This is the 42nd monthly report for Print My Blog (PMB) WordPress plugin, documenting my journey to be fairly compensated for my time and reach 10,000 active installs.
💰 $7,018.49/$36,435.28 (fairly compensated for time)
🖥5,????/10,000 active installs (on-par with other print button plugins)
What Happened This Month
I was previously tracking active install growth here, but that was removed unilaterally at the end of September 2022.
Mailing List Stats
Stats from my MailChimp mailing list.
Stats from my site’s Koko analytics (don’t need no Google Analytics, thank you!)
Freemius gathers other stats about sales and sites using the plugin.
Finances and More Plugin Stats
Most of my work this last month centered around releasing, documenting, announcing, demo’ing, and promoting a new design. (There were plenty of minor bugfixes and support offered via email and WordPress.org, but none of that’s been too noteworthy.)
The big feature this month was a new design called “Haller Tabloid”, named after Craig Haller who suggested and helped develop it.
I also took the time to make a blog post announcing the new design, documented its features in the user manual, and made a video showing how to use it to create a print and online newspaper.
The gist of it is this though: this design has a look that’s pretty typical of small print newspapers or tabloids. Some features include:
- prevalent front page with a big title and optional sidebar call-outs
- multi-column layout where wide and full-page images can span multiple columns
- duplex top margin that repeats the papers name, issue number, and date
@RealNealDeal on Twitter said “Reminds me of the fanzines in the 80’s and 90’s”, which I’ll take as a compliment.
I’m excited to see what people make with it, or what other ideas it spawns. So if you’re using it, or have suggestions for it, please get in touch.
I want to write more tutorials (e.g., how to publish a blog to Amazon). I feel like PMB needs more exposure. Very often I release new features that take quite a lot of time but don’t really visibly translate into new users.
In contrast, getting a good post out seems to generate a good deal new views (like 10 times more page views for a couple days) which more-or-less translate into more inquiries into the software and more sales.
Probably mostly more posts, and a few small features (like optionally showing sub-headings in the table of contents). The big feature is rewriting Quick Print to use Pro Print under the hood because Quick Print has quite a lot more support issues and fewer features. But as with most big projects, it’s a bit harder to get started on it because I haven’t totally figured out how I want it to work.
If there’s any feature or compatibility you’d like to see in PMB, please contact me as usual.