Done Blogging “Right”

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I am done blogging the “Right” way!! Though my children are grown and I have much more time on my hands, I’m done blogging “right.”

When I started blogging two years ago it wasn’t so complicated. There wasn’t so many things to do. I don’t remember most bloggers typically spending so much money to have a beautiful looking blog. Now the pressure is on and the competition is fierce to spend mega bucks to have a blog that ooozes with professionality and beauty that is next to impossible to create without hiring a developer.

Recently I checked out a recommended developer’s portfolio and was shocked to notice that it would cost about $1000. for one of her packages. Seriously?! No!!

So my header is not quite what I would like. My readership are not the numbers that would be nice. But you know what? What it is is what it is!!

YOU are important to me. You are not a statistic nor a number. My Google Analytics still doesn’t work even now that I thought I had it successfully fixed. That means that I am unsure of my ‘reach’ or the ‘numbers’ that are making me famous throughout the blogosphere. But is that really why I blog?

I spend  hours working behind the scenes on my blog thinking that one day I will have everything set up like so I can just write. I have a passion for writing but not-so-much for the time necessary for connecting my post all over the social media networks. Groan!!

I may not do anything radical. I may stop and think about this and not worry when I don’t figure out all the ins and outs of using Twitter, buffering my posts, and controlling and taming everything with Hoot Suit. Maybe I shouldn’t even worry when I don’t get every. single. post. linked up on the plethora of linkup parties.

I may not giveaway a dishwasher on Raffllecopper. I just might only giveaway an occasional book. I disdain giveaways and dare to think they take up too much time. I have only joined in less than 5 giveaways and the funny thing is that I have won two books!! Go figure!!

Blogging is a conversation and I am more about conversations about what I read in a book or on a blog than being all that original. I read a similar post that goes along with the way I think when I clean my house FIRST or declutter my closet (yet again) BEFORE writing a blog post or working on the behind scenes for my amateur blog. I thought you might like to read what I read over at Creative Christian Mama to continue the thought process and conversation. You might even want to blog about it if you are a blogger!!

What ways are you going to back off on blogging the ‘Right’ way? Have you been spending too much time blogging for your season of life? 

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Judith lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with the most amazing husband for the past thirty-five fleeting years. She has been blessed with seven wonderful children through birth, adoption, and tubal reversal. When her oldest was five, she quit her job on the night shift and homeschooled for over twenty-five years. God has taken the imperfections of her life and keeps turning them into something that can be used for His glory. She writes in her spare time over at WholeHearted Home to inspire and equip women for holy living with joyfilled hearts.

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Done Blogging “Right” — 31 Comments

  1. Hi Judith! I hear you. I have been asked about developing a blog button, but I’m not sure why I would need one. I still don’t understand Google + and no one seems to be able to tell me why that’s important either. I think I’m a bit of a tech dinosaur, really. When you were blogging about all the new ways to reach out, I looked at these things again, but I guess I just am not ready yet.

    I may get there, who knows? I see you have a button, so it must be a good thing. Hmmm. Maybe I’m back to looking at that again :) Thanks for your honesty. I could totally relate :)
    Ceil
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    • I have a button, Ceil, but it doesn’t work. I am a combination of being able to do a lot of things but then being totally out-of-the loop on other things. Some of it is time availability and then making sure I have my priorities straight. I think the younger ladies who find social networking so easy need to be careful because they are also raising children. It is too easy to put them in front of the TV or Internet today to watch empty cartoons or movies while they take care of their blog. If you just explore one area at a time that is good. I enjoy Pinterest and am trying to organize my boards to reflect my blog a little.

  2. Judith, you are a mind reader! I’m with you, sister! I have been evaluating for a few months now where my time is spent and the different opportunities before me. We only get so much time on this earth, and I want to spend mine however the Lord would see fit. I’m not quitting, but I think I need to change my emphasis and re-evaluate my priorities. I agree with you about it being a conversation. Yes, I do check numbers, but I have met so many wonderful people online (and a couple in person) simply because of my blog…like you! :) Thank you!

    • To be honest and keep things in a balance, I do have some sweet friends because of blogging. There is also a big difference in the amount of time I spend blogging now that my children have moved on or are working/college. What I set aside ten years ago, I have the blessing of doing. If you ever write a post along these lines, I’d love to read it!!

  3. Amen and amen! :) When I first started out blogging, it was only out of obedience to the Lord to work on writing. I thought blogging would be an easy way to ease back into the waters, so to speak. But somewhere along the lines I got caught up in all of the how-to-do-it-right hype! It was so stressful that I wanted to quit. Lately, I’m learning to let God bring whatever audience He chooses. I’ve learned that often, blogging is more about what He wants to teach me, anyways. So, I’m not stressing anymore and it’s much more enjoyable again! :)
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  4. Judith,

    It’s a balance, just like the rest of our lives — we want to be obedient to write those things the Lord gives us to share, but sometimes all the other “stuff” clutters up our lives so much that we can’t even hear God’s voice. I find myself constantly pushing back, stilling my heart, saying “no,” and fighting for time to just sit at his feet and listen, meditate, and soak in his thoughts. Those are the sweetest times, and out of those times come the real purpose for all this. Lord, show us, teach us, still us, use us . . . for your glory.
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  5. Thanks so much for linking to my post and sharing your heart, too! I’ve been just amazed at how my feelings are resonating with so many other Christian bloggers and I love seeing all the comments you have here. It’s so true about how different it is now, than two years ago. I used to be so simple, but now it’s like a black hole that will swallow us all alive, if we let it. ;-)

    Like you, I’ll be staying very open and flexible so that when God prompts me to post, not to post or even to stop blogging completely, I’ll hear Him.

    Blessings, friend!
    Justyn :-)
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  6. Amen, and Amen again and again. I remember the sleepless nights last year, going over in my head about ideas, tricks of the trade and what have you in order to make my blog successful…I was consumed with the dream of becoming a professional blogger and published author…sigh…then I realized my blog and blogging belong to Him. He determines the path and I just go with it…I just go with Him wherever He leads me. I blog for Him and He decides the way, the how and who He is going to reach with it. I love blogging more than ever and I have found peace with my humble space. It is truly refreshing to read that I am not the only one who feels that way. THANK you again for your words. I can always find deep wisdom in your words. You are the picture of kindness and godliness. Blessings to you always!

  7. Judith, you bring up some great points. Sometimes I think blogging was much more liberating when I knew less about the “right” things to do. Trying to keep up with all the social media sites can be a bit overwhelming for me. We only have a so much time in our day and it does us well to reevaluate how we spend me from time to time. Hopping over to read the post that triggered yours. All the best to you.
    Wanda recently posted…Tending the FlamesMy Profile

  8. A good test to see if you’re blogging “right” or “wrong” is if you still enjoy writing. :) The more I fuss with the blogging issues, the less I enjoy the writing.

    I think it’s extra frustrating to those of us who didn’t grow up with computers, so we have to learn everything from ground zero. I make myself learn new skills on occasion, such as photo editing to add verses to my pictures, but I move forward very slowly. At this point, blogging is a ministry and a way to practice writing, not a business, so that personal decision keeps my blog pretty simple. For some who are using it as a Christian business, I can see where they would NEED to be more updated.

    My husband encourages me often with this reminder, “If you only touch one life, then it’s still worth it.”

    So, we writers, we keep PRESSING ON in the high calling. :)

    • Such a meaty comment Mindy!! I loved it!! Blogging for a ministry is certainly a high calling. I have a hard enough time keeping up with aspects of blogging let alone the business side of what I do. I hardly do anything with that these days. I like what your husband says about: “If you only touch one life, then it’s still worth it.” That is exactly what my dad says!! He is a published book writer. He should know.

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  10. I hear you and I agree wholeheartedly. I blog as a ministry that I feel God has called me to. And I will leave it up to Him to get the word out. I just need to post what He wants me to post and respond to those comments that require a response. The main aim of my blog is to encourage others in their Christian walk so I want to put my time into content, not marketing. Great post!
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  11. Judith,
    You are speaking truth! This blogging thing can get complicated! I’ve just started on Goggle+ and still not real sure what I’m doing! The techy stuff can make you start talking to your computer (and not real nicely)! The money I have spent on my site (besides my host) you couldn’t buy a cup of coffee with. Sure it could be a lot more “glitzy”-but like you, I love the writing.
    You have a wonderful site! You just keep being you, and doing it your way!
    Lyn recently posted…I’m Just Going To Suck My Thumb!My Profile

    • Thanks so much, Lyn!! I love reading how to improve my blog (as long as I’m not being told to do something real expensive) but then, I see all that I need to do with my sidebar, menu, etc. and I can start to get overwhelmed just thinking about it, LOL. Have a wonderful week!!

  12. Hey Judith!
    I feel like you were talking to me. :) I have flat out stopped Blogging simply because I couldn’t find a way to do it all and make it all look amazing. I felt I was under such pressure to link up fifty times and to make every singlr post engaging with great pictures! It became too much. I know I need to write, in fact that hasn’t stopped I just stopped posting. I know I can be that ‘light for Jesus’ as I tell my kids, but I needed to get it all prioritized. Maybe this was the one post I needed to read to give me permission to just stop doing the extra and instead do the important. Write and converse with other Christian Folk, spread The Message, and share my experiences to give others a good laugh or a happy recipe now and then. Thanks Judith! :)

    • Gretchen, you are one of those sweet ladies that have slipped off the blogosphere. I have missed you!! I linked up some last week, but as the week progressed, I just didn’t keep up. There is a release and healing, uplifting and encouragement in writing and blogging. Somehow I think I get more out of it than those who read what I write just because sharing to encourage others, encourages me.

      You should keep blogging!! Even if you are like me and have an inexpensive (or free) theme (or I forget what it is called on blogger) and even if everything doesn’t *look* quite professional. Yay, to the small blogs as we have something valuable to share too. Blog for the Lord and for just that ONE person who might be blessed beyond measure from what you share. The more Christians on the internet the better!!

      Ok, I think I should get off my soap box :-) Come back on Wednesday because I just wrote something short to go with my WholeHearted Wednesdays that goes along with this thread. Have a wonderful day, Gretchen, and I hope you post soon!! Let me know!!

  13. I don’t think there is a “right” way to have a blog. I think if a person is real and honest and shares their unique experience, it will all work out :) My blog is super super simple. I have lots of ideas for the future, but a busy life in the present, so all in good time :) I enjoyed your post. And I live “in the sticks” too, or rather in the “boonies.” ha!
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  14. Thank you for this post! I’m a newbie blogger. I’m only starting small. I don’t have the money that you are “supposed to spend” pumping up a blog or the technical know-how. I just wanted to start something that I could use as a platform for sharing healthier recipes. I’ve been getting really stressed about it the wrong way.
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  15. As a newer blogger, I LOVE this post! Starting out I just wanted to blog because I thought that it would be fun and a great way to promote my business. But everyday it seems as though I am getting bogged down with the ways of other blogs and the things that mine are not. Blogging is suppose to be about you and your thoughts, ideas, creations and so many people are getting scared to start just because of the looks and additions that they can or cant make! Im so glad to read this and cant wait to read more!

  16. Thank you for sharing, Judith! My blog is only 2 months old and I’ve already found myself getting stressed out about everything I’m “supposed” to do! I am NOT computer smart and just trying to figure out how to make it all work has been a challenge! But now that I feel like I mostly know what I’m doing, I hope I can find the right balance between my blog and the rest of my life :) My blog is fairly simple too, as I have no intention of putting money into it. I just love writing and have been told that I have a gift for writing. It seems that if it is a gift from God then I should be using that gift to bless others!
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  17. I really wanted to read this :-( But the font on the blue background isn’t showing up at all on my screen (I’m using Google Chrome if that helps). All I can see is the pink words – the rest is just a hazy color on the screen. I know others could see it, so not sure what’s up?

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  19. I write about blogging tips every Thursday, and they are mainly just articles I find in my quest to get my blog in order. Like you though, I do feel that a person can spend way to much time and energy into trying to get their blog the proper promotion and traffic. I use HootSuite to allow me to have more free time with my kids.
    I like learning new things that are tech related. It gives me more skills to market and use to earn money for my family. Right now, I honestly need that.

    However, I also spend the vast majority of my day with kids and husband. So, I only have three to four hours a day to devote to blogging and everything else that goes with it. I want my blogs to be conversations starters, but it took me learning how to “blog right” to get people to actually start talking to me. So for me it’s a catch catch situation.

    I write from the heart many times in my blogs even when I’m doing product reviews. Usually the product reviews have some connection to a topic that is on my mind.

    I love your honesty and sharing your thoughts on this very hard core topic.
    Crystal Green recently posted…Being Quiet: Thought to PonderMy Profile

  20. Hi Judith, I so agree with you. I have simplified by not even telling people I blog, because I’m not after numbers or recognition. I figure people will find what I write about IF they were meant to find it. My friends and family do not need to know about my blog, because they already know my soapbox of how God blesses women who stay home with their children and the myriad of ways to make it work and how to keep the house reasonably clean. They can just ask me.

    I don’t blog “right” at all. I am nudged to send a message, but I am never stressed in sending it. Therefore, I rarely blog because I’m too busy! I had a lot to write in the first years because I had a lot written elsewhere that I could easily pull from and retype. I just wanted what I had learned over years to be out there and more accessible. I’ve received so many sweet e-mails thanking me for the information that it is worth “maintaining” my blog.

    I think I’ve already written most of what I felt led to share in the beginning, so I’m not concerned with “followers” or how my blog looks, or awards or anything else. I will occasionally link and if someone feels led to read it, I hope it helps them. But you will never hear me saying, “I’m behind on blogging!” because I’m never behind! I’m way too busy living (and decluttering) to blog much.

    I like to occasionally click on others’ links, like this one, and respond, but as far as subscribing to others’ blogs – when they blog more than 3 times a week I delete them. I don’t have time for that! I prefer once a week updates or less!

    I’ve read your blog several times and enjoy it. Thank you.

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