The Blogging Blues

pouty_faceThank God it’s Friday people. I’m ready for this week to be over. Do you ever have those weeks where nothing quite went how you wanted it to? It started with a long day at work on Monday and has ended with more confusion about the next steps after graduation than what I had last week. On top of figuring out my everyday life, I’m trying to understand my blogging life. For example, how on Earth do you integrate Google Analytics to your WordPress blog? I don’t speak “geek” and the articles I read skipped over quite a few steps. It’s frustrating!

However, I’ve made a goal for myself to learn one new thing about running a blog each week. Trying to do it all at once is just too much! So far, I’ve learned that I need to set up a Facebook page for my blog pronto. Here’s the funny thing I hate admitting though- what if no one likes it? How embarrassing would that be?

I’ve talked about starting an Etsy store selling my cute little designs and artwork. What if no one likes them though? I really hate the thought of that! My life and dreams are based on making a business out of my creativity.

I guess for anyone that’s ever taken on a daunting task there were many what-ifs. Taking the risk in the end is probably worth it. Motivating yourself to take that risk though is the hard part. Knowing that I have so much ahead of me before I can even consider making a career from my blogging is really intimidating.Β Here’s a short list of things I came up with just sitting here writing:

  • Create a Facebook page
  • Set up Etsy store
  • Design printables and artwork for Etsy
  • Buy permanent domain name
  • Create color scheme for permanent blog
  • Figure out if WordPress will let me use my own palette and how
  • Buy a really good camera to get Pinterest-worthy pictures
  • Figure out how to set up a good email subscription option
  • Learn about Google Adwords and Analytics
  • Research how to get more followers from other sites besides WordPress

I’m sure you’re exhausted too! If you’re a blogger, then you must be frantic writing things down and setting reminders to do some of this stuff. Truthfully, I don’t know how the big bloggers like Rach Parcell or Emily Schuman have learned to do it. Obviously, they have somehow but they aren’t giving away their secrets and I can’t blame them!

Essentially, successful blogs require a lot of money to run. I doubt these girls started out with a budget for their blogs, but when did they decide they needed one and had a following to make it worth it? Right now, I’m edging 1300 followers (thanks to all of you) so is it time to set that budget? According to the only thing I could find on Google about this, it all depends. Well, depends on what? I still have no clue.

Just like you, I sit here wondering if I’m doing anything right. I haven’t seen significant growth at regular rates since the summer. That can’t be good. So what’s a girl and a blogger to do? I don’t know. So I’m just going to sit here and eat my Peppermint ice cream.

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23 thoughts on “The Blogging Blues

  1. I’ve been blogging for over 2 years, and I’m still not where I want to be (blogger celebrity status of course!) – cause yeah, it’s overwhelming. Plus, it’s kind of hard to keep up with mobile technology and social media – do people still Tweet? Are my Instagram followers visiting my blog?

    I wish I did my research before I started my blog. But I’ve been with WordPress.com (not WordPress.org) from day 1, and I kind of don’t want to start all over. I’ve read that WordPress is GREAT for customizing your own site. However, I’m still having trouble using Google Analytics, and I also can’t seem to install some widgets and instead must rely on text links. BOOO! Have you figured it out?

    You already have 1300 followers, so don’t even ask yourself the question “what if no one likes it?” You will do great!

    • Hi Victoria, I totally feel you! I’m getting ready to switch to WordPress.org and am dreading learning everything all over! I didn’t research either before starting I just jumped in and went with it. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really enjoy reading your blog and can really relate to what you are writing about, that’s a sign of a great writer. Keep going for your dreams, think about when you first started and how far you have come (2,000 followers is huge!).
    P.S I’ve only just started my own blog but I use google analytics a lot for work. If you ever have any questions, feel free to send me an email.
    Janelle πŸ™‚

  3. Liz, I think you and your blog are awesome and basically, your ideas/goals are the same ones I’ve been saying I’ll do, but haven’t written them down. I find that once you write something down, it’s like you’re more likely to do it! And girl, you CAN do all these things. People will love it! πŸ™‚ xxx ooo

  4. Hey Hun – I wouldn’t worry too much about the budget! I just try to take it step by step. So at 200 followers I bought my domain name, at 500 my wordpress.org and a private theme and so on! This way I spread the cost evenly. You have a great blog and a real following so I would just buy the .com right now which is less than 15 pounds and then just as and when you feel you have grown enough πŸ™‚ I totally understand the organisation skills – it is like a crash course, no?

    http://www.englishgirlturningparisian.com

  5. Great post – I can totally relate to your fear of putting yourself and your creative product out there. I’m going through this at the moment and I know it’s holding me back from taking important steps. Writing lists is important (for me) as I love to check items off and feel as though I am working towards my goals. Thanks for sharing your list and I hope you see some growth once you have worked through it ☺

    • haha! It is insane! I figured out everything until they said to put a tracking code in each page I wanted to track and I was like “what?!” I’m still working on it!

  6. I just started blogging in late August and have less followers than you by far, so I’m afraid I can’t be of any help in that regard…but just wanted to pop in with some moral support. And to tell you I share your love of Friendly’s Peppermint Stick ice cream. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Liz,
      I can totally relate to you on setting up the face book page. I did it and no one has liked it yet, to be honest :). But in your case WHAT IF everyone end up loving it and also About Etsy store -You’ll never find out, until you put yourself out there. Go with your fullest potential,follow your instinct and someone with the right frame of mind will appreciate what you do best. Sounds philosophical but At-least that’s what I like to tell myself.

      Good Luck πŸ™‚

      • Thanks for the encouragement! Sometimes that’s all I need. Good luck with your page! Send me your facebook link and I’ll like it! πŸ˜‰

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