Welcome to my Journey of May!
This series of Monodreame’s Journey will replace my monthly reading wrapping-up. Honestly, I thought for so long about this new change. I want to wrap up every month with not only about books that I have read but also my blog’s journey and how my life behind it.
May has been a long and unproductive month for me. I had this feeling come up every month when I need to take a break from everything. But this time was the worse! It’s really sad to see how it happened and affected my blogging plan.
With this post, I hope June will give me new motivation and will be a good month for me and for all of us!
Journey of Life
I started my journey of May with a bang! But suddenly I feel worse in the second week of May and everything just makes me feel … bad. I’m so moody. One time I feel so damn happy and another time I just feel so tired and don’t want to do anything. I thought it’s because I’m an ambivert? Maybe.
I always plan my day or week in advance, whether if I want to go out on the weekend or just stay at home doing a lot of blogging or other stuff. And here is the problem. One day I woke up feeling so energized and motivated to complete my to-do list, then I ended up burned out for rushing things and feel so bad because I couldn’t tick all the tasks on that day.
Another time, I have a plan to go out, then suddenly I just don’t want to go out because I want to spend the day at home. Have you experienced that? Am I weird?
And there was a time when I didn’t plan anything and out of blue something pop-up in my mind “I want to go out now” then I message my friend if we could meet up somewhere (luckily she’s available that day). We ended up spending the day at the coffee shop (talking random things) and took a lot of photos in the big orchid garden. Everything happened without a plan! So GREAT!
My life in May was like a roller-coaster. I feel really bad about my constant mood swings. I’m so thankful that my mom starts to understand my personality and start asking my opinion first even for small things.
In the past, we often argue because we HAVE different opinions on many things. It’s really difficult for me to go out more than twice a week, whether to accompany her to a shop or somewhere else. I know it’s going to take so much time. Actually, I don’t want to spend hours going around just to choose 1-2 things or ended up buying nothing. Time is so precious to me.
My mom doesn’t work so I understand she’ll feel bored at home doing nothing. Sometimes she will go out alone to visit nearby shops. I’m not a fancy of clothes shopping but she is.
Basically, everything goes according to my schedule and mood now. If I say “let’s go shop, visit this and this tomorrow” then my mom will say “OK.” We both talk about which place to visit and I’m the one who decides about the time (how many hours I want to spend in one place). It’s a win-win solution and we both got what we want.
That’s how I settle my life in May with my mom and my personal life.
Journey of Blogging
Well, I supposed to at least have 8 blog posts to be published in May but I only managed to have 5! I took 2 weeks off from blogging and write new content. I just updated old blog posts because some of them already ranked on Google.
The part of blogging that I love so much is the content creation process. Is it weird? I love engaging with the community but the process of creating new content is really challenging and take hours for me to finish them but I learned a lot within the process. As I’m not a native English speaker, it’s still hard for me to convey my message in a more …. friendly way. Therefore, I could learn new phrases or words when writing.
There are so many blogging tips I want to write and share with you. But blogging tips required in-depth research because it’s a complex topic and I need some backup for my statements. It can take me more than a day to complete one post. I have managed to write negative SEO in May, which I know it’s kinda new words for some bloggers.
During my off days, I spent a lot of time to brain dump more ideas for the upcoming months. I’m so thankful for Notion which helps me to manage my blogging task in one tool. I re-arrange my content planner, write more ideas, get an idea for my next digital products, and more more more.
In aspect of growing my blog, I able to:
- Make around $200+ with sponsored posts – I only work with a few brands in May
- My DA increase to 12 (which I don’t expect at all!)
- Receive more organic search traffics
- 4 of my blog posts ranked on google and one of them is on the 1st page of google!
- I change my advertising package, it only has one package and 5 spots available every month
I hope I’ll be better with my blogging journey in June and onwards. I have so many things I want to do for my blog and it’s so fun to see my baby blog keep growing more and more since its launch in 2020!
Journey of Reading
Reading is part of my life. For 9 years, it’s become my habit before bed. No matter how busy or tired I am, I always make time to read 5-6 chapters every day. Reading make my mind feel more at ease and help my brain stay relax.
I’ve managed to read 12 books in May! Here they are:
Have you read some of these books?
The series of Monodreame’s Journey could tell you more about my personal life. I really want to talk with you about everything that happened in May. But I keep it simple and short (well it’s actually more than 1,000 words lol) because I’m afraid it will bore you.
How’s your May went so far? What goals have you achieve in May? I’d love to read your story below!
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