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.
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.
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?