If you’re reading this as a non-blogger, you’ll probably think that blogging pretty much consists of setting up a WordPress account, and off you go: blogging.
And, well, yeah, it sort of is.
But if you are reading this as a blogger, you’ll probably be sat there shaking your head and thinking “no, no, no, no, no, no, no!” Blogging is sooooo much more than just writing. Ok, so good content is obviously a massive part of what makes a successful blogger, but there’s also the photo taking, the photo editing, uploading everything to your CMS, creating a website to be proud of (we’re talking themes and widgets and headers), promotion, social media, engagement and replying to comments and so much more besides.
Don’t get me wrong, there are far, far worse things that I could be doing than blogging (catching sick one handed, anyone? Yep I’m the mum of a reflux baby!), but let’s just say that, for me, personally, it’s definitely a labour of love, and one that I fall out of love with occasionally.
Then of course, on top of all of this, are the stats. Those stats that I said I wasn’t going to worry about at the start of the year. Those stats that might just have crept up since I started writing this…better go check my WordPress app! And with all of this combined, for Mrs Lighty, this pretty much adds up to an emotional rollercoaster of blogging.
There are times when I really love it. Of course there are, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it. Getting those occasional comments on my Low Papp A post from women going through the same thing, lovely comments on Facebook from fellow mums telling me I’m not alone when I’m having a tough day. And then of course the massive, massive accolade for me which was winning the silver in the Essex Digital Awards. Those are the things that make it worthwhile. I’ve also had some fantastic opportunities come my way because of blogging (never did I think I’d ever appear on Sky News, for example!) and I’m so, so grateful for those. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t worry about boring everyone, whether anyone is reading, and whether I should even continue.
And today is my bloggy birthday! So, as I hit two years of working my butt off on All Things Spliced, I thought I’d share with you the inner thought process of Mrs Lighty…hold onto your seats everyone, this is going to be one hell of a ride through my little tiny brain!
The Emotional Rollercoaster of Blogging:
1. Write post.
2. Edit post.
3. Edit post some more.
4. Add photos.
5. Edit post some more.
6. Decide that it probably doesn’t need to be tinkered with any more.
7. Hit publish. Eeeeeek!!! Even after two years, there’s still a little bit of an “Eeek!” moment every time I hit publish.
8. Decide not to promote post until later on in the day.
9. Check stats anyway, even though you haven’t promoted it, just to see if, somehow, your keywords are sooooo effective that half of the Internet has stumbled upon your new post via Google since you hit publish.
10. Oh. 5 hits. But that’s ok, as you’ll be promoting it later.
11. Promote post.
12. Oooh you’ve had a few new likes on your blog’s Facebook page!
13. Check stats. Yep that’ll do nicely, thank you!
14. Go to bed.
15. Wake up the next morning.
16. Check stats.
17. Ponder whether you can promote again on social media, or will that kill the reach?
18. Ok so today’s stat’s aren’t too bad.
19. Go to bed.
21. Check stats.
22. Oh, a little disappointing. Best crack on with another post!
23. Writer’s block.
24. Writer’s block!
25. WRITER’S BLOCK!!!
26. An idea, phew!
27. Write post, repeat steps 2 – 22.
28. Ooh, an email from someone claiming to be in PR! Oh. This looks a bit suspect. I don’t think we’ll be taking up this ‘wonderful opportunity’ of free content.
29. Worry whether you’re boring everyone you know?
30. Decide that yep, you probably are boring everyone you know. Sorry friends!!
31. Oh, wait, Mumsnet have picked up your post! Oooh this is exciting!
32. Check stats.
33. Check stats some more.
34. Check stats again.
35. Have a crisis of confidence.
36. Turn to your bloggy friends for some advice.
37. Decide that actually, this is the best part of blogging, the people and friends you’ve met through it (thanks Rhyming with Wine, Three Little Buttons, Bridie by the Sea, Something About Baby and all of the other lovelies I talk to pretty much on a daily basis!).
38. Take solace in the lovely words from your friends.
39. Write some more because…
40. …at the end of the day, this is my story!
My story, and that of Baby Lighty and Mr Lighty. And I need to own my story, and tell it. So happy second birthday, All Things Spliced! Thank you for all of the lovely friends you’ve brought me, the fabulous opportunities and the chance to tell my story!
Sending plenty of gluten free cake to all of the lovely supportive people in the blogging community, as well as all of my fantastic readers, you are so very appreciated and I hope to see you hear same time next year!! xxx