2021 Challenges: March Update | Jo Linsdell

2021 Challenges: March Update


2021 Challenges: March Update

2021 Challenges: March Update

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March got off to a good start but then Lazio became a red zone again and so we went back into lockdown and the kids back to online learning. The teacher of my youngest found out she was positive for Covid and so we were put into isolation for 10 days and couldn't leave our apartment at all during that time. Luckily my son tested negative.

Anyway, all this meant that I didn't have access to my computer much (youngest needed it to log in for his school lessons), and I didn't get hardly any alone time to relax and enjoy reading in peace. 

Despite all this, March wasn't a bad month in terms of my challenges...

The Blog Audit Challenge 2021

The March Challenges were focused on branding.

1. How do you want to be known?

Task 1- Answer the following questions:

What is your blog niche? 

Mine is books and blogging. I blog about each of them separately but also cross over between them for posts specific to book blogging. 

What are 10 keywords (long and short) best suited to your brand? 

  1. books
  2. blogging
  3. book blog
  4. book blogger
  5. book blogging
  6. blogging tips
  7. advice about blogging
  8. reading suggestions
  9. inspiration for book bloggers
  10. book reviews

What personality adjectives best describe you and your brand?

Informative, inspirational, professional, helpful, friendly.

I'd love to know if you agree and what adjectives you think would be best to describe me so please leave a comment below to let me know. 

2. Perfect your look

Task 1 - Make sure your blog design fits your brand.

I did a redesign of my blog layout during March and I'm now much happier with the overall feel of the site. I think it better suits my brand. 

Task 2 - Make sure your blog graphics match your brand.

I personally use Canva for creating my blog graphics. It makes it super easy to be consistent in my branding across a wide range of formats. Having the templates set up is also a great time saver. 

The Social Media Audit Challenge

For this challenge I'm concentrating on social media. The March focus was on consistency.

Task 1: 

I've been working on scheduling posts for some of my social media profiles in advance to make sure I have content going out on a more regular basis. For example, I've scheduled posts for my Facebook page and Instagram. I've also started recording video content in advance for my YouTube channel and scheduling it to post every Tuesday to my channel. 

I've mapped out an editorial calendar for the next couple of months. 

I've though a lot about the types of content I want to share and the CTA's I will attach to each post.

All images are on brand.

Task 2: 

I've checked all my profiles to make sure branding is consistent across all my social media profiles.

The Clock Reading Challenge

I created the Clock Reading Challenge as I thought it would be fun and not too difficult to complete. 

Clock Reading Challenge March 2021 Progress

Books read this month:

3-  Three Cold Hours by Jonette Blake

The A to Z Reading Challenge

Books read this month:

C-  Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green - My Review- AmazonGoodreads 

T- Three Cold Hours by Jonette Blake - My Review- AmazonGoodreads 

U- Up to Date by Susan Hatler - My Review- AmazonGoodreads 

J- Journey to Paradise by Paula Greenlees - My Review - Amazon - Goodreads

Currently Reading:

British Greats (currently at page 25/264).

2021 Challenges: March Update

Prefer video content? Check out my March Wrap Up video:

How did you do with your March Challenges? Are you taking part in the Blog Audit Challenge or the Social Media Audit Challenge this year? Have you read any of these books? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

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  1. Great post! I love this idea of creating an A to Z of your reads! I've taken a little inspiration from these reads, thank you x

    1. That's great! I've been taking part in the A to Z Reading challenge since it's birth a few years ago. It's always fun to try and tick all the letters off.