Wow. I have been doing this blogging business for 6 whole months. When I created my first post and signed up for the WordPress Blogging 101 class I really didn’t know where this adventure would take me. At the time, part of my motivation was to learn what I could in order to help someone else figure out her blog. At this point she has not published anything on her blog for months while I seem to be completely smitten with the blogging process.
Here I am and loving almost every minute of it.
Where am I today compared to where I was at the 2 month mark as published in my post What a Ride Its Been – Two Months in the Blogosphere?
- Number of followers: 267 (up from 158)
- Number of views: 5,828 (up from 2,707)
- Number of countries represented by people who have visited: 63 (up from 36)
I still haven’t figured out how to get the right balance between blogging and everything else in my life. The more time I spend blogging the less time I have for other favorite leisure time activities like reading and counted cross stitch. I want to do it all! I sound like a child. I look upon blogging as something I enjoy, but it causes me stress because I know I am not spending enough time reading other posts and commenting on them. I know that is necessary to keep building my blogging community. I feel like I have made good contacts and I want to read all they write, and comment and keep tabs on them and their lives. In one of my posts I asked how other people balance blogging with everything else. I received a wise comment from GHAGEN 123 who has a blog named To Create Sunshine said:
In response to your struggle with blogging time, I struggle with that too. In fact I completely quit for a while for lack of time, but it’s drawing me back. I think it’s important to put technology away sometimes and actually live your life! The main thing for me is that blogging is a creative outlet that I want to explore. I’m also learning more about technology and I think those two things make it time worthy. I wouldn’t give up time spent with people to blog, but if you enjoy the creative outlet, then I think it can be worthwhile.
I am still working on that balance, but she gave me quite a bit to think about.
I continue with some regular features on my blog, but I am realizing if I miss posting one of those features I should not think it is the end of the world. Sometimes it becomes too much of a chore to work on some of the posts, and I need to let that go. If the useful life of a feature has passed then I need to let them go. I still do a Tuesday List of Ten, a Wednesday Words Crush Quote, a Throwback Thursday post, a Casual Friday post and a Saturday Stitching Post. I think it isn’t desirable to have so many structured posts that I limit myself in original, random posts on various topics.
I have been invited to accept some awards and to participate in some challenges. My intention is good when I say I intent to accept or participate, but then I don’t manage to find the time to participate. Again, I have to find that right balance.
I am considering paying the money for an upgrade. Every now and then I see a box that says people may see advertising here. I have signed out of WordPress and tried to see what kind of ads are posted, but I have never seen any. I don’t know if my visitors see ads or for what the ads might be. I am wondering if I should pay the money to avoid the ads. The upgrade would also give me a choice of fonts and theme colors which I think I might enjoy.
Beyond this, I have not resolved any other questions or issues I had four months ago, including that I am no closer to making a decision about retiring than I was when I started this blog. I still am not on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter to publicize my blog. All of those seem to call for an investment of time which I do not have time. I am reaching a conclusion that I get more visits when I publish new posts in the morning before I go to work, but that is not really a scientific conclusion, just an observation.
I really want to thank everyone who reads my posts, whether or not you choose to follow me, and I always appreciate your comments and thoughts.
I look for further growth and development through my blogging experience, and who knows where all of this might end up? Thank you, thank you, thank you if you are with me this far.