I’ve only been blogging for a month,
….after joining the Blogging 101 course for the third time after two false starts, hence the name of my blog, I now have over 70 followers! Hahaha I hear you snigger, that’s nothing! But I’m really pleased. Who are these people? Are they still blogging?
I literally would spend the whole day on my iPad, blogging, if I could.
I’m addicted. When my husband walks in the room, I quickly switch to the news site, or tell him what the weather is like, to make him think I’m doing something more worthwhile. It’s a good job I deleted Candy Crush and Bubble Witch as my new year’s resolution, or I swear I wouldn’t have time to go to bed!
This is how my blogging day normally goes …
On waking, I check emails, which tell me I have new comments to follow up on my blog, and a new follower. I look at their site to see if I want to follow them back. I make comments on any bloggers who have commented on mine. I look at my site to see the statistics. They’ve gone down on days I haven’t posted anything. I must edit and post something new which I started writing last night. Or I try to think of something new to post later. So much pressure!
I’ve had my first tweet!
I’m not good at Twitter, never really got into it, but have linked my new posts to Twitter. I can’t remember my Twitter password so have to get a new one and wait for the email link. I change my password and have a quick look at Twitter and get distracted by celebrity gossip. Make a mental note to get “Twitter for Dummies” from the library next time I’m in town.
I try to find an old blog message I saved earlier in the week from a blogger who nominated me for a blogging award. It was like receiving a medal from the queen! I’ve never been nominated for anything before. I read the instructions for nominating other bloggers, which seems complicated. The hardest bit is making a link/Pingback from my site to theirs. I have to nominate ten new bloggers! That’s going to take me all day! What’s the difference between a link and a Pingback?
I decide my own blog needs attention.
I try out several new themes. I don’t like any of them, and revert to my original theme. I fiddle with the widgets. Why have I only got two followers on my new Facebook link? I go to Facebook to check it is working. I waste time reading new Facebook posts from my friends. I decide I need to add sub-pages to one of my blog pages. It takes me a while to discover how to do this. I’m interrupted by another email. Someone else has commented on my recipe post! I write a comment back. Ping! Another new follower!
I try to add a gallery to my blog.
Not so easy using the iPad, I need to upload some photos into the media gallery first, then select them for my blog gallery. I have to use the laptop to email myself some photos to iPad. I get distracted looking at old photos I’d forgotten I’d saved.
I look at Pinterest
…and try to work out how to get my own posts on there. One Pinterest post says using Pinterest has increased her blog traffic by thousands! How? How? What am I missing? I read some Pinterest pages about How to Increase Your Blog Traffic. It seems I must write a post about this very subject to get more followers! I get distracted by Pinterest posts on How to make Money from Blogging, and how to Make Your Blog More Attractive.
Ping! Another email.
I’m told that to be a good blogger I must interact with more bloggers. So I go to the WordPress Reader and look at some recommended sites, and I search for new blogs based on my tags. I spend the next hour or so skimming or reading through other people’ blogs. Ones about family trees, alternative therapies or vegan meals don’t interest me. I want blogs that make me smile, are attractive to look at or have nice photos. God, I’m so shallow….
It’s now three p.m. And I’m still in my pyjamas!
How does anyone have time to get dressed, never mind go to work! This blogging life is a full time occupation! Does anyone else feel like me?