Every once in a while I get in a bit of a funk thinking back where I started in blogging. You know, the good old days when we were clueless about SEO and all that other shat and just wrote our little hearts out.
The days when people flocked to our blogs because we had something good to share and they didn’t tear our blogs apart because of:
- lack of pinnable pictures
- no keywords
- bad or lack of SEO
But, we had a huge audience!
Then we discovered “Hey! I can make some money!”
And our blogs were never the same again.
I continue to follow several of my blogging friends that I made over 6 years ago.
There are simply too many things involved with blogging nowadays!
The pressures to do it right!
I get to the point where I say “Screw it!” I want to do it MY WAY! What’s wrong with that? I mean, I pay for my web host.
I mean, I pay for my web host.
I maintain my blog, theme, and backend maintenance.
I promote all the posts on social media.
I do it all for ME, yet the World wants me to do it their way?
Does that make any sense?
I’m guilty of the money bug too!
I have another website or a blog if that’s what you want to call it. It’s also my side business that I have been building for over a year. Even IT get’s tedious with trying to right politically correct blog content and being professional while doing so.
It gets old, honey!
We get blinded by the extra money we can make by blogging and we forget about why the hell we started in the first place!
I’m not blaming you. I guilty as well!
Extra money is always a good thing, especially when you have blogging expenses, right?
But when you build a business surrounding by blogging, web design, and social media, does it seem to take all the fun out of what you once loved?
It’s alright. You can say “Yes”. I won’t condemn you for that.
That’s why I keep a hobby blog!
But yet I still get sucked into all the politically correct bullshit! SEO, Keywords, Pinnable Images, Eye-Catching Titles, and the rest of that crap!
I don’t want to be sucked in, but it happens. Despite my best efforts to not do it, I find myself leaning that way. I’ve conditioned myself to it.
But I don’t want to!
As I sit here typing this up and I can’t help but notice at the bottom left corner that thing that says “Word Count”. Why do I continue to look at it? Because the rules say Google likes 700-1000 words for a post?
Meh, who the hell cares what Google wants.
I want to know what my audience wants!
Do you want long drawn out posts that ramble on and on only so the author can get that word count?
Or would you prefer shorter content that spells it out?
I miss the good old days of blogging
I really do. The blog hops and such were so much fun. No pressures, just networking, making friends, and writing about our lives (even at our family’s expense).
The good old days
Do you miss it? Do you miss jumping through all the hoops and over the hurdles? Are there still other bloggers out there that are doing just what we did back in the day?
What do you think?