Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bad Blogging Habits



Hello Lovelies,

First and foremost, let me say thank you regarding your commentary on the 'Book Reviews?' post. It actually proved a great deal more insightful than I was expecting and helped me solidify how I felt a little bit more. In short, this is not and will not be a 'review' site, however I will probably throw snippets in here and there regarding stuff I read that really grabs me in one direction or another. It's kind of why I did the initial two and, I think, I the reason I'll turn to in the future.

Now, to get serious, this bit is not going to be me providing you a list of what to do and what not to do. Unless of course you think REALLY hard about what I'm saying and discern your own list. In that case, it's not my fault. It's yours.

Weirdo.

Instead, I wanted to address a few things that I've personally noticed I've done wrong as time has gone on that I've tried to react to. I've found that putting my own faults on display not only helps other writers who might run into the same pitfalls, but it's also wonderfully humbling to put up a mirror to my own failures.

To start: I had a very bad concept as to what I wanted this site to be when I started. When I started, and let's be honest here, I began with the concept of generating foot traffic. Nothing more. I wouldn't go so far as saying 'I wanted to create ClickBait', but I had this idealized image in my head of somehow creating a site where I just had ad revenue rolling in. While embarrassing to admit, it didn't take me long to recognize the fault in that belief. Instead, I found new meaning in the ability to share my writing (for better or worse) with others.

The next problem I've run into isn't necessarily regarding writing itself as much as it is personal life. In short, as many have said, life sucks. There are many, many things that consistently make demands on your time. Some are normal, like work. Some are not, like health. Some are bad, like exhaustion or writer's block, and some are good, like a surprise party or vacation. There's lot of demands on your time and accepting that is the best way to get around it.

This brings me nicely to the next point, proper scheduling and forethought. I can't count how many times I've tried to 'make a writing schedule' only to find myself canceling it or just staring at a blank page for an hour because nothing comes to mind. Instead, what I've only recently discovered, is the usage of Scheduling your writing. This can be something as simple as using the 'schedule' button in blogger, but is can also be as simple as saving your work to post later. I can only imagine how much more I might have made if I had let myself write when I had the inspiration to. If I had let myself create when I had the time versus when I stuck myself to a 'specific schedule'.

Learn from my mistake, kids: write when you want and build up a buffer. It'll help you proceed.

Last, but certainly not least, is my terrible incapability of interacting with the blogging community. While it's a nice belief that writing will make others come to you just through the usage of tags and such, the truth is that you have to network. You have to give and take, eb and flow; interact with other writers present within your community and on blogger.

I. Am. Terrible. About. This.

Building into the original problem of not having enough time to ever do anything I want to do, this is one that can't be scheduled as much and more needs to become a regular thing. Reach out to your fellow bloggers. See what they're saying. Respond to their comments. Talk with them. Originally, I would always build this into my blog posts (checking what everyone was doing), but I'm realizing it's a lot cleaner and easier to just check things here and there. This is doubly intensified when I have scheduled content because, whenever that item hits, I'm not thinking about checking other blogs...I'm likely at work or the gym or making dinner.

So, if we were making the list, here are the points: Recognize why you're blogging (because you're likely not going to get rich doing it). Recognize your own limitations in life and capability. Schedule posts based on what and when you want to write versus holding yourself to a standard. And interact with people.

Sound good? Good.

With that said, I hope you all are doing well and will join us again on Monday.

- RB

12 comments:

  1. And try and keep your blogging fun. If it becomes a duty and a bore it is easy to let go...

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  2. If you think of blogging like writing--it just needs to be tended to regularly. Hard, I know. This is why I use a feed reader to keep track of the blogs I follow. It's the only way to keep up with them.

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  3. A very honest post. Thanks for that.

    Greetings from London.

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  4. That's called live and learn.
    Yes, blogging needs to be fun and a passion.
    I couldn't blog my writing because staying on a schedule would be tough. People don't have a lot of time either. That's why my posts have three to five short topics - people can read, comment, and boogie down the road.
    I know some bloggers who aim for high traffic content. Might as well have a website at that point. I'd rather have a lot of comments and interaction than traffic.

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  5. Yep, blogging takes time and reaching out to readers takes time too. But if you aren't having fun while blogging then it starts to be a chore. So write about stuff you like.

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  6. If it becomes a chore time to hover over the sink and pour lol Time is something that gets to us all at times, I'd never be posting every day if I wasn't far ahead at my bay.

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  7. Good tips.
    I've been thinking for a long time about adding an ad on my blog. I don't know why I'm dragging my heels on it.

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  8. Well, if it makes you feel any better, we're still learning, and we've been doing this (I think?) 5 years now. I think for us one of the biggest 'duh' moments we found early on was just doing what works for you, not what works for everyone else. It has to ultimately be about you, not about everyone else and not about the almighty dollar.

    You learned that lesson WAY before we did.

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  9. I think we're all kind of muddling along, working it out constantly too. I'm still to work out a consistent schedule after nearly six years of blogging and probably won't ever have one. I kind of have the opposite problem, I find it much easier to keep up with others rather than write my own posts. I always think everyone else is much more interesting!

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  10. Hi Robert - there's only so much we can do ... I'm afraid I post when I can; I've joined a couple of blogfests once a month, or every quarter ... which I feel my blog can fit into; I make a point of commenting across the blogosphere as best I can; I try and vary my content but then it's an open book as I don't specialise. It does take time ... but the one thing I don't do at the moment is use social media, other than blogging ... sadly it's life ... take care and all the best with your books - Hilary

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  11. Like you mention, there are so many demands on our time and we have to accept that. That's great advice. I used to blog years ago, alot. And I wound up getting so overwhelmed by the amount of book review requests and book spotlights etc. that I had agreed to, that when I got myself somewhat caught up, I left the blogosphere for a while. After seven years of running two blogs, I just disappeared from blog land. It was liberating. I realized how much time I had leftover when I wasn't blogging.

    I did miss it after a while. My blog friends who I'd met over years of blogging kept in touch and would email me, some would ask me to come back. And I came back when I was ready.
    One of the things I promised myself was that I would post when I could and not pressure myself. It takes the fun out of anything if you put too much pressure on yourself.
    Happy weekend, great blog!

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