The Kathryn Bag and end of June grow my blog challenge!

Allow me to introduce...

The Kathryn Bag

So named because the bow is exactly like one I remember in my mum's hair
 (my mum's name is Kathryn)
in a lovely black and white photo of her as a child!

The bag has pockets inside, - a nice secret zipped pocket and a couple of simple slip-in ones too:

And also looks good in other colours !

Wouldn't you agree??

I'm quite proud of my design - and have even produced a pattern and tutorial for The Kathryn Bag too!

I am giving this away as a free thank you gift to all my email newsletter subscribers!
I've spent all month trying to figure out how to set up an email newsletter and sign up form - and finally succeeded! Yippee!!
If you would like to sign up and receive your free copy of the pattern - see the top of my sidebar !

Aside from that fabulous bag !  Today marks the end of my challenge to grow my blog this month!
Although I'm not stopping this growth, this has been a month to kickstart the process and has really shown me what is possible in a short space of time!

So - at the beginning of June I set my goals:

The measurable ones were:

"To grow my blog, I need to increase traffic. So for something measurable, I'm going to aim to boost my number of followers from my current number of almost 600, to 800. And my monthly pageviews from around 14000, to 20000. And since this is about making it profitable, I should attach a monetary value to it - this is tricky, and probably the scariest part as I'm not sure right now how I'm going to do this - but I have to have a goal, so I'm going to say I want to make $100 this month, from some action I have taken this month! Phew! I've said it - put it out there, now I have something to work towards!"

So how did I do?

Well as of this morning I have 792 followers.  I still have today to reach the magic 800- so if you aren't already a follower, you could alway join me and help me reach that goal!   I'm amazed to have got so close! Nearly 200 new followers in a month is amazing!  Thank you everyone!!

Monthly pageviews, I'm already over 20,000 for June - and still have a day to go!  Again - amazing! That's over 6000 more views than last month!

Now as far as my monetary goal of $100, sadly I didn't reach that.   I can say though, that in past months on Google Adsense I've made around $5, if I'm lucky.  This month that value has tripled!!!  I'm pretty happy with that as a start - and will focus on the fact that if I can keep my blog growing at the same rate as it has this month - then soon I will have an income from my blog!!  I've set up advertising space -and revised down my affiliate links to a quality minimum.

At the beginning of the month - I checked my Google Page Rank and it was 1 out of a possible 10.
I noticed a couple of days ago, that my blog is now ranked 3!!  Not a bad jump up!

So overall - I think I've done well, and my blog has certainlty grown lots during June!

I learnt a lot this month about blogging and how to turn it into something profitable!
This is just the beginning and I will continue to learn about and grow my blog to reach my goal of it providing me with an income so it can be my job, not just my hobby!

Some things I learned:

 That there is always more to learn!  Which means there is always a new or different way to grow my blog!

Have you been learning with me this month?  Have you noticed an effect on your blog visitors? or stats?

I hope you will continue to visit my blog and share in my continued growth.

I have lots more ideas brewing for new tutorials, and next Wednesday have a global launch of my Creating to Success interviews!


Finally - I need to have another measurable goal for July!

So to push me to continue my blog's speedy growth, I'm aiming to reach 1000 followers, and 30,000 monthly pageviews by the end of July!

And I'll try again for $100 profit!

Wish me luck!
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  1. I've learned a ton from your efforts! I haven't implemented stuff yet, but I am having such a good time watching you. From 1 to 3?!? That is fantastic! Whooo to the hoooo!

  2. thanks for visiting my blog
    hugs . .from Chile!

  3. Well done, Jill. The bag looks fabulous!

  4. Good luck with growing your blog - "if you build it, they will come".

  5. I've been trying to do many of the same things on my blog--turn it from a side hobby into something profitable for the family. Thanks for all the tips. I'm a new follower, subscriber, and I'll be checking out your adsense ads as well. : )

  6. I'm a new follower, and the spotlight of the Cup Of Joe blog hop. Come follow me back at! Nice to meet you!

  7. I am your newest follow from the Terrific Thursday Blog Hop! Please come visit me at

  8. It has been an amazing month for you and June was rough for so many. I can see you taking off in July!
    (Not taking time off, taking off like a rocket!)
    Just remember that some of your earned income won't appear immediately. Yaro was just commenting about money arriving from ads and affiliates he had given up on.
    I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.
    Thanks for sharing this experiment with us.

  9. I am now signed up. The pattern looks to cute. I am excited to try and make one. Are you going to start making patterns and selling them?

  10. You have made great progress in your blog. If I could figure out how to make money on my blog, I would be so happy! I'm now following you. (thanks for stopping by and following me.)The Kathryn bag is very cute!

  11. Congrats on growing your blog :) That's a lot of hard work.. well done!

    Thank you for visiting my little blog :)

  12. Well done, all that research and hard work is paying off. I wish you luck in the challenge you have set yourself for July. Of course I will be back to check on what you are doing. :-)


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