Whoever said blogging was easy has never blogged before. I am going to be completely honest when I say that at this moment my little slice of the internet has taken a deep nose dive and I am unsure if I can get out of it. This will also be the most honest and personal blog post I have created in quite some time.
So here is what is going on with my blog?
The month of May was such a high, I reached over 6,000 views on my blog and was getting hundreds of visitors a day. I felt I had finally made it after almost a year of blogging. During this exciting time I also had the opportunity to transfer my day job to one much closer to home. Along with some personal financial setbacks and trying to get my life together Fall for Maine took the back burner. I started being unable to pay for amazing blog boosters such as Tailwind which declined my views immensely. If you have seen my Pinterest tips, Tailwind has helped my traffic immensely, and unfortunately it also brought its demise. My monthly reach on Pinterest went from almost 1 million to under 100,000…such things shouldn’t be heartbreaking but it has been tough for me.
Then my blog went down completely. Next thing I know there is a privacy error showing up every time someone attempted to search for my website which led to zero traffic for two whole days. Which, if you are experiencing this same problem and have SiteGround they are AMAZING at fixing this immediately and it all turned out to be my SSL certificate running out. So not only was my blog already taking a nose dive but then it shut down completely leaving it so much harder to climb back out of my hole.
I am feeling discouraged.
I have created many posts on How to Skyrocket Traffic Through Pinterest Group Boards and the Most Popular Hashtags for Your Blog but then my own blog plummets downward. I have only ever wanted to post things I felt were honest and beneficial not only to myself but to readers as well, so I am starting to feel like a fraud. BUT this isn’t just a post of me whining…there has to be something I can do about it.
Time to Jump Back Up
So after all this ranting, what am I going to do about it?
Through everything I stopped writing which in turn meant that I stopped doing what I love. What little articles I was posting you could tell that I was not as passionate. So the first step is to re-evaluate and remember what you are doing this for.
I have said time and time again you do not become successful by having just a “make money” goal. You will not make money if you do not show passion. Yes, of course we all have those jobs we aren’t passionate about but it pays the bills, that’s not what I am talking about. I am talking about being self-employed through influencing readers. You cannot influence others if you haven’t influenced yourself first. Step one: re-evaluate why you blog.
Just because you have hit a slump doesn’t mean that slump is forever. If you don’t pull yourself back up, then yes your numbers will decrease more. But if you continue creating, no matter what sort of feedback comes back eventually you will get that groove back. I have learned that being consistent is key through this process. Step Two: Keep creating content.
The final step is pretty obvious. Step Three: Have Fun & Be You. With all the stressors of everyday life I started thinking of my blog as another chore that needed to get done. That is not what Fall for Maine is here for. I started this journey to have a creative outlet away from all the chores and jobs and that is how it should remain. The most successful bloggers are true to themselves. They showcase there own personality daily through their blog and social media that makes followers keep coming back.
Some may find zero information from this post and that is okay. Like I mentioned in step three, it is time to show my personality more and be completely honest with myself and my audience. These are the moments that people can relate to. I see so many posts on how to create the best blog ever but not enough about the tough side of blogging, the times where you just want to hid in a hole. So as a reminder to myself and to those who do not see success immediately, just keep swimming. Moments such as this are a great opportunity for fellow bloggers to know that they are not alone. I am kind of hoping I am not alone at least!
Shout out to my readers who have let me process through my blogger problems. Have you every had a blogging slump? How did you handle it? Comment below or find me on Instagram and let me know that I am not alone!