And here we are, 3 months into 2017. It feels like a million years since I’ve popped in with a quarterly report, but, really, I did one in January. Why is it that the first three months of the year always seem like the longest? I really hope spring/summer doesn’t fly by (though I’m sure it will) so I can truly take time to enjoy the weather and the season.
Quarterly Report Q1 2017
I wasn’t focused on social media growth in 2016, and the same goes for 2017. I do use hashtags on Instagram, and try to come out with engaging content, but you won’t find me employing any kind of follow/unfollow tactic to grow my Instagram (which is by far my favourite platform). I work to engage on Twitter, and still use Facebook for Cowgirl Runs and Accounting for Bloggers, but oof, what a blog hole that can be.
- Facebook – grew 4% in Q1
- Twitter – grew 8% in Q1
- Instagram – grew 4% in Q1
- Pinterest – grew 6% in Q1
2017 compared to 2016 has seen a bit of a falling off for me. Honestly, I’m pretty okay with it. When it comes down to it, I blog for me, and have been putting quite a bit of time into creating content for Food Bloggers of Canada and life outside of the blog.
Until this year, I really didn’t pay any attention to where my traffic was coming from. I’d write a post, share it, and carry on. Now I’ve actually started looking at that area in Google Analytics (Acquisition –> Channels) and I find it good to know where, and how, people find me.
- Pinterest – 76%
- Facebook – 9% of referrals
- StumbleUpon– 7%
Both Facebook and StumbleUpon fell of this quarter, but I wasn’t very focused on sharing any of my posts to StumbleUpon, and we all know the Facebook algorithm is a massive black hole.
I always find it interested to see what you like, because it doesn’t always line up with what I think will be a well-received post. For that reason, I’ve divided this section into one your favourites, most shared, and my favourites.
(based upon views)
- 5 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Running – a guest post from Susie that went viral on Pinterest in March
- 5 Things I Won’t Give Up for Fitness
- How to Fit in Strength Training and Marathon Training – a guest post from Bri that consistently performs well
- Why You Shouldn’t Stretch After a Long Run
- One Big Mistake Runners Make
I can’t say I’m surprised that a lot of running content was read in Q1 since that’s when everyone is getting into the year and ready to get fit and tackle those resolutions.
(based upon shares, duh)
- My Experience Rumbling with Rumble Boxing
- Five Things about My Favourite Fitness Trend – Barre
- My Experience at Revive Lifestyle Fitness
- Dynamic Warm Up for Runners
- My Experience at Lagree YYC
(because I said so)
- No, You Don’t Need to Earn Food
- Sorry Bloggers, You’re Not “Owed” Anything
- A Very Blogger Weekend
- Things I’m Giving Up in 2017
If you’re looking at the above going, “ummm, that’s a video, not a blog post” you’re correct. However, it is a tax tutorial I filmed for Food Bloggers of Canada and I’m quite proud of the video and the post. Is the video perfect? Not totally, but my hope is that by watching it, it’ll help clarify just how to file your taxes in Canada.Cowgirl Runs Q1 2017 blogging report is up! #blogchat #blogginggalsClick To Tweet
How do you (or, do you) track your growth?