May 2018: Monthly Update
May 2018 somehow managed to be even slower than April 2018, but at least it was interesting. And I’m excited to tell you exactly how interesting it was.
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Now that that is out of the way, let’s dive into my review of May 2018.
WHAT WERE MY May 2018 STATS?
May 2018 was a slow month for me and my stats reflected that. Not enough was published, not enough work put in etc. But that’s life.
Of the thirteen posts I had hoped to produce, only the following three went live:
- April 2018: The Month In Review
- Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi
- The Narnia Cookbook by Douglas Gresham
Not exactly a stellar performance in terms of producing content, but I’ll take it. There really is no choice in the matter since that’s what I ended up with and time machines are not a thing.
My overall stats were also abysmal. Which has inspired a series of posts on how to make them better, so that is a genuinely exciting bonus to all of this. And I can’t wait to share them with you. My stats for this month were…
- 144 page views.
- 66 visitors.
- 84.42% bounce rate.
Most of my May traffic came from Pinterest with 65 views coming from there, but I also managed to get 3 views from Facebook and a measly one from Ravelry.
Which brings me to a new segment, my goals for the month. In June 2018 I hope to…
- publish 12 posts.
- receive 1,000 or more page views.
- grow my social media presence.
- lower my bounce rate.
None of those goals seem particularly arduous if I get my butt in gear. But they’re also something I’m sure I’ll have to work for in order to get to where I want to be.
Ok. We’ve talked stats. Now let’s talk about the theme for the month and other announcements related to Eclectic Little Dork.
Speaking of which, I’m really excited to announce that the theme for June 2018 is…Pride! All month long I will be sharing LGBT+ themed Scifi and Fantasy books, geeky foods I think are perfect for pride, and knits and crochet I think would be awesome for pride events. Including a free pattern of my own design that was super fun to knit!
I’m also excited to remind people that I will be launching a Ravelry crochet and knitting pattern shop in July. It will, of course, be geek-themed with plenty of patterns fit for Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction lovers. The patterns are still in the works. I’m doing a lot of test knitting to see what works and what doesn’t. But it has been super fun and I’m beyond excited to release the first couple of patterns.
May 2018 KNITTING & CROCHET
I didn’t do any crocheting during May. Absolutely none. What I did do was an awful lot of knitting because of the upcoming pattern release and some pattern writing.
I’ve also been watching some knitting podcasts. Skeindeer Knits is a particular favorite of mine at the moment because Eli is just awesome.
WHAT I READ DURING May 2018
This may seem strange to some. About as strange as the perhaps overly conversational tone of my monthly catch-up post, I’m sure. But I had another month where I didn’t read as much as I’d like. Even fanfiction. Rain or shine. It may be because I spent most of it knitting but I think I just had a bit of a slump.
I’ve restarted The Quick by Lauren Owen and reread the Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. Both of which are awesome. And I hope to read and review Peter Darling by Austin Chant. The sample was so damn awesome and the podcast Austin co-hosts about Queer Romance, The Hopeless Romantic, is one my favorite audio-only podcasts. Which is actually ending and being replaced with another podcast sometime in July last I checked.
I’m sad to see it go, but Austin and his co-host Amanda will be doing another post focused on LGBT fiction in its place! Which is why I love The Hopeless Romantic so much. Funny LGBT people talking about queer stuff. What’s not to love about that?
How was your May 2018? Did you read anything you loved, finish a project that you can’t wait to gush about? Come up with any new geeky recipes? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.