Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Looking back on month of June, had a busy month

Well, my lovely friends, we have now gotten to that time of the month again where I sit down and spend some time together with you guys looking back on the month that has passed and at the same time sharing some thoughts on what has been and what's ahead for us or me in this case. I wouldn't really want to change something that has become a tradition here on my blog and I am that type of guy who loves these new beginnings events as you know. Anyway, when I am looking back on June I have to say that it has been a really great one. Not the most productive month for my blog, but at the same time, I have gotten a lot done in other areas!

As a pure blog month, I have to say it has been a bad one since I only published three including this one. These are (Day 95 in quarantine, we are planning our future) and (I do love my new life and expat lifestyle here in Peru). The thing is that I had plans for so many more, but I just couldn't get around to do most of them, for many reasons to be honest. At least I hope they are good enough to make up for those who never became a reality this time around and they got decent traffic, that has to be said. On the other hand, I will do my best to make up for this during this month. That said and when I am looking on my situation on social media I have to say it has happened to me again.

Yes, I am talking about Twitter and their tradition of suspending my accounts for some weird reason. This month wasn't any different, to be honest. In total, this is the fifth time this has happened to me and the third time since I opened my blog, but I am not a guy that is easily defeated. So I have opened a new account (Jack H White) and continued where I left off at my old one, but at the same time overreaching my original goal for Twitter that month even though I lost all my original following! My original goal was 150 followers by the end of the month but I got suspended halfway through. Well from the middle of the month and to the end of it I gained the lost following and ended up at 160 followers.

While I am talking about social media, have to say that I have been a bad boy when it comes to Facebook. I have totally “ignored” Facebook because I have completely forgotten both my Facebook pages (Beyond the Horizon) and (Jack White Sr), even forgetting my own personal account (Jack White). Yes, you can add me on Facebook if you wish to, could be fun to interact more personal with my readers. When it comes to Instagram (Beyond our Horizon) I have done better, but I do seem to have a problem gathering a sizable following there. It's hovering between 190 and 200, has done so for the past year or so. To be honest, I am just posting to update my friends and family, have no idea what I am doing there.

I have also failed greatly when it comes to my YouTube channel (Beyond the Horizon 2.0). Not that I haven't uploaded videos, but most previous attempts on vlogs and such, but I have gained some subscribers. Standing at 24 subscribes as of writing this post. The thing is that my “camera” is kinda failing me and that makes things a bit difficult to record new videos at the moment. When this is said and looking forward, I have to say that for July I have some big plans and especially for my blog. I will be returning to my usual or normal content, but I will have a couple of COVID-19 related blog posts throughout this month. When it comes to my social media?

I have to say that my main focus will be on Twitter and to grow my audience there. This month I want to reach 400 followers, that's an increase of 240 followers throughout July if I will get there is another question, but at the same time I did manage to gain 160 followers in less than two weeks back in June! All I need to do to keep my new account safe is to focus less on politics and more on expat related ones because Twitter can be toxic at times and I think its politics that has gotten my previous accounts suspended in the past. Not going to happen this time around. So I need to become more careful in the future when approaching topics that might stir up reactions.

When it comes to my blog, this month I want to focus on the more typical top 5 content, write about my experience living as an expat in Canada and at the same time show more of my expat hometown kinda thing since things are opening up more these days. I might even return to the topic of Norway and my hometown Kristiansund. I am thinking about writing about my life back home, in a way to start to actually introduce myself to you, my readers! At the same time, I will do a try to return to work on my YouTube channel (Beyond the Horizon 2.0). I need to see if I can be able to record at least some videos for you guys.

At the same time, I am working on and laying the groundwork for a website. Yes, a proper website dedicated to travel and expat topics. It won't be a blog-style type of things, but more help and a guide type of thing. Not gotten around for the domain yet. Not sure if this will be something that will be ready by the end of the month either. In the same breath, I am also working on a fishing blog or website with an online store. Fishing is maybe my oldest passion and I wish to dedicate more time on this. Actually, I did publish a post about this (Something I have been missing while livingin Peru), but this will have a more business aspect of it. I am looking for partners for products and stuff like that.

I do know that I might come off as overly ambitious with my plans for this month, but some of them will stretch over several months, like my expat website and fishing project. There are also plans for a fishing channel on YouTube (Fishing with Jack) where I focus on taking you guys on fishing adventures. For this, I need to get my hands on some semi-good fishing gear and a decent camera, like a GoPro or something. When I look at it from a distance, it does look as I am about to chew over more than I can swallow if all of this comes through. All one really can do is try and see how it goes.

Well, I guess its time for me to wrap this blog post up and get it ready for my blog. As usual, I didn't intend for it gets as long as it did, things just kinda snowballed on me as I went along. The mistake I make every time is that I don't have a clear map of what I am going to write, just the topic and the headline and that's why things kinda get out of hands some times. Like it did this time around, but at least I got to talk about what has been and shared some thoughts on the future. That's not a bad thing, just that I have so many ideas and those keep growing with time in many ways. You can say that I have too many thoughts flying around at the same time. Anyway, I hope you did enjoy my post?
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