I haven’t been in the mood to write my blog much the past week and I think it is because I have been so involved in my garden. I have this habit of obsessing on something and giving it tons of effort and then abandoning the hobby and moving on to another project. My history goes something like this. After I quit working to stay home with my kids I obsessed on home decor and gardening, then I started a cookie baking business, then my sister and I started a custom holiday decorations business, then I moved on to regular interior decorating, then Nuskin, then I tried writing a children’s book, homemade bread making, and now for the past year and a half I have been blogging. My average time frame is about 1 year and then if I don’t see the results I am looking for I usually quit and move on to something else. Each time I start a new project Lou and the rest of my family always knows how it will end up, I will eventually quit!
I lay out for everyone my grandiose ideas as to how I am going to make a bunch of money without jeopardizing any time away from my kids and they all nod their heads and agree because they know it will never happen as it is an impossible feat. It is impossible because I refuse to leave or miss any of my kids activities nor do I have anyone to watch Tiara during these money making adventures. So I have the ideas and probably enough talent but I don’t have the resources and I refuse to make any concessions.
In all of these endeavors I made a small amount of money but I have made the least amount of money blogging. The difference is I gain so much emotionally from my blog and I have been told I actually help people which is the most important part of this “job”. I keep reminding myself I am helping others by talking about my life with Tiara and her sisters, I need to keep going! I also LOVE all the relationships I have developed with new people and rekindled with old friends.
For the past month I have only been writing my posts, which is the bare minimum in the blogging world. I really need to be blog hopping, soliciting advertisers, promoting my media kit, visiting other blogs more often and commenting on their posts, contributing as a guest writer on other websites and so on and so on.
The other piece of this is that I have worked really hard to gain as many regular followers as I currently have and if I stop posting 5 times a week, I will lose people. I lose readers everyday but I also gain new readers daily which makes up for the loses but I hate the up and down of my “stats.” I have been avoiding my Google analytics reports which I used to check twice a day because I got so upset when I have a low visitor day.
Last time Tiara was in the hospital my numbers skyrocketed to almost 20,000 page views a month made me super happy but once she got out of the hospital they plummeted to only 12,000 page views a month. I was getting so used to seeing those fabulous numbers I had no idea they would drop so quickly. Like we all know, the public likes drama and I can prove this for a fact.
Yes 12,000 is still good but if I ever want to make some decent money at this gig I need 100,000 page views or more per month. I am so competitive I get really mad when I numbers drop but I’m not doing anything to make them better because any free time I have I wander into the garden. So what to do, what to do?
I guess I will keep doing what I am doing and not watch my Google numbers so I won’t freak out anymore. The other variable is that I may not be able to garden much longer because my rash has gotten so crazy I look like I have ring worm all over my legs and arms. My Mom and Sister were just talking about how crazy my rash was so I know that I will be getting a steriod shot soon if it creeps towards my face or I will have to stop gardening. In that case I will need my blog to distract my ever wondering mind.
WAIT, I have the answer to my problem and having to choose between the garden and the blog: NEVER SLEEP!!! Oh wait, no sleep= wrinkles, bags under the eyes,moodiness and increased appetite. Well, obvioulsy that will never do!
Love all my readers and thanks for listening to my complain, I feel so much better now! What would I ever do without you?
My friend Noelle is having her first book signing on Thursday at LULU, too in Costa Mesa!
Stop by for a visit!