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Back to Basics: Starting Fresh

Blogging is hard work. Trying to build up a successful blog is almost like having a second job and if you’re not careful it will start to consume you. That’s the reason I decided to step away for a minute (almost a month and a half) and collect myself. Blogging started to take over everything and it wasn’t fun anymore. I got so caught up in stats, social media followers, sharing to social media and then freaking out when I couldn’t think of anything worthy enough to share here on my blog.

Who decides what is worthy though? Most every blogging course you read will tell you that you need to cater to your reader by posting content that is helpful, beneficial, and offers solutions to problems. My blog really isn’t about that I guess. That’s not to say that I don’t want to be relatable, entertaining or a problem solver, because in many ways I do want to be those things. But at the same time I’m tired of worrying about my “niche” or what “freebies” I need to give away to get people to follow me. Maybe I don’t even have a niche, maybe I’m not an expert on anything, and maybe I never will be. That likely means that I’ll never make any money and I’ll never have thousands of loyal followers, but that’s okay. My sanity is more important than the number of followers I have and I’ve got a job that makes money, so problem solved. Maybe I am a problem solver! Ha.

I just want to write. I want to write without feeling the weight of “but you should be doing it this way”, “finding the right SEO keywords”, and “how many Amazon affiliate clicks am I getting” on my shoulders. Writing about food, sharing my photography, and random bits about my life is what makes me happy so that’s what I’m going to do. If that’s relatable to you, if my photography inspires you, or you like reading restaurant reviews and the like and you decide to follow/subscribe, then I’ll be super stoked and happy to have you along for the ride. If not, and you think it’s complete and utter garbage and vow to never read my blog again, then that’s okay too. I won’t be mad and we’ll all still live happily ever after.

I needed a mental do over (I don’t even know what that means), so I’m starting fresh. All of my old blog posts are still out there of course, but I’m starting over with a clear mind and (hopefully) fresh thoughts and ideas. I had been on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule, but right now I think that may be an unrealistic goal. I’m going to throw caution to the wind and post whenever the heck I feel like it. I have something to say, cool. If not, hey that’s cool too.

I’m still gonna plug this little blog of mine on Instagram and Facebook, but without any preconceived expectations. You can find new posts on my social media and if you’re a subscriber, new posts will start coming to you in email again. So with that said, if you’re still with me, thanks for sticking around and enjoy your weekend.

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