion Nova

2. Bonbons Bijou

I love this cute bracelet I just found, made by @jewelcandyshop! I really like a lot of their other jewelry too, so be sure to check them out and give a follow. Also free shipping, wooooo! Original post below this little extra blurb here. 👇 . Sorry I'm posting so much today 😅 I hurt my hand and now I'm literally dying. Okay maybe not literally but it really hurts and now I have nothing better to do than browse Instagram. ・・・ #Repost @jewelcandyshop with @repostapp ・・・ This one is a wow factor bracelet with 3 amazing charm hearts and silver faceted hematite! #bonbonsbijou #fashion #chic #hearts #silver #faceted #hematite #boutique #shopping #jewelrylover #instajewelry #jewelrygram #hautecouture #stylist #day #bracelet #bracelets #instafashion #diva #fashiondiva #jewelrydiva #accessories #jewelryline #catwalk #model #fashionhouse #wristcandy #gottahaveit #FREESHIP

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3. Chic Wish

4. Kitty33 Nails

5. Stella B

6. Grass-Fields

7. Mikivintage

 

Come back next week for more fashion picks!


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How to backup your computer for an unbelievable $5 a month

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Note: This post contains affiliate links

As someone whose work depends on access to their computer and all the work related files on it, having a backup of these files is super important. Even as a blogger, having access to my template files for post images, logo files, graphic design resources… all these things are needed for me to be able to keep working and posting.If my PC breaks down, I keep an old one that I can use in emergency situations. But what about my files? Often it’s impractical for me to switch hard drives from one PC to the other. Plus I don’t want to accidentally break something trying to switch one in.

If my PC breaks down, I keep an old one that I can use in emergency situations. But what about my files? Often it’s impractical for me to switch hard drives from one PC to the other. Plus I don’t want to accidentally break something trying to switch one in.

This is where cloud services like Backblaze come in. It’s literally the greatest service I’ve ever paid for. Twice now I’ve had to depend on this website to retrieve files from a broken PC. Let me tell you why I think it’s so great. I mean, just those few sentences should be enough, right? But the details.

Automatic backup of all of your files

Or at least most of them. By default, system files are not selected, but you can add them in the settings. You can also add file locations that you don’t want to be backed up in the same interface. It’s even simpler if you prefer it to not track an entire drive: just uncheck it from the Exclusions tab in the Backblaze client preferences.

Other than that, Backblaze tracks any edited or added files and uploads them to the server without any interaction needed from you.

Automatic upload speed throttling

No need to worry about the upload process slowing down your video chats, streaming, or uploading to your hosting server. If you have monthly bandwidth restrictions on uploads, this will benefit you as well. The Backblaze client will automatically adjust to let your own uploads take priority. It will decide on a max upload speed on its own, but you can also customize it to whatever you want.

Download your files from any device with an internet connection

Download your files in zip format absolutely free from anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. And no, you don’t have to download your entire drive at once. You can choose exactly which files you want and hit “Continue with Restore”. Your files will then be packed into a neat and tidy zip file that you can download from the Backblaze website for up to 7 days. Depending on how large the files that you want to restore are, it might take a little while for your download to be ready, but you’ll receive an email notification when it’s available for download.

This is also nice cause I can use it to restore files if I accidentally save over the wrong thing, as long as I catch it soon enough. Uploads aren’t instant, so I won’t be able to go back to my last save or anything, but if I accidentally save as, my compilation file for ads, I can load up the restore and have all my previous ads again. Yes… this is a true story!

Got too much to download? No problem.

Flash drives with up to 128GB and hard drives with up to 4TB are available for purchase. The price seems a bit steep ($99 for a flash drive, $189 for hard drive), but if you send the drives back to Backblaze within 30 days, they will refund you the cost.

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You can get free months by referring other people, and they get a free month also! There’s not even a limit on how many times you can do this. Here’s my link. Go ahead and give it a try for 30 days!

Okay, that’s great. But what about the cons?

So far, the only downside is that if you’re like me with over 3TB of data to upload (and really probably another 1.8 I could add to that), it literally takes weeks or months to upload everything. I still have about 1TB left on one PC and it’s been uploading since April 1st, so that’s over 4 months now.

However, the majority of my really important, must have for work files are uploaded, and that’s all I really care about. It still uploads changed my change files to, so even though my PC went down on the 4th, files I edited around the 1-2 are still available to me. That means A LOT! Sure I’ve lost a little work, but it could definitely be worse.

I guess another con is the price of a physical drive. If I ever need to do a huge restore, who knows if I’ve got $189 to spend even if I’m going to send the drive back after a few days. Plus, the drive you receive is only as big as it needs to be to fit your data, so I couldn’t even restore things and then keep the drive for extra space. I understand the practice, but I don’t see myself at my current financial situation using the physical drive restores.

In the end, it’s all worth it

Despite those things, I truly LOVE the service. I don’t think I could live without it now. It’s invaluable to me as a designer and now a blogger. I never have to worry about losing content. If my computer breaks, I can still access my files on my laptop or secondary PC.

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October is here! Let’s get cozy for fall!

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October is my absolute favorite month. The weather is manageable. Halloween is everywhere. And of course, there’s MY BIRTHDAY, WOOOOOOOOOOO! What a great month, right? Here’s a look at what I have planned for Wonderland Loft in October.

Happy birthday-month to me!

I’m a proud October Scorpio, born on the 29th. The same birthday as my childhood fave Setsuna Meioh aka Sailor Pluto. What a need, amirite? Whatever. I still love Sailor Moon; can’t stop won’t stop.

For my birthday this year, I’m hoping to acquire some photo studio equipment. I’ve been researching it for a while because of my twitch streaming. I want a chroma key setup. It just so happens that I could use the same equipment for blogging. Knock out two things at once! I’ll be posting about my process on choosing exactly what equipment I want for my set up.

Birthday fashion

I had a lot of fun styling an outfit specifically for my birthday dinner last year, so I’m going to do it again this year. I didn’t manage to actually purchase everything I wanted in time since it was a last minute project, but this year, I’M READY. I’ll be pushing for “hey I’m a Scorpio” paired with an ancient Egyptian style. Stay tuned for a complete outfit styling post.

It’s officially autumn

Okay, so it has been for over a week now, but whatever. I was busy?

I’m realizing that I’ve forgotten the real reason I created this blog: to share my favorite things. In fact, I totally forgot until after I had written the majority of this post. You’re experiencing self-rediscovery in real time, wow!

Anyway, in the spirit of fall, I’ll be compiling lists of fun crafts and DIY projects, delicious food, and beauty and fashion ideas. Colder weather means all things cozy. I hope everything I share this month will make your life feel cozy and snug in the chilly days ahead.

Show me your faves!

Feel free to share your favorite links in the comments below. I want to see your favorite fall or Halloween themed blog posts or websites! Maybe a good place for Halloween costumes.

If you run a blog, link a post or two. Since I haven’t actually compiled any of these lists yet, I may even feature your content. Perhaps it will inspire an entirely new post.


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