Thursday, 30 June 2011

Musings - Mama Kat's Workshop (30th June 2010)

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

I started blogging in January 2010 so in some ways I am a beginner but when I think that I have been posting for a year and half it oddly feels much longer. Life: A Memoir of Existence began as a way for me to waffle my heart out in a therapeutic fashion, I don't even think that at first I wanted people to read it.

But then I started to enjoy myself. I read the blogs of others and found some exceptional people who keep me entertained every time they post. I began to post more than just my whimsical heartbroken ramblings...

Which is about the time that I began to get frustrated with myself and my blog.

So here is what I find most challenging about blogging, not necessarily one thing but a bunch that add up to the fact that I want to be read and more than anything enjoyed.



Finding Time - While I am on maternity leave I do have a certain amount of spare time between the kid and the housework but I find that I can often get so caught up in blogging world that several hours pass before I even look up from the laptop. Once I am back at work I fear that the blog will suffer. How do I manage to keep it going?

Content - I love the pictures and musings that I post but do others? Am I wasting my time detailing the adventures and diaries of little old me? I read other people and wonder what lives they must be living to have so much to tell.

Design - I am constantly toying with the idea of changing the design of my blog. I worry it is too dark, especially when I look at the bright and enticing sites of others. I do however have the fear that once I start meddling a) I wouldn't be able to stop and b) I would mess it up completely. I would love some advice on the look of Life: A Memoir of Existence.

Traffic - I often get disheartened when I go weeks without anyone commenting or visiting my blog. In part I don't think that I have set everything up correctly to enable as many visitors as possible to find me and read me. It's a challenge to figure out what I need to do and while I want to get going, like with the design, I fear that I am going to do something drastic. Am I giving potential readers what they want?

So as you can see the thing I most find challenging about blogging is blogging. A cop out I know but at the end of the day I am stubborn enough to love a challenge.

And stubborn enough to keep going despite the fact that people might see my badly designed blog covering nothing useful in particular and just move on by. Sigh.

I guess now I have a daughter I can FORCE her to read it. :) Once she can read that is and of course already made her way through her Mr Men collection.

Mama's Losin' It

6 comments:

  1. My kids are older (all out of the house) but I find now that my blog has kind of morphed into a history of our family. Stories fot them to remember and maybe pass down to their kids. They love reading it. Stopping by from Mama Kats.

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  2. Hey, blogging IS challenging, as a whole, so I get it. It's not a cop-out in the least, in my opinion! Great post!

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  3. I have a hard time trying to figure out what to write about. So much so that I end up reading hundreds of other blogs and then never update my own.

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  4. I think you have summed it up for a lot of people. This is probably why many give up or lose interest. Something you have to ask yourself is: What am I writing for? Are you writing for yourself, or for others. Are you writing for fun, or do you have a purpose for writing.

    Many times you need to take a look at what you are writing about and ask if it is a good reflection of "me".

    Keep it up, I'm sure that you will find your muse and your audience.

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  5. i'm with you on blogging being the challenge. if this is your only blog, i would totally just keep at it for your daughter to read one day. if that's your goal, the rest will fall into place.

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  6. blogging is a challenge and even more so when you have a family but some of the best material is because of your family!

    i blogged for quite a few years (a knitting blog) then decided to stop because i felt it was becoming a chore. so i took a year off and i missed it tons. so i came back and started a new blog that was not a "knitting blog" and when i post great...if i don't no worries.

    i will say that when i look back on my old blog i laugh because i would get discouraged because i didn't get enough comments...not like some blogs and now i look back and see i was getting 8 comments, 14 comments...lol now i get 2 if i am lucky.

    anyway....keep up the good work and happy blogging!

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