3 Reasons Why I am a Bad Blogger

Okay, let’s be real: I love blogging.  The fact that I’ve been doing it for years is probably proof enough of that, and looking at posts I wrote even a year ago show me how much better I’ve gotten at it.

But at the same time, I know there are things I do (or don’t do) that guarantee I’ll never be one of those full-time, gets interviewed for a movie kind of bloggers, and here’s why.

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Editorial Calendar

I know the benefits of having one, that especially given my schedule it would make this thing so much easier, so much more manageable.  And actually, I do have an editorial calendar; but using it is an entirely separate story.  I have an entire month’s worth of post ideas scheduled into my iCal, but the idea that I’ll actually write the posts there is laughable most days because, when faced with a blank screen and a new post to write, I cycle through all the ideas I have waiting and usually come out not knowing how to verbalize them in a readable and enjoyable way.

Social Media

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love Twitter (and if I’m being honest, I think I’m pretty good at it, too).  And I’ve written posts about how important I think sites like Pinterest are to growing your blog.  But when it comes to Facebook and Google+? Don’t expect much from me, because my G+ hasn’t been updated in a while, and I. hate. Facebook.

I know that most good bloggers will tell you that every social media outlet is a must for your readers’ and your blog’s sakes, but personally I think that the social media sites you need depend on what type of blog you have, and nobody needs to be active on all of them.


Confession: I am not on the I-love-Wordpress wagon with pretty much all the rest of blogland.

I switched over in the last couple months, and aside from the plugins, I’ve yet to find a reason why this is better than Blogger.  In fact, I miss knowing how to do basic edits to my layout and blog’s appearance without having to pay a designer over $100, and I’ve been having more trouble than I can count with my blog this past week.  Updating on a bi-daily basis drives me crazy, as do the 2,000 spam comments sitting in my queue and five e-mails I have just in the past seven days saying that people from Uzbekistan, Taiwan, and Germany are trying to hack into my blog.

Suffice it to say, I know there are supposed benefits to having WordPress, and I likely won’t be switching back, but for the most part, I’m not on the WP bandwagon yet.

So what about you? What makes you a less-than-perfect blogger?

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  • Shybiker

    Candid analysis, but don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re doing a great job.
    I don’t believe we should be on every social media site. We should use the ones we like (and I share your love of Twitter) while ignoring those we don’t. Enthusiasm should guide us. We do best when we care.
    For me, blogging is a combination of art project and autobiography. So I do what appeals to me. If people like that, they come; if not, they don’t. I don’t worry about attracting large numbers ’cause I doubt a blog of my type ever will.
    I constantly strive to improve my blog but, to be honest, it has weaknesses. I have time to create posts on the weekends, when nobody is around, and am too impatient to wait to put up my posts until later when readers return. So most of my weekend posts languish in obscurity.
    I’m content with Blogger and never felt a need to move to WordPress.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks so much!
      I completely agree – I have each social media site, but I try to only dedicate my time to the ones that I enjoy and see results from. There’s just not enough time to put my full effort into all of them.
      I’ve loved reading your blog! I think you’re doing a great job with it, even if you’re not posting at the same time other people are :)

  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

    Do you have Akismet to block spam? I also use iThemes Security and Wordfence so I can hide my login page, see live traffic, and block people.

    • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

      Just realized – I used to get a lot of comment spam even with Akismet and Disqus, until I disabled the pingback/trackbacks on posts.

      • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

        I have Akismet – but a lot gets through haha I didn’t know I could disable pingback and trackbacks…I’ll have to look into that – thanks!

        • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

          Yeah, I don’t know how it works, but a lot of spammy “comments” were just linking to my posts somehow I think. It should be an option in the post drafts, or under settings -> discussion.

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    I’m not great with social media… I literally revived my twitter account for the sake of my blog, and pretty much forget to pin/tweet/share my posts on a regular basis. I’ve been too lazy/busy to figure out how to schedule social media shares at the beginning of the day too!

    That said, I also don’t have a great editorial calendar. I think I enjoy the spontaneity too much, but lately it’s been stressful to not have a plan. I should go work on that…

  • http://www.thesiberianamerican.com Olya

    I used to have a travel-only blog, and I started it out on WordPress. When I decided to start completely over, I decided to start with Blogger to make sure I am willing to commit to a new blog. The only things I like better about WordPress is that you own your own content and I had a lot more freedom to do more things with HTML, which was fun. However, on days when I don’t have a lot of time, I am so thankful I’m on Blogger because it is so much easier to use.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      That’s actually why I switched to WP – This is the first blog I’ve had that I’ve really been serious about, and I want to know that my content won’t just disappear or be used in some way by Google. But I do really miss the ease that Blogger offered. I think the more I use WP though, the more I’ll get used to it.

  • http://nomad-notebook.blogspot.co.uk/ Lizzy

    I’ve considered WordPress but the jump up beyond simple html and css scares me! I think i’ll stick with Blogger for the moment! I’m a pretty bad blogger generally and make the biggest faux pas of posting far less than i should. And as for Facebook and Google+, i’m exactly the same! Google+ i don’t really have a clue about, i just know my posts are automatically posted on there and Facebook is just meh.

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I blogged on Blogger for five years before making the switch! The main reason I did was because with WP you own your content whereas with Blogger, Google owns your content. But WP is expensive, and right now I really miss Blogger to be honest. It’s a tough switch, and I guess one day I’ll get used to it and really like WP.

      Cat (above) just mentioned that FB is really important for SEO, so I’d like to put more effort into it. I think I just struggle with both of them because it feels like such a hassle and I don’t see any tangible results from it.

  • http://www.thechroniclesofchaos.com Mia Sutton

    Haha, I’m so with you on the editorial calendar! I have the best of intentions, and I have posts “planned” for Mon-Fri every week. But yea… it hasn’t translated into actual posts lately because I’ve been so tired/busy/ uninspired by the planned ideas… etc. I do still think it’s a good idea to plan, but I think I need to leave some room for flexibility! :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! I feel like I’m inspired by those ideas when I put them on the calendar, but by the time I get around to writing them, I’d rather write something different.

  • Jessica Marie

    I’m with you as well on the editorial calendar! I’ve been blogging for 13 years, but have been more serious about it in the past few years.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Right? I know it’s something that would make blogging so much easier with a full-time job, but I always end up wanting to write something different than what I have on the calendar.

  • Cat

    Okay, a couple of things:

    A) RE: spam on WordPress, just turn the comments off. You’re using Disqus anyways, so you don’t need your WordPress comments to be on. Presto, the end of spam!

    B) I work in social media marketing, and Facebook is actually decently important to your SEO these days. When you share a link, the likes, comments, and shares all boost that link’s SEO ranking. I know it’s a pain in the butt, but what I do is “share” my blog page’s FB posts on a couple of big blogger groups as well as on my personal Facebook post. I also nag friends to engage with my posts, since then it improves their visibility in the Facebook algorithm.

    C) I feel like your social links up next to your profile picture aren’t working. I’ve tried to access your social presences a few times over the last week in order to share a tweet and give you credit, that sort of thing, and they haven’t worked :( Just wanted to give you a heads up.


    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      A) I didn’t realize I could turn of WP comments…. I have Akismet installed, and it’s insane seeing how many spam comments come through there, but I also see them come through on posts as well.

      B) I never realized that…. I guess I’ll have to start consistently using FB again. I do have to admit, the hassle with little tangible reward is a huge reason why I don’t usually. But based on what you’ve said, I guess I’ll work on it more

      C) I just checked them and they seem to be working fine for me… If you’d like, I can link you to the sites you were looking to get to. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with it though, and thank you for letting me know!

      • Cat

        Haha, sorry, I guess that was an absurdly long comment. Anyways, don’t use Facebook if you’re not interested. I mean, blogging is supposed to be fun, right? Facebook can feel like it’s a lot of work with little reward. And it’s so weird I’m having trouble with your social icons, but you’re not! When I hover over them, it’s not even telling me there’s a link. Weird. Anyways, I found your Twitter by googling, so I think we’re all good :)

  • http://www.joegullo.net joegullo

    Looks like you’re doing a great job updating and promoting yourself online! You have a great community here.

    I’ve also struggled with keeping an editorial calendar, but I seem to always find time in my day to blog about something. And if not, sometimes saying nothing is better than blabbing on.

    Social media can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. Pick the ones you like and are most comfortable with. I try and keep it simple by choosing 2-3 that I know I’ll post and keep up with than 10-15 where it’ll be too overwhelming. The sharing buttons you have help remind me to post to social networks and I share directly from my site or use Buffer.

    Keep up the good work!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks so much Joe! I’ve been struggling with that more in the last couple weeks than I usually do – I think I definitely need to get started on that editorial calendar so that at least when I don’t have any ideas, I have something I can go back to.

      I definitely agree about social media! There are so many sites out there, and it’s just not feasible to be active on all of them with a full-time job and school. I have accounts on all of the popular sites, but I only really use a couple regularly because I know they’re the ones I enjoy and am good at, and that makes it easier to keep up with them.

      • http://www.joegullo.net joegullo

        While editorial calendars are helpful, I also think they constrain us to certain posts. Sometimes inspiration hits us in the oddest places and times.

        It doesn’t matter when you post it, your followers will always come back to see what you’ve posted on their terms.

        As always, do what works best for you!