Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Why I Have Taken a Break From My Blog...
Hi, It's me Ronda! I wanted to stop by BuckeyeMomsMeet.com and give my apologies, for I have stepped away from my office for a bit. I will start by saying, I love being a blogger! I started blogging a little over a year and a half ago because I LOVE writing! I have always kept a journal since I was a young child. Writing has always been an escape for me, an escape from the thoughts stuck twirling around inside my mind. I have almost every thought documented since the age of eight.
I started out blogging sharing some of my old poetry and writing fun little creative pieces about random things such as lost socks. I was then introduced to some opportunities where I could sample some free products and write reviews about them. I thought this was fun and I got some cool free products in the process. Blogging was still very much a hobby for me.....and then I went to my first blogging conference!
I love attending blogging conferences! I mean what is there not to love!? You get treated like royalty at fancy places all over the US. You get to learn so much from very talented people. You walk away with a ton of knowledge and new friends, and don't even get me started on the swag! I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people at the top of their game, leaders of this industry! Everyone is always so very nice and forth coming of their knowledge. Every person I have met at these great events have been very supportive! You make friends and acquaintances, you follow each other on social media sites, it really is like one big blogging family!
I attend these conferences like a big sponge. I am eager to learn! I started taking all the little advice and new found knowledge I had heard and learned, and started trying to apply it to my blog. So here are the thoughts twirling around in my Brain. You need recipes! You need pinnable images on your posts. You need to monetize your blog. Ad placement. Subscription pop ups. Hashtags. Videos. Better picture lighting. I need to invest in a better camera. Do I need to re brand? What is my niche anyway? Am I helping people? What kind of products can I sell? I need to charge more, raise my price. Don't work for free. You are worth it. How is it I get more followers. numbers. numbers. numbers. numbers.....
Some of these women and men make a lot of money at what they do! They have this blogging thing down to a science! How are they so successful? Why? Because their blogs are their passion! They write about what they love! The moment I started writing about bladder leakage just to get paid, I sold myself out! I was no longer writing because I enjoyed it, I was writing to try and keep up. I was trying to make a dollar, rather than just doing what I am passionate about and enjoy. My blog was becoming work that I hated. I was worrying about who liked me and how many followers I could get so I just might get picked for a high paying campaign. It became about money. It became about competition.
Blogging is not easy! It is not a way to sit at home on your butt and make easy money while getting lots of free things. It is not for the weak at heart. There is a lot of applying for campaigns and pitching brands. There is a lot of being turned down. There is a lot of feelings of failure. There are deadlines and contracts. It is a lot of work, which takes a lot of time...and a lot of PASSION. Without passion you have just another forgotten page lost out in the cloud.
This world is driven by the dollar sign. I refuse to sell my self short and cause myself to hate what I am doing any longer. I stepped away for a while to get back on track. Life is not about numbers, or followers. I am not defined by the number of opportunities that pass me by because my numbers don't add up.
I am taking back my blog. I will not work for my blog any longer! My reason, that old wonderful quote that says, "if you choose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life" :)
Thank you for understanding my need to take a step back. I am excited to bring all the things I love back to BuckeyeMomsMeet! Have a beautiful day!