March 2016 Update
March has been a crazy month, and now we're in April. A lot has happened this month, so let's keep it brief.
At the end of the month, I was let go from my contract job and while it sucked to essentially be fired, I was not unhappy about this decision. I'd been sick on and off for a long period of time, coming back into a sickly office environment, and getting sick again which meant I had to keep taking time off because I was constantly so sick. Eventually, it got to the point, I wanted to give in my notice early because I was not getting better, but the agency I was with told me I had to finish out my contract.
Eventually, when I kept getting sicker and sicker, and not showing up for work, I was told they would not require my services any further and that I was being let go. Honestly, whilst I feel sad that it came to this, because I always try and keep it positive with employers, I was kind of relieved.
It made me realise that full-time work in a strict office environment where I'm not being mentally stimulated is not for me. The money is good, but if it's not the right thing for you, then eventually the door closes and something else opens In Shaa Allah (God Willing).
For the past 2 weeks, I've been suffering from a chest infection and have only just managed to get some medications to help combat it. At one point, I woke up in a sweat at 3 am and literally could not breathe. I've had a few instances over the past week of this, but now thanks to the medication alhamdulillah (thanks to God), I am getting better. It just means I'm constantly tired as my body fights this infection, but sometimes we just need to take some rest to recover.
I'm going to be introducing a new feature called Site Stats. Since I'm not making any money from this blog as yet, I thought I'd show you over the last year how much this site has grown over the last nearly 12 months. We're almost coming up to our 1st birthday in May!
As you can see, I've finally got back to 720 pageviews which is what I had last year with foodfashionfaith.com before I closed it down.
I put this down to posting more and honing in my niche. I think I realised that having a niche and sticking to it is way more valuable to me than trying to do everything for everyone. For now at least, I'm sticking to fashion, beauty and blogging topics because these are the 3 things I am most passionate about. I try and make it a little different with other content every now and again, but I realised the Pro Makeup Artist series, whilst interesting wasn't attracting a wider audience.
As of now, I have also taken the decision to stop advertising my makeup artists services because I'm not getting any hits on that. Maybe I'll come back to it later in the year, but for now it's on the back burner while I focus on my recovery and getting back to normal.
As you may have noticed, I've put advertising back on, which was a more financial decision more than anything. I'm getting to the point where I do want to grow this blog, and make it my full time job, but I need funds to make that happen.
For now, I've chosen to put select advertising in certain places to make it less intrusive for you and me. I don't have anything in the sidebar, so if you like something and feel like you might want to buy from the affiliate links, or advertising, that would help me out so much :).