I think that most bloggers, whether hobbyist, professional, or somewhere in the middle, will all love different things about blogging- some love the community, some love having an outlet, some love the extra income if they have it (who wouldn’t?), and countless other aspects. However, what a lot of bloggers won’t actually discuss is the downsides of blogging, and they exist for all of us. If you are committed to growth, there is no way around it- a blog is a commitment like anything else, and there are aspects of it that can make it difficult and draining. I hope that this post can shed some light for the non-bloggers out there and offer some comfort and camaraderie to the bloggers out there, a nod to what actually makes blogging difficult!
I’ve decided to do a Q&A post after all of these years, to celebrate 2,000 followers on WordPress! From now (Tuesday, May 22) until Sunday (May 27), you can submit whatever questions you want to ask me! You can submit them:
1) Here in the comments
2) Through my Contact Me page
3) On my Facebook page
4) Through my Instagram page
5) Emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Anonymously through this Google form!
A huge massive thank you to everyone who is following me along on this meandering journey, for making this such a wonderful space for me and community for everyone!
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I try not to blog too often about blogging, as it is for an incredibly small audience, and I don’t think that I am an authority on what you should or should not be doing on a blog. However, sometimes a question strikes me and if it sticks for long enough, I will share it here to hopefully open up a discussion. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the proliferation of bloggers that have a store on their blog, and a course, and an e-book, and a YouTube channel, and services, and this, and that, and and and- is this becoming the norm for bloggers? And are we expected as bloggers to have all of these things?
With the year slowly winding down (or up?), I’ve been spending more time thinking on my blog- where it’s currently at, where I’ve come from, and where I want it to go. I firmly believe that blogs are living things that grow and change with us (or away from us), and it’s a good exercise for any blogger to take stock of what they are creating and publishing.
Happy Saturday everyone! I know that with my new schedule you don’t typically hear from me on Saturdays, but I thought that given that there isn’t a new post up today, it would be a good time to share my updates!
Blogger awards are a wonderful thing- they are a way to let fellow bloggers know that you are thinking about them, and that you appreciate the content that they are putting out. They are also a great way to connect with other bloggers, and get to know those of us behind the keyboard that might not necessarily peep out as often as we should. I hope that enjoy getting to know me a little bit more now!
Blogging is a bizarre hobby when you think about it. There is a huge divide between people who touch their blog once a month, and people who check it countless times throughout the day. Many of us hold ourselves to these weirdly high standards (that only apply to the most successful of bloggers that have monthly traffic of millions) for some reason, when we could just be enjoying it for what it is! Today is all about introspection- I’m sharing my blogging regrets, and how I’m feeling about my blog now.
I am by no means an expert in social media or running a blog, but I have learned quite a bit in the almost three years that I’ve had my blog. There are countless courses in how to boost your traffic with Pinterest, create the perfect Instagram story, and increase your mail list by offering something for free. However, most of these are not free and those that are usually land you on a mailing list that you can’t unsubscribe from no matter how hard you try. Today I’m sharing my social media tips that have worked for me – I’m no expert but in the past year and a half I’ve spent a lot of time trying out different things,
So, I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by one of my favourite new blogs, The Loyal Brit Wit. I discovered it in the WordPress Community Pool about a month back, and I love her daily posts that give a glimpse into what a particular British slang word might look like when fleshed out into a story. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been caught laughing to myself after reading this by numerous people- totally worth it! My favourite recent posts? Programme and Whinge! So, shall we get on with this?
Lindsey of the fantastic The Lindsey Vibe has very kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Lindsey’s blog is bright and fun and will make you want to do more, no matter what it is you are doing. My favourite recent posts from Lindsey are the Jumbo Tassel Paper Clip, Freebie Friday (Sassy Edition), and Lilly Pulitzer Agendas! I’ll wait here while you go and read her blog… Now that you are back, we will get onto the meat of the post!