Sorry I’m not there!

Hey everyone,

I’ve been thinking about myself as a blogger. A lot actually.

I know I’ve been absent. For a long time too. I miss you. I miss the time when I used to know you all so well and talk to you daily. I miss reading every post and comment as much as I could. I feel like things still go on but I’m no longer a part of them. I really miss everyone and my blogger family. I really want to be more present.

I really just want to say how sorry I am and how much I miss everyone.

Love,

Cheila.

P.S. Because it gets so overwhelming and I might miss most things, leave me the links to your most recent posts down below. Anything you might want to share, really.

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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