A Few More Ramblings About Blogging

Back in early January, on Instagram, I spoke about how overwhelmed I was with all of the blogging advice that exists in cyberspace. Everybody’s selling something. Everybody has an angle. Recently, I told a friend that everything I did on social media wasn’t based on a whim. I was following advice and implementing that advice across my accounts. I tested the efficacy of what the experts said I should do. I took free courses for bloggers on starting a blog, driving traffic to a blog, how to use Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc. to get noticed in the blogosphere. I changed my blog’s layout. I tweaked my Instagram. I re-built my Pinterest profile. I returned to Twitter. I read every piece of information I could find. And then it hit me. I wasn’t having much fun at all!

Blogging was beginning to resemble the research preparation that I used to put in for academic assignments (when you get to page 5 of a Google search, it’s serious). The whole point of me doing this in the first place was to distance my brain as much as possible from school. Further, (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used “Further” in essays. Ha!) I had to stop and remind myself that I did not launch my blog in order to sell a product or service. I’m not trying to be an influencer or become Internet famous either. This is my hobby. Why on earth did I spend so much time drowning out the fun with advice geared towards earning income as a blogger??

I have finally deleted Twitter. I don’t want to do Twitter. I’m never going back there. I deleted my Pinterest profile. Like Twitter, Pinterest had become cumbersome and boring for me. I still don’t check in on Reddit so I may very well delete that profile too before the day’s done.

Today, I’m feeling goooooooood. I’m down to the Mint Tea and Elephants Facebook page, four blogging communities, and Instagram. With regard to the Facebook page and Instagram, I’m going to stop filtering what I post in these spaces. My blog is a personal blog. I will share whatever I feel moved to share. I don’t care if my images aren’t glossy mag perfect. For me, it’s always been about capturing the moment, the memory. My photos don’t have to be picture perfect compositions. If my prose is unworthy of an award, that’s fine too. Lots of great books are written that are never widely read. I’d be in good company.

 

I’m freeeeeeeee! #mood

 

Whatever wonderful opportunities come my way as a result of my little blog, I’m thankful, but this is supposed to be FUN and it’ll stay being FUN! That’s the vision, mission, goal, objective, and I’m not going to forget it again.

If you’re new here, my name is Melissa and I write about stuff that pops into my head and for which I don’t have to include citations. The added bonus is meeting fantastic folks like you along the way.

p.s. This isn’t the January blog post I promised. That’ll come tomorrow…I think…if I don’t continue to sit on it for no reason in particular…

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17 Comments

  1. 28th February 2017 / 9:52 pm

    My blog is a hobby too and I was doing the EXACT same things with social media. But my use in general was so obsessive that I decided to take a social media break. I don’t even know which platform I like using for my blog, lol. Perhaps my time away will help me figure that out?

    Here is to having fun with our blogs and avoiding future overwhelm!

    • 28th February 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Yes, figure out which social media you enjoy most so that when the engagement is not what you expect, you’re having fun anyway! I don’t understand how people promote their blogs on every platform if they don’t have a virtual assistant or a paid scheduling app (I’m on a budget…lol) *cheers* to your social media sabbatical!

      • 1st March 2017 / 2:30 pm

        That’s a great idea. And so true about trying to be on every platform!

  2. 8th February 2017 / 10:35 am

    YES! Once I decided to blog for fun, and blog about things i’m interested in (even thought other people might not be) I started having waaaaaay more fun blogging and have begun to actually look forward to writing and creating posts now. Great post!

    • 8th February 2017 / 11:06 am

      Thanks so much for reading! And for letting me know that I made the right choice because you have done the same and you’re enjoying yourself!

  3. 2nd February 2017 / 12:39 am

    My blog is a business, but I totally feel the same way. I found myself getting burnt out, having writer’s block, and beating myself up. I had gotten so caught up in the rules and technicalities that I forgot my reasons. I love writing, I love blogging, and I love my niche. The rest will follow my passion. I’m no longer beating myself up and overloading on social media and groups trying to get to those perfect numbers. I’m no longer reading every piece of advice about how to make X amount of dollars or gain X amount of traffic in 3 days. Lol! I’m enjoying my process and doing what I love. Glad you’re being real and doing the same.

    • 2nd February 2017 / 12:58 am

      Hallelujah for freedom from chasing numbers! Do you know what I’ve noticed? As soon as I perfect the formula for those numbers, something changes and it’s ineffective and I have to start the cycle all over again. I don’t have the time or the inclination. Your passion shows and your business will grow. Your food posts are so great you’ve got me wanting to eat green tomatoes! Continue to have fun.

  4. aalexist
    1st February 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I can TOTALLY relate. I had to leave a few Facebook blogging groups because it was all so overwhelming. My blog was my release and I got caught up. I feel free again. I’m so glad to have found you.

    Arnelle | http://www.justmadethecut.com

    • 1st February 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Arnelle! I’m happy we found each other.

  5. Emily
    31st January 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Oh my goodness I was MEANT to read this today…. you have echoed my thoughts!!! I also don’t do Twitter lol. It’s so overwhelming the specifics of “succesfull blogging” that it can sabotage the journey easily. And it’s a journey I want to stay on….so let’s just keep having fun!! 🙂

    Emily
    http://Www.arrowitforward.wordpress.com

    • 31st January 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Cheers to FUN! Thanks for reading and happy to know that we’ve found each other.

  6. 31st January 2017 / 10:36 am

    OMG! I’m so glad I read this today! I’m new to blogging. Did it as a hobby to keep my brain ticking as I’m on maternity leave and then I’ve seen all this advice on traffic to your blog and making money that I was sucked in and have been researching everything when all I want to do is write and enjoy it! Thank you!

    • 31st January 2017 / 12:57 pm

      I’m so happy that you’re happy! Thanks for reading. Yes, let’s not lose sight of the “why” we got into this. 😀

  7. 30th January 2017 / 9:47 pm

    HOLY COW YES! I, too, have been overwhelmed by all the advice floating around out there. Everybody is so serious! Lighten up, people! I love your attitude.

    • 30th January 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m just gonna do my thing, be it a three-line blog post or a book chapter. LOL!

  8. 30th January 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Hi! I love this…I’m a new blogger and I’ve been soaking up all the info, tips and tweaks you’ve most looked at too.
    I feel like some of it is helpful, and it’s certainly given me a lot of things to think about. But a lot of it is just noise and not very helpful when all you want to do is just to enjoy the thing you love…writing! 🙂
    Also, I can’t do Twitter…I just have my Instagram auto-posting on there for now! I do still love my Pinterest though 😉
    Take care,
    Em x

    • 30th January 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks for reading, Em. I think we’ll enjoy the ride far more if we focus on the writing. Lord knows I can’t do a duck-face selfie “for the gram” to save my life! 😀

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