What I Love & Don’t Love About Blogging

by katie

If you’re a blogger then you know what I mean when I say that there’s a lot going on when you’re blogging… and that’s the reason or this post today. There are so many reasons why I do it and so many reasons why you probably notice I take some “breaks” here and there. There’s a culmination of things that go into this. It’s hard work. It’s dedication. It’s the “want” to want to do something when you feel like doing nothing at all…

Let’s start off with what I like, shall we? I’m sure many of you will agree.

I like getting out there and putting something out that people may like…or hate. Whatever. It’s out there. That’s the point. I got a lot of satisfaction when some of my work was put on Parade.com. Even the DIY Lifestyle magazine was great…while it lasted.

Knowing that someone is reading your work and enjoying it is probably the most rewarding aspect of blogging. It could be a craft, recipe, random rambling post like this and it all feels the same.

I like talking to new people and meeting those with the same interests as myself. There have been many directions my blog has gone in the last few years and the people I met along the way were well worth it.

I gain inspiration left and right from everyone. I have yet to really find a reason to be “blocked” with ideas when there is so much going on in the world. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, link parties and Pinterest are my best friends and I don’t consider it to be unoriginal to do something someone else has done if I put my own spin on it and make it my own. One of my most popular posts ever was an idea I got from someone else and, with my own little spin, everyone loved it.

I consider myself a “lifestyle” blogger even though I think a label wouldn’t put me in any particular category. I pretty much do whatever I want and that is a plus. Blogging is free and liberating. I can say and do whatever I like and…well, be as awesome as I can be at it.

I’ve made some moolah. Oh yeah! Well, a little moolah. It’s not putting me into a penthouse suite, but it’s extra spending money when I want it and there if I really need it. I can’t say that it is definitely 100% the reason why I started blogging in the first place, but it is definitely a perk. Who wouldn’t want to make some money doing something they love?

Now…dun dun dun…what I don’t like.

I’ve been at the whole blogging thing for a long time now…almost 3 years. I know what it takes to do certain things and what I need to do to better myself. Let’s face it, there isn’t enough research or information you can absorb. It’s constantly changing…even exhausting.

Why can’t I increase my page views if I continuously share this popular pin on Pinterest? Oh, duh! Pinterest changed! Of course they did! Instagram wants to change the way people see pictures being posted. Of course they do because I’m trying to grow a following. Ahem..scratch that. A GOOD following.

I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to get people to pay attention to my affiliate links. I’m not greedy. I’m simply trying something new and getting discouraged. Do you have tips? Oh Lordy! Share them with me please!

Why do email subscription services, i.e., MadMimi, etc. have to be so darn expensive. I feel  like I’m penalized because people like what I do. Do I really have to pay $75 to let people know what I’m blogging about next week?!

Last, but not least, the dreaded “look at how much money I made last month” posts. I know that it is suppose to be something to drive you to do the same, but I feel like what is good for the goose may not necessarily be good for the gander. I think of them more as bragging posts than good, useful information that I can walk away with. They all appear to be like “Hey. Ha! Lookie what I have”. Really?

Geez. I guess that was my biggest pet peeve about blogging. Ahem….sorry you had to witness that! Ha ha ha! Oh, man!

Well, I guess that’s it. I’m interested in knowing what you love/don’t love/tolerate from blogging. At least I know I won’t be alone!

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Homeschool Base October 14, 2016 - 5:13 am

Hey! I found you through the Moms Are Frugal linkup! What an awesome site I've never seen before πŸ™‚
I've got some experience blogging as well and "Why can't I increase my page views if I continuously share this popular pin on Pinterest? Oh, duh! Pinterest changed!" cracked me up. Oh, how things constantly change.

Kate Auclair October 15, 2016 - 8:48 pm

πŸ˜€ Glad to make you laugh!

Homeschool Base October 14, 2016 - 5:14 am

ALSO, I forgot in the other post, "4:00 AM" – kids keeping you up??

Anonymous October 15, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Great question (love/hate) but I have to think about my answer! I'll take a bit of a shortcut — it's not a perfect parallel but some of my "love/hate about social media" is in my 100,000 tweets post! πŸ™‚ http://biggreenpen.com/2015/12/23/ten-thoughts-on-100000-tweets/

Kate Auclair October 15, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Oh, social media is a whole other thing! I'll be checking out your post! Thanks for sharing!

Kari Wagner October 15, 2016 - 1:07 pm

Friend, and I feel like I can call you this because us bloggers need to stick together…..these are all of the questions that I have had.
Blogging is what I love to do.
I've been doing it for over six years and I have made a little money but nothing that can sustain us.

Kate Auclair October 15, 2016 - 8:51 pm

Yes! Someday indeed!….hopefully tomorrow though! πŸ˜‰

Stacey L. Nash October 15, 2016 - 1:13 pm

Enjoyed your post. Blogging certainly is a mixed bag. Full of elements you love and elements that make you want to pull your hair out.

Kate Auclair October 15, 2016 - 8:51 pm


Anonymous October 16, 2016 - 8:39 am

I love blogging, manage my own and one for a charity I volunteer with. But I so agree, about the hard work trying to get it your postings noticed and trying to make them interesting πŸ˜€

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled October 16, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Thanks for this article that I found at 5am while everyone is still sleeping 'cause I'm up early to link up a post to a linky party! C-r-a-z-y. I've been feeling a little discouraged recently given how hard I'm working and putting ideas out there and feeling like I'm going in circles. Glad to hear I'm not alone. And yes, those income reports, make me want to chuck something at my computer! Visiting from Inspiration Galore party.

Julia Nyanyo October 16, 2016 - 3:52 pm

I love sharing my enthusiasm, I loath how much I worry about my stats even though I promised myself I never would!
Income reports just make me feel terrible about myself so I avoid them like the plague!

Nicole B. October 18, 2016 - 1:27 am

It makes me so happy to get even one real comment from a reader that it can totally make my day. (Well, as long as they are the NICE comments.) #HomeMattersParty

Sharing Life's Moments October 18, 2016 - 4:19 am

I love connecting with others all across the web thanks to my blog. I like finding like-minded people. I also LOVE when I know something I shared HELPED a reader in some way.
I can't stand how much is involved to ensure that a post is actually seen at a reasonable rate. I do wish that things didn't change so much. I no sooner learn exactly how to make a system work and move on to something else, and the first system changed.

Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again next Friday when we open our doors at 12 AM EST.


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