I was totally going to leave the house today. I keep wanting to drop off a package at the UPS store for a friend. A surprise gift. Instead I got completely distracted my a revamp of my blog. I did some major work on it today, spent four hours and nearly forgot about breakfast.
Recently I joined a Facebook group for bloggers and after weeks of lurking in the shadows, I participated in one of their "Feedback Friday" posts. I have to tell you that this was incredibly terrifying. Other than a single friend who occasionally reads the blog and gives me feedback when I miss a spelling error, I've not had anyone I know take a look.
Part of Feedback Friday is that you go to other people's blogs and give them feedback and they respond in kind. In reviewing other blogs, I suddenly hated the way mine looked. Scrolling through post after post seemed dull and unimaginative. When I advertise my posts, I do them individually, but if anyone ever wanted to see what else there might be to interest them, they'd have to scroll through post after post.
While I definitely appreciated the feedback from the others, it left me feeling inadequate. I did seem to be one of the only (if not the only) person blogging in my particular genre. I feel like there is so much more work to be done and I just want it to be as good as it can be.
It's amazing to me how much there is to learn about blogging, SEO, and ads. Ideally I would make money from blogging but I'm not entirely sure how that can happen. People have to read the reviews I write first…then have my words move them to click the links to purchase the corresponding items for the things I've reviewed. In today's overly jaded world, how would that even happen? Then there's Patreon which is a whole other thing that's difficult to grab onto. There are thousands of blog posts about increasing traffic and monetization and, and, and…
Honestly? It's relatively overwhelming. I had to take a break from all the reading of articles and editing the page. I think I've likely done enough tinkering for right now. Or at least until I figure out how to arrange the rest of it in a way that I like. Besides, what's the good of having a blog if I don't write anything?
Hope everyone is having an excellent Saturday. I'm off to knock out some posts for you guys for the coming weeks. What overwhelms you?