Ebbs and flows

I haven’t shared any tips about blogging for a long time. It’s not for lack of wanting to, it’s largely been due to lack of time. Since I’ve started work, since I’ve moved, since I’ve basically uprooted my entire life for something new, the days seem to go by faster and disappear a lot more quickly. It sometimes feels like I wake up on Monday morning and fall asleep on Friday night, my weeks have been going that quickly.

All that being said, it’s been two months since I’ve shared daily posts on this blog. It’s been two months since I’ve even remotely had somewhat of a schedule for this blog. These days I don’t know if I’ll get enough time to update this blog once a week or four times a week. It all depends on what’s happening. It’s also been two months now that all of my analytics have taken a nose dive.

When I say nose-dive, I’m talking tens of thousands of less views, thousands of less likes, hundreds of less comments, a stark difference in read rates. Everything is 35-50% less, analytically speaking, then the averages I was accruing prior to starting this job.

I say this not to whine. I say this because I think that an important mindset to remember when blogging is that there’s ebbs and flows. Everything goes up and everything comes back down (unless we’re talking about Corona, apparently… but that’s a story for another day). At the end of the day, you have to be contributing to your blog for your own enjoyment. You have to be writing for you, sharing photos for you, interacting for you. If you don’t, you’re never going to be happy with the product you’re creating. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter if those views are tens of thousands higher… you’re never going to be happy with the statistics you’re looking at.

If you’re seeking attention with blogging, the attention you do get will never fulfill you. If you’re seeking an outlet, a place to share, a place to create, a place to vent or a place to learn and grow… you won’t care if there’s 100,000 people viewing your page or 100.

Virtually all of my analytics have taken a nose dive lately. And that’s okay. Honestly, this blog is still one of the things in my life that I’m most proud of. It’s a reflection of me. It’s a reflection of how I think, feel, act… what I know, what I seek to know, what I love. It’s my outlet. Was it really cool when my analytics were as high as they were in the earlier months of this year? Absolutely. But you know what? The people who I’ve made the deepest connections with on this platform, the people who’ve always been there, they’re still here. They still make fun of me for my stubbornness and call me out on my crap, celebrate my victories with me and share with me their own stories. They’re who keep me motivated to keep posting on this blog. Well that and the fact that a lot of crazy, weird shit goes on in my life and I need to talk about it somewhere!

To wrap this up, I say that if you’re solely blogging to garner attention, you’ll likely be forever unsatisfied with any amount of attention you do manage to find. My advice is to create your posts for enjoyment and catharsis.

Oh and weave a little SEO into your posts if you know enough about it to do so. Because there’s a lot of people in this world who haven’t taken the plunge to create their own blog/outlet yet, but they’re still taking to search engines to find someone they can relate to. Some of my posts from over a year ago are still being found on a regular basis through Google and Baidu searches.

Okay, that is all for now.

52 thoughts on “Ebbs and flows

  1. Great post V. A good reminder to not get hooked on views. When I first began I would always be checking for stats. Now I love comments and interacting more than anything and realise that stats are a bit inexplicable. Some days lots of views some days not so many but that’s humans isn’t it. We aren’t dealing with robots on WordPress at least yet (thank God).

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  2. Terrifically inspiring post. I have dismal views, probably as a result of bad SEO, but 130+ followers, of which I’m proud. But you’re right: blogging is to express yourself, not to collect likes. You are wise beyond your years!

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    1. Thank you so much! I truly believe when you take pride in your blog, people will find you and take pride in it as well. Whether you’ve got 130 followers or zero followers, your blog is a representation of yourself – make it the best one!

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  3. I so enjoy your blog. it’s just real, raw, and there. You do what you write…for yourself. I’d appreciate some more info tips on SEO. What are your top five tips on that?

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  4. Loved this post. ❀
    “At the end of the day, you have to be contributing to your blog for your own enjoyment”.
    Those words are so true.

    Honestly, V, I really miss your blogging tips. I consider them the best.

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    1. I have a couple of posts in my drafts folder. Since I started the company blog I’ve had to teach my boss about a lot of things. I thought I’d turn the lessons I’m teaching him into posts. That being said… I just never get them finished for some reason. lol

      Thank you ❀

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    1. Hey, I’ll tell you what I wish I could’ve known myself a year ago… everything that’s supposed to happen will happen in time. If you want it, it will be. As cliche as that sounds, just wait until it all falls into place.

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  5. I feel like bloggers who post every single day will definitely get more traffic, but is it sustainable? I feel like new bloggers, especially those who blog for the attention, are more likely to burn out compared to those blogs that stick around for the long haul. I’m happy that you still find enjoyment blogging even if the numbers are lower than usual.

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    1. Couldn’t agree more. I used to daily blog on one of my other websites, and it got to the point that I did burn out, took almost a year off, and returned with significantly-less engagement than before. But I’m much happier; that’s the most-important part!

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    2. I think sustainability really depends on where someone is at with their life. There are a lot ‘Stay at home Mommy Bloggers’ who are making six figures blogging after their kids go to bed each night. And honestly, kudos to them!

      For me, the daily blogging was a means to cope with my over-abundance with time. When work came back into the picture, I got back into the flow of needing to manage my hours in the day better. Could I still blog every day? Maybe. I have so many more opportunities for things I didn’t have before though… things that keep me away from my computer. So yeah, ti’s all about the life someone is leading.

      Six months ago I would’ve posted everything that came to my mind. Now I just post a small fraction! That’s how it goes, though. Enjoying this beautiful city we live in, in the summer. Even in a pandemic, there’s still a lot of cool things to do!

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  6. Definitely agree with you. On my other blog, I used to write daily, and I would get tons of Likes, Comments, and engagements. But then life got in the way, and I got busy, as well as burnt out from daily blogging. Also tweaked my blog URL, which resulted in a lot of broken links and lost Follows. It sucked not being able to pull in the same stats as before, but I’m a lot happier now. The break away from blogging was much-needed, and that gave me the energy to get back into “semi” routine blogging. Blogging is definitely a cycle with many highs and lows, and that’s okay. Life happens!

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    1. And priorities change too. I’m sure at one point blogging every day was something that was really important to you. And now, well I follow your instagram stories, it shows, even in the pandemic, that you get to do some cool/fun things with your life! I bet the break brought you some very much needed clarity.

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  7. My sister once told me that in life there are always trade-offs with every decision and action you take (either good or bad). I guess when you weren’t working, the blog was more ‘successful’ in terms of vanity metrics. But now that you’re working the blog has been hit quite hard. Of course having a job is going to take priority, but the blog is the trade-off (as well as other things in life perhaps).
    As you said, everything goes up and everything comes back down.

    I think as you settle into your new life and job, the blog will eventually return to it’s ‘former glory’ aha in whatever way you measure success.

    Also I tend to read blog posts from my email subscription as I don’t always log on to WordPress. I’m not sure if that affects your view count and engagement etc.

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    1. Your sister is very wise. This rise, they fall, they rise, they fall. You have to trade off and change priorities and come back to projects later.

      I do still consider this blog to be a success. Honestly, the fact that anyone reads it is baffling to me. I don’t know if I want to go back to former glory. I want to move forward… you know?

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  8. This is the first time I see someone using the word catharsis outside of the song I’ve heard it in for the first time πŸ˜‚ Love it! I hope your job is fun at least πŸ™‚

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  9. Exactly right on V!! My goal is to connect with others, share my journey and give inspiration and hope. My mission is to highlight, “Triumphing over Trauma”. I have met so many wonderful people through WordPress. Especially now, in the time of this pandemic, my blog is my life line! I love interacting with people and sharing ideas and laughs. You my dear are one of the people I look forward to reading and interacting with. So much love VπŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

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    1. You’re the best. And you know, reading your story and what you’ve been through and how you see the world now… it makes me feel like anything in this life is conquerable.

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      1. That touches my soul V in such a deep way. That’s what I’m here to prove my friend, YESπŸ’ͺ
        It’s not by muscle either but inner strength that builds and nurtures resilience. I have entered a new chapter in my life as both a writer and a healer. It’s an honor and privilege to heal the human spirit, blowing away the dust that prevents our connection to our soul. Our friendship means so much to me V. I started believing in you from the moment we started messaging on here. I knew it was only a matter of time for you to find yourself where you are now!! Just look at you, girl you are soaring and it’s beautiful to witness πŸ¦…

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  10. Certainly makes sense that your views would drop off when you get a job. I mean, you can’t have it all. I am extremely ignorant. I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of Baidu.

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    1. Baidu is the Chinese equivalent of google. A lot of posts I’ve made about news related things seem to be found on Baidu. I think it’s likely because Chinese internet is heavily filtered from Western Media and news outlets…. Well, that’s speculative. But that’s what I’m guessing.

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  11. Truth filled post! When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I did chase the likes and follows and my opinion of my own writing, even, was linked to those stats. Ridiculous! I have come to realize just what you’ve so eloquently said, that one must blog, post, share, write for themselves. I am much happier now that I do just this. I read and comment on posts because I want to, not to “drive traffic”to my blog. I love the little community of blogger friends I that have and have had over the years. I especially love rereading old posts of mine to remember the little moments in my boys’ childhood and to share those moments with them. Thank you for this reminder.

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    1. Going back and reading old posts has a certain catharsis to it. It’s a reminder of where you were and how far you’ve come since then. I don’t have kids, but I can imagine sharing stories about them is, in itself a bit of a memory book. Something that you can look back on, something that they can look back on one day. It’s actually kind of cool.

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  12. I enjoy your writing! Thank you for being raw and real. Life changes can be seriously time consuming. I started following you when I began blogging and your tips and advice have been great. I too was focused on what other people would want to read rather than just telling my story. I had to take a break for several months, but I’m back and feeling more inspired.

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    1. I love to hear that people find their strides in telling their own stories. Blogging should be so personal. I hate blogs that are just carbon-copied content to try and appease the masses.

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  13. As a current micro blogger, it’s heartening to see such a successful blogger admit how difficult this is! I often feel like I’m posting into the deep void of the internet. Then I remember that I might get two dozen views for a single post. Thanks for being an example of success to strive for!

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  14. I really like the honesty if your post. I’ve started my blog to share my own experiences and hope other who relate will find benefit. I do want to build a good following but that is so I can bring them benefit from my work rather than to raise my own profile. The more I can benefit other people the more worthwhile I feel it will be for myself too πŸ™‚ and the more I will enjoy creating for them.

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