Even though I’ve changed the focus of this blog a few times, this blog is like my own personal house. Most people do not see the inside of my house. Well, unless I invite them in. It’s not a professional blog, and it represents nearly a decade of my life.
Everyone who blogs probably needs a blog like this one, which is their home. This is where I write everything. Thoughts right out of my head, some not so polished. OK, I’ll correct that. All not so refined! As one spammer put it, “Your blog is rife with errors!”
Ouch! Come on, I proofread like crazy!
Since I live here, I must spend a little time cleaning it up, organizing it, repainting once in a while. I don’t have to clean every day, but my friend Steve convinced me not to give it up.
Actually, having another blog, and still keeping this one frees me up a little. Yes, I’m going to spend more time there for a while. But I have this place where I can still come home and relax. I’m going to learn a lot because I have to, so that should make maintaining my home a little easier. I’m going to be trolling the reader to visit more like-minded people and inviting them over to my house.
Sometimes I love being told what to do. It takes the pressure off. So this is what Steve suggested to me.
- Treat your blogs as a hobby. Spend money to get the right equipment. You spend $30 for a lunch out with your friend, do not be afraid to buy a premium theme and get WP support. That just saved hours. If you go self-hosted, buy the plugins you need to make it work effectively.
- Treat your blogs as a job. Work on them regularly. You do not have to work every day, but you need to develop consistency.
- Treat your blogs like your home. Repair them, weed them out, organize them. They represent you.
- Make your blogs unique. Do not repost news posts, food pictures, or flower garden posts just to fill up your blog.
- Keep notes for a future blog post along with the pictures to go with it in a Google folder. Note also how you felt on that occasion about the activity or the post. Then you can pull it out on a rainy day, and create a new post.
- Calm down! Do not blog every day for the wrong reason. Recently, I read this advice from Dries Conje from Smart Blogging,
“But posting daily just doesn’t work for you. You don’t meet your traffic and income goals, you don’t get a flood of visitors, and your subscriber numbers stagnate. Now you’re doubting your ability to be a successful blogger, and you feel like a sweatshop worker, working super-hard with no real reward. The post-every-day strategy takes all the fun out of blogging. Deep down, you suspect this strategy is downright dangerous.”
If you do those six things, your blogging life will get more manageable. You will see other bloggers in their homes. You will build meaningful relationships, and you won’t wear out. Does that sound sane?