Bogging is not for the weak…

Ok so I am a brand new blogger.. Approximately 1 month in..I started with a plan (Haha who am I kidding, a plan?) I seriously have no idea of what I’m doing! I am proud to say my vocabulary has increased with words like SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Tags, URL, and so much more! It feels like I’m trying to learn a foreign language.

My head is spinning with all the things I should do. I keep looking for an instruction manual for success. Just when I think I may understand this new world I stumbled across a post stating ” 10 mistakes of blogging” Panic then strikes me as I think OMG have I been pouring all my valuable time to find out I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time???  Is that why my traffic is slow, and pathetic.

I notice I have found myself crazed with the idea of success in this new blogging world. I am obsessed with checking my “Stats” 4-5 x a day..To find out that my followers, views, and likes did not budged much at all! 😥 Does anyone else do this or am just nuts?? Patience is the common thread, I keep ready that word!  In this world of instant gratification this is hard for me.

Last night I actually had a plan. I sat down with my laptop and a list of suggested ideas from the experts, and those who post things like” 10 easy steps to go viral and attract a billion followers”, and went to work. All of a sudden it was 11:30 pm! Where did the time go?  This really can suck up a lot of your time, especially if you are like me, with no technical skill in my body. (I have to ask my kids how to turn the TV on.) I  also have to stop and google every term because I don’t know what it means or what it does and if its right for ME? The stress starts to set and all of sudden that 1 glass of wine has turn in to 3!

I then go to bed and dream about having that one awesome post that people flood too and I magically gain 10000 plus followers and money is raining down on me!! haha I actually listen to a podcast promising this type of success. I am obviously doing it wrong ! So I proceed to wake up get ready to go to my real job as I feel deflated, frustrated and disappointed. It’s like a toxic relationship. What do I do now? Well I pick myself up, dust away the negative thoughts and forge on down this path. I will continue learning, posting, tagging, pining, liking, following, and all those other suggestions out there. I will work on “Patience” but in the mean time If anyone out there has any ideas or “magic pill”….. please share! 😊

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About kitcatsdesigns

I am a full time nurse, mom and wife. My love for repurposing items and living the country life. I owe my passion to my mom who is no longer on this earth with me but in my heart and in my desire to be creative.
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34 Responses to Bogging is not for the weak…

  1. bursh1 says:

    Learning is a continuous education, the best thing to do is to do away with negative thoughts and dreams, then focus on the reality, I think that will help you a lot….

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  3. Don’t worry about stats , just do your own thing & write for yourself. The rest will follow, still learning myself. Oh & all those dos & don’t, take with a pinch of salt 😉

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  4. We all do it and just remember some of us read by phone and that doesn’t always show on the stats. We are out here though! Just make sure your tagging correctly so your posts get seen. 🙂

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  5. niasunset says:

    Don’t worry about stats, just be happy with your blog. Then you will see, your visitors will be happy too, like me 🙂 Thanks and Love, nia

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  6. BellMar Homestead says:

    I loved this article and I can relate to what you are going through. One thing I would like to suggest is to put a “subscribe by email” box on your site. Many people, myself included, prefer to get a daily or weekly email of new posts. I will subscribe to blogs that I like, but if there is no email subscription button, I usually click off of the site never to think of it again. Just an FYI.

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I see we follow some of the same bloggers.
    Good luck to you!

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  8. It’s already been said, but I agree that if you blog what is of interest to you with a passion the followers will come. Good luck! 😃

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  9. soulanceblog says:

    I am new here as well and I had some of the same thoughts (I check my stats a lot too). But like everyone said, I think it’s better to focus on content and the followers will come 🙂 I also read those articles with tips to grow your blog, I’m guilty lol

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  10. Ena says:

    I’ve been working on my blog for just over a year. I’m up to about 300 followers. It is a slow process but I do it because it’s fun so I keep my expectations low. I find it’s important to follow other blogs and like, comment, subscribe and reblog. Good luck! I’m a new follower!

    Ena https://prettyplusandproud.wordpress.com/

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  11. beetleypete says:

    When you are starting out, being obsessed with stats is perfectly normal. Don’t concern yourself too much with followers. Ten who interact and actually read your posts are better than 500 who never bother to check back on your blog. I will follow your blog, as I always like to encourage new bloggers. In the meantime, you might like to see the ‘evolution of my stats, represented by some posts over the last four years. The main thing is to write for yourself, but if you follow other blogs, then do so regularly, and make sure to comment most of the time. Otherwise, you will not feel part of this great blogging community.
    https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/blog-on-a-roll/
    https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/decline-and-fall-of-the-blogging-empire/
    https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/blog-until-you-clog/
    https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/1000-followers/
    Many more like this, just search under ‘Blogging’ in my search box. You are not alone!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. Well the most important thing in blogging is passion and patience, if you have this and you are willing to learn, then success is close-by.

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  13. lookfabkim says:

    Hi there. I just started blogging too for a little over a month now. I do it for me, my passion, my fun. If it turns into a cash cow, great. But if it doesn’t, it’s still a wonderful passion of mine. You seem to be doing fine in my opinion. Overnight success is very rare, so keep doing what you’re doing.

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    • Thank you!! I did have a 3 week dip there, I work full time as a nurse and the holidays seem to be our busy season plus it’s just busy in my own house hold. Goal for 2017.., make a calendar and STICK to it!!! 😊. Thank you for words and good luck to you!! Happy holidays!!!

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      • lookfabkim says:

        Wow busy lady ;). I’m not working at the moment and I find blogging a lot of work. I can’t imagine doing this with a job. My hat is off to you. I will definitely keep checking in on ya and keep in touch. Happy holidays to you to you and your fam and be Blessed.

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  14. GirlsMyAge says:

    This is ridiculously relatable! I’m glad I’m not alone! But girl, you have done incredibly well to reach over 60 followers already!That’s wonderful. I hope our numbers keep increasing. I’m really short on time and I spend agesss writing one post so my traffic isnt where I want it yet. What is your pinterest? I’d love to follow you! We’re on this journey together💕

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  15. When you first start a blog, that is how it is, but like what you said on your post patience and hardwork is the only solution. Don’t give up

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  16. chubaoyolu says:

    I know what you mean when you talk about the need for patience. It can be frustrating when you feel you are putting in the work, and getting little rewards to show for it. Recently, I read somewhere that results do not come linearly… that is to say that you won’t necessarily have twice as many views in month #2 as you did in month #1 even if you are doing everything right. Most people report an exponential growth that happens when they hit an inflection point. The only way to hit that inflection point is to keep on plugging… so keep keeping on, and I’ll do the same. Good luck!

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