How is it possible that I have been blogging 4 1/2 years and never done a “State of the Blog” address? It kinda seems like it should be a yearly thing. Also 4 1/2 years! How is that even possible?
Back when I started blogging I had no idea about traffic and SEO and PageRank (come to think of it, I still don’t). There was no Twitter, Facebook business pages or Pinterest. Back in ye olden days, you just wrote stuff and then your mom commented.
Then other people started commenting. And coming back. Low and behold I had readers. Then subscribers. Then Twitter followers and Facebook fans. I had community.
That is the best and biggest surprise about blogging. Finding all of you. My friends who live in the computer.
I write for me. I write because after 4 1/2 years of writing I have found I have to write. But I also write for you. And so it only seems right that when I want to make some changes I make sure my community buys in.
Way back when I started blogging, I loved blogging every day. And I loved blogging in a scheduled fashion. I have tried some different carnivals and a few have stood the test of time. I even started my own carnival after a few years of writing a Things I Love Thursday post, I invited you all to join me.
But here is the thing. I am starting to hate the schedule. I am starting to write things that I don’t want to write just to keep up my routine. And I am starting to “force” content just to get a post up. I feel like I disappoint you when I don’t post every day. And while I realize that is most likely all in my head, the problem is I am often disappointing me.
So I may be blogging a little less. And while I might still participate in some carnivals….. I might not too. And, as hard as it is for me to admit, I’m not going to do Things I Love Thursday anymore. I am so conflicted about letting “my baby” go, but I think at the end of the day I will just love this space more without it. And it will free me up to experiment with some other things. Maybe fashion, maybe food, maybe videos. Who knows?! As a woman I retain the right to not remotely make up my mind.
Net out? I want to focus on quality over quantity. I have tried, after a stretch of being really unbalanced, to keep a good balance between sponsored posts and organic content. No one wants to read an infomercial so I will continue to try and make a little “bill paying money” for my family without selling my soul.
While many go to Blissdom to learn how to monetize, learn how to build a better brand and network with companies, I found myself drawn to the writing sessions. I just want to fall in love with writing again. And in doing that, I sincerely hope you all will fall in love with this blog even more.
Somehow in all the years I have been blogging I have never done a survey of my readers. Major blogging fail! So if you would be so kind to tell me a little about you, I would be so very grateful.
I truly appreciate everyone who comes here every day. Your comments on my blog, “likes” on my Facebook page and links on my carnival bring all sorts of joy to my days. So thank you. Truly.
Don’t forget to take the survey. I will post the results next week.