Recently, my blogs were suspended by my host for malware. Wait a minute? Why didn’t my host deal with that? I’m rethinking blogging. In the past few months I’ve found blogging to be more time-consuming and problematic than it’s ever been. It’s time for a change.
I’ve been blogging for more than four years. I’ve had a half dozen or more blogs. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve played the game. I’ve tried to attract followers and gain traffic. I’ve had creative blogs and I’ve blogged about creativity. I’ve blogged about practical topics such as blogging and writing. I’ve decided that I’m done blogging as you know it.
I’m rethinking blogging. Who? What? Why? When? Where?
These are the critical questions: Who am I? What is my blog about? Why do I blog? Where do I blog? When do I blog? Let’s take a crack at ’em:
Who? From time to time we need to ask ourselves who we are. Let’s start with who I’m not. I’m not a salesperson. I’m not slick. I’m not greedy. Now onto who I am. I’m creative. I’m a writer. I’m a songwriter. I’m a poet. I’m a believer. I’m a minimalist, or at least a pragmatist.
What? This has been my constant struggle. What is my blog about? I’ve changed my topic several times. Last fall, I split my blog up into four blogs in an attempt to have more refined niches. That’s what I was told to do to gain more traffic. Create a niche. Guess what? It didn’t do any good. Now I have four blogs with low traffic instead of one with decent traffic. Currently, this blog is about… well, I’m not exactly sure. But does it really have to be about any one thing? Frankly, I think that’s dull and boring.
Why? I’ve blogged for two reasons. The right one and the wrong one. The right reason is simple: I’ve blogged as a personal space to reflect on my own life through creative writing. The wrong reason: I’ve blogged to try to gain a following and create a future source of income.
When? I’ve blogged all the time. I’ve spent too many hours stuck on the computer in an attempt to gain more traffic. I’ve sometimes let my family and personal life slide for the sake of a vain dream of becoming a well-known blogger. I’ve stayed up too late and got up too early to work on my blogs.
Where? I’ve blogged on a WordPress platform through Fat Cow Web Hosting. This has come with a steep learning curve, lots of technical frustrations, and most recently, a cyber attack on my files. This attack has led me to where I am: rethinking blogging.
So here’s where this is heading. I’m in the process of making some major decisions about blogging. I’m rethinking blogging from the ground up, starting with my platform and host. I’m thinking about leaving WordPress and Fat Cow. Later this year, or early in 2016, I’ll be creating one new blog and slowly letting go of most or all of my existing blogs.
I’ll be keeping you posted…