If you’ve started getting serious about something, it’s only normal for you to get stressed out when things are not working out the way you wanted. When I had my first blog in 2010, I never stressed out about it because I do anything I like with it. I post all sorts of things because I had no niche. I published whenever I like. I wasn’t building it. It was merely a hobby. Then two years ago I wanted to get serious with blogging. It took me a while to find my niche. It also took sometime to figure out what I’m supposed to do and believe me until now, I’m still trying to figure it out. And for the last two years, there were a lot of things I’ve stressed out as a serious blogger. I’m sharing these with you because if you are experiencing the same things, it’s kind of nice to know that you are not alone, and I may have most of these worked out already. So check them out and might also find a solution for these stressful things only bloggers will understand.
Obsessing With Analytics
The number one thing that makes a blogger happy is finally seeing spikes on that traffic analytics. If you’ve your blog is only a few days or weeks old, you might be smiling now that you’re getting five or maybe ten visitors per day. But when you’re blog is already a few months old and you’re not seeing that much traffic or it hasn’t really changed since day one, then I know how stressful it can be. Growing a blog is never easy. It’s never an overnight thing. I like to think that it might take at least five years before I see any results of what I’m doing now. So I stopped obsessing about analytics. I only check it once a week.
Were you one of those bloggers who started blogging and went around the blogosphere spamming comments and leaving your blog link everywhere? Well, I was, and I’m not so proud about it. When you do that, you kind of get a lot of spammy visits and comments. At first you feel like your blog is getting popular but then you realize it’s not exactly the kind of traffic that you want with your blog. When you stop spamming link, you get no more visits and no more comments. That is just frustrating. It’s so hard to get genuine comments but you just have to accept that fact. If you want to get the right comments, you can go around the internet leaving genuine comments, too. Because I like to read, I usually leave comments on blogs that I learn a lot from.
Social Media Shares
Social media is such a complicated thing. It’s a code all marketers and bloggers are trying to decode. I’ve been jumping from one social media to the other trying to figure out which one works best for my blog. I’ve been on Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin, Periscope, Snapchat, Google Plus, and now Pinterest and Twitter. I have to say, I did a lot of experiments and learned a lot from these. But I’m still trying to figure out how to get more shares. But just because I haven’t figured it out yet, doesn’t mean I’m quitting. I learned a lot, which means I have more topics and content to share with all of you. And I can implement these learnings on my blogs. If I had already quit on this, I wouldn’t have reached my first one thousand followers on Twitter.
Email List Building
To be honest, until now, I still don’t have my first 100 when it comes to my email list. And that’s frustrating, I know. But this only drives me to create more projects like this free ebook I’m currently writing. I know it’s a little delayed but I’ve already finished section two and there’s one more section I need to complete then I can publish it. Hopefully I can release it by April. And I’m crossing my fingers that it will make more conversions to finally help build my email list. Also, just so you know, even if I don’t have 100 emails on my list yet, I’ve been regularly sending out newsletters. I used to be afraid that if I send out emails, I’d just get unsubscribers, but after my first ten emails, none of them have unsubscribed, which is actually great.
Blog Design, Template, and Widgets
I have been obsessing over every little detail on my blogs. Recently, I just changed the template for Start With A Peso. And it took much of my time. I do have fun tweaking everything on my blogs but I get stressed out when I realize that I’ve just been wasting my time. I haven’t stopped doing it to be honest. It’s probably something I won’t stop doing. Even if I hire a professional website designer to fix everything, I’m pretty sure I’ll still have something I’d want to change after some time.
Leads and Conversions
For my email list conversions, I’m stressing out about that. But for conversions on Book Me To Write, since I’ve only put that up on the blog, it may be a little too soon to be expecting conversions. So I’m not yet stressing out about that. But if I don’t see any results soon, I’ll probably be pulling my hair out.
Part of blogging is conducting campaigns of reaching out to other bloggers and influencers. I’ve been emailing tons of influencers lately and only a small number of them have responded. Although I am expecting it, there’s still no preparing you for the real deal. It’s almost like a silent rejection.
What takes so much of my time blogging is writing and publishing posts. I’ve recently been writing like a mad woman, practicing to write faster so that I can write more blog posts. It’s hard to do it, but I just have to do it. But the writing part isn’t exactly the stressful part of it. It’s actually figuring out what to write or starting the introduction. Sometimes even if you sit there in front of your laptop for hours, nothing comes out of your brain. That’s something I have yet to figure out. I’ll let you all know once I do. But it’s great that when my fingers start rolling, I can’t stop until I finish a post in only under an hour. Like this post took me only 40 mins.
So what about you? What’s stressing you out as a blogger. Let me know in the comment section below.