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March 2020 Income Report

Here it is – my March income report! I am finally caught up after so many months of being off-the-radar.  

This income report is a huge deal for me because it symbolizes the resurrection of my dream, in a way. I’ve now been blogging for two years (crazy!) and somewhere along the way I got so incredibly lost.  

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I started chasing income instead of passion. I focused on the things that I thought would make money instead of the things that I really love. The problem with that? Because I didn’t love it, I wasn’t willing to put in the work to make it happen. 

When I first started this blog, I had so much drive and excitement around it. I loved the idea of using this space to document my intentional journey towards living a life I love. But at some point, I forgot my true passion and, consequently, stopped serving my readers and my audience well. For that, I am so, so sorry. 

Is part of this blog’s purpose to make money? Sure! But it’s main purpose is to serve you and the other women who have decided to change their life for the better. 

Here and now, though, I am making a promise to you that I will be here for you. I am recommitting to walking this journey alongside you and sharing what I learn along the way. 

My Big Announcement 

With that being said, I have some exciting news to share… I’m expecting! Our little boy is due in July and I am beyond excited to meet him and have all the baby snuggles.

Being a mother has always been a dream of mine and it’s so exciting to think about that time in my life being so close. In so many ways, I feel way too young and immature to be a mother, but in so many other ways, I am very, very ready. But I’m beginning to get the feeling that that’s just what motherhood feels like. 

In case you weren’t able to guess it, this is also a huge part of why I’ve been so absent the last few months. I got to a point early on in the pregnancy when I just couldn’t handle working full-time, getting my MA, running a blog, and feeling completely exhausted 100% of the time. So I took a hiatus. 

But now that I’ve made it through most of the pregnancy and my MA is wrapping up, I’ve refocused my efforts on the blog and am really excited about what’s to come. 

Insta, IG, the Gram 

As part of rebooting the blog, I’ve decided to start an Instagram account. It’s important to me that there is a place where I can connect more readily with you and I think that Instagram is the perfect platform for that! 

Like an old person, though, (no offense, old people) I am completely clueless when it comes to Instagram, so feel free to share all the Insta tips in the comments below… or just hop on over to my account and show me some love!  

(But really, I’ve never even had a personal account on IG, so please show me some grace and/or message me to let me know what I’m doing completely wrong, because I have no idea. Like, is it even cool to call it “Insta”?) 

March 2020 Traffic 

Pageviews: 6,790 (up from 6,220)
Email Subscribers: 728 (up from 681) 

Here’s a look at my blog traffic for the month:  

March 2020 blog traffic

While I started working on the blog again at the beginning of March, it’s going to take a while for numbers to get back up to where they were. For now, I’m happy to see a slight increase from February’s numbers! 

March 2020 Income 

Income: $13.02 

Shareasale: $6.75
Amazon Affiliates: $6.27 

There was also a slight increase in income from February’s numbers!… but maybe I’m a little too excited about those four dollars.  

While I know this is next to nothing, especially since my expenses were higher than my income this month, but I am genuinely joyful about any money that comes in from the blog. And I am even more excited about the future possibilities. 

Over the next few months, I want to find more businesses and products to partner with. But my focus, first and foremost, will be creating some incredibly helpful content, which I think is more important now than ever before. 

March 2020 Expenses 

Expenses: $511.03 

ConvertKit: $29 
GSuite: $6 
Siteground: $383.04 
Bluehost: $17.99 
Business registration: $75 

Alright, so clearly this is my highest expense month to date. It’s actually a little mind boggling to me how expensive this month was. The thing is… last year I officially registered my business in February and then switched over my hosting in March, so everything came due again in February this year.  

For hosting, I’m sticking with Siteground and decided to go ahead and pay for two years up front (this blog isn’t going anywhere), so I won’t have to worry about that payment again next year. 

I’ll have to pay my business registration fee every year, but I actually paid it a little late this year, so I had to pay a late fee. (Oops!) 

My annual Tailwind payment will actually be due in April, but I’ve decided to switch it back to monthly until the fall and then start the annual payment again in the fall, in order to spread out some of my larger business expenses.

I think it’s important to recognize in these income reports that small businesses have to deal with financial management, too, not just marketing and content creation, etc. So I want to be transparent about how I’m handling Jamimico’s finances. 

Honestly, when I paid myself for the first time in January, I didn’t have a clear understanding of what payments would need to be made in March and the next few months. While I definitely have enough cash in my business account to keep things running, I wish I had thought through all of this a little more carefully. 

If you’re new to blogging or running a small business, make sure you know what annual payments you’ll need to make each month, so that nothing comes as a surprise to you. 

One Last Note 

I hope that my March income report was helpful and gave you a better understanding of what this blog is about and where it’s going. 

It’s my hope and prayer that throughout the rest of this year (and the years to come), I would serve you well as we walk together towards creating lives we love.  

This blog has created such a special community and, in so many ways, has really exceeded my expectations. It stills blows me away that 700 of you have entrusted me with providing you with content to enrich your lives. It is so incredibly humbling to know that you value my input, and it’s a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.  

To those in the Jamimico community, thank you so much for being so incredible! 

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