Sunday, November 22, 2015

Let's Do This: Traffic Report for October 2015

It's that time again. Time to sit down and see whether or not social media efforts are increasing awareness of this site. The raw data compiled in this traffic report comes from Google Analytics, the various social media channels themselves.

Take time each month to see if your social media efforts are supporting your business goals


What would you like to see covered in a blogger's traffic report?

I'd like these reports to be informative to other lifestyle writers. What are you curious about? What would you like to see me track or discuss?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Minding The Gap Between Expectations and Execution

I seldom play my guitar. My calluses are gone. My fingers are no longer as nimble as they used to be.

Recognizing the Gap between Expectations and Execution


I no longer draw with charcoal. The tones created when I try to blend my charcoal are no longer subtle, continuous; instead, they look accidental and slapdash.

Both activities used to be ones that relieved stress. Now they simply increase it. What I hear in my mind isn’t what I hear when I play. What I see in my mind isn’t what ends up on the page.

Beginners suffer the same gap. They, unlike me, haven’t yet felt the joy when execution meets or exceeds expectations. But we can get past the gap.

Here are three ways I've found to do just that!

Do you have activities where your execution doesn't match your expectations?

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Good Life Snapshot: Dawn Smith

I'm excited to announce that I'm once again participating in the coLAB project! This round Dawn Smith of Not Just a Mommy and I will be taking our shared love of entertaining and bringing a party sure to please all ages to you. You'll have to wait just a little longer for the details, but the photos in today's post give a few hints.

A coLAB with Dawn Smith of Not Just a Mommy and Eden Hensley of The Road To The Good Life


Before Dawn shares more details about our collaboration on her site, Not Just a Mommy, I wanted to take a moment to introduce her to you.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Appreciating the Haves and Cultivating an Abundance Mindset this November

Reflection and reassessment seem to go hand in hand with life changes, for example, becoming a parent or getting laid off. We look at what we've lost, rather than what we have. And we may realize that we had an amazing journey and forgot to take time to enjoy it.

Peonies in a Milk Bottle with Pastries and Coffee


It's often easy to get so caught up in the "busy-ness" of life. We're so focused on chasing and wishing that we neglect to pause and take stock.

November is the perfect time to do just that: take another look at our ordinary -- our everyday -- and value it. It's perfect not because of Thanksgiving, but because it's close to the end of the year. It's often the busiest month for many. So it's the perfect time while racing the clock to appreciate what we have. To take the Have Not Want Challenge.

Will you be joining me for the 2015 Have not Want Challenge?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Let's Do This: Goals Update for October 2015

Social media influencers use the number of followers to show that their work has impact--value. Bloggers bandy around their pageviews as a yardstick. But what all these numbers lack is context. Without context a number is meaningless. You can't tell whether it's helping you accomplish your goals or not.

Reflecting on Progress on My September Goals


In July, I decided to see if I could add context to my social media numbers. I now record the size of each of my social media networks, my pageviews here, the number of sessions generated here by each social media network, and the number of new users to The Road To The Good Life. The context is not perfect, but it's a start. Here's how I did on my brand awareness goal of driving new users.

How are you evaluating you're working on the right things?
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