Why I Don't Read Blog Strategy Posts Anymore

"How I Gained 1,000 Followers In One Week"

"Three Ways To Grow Your Pinterest Following"

"How To Make Money Blogging"

I see titles like these every single day in my newsfeed, and if you are a blogger, my guess is that you do too.  When I first started blogging, I searched high and low for posts like these, trying to figure out what in the world I was doing.

There were no such posts back then, and I resorted to the few ebooks that were available about blogging, from a business and practical perspective.  I learned a lot from those ebooks, but I'm not sure I can even share them here because they are likely outdated. Blogging is a constantly changing thing, and these days you no longer have to search high and low to find advice about blogging from people who have "made it" (whatever that might mean for them or their readers).

But as for me?  I'm kind of done with these kinds of posts.  I don't think there is anything wrong with them, and indeed there is a lot of good information to be had for those who have the time to implement these strategies.

But it's just not for me anymore.

1) I am not convinced that many of these blog and social media "strategies" will work for everyone.

Some write posts about their success as if they are experts, when in reality there is a good bit of luck mixed in.  I have three posts that have been pinned thousands of times on Pinterest.  Does that mean I'm a Pinterest expert?  No, it means I happened to hit on a topic that people wanted to read about.  I'm not going to write something titled "How To Get Your Posts Pinned Thousands Of Times On Pinterest" because my success was partially due to luck and good timing.  I automatically distrust those catchy titles on how to achieve blogging success, because I've discovered that half the time the success was due to a non-repeatable event.

2)  Focusing on strategy and money sucks the fun out of it for me.

 I make a little money off this blog from time to time, but over the last couple years I have realized that I don't write here to make money.  I mainly write because I have an inherent need to do it.  When I start focusing on social media strategies, page views, and networking, and when I let those things affect my writing, I feel drained.  When I sit down here and just write something that is on my mind, I feel filled up.  I have realized that while I must consider all areas of blogging to a certain extent, I don't have enough energy to focus so much on the draining parts in this season of life.  Also, I must say that it is incredibly difficult to make good money at blogging, and those who do put a TON of hours in. Which leads me to my last and most important point.

3) I don't want to spend my limited time trying to grow my blog into something bigger and better, at least not at this time in my life.

I have four kids, guys.  Four kids under six years old.  I have somehow managed to keep this blog up and running while balancing the needs of my children, but I have finally come to terms that at this point in my life, "up and running" is as good as it's going to get.  Anything more is just selfish.  I was reminded of this verse the other day:

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."  Philippians 2:3

I was really convicted by that, because the truth is that when I get too focused on growing my blog, it does fall into the "selfish ambition" category.  Focusing on getting my name out there, making money, being a "success", is all selfish ambition.  Even when I might use growth strategies in a more selfless way, to try to encourage more moms in their families and walks with the Lord, I am not choosing the best thing.  Encouraging others is a good thing, but my children are the best thing.  

Training them to love the Lord, being there for them, having the time to sing songs and read an extra story is the best thing.  I cannot be everything to everyone and do it all well, not right now, and since I have to choose where to invest my time, I have to choose the best thing.  

Jim Elliott once said that wherever you are, you should be all there.  Where I am now is in this house, raising four eternal souls.  Where I am is reading books about homeschooling, and teaching my son to read.  Where I am now is in my home, trying to make a good dinner for my husband a few times a week, because I know that makes him feel valued.  Where I am is being wife and mom, and those are the best things.  Those things will last much longer than this little old blog, and that is where my time needs to go if I am truly considering others more significant than myself.

So this is where my time must go.  I'll continue to write on here once or twice a week, because my need to write is part of who I am, and I do believe this blog is a good thing.  But I don't read blog strategy posts anymore, because I know my blog is not my best thing, and it doesn't have to be.

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Gina Davis said...

I totally agree! I sadly don't read my old blogger favorites who now only write sponsored or "expert" posts. We all find our own blogging path but with the little time I have I am picky on who I follow now. Thanks for always having encouraging posts!

ashley said...

Great post!!!! <3 I feel ya. I know when I start to focus on things like page view stats and the amount of followers I have or do not have I end up getting bored or aggravated with blogging all together!

Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

Oh I can relate to so much of this!! Your number 2 is, I think, a huge reason I took such a long (somewhat unintentional) break from blogging! I just felt like it was this constant "to do" list of every form of social media, promoting and connecting in facebook groups, new content with great pictures all the time, learning new pinterest strategies, etc. I finally decided I am not going to do ANY of it, except post my blog posts on Facebook and let that be that! I have no reason to really want to grow anyway, so if it happens on its own, great, and if not, that's totally fine! I write because I enjoy writing. Whew! I'm glad you can relate to that and that you've found a balance that works for you and your family! I've always been impressed at how well you've stuck with blogging throughout all your life seasons!

meg @ elmpetra said...

Oh gosh yes, I read some, but 8 times out of 10, I'll scroll past them or open them, but never actually read them? I want to see 'real' content. So things I'd actually do, hearing about people's lives and adventures...

Meg | Elmpetra

Callie Nicole said...

I definitely know where you are coming from! It's tricky to find a good balance, especially with all the pressure to DO IT ALL. I just don't have time! I'm with you, I post to Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram when I think about it, and call it good.

Callie Nicole said...

I am the same way! Sometimes it's good to take a step back!

Callie Nicole said...

Ah, thanks for the encouragement, Gina! I totally agree, my blog reading list has to be limited, and I gravitate towards blogs that are less sponsored, more real.

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