Saturday, 23 May 2015

My brutal truth about blogging





Writers block.... When you are stuck at an impasse. There are many things to help with this. Pinterest is full of them. Blog post ideas, blog topics, 600 great ideas for your blog. I have read so many. The problem is, the only thing swirling around in my head is this. Blogging is damn tough.

Of course you are just typing your thoughts, your passions, how hard can this be? Aside from just writing the personal stories from my life I thought to branch out. To explore the world of blogging. It is quite a place. I have read alot of articles on what mistakes people make in blogging to what makes your blog successful, what makes some posts go viral. I have to admit I was intrigued. I want to be part of this. It is exciting thinking that people out in the world could possibly enjoy reading your blog. There are mommy bloggers, daddy bloggers, fashion bloggers, beauty bloggers, even video bloggers (vloggers) there are so many kinds. Where do I fit in, where is my niche? 

 Lets be honest here, I never aspired to be writer, if I was asked what a the difference between a noun and a verb I would have to google. School wasnt my forte, paying attention and retaining this information even less. I dont see myself as a famous blogger or one who is paid to write articles. I am just one in the many hoping to entertain. 

You meet all types of people in the blogging world. There are ones who are willing to extend the olive branch and give you a little insight, some advice, even grab your hand and pull you up a bit. Than there are others. If you are a beginner blogger I dont even think you rank in their books. Dont get me wrong, I have met a lot of great people. Certain ones in particular who go out of their way to help me and I am ever so grateful. But it also feels a little like highschool sometimes where you are left out of the clique. 

I may have lost my way in the last little bit. I was caught up in numbers. How many people look at my blog. If you read my previous posts, especially the one about my disaster banana bread you know I am a results oriented person. I want the big bang before the work. I want it all NOW. This is no different, I am me after all. Why do I not have more followers? There has to be something wrong with my numbers, I whine to my husband. But alas the numbers do not lie. I do not have a large follower base, I wouldnt even call it a base it is so small. I was devastated. How could I have so few? Was my blog that bad? 

 I ask my Father, how did you like my last post? His reply "You're losing me, I like your stories about you and your life". So now I am thinking over and over "You're losing me", "You're losing me". If I cannot keep my father interested in my blog well by golly lets just throw in the towel. I read somewhere they said "It doesnt matter if you have 50,000 views daily on your blog it matters how many followers you have. Content is king they tell you. Content is King..... So I figure, who is this "content" and where is he king of so I can go choke him. 

 With all my devastating news pouring out to my husband he gives me his pep talk. Now, sitting humbled I realize. I started all this for ME! I spent the last year digging myself out of the devastating effects that post partum depression buried me under. I started writing because it made me happy. Now is this making me happy what I am doing? Worrying about the numbers, trying to please others, what they want to read what they want me to write. The answer is no. I can scroll through that article on pinterest of 600 blog ideas and if one doesnt touch me, I cant write about it.

Take this for example, I was to write a blog about a cake I made. In the world of blogging you can share your blog through blog sharing. There is one for recipes. I thought, hey, I can submit one about the cake I made for my sisters Birthday. The thing is when it comes down to it. I am not a food blogger, I hate cooking!!! HATE IT. I like to bake but I am not overly good (results oriented and I ruin alot of baking rushing it) So tonight, as I am trying my best to get a good picture of this cake, a picture worthy of some of the food blogs I have read, it hit me. What in the world are you doing? I dont have the right lighting, I dont have a decadent looking piece of cake, I mean it was damn good, but was it magazine picture worthy? no lol. 

 So as I sit here frustrated I think about why I started and where I have come from since than. I really only started to blog seriously, just shy of two months ago. What was I expecting? I need to focus on where I did come and what I have achieved rather than dwell on what I havent. In just under two short months my blog has jumped over 10,000 views. I wrote a post on April 2nd with excitement that just over 2,000 people had viewed my blog. I now have over 12,000 views. Now whomever said that it doesnt matter how many people view your blog it is about the followers, he/she can piss off. I will take these views as my own personal accomplishment. I worked damn hard to get here. I guess, if you are reading this, I am doing something right :)



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90 comments:

  1. You are not losing me. I can't wait to see the new blog posts. Now let's see a pic of that damn good ugly cake already☺

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    1. Haha it wasn't ugly, just not magazine worthy :)

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  2. Content is King - the line about choking him, brilliant!! It can be so hard when you first start out and worry about the numbers, I do the same dang thing and I have off and on periods of obsessing about it. But don't give up! And like you say, you're writing for you. I always tell myself "If I only reach one person with a post, well that's one more person than before." Congrats on the 12,000 views!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. On a post like this comments mean the world. It makes you feel less alone in how you feel. Lol, I wrote this in the heat of the moment when I was very frustrated. I wasn't sure if I was going to post it, it is embarrassing telling people that I have little to no followers. But in the end people are reading it, so that makes me happy. Thanks again!!!!

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  3. Your thoughts are similar to every blogger who has ever lived (I mean, I didn't personally poll them all but I'm pretty sure). I have sure had most of these same thoughts. I believe you stumbled on the right path at the end. Why do you blog? For you! Because it was enjoyable! Never lose sight of that. I have to remind myself of that on a regular basis too.
    Here's to your next 12000!!

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  4. I sooo appreciate your comment. It really does make me feel better knowing people relate. Sometimes you feel like the only one struggling. I wasn't sure I wS going to post this blog, it's raw and embarrassing that I have little to no followers. But I foisted and people have read it :) thanks again. It means a lot!!!

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  5. I could have written this - I'm in the exact same position, except with about 2k views in 6weeks, so hey, you're not doing so badly.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It really means the world. I feel better knowing that most bloggers feel this way at least at one point and somehow misery loves company.... right? ;)

      Thanks again for reading :)

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  6. I hate content is king too, some posts I think are fab and people don't like them and random ones they do. Go figure. I'll keep on plugging though I'm enjoying these twists and turns let's see where blogging takes us!

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    1. I am enjoying them too. I never knew how much I would like to blog until I actually did it. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It sure makes me feel less alone. :)

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    2. Thanks for linking up with #effitfriday

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  7. I was loosing my self as well, for the followers, I want NOW NOW NOW.
    I had a "breakdown" and I opened my eyes, so when I see pictures that are too perfect I simply pass forward I don't even look at the post. You see, who in her true self, working, taking care of kids and still have time for cooking can make such perfect pictures? I surely can't, so I don't. I prefer pictures that capture the reality, from someone like me, not perfect. So bring that picture and cake recipe.

    Totally agree with your post. Thank you for the honesty.

    #TwinklyTuesday

    x Marta @DearMartaM

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    1. I cant thank you more for your comment. It sure makes me feel less alone in the way I feel when bloggers come foward and let me know I am not alone. Maybe I just might write that blog about the cake after all ;)

      THANKS AGAIN :)

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  8. great post! I can definitely relate to getting caught up in the whole "follower" thing. I have worked hard to gain a following and it's annoying because you can lose followers all the time too. I just try not to let it consume me.


    stop by and chat :) http://storybookapothecary.com ♥

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I will definitely come by and also check out your blog.

      Thank you for reading my post :)

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  9. This is brilliant and exactly how I feel...only thing is my blog will be three months old on the 9th June and to date I have only had 1533 views :) so I think you are doing fantastically well :) I am sure whatever works for you is what matters as you say not how many followers you have... I haven't got many of them either lol!! Heres to the hard slog - I hope it really works for you xx #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment. I am so happy with the response that I do not feel so alone in this anymore. Blogging is hard work :) Way to go on your 1533 views. I have started to believe that any views are an accomplishment :) Congrats to both of us :)

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  10. Love this post, I definitely can relate to a lot of this... I have just started and I want it ALL now as well, I think it is a normal reaction.. Don't give up, at the end of the day its for you and no one else.. :) it takes time to build an audience.. :) Thank you for sharing and joining Oh My Heartsie Wordless Wednesday Link party, have a fab day - Evija @From Evija with Love https://fromevijawithlove.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you for sharing how you feel. It is so nice to know I am not alone. It makes the struggle that much easier to know you are among people who feel the same.

      Thank you for stopping by and reading :)

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  11. I get you! Take whatever victories you can. I have noticed that a lot of the most popular blogs are those who jumped in when the medium was new. I'm only a few months in myself, but you do receive incremental victories.

    Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reading. I think I will take whatever victories I can. I am starting to feel damn proud of where I came from. It is the feeling of you are the only one who feels this way that brings you down. Everyones comments are so great and make me feel less alone in this. Because after all, blogging is great, but it is hard as well.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting :)

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  12. Aww, everyone feels like this at some point I feel - even when they get more followers and views - there is always someone out there who has better pictures, or better post ideas. But you know what at the end of the day it's about having your voice and using it. Blogging is hard, but girl you're doing well! :)

    vvnightingale.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It really means alot. You are so right, it is never good to compare to others, I guess we just all do the best we can do :)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and comment

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  13. So the photo be damned...did you eat the piece of cake? I'm sitting here at my teeny desk, with my tiny following of my blog, and all I can think about is whether you ate the piece of cake!

    Take a step back and enjoy the ride a little bit. I'm no expert, just another blogger full of hot air that has to go out through the keyboard. But I know that the numbers have almost killed off my joy on a number of occasions. And this is coming from the son of two accountants. Someone who does (well, did) data analysis for a career.

    Keep writing. Keep laughing. And eat the damned cake!

    Glad I jumped over from #TwinklyTuesday.

    Make it a great day!

    Hectic-Dad (hectic-dad.com)

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    1. Your comment could very well be my favourite. LOL. I did eat the cake. Everyone ate the cake and enjoyed it. It was a damn good cake! I just could not get a picture worthy of what I "thought" I should have. In the end, I am sure my cake pic was probably just fine and it doesnt need to go in any magazine it just needs to be there for people to see, like you :)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and especially commenting. It means the world! Its nice to know others feel the same and I am grateful for everyone letting me know I am not alone.

      If you would like to connect on twitter I am @susanpajaro

      THANKS AGAIN :)

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  14. This is a brilliant post and something we should all try and remember from time to time. You write fantastically xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. wow! Thank you so much for that. Sometimes someone can comment and just change your whole day. That was your comment. :)

      I appreciate you taking the time to stop and read my post and comment :)

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  15. I started blogging for self therapy. Just to get my thoughts out there to stop them from bubbling up inside. Now I'm ;ranching out a little and trying to spend time promoting my posts because it's always nice to reach out to people and it's nice to know that someone somewhere is reading them. I'm loving be part of the blogging community but sometimes I do have to take a step back and remind myself why I started in the first place.

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    1. You are so very right. I started in a sense for the same thing. It was enjoyable to tell a story to a bunch of people, and the response is what kept me going. I do have to humble myself along the way though.

      Thanks so much for reading :)

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  16. 12000 views??? Woman! I have been blogging for two years now and I've thought everything you've just expressed at one time or another but I have never had more than 209 views in one day which is, quite frankly, a bit sh&t! At the end of the day I think there is a huge gulf between blogging because you enjoy writing your stuff (whether or not writing is your thing) and getting the views through shameless promotion and networking which is the other side to it all where I am a massive failure. I love my blog but sometimes I am sooo dismayed when I see how much better other people are doing in the stats game - people I've never even heard of in my time blogging. And you're right it can be cliquey and feel like the school playground at times. Anyway, you're doing better than you think Hon Xx

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    1. I can not thank you enough for your comment. It means the world to me. I love that people have responded to my post and in such a positive way. It is hard blogging even though it is quite fun. I am sure you know that one comment goes a long way and this is what yours did, I cant thank you enough for your words :)

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and commenting

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  17. It's a little sad reading this, because I think it's something that every blogger goes through. You have to remember that even those Pro Bloggers, or the bloggers who aren't quite Pro but are still too damn good to give you a second look, yeah them? They all started exactly the same as every one else! I have been blogging for maybe 6 or 7 months now and I haven't even got around to making some form of "subscribe to me" business type thing! To be honest, I wouldn't know where to even start. But people DO like what I write - honest stories, funny things, random recipes, crafts, activities - whatever I'm up to, I've found that people are generally interested and THAT is what keeps me going. I like sharing and lately my sharing has reached a more personal level and people are SO supportive and it's really love to just be part of such a fab community. You're doing awesome, and yes! Loads of people have read this, so you're definitely doing something right! Ray xx

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    1. Thank you so much for all your kind words. I never knew how not alone I was in this. I loved your comment "Yeah them", made me laugh. Yes, we all know them :)

      Thank you so much for reading my post and taking the time to comment. As you know a comment means the world when you get them :)

      Thanks again

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  18. I love this! I started around the same time as you. I admit I like looking at stats, but I think that's because I'm a bit of a numbers geek. Now I'm no expert obviously but I have to disagree about followers outranking page views in terms of success. How many people do you see daily, hell hourly, on Twitter saying follow me and I'll follow back? How many of them do you think read your blog? Page views are people who actually read it, and to me that means something.
    I follow a lot of blogs as in go in and read the posts, but I don't actually follow many of them by officially signing up (I know I should!) I just pop along when something catches my eye, and I'm sure there are others out there who do the same.
    Don't get disheartened, your blog is fab, and at the end of the day it is YOUR blog to write what you!
    Debbie
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    1. I did think about that. How many people subscribe to a blog and when it shows up in their feed they just keep scrolling. Thank you so much for your kind words. It means the world, really!

      I think your blog is just great!!!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and comment :)

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  19. Great honest post! We all get lost sometimes, occasionally I find myself publishing posts that I'm just not proud of just to keep up with a schedule and somehow I'm surprised when no one else seems to like it either. We all have to take a step back now & again and remember why we started. #effitfriday

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    1. Yes, I have a few of those posts. But I dont mind. They will remind me of times like this. Thank you so much for the comment. It is really great to hear that I am not alone in this.

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  20. I think al bloggers have had similar thoughts, it is a case of just reminding yourself every so often that your blog is for you, if others enjoy it then that's just a great bonus #effitfriday

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    1. That is exactly right. Thank you for that comment. What a great way to look at things.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and comment :)

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  21. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing. ☺️

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    1. Thank you so much for reading :)

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  22. its sooo hard not to look at the numbers, I'm terrible for comparing myself to other bloggers too. Sometimes I just have to have a word with myself and go back to writing about what I enjoy!x

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    1. I am so glad I am not alone in the numbers game. But yes, it is about what I want to write. Even writing this post and the comments are an eye opener to how people feel, and they all mostly feel the same way. I dont feel so alone :)

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting

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  23. wow all so true and so relatable. I liked that you are honest and you say it how it is. I think all bloggers need to take a look at themselves sometimes and remember why they started blogging. great post so glad I found it #Effitfriday

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    1. Thank you so much :)

      I appreciate that so many can relate to my post. Your comment sure made me happy. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it :)

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  24. We have all felt this way at one point or another! We blog for us and no one else! That's why you blog! Good post and congrats :) #effitefriday

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad to know that everyone has felt this and it makes me feel not so alone in it all. Its a big blogging world out there. Thanks for having me on your link :)

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  25. I really don't believe that people read all the posts of all the blogs they follow. That would be quite impossible! Celebrate your views on a job well done and continue to infuse your posts with your own personal story. Obviously people like you and what you have to say. Great post! #effitfriday

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    1. I never thought of it that way. That is soooo true. Thank you so much for your comment as I never would have really thought of it in such a great way.

      Thank you so much for reading and in fact for posting such a great blog as I love reading yours :)

      Thanks for the comment :)

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  26. You're definitely doing something right, lovely! 10,000 views in the first 2 months! That's amazing! I had 14 views on my first month, and 39 on my 2nd if I remember well :) I've just subscribed to follow your blog, so here is to follower #17! It's tough building a readership, isn't it? The thing is if you interact with others, chances are they'll interact back. In less than a year and a half of blogging, I have made real friends, and just that is amazing! Where are you based? Are you going to any of the bloggers' meetings in the next few months?

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    1. Thank you so much! It is extremely tough. I am making friends along the way and I love that. I am in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It seems to be alot of the meetings are in the UK, a little far for me ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. It means alot

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  27. Well done !! Not only you've set up a blog ( Tedious at it's best ), but you write from the heart and people enjoy reading and relate to it. A pat on the shoulder I would say.

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    1. Thank you so much! Your comment sure meant alot. Its ones like this that you hope to find in your comments :)

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  28. My advice, for what it's worth is find your voice and figure out who you are talking to. I used to be an actor a million years ago and with every script I read I needed to figure out who I was talking to. A friend? A boss? I struggled with this for a while as well with my blog. It was all over the map because I couldn't decide who I was talking to so I decided to start writing letters to my kids in some posts and it became easier to find my flow because I knew my direction of the post. It had purpose. And now in some posts I am talking to a friend and fellow mom. I realized that I don't do well with the advertising type of posts because it feels too phony for me to be selling something like a commercial. So I don't do those. But just have fun with it. I suffered from PPD in the past too and I find myself with a 6 month old again (baby #3) and PPD has crept into my life again. The "numbers" on the blog can definitely be something to fixate on so I suggest maybe even taking some time away and think of all the reasons why writing has brought you joy and then focus on that. Oh and I too have 17 followers and usually have less than 5 comments per post. I've been blogging off and on since 2009. It is what it is. At this point I'm looking at my blog as more of a journal or a personal keepsake and so the numbers and followers (or lack there of) can kiss my ass. Anyway, sorry so wordy. #writerprobs. �� Here's my blog My Tales From The Crib:
    http://mytalesfromthecrib.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so sorry you are suffering from PPD. It is truly awful. Thank you so much for your kind words, they really mean alot. I think since I have written this post I am starting to find my way a little. And with everyones comments it helps alot. Thank you for that!

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  29. As lots of others have said we all have felt this way at some point.but its easy to get caught up in stats etc I have been so hard on myself at times with worrying over stats and my blog content am I blogging enough? Am I posting what my readers actually wanting to see? But I remember this blog is a hobby for me and a way to interact with like minded people.but most of all to have fun blogging and even if I only get 1 comment then I know I must be doing something right.when I seen how many comments you had on this post just shows you how far you have come and you are doing great! Just remember this is your corner of your world and have fun with it and blog for you! ☺
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  30. this made me smile from ear to ear!! fantastic post x

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    1. I am glad it did. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and to comment for that fact. It means so much to read what people think. :)

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  31. Agree with all of this Susan. Blogging is a fab hobby/career and it can be really rewarding and you can feel very supported by the blogging community... but everyone in a while, you can get bogged down with the stats or feel not quite as good as everyone else. I think it's good to try and forget all that (easier said than done, I know!) and just keep on, keeping on. Trying not to lose your 'voice' as you go! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

    PS — please could you add our badge to the bottom of your post or to your linky page? Thanks!

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      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment :)

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  32. Love your honesty, blogging can be brutal at times. I think we all need a bit of a pep talk every once in a while to pull us out a blogging funk

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  33. Great post and good honesty it really can be tough. I haven't ever had writers block but more struggle with not enough time to write everything I want to write. I think its just as frustrating either way. Blogging has changed my life completely and I can't imagine life without it but also can be tough at times too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you are enjoying my blog hop and thanks for all the linky support! #sharewithme

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  34. Blogging is tough. I think you just need to write about what you want to, or don't write if you don't feel like it. Forget the stats and followers and just enjoy your space on the web. Everything else is just frosting :) Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

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    1. Thank you so much!!! It means alot. I like that, everything else is just frosting. Great way to look at it

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  35. Thank you so much for linking up to #fictionalfun :)
    Debbie
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  36. This is a great post and I totally know what you mean. I have published work in books and some pending to into a magazine (have been approved) yet I still feel that I don't havve a niche - maybe ours is not to have one! I feel like I am so new to the blogging world and I don't have a large amount of followers either, but to be honest, it's only recently that I have started to build it and give it the time it needs. You're not losing me!!!

    I look forward to reeding more posts, this was great.

    Janet :)
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    1. I kind of like that, maybe we are not meant to have one. Maybe.... :) Thank you so much for your comment. It sure brightened my day :)

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  37. I really enjoyed reading this (seriously, not in an 'I must say something' comment) - you're certainly not alone and I think it's so easy to get swept along with all the blog dos and don'ts. I want people to read and I'm trying to get more readers but I tried writing about stuff that doesn't excite me and it really doesn't work. If you ask them, they will come :-)

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  38. I absolutely agree with you, blogging is tough and so many times I can just sit there with my laptop and have nothing to say. It's a great outlet and was just a hobby for me and now starting to turn into more, but it's equally hard to keep any kind of momentum when looking after your family and little ones. #effitfriday

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  39. I believe that you should set your own goals. If page views is what gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside then focus on that. You are right that the most important thing is to write for you and about what interests you. The people who visit you regularly do so because that's what they want to hear. They've made a connection and will come back for more. If you try to hard to be something you're not you'll lose your original following #effitfriday

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  40. I think so many of us can relate to this. I was having a conversation only today, about DAs, GA codes, followers, stats.....what the?!?!....it was interesting but confusing...and not why I write my blog. I have started reviewing a few bits lately but refuse to review 'anything and everything' as whats the point of that if it isn't relevant to my life and what I actually am passionate about?!

    Reading this has made me have another think about why I write and what makes me buzz when I come up with an idea for a post. Sod the stats, even if I have only a couple of followers (which really is all I have) I should be happy with that, in the hope that maybe I am touching just one persona's life in this big old universe.

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    1. Yes, I have started to agree myself. As long as people are reading and enjoying, why does it have to be thousands of people. I will write what I enjoy for people can tell when you are not being genuine. I have a few of those in my blog. I hate them :)

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  41. Thank you for linking up with our Showcase Tuesday Link Up - Glad you got your MoJo Back and gave Content is King the proverbial shove - looking forward to connecting with you in future as well

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  42. I completely identify with all you have said here, I often think all the same things about my blog. Although I don't have anywhere near as many followers or visitors as you! As you say, you set the blog up for yourself so try to always keep that in mind, and remember that writing makes you happy. Thanks for a great post :)

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    1. Thank you so much for that. I sincerely appreciate it. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment

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  43. Great post - always remember that your blog is for YOU. That's all that matters. Thankyou for linking up to #MyFavouritePost Kaz x

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    1. I have finally got it :) Which makes me feel alot better.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting :)

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  44. I can really relate to this. I think I go off on all different tangents sometimes which isn't good for readers. I need to keep more focused. Thanks so much for linking up with #MyFavouritePost

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  45. I love reading your blogs......everything from the heart..........love you lots...........Uncle Keven

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  46. This post is great, really inspiring :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Carly. I appreciate that. :)

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