What I Love & Don't Love About Blogging4:00 AM
If you're a blogger then you know what I mean when I say that there's a lot going on when you're blogging... and that's the reason or this post today. There are so many reasons why I do it and so many reasons why you probably notice I take some "breaks" here and there. There's a culmination of things that go into this. It's hard work. It's dedication. It's the "want" to want to do something when you feel like doing nothing at all...
Let's start off with what I like, shall we? I'm sure many of you will agree.
I like getting out there and putting something out that people may like...or hate. Whatever. It's out there. That's the point. I got a lot of satisfaction when some of my work was put on Parade.com. Even the DIY Lifestyle magazine was great...while it lasted.
Knowing that someone is reading your work and enjoying it is probably the most rewarding aspect of blogging. It could be a craft, recipe, random rambling post like this and it all feels the same.
I like talking to new people and meeting those with the same interests as myself. There have been many directions my blog has gone in the last few years and the people I met along the way were well worth it.
I gain inspiration left and right from everyone. I have yet to really find a reason to be "blocked" with ideas when there is so much going on in the world. I have said it before and I'll say it again, link parties and Pinterest are my best friends and I don't consider it to be unoriginal to do something someone else has done if I put my own spin on it and make it my own. One of my most popular posts ever was an idea I got from someone else and, with my own little spin, everyone loved it.
I consider myself a "lifestyle" blogger even though I think a label wouldn't put me in any particular category. I pretty much do whatever I want and that is a plus. Blogging is free and liberating. I can say and do whatever I like and...well, be as awesome as I can be at it.
I've made some moolah. Oh yeah! Well, a little moolah. It's not putting me into a penthouse suite, but it's extra spending money when I want it and there if I really need it. I can't say that it is definitely 100% the reason why I started blogging in the first place, but it is definitely a perk. Who wouldn't want to make some money doing something they love?
Now...dun dun dun...what I don't like.
I've been at the whole blogging thing for a long time now...almost 3 years. I know what it takes to do certain things and what I need to do to better myself. Let's face it, there isn't enough research or information you can absorb. It's constantly changing...even exhausting.
Why can't I increase my page views if I continuously share this popular pin on Pinterest? Oh, duh! Pinterest changed! Of course they did! Instagram wants to change the way people see pictures being posted. Of course they do because I'm trying to grow a following. Ahem..scratch that. A GOOD following.
I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to get people to pay attention to my affiliate links. I'm not greedy. I'm simply trying something new and getting discouraged. Do you have tips? Oh Lordy! Share them with me please!
Why do email subscription services, i.e., MadMimi, etc. have to be so darn expensive. I feel like I'm penalized because people like what I do. Do I really have to pay $75 to let people know what I'm blogging about next week?!
Last, but not least, the dreaded "look at how much money I made last month" posts. I know that it is suppose to be something to drive you to do the same, but I feel like what is good for the goose may not necessarily be good for the gander. I think of them more as bragging posts than good, useful information that I can walk away with. They all appear to be like "Hey. Ha! Lookie what I have". Really?
Geez. I guess that was my biggest pet peeve about blogging. Ahem....sorry you had to witness that! Ha ha ha! Oh, man!
Well, I guess that's it. I'm interested in knowing what you love/don't love/tolerate from blogging. At least I know I won't be alone!