I wrote this post about two months ago, but I am still a bit unmotivated when it comes to blogging. I just really need some time to reflect. I have decided to cut down on posts from three per week to two (Tuesday and Thursday or Friday). I will also be redoing my blog layout, colours, etc. I would really love if anyone would help me for free. I am also stopping trying to monetize my blog until it gets more stable. I need to re-find my passion for blogging. I think everyone struggles from time to time, and I really feel that its something you usually cannot tell from the blog so I thought Id share a bit of my struggles. Without further ado, here’s the post I wrote.
Today is quite a personal post, and to be honest I am not sure if I will be posting this or not. I do know that I need to get it off my mind and even if it sits as a draft forever I will be fine with that.
During the last week(s) I have felt really sad about blogging. Questioning weather or not I should continue. I read somewhere that the average blog lasts for 3 months. I have had mine for about 9, so that’s good I guess.
I love blogging so much and I have been told I am quite passionate about it. But what happens when I put a lot of time and effort into something that just does not go anywhere? I think it would be natural to get discouraged. I have spent less time reading other blogs, hardly on Pinterest anymore (and that’s shocking), I spent a lot of time and energy on my Strawberry with Balsamic Vinegar & Mascarpone post, linked it up to over 20 link parties, I asked the two blogging groups on Facebook to comment on and share this post (because also my stats were so low) but still it only got 23 views, in 1 week.
It gets me thinking to what I am doing wrong? I am trying every trick in the book, but my blog is just not going anywhere. Will it ever go anywhere?
Is it just because I do not have a niche? Is it because my writing is bad? Do my project/posts suck? Is it because I am not good enough?
I will continue blogging, because I love it. But it is hard. Some days are less hard than others, but as long as I love what I do my stats should not really matter.
But in the end, I write to share my projects and connect with people. If I my blog is just lost in the big World Wide Web, is there really a point?
Don’t give up! I don’t have a niche either and I still blog! This blog streets are not for the weakhearted. Stay strong. Stay proactive. Read the book ProBlogger. It helped me a lot. Stay engaging others. Build relationships with other lifestyle blogs like yours . SEO the HELL out of each page. Finally, if people aren’t coming to you… you go to them. Comment on their social profiles, like them, ask them questions. Finally…join the FB group BLOGGERS LIKE ME! They’ve been an awesome group for me. Tell them I sent you boo! In the great words of Tupac KEEP YA HEAD UP!
Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly says
Thank you so much for your extremely wonderful and long comment! Truely inspired! I have yet to understand SEO, but I will have to understand it more to help my blog. I tried finding the FB group but cant fint it 🙁
Thank you again for your wonderful motivation!
I don’t remember how, but I did find you through all of the blogs, so I guess you are doing something right. It’s hard sometimes but I have been blogging for two years and I am not as far as I thought I would be either. I changed a lot of things around my blog to make it more me, which helped me be more motivated about blogging. I have also met some nice people through blogging so that’s a good reason to keep doing it. I’m also going through a rut recently but I’ve used it to inspire a series of posts ; )
PS. I love the new winter look and I’m looking to update mine as well. It’s a good way to refresh motivation as well.
Paris Pastry says
I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, and my blogs (I have two) took off after a year/1,5 year before it got a significant amount of views. The trick is to write about something that you’re good at, that way, it will feel organic to readers – and hopefully it will set your apart from other blogs.
Another helpful tip is to use a lot of big, beautiful photos – your own or not. And always keep improving your blog.
Some posts you spend hours work on, don’t take off – while others you thought would be useless, gain populairity. But every year I can look back at a whole year or blogging and that makes it so worth it!
Don’t give up! My friend and I blog together and that has really helped us, having 2 people to share the work because let’s face it…Blogging is hard work! We have been blogging since January 2013 and it was in October of this year that we saw our site really take off. One of our recipes was featured on a popular site and we suddenly saw our traffic jump overnight. Sometimes its just a stroke of luck like that that brings in the traffic. I would recommend getting active on social media if you aren’t already and trying to engage your followers. We have found that people talk to us a lot on Twitter but its just been in the last week or so that we are seeing people actually engaging with us on Facebook. Also check out some sites devoted to bloggers. I recently started reading a lot on The SITS Girls site and have found tons of useful info. If you ever need help or have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to other bloggers!