Recent Posts

Saturday, December 21, 2013

thoughts on numbers

Is blogging a numbers game? Is it all about how many people read each of your posts? Is it trying to write just what other people want to read so that your numbers will go up? 


Or is it about writing what moves your spirit? Sharing what makes YOU tick?

For those of us who are trying to generate an income from our blogs, because we genuinely need it, it is like a juggling act. 

I know this is not a very Christmas like topic, but as the year is winding down, I am giving this a lot of thought. 


My blog has certainly evolved since I first started out on this journey. I have definitely veered from my original purpose, which was to promote my antiques business and show some of my home decor. 

Do I still need to promote my business? Yes, because like everyone else I need to eat and have shelter. 

Do I still like to decorate? Yes, I love to, but as I am not living in my own home at this time, my decorating is limited. 


I've wondered why I have been led along this path and I think it is because I have been gently (at times not so gently) guided to realize that I need to write about what feeds my spirit. That often changes from day to day, but I believe I was led to go back to graduate school later in life to get my MS in counseling psychology for a reason. I love seeing what makes people tick and even though I didn't like sitting in an office on a daily basis working as a counselor, I still feel called to provide inspiration. 

Yes, my blog has evolved, and will continue to evolve in the future. I know that people have dropped off my list of readers, just as I have dropped off some of the blogs I once read faithfully. For me there are only so many times that I can read about painting a piece of furniture, even though I love to paint furniture, and I am so in awe of those who do it in such beautiful ways. I love blogs that share more, because that is who I am. I love the friendships that I have made and the ones that are still to come.


So as I sit here this holiday season, with another year winding down, I think about the numbers, and I wonder if mine will ever be in a place where I can generate some real income from my writings. What I do know is that I will continue to feed my spirit through this blog and hopefully, some of yours. 

I will be heading out to Atlanta in my chuggy car on Monday, driving on a wing and a prayer that it will make the almost four hundred miles with no problems. I will stay in touch while I am there, but want to spend every moment enjoying my family at this special time of year. 



Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! 


  Pin It

23 comments:

  1. I, too, struggle with the numbers. I get so disappointed that I write from my soul and share my emotions as well as my little vignettes and get so few comments and followers. I just have to remember why I started this. Blogging was/is a form of expression for me. I started blogging the holiday after I lost both of my parents. With raw emotions, I wrote.

    You are far ahead of me and somehow I found you again. So glad I did. I love to encourage others and so I encourage you to continue. I love your blog. Love the vintage bottles and the vintage Christmas ornaments and the beauty in your expression. Thanks for sharing.

    Bonnie

    ReplyDelete
  2. My blogs have always been like an online diary for me, sharing my sad times along with my happy times. I always have enjoyed reading your posts.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a rather timely post for me as I am contemplating the same thing. I'm not generating the income I need from the blog and I may need to give it up in order to spend my time doing something else that does generate some extra money.

    But then I think about how I love to write and share photos and I hate to give that up. Then, on the other hand I think, just forget about it - who really cares what I have to say anyway? It's an endless cycle that I'm on and right now I'm just tired. I put myself on a blogging break until the first of the year to see how I feel about it after a break. It's a shame that so few of us in life are actually able to make a living off the things we truly love to do.

    Have a Merry Christmas Laura and a Happy New Year.

    ReplyDelete
  4. blogging is definitely give and take. for every comment i get on my place, i leave another on another site or more. i give a lot of time, daily, to 300 blogs i read and visit those who stop by my place to return the favor. not many folks have that kind of time to give it. but i started my blog as a place to share the beauty that surrounds me, and i still do that, 3 1/2 yrs into it. i don't share much personal stuff and i don't craft or design - just share birds, animals, and scenery, mostly. but it is what fuels me and gives me joy. i'm just grateful folks find it interesting enough to pop in.

    i keep ads on my space. i'll never make money, but the tiny amount generated by the views and clicks helps offset the cost of frames and postage on my drawing giveaways. at least it is something to help.

    ReplyDelete
  5. p.s. in case you don't post again before monday, i do hope your car will get you safely and soundly to atlanta (and back!)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I Think we all have had the same blogging thoughts, for me I can't buy things just to decorate for a post. Then I wonder what bloggers do with all that stuff? Readers will come and go and that's just part of it all. You just have to be true to yourself but also earn that income. It is a balance that's hard to figure out. Prayers that your car holds up for the trip and Merry Christmas.

    ReplyDelete
  7. And to you as well. I love your inspiring thoughts and look forward to seeing more in the new year. Safe travels and enjoy the holidays with your family. Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've wondered about the same thing. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort and you have to enjoy it to make it seem worthwhile. I've learned a lot over the past year on what to blog about, sharing my thoughts with other bloggers and just deciding on the overall feel of my blog. We all have our own unique style and even though my blog hasn't grown in a way I've wanted it to yet, I still enjoy all the interaction with other bloggers and it helps motivate me, not just in blogging, but life in general. I've been following your car adventures and sending good thoughts on your safe arrival and Merry Christmas to you!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Laura,
    I have so enjoyed getting to know you over this past year and have loved to read your posts. Numbers are just numbers and if you need the income from blogging I hope you can find a way to do this. I feel blessed that I can blog for fun and share inspiration and making wonderful friendships and do not need it as a tool for income. My income comes from my job off the blog and the blog is just a small expression of me. I know how time consuming it can be. I always feel if someone takes the time to come by read the post and leave a comment I should certainly respond to that. I know a lot of bloggers do not do this with feeling overwhelmed to respond to every comment. I hope I never feel that way and can find the time to enjoy the friendship and communication that comes with my blog. I do know of bloggers that have found a way to enjoy the time put into the blog and also make money with it. I hope you find that with your blog. Merry Christmas and safe travels.
    Kris

    ReplyDelete
  10. I always enjoy your photos and down to earth blogging style. It is very cozy here! Enjoy your holiday time with your family and have a Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hello Laura, l love blogs that provide food for thought and inspiration in many ways. Yours is one of those! Safe journey, and a very blessed and wonderful Christmas. Pam xx

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and safe travels!

    ReplyDelete
  13. LOL I know that your post was serious and it is, and I can take it that way and comment on it on that vein but it led me down a train of thought....do people who do tablescapes weeks ahead of a holiday leave them there or do they put it all away and take it back out again.
    Only a person with a CAT would wonder this sort of thing.Because they GET on everything. This is the burning question that I have had since I started blogging at Homespun back in May 2012 and FLB late August. So in the end, rather than knowing about stats and numbers, that would be the BlogLand Mystery that I'd like solved in 2014 :)
    Have a Merry Christmas! :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Laura your friendship is very important to me and I have been on this journey this year with you and will continue with you. I too don't worry about numbers but at times wonder if I'm writing my blog only for me. Still it's what I want to do and say, so I'll continue. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family! Hugs, Linda

    ReplyDelete
  15. Laura
    Safe travels and enjoy your time with your family!
    I think blogs do evolve, just as yours has. I don't
    want to be fenced in to just one subject either.
    After all, life isn't all about decorating or crafts alone.
    Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Laura, Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful time with your family! I wish you safe travels and hope your car will get you there and back with no problems.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Laura, I 'm sending you that wing, and a prayer for your car...safe trip, and a lovely one.

    My blog started out as a gardening blog, it's so much nicer, and easier to write about what you love, and if that changes, then so be it. Readers come, and readers go...we all get that....it's life, it's blogging.

    Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  18. A very Happy Christmas to you and yours.
    Love from Mum
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hey, Laura. It’s always been my thought a decorator with your counseling skills would be successful as you would really listen to your clients. A favor? While you are in Atlanta would you check out small booth spaces in consignment malls. Emphasis on small. Ages ago I started with an étagère in a boutiques and ended up with a shop. Perhaps with graces of hunky men from Fed-Ex you and your daughter could stock and refill such a booth to boost to your dream of eventually moving on. Travel safe, travel light and godspeed. (((HUGS)))

    ReplyDelete
  20. Merry Christmas to you. I hope you'll have a lovely time with your family.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I didn't start my blog to make money, even though it would be helpful. I thought it would be a nice hobby and my family would enjoy it thru the years and maybe one day if I have grandchildren they can peek at it and see their dad. :)
    Be safe and Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Merry Christmas Eve morning, Laura. Please pop in and let us know your journey was safe.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I arrived safely. No problems with the car at all on the trip. Happy Christmas eve.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your sweet messages. I read every one of them.