I took a break over the holiday season to relax and am I ever glad I did so. As a result, I’m rested and excited to start off the new year with this Blogging Progress Report Jan 01 2019. I’m looking forward to many more micro wins throughout the year that will bring me to my desired macro wins at the end.
Blogging Progress Report Jan 01 2019 – Blog Subscribers
Now, what do I mean when I say “micro wins” versus “macro wins”? I borrowed these two terms from a lady I greatly admire named Lisa Nichols, from her book titled Abundance Now. She talks about the importance of celebrating small successes along the way rather than just focusing on the end goal. As a result, you keep yourself motivated and inspired all along the way. You enjoy the whole journey. Because you’re giving yourself indicators, all along the way, to let yourself know you’re on the right track.
I started January 2018 with a goal of reaching 10,000 subscribers by the end of the year. As you can see, I’ve surpassed that goal. In fact, I still enjoyed mass gains over the holiday season based on all the work I’d done this past year. From the time I posted my last Blogging Progress Report until today, I’ve gained an additional 1,280 subscribers. That’s an average of 37 new subscribers per day. Consequently, this is leading to an increased number of book downloads.
Blogging Progress Report Jan 01 2019 – Amazon Book Reports
In 2017 and 2018, I published five free books on Amazon, Kobo, and E-Sentral. I used these books, along with this blog, to drive more traffic to my 35+ paid books on these sites. Finally, the strategy is beginning to work.
Blogging Progress Report Jan 01 2019 – Kobo Book Reports
Kobo reporting is not as detailed as Amazon reporting is. But this is a valuable publishing platform that helps me reach additional readers I’m not reaching through Amazon. Here are my results on this platform so far.
Blogging Progress Report Jan 01 2019 – E-Sentral Book Reports
E-Sentral reporting is sparse. For that reason, I have to email them to get updates on my book downloads. This is all I’ve been able to get from them so far:
|Book id||Title||No of downloads|
|183238||An Independent Author’s Checklist: FREE Help for Indie Authors||19|
|183547||Diary of an Indie Blogger: My Roadmap to Success||12|
|203127||Your Ebook is an Asset … if You Own the Copyright||38|
|201602||Why Traditional Bookstores Won’t Carry Your Book on Their Shelves … and Why That’s Okay||20|
|185091||How to Price an Ebook: A FREE Guide for Independent Authors||28|
Blogging and Book Download Goals for 2019
In 2019, my goal is to increase this blog to 25,000 subscribers. I want to more than double my subscriber base by December 31, 2019. That will be my main macro win: 25,000 subscribers. Of course, I’ll update you on the micro wins—the monthly blogging progress reports—along the way.
I also plan to increase my free book downloads by 25% this year. By contrast, last year, between the above three ecommerce sites, I saw 4,828 free downloads of my books. In 2019, I want to see an additional 1,207 free books downloaded for a total of 6,035.
Most noteworthy, I plan to increase my paid book downloads by 500% over last year. I saw paid downloads (both ebooks and paperbacks) totalling 83 books from the above three ecommerce sites last year. In 2019, I’m shooting for an additional 417 paid book downloads for a total of 500 this year.
More Learning in 2019
I learned a lot this past year on how to reach more people more effectively all over the world. My plan is to continue with the blogging pace of at least three new posts per week along with at least one new book published every six weeks. This is how I’ll achieve these goals. I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you!
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