Have you ever had such massive
fails missed wins that you look back on and are grateful for? In my blogging journey, I have had many of those. For some strange reason, I had the illusion that my blogging journey would be linear and upward trending. Well, just after I started that is. And as time went on, I realised that blogging is more so like a rollercoaster ride than anything. The beauty of it is learning from all of your blogging fails.
This isn’t an easy post to write, because I am partially still trying to convince myself that I am really grateful for my
blogging fails missed wins. But this wouldn’t be a safe space if we weren’t honest about our feelings, now would it?
Here we go!
A significant drop in my readership
This one should’ve come at no surprise given that I reduced the number of times I post in a week. I also happened to take a never-ending break from blogging, then came back half-gas… But even before I left, I had already noticed that my readers weren’t as engaged, or even reading the posts.
One school of thought says to write for yourself, but the honest truth is that if we all did that, there would be no reason to publish anything online. The other school of thought says to write what adds value to your readers. Be the solution, not a nagging voice. So when you try to follow this approach and hit a hard wall, it definitely is a low blow!
This blogging fail made me realise that I couldn’t take you for granted.
Having Google Adsense suspend my account
Soon after Blogmas last year, my stats started trending downwards. Of course, people were no longer on holiday so it made complete sense to me… But Google didn’t quite get this logic. My account was suspended and reinstated about 4 times since last December, all because I seemed to be getting illigitimate traffic.
If you’re wondering what that even means, you’re not alone. I was puzzled, because who gets similar views each month? Did they think I was clicking on my own blog and sifting through the pages to give myself views? Did they think I was clicking on my own ads because the stats were not cohesive?
Whatever the case, this blogging fail made me realise that I needed to put more effort into maintaining my blog.
Not reaching my projected milestones
Oh, the milestones… Sigh…
I recall mentioning in the past that I had the delusion that I would reach 5,000 followers in 6 months. I must’ve pulled that number out of a hat or something because nothing indicated that my blog would grow that quickly. If anything, I would’ve had to pay my way to that number, and your girl doesn’t have the resources for that!
Well, come 6 months, I pretty much laughed at myself and readjuted my expectations. Blogmas helped me reach the 500 mark just 8 months after I started my blog, but it was downhill from there.
To add insult to my injury, my peers were excelling with similar content! I questioned whether or not I was good enough, and even questioned if it was due to my race. All to be reminded that I started this blog for fun, not to become ‘WordPress famous’.
This blogging fail taught me to stay grounded and trust the process.
You may also like: Blogging and its unhealthy side effects
Not quite a blogging fail, but writer’s block that lasted weeks
Errrm yeah, writer’s block. I must’ve been in this rut for nearly 6 months if I’m being honest. In fact, I still haven’t quite gotten to the point that my creative juices are freely flowing again.
What I’ve realised, though, is that my writer’s block was tied to the feeling that I needed to please my readers. I was no longer writing content I truly enjoyed. Instead, I was searching for themes and trying to stick with them.
The main issue with this, and probably the best lesson I’ve learnt, is that my authenticity faltered. How on earth would I stay original if I was writing the same thing as everyone else? And why would anyone want to read my post if there were 50 others just like them on the net?
I’m still figuring out the solution for this one, but this blogging fail taught me to stop following the crowd.
Have you read: You’ve hit writer’s block. Now what?
The biggest of my blogging fails: juggling my social media accounts
You know the irony of revealing my problems? It’s that I have given people solutions to simlar issues but struggle to follow my own advice. Is that just a me thing?
Well, as a mom, full-time worker and wife, juggling is not the best word to describe what I’ve been doing. Instead, I have been drowing, or even burying myself in an attempt to stay atop of things. The irony is that this may be the biggest of my blogging fails because the self-saboteur in me just throws in the towel when things get tough.
So what have I learnt from this? Um… I believe the correct answer is to pick one thing and focus on it, rather than dappling with everything. And if that answer ever settles, I will let you know!
Conclusion: Blogging fails for the win?
To sum it up, I believe that there’s a lesson to be learnt in every aspect of our lives. Win or lose, everything happens for a reason. It is up to us to identify and appreciate the silver lining!
What are some blogging fails that you have encountered that turned out to be blessings?
Pssst! Let’s hang on the socials.