Blogging is a second job, no question. I put in nearly full-time hours, between weeknights and weekends. The difference between this second job and your typical second job, is that I really love doing it.
Here’s the problem, I just cannot seem to boost my traffic. I’ve read list upon list upon list, followed the advice, tried different techniques and yet my Unique Views / Page Views stay where they are. I know what you’re thinking, I shouldn’t be blogging purely for the visitors, and truthfully, I’m not. I blog primarily because I love doing it. I love sitting down to a clean page, and letting my thoughts run. Some of those random thoughts lead to full posts, while others turn into topics for future posts, but in either case, I love what I do.
…but I want to grow!
However, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love for this lil ole blog to turn into something major, something I was able to turn into a living, maybe be a Work At Home Mom. I know you need to be dedicated, that you need to be willing to put in the time to build your following, both of which I am willing to do, but I’m stuck.
I can’t say I’ve tried EVERYTHING that would be a lie, but I’ve tried a lot and nothing is helping me grow, not even slightly. I’ll read a tip, like scheduling a tweet of your post to go live in the morning and the evening will bring followers, or that ensuring you have pinnable pictures in your posts will help it become viral on Pinterest. Both of these are great tips, but I’m being very real, none of it has helped me.
Then I begin wondering if it’s my writing, or possibly the topic I am covering. While it could be either, I’ve read blogs with poor grammar and spelling who are thriving, and there are many mommy blogs (the niche I currently fall into) whose subject matter is similar to mine (writing about their kids, what worked for them, what didn’t, etc). I guess it could be that the mommy blogger market is pretty saturated, and that there isn’t room for one more blogger in it. But I have a hard time believing that considering how many moms there are in the world and how tough being a parent can be on any given day, and how different every parent’s experience is.
I’ll write a post, and think it is THE post. The post that will bring me tons and tons of visitors. Visitors that will stick around, subscribe to me on Bloglovin’, or any other one of my other social media channels, and become real fans… And what happens? It falls flat, gets a few views but nothing impressive, and I continue to get frustrated.
I love writing, but I love writing for an audience. I like knowing that what I’m saying could have an impact on someone’s life. There are times when I write for me, but that’s my private journal. What I write here, I want to be seen.
I know this seems like a bit of a whine fest, and I guess in a small way it is, but what I’m hoping is that someone out there may have gone through something similar with their blog, but come through it in a better place. Someone who can share their story, and restore my hope and excitement in hitting “Publish” after every post, and that eventually there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Thank you for listening to me!
I would truly appreciate your comments on this subject. I want to hear what others have experienced, and any tips or advice that could help lead me back to the “right” direction.
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