Sunday, August 18, 2013

Blogging Hiatus

 

If you follow me and my blog closely, you will know that I have been going back and forth with things for about a year now.  I was in a rut, not sure about where I was going and decided to refocus, add more areas of life to blog about and redesign my blog last year.  It went well for a while but I am not sure what I need to do next.

A lot of time and work goes into blogging.  I need to do a lot of PR for myself, keep in touch with companies, respond to emails, send out emails, keep up with social networking on multiple sites, take photos, edit those photos and then watermark those photos so no one steals them without crediting me.  Then I need to schedule blog posts, write them, gather all of my info and more.  That is a lot to do for free. 

While I appreciate my loyal readers and followers and the companies that have believed in me and my blog, I am not getting what I need out of blogging anymore.  It is not growing as I would hope and I am not feeling satisfied.  I feel like I am at a point in my life where I need to cut down on things that weigh me down and burden me and embrace things that add to my life and make me happy and fulfilled.  I work full time and spend most of my job on a computer and feel it better if I get myself to spend more of my non-work time away from the computer.  I feel healthier and happier when I do this and feel I need more of it. 

To maintain a successful blog that is worth working on, I need to keep up with posting and social networking. I do this for a living so I know that blogging whenever you feel like it just doesn't work for me because it is not the right way to blog.  If I am going to blog, it needs to be up to my own standards and be kept up to date regularly.  I am not one to just post once in a while.  To maintain memberships in many of the blog groups/associations I am in, posting at least three times per week is mandatory.  It is expected in the world of blogging that you keep up with things. 

For now, I am undecided about what to do with my blog. I am going to take a month off from blogging and see where life takes me and what comes to me for this blog.  Should I quit while I am ahead?  Should I change it?  Should I keep going?  What should I do? I am not sure yet but I hope to take some time and reflect to decide what is right for me. 

Thank you for your support and understanding! I hope to see you all again in a month with an announcement of what I plan to do. 


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4 comments:

  1. I'll support any decision you come to and please know I've loved your blog and the effort you've put into it. You inspired me to start one and I keep learning from you what I want mine to be.

    Thank you for being awesome and hopefully we'll see another incarnation of your work when you sort things out!

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  2. If you are frustrated that your blog is not growing despite your efforts, I am wondering what you have done to try to grow it, besides post semi-frequently and promote on social media. If you keep doing the same thing and nothings working, maybe your approach is wrong. I am not trying to be overly critical, but I honestly think there are several things hindering the overall experience of your blog, and I think if you improved upon these, you would see a positive result.

    1. Have you done anything with SEO to make sure you are showing up in search results? If you do some research on that, you could make some changes. For example, each heading on your page from the browser says Beauty Au Natural: and then the post title. The most relevant info for any given search needs to come first, so the post title. Also making your archives and tags no index for search results would improve your bounce rate and make your page appear more.

    2. Most of your photos are very dark and not very good quality. They are also cropped in ways that leave a ton of white space, and then you smack your signature across the top. This all really takes away from the aesthetic of your blog. And that matters - you're wring a beauty blog here! If you could make some improvements to your lighting you could really increase the quality of your photos. If you look at the popular beauty blogs, they have fantastic photos.

    3. Your header is not very professional and looks a little hokey. I wouldn't have a problem with this, but you are discouraged that your blog is not growing, and again, the aesthetic matters.

    4. Many of your posts are very short on the actual review and have cut and paste info straight from the company description or PR. Thats really not that useful to the reader, as they can find that anywhere. People read blogs for original content, not as a mouthpiece for the PR company.

    That's just some of my thoughts, take it with a grain of salt if you'd like, but you seem to be wondering why your blog isn't as successful as you like, and I believe those are some reasons why.

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    1. Wanting something you love to grow into something you continue to love and feel passionate about is not the same thing as the typical definition of success.

      While I am frustrated by the lack of traffic from my original readers who normally access my blog through facebook and a bit frustrated by the lack of ad clicks when I use affiliates, that is far from the main reason I do not feel like my blog is growing.

      My numbers are actually growing and my unique visitors are rising but my personal satisfaction and interaction and sense of community with others is not. Natural companies take me very seriously and I have actually needed to turn many offers away recently.

      1. Yes, I do SEO. Blogger is a Google company and my posts are very google-friendly. Majority of my traffic comes from search engines.

      2. My photo lighting has only been lacking in the past few months because I admit, I have been exhausted and tired of putting in so much intense photo work, but only recently. Before the past couple months, I got constant compliments on my photos. My signature is slapped across the image because I have had legal issues in the past with people stealing my photos and claiming to have permission. This was the easiest alternative to prevent this from happening, while I could have made my signature more translucent, most readers don't have an issue with it.

      Also, my blog isn't just about beauty, as it states in my "hokey" header.

      3. My header was actually designed as a new trial. I only just put it up this year and asked readers what they thought. I have had other headers in the past. When I work on headers, I look at what other bloggers I admire are doing.

      4. Only certain reviews are short, mostly the more recent ones. I try to give as much detail without boring you to tears with too much text, which is something frowned upon in the blogging world. I give the info from the company at the very bottom because not everyone knows where to search to find this info and I often get asked for it, so I add that and then try not to mention too much of it on my own to avoid repetitiveness.

      To have your comment taken more seriously, you might consider using your name instead of remaining anonymous. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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  3. Heather, do what you need to do! That's the beauty of it, take a break, come back, or even be completely done. Do what is important for YOU! Thank you for all the wonderful information you have provided!

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