2021 Challenges: July Update | Jo Linsdell

2021 Challenges: July Update


2021 Challenges: July Update

2021 Challenges: July Update

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July was a tough month for me. My health problems got really bad and I ended up being sent for emergency recovery at the hospital. The problems are still on-going and I have more tests and medical visits still to do.

Needless to say, I didn't manage to be very productive with my challenges. 

I am super happy that I had already scheduled most of my blog posts in advance so I only missed out on posting a few. Unfortunately it did mean I had to skip the celebrations I was hoping to do for my book birthday of Out and About at the Zoo which was published on 19th July 2012. 

In a surprising turn of events I did hit a new personal best for views to this site though... a whopping 44,880! My previous PB was last month with 32,247. That's an amazing increase! Again, so happy I scheduled posts in advance. 

The Blog Audit Challenge 2021

The July Challenges were focused on content promotion. I didn't actually end up doing too badly with these tasks as some I already had in place. I did still manage to share my content via my social media channels as I could easily do it from my phone. Having social share buttons already set up on my site really helped, as did making sure every post had images.

I didn't manage to work on the outreach part of the tasks though. I'll get to that once my health is back under control.

The Social Media Audit Challenge

For this challenge I'm concentrating on social media. The July focus was on Twitter. You can find the July Twitter challenges here

Again, I had the advantage of already having some of the tasks in place. My Twitter feed is embedded on my media page, I have a button for folowwing my on Twitter in my sidebar and social share buttons on every page that includes a Twitter button. 

For the engagement part of the tasks at the beginning of the month I had started to get organised to host a weekly Twitter chat for book bloggers. Then my health got worse and I had to put it on hold. I do still plan to create the chat though and look forward to getting to know even more book bloggers. So for now it's on hold but it will definitely be happening, hopefully, in the near future.

The Clock Reading Challenge

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

The Clock Reading Challenge July 2021 Update

Books read this month:

10-  10 Dates by Emily James - My Review- AmazonGoodreads 

The A to Z Reading Challenge

Books read this month:

M-  Mind Games by Nancy Mehl - My Review- AmazonGoodreads 

Other books read:

The Blue Empress by Josie Jaffrey - My Review - AmazonGoodreads 

Currently reading:

British Greats (currently at 83/264)

The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey (currently at 111/285)

How did you do with your July 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. I love your graphics for the challenges Jo. Very clever!

    1. Thanks. Glad you like them. I thought it would be more fun than just a simple list, especially for the clock reading challenge 😊

  2. Awesome new record for monthly views! Congrats! I'm very sorry you are struggling with your health....hopefully you can get the answers you need and can get this resolved and back on the road to recovery quickly!

    1. Thanks Carol. Meds seems to be working so hopefully everything will be back under control soon and then I can do the other tests.

      I'm so happy with my views for the month. My blog traffic has grown so much this year. Still a long way to go to reach my big goal but I'm doing really well at hitting the smaller monthly goals I set so hopefully by the end of the year I'll get there.