Blogging is amazing. You meet a ton of neat people, share lots of interesting thoughts/images/ideas, and learn a ton about coding, writing, and promoting yourself. I love all that stuff! But there are a few things that I don’t enjoy about blogging.
I have learned a ton about how to share my stuff on social media platforms to help get some pageviews. Just last week I tried a FB Live post which was great! I didn’t say much, but the experience was fun. Next time I’ll have a topic in mind before I just start chatting to my phone. Check it out:
(If you can’t see it, or it didn’t play, visit my FB page and let me know please!)
Before I started blogging myself I had never read a blog. I had to go through a huge learning curve (which I am still on, and likely will be forever) to understand how to blog, as well as all the backend stuff that goes into creating and maintaining a blog. Now I feel pretty confident that I know what I’m doing, but there are things I still struggle with.
I’m going to share a few secrets with you…
I don’t like reading other blogs.
There, I’ve said it. Most of the other aspects of blogging are fun for me, but making time to read other blogs really feels like a chore.
When I’m on social media I will happily click through a link to read something to that looks interesting, or potentially relevant to my own readers. But I don’t make any time in my life to just go read blogs. I do join linkys – in the name of getting my words out to the world – and I read the required number of posts there, and sometimes a few more, but I never just go online to read blogs.
I never participate in “follow all” FB group posts.
I’ve joined a handful of FB groups for bloggers. They are a great place to ask questions and get support on your blogging journey.
Facebook groups often offer daily or weekly threads for sharing/retweeting/gaining followers for your blog. Most of the ones I see are “follow all”, though there are a few that say “Find 3 that resound with you and your readers and share.” Those threads I am WAY more likely to participate in.
I don’t like the idea of retweeting/following/sharing content that I don’t care about – that my readers won’t care about. I would love to have 65 people share my content, but not if it means I have to share 65 pieces of content that are irrelevant to me. So I just skip over those posts – and maybe I lose out on some new readers or social media followers – but it’s just not worth it for me.
Pinterest is still a mystery to me.
I didn’t have a Pinterest account before I started my blog here on WordPress. I had no interest in “pinning” things (and honestly I didn’t know what that even meant.) Now I know what to do on Pinterest, but I don’t enjoy doing it.
I keep hearing that Pinterest is the best place to get pageviews from. It’s not for me. Maybe because I don’t write “how to” posts or share recipes. Or maybe it’s because I still have no idea what I’m doing there.
My rich pins are enabled, I’ve joined group boards, I try to pin every few days, and I pin both my stuff and other people’s stuff. Because I don’t really enjoy Pinterest I find it a total chore to scroll around and click pins and decide if they are relevant to me or my followers. Sometimes I even click through to read the posts they’re linked to because it’s not clear what the pin is actually about.
Pinterest is definitely my least favourite social media channel of all the ones I belong to.
My blog is no longer a hobby.
I started blogging for fun and to share my life with others. Now I have a purpose – to share tips and tricks to help working parents survive today’s busy modern life. And because I feel like I have a purpose now, I want my blog to be successful. I want to reach as many people as possible. I want my social media channels to resonate with others. And (selfishly) I want to make a little money in this endeavour.
Being a working mom means that when I work on my blog it’s time I’m not spending with my family and friends. I’ve recently found a few new (to me) automation tools that have helped me schedule social sharing long term so I don’t have to spend time every day scheduling posts. I’d like to thank Julie at Fab Working Mom Life for sharing what she uses with me!
Are there things you don’t enjoy about blogging?
Share your struggles with me! I’d love to commiserate with you in the comments. Or is there something I should be doing that I’m not? I am always looking for helpful tips and tricks to streamline my blog life!