Lessons learned: The good, the bad and the ugly of my 1st 100 days blogging

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Yesterday, marked my 100th day on this blog.  Here is a list of some of the things I did right (and not so right). The highly subjective good, bad and ugly sides of this venture. As always actual mileage may vary: but here goes: 

THE GOOD

I have fallen in love. This blog was just what I needed to pull me out of my then winter funk, I felt really lost and I like having something to help me look forward. I love the creative process of blogging, putting pictures together, writing text, making content. I also am enjoying reading your blogs. So many of them look professional and organized and don’t get me started on the magnificent photography. I love that this is such a diverse and international community. As travelers who blog ( or vice verse), we are always looking forward to someone else’s country we sometimes ignore our own local area which is often extraordinary in its own right. Some of you who have been kind enough to follow this blog live in India, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Austrailia,  Columbia, China and even throughout North America. All of you have amazing things right outside your door and I’m very grateful when you share them with us. Traveling really isn’t about where you go, so much as it is how you go. I’m having a party doing this and I am so glad you are a part of this.

THE BAD

So I mentioned all the countries that have had people visit the blog. I know this because I have Goggle Analytics. It is a blessing and a curse.  I enjoy knowing how many people are visiting my page and from where, and I am amazed by the results (70 nations plus the US). The down side is it tends to make me a bit OCD. I love that someone in Pakistan viewed the blog, but am stymied why no one in Denmark ever has.  It also makes me a bit too obsessed on keeping the content rolling. I have made 132 posts in 100 days. I am actually afraid not to post everyday because I worry that if i don’t I will lose all the people who follow this page and no one will view my page again. I want quality not just quantity and am afraid when I just put something up to fill a perceived hole I am selling myself and you a little short which leads me to:

THE UGLY

Time management. I hope I have been clear. I do hope to eventually find a way to blog full time. But until such time, I will be working a full time job, and blogging. I had no idea how much time blogging takes. I wear a lot of hats, writer, photographer (well My housemate frank helps too), editor, proofreader (admittedly, my weakest link) , and publisher. I do this while working full time (130pm to Midnight four days a week) and try to have some sort of social life.  As i mentioned I sometimes post these when I get off work at midnight and I am just too tired to catch some of the grammatical and typographical errors. I so wish I could have more time. I try to balance the blog, work and still find time for my family, friends and partners. I know I can’t always keep things in balance. But I so want this blog to be successful. Maybe cause I am older now, but I am so much more cognizant of the clock than I was before. I also struggle with trying to keep the dream alight. It’s so far to where I envision this blog to be. I will just have to learn patience.  But Thank you everyone for reading, commenting, and liking this blog. It means more to me than you could imagine.

 

10 Replies to “Lessons learned: The good, the bad and the ugly of my 1st 100 days blogging”

  1. Congratulations on your 100 days.
    It is quite a commitment. I certainly understand your concerns about needing to post everyday. I feel that pressure as well but know some days it’s just not possible. Meeting all these other great bloggers sure does provide motivation!

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    1. Thanks KD. I am glad I got we got to meet online. It’s always a pleasure to have you post. Yeah, I am guessing eventually whether I like it or not I’m going to end up missing a day or two. the secret is not beating myself up about it.

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  2. Congratulations from one Grandpa to another on your first 100 days! I have similar fears, and even for people that follow me, and have signed up for the email version of post, I do wonder how missing one day, or several, will influence those visits.

    Keep up the good work! I’m enjoying the posts.

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    1. Thanks I know I can’t keep the pace indefinitely , I never feel like I have enough momentum to rest. But it’s probably one of my biggest concerns blogwise. Thanks for following along. I’m glad you’re here.

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  3. Don’t set impossible goals…once a week would be fine. You will burn out and turn a pleasure to a penalty. Make each blog special not just something you have to get out there. And don’t forget in the balancing act we call life to allow time for more globetrotting and new inspirations. Namaste.

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    1. I will have to admit I am not well versed in DA scores. I am going to have to visit. You are entirely right about Google Analytics keeping someone paranoid. If i don’t purposefully set my mind against it I can get bummed on a day i have fewer visits.

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