So if you look at my Archives, you’ll think: Hm, she’s been blogging since 2013. No, this blog began April 2009.
Fifteen hundred posts…gone in a flash. Yes, I am nothing if not prolific.
Yes, I pay Inlinkz a yearly fee to have my weekly party (I think it’s $20. Likewise Picmonkey to get all their fonts and such. Oh and I pay Google $20 a year because I use a ridiculous amount of photos.)
And so I’ve had that experience. It’s not the holy grail.
don’t let anyone tell you that if you go to WP, you own your blog. And
you actually don’t own it at Blogger either. You NEVER own your blog, just like
you NEVER own your domain. It’s a lease proposition with each.
And now I’ll tell you why.
they mean is that Google is in charge of your blog at Blogger. It is
self-hosted. But I assure you, if you stop paying your host to host your
blog at WP, it goes up in smoke. Quite literally. It is wiped out.
Gone. Nada. At least with Blogger, since it’s self-hosted, your blog
material stays put.
boss at WP” that I was not having fun anymore as a blogger. And that just
know there are many die-hard WP fans out there. More power to ya. If
you’re completely happy and don’t mind paying for it, I need not say
Things are so much easier with Blogger, so I was back on
familiar terrain. I didn’t wake up every morning with the sudden
frightening thought: Did I forget to update this or update that on WP?
Because it’s very important that you keep everything up to date for
I began to have fun
again. Writing came naturally and I could enjoy just taking photos and
letting Google, who owns Blogger, take care of all the little chores.
Now Blogger can be irritating. Things go awry sometimes. But hey, it’s free. So I can’t gripe too much.
Hello! I’m 57 years old! I’ve been blogging six years and am nowhere near the point of “retiring.” There are many of us out here. We are seasoned and have life experience. Nothing can make up for that.
And then social media associated with blogging came sweeping down the plains (I am in OK, as you know). It was intimated that bloggers must follow a certain schedule in order to succeed. They must be present on social media much of the day, making sure their blog got the proper “exposure.”
I did not go that route. I do not do Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (which by the way, I can’t figure out for the life of me and if you have your blog tied up with it, heaven help you), Instagram (not even quite sure what that is and don’t care enough to find out), and all the others that have cropped up.
And why did I not embrace social media? I don’t have time. If I’m to remain a blogger and stay passionate about what I do and make money at it, I simply don’t have time to be everywhere.
I choose blogging.
Is there anything wrong with this? I don’t happen to think so.
Do I think it’s okay to write sponsored posts? You see, advertising rates have dropped because advertisers are now flooded with options. To earn money, many of us have had to blog with sponsored posts.
So it all depends on whether you have enough income that you don’t need to write sponsored posts to pay the electric bill or buy groceries. But most of us do have to pay the electric bill and buy groceries.
And those of you that don’t like this, I get it. But please indulge me when I write a sponsored post in order to make money. The pupsters need their prescription food. And no one is making you read it. Just skip over it and come back tomorrow.
So that is my two cents. And you can take it or leave it. You can blog and try your best to stay aboard all the social media outlets people tell you “will help you grow your blog.” But remember the Titanic.
Or, you can do what you damn well please and forget social media.
I have time to take more photos, which is my passion. I have more time to write, which is likewise my passion. And thus I still am passionate about blogging.
I don’t have blogger burn out. I am just as happy blogging as I was six years ago. And to me, even more than the money it puts in my bank account, I call this contentment success.
Grace Bonney of Design Sponge wrote a wonderful post on blogger burnout that you can read here.
Me? I just take photos and blog.