March 26, 2014

My Blogging Struggles

I was reading Taylor's blog this morning and she posted about 21 struggles that bloggers face. Humorous, as always. It got me thinking about my struggles with blogging as of late. March is basically over and I've only posted maybe 8 times this past month. Very unusual for me. Over the past year or year and a half, I've posted practically every single day. Not lately though.

I still adore blogging and adore the ladies I've gotten to know through this platform. I have no intentions of quitting or "taking a hiatus", "unplugging". That's not for me.

I will say that posts in the coming weeks may be spaced differently. There may be some new topics. I don't know yet. Things are changing. I move to my new place this weekend and start my first nursing job on Monday. I may work 7am-4pm some days, 11am-8pm other days, and some days I may have completely free. It's all up in the air at this point. I only know my schedule for the first two weeks of orientation!

So, without further ado, here are the blogging struggles I face

+ Promoting my blog/posts. Twitter? Pinterest? Facebook? How do I get people interested in reading, but not go overboard pimping my blog?

+ Twitter: struggle between promoting blog posts/actual real life thoughts/fangirling with friends. Are people becoming too annoyed with how much I post?

+ Ideas. What do people like to read on this blog: beauty, fashion, nursing, random thoughts, funny posts, blogging?

+ How will I find balance between my nursing job and blogging, while still keeping me time?

+ GFC: get rid of it to streamline my sidebar?

+ Working with brands: do I take their offer, as I could use the extra cash, or do I say no because people don't like to read sponsored posts?

+ Sponsoring: do I start putting some money, now that I will have a paycheck, into picking blogs to sponsor me? Will this attract more readers to my blog or will they just follow for a giveaway entry? Is it worth the money?

+ Wine: white or red?

+ Pictures: do I take more random pictures for my blog posts and risk looking like a goof? Who will take the pictures for my next fashion-related post? Do I invest in a nice camera in the future?

+ Media Kit: do I make one? Will it be put to use? Will it attract more brands to work with me in the future?

+ DIY: Will people be interested in a few DIY posts about some of the projects on my to-do list for my apartment?

+ Blates: do I take a leap of faith and ask if any bloggers in the Southeastern Minnesota/Southwestern Wisconsin area want to meet up sometime for a chat, some fun, and a sharing of ideas? Would anyone be interested in this?

+ Re-branding: this blog has been Sweet Silver Lining for almost 5 years now - is it time for a change? Have I grown out of the name or does it still fit me? Do I purchase a blog domain and make it a dot-com instead of a dot-blogspot-dot-com? If I did purchase a domain, what would it entail as far as changing links, making sure I keep readers/followers, and still make sure it communicates correctly with Bloglovin?

I'm sure there are more that I'm just not thinking of right now. But, for real, if anyone has advice or answers or anything for the above struggles, your opinion is welcome and much needed.

Have a happy Wednesday!

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  1. I love this post!!! I think that I have all the exact same questions!!

  2. I'm with you on the twitter thing - I seriously just tweet about Scandal!