My Daily Diary - 11/19/2014 (Increasing page views, Side Income, and Finding Time To Relax)

trishasaccount By trishasaccount, 19th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My public diary for consumption and critique. I hope you enjoy reading.

Writing Experiments

I am always curious to see how small modifications can improve readership in blogs and other platforms. My creating a "daily diary," my viewership has increased to an average of 85 page views per daily (roughly 30 views for that day's entry, and 5 or so for other diary entries). Now, I would like to see how other small changes can increase reader response, as well as connect my work here with my blog.

So, here's what I'm going to do:
1. Include brief descriptors in the title to give readers an idea what the content in my diary entry will be.
2. Modify old diary entries to include the same.
3. Include links to one or two old/similar diary entries at the end of my entry.

I will let you know how these small changes affect viewership. An in a week, I will make another set of changes and report the results.

What To Do About Money

Sometimes I don't feel like I make the best decisions work-wise. For instance, would anyone believe that I have a Masters degree in World Literature--specifically focused on Feminist literature written in the Middle East? Probably not, because I don't use that degree, and instead, I use some of my functional education coursework to be a $9/hr preschool teacher. How is this the best decision I can make for my family? Short answer is, it's not. I definitely appreciate the regular hours, salary, and the fact that I can take my son to work with me and break to breast feed him on demand. However, I should and could be doing more to help secure my future and utilize my coursework better.

Some options would be: 1) Create products for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers for preschool teachers. 2) Manage another blog that is geared towards Middle Eastern Feminist Literature and promote my ability to quickly edit coursework. Both options are feasible, but I am not ready to commit more time than I have without first getting control of what I have to do now. Which brings me to my next question...

Why Can't I Relax?

I listen to mothers at the preschool constantly talk about going to get their hair done, or nails done, or shop, or going out to dinner, etc... and I keep wondering, why can't I do that? I can't be the only mother on the planet that feels like I am busy all day long with my son. Maybe I really do have time to relax, I just don't realize it. I should start by recognizing that I don't have to do everything at once (e.g. clean the whole house, do all of my lesson plans, prepare all of the week's meals). Jerry is good at giving me breaks during the day so why don't I use this more effectively? I can take a nap when Erik lays down in the afternoon, then I can work on specific household goals, or work goals, one at a time to get my work done. And most importantly, I have to forgive myself that I do not get everything finished at once. This afternoon, when I get back from preschool, I am going to feed Erik, put him down for his afternoon nap, grab a quick lunch, and lay down for 30 minutes.

Thanks for reading,
The Happy Home Executive

For further reading:
My Daily Diary 11/18/2014
My Daily Diary 11/17/2014


Increase Page Views, New Mom, Relaxation, Side Income, Wikinut, Writing

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I'm a 32-year-old mother, teacher, nonprofit worker, partner, and all-around exhausted woman. But there's no sense in complaining when life is so much stinkin' fun.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Nov 2014 (#)

Interesting post, cheers!

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Nov 2014 (#)

You are going great on your planning!

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