Blogging is Bonkers. {Blog Planning. Out Loud.}

Over the holidays, some of my friends asked me how I was doing with my blog.  It’s valid question – especially since it’s evident that I spend a lot of time here – and, it’s one that was really sweet of them to ask.  Strangely though, it was a question that I found difficult (and, a little awkward) to answer!

I mean, how do you measure a blog’s success? It’s not like writing this blog this is my job or my profession. And, well, it’s not (really) a business. But, to say it’s hobby wouldn’t be entirely accurate either. It all left me asking: what in the heck is it, anyway?!?  When you really think about it, blogging is kinda – well – bonkers.  And, I think it’s safe to say bloggers are kinda bonkers too!  I can say that because I am one, lol.

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Before you get all “What?!? I’m a blogger and I’m not bonkers!” on me, hear me out.

For starters, bloggers sit down and crank out thousands of words on any given day, (usually) without direct compensation and without the risk of punishment if they don’t get it done.  But fueled by a stubborn self-motivation (and caffeine), you end up meeting your own self-imposed deadline, even if kills you. You hit “publish” hours after you should have been in bed, and send those 1000+ words out into the big, unknown world to be read mostly by strangers who might ultimately think that everything you’ve written is moronic. (Bonkers? Yup.)

If you are lucky, a fraction of those lovely readers will give you positive reinforcement by ‘following’ your blog or by leaving a comment that warms your heart.  (An aside: I SERIOUSLY love comments!  Just sayin’, hint hint. )

Blogging But, it’s just as likely that those carefully crafted words might elicit negative comments, or worse, sit on a page with only the sound of crickets chirping. Seriously, where’s the instant gratification in THAT?

Oh, and then there’s the whole possibility that what you wrote might actually be read by people you know in your real life – you know, like friends, acquaintances, co-workers and friends’-cousins-twice-removed. On a good day/blog post, there’s a chance that they might be impressed by what they’ve read, and be left thinking that you are more talented than they knew you were. (Booyah!) But, then there’s all those sleep-deprived, rambling blog posts (like this one, lol) that leave them scratching their heads and wondering if you’re playing with a full deck.  Either way, you’re gambling on your reputation! (Bonkers? Yippers.)

From time to time, on the ‘crickets chirping’ kind of days, it’s easy to think about quitting the blogging gig. You question why on earth you started blogging in the first place. After all, there’s so many more things you could be doing with your time. (Hello treadmill.) But, just as quickly, you think of another new project to blog about – or perhaps something you pinned to Pinterest from your blog last month ‘goes viral’ – and then you’re all fired up again.  So, you crank out another 1000+ words the next day, without any hesitation.

I mean, really, who does that?!?  Bonkers?  Heck yeah.

So back to my friends’ question, “How are you doing with your blog?”

After I thought long and hard about it (and established that blogging is bonkers, and that, by extension, I must be bonkers too), I decided that it’s time to come up with an answer .  I’ve been blogging here for a couple of years, which seems like a long time to do something without a having, dare I say it, a *plan*, other than a casual understanding of why I blog.

Perhaps the start of a new year is a good time to decide what I want this blog to be (or not)?

Hope to see you next time when this bonkers blogger will probably still be thinking out loud about how to measure my blog’s success.

Have a great weekend, peeps.

P.S., You might also like these other ‘Blogging Tips’-ish posts:

How (NOT) to choose a blog name. {Blog naming pitfalls to avoid}

Cheers to the ‘Passion Bloggers’. {Why I blog, and my struggle with passion vs expertise}

My absolutely non-life-altering move from Blogger to WordPress.org

Moving from Blogger to (self-hosted) WordPress.org? Here’s my experience!

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Amen, sister. (From a blogger on a very extended hiatus)

  2. Love your blog!!!!!!! Your house looks a lot like mine & by that I mean our taste in decorating!!!!! I give you tons of credit for doing “what you’re doing”…..and that’s why I follow you!!!! Always love the new updates on your house!!!!! When I get in a funk & keep things the same…I jump on your blog & it inspires me to do something new!!!!! Then a month later the husband notices that something might be different in the house….where he resides!!!!! Decorating is awesome!!!!! Plus I’m a stay at home mom….so I get to observe all of my creations everyday…..lol…..& I mean everyday!!!!!

    • Such a sweet comment, Jen! I’m so glad to know that you get some inspiration here now and again! I’m so thankful for readers like you! ~Kerri

  3. I love this post!! You show your vulnerability and you humanness which is refreshing!! I am just coming up on a year of blogging. I am loving it, but always have my doubts when I hit publish!! Please know that your blog has been inspirational and a wonderful escape for many. Thank you for keeping it going and doing what you do so well even if it is a bit bonkers!

    • Thanks so much Ann for taking the time to leave this comment. I’m thrilled that you find it inspirational here, and I hope you’ll keep coming back. It’s comments like yours that keep me going! Good luck with your own blogging adventure! ~Kerri

  4. Hello and hallelujah! This post (and your other related posts) couldn’t have come my way at a better time and I could really use your advise. I am a stay at home mom with a passion for DIY and furniture refinishing. I am certainly not a writer but have decided to create a blog and share my love for redecorating to whoever may be interested. I find I can’t get past the initial two steps in starting a blog. The first one is my blog name. I have several names and have shared them with friends and family and everyone seems to like one name or another for different reasons. None of these people are really doing what I do, so I can’t help but wonder if I’m asking the right audience. Can you suggest how I can make the best decision for my blog name? How would I go about sharing my ideas and getting some feedback? My next dilemma is which plateform is best for me and the purpose for which I will be using the site? You mentioned that you started out on Bloggers and then moved to WordPress. Do you now wish that you had started on the latter in the first place?

    Your posts on this very subject has really helped and I feel I am one step closer to actually getting started.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you,
    Crystal

    • Hi Crystal! Congrats on your decision to join the blogging world, as bonkers as it may be! As a stay-at-home mom (for now), I can vouch that it’s a fantastic way to keep your creative juices flowing, and not to mention to connect with others out there who have the same passion as you. Re your blog name, other than the advice I provided in that post on blog naming, the only thing that I can suggest is to choose a name that YOU like and feel excited about. It’s great to ask others for their opinion, but at the end of the day, your blog is a representation of YOU and the type of content you plan to create. Re Blogger vs WordPress, I think its OK to start out on Blogger or on WordPress.com, and certainly there are lots of successful blogs that are still on those platforms. The learning curve is a little harder with WordPress,.org (you’ll have to organize and pay for hosting and purchase your own url), but it’s still very user-friendly. If I can do it, anybody, can! If you think you are going to get hooked on blogging (and maybe turn it into a business someday) than I’d suggest starting right away on WordPress.org, or at the very least, moving over before you have too much content on your site (i.e., within your first year or two). But you can move over any time, so don’t let that decision stop you from starting your blog. If you don’t have answers for these questions yet, then just get started on Blogger, and I’m sure everything will fall into place later. Good luck!! Thanks so much for coming by. ~Kerri

      • Thanks so much for your reply Kerri and your welcoming me into the “bonkers” world of blogging.

        I am very excited but also a little intimidated to get started. However, after your reply, I took the bull by the horns and created my site on WordPress. I am in the mist of creating my site now and can’t wait to get started. I feel as though my creative juices have been flowing for some time now and I am eager to put them to good use and share them with like-minded people (at least I hope to).

        Thanks again for your advice. I have been reading your blog for sometime now and being a Canadian (as yourself), you’ve been an inspiration to me and I look forward to reading what you’ll post next. You have a very beautiful home and quite frankly, I am not sure how you possibly accomplish all that you do. So, cheers to you Kerri!

        All the best,
        Crystal

        • Crystal, thanks for that sweet comment; you made my day. So glad to hear you decided to dive in! Good luck with everything, and if I can answer a question along the way, just shoot me a note. Cheers, Kerri

  5. Hi Kerri! This post is just great! Even though I don’t get to see all of your posts, the ones that I do have time to enjoy are wonderful and appreciated. I have many of the same thoughts and feelings that you do about blogging but I truly do enjoy it (it’s like a secret guilty pleasure for me…not many people aside from my family even knows I have a blog).

    • Thanks so much! I think that’s a great word for blogging – “a guilty pleasure” – because there’s definitely guilt when you could be doing other productive things, but it’s oddly addictive! Thanks for coming by…and for commenting ;-)!! ~Kerri

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