Why I’m no longer an “It Blogger”

When I started blogging I didn’t think my blog would have any readers. I was wrong and pretty soon I was at 1000 and then 2000 followers.

I was very present in the blogging community and most of you knew me well. Some people would call me the blogging godmother or the Jenna Marbles of WordPress.

I was getting up to 700 views on a good day and never less than 300 on a bad day. I was writing every single day, up to 4 posts.

Then, I kind of lost my blogging mojo for a while. I didn’t feel like writing or reading and answering comments was a burden, even though I really enjoyed talking with my readers. I took breaks, I began blogging less and less and got to a point where I didn’t even blog every day. I went back to work and, as I had imagined and even mentioned in a few posts, my time for blogging has significantly decreased.

I’m not the kind of person to have just the one job. I work 13 to 14 hours a week in my main job and that doesn’t mean I have all this free time to do all sorts of fun stuff. It means I have the time to take on other projects. Which I did. I was already working as a virtual assistant and writer in August, before I began working, and I have kept my clients and found some more. I work for a few people, doing different tasks, most of them related to writing, editing, online marketing and eBook publishing.

It takes up most of my day. I usually begin working on these tasks at 10 in the morning, sometimes earlier and I keep on it until I have to go to work, at either 4 or 5 p.m. So I can easily spend 6 or 7 hours working before I go to work, if that actually makes sense. Sometimes I work at home too, on Saturdays and Sundays or after we get home, during the week, if I have a deadline or an urgent task to complete.

Not happy with being that busy, I actually began selling things on Facebook, through local selling and buying groups. I plan on doing it through my Facebook store as well, but haven’t started. I am selling way more than I though I would be. I have sold up to 20 articles in a day, which means I need to talk to customers, take care of orders, invoices, etc. In short, I’m pretty busy and I’m happy about it. I thrive on it. I hadn’t felt like myself until my first day of work, after 6 months at home, recovering from my mental health issues. I don’t regret being home at all. My family, friends and doctor think it was the best decision I ever made. It allowed me to rest, relax and recharge. Now I feel better than I have felt in a long time.

However, I do miss my blogging glory days. I have come up with a list of reasons that are responsible for my decrease in views and I thought I’d share them, maybe to keep you from doing them if you want to keep your blogging going well and growing.

I no longer blog every day:

I used to blog every day. Of course, the more content you create, the more views you get. If readers like your blog, they usually make sure to come back every day, which means you get a bigger number of views, each and every day of the week.

I no longer write more than one post every day:

Again, if people like you and if you have faithful readers, they read all of your posts. The more you publish, the more you have for people to read, which means you’re most likely to get more readers each day.

I no longer reply to all comments like I used to:

I used to reply to every single comment almost instantly, which is pretty impossible for me to do now. I do reply to some of them, but I would say I can’t get to most of them. It breaks my heart and I really want to make time for my readers and to answer comments. I love talking to you guys and I definitely miss the interaction with other bloggers. If you “ignore” people, they’re likely to stop commenting or even to stop visiting.

I no longer read every single post my fellow bloggers publish:

Sad but true, some people will stop reading your blog if you no longer take the time to read theirs. It makes sense in a way. Why would you make time for me if I don’t do it for you? Everyone wants attention and everyone wants to have their work read. Even better if you leave comments, which I haven’t been doing lately.

So, there you have it. This is why I no longer get the attention I used to get. These are the reasons I’m not so well-known anymore. Do I miss it? Terribly. I loved the feeling of a successful blog, interested readers, views. Will I do something about it? I might try.

Thank you for reading.

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18 thoughts on “Why I’m no longer an “It Blogger”

  1. Nice post….a sure eye opener for all….but your blog is still quite famous….so you can definitely increase writing as much as you can manage……we are all just novice and started. …๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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  2. I think that posting regularly is definitely the only way to keeps stats big, unfortunately most of us don’t have that time. I’m glad that you are doing ok though, being busy is good. I’m always busy because that makes me active and happy. But don’t over do it, you know what they say you still have to think about you. Take care. xx

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  3. Hi love! Blogging everyday is nice – right? However, like you said with other life things – it gets to be impossible at times and that IS OKAY! Your blog is here for a reason, we all came here for the the support, love and friendship that followed. No matter what, you made an impact on our lives and even though you are back to work and kicking ass! We are always here, reading and supporting you even when we have not talked as much :).

    Keeping doing you Chey! We love you no matter what and while you miss the glory blogging days, you are back to work and doing well and that mt friend is key. You are healthier and doing better โค love you girl! Expect an email from me today! โค

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  4. I don’t know how you manage such a packed schedule! I can see how blogging would slow down for you. You were posting far more than the average blogger, so I’m sure you feel the shift. Regardless, you are cared for. I like to follow people who’s style or topics I like, so if they don’t follow me back, it can’t be personal. It’s like choosing tv shows. ๐Ÿ˜š

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  5. Wow, if I was as busy as you, I don’t think I would have time for blogging at all! I’m someone who likes to be busy, but I also looove my downtime (which I usually use for blogging!). We’re all so happy you’re in a better place mentally now! Maybe one day you can try do more blogging, but for now, you’re clearly in an amazing space so just keep doing what you’re doing ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. You and I are polar opposites! I “started” my blog many years ago and have “restarted” it many times since, but I have nothing to show for it. Honestly! I’m OK with that, though, because it took me this long to figure out what I even want my blog to be about and what I want it to do for me. I question whether it is truly necessary to blog daily if the goal is to gradually create a body of high quality content. (Not that my writing is currently of any significant caliber, but that’s my aim.) Is it possible to gain a following by posting something unique and interesting regularly, but not daily? I understand if the goal is to have impressive metrics, then all that matters is whatever it takes to pull people in and keep them coming back, but are metrics so important that they should be the primary goal? As I restart my blog (yet again) am I naive to create content for the sake of crafting something I’m proud to share, and think anyone would care? Is blogging really just about the numbers? As I ponder, I think of authors who have amassed legions of loyal readers, but only publish a book once every few years. But blogs and books are different media with different sets of readers, aren’t they? I guess, what I’m really wondering is whether it’s necessary to drive oneself so hard for numbers’ sake, or if slow but steady still wins races, if not every race.

    Be kind to yourself. Focus on what matters, and let go of the things that don’t. Numbers aren’t validation, even when each of those numbers represents a person. I understand you miss the accolades and it can feel cold when the light of public focus shines elsewhere, but the most loyal readers, and those who truly care, which is not the same as loyalty, will continue to read no matter how infrequently you post. And if it IS important to regain your blogging glory days, come back to that level of activity after a break. Burnout is real, as are the rewards of a truly needed rest, as you know. Whatever you decide, follow your bliss.

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  7. Cheila this post was a bit sad and yet it had within it some positive highlights and words of wisdom and experience. I am happy to hear that things have picked up with you in your personal life. Your blog and you would always be dear to me. Focus on you and share with us readers as much as you can when you can. Life is constantly happening and you should never apologise for it. Do your best and don’t stress the rest!

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  8. Cheila, your busy, hectic schedule, it is logical not to be able to continue posting on a regular basis….:) No need to worry, life goes and from what I am reading from comments your followers continue to follow and care for you. So smile and do your thing ๐Ÿ™‚ We are all still here…have a lovely weekend Sophie…

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  9. I think it’s all about how comfortable you are with it (: most of us have busy lives outside of blogging and we should never feel like we have to post or have to comment, but do it cause we want to and like to! Lovely informative post, Chey

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