Monthly Bucket List – November

I can’t actually believe how near to the end of the year it’s now getting! I love that it’s getting near to Christmas though. Since it’s the end of yet another month, it’s time for my monthly bucket list for November.

Monthly Bucket List

Here is how I got on with my goals for October:

Increase my followers and stats:

At the end of last month there had been 49832 site views on my blog, there have now been 58164. I find it amazing that I’ve had so many site views since I started my blog in the middle of January this year, so thank you everyone.

My Twitter was at 7468 followers and now I have 8326

My Facebook page was at 932 likes, and now has 1026

Instagram was 3211 now 3639

Pinterest was 3497 and now is at 3688

Tots 100 – I am currently number 171 out of over 8000 blogs, so that’s five months of being in the top 200 now!

Lose at least another 3lbs (hopefully more)

Epic failure on this one, not only did I not lose the 3lbs I was hoping for, at my last weigh in I had actually put some weight on. I’m floundering a bit with this one, and almost wishing I didn’t write my 47 reasons post. I’ll be coming back form our weekend away with determined head on though, I hate failing at anything, so I need to focus more. Any tips anyone?

Have a tidy house even if it only lasts a day

Yes well….I think we managed one day this month of this. I’ve been so busy lately, but that’s not a great excuse really. It’s tidier than it was, but this one comes under the header of ‘must do better’.

Pitch for work instead of being lazy and waiting for the emails to arrive

I’ve not done any real pitching, but I have responded more to shout outs for bloggers on Twitter, and from this I’ve had a couple of good bits of work. I’ve been too busy to need to pitch really, which is obviously a good thing, so I think I will save this for a quiet patch!

Walk for an hour a day on the treadmill or outside

I managed quite a lot of this, but again didn’t stick to it…hence the weight loss issues I imagine. I’ve not been very ‘good’ this month have I?! We are walking loads on the holiday we’re on in a different part of Cornwall at the moment though.

Have a picnic tea at the beach with the boys before the sun disappears again

We did this, and it was a lot of fun. We actually spent more time at the beach in October than we did in August, as the weather was so lovely.

Pentewan Beach

Reach 1000 Facebook Likes

Pleased to say this is one I did manage! In the time I’ve gotten over 8000 followers on Twitter, it has been a struggle to get over the 1000 mark on Facebook. I’m proud that I’ve done it though, does any one have any good tips for growing Facebook without paying to do so, as that’s not something I want to be doing?


This month I want to:

Lose 6 lbs – I know I failed at losing 3 lbs but I really hope I can do the 6 lbs to make up for the 3 lbs I didn’t do this month. Holding myself accountable here!

Buy a new car – we’ve just gotten rid of mine for a few different reasons, so this is an urgent one needing to be done by the end of half term really. It feels very odd to not be the owner of a car right now. It’s pretty much an essential in Cornwall.

Do a good job on my first blog Christmas gift guides – Although I had a blogger blog before this one over last Christmas, I only had that blog for around 3 weeks and so this is my first proper blogging Christmas, and I’m excited about some of the posts and bits I have lined up, but want to do a good job despite my inexperience ;)

Have family time on holiday – As this post goes live, I will be with my little family in a pod further down in Cornwall on a mini holiday, and although I will have been online to update my stats in this post and to hit publish, I am going to try and not get too involved with my blog, and concentrate on family time instead. So if you’ve contacted me and I’ve not replied, or I’ve missed a tweet etc, now you know why!

This month I am going to leave it at four goals, I think I’ll have more chance of achieving them this way and won’t be putting too much pressure on myself during what is going to be a very busy month!

Stevie x

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  1. 31 October 2015 / 10:34 pm

    From the photos you have on Instagram it looks like you’re having a fab time in your holiday pod!

    Congrats as always on the stats! I especially love the Facebook milestone! That *is* impressive! I always find FB a hard one to increase. I was so pleased to have reached 500 follows on Twitter recently! :)

    • 1 November 2015 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks lovely! Well done on the 500 on Twitter :) best thing I find with twitter is following other bloggers as a lot of them tend to follow back!
      As for facebook I find it really hard work since they’re mean and don’t even show all your followers your posts.
      Stevie x

  2. Robyn
    1 November 2015 / 2:26 am

    My goodness you’ve achieved a lot in a month! More than I have all year I think. Good luck with your goals for November. Losing weight, having a tidy house and growing my blog etc are all things that have been on my mind this month too.

    • 1 November 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Ha thank you, I love being busy – which is just as well!

      Stevie x

      • Robyn
        6 November 2015 / 7:38 am

        Visiting again via #picknmix – still impressed :)

        • 6 November 2015 / 11:36 am

          Ha! Thanks Robyn :)

          Stevie x

  3. 1 November 2015 / 10:09 am

    WOW I thought you’d be blogging for years Stevie. You’ve a great blog and I’m glad it’s doing so well for you.

    Having worked in a small outsourced call centre I’ll offer one piece of advice. It might be an idea to have a pitch or two in the background ready for when a quiet time comes along. It can sometimes take a few weeks from pitch to actually getting the work.

    Hope your enjoying your family break.

    • 1 November 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Ha no I’m still a newbie really after 9 and a half months :) and thank you


  4. 1 November 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I am always so wowed by your stats – would love to grow my FB as high but I can’t imagine how without a but of investment…

    • 1 November 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Facebook is definitely the trickiest one! I paid to boost a post ages ago it didn’t help a whole lot. I’ve found the best thing for growing mine us including ‘visit me on facebook’ as an option when I run rafflecopter competitions.
      I find a lot like my page when visiting! :)
      Stevie x

  5. 1 November 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Fantastic stats again Stevie well done hard work paying off :) hope you get on with your weight loss better this month, I know that struggle I don’t feel good atm but I’m trying very hard ha! Hope your holiday was fun x

    • 2 November 2015 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks lovely, I’ve taken it easy for a few days on holiday, starting back on my blog and diet tomorrow one of these things I’m looking forward to…. ;) Holiday was brilliant thanks Hannah!

      Stevie xx

  6. 6 November 2015 / 9:38 am

    That’s very lucky to be too busy to need to pitch! #picknmix

    • 6 November 2015 / 11:44 am

      I’m sure it won’t last lol and I’m sure others would still be pitching, I just don’t like to overload myself too much :)

      Stevie x

  7. Gemma @ Confessions of a Nagging Mother
    6 November 2015 / 10:21 am

    It sounds like you have had a fab month Stevie :) I love reading about your increase in followers! Have you done a post explaining how you go about increasing them at all? I’d love to read how you do it! :)


    Gemma xx

    • 6 November 2015 / 11:45 am

      Thanks hon and I keep meaning to, it’s in my drafts but it’s been a manic couple of months! Biggest tip though is just follow other bloggers

      Stevie xx

  8. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    6 November 2015 / 10:29 am

    Great progress!! Always good to read other of peoples success! My stats are increasing steadily the than damn Facebook!! haha. #picknmix

    • 6 November 2015 / 11:46 am

      Thanks hon, I’m the same when I read someone has done well I find it spurs me on as well :) Facebook is a complete pain, if it wasn’t for competitions I’ve run I wouldn’t have gotten over the 1k mark at all I don;t think!

      Stevie x

  9. 6 November 2015 / 11:13 am

    I’m such a list writer and I really should make myself a monthly to-do list like yours! #picknmix :)

    • 6 November 2015 / 11:48 am

      I’m the same with lists, I have even been known to write a list of lists I need to write *hides head in shame ;) *

      Stevie x

  10. 6 November 2015 / 11:59 am

    Well done on everything you’ve achieved this month! I love this idea of seeing where you stand and setting yourself goals! I might take a leaf from your book next month and see if I can push myself a bit more :) Thanks for sharing! #Picknmix

    • 6 November 2015 / 12:07 pm

      It definitely keeps me on my toes, knowing that people will see my stats every month! ;)

      Stevie x

  11. 6 November 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Well done on growing your social media following, great result :) good luck on the weight loss it is so hard, and I am looking forward to doing my first christmas gift guide too #picknmix

    • 6 November 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks hon, I’ve lost 3 lbs this week!! Very pleased…now if only it wasn’t the 3 lbs I’d put on whilst we were on holiday ;)

      Stevie x

  12. 6 November 2015 / 3:32 pm

    What a truly lovely post. This makes me want to get organised and makes me feel inspired. You’re doing a fantastic job. Keep posting and I’ll keep reading :) #picknmix

    • 6 November 2015 / 6:08 pm

      Aw thank you! It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I like where my blog etc is going at the moment :)

      Stevie x

  13. 6 November 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Oh no I hope you get a car. You’re right it’s definitely an essential down here. Wow another fabulous month for you! I love reading these growth posts and I have my own little chart on my wall. It’s so nice to set yourself goals and then watch yourself achieve them isn’t it. It’s so motivating. I hope you had a beautiful little staycation! xx

    • 6 November 2015 / 6:09 pm

      I have a car now phew! It’s an Astra estate and I’m a little bit in love with her ;) We also had a great time away thanks Chloe,

      Stevie xx

  14. luce
    6 November 2015 / 5:48 pm

    November already hey?! It really is flying this year, I need to get a list going like this especially along the lines of the losing weight goal! #PicknMix

    • 6 November 2015 / 6:13 pm

      It was originally a linky over at Twinderelmo and I think she is still going to be doing it despite missing two months due to moving house etc, so you should definitely keep an eye out if she does and join in :) It’s a great motivator for the month!

      Stevie x

  15. 6 November 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Can definitely relate to the tidy house bit – I’m looking at my absolute bombsite of a sitting room right now. But still no motivation to tidy it… Congrats on the stats too! My goal for the year was to get to 500 on all my networks. FB is not too far away now but bloglovin is my total bugbear. It never budges! :) #picknmix

    • 6 November 2015 / 9:15 pm

      I always forget to work on Bloglovin! In fact just realised I forget to include it in my stats on this post even :) There’s definitely a lot to juggle when you blog, I love it though as I love being busy luckily. It’s good to have a target, following other bloggers everywhere helps build most social media especially if you have the word ‘blog’ in your name or bio

      Stevie x

  16. 7 November 2015 / 10:18 am

    I love reading your stats, gives me an idea of what is needed to be higher up in Tots, although I am back in the top 500 again which is good. I just struggle to find blogging time versus family time. Finally got to 500 likes on Facebook, but I agree it’s a struggle. Interesting to see the number of views you get a month as well, you seem to have double the followers on social media etc and then double the views too, seems to be some correlation there! :) x #picnmix

    • 7 November 2015 / 11:14 am

      With Tots like I said a while ago it’s Klout and instagram social media wise, site views, how many links you have (including from commenting on others blogs) and your moz rank. I’m glad you’re back in the top 500 well deserved!! :))) A big help to views is competitions, so when you get asked to review something it’s a good idea to ask if they have a spare to run a competition with, or even if it’s something you won’t review as it’s not suitable for your family, you could offer to run a competition instead. With all your kids crafts etc you’ll be overtaking me in no time :)

      Stevie xx

  17. Tracey Abrahams
    7 November 2015 / 12:13 pm

    This is a great idea, actually setting goals down in writing for the following month. I should really try doing the same.
    I love the idea of having picnics on the beach and am glad you managed to get another one in before the weather changed xx #picknmix

    • 7 November 2015 / 2:38 pm

      It definitely helps to keep me on track and I like to have mini goals to aim for :)

      Stevie x

  18. 9 November 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Massive congrats! That’s awesome upranking! My FB page is currently at a small stand still, my aim is to get to 1k by the end of the month, which I hope is doable, I’m almost there. :)

    • 9 November 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Aw thank you :) Putting my stats up for the world to see every month means I definitely work hard on them and Facebook is a complete pain to grow I’m getting there slowly but surely though, and was thrilled to get that first 1000, crossed fingers this is your month for it too :)

      Stevie x

  19. 10 November 2015 / 11:00 pm

    That sound like a great list to me! I did not know that Tots 100 have over 8000 blogs. Well done you for being in the top 200 now for 5 months now! That’s amazing! I always wondered what Tots100 widget does? ;) x

    • 11 November 2015 / 10:26 am

      Thanks lovely, I’m number 122 this month, so I’ve managed it for 6 months now which I’m amazed by! :) the Tots badge on my site records how many people visit my blog to help them calculate my Tots score :)

      Stevie xx

  20. 11 November 2015 / 7:46 pm

    You are going to have to tell me your Instagram tips (future post idea there) good luck with all your goals for November. xx

    • 11 November 2015 / 8:30 pm

      Ha it’s one of many part written posts that I have in my drafts, I’ll get around to finishing it one day!

      Stevie xx

  21. 12 November 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Oh my goodness your stats are amazing!! Good luck on the weight loss and finding a new car. Thanks for hosting #PickNMix xx

    • 12 November 2015 / 11:13 pm

      Aw thank you! :) I have my new (to me) car and she’s a beauty

      Stevie xx