6 Reasons I’m A Bad Blogger

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Maybe I refuse to conform. Maybe I’m just lazy. I don’t know. I just know I’m a pretty bad blogger.

Others treat their blogs like mini side businesses. Drafting plans in pretty little planners and writing posts weeks ahead and actually scheduling them to be published. They have an advanced advertising and marketing plan, and promote themselves endlessly on all social media platforms. I commend them. If you’re one of those bloggers, good work! Also, when do you sleep?

I love this space and sharing my heart and words. I love the documentation and making new connections and friends with women from all over. But when it comes down to it, I’m not the best blogger.

Here’s 6 reasons why:

Consistency

I skipped out on yesterdays Think Positive Monday post because I’m recovering from a bout with the flu and had zero energy. I try to write Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but lately it’s only been twice a week. Hell sometimes it’s once a week. I’ll never be the type of blogger to follow a rigid schedule.

Social Media Promotion

I love Instagram but it’s rare when I have more than one interesting photo to publish every few days. I rarely use Facebook for blog promotion, other than automatic links to my posts. Does anyone read blogs via Facebook anyways? I generally forget about Twitter. Occasionally I remember and will get on for a day and go crazy but then forget about it again for a few weeks. I didn’t even have a Twitter account before blogging. When I’m hanging out away from work I’d rather not be on my phone or computer. Also promoting myself always feels inauthentic. Does that ever go away?

Networking

Along the same lines as social media I’m not the best at networking with other bloggers. Sure, I form friendships, email and text back and forth and do the occasional guest posts…but that’s where it ends. I don’t search out partnerships or link ups or even participate in a lot of link ups. I know it garners more readers but sometimes it doesn’t feel true to myself. And that’s what’s most important to me. 

Stylized Shots

I’ve only done one fashion posts. I love taking photos of scenery and family.  I love my DSLR and playing around with it. But I’m not the best of taking stylized shots for every post. That would take too much planning (see above). I don’t go all out with pinterest perfect and matchy patchy photoshoots for post photos or recipe photos. Sometimes wish I had that much patience and equipment but nope. You get what you get. 

Amazing and Ever Changing Web Design

I’ve had the same blog design since I started this blog over a year and a half ago. Sure my picture changes and there are little updates here and there, but I don’t go crazy with an amazing design. (hell, I even DO graphic design). My priority is in the words not the design. I hope that doesn’t deter you. 

Caring What Other’s Think

I care too much about what others will think to write what is on my mind 100% of the time. A goal of mine is to break down this wall and be more vulnerable and write for a niche rather than write for all. It’s hard putting everything out there to be judged by strangers. Just spend 10 minutes on Gomi to see what I mean. Whenever someone from my real life says they read my blog my gut reaction is to run and hide. 

Boring Life

In general my life is pretty boring. We don’t go on more than 2-3 trips a year. I work a typical job in a typical small city on the East coast. I spend more nights at home watching TV or reading with my dog than out on the town trying new things. I’m not going through an emotional crisis, have children, or experience a life change. It’s just me living an everyday life and documenting my everyday thoughts. Sometimes I’m still surprised anyone else other than my mom reads this. But THANK YOU. Thank you for letting me be me. The non conformist lazy blogger that you still come and check in on. 

And here’s me on an average day:

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  • You’re definitely not a bad blogger! Well, by the “rules” maybe, but screw the rules. I like you just how you are – and I never pay attention to how often posts come, or if you use Facebook or whatever anyway.

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks! Yes SCREW THE RULES πŸ™‚ I had fun writing this funny little post. You’re the best.

  • Faith Martin

    Katie, you always make me laugh, because you share little bits of your life with such humor! Those are the things that make your writing so precious to your readers–the things you write have such timeless value,, to the young and us…er…”older” readers. Keep writing, whenever you feel like it. We love to hear about your “beautiful little adventure!”

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks, Faith! I’m glad you like it. No intention of stopping just fun to point out the differences. Me doing me, not going to change that!

  • Casey Aslan

    I have struggled with the same things…but you know what? This is your space and no one else’s so why the heck should their be rules? Would you rather look back on your posts thinking this was genuine or wondering what the heck you were doing following the “rules”?
    I like it just the way it is πŸ™‚

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks, Casey! It’s hard not to pay attention all all these “rules” when you are the thick of it. It’s fun to poke fun of blogging because it is a rather odd hobby. Like the rest of life I find it best to laugh our yourself and carry on with your own thing. My rules, my life πŸ™‚

  • I have a post draft that I’m pretty much saying most of the same stuff as you (except the planning part, you know I’m guilty of that …. just due to what I blog about). I just maximize my lunch hour most days and make myself sit at the computer a few hours each weekend. Sometimes if I have the energy I’ll work on graphics or social media a couple times a week if my internet or data signal don’t fizzle out on me. Some stuff gets bumped around because I don’t feel like writing on that topic or taking photos for that topic. As for the networking, I am either decent at it or suck at it. Rules be danged …

    Btw, you and Ryan crack me up with those expressions. Considering the day I’m having, I needed something to smile about.

    Don’t change what you blog about although my inbox misses you when there’s nothing new to read from ABLA. Thanks for always being YOU!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks for the encouragement!!! I’m just going to keep on doing my thing. Blogging is such a funny hobby! I admire your ability to post ahead and schedule and also set aside big time on wekends.Don’t get me wrong, I do that occasionally too, but I go through times where I feel like i have zero time to do anything too. I have so many drafts that never make it past the first stage of writing.
      p.s. Glad our silly faces could make you smile πŸ™‚

  • I love seeing another blogger admit to being a bad blogger! I am in the same boat as you. I have perfect intentions of being an awesome blogger, but TV and hanging with the dog always sounds so much better!

    • kwalshmac

      haha Thanks! You gotta WANT to do it, when it comes to blogging (and most everything else). Otherwise, what’s the point?? Keep doing you!

  • I laughed at the “also when do you sleep?” I really enjoy your blog. You are not a bad blogger. What I like about blogging is that it can be different for everyone. Someday I want to write full time and so I am more proactive about my blog just because I want to take baby steps towards some goals I have. I think of it as practice. And my life is boring too. I just decided if I was going to blog I was going to make an adventure out of even the mundane and if people wanted to read they could. LOL. I really enjoyed this post! Just do you and be authentic. That’s what I tell myself.

    • kwalshmac

      That’s awesome that you have a goal of writing full time and an active plan on how to get there. You do a great job of making the mundane every day life seem not so mundane! And thank you for enjoying my blog. I have so much fun with it and can’t see where it goes while I continue just following my own rules.

  • I can relate to most of your reasons here. I try to schedule posts, but let’s face reality, sometimes I skip days and sometimes I skip posts in general because I don’t have motivation.

  • Pat (Mom)

    Don’t worry Katie. As your loving Mom, I’ll always read your blog, and I look forward to each post.
    Love you!

  • I’m glad you’re feeling better! And psh, screw the rules. Once bloggers start turning their blogs into legit money-making endeavors is usually about the time I stop reading, because it stops being real and starts being about what the blogger perceives other people want. No shame in normal human photos and posting when we feel like! *cheers*

  • I’m a good blogger in my head. I have planned posts weeks in advance, lovely photos taken with my tripod, interesting things to write. In reality I only ever really schedule if I’m going away, I have planners that are empty and all the exciting adventures I go on I forget to tae my camera or if I do I’m having too much fun to take photos lol

  • Pshaw! Just do you girl. πŸ™‚

  • I feel you on all of these. Consistency has especially been my nemesis lately mostly because my life is pretty boring right now! How do people do it?

  • I’m a bad blogger too…..by the rules anyway. However, I have a lot of fun writing when I get the chance to. I would like to purchase my own domain name and get a nice design, but I’m still trying to figure out my blog identity. Anyways, I love your blog and your writing style is great. πŸ™‚

  • You aren’t a bad blogger, I think this is more normal than not. I know that personally, I am right there with ya girlfriend! Does anyone really want to read about how adorable my baby is, again?!? lol.

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  • I could have posted this same exact thing! But you know what? Some of my favorite blogs are maintained this way. The people who post every day, especially scheduling them well in advance, often feel forced to me and very formatted. Life doesn’t work like that. Sometimes it happens spontaneously and a heavily scheduled blog will like that sincerity and genuineness. I say blog as you do. There’s truly no wrong way to do it!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Dawn, forced and formatted is a great way to describe them. Life is messy and weird and silly. I want to try to capture that as best as I can.