Inspired by last week’s Things They Can’t Say by the fab Katherine Stone, I asked for your honest thoughts about blogging. And wow, did you jump in and share! I’m sure that some of these bloggers are new to you, so watch for one that you relate to and go meet them!
- Sometimes it makes me a nervous wreck. Self deprecation takes over every thought in my mind, and I listen to the lie that I cannot make it as a blogger. It tells me, “You don’t have the education, experience, and ability to compete with real writers. Give it up.” And sometimes, I do. -Adrienne, The Mommy Mess
- I have to continuously tell myself that my worth as a blogger isn’t measured by how many followers or comments I get. -Ann Marie, Tidbits from the Queen of Chaos
- I get sad when I have to stop blogging and go to my day job. -Mindy, Budget Fairytale
- I read blogs when I’m on the go. I’ll be at the Target checkout line reading one of my faves on my Blackberry, it’s a great post, I’d LOVE to share my thoughts, but sometimes I don’t get the chance to comment. Do I love your post any less? Nope! I just need more hours in a day. -Brittany, Simply Brittany
- Blogging is extremely time consuming. At times it’s frustrating to put so much work into something and not get any kind of response. It’s very easy to wonder if the time spent blogging is even worth it. -Lisa, Autism Wonderland
- Most of the time I think no one really cares what I have to say. I don’t read other blogs as much as I should. I know I could learn a lot from them. -Michelle, Bruner Party of 5
- I would love to be able to reach more people, as both of my blogs are about support, but I don’t like to sacrifice time with my kids. I’m trying to do more and put myself out there, but some nights I just run out of steam. -Katie, Practical Parenting and Clomid and Cabernet
- Some days I hate the social aspect of blogging (commenting/social media/staying in touch.) I just want to write. What I want and when I want! -Sam, My Life as Wife
- I get frustrated with the “community.” The support is wonderful, but can get a little incestuous. I like to keep up with my bloggy friends, but I also try to mostly read things that inspire me to be a better writer and blogger. -Leigh Ann, Genie in a Blog
- Sometimes it feels like a job…the commenting, answering comments, trying to be witty…etc. -Rebecca, Unexplained x2
- I go back and forth with how I feel about being clueless about my blog beyond writing for it. Tech Savvy is just not me. -Kir, The Kir Korner
- I think you have more fun when you don’t get caught up in SEO, page rank, followers, fans, etc. It takes time to build crediblity and a following. Trying to hard will overwhelm you. -Marie, Raising Great Men
- I think it is strange that blogs with thousands of twitter followers can have so few comments. Or that blog authors don’t bother to interact with their readers. Call me old fashioned, but I still live for comments. -Tina, FL Girl with a New Life
- Sometimes I use my blog as an escape to get away from my kids and housework. But if I do it too much, it leaves me feeling like crap. -Emmy, Emmy Mom
- I wish I could write more honestly without being afraid of what people will think or say. My own mother doesn’t even know I have a blog, and if she did, I think I’d have to shut it down! -Jenny, Life on the Mamarific Merry-Go-Round
- I have a love/hate relationship with blogging right now. Sometimes I really enjoy it and other times it feels like a full-time job. I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now and have yet to find a way to balance it all. -Helene, I’m Living Proof God Has a Sense of Humor
- I always feel a few steps behind the social media curve. Making changes to the the html on my blog scares me. -Deirdre, JDaniel4smom
- I think I’m guilty of letting social media eat up too much of my time. It can suck time like nothing else. You respond/read a few tweets, and 30 minutes is gone, and it felt like five minutes. -Leigh, Hines Sight Blog
- Sometimes I catch myself basing my own self esteem off of my blogs stats. I know it’s horrible, and I need to stop checking them. I am better than a bunch of numbers. -Jessica, Spit Up Chronicles
- I often worry that not having the time to comment much on other blogs or to devote much time to twitter and FB will mean that I will never get much of a following. But without a smartphone I can only do these things at an actual computer. And I refuse to spend hours a day on my computer. -Stephanie, Where Are My Supermom Boots?
- I’m concerned that if I move from wordpress.com hosted to a self-hosted blog space I’ll lose my place in the interwebs and get lost in the cyber abyss. -Jamie Anne, A Dash of Domestic
- The comparison trap – I started off blogging for myself but as I get more into it and read more blogs, I inevitably compare myself to others whether in terms of content, stats, etc. When I do that, it’s hard to remember to stay true to myself and my voice/niche, whatever that might be. -Christine, Love, Life, Surf
- I have to admit I am not really hip on blogs that aren’t personal, that have a super specific niche. Because to me, blogging should about sharing stories, not just information. -Jennifer, Just Jennifer
What truth about blogging do you want to share?
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