Pardon Me, I am a Little Sick of Blogging ..

I have just noticed something.

Actually this has been happening for a while now.

Something that was evident by the way my favourite and not so fav bloggers were writing.

Less and less.

It was self evident.

The phenomenon of ‘moving on’

Before I talk about this phenomenon, let me bring your attention to the trends that come and go in our blogosphere.

Not so long ago, everybody was raving about doing videos.

From Copyblogger to Kissmetrics to Social Triggers to your average 100 subscribers blog – people were shouting from their rooftops – DO VIDEOS.

Doesn’t matter if you are shy – suck it up!

Doesn’t matter if you are not interested, if you are not showing  your ‘real self’ through videos, you are missing out on the greatest opportunity to connect with your audience

Hmm .. I thought my words did that just fine.

If you are not leveraging the power of videos, you are leaving money on the table. We were reminded again and again.

And then, it was Pinterest.

Next, Guest Blogging.

And on and on it goes.

Now, I could dig up all the posts from the influential blogs that start these trends and all the rest who jump on the bandwagon, but I am feeling too lazy for that.

Plus, if you haven’t been living under a rock all this talk, you know what I am talking about.

Allow me to predict the next trend looming on the horizon instead. The ‘moving on’ trend.

Copyblogger published this post today.

Case Study: How to Breathe Life into Your Tired Old Blog.

Sean Platt of the Ghost Writer Dad fame ‘Killed his blog’ and launched his new site.

His post? Why I murdered My Blog Today

Not too long ago, James Chartrand did this post about why we don’t need to post regularly and post only when we feel like it.

Why You Should Ditch Your Blogging Schedule

Me thinks all hell will break loose soon, on topics like:

Why are you *not* blogging? Rethink the purpose of your blog

How to stay motivated even when your own blog bores you to death

How to skillfully change the direction of your blog

Don’t hate your blog, let it evolve, find a new angle

You get the idea.

Going back to my original observation of ‘moving on’.

People whose blogs I have been following for the past two years, have been showing the following behaviours:

  • They have launched products or services, or
  • They have completely changed the direction of their blogs, or
  • They have ended their blogs meaning they have literally moved on.

People like Martyn Chamberlin of Two hour blogger; launching his web design business and advising his subscribers that the blog won’t be the same. Joseph Putnam of Blog Tweaks; selling his writing services, hardly posting anymore. Judy Dunn of Cats Eye Writer; she is moving away from blogger to creative writer. And John Sherry of the 100% you; moved to a new ‘sports’ blog altogether.

My Theory

I have a theory on this.

People who start blogging can be lumped together in two main categories – even if they don’t realize it then)

People who are usually extroverts, love to write and are interested in the numbers. These people are still going strong with blog subscribers in thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands. These are likes of Leo Babauta, Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, Danny Iny etc. They are everywhere.

In the second group are those who are mostly introverts, not 100% confident with networking (open this can of worms if you want to – I am not touching it), who start their blog as their platform – to establish authority. They find it less and less interesting to blog as they venture out and start finding their markets making way for the new crop who start popping up in places like Problogger and Copyblogger. Not given a chance to evolve, they simply run out of things to say.

I fall in the latter. I need my blog to grow alongside me otherwise it will be the end for us.

Upcoming Changes on Writing Happiness: Content + Copy

In the last two years or so, my blog has evolved from a personal blog to a bloggers blog, with many transitions in between.

Finally, I am happy to report that it is getting close to something that was my original dream.

A blog about web writing. About creating both content and copy.

‘Creating content’ is what I have been writing about and ’writing copy’ is what I am looking forward to.

Since I have launched my web copywriting business, it only makes sense to do both.

Otherwise I will have to come up with more posts titled like this.

Not very exciting!

My Question(s) to You

How long have you been blogging for?

Why do you blog? I mean really – why?

Are you still excited about your blogging goals or feeling a bit deflated with the reality of things?

And, how many times a week do you want to hear from your favourite blogger?

I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Do comment.:)

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64 Responses to Pardon Me, I am a Little Sick of Blogging ..
  1. What a headline, Marya.

    Anyway, I could relate to that. I haven’t posted in weeks because I’ve been too busy writing copy for other people. I will definitely get back to blogging sooner or later.
    Josh Sarz recently posted..5 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Sound Like A Jerk

    • marya

      Glad you approve, Josh. :) I have noticed all the cool changes you have made on yours site – congrats. We should totally swap notes – on copywriting. What do you say?

      Marya

  2. knot2share

    Glad to hear that you are working your way towards your dream..My blog does not have a purpose. It is my notepad to write down what I might find or think of. It is about 18 months old now and I agree that I don’t post as frequest as I did in 2011. But I am trying to stick to one post a week at least. I like the idea of finding new interests and experimenting on them to see where it takes me. Of course I love spending my time there and hopefully some of them are still following me (I can hope, can’t I ! :-) ). My blog is about finding me. If I were to subscribe to my favourite blogger, then I would like to hear from them once or twice a week. Too frequent, and that ends up with a lot of posts to catch up from my end and I will give up easily. I like small dozes, but regular. I really love my Google Reader. He keeps them all in store and I can just pick and choose what I want to read on a day!

    Hope you are keeping well. It is welcome Autumn/Winter for us. I didn’t realise until now, you were on facebook!!

    • marya

      Hi there, good to see you my anonymous Aussie friend. :)

      I must admit that I didn’t think much about people who start out as hobby bloggers and continue down that path – gladly. Maybe because the pressure of blogging has been playing havoc with my mind – especially when it feels like there’s nothing left to say, I honestly forgot about people who blog for pleasure. I reckon I will hear a lot more from those people in this thread. :)

      Thanks for the wishes. Glad to have a pleasant autumn too, after having scorcher of a (Melburnian) summer. Love winters .. bring them on!

  3. …can’t resist answering one of your questions.

    Q: Why do I blog? A: Because I’m one of those people who shouts at the television during the TV news. Blogging gives me a place to write it all down, and even hope that someone will read it and agree. (Or disagree and be muted forever!) :-)

    I think maybe you omitted one major class of blogger. It’s the group of folks who take some time to get around to reading up on the trendiest fashion in blogging, adopt it a little too late, and never really get the results they hope for, but try for a long time to make it work somehow even after the blogging fashionistas have long moved on to the next-plus-one thing.

    These blogs tend to pop up, talk a lot about what they’re going to do, run for a short while, and then stall until the blogger launches yet-another-blog, or repurposes the old one with a new plan about what they’re going to do.

    Or, if they have a plan, they may meet with a different fate.

    If the goal is to have readers, then doing the wholesome things that make a blog valuable will accumulate over time (and outlive the lifecycle of newest trends) to result in an overall valuable collection of writings that will one day form a record of our times.

    If the focus is on the latest, greatest, and devoid of memory further into the past than a couple of weeks, then yes it’s easy to run out of gas or lose inspiration.

    But if the goal is to leave a body of work that speaks to the culture of our times, then there is an endless pool of available material to fuel the next publishing date.

    Or maybe it’s just not worth it any more.

    For you, I think the writing is the important thing … you HAVE to write and I’ll bet that you can’t resist the call of the next thing that inspires you, amuses you, or just plain pisses you off.

    That’s what keeps me going.

    —v
    Vincent Lowe recently posted..ArtShots: Touching Lives with Her Feet

    • marya

      Hi Vincent,

      I really enjoyed reading your comment. (Psst .. I am one of those people who cry while watching TV, embarassing I know, especially when one of my kids starts to giggle and the other one gets genuinely upset.)

      And I totally agree with what you said and said it way better than I ever could. I left a lot out in this post when I made a sweeping generalization of two blogging camps. Another friend reminded me that she blogs for pleasure. What a concept! Can you believe I totally forgot about this group? And like you pointed out, the wannabees .. but I like the way this thread is shaping up. Pays to stir the pot sometimes eh?

      Cheers.

  4. And then there are those of us who use blogging to promote our businesses and if we don’t have enthusiasm for our businesses, neither will anyone else!

    I just can’t imagine running out of anything to say about something you really enjoy and for which you have a true passion. Now you’ve returned to your real passion Marya, may the force be with you and your pen!
    Linda recently posted..High On A Hill Is A Lonely…. Hotel!

    • marya

      Linda, so far I have been reminded of this; there is a group of people who blog for pleasure and a group who follows everything that A-listers do. Thanks for letting me know about business bloggers – totally valid. I guess I was thinking way too much about people who start blogging with monetization in the back of their minds. Thanks for making this interesting. :)

      Cheers,
      Marya

  5. I started my blog a year ago. My original purpose of blogging was to simply share my stories/thoughts etc with people and to give myself a more sense of ‘YES I WANT TO WRITE, SO I AM WRITING’.
    I then started to focus a little more than I should on my stats which then diverted my whole purpose on blogging. I looked at my content, theme & ways to attract more readers. This just made me less motivated to write.
    I will continue to blog and now I am just going to focus on my writing and not so much on the stats. I enjoy blogging and I also grateful to other bloggers who share their stories, advice, experiences etc which I will continue to read. Even though I may not take blogging too seriously I am glad that others still do.
    Of course I wish I could have a brilliant blog with hundreds of hits but for now I am happy with just slowly evolving into a better writer and developing my blog at an easy pace.
    Thank you for your blog and sharing your writing tips…V

    • marya

      Hi Veronica,

      I totally get you, this is why I and a vast majority of people start blogging. Yours is a classic, text book case. Don’t let those stats bring you down either. And if you find a way to get to that stage of which all bloggers dream about – then let me in on the secret. Deal? :)

      All the best and thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Marya

  6. As a business blogger (in transport) it’s relaly quite simple… if I don’t blog then we don’t eat.

    I may get sick to death of blogging but it’s an extremely effective way of marketing our business. That also means I can’t decide to change direction (or do more video), I just have to stay calm and focused and write for our audience.
    Sarah Arrow recently posted..It’s easy… you’ll sell tonnes. You can sell anything on the internet

    • marya

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for bringing sanity to the table. :) You are right of course. Like I have been saying to previous commenters, I was talking about people who start blogging with an intent to monetize it at some stage. Majority of these people keep on stumbling in the dark and change directions many times. I didn’t think of including hobby bloggers who have no intention to make money off their blogs and business bloggers. I should have clarified that.

      Thanks for dropping by. Good to see you again. :)
      Marya

  7. Marya, great post – and very honest.

    You gave me an idea which I’ll probably flesh out in a full blog post soon, but the heart of my message is this… PASSION rules.

    If you’re NOT passionate about something, regardless of how lucrative, effective or ‘successful’ it is (for sometimes even a long time), it will sooner or later become a burden, chore or boring task to ‘get done’.

    For me, writing is a passion. I’ve been blogging since 2003. The topics on which I write change, and so my blog has gone through many mutations over the years. But the constant is that I still LOVE to write.

    I shunned the video wave, even when everyone said I should. That’s because I’m a better writer than speaker, enjoy writing more than acting, and leave a deeper impact through my written words than other forms.

    So, to answer your questions – I blog because I love to write, love to inspire, love to share what works for me with people who care. I’m still excited about blogging after 9 years, because those things still matter to me.

    How often I blog has always been a personal whim, and I’ve refused to be constrained by any kind of ‘schedule’, be it self-imposed, or audience-driven.

    The last answer is, I suspect, most important – I expect to hear from my favorite blogger as often as s/he has something valuable to say/share.

    If that’s 6 times a day, great. If it’s once in 6 months, fine (like Spike Humer’s blog at http://spikehumer.typepad.com/, which is updated as rarely as once a year at times! – or Derek Siver’s at http://sivers.org/ )

    All success
    Dr.Mani

    • marya

      Hi Dr. Mani, :)

      Lovely to hear your thoughts. I am with you on this one hundred percent. I would say nothing makes me happier than seeing people follow their passion. (Psst – for this reason I am a big fan of reality shows, not the bitchy kind, the ones people are striving to win because they love something sooo much). Passion is the key. However, passion is closely tied to interests. What to do if you start to lose interest in something – that’s the question. Good to know that you embrace that and allow your blog to reflect that.

      I think for many people who start blogging looking to discover their passion,there is a greater risk of giving up. And many of such people have been kind enough to comment here. I think I probably belong to this group as well. It has taken me almost 2 years to realize what is it that I want to do exactly. Hopefully, no more surprises for me – and my reasons, at least any time soon.

      Thank you. And drop by more often.
      Marya

    • I’ve been blogging and participating online since 2003. I never am consistent, spent too much time on Twitter, and could care less about trends. One thing I learned, kids grow up too fast and I don’t want to be here a lot. I’m passionate about sharing love and joy for peace. Therefore, I must blog. Sometimes.
      Jeanette recently posted..Cavalia, an Equine Experience for Performing Arts Lovers

      • marya

        Wow – since 2003? That’s great. Wonder how many of us will still be blogging in 10 years time … keep rocking! :) Thanks for coming by.

        Marya

  8. I have been blogging for a year now and it is still one of my very passion. I blog because I wanted to share my thoughts and insights on things and how people react to them. I always check my favorite bloggers site like daily to get inspired. I think that he is the best when it comes to motivating people to do major changes in their lives. Thanks!
    Mark@AFFILIATE REVOLUTION recently posted..Million Visitors Free Review-Check Whаt Gavin Stephenson Dіd On Internet Marketing.

    • marya

      Hello Mark, good to know you are you passionate about blogging. Can I ask is it just blogging in general though, or is it about something specific?

      Marya

  9. Hey Marya!

    It is so easy to feel the weight of a blog. I’ve lost count of how many blogs I’ve started, especially since I’ve started many for clients as a ghost. But they were always for a specific purpose, even if I didn’t know what that purpose was.

    My first blog was started because I wanted to write online. No plan, just GO.

    My second, Blogopolis Blueprint, was a blog about blogging. It crashed and burned. I started it because after six months, the medium thoroughly fascinated me.

    My third, Ghostwriter Dad was built for SEO, so I could get ghostwriting clients.

    My fourth, Collective Inkwell, was all over the place. It took three years to find its voice to what it is now: Home to my serialized fiction.

    I stuck with Ghostwriter Dad about a year longer than what felt right, and once I was building these new Digital Writer books. It felt like home the second the name left my mouth.

    The slog and commitment on a blog is hard, and if I didn’t have the content from the books I’m writing right now to lean on, I probably wouldn’t blog at all. I would prefer to put my work straight on Amazon. But because of the way The Digital Writer is structured, I see a way to grow a blog with a team and avoid a lot of the grind.
    Sean recently posted..Why I Murdered My Successful Blog

    • marya

      Hey Sean,

      Had I known you would pay a visit, I would have included words like this ‘Check out his blog – it rocks!’ after the link. ;) Totally true, of course! :)

      I have been following Ghostwriter Dad for a while now. (I am one of the lurkers, being a true introvert I am weird that way.) You are the one who got me hooked onto copywriting with your sales letter training series. In fact I would go as far as to say that I consider you as one of my mentors (I believe I have tweeted to this effect before) among the likes of Nick Usborne, Bob Bly, Dean Rieck, Steven Slaunwhite and Ed Gandia.

      I totally know what you mean. My journey has been quite similar to yours. It took me about 2 years to discover my purpose, something that I have been building up to do all of my life, without my knowing it. And its a great (although, very very hard) place to be.

      Thanks for dropping by. I am looking forward to reading Digital Writer. The design looks awesome. All the best, Sean.

      Marya

      • That’s kind to say, Marya. Thank you. Especially on the design, which took me 4EVER to feel right about. Big giant high-five to Danny Cooper for helping me sort that. It has a ways to go, but I’m happy with its spare but clean look at the start.
        Sean recently posted..Why I Murdered My Successful Blog

  10. I started a blog in 2010 hoping it will help me get some much needed perspective on my life, it did just that for me. So my brush with blogging was over sooner than I had anticipated. Even though I started using pintrest way before it was even mentioned on probloggers and other similar websites, I somehow kept it separate from my blog. I really was never looking for making my blog a big thing. As I realised it’s too much work plus not something that goes well with my primary passion “drawing/painting/art”. There are many art-based blogs, but I am very old fashioned in my art making. Haven’t made a transition into digital art as such. So there was always tension, I was never able to resolve it somehow.
    I also find the whole *make your blog the bestest/biggest/most clicked/most money generating machine* a bit too agressive. Made me feel that unless you have this number of subscribers or this number of tweets what you are doing is not worth it. Anyhow I feel like I can actually write a passionate blog in response to your post ;) My favourite blogger writes quite regularly on her blog, which is still on blogspot. She shares her personal experiences, and artwork with her readers, as well interview other talented artists. Her blog and personality is polar opposite to the ones who belong to the clan of problogger and likes (no offence). Through her blog CONNECTS her with other like minded people. She has made many friends and admirers, this doesn’t mean she gets 100 tweets or comments..
    I am getting back to blogging soon, and this time I will focus on making connections with like minded people. That is my only goal :) gather a supportive network of creative people, SUPPORTIVE not COMPETITVE :)

    • marya

      Amna, when I see a comment from you, I know I have done good! :) And I’ll take supportive over competitive any day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, here and on the phone later. heheh

  11. Total noob, contributing to your sampling.

    1)I’ve only been blogging since January.

    2) I’m still uncertain. I know my creative writing had become a lonely, unrewarding chore and that putting words in public gave me a sort of goose to keep working but I think my reasons, and my writing, are still evolving.

    3)Most of the time but I have an over-developed inner critic that makes me feel as if I have to justify every single word I put out in the world, even if only twelve people are reading them. It’s a challenge.

    4)If each of my faves posted once a week, it’d be perfect. As many are more prolific, I accept I can’t get to everything at once but will read what I need when I need it. You popped up today and asked some great questions just when I was having another round of, ‘what do you think you’re doing, trying to play with the big boys?’ moment. So, there you go.
    Kathy recently posted..Dear Easter Bunny

    • marya

      Kathy, thanks for your sharing your thoughts. I think every new blogger would relate to point #2 and possibly #3 as well. I know I do. Still can’t get over the editing thing, sometimes it takes me half an hour to pen the first draft and then 3 hours to revise and edit it. Oh well .. glad I was able to provide some food for thought. Cheers. :)

  12. Funny that you should write about this when I just guest posted yesterday with the SITS girls with a post on breaking up with your blog – http://www.thesitsgirls.com/education/blog-tips/shut-down-blog/.

    I have been blogging for 4 years, was blogging several times a week, but the blog I had created no longer suited me. I have moved on to a new blog which fits where I am now and will hopefully brand me better. My goal is to post 3 times a week, which is what I like to see from bloggers I follow.

    • marya

      4 years? Wow .. how do you do it? It’s nearly 2 years for me, although this particular one hasn’t see its first birthday yet. Posting 3 times is way too ambitious for me personally. I am lucky if I can put something hefl decent once a week. Although, my posts are generally long and detailed, usually over 800 words so I guess that’s 2 posts hiding in one. Thanks for dropping by Jacki. Cheers

  13. I quit blogging.

    Honestly, it’s a waste of time.

    Writing is timeless if you have something to say.

    Blogs don’t make money.

    The excitement of Web 2.0 has come and went.

    Yawn. Back to pre-2000, and thank God.

    • marya

      Are you serious?

      • Yes, pretty much.

        The blogosphere is inherently depressing, even if you’re making 6 figures.

        • marya

          Well, I thought I was the only one who felt that this place can be so damned depressing. But I’ll take it if it comes with a big fat check.

          ha ha

          • If I offered to pay you a thousand dollars a day, seven days a week, to dig ditches for 12 hours per day, for 50 years straight, would you accept?

            Money means nothing. Don’t let it influence you.

          • marya

            I was just kidding Martyn … :)

            I left law to pursue my writing career. Do I look like I am doing it for the money?

            Btw, I DO know where you are coming from. I understand this blogging game all too well. And I did start my copywriting business, I am not looking to make money off the back of my blog. I agree with you – and people will eventually come to their conlusions too… all the best for your business.

  14. Marya,

    Thanks for bringing up this topic (and for the link)! What you are saying here is very important. My blog has morphed a couple of time, just because my blogging goal (and business) changed. When it was the Cat’s Eye Marketing blog, my sole purpose was to get clients by showing businesses how I could solve their problems. When our business went web-based with a focus on social media marketing, I was marketing my services as a blogging coach. Now, finally (the introspection and soul-searching that comes with breaking one’s wrist), I am at the exact intersection of my passion and skills. I am completing my first book and my blog is focused on both sharing that journey and helping other writers develop an author platform with a blog and other social media.

    I am VERY excited and a bit surprised it took me this long to figure it out. (Well, there is also that little bit about needing to bring in a steady income.) : )

    I love hearing about your journey and the ‘nichifying’ does take time, doesn’t it? Sounds like you have some exciting days ahead.
    Judy Dunn recently posted..21 Things I Did to Get My Blog to Top 10 Status

    • marya

      And I am so excited for you Judy. Totally know what you mean and good to hear stories from people like Sean Platt and yourself. Gives me hope. Thank you. :)

  15. How long have you been blogging for? I’ve been blogging for about 4 months. I’m a newbie. A baby. And already, I’ve been down the road of constant pressure to create a product, write on a set schedule, quickly respond to every comment, write epic shit, etc.

    There are so many g-damn rules it sickens me.

    So I’ve decided to just do what I do best. Write. I’m not creating a product. I’m not selling a service. I’m not writing on a set schedule. I’m simply gonna write and promote it a little.

    Maybe I’ll guest post just to get some exposure. But that’s it. Let the chips fall where they may. I say “SCREW the rules that broke the rules in the first place!”

    Why do you blog? I mean really – why? I blog because I love writing. And I have an important message to deliver. And because I’m an evolving human being and I want to express my ideas and share what I learn. That’s why I initially started blogging before I got lost in all this “expert” advice.

    Are you still excited about your blogging goals or feeling a bit deflated with the reality of things? I don’t have any blogging goals. Not anymore. I just get excited about writing something that people can relate to. Something that makes people think. Something that will hopefully make a difference in people’s lives. But I’m not attached to any particular outcome. Let the chips fall where they may. I’ve already achieved my goal, which I guess is to just be freaking happy.

    Good enough for me. :)

    And, how many times a week do you want to hear from your favorite blogger? Once every 2-3 weeks is fine.
    Tony Fuentes recently posted..How To Finish Reading a Book

    • marya

      ‘epic shit’ .. hmm, that certainly gives a clue as to which crowd you are hanging out with. ;)

      I really like your style. And your blog (I just had a quick peek, cute kids). Guest posting should NOT be a problem for you – you’ll ace it. Give it a go when you are ready.

      Follow your heart and more power to you.

      P.S; Your blog is brilliant and deserves proper attention. Safe to say that you seem to be ‘my kind of blogger’. It’s a pleasure meeting you Tony.

  16. I started my blog trek several years ago and I can sit comfortably in the introvert section with you. I feel exactly what you’ve said in my own blog.

    As for how frequently I blog, I had tried several times to jump into a schedule. And then I read another piece of advice by none other than the inevitable John Locke (the writer one) saying that the frequency doesn’t matter, it’s all about the quality, and whether you are speaking to your target audience.

    That’s probably why I have several thousand unread blogs in my FeedDemon reader right now. I haven’t opened it in a month.

    I guess I just go through phases and right now I’m editing… sigh…

    I’m not an editor…

    Anyway, thanks on a great post!
    J. Aric Keith recently posted..The Maraude Quandary

    • marya

      Hey J. From one introvert to another, do you ever feel like a fraud as a blogger? I do sometimes … sigh! Blogging is not meant for our kind I think. If you don’t talk – and talk a LOT, it’s a long hard road mate. Let’s not go there and stick to doing the best we can. Thanks for dropping by. :)

      Marya

      • Absolutely, and actually the same as an author. Could be the reason I have yet to truly publish anything of value to me.

        I talk to myself a lot, does that count ;)
        J. Aric Keith recently posted..The Maraude Quandary

  17. Marya,
    I started blogging because Gini Dietrich said so. OK that’s a bit over the top, but that is part of it. I found a strong draw to social media via Twitter and part of growing in SM is blogging. My first blog is two years old with two posts, seen by no one. I took some time to rethink and started blogging to a portfolio on unemployment advocacy for about 10 mos and shifted to my current blog about living a fulfilled life a year ago. I am pleased with my blog and realize that I haven’t met my goals yet because I haven’t dedicated enough time to marketing my blog. My blog occasionally shifts a bit because I’m fluid.
    You started off, talking bout the most recent megatrend in SM, blowing up blogging rules. This whole megatrend stuff is tiring. Listen to solid ideas and follow your heart. It’s foolproof.
    Looking forward to the upcoming turn for Writing Happiness. Give ‘em hell.
    Barry R. Silver recently posted..Passover Puzzle Piece.

    • marya

      Barry, you know what, I wrote this post after one and a half month of not writing anything. Nada. Zilch. I was so blocked. Totally overwhelmed (partly because my business is still in the initial phase) and disillusioned as it becomes more and more clear to me that I suck at developing relationships, even with people I really like. What business do I have in the world where extroverts, the netwrokers rule.

      After several pathetic attempts at writing something half coherent, I came up with this. I think the post is flawed in some ways (some logical connections are missing and I think I jumped from a point to another) but people seemed to get what I am trying to say. Thanks for your support. My aim is to stay fluid too. To brighter days!

      • Marya,
        Let me begin as a creep to reply. If you are blocked for 45 days, that’s drive or dedication (not a lack of anything) and exactly why you (and any blogger must) post to a schedule. Greatness isn’t about what you write when you have a killer topic. Greatness is about stepping up regularly and producing. Not every post is the Great American Blog Post. Some stuff may be mediocre or worse. Writing to a schedule drives you through the blocks (1st hand knowledge). Give yourself 1 or 2 regular topics/titles. “Midweek Muddle” (simplifying what appears confusing) or “Marya Says” (reviews of copywriting/content sites, articles, experts) and post as regular as fiber. You’re way to talented to go quiet for 45 days.

        As for who you are and how you perceive yourself relative to others doing what you want to do(please pay attention) SCREW THAT. You are you and no else can be you. You bring unique perspective and intelligence to your chosen endeavors. Turn the key and GO. Don’t look back. Pay attention to the road signs, concede the detours but don’t look back.

        I look forward to your greatness.
        Barry R. Silver recently posted..Weekend Magazine: Passover Edition.

        • marya

          Barry, your advice is well taken. I think my major problem has been figuring out what is it that I wanted my blog to do. It kept on changing and I was never on top of my game. With finally launching my copywriting business, there is NO excuse for me to not post regularly.

          I need that push today, Barry. You know what’s the sign of a true friend, they will tell you something even if you don’t wanna hear it. Thank you!

  18. This is an interesting study. It is so true you either fall in one of those corners or the other. I think that I fall into the latter because I just kind of see blogging as a platform. While I like to blog I don’t love it just to do it. If their was no growth behind it I would probably do it no longer.
    Steven Papas recently posted..Webhosting Plans

    • marya

      Thanks for your honest response Steven. And that’s perfectly fine, as valid as the reason for other bloggers to blog. Hope you keep on blogging ..

  19. Well, if you look at it from a different point of view blogging in itself isn’t such a great business, much better having a static website with something to sell. A lot of time involved, always looking for the next great article which will put you out of the crowd, earnings always depending on Google dance, traffic it’s just the same, always trying to have more of everything like keywords, subscribers, products etc. At least an old static website once done it’s done and you just have to pay for the domain and hosting. I know a blog has fresh content but this doesn’t automatically means more traffic or money. And putting inside the equation the time spent on blogging, well, you know what I mean.

    Then it all goes down to why someone blogs. If it’s for the money unless you’re one of the big players who most of the times were the first to come it’s better to find another way to earn. Actually if I’ve understood a bit of the business correctly blogging doesn’t make money per se but can be a great sale funnel to make money in another way like personal coaching, selling courses, videos, ebooks, website tweaking, public speaking etc. You don’t make money blogging directly but through something else.

    Being this the real scenario, at least for 90 percent of bloggers, being tired of writing and staying so much online without a real reward becomes difficult. Also there is a whole life to live out there. Networking might work a bit but at the end when we’re looking for something we just type keywords on a search engine right? But networking requires an enormous amount of time.

    My goal is to reach 100 evergreen articles and than start doing something else. There are just 24 hours in a day and there are many other interesting things to do than blogging. Real life always wins, imho.

    Great post Marya, and be sure I’ll go on reading your blog whatever direction it takes. ;)
    Andrea Hypno recently posted..Subliminal Messages VS Positive Affirmations

    • marya

      Andrea, I wish somebody would tell those people who are starting their blogs every day that blogging itself is NOT a business. You cannot make money off it unless you are selling solid products or services. In that case, it makes perfect sense to start a site – why start of with a blog? It’s just not realistic to think that one can start a blog, build huge audiences and THEN develop a product. Don’t quote me on this but I think less than 1% of bloggers acutally realize this dream.

      Thanks for your lovely comment. It’s what most of us feel but never come out and say it. Thank you.
      Marya

      • I would guess that 1 percent of bloggers earn more than 10.000 bucks per month, 10 percent 1.000 and there there is the rest. Which is a good place to be if you live in one of those countries where you can have a decent living for 200 bucks per month but in the West it’s another matter. But also let me add that I’ll believe all those assertions of zillions of money earned with blogging when I’ll se a real tax form, because without it there are just words. Which can be true or not.

        Blogging has spread, beside because we all like to talk about our passions, first due to the fact that it’s basically cheap and everyone can do it (like those crappy ebooks writers who take everything from Wikipedia and put together a pdf file to sell sonce “everyone can write an ebook”), then because to make money there needs to be always something new to talk about and to sell, a new Gold Rush every year. Blogging, FaceBook, Pinterest, Apps, ebooks, podcast, videos, whatever. A new trend means a new way to make money.

        Second because of the legend that Google likes fresh content while it seems that in reality static sites do just fine. Also Big G. is much more interested if you have a business account with them, but don’t quote me on this. ;)

        Also let’s not forget that one hour doing any job (like picking apples) will pay more than a whole day of blogging for years. At least for the average blogger. The real online business, imho, must be based on making real money ten years from now on, or five. Clearly there are exceptions but generalizing this is how I see it. Numbers count, theories not so much as they must be demonstrated with real facts. Everyone can blog but not everyone can quit his or her job in a year just like not everyone can become a millionaire overnight. Does it happen? Yes. Often? Not at all. It’s much more like to winning the lottery. One does and millions do not. They must work hard and for a long time.

        One of my preferred legends are those courses in becoming a top blogger where you have to sign soon because there are very few spots available and after a month they are still searching subscribers. You see, it’s just old time sale techniques sent through a new medium. “Buy now until the price is low!” And remains such for a year. :D

        Happy Easter Marya!
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  20. Hi Marya,

    Interesting comments about extrovert and introvert bloggers. I imagine blogging allows the voices of introverts to be heard. I consider myself an introvert and I can write my posts and don’t have to feel the competition of everyone else talking. Actually we are competing, but in a different way.

    I blog because I feel strongly about my message. I would love to turn it into a business that is helpful to others, but not convinced, at this point, that blogging is the way to make money. Offshoots of the blog could be, which I am still exploring.

    It is reassuring to hear the advice that it is not necessary to be on a schedule. I try and post twice a week, but after hearing these comments feel more comfortable letting it go a bit longer. Thanks for sharing.
    Cathy | Treatment Talk recently posted..How You Can Create Strong and Healthy Personal Boundaries

    • marya

      I am with you Cathy. I think with time, all or most of us come to understand the realities of blogging. For the most part, money and blogging have nothing in common. You need much more than that. Thanks for coming by. Cheers

      Marya

  21. I have heard about bloggers who make money from writing what they want. I read so much about them I created a blog; health and fitness life it was. I was so into it I dreamed of dollars and laughing all the way to the bank, at least for the first time. 3 months later it was PRed 2 by Google, everything looked fine..except only one or two people ever visited it..clicks to adsense were too few if any at all. One year later the same trend..pumped a lot of fresh content and back links as good bloggers rattle every now and then..yet clicks only brought a couple of euros over 12 months later. Google ranked it better, hosting ate the meagre content writing funds I had. It had to go. Angrily I stopped paying for hosting and removed all my content. Threw it away to the slough of despond.

    Then I realized I had a lot of unused content, some well written, a good number was spun and a dozen was not grammatically stunning. I opted for a blogspot, at least no one asked for hosting fee. I threw the content there occasionally and forgot about it. Months later I started adding photos with the content that varied so much it made me apprehensive. I continued pumping the content my clients either rejected or refused to pay for and buried it there, or so I thought.

    One day I looked at the stats panel that blogger is so kind to offer. Visitors to the free blog were between 15-20 a day. That shocked me. It was unfair to my earlier efforts at paying for hosting and wasting so much time on SEO as successful bloggers advised.

    I continued pumping content when I had some time from content writing duties and the Stats panel became a friend. A month a go or so the same blogspot started hitting 50 or so visitors on average, uniquely from across the world and well spread in terms of geography. Right now it is yet to hit a 100, but no one knows where it’s headed. That might not be much in times of the kind of traffic you would wish to make something out of but the trend is the key. It made me wonder how blogging sometimes can be unfair. Left me wondering what if the content in that blog would change to something I would be proud of..would the same unique visitors keep trickling in?
    Until I came across this blog I never knew real bloggers exist. Now I’m hopeful.
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    • marya

      Benleem, thanks for sharing your thoughts. For starters, be absolutely clear on what you want to acheive through blogging. Is it by selling some products or services? Blogging itself is not enough – you have to figure out a way to sell something unique. Also, if you are looking into making money through advertising and affiliate sales, then you need a huge list to sell to and even bigger audiences. Audiences in hundreds of thousands. Hope this helps.

      Marya

      • Thanks Maria. First for the chance to get that off my chest. Glad for the tips but I doubt I will be following that any time soon. Will keep on posting more content to the blog and see where it goes. Probably a couple of quality backlinks as well. Then we’ll see if blog evolution is a reality or one heck of a fallacy.

        Got an idea from Craig McBreen(comment below). Start a blog not to make money but to release my head from a lot of Savannah blues. I got a lot and it just might take a shape of its own. Guess that’s the beauty of blogging. Thanks Maria. The resources around are just awesome more than you might ever notice:).
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  22. Hi Marya,

    I started this whole thing to improve my speech writing and like I mentioned in a post or two, a good old blog would be my accountability platform to just get better. Not a soul would pay attention, and my writing and elocution would improve.

    But once I got into social and blogging I found I truly loved it. It has honestly changed my life and it sounds like my journey has been fairly similar to yours. Not sure how long you’ve been at this, but it is obvious this post has resonated with a lot of people.

    I think many get caught up in it all and simply don’t realize that blogging (if you plan to treat it like a business) is a crapload of work. Like everything else it requires determination and a good set of plans to see it all through. Plan, plan, plan. Work, work, work. Not so romantic, but that’s the only way to make it work, oh and please do have some fun along the way :)

    Anyway, good to hear about your goals and I hope to converse with you some more, Marya.

    Thanks!
    Craig McBreen recently posted..Derek Halpern’s discontent and a wee bit of rock-solid advice that just might help you on your way

    • marya

      Hi Craig,

      What a gorgeous blog you have, both in terms of design and content. Your ‘Mustreads’ caught my eye straight away and I am planning to dig in asap. Plenty of interesting stuff on your home page as well. I can’t believe we haven’t run into each other before. Speaking of which, do you hang out at Danny Brown’s? All the cool people do … :)

      Thank you for taking time out to share your thougts. Ditto what you said about blogging as a business – it can be a killer.

      Keep in touch?
      Marya

  23. Marya, How late am I to this blog post? I can never tell (unless there’s a date, I suppose). Dosen’t matter I suppose.

    I come to you by way of Danny Brown’s bloggers to watch post (see list blogging works). I hear ya though. I see the trends and as a new blogger i have to admit….sucker. A few times. Sigh.

    Why do I blog? It’s mostly altruistic. Sigh, again. I want to share my experiences and find this an awesome forum to do that. Maybe even help some peeps. That’s about it but don’t get me wrong. I am fired up about it.

    I don’t care what any of the “experts” say. It takes TIME and hard work. I have been at this for just under a year and I am finally starting to get some engagement. The best advice I have gotten and taken is “write exceptional content” and don’t spell stuff wrong. Oh, and like anything in real life, network.

    Have I got it right? I think I have it right…..for me.

    Loved the post and think you nailed the “state of the nation”. maybe you should do a State of the Nation once a quarter so that we all know what to keep an eye out for. Or I could do that for you………;-)
    Ralph recently posted..How can music influence our drive and passion for work?

    • marya

      Hi Ralph, that’s the beauty of not putting time stamps on your posts – they come across as evergreen. :) This one is actually only a few days old. I guess it struck a chord with many people who have been kind enough to comment.

      Your reasons for blogging are alright! Keep up the attitude. And if you wanna take a stab at the next ‘state of the nation’ post, please do, by all means. I would love to see what you cook up. :)

      Cheers,
      Marya

      P.S: I owe Mr. Brown big time. He is responsible for all the attention I am getting from some of the nicest people I know ..

  24. Hi, thank you for this. I am reading it at a time when I have just 9 days to go on my writing challenge (one year of posting daily writing tips!). I know I’ve learnt loads but really CANNOT WAIT to move onto other exciting things. Things I have started and just haven’t had the time to finish because I’m doing my DAILY BLOG.
    I’m just about to subscribe to your blog, plus I’ve quoted you in mine today.
    Thanks again, Sandra

    • marya

      Thanks Sandra. I hope you will find here many things that continue to inspire you. Best of luck with your writing challenge. Cheers

      Marya

  25. I’m an introvert hobby blogger, and I’m more focussed on pictures than on writing texts. To answer your questions:
    1. 3 years
    2. to write about interesting things, improve my English, experiment with internet
    3. I’m still excited, I even have to increase my posting to be able to use all my ideas.
    4. 3 x per week
    I’m curious where you’re heading with your blog. You always seem to provide useful tips and pointers (without focussing too much on the marketing site).

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