4 Sanity Saving Tips for Personal Bloggers
If you don’t have a small business associated with your blog, you’re classified in the realm of personal bloggers, and this post is directed at you. I’ll be using myself as an example throughout this post, but I am sure many of you can identify with similar issues that might be driving you crazy. In order to bring the joy back to my blogging and “real” offline life, I’ve had to make some recent changes, and if you’re on the same hamster wheel, hopefully this post will help you.
Here are 4 important sanity saving tips for personal bloggers:
Don’t lose sight of why you started blogging
Most personal bloggers begin blogging because they have something to share and need an outlet. It isn’t about statistics or monetizing, but for the sheer joy of venting, ranting, and sharing information with other bloggers. Never lose sight of why you began blogging, because it will suck the joy out of the experience and may even make you give up (which would be an awful waste of a loud and proud voice in the blogosphere). I’ve removed infolinks (took 8 months to make 50 bucks and was a blog eyesore) and all advertising excepting Google Adsense (this will probably be axed next).
Stop obsessing over statistics
I’m guilty of this until very recently. I had stat counters galore, constantly checked Google analytics, checked Alexa ranking every day, and kept an eagle eye on my Google PageRank. If you’re a small business blogger or own an online business, it’s important to follow stats, but personal bloggers aren’t under the same pressure to perform.
There are great perks for high performing personal blogs, but you can obtain the same perks by being active on social media. After realizing I spent more time checking stats than being creative and enjoying my life, I decided to take drastic measures. I removed every stat counter from my website (also improved my site speed), removed the Alexa badge from my sidebar, and I am forcing myself to look at stats only once a month (no easy feat for your average stataholic). If you’re not comfortable with giving up stts, it’s okay, but eventually you’ll see how easy it is for personal bloggers to get stuck on the numbers and lose interest when the the numbers don’t go up when and how you think they should.
Blog when it’s feasible, and not because you’re worried about driving more traffic to your blog
Until last week, I blogged seven days a week unless I had a reprieve of a great guest to fill in the spot. My obsession was to drive traffic, make my mostly useless ads more profitable, and have advertisers take notice of me. Not only did I neglect housework, and precious time with my family and friends, I also stopped taking proper “me time”.
I became quickly frustrated trying to find the work/personal/blogging balance. I’ve decided to cut back my blogging to Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays unless I am truly inspired on another day or the week, because I’ve been ruining my own joy worrying too much about pounding out posts every day and causing myself undue stress.
Blog because you love it and for your readers without another agenda
Personal bloggers want their words to be read, and I am no exception. I want people to read my work, and I started forgetting I was blogging for an audience and not just for myself or extra pennies on the side. Since I’ve removed most ads, I am back to what is most important–delivering worthwhile information to people who are searching for answers delivered with heavy humor and light sarcasm.
In reality, I’m a writer first and a blogger second, but this might not be the case with many personal bloggers. I encourage you to relish real life and continue finding joy in your personal blog by letting these tips be your guide. If you can juggle life and blog 7 days a week go right ahead, but if you can’t, nobody’s sending the Blog Mafia out to break your knees. Take a deep breath and blog on for the sheer joy of expressing yourself. That’s my plan.
My plan is also to do the things I’ve been missing out on. I have more time for cuddles, taking shots with my new amazing camera, writing my book, and taking better care of myself. Guess what? Life is even sweeter, and my blog traffic is still just fine. Yours will be, too.
I do want recognition on my blog, but when you get to the nitty gritty truth, does it matter I was a great blogger in my life? Would I want this to be the single accomplishment carved on my tombstone? Not really.
Do you think most personal bloggers have trouble finding balance between consistent blogging and savoring real life moments? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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