Whoops! Getting into a habit like regular website updates is... apparently something that's going to take time. Obviously my monthly updates haven't stuck yet. But I'm gonna keep trying!
what happened in the last few months?
You may recall that in my February Update I had two exciting new plans: Amazon Affiliates, and weekly blogging. Those... obviously didn't happen (and Amazon Affiliates is really only an option if I'm blogging regularly, so they're tied). Turns out I gave myself some major burnout with the sheer amount of cosplay work I crammed into the final month or two of 2015, and it has taken me some time to recover. Luckily, I think I'm finally back at 100% — so I'm going to take a stab at those goals again.
(Oh, bullet journaling is going really well, though — I'm going to do a blog post about bullet journaling for cosplay soon, because it's helping me a ton!)
I also set some social media follow goals for February, and then set some new ones for March and April, which I didn't share with you guys. The short version is that I met (and occasionally exceeded) all of my goals except for Pinterest (which doesn't shock me, since I did a ton of reorganization and lost a big number of followers up front who probably just weren't interested in a cosplay focus.)
Some of my goals I was really lagging behind on, but I experienced a huge boost at the beginning of April with the release of my peasant Cinderella photos and their subsequent virality on Imgur and Reddit.
All told, I attribute nearly 1,500 new Facebook likes to Cinderella's spread. (I've also been experiencing pretty constant slut shaming since that day, so... it's not all sunshine and rainbows, but that's the internet for you.)
Here's a pretty enlightening look at my Facebook like count since March 1:
What's cool about this particular photo set's success is that it was my first photoshoot I executed entirely myself — using a camera timer and a tripod, I shot all these photos solo, and edited them myself as well. Knowing I can be self sufficient in that way is a huge relief, especially since I live in an area right now where there isn't a big cosplay community.
what are my goals?
Aside from repeating my previous goals of blogging regularly and trying to fit Amazon Affiliates into my plan, I'd also like to do at least one new photoshoot a month, considering I can do them on my own schedule now. This might mean reshooting older costumes, or doing some quick/closet cosplays, but this should hopefully just mean more content in general!
I also want to make sure I'm releasing a new YouTube video every month, at least — last month I released this Ravenclaw house color vlog, for example.
I may also put together blog posts about how I track my social media, how I set my goals, and what tactics I use to achieve them.
As always, I'm happy to take questions from anyone who has them! I realize this is a pretty boring post for most, but if you're looking to build a cosplay audience (or other online audience), I hope I can be a resource, even if just as a case study. :)