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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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Blogging & Social Media Burn Out


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I've been blogging a long time. Almost six years. Seems like a long time anyway. And I've loved every minute of it. Well, almost every minute of it. I did not like the last months of my Wordpress experience. Or the subsequent mishandling of my feed that led to losing 1500 posts (three and a half years worth) of Cozy Little House history. 

So if you look at my Archives, you'll think: Hm, she's been blogging since 2013. No, this blog began April 2009. 

Fifteen hundred posts...gone in a flash. Yes, I am nothing if not prolific. 

But I steamed right along and am going strong. It did not reduce my desire to write and blog. It was a blip on my radar screen. I simply started over the next day, or maybe it was the one after that.


You can read a post about this on BlogHer here.

But I have some points I want to make about Wordpress and blogging in general. These are my thoughts, my view, and if you don't agree, that's fine. This is my podium.

I think Wordpress (will now refer to as WP) is great if you aren't hurting for money. If you are, I think you've got your priorities a bit mixed up. If you don't like the free Blogger, there are quite a few platforms from which to blog now, and I've tried two others myself. 

Everyone says if you want to take your blog to the next level, whatever that is, then you must migrate to WP. I've seen this written so many times, and it simply is not true.  

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Yes, I pay Inlinkz a yearly fee to have my weekly party (I think it's $20. Likewise Picmonkey to get all their fonts and such. Oh and I pay Google $20 a year because I use a ridiculous amount of photos.)

So that would be $65 a year. If your blog makes money, you have to pay taxes. And along with those taxes, you get write-offs (thank heavens) to mitigate the blow you get when all is said and done and the accountant hands you your bill. 

So why am I going into all this today? Because someone who didn't know me well just asked me: Do you ever feel pressured to go to WP? 




I did feel the pressure. I did make the almighty jump. For a year. And so I've had that experience. It's not the holy grail.

And don't let anyone tell you that if you go to WP, you own your blog. And you actually don't own it at Blogger either. You NEVER own your blog, just like you NEVER own your domain. It's a lease proposition with each. 

And now I'll tell you why.

What they mean is that Google is in charge of your blog at Blogger. It is self-hosted. But I assure you, if you stop paying your host to host your blog at WP, it goes up in smoke. Quite literally. It is wiped out. Gone. Nada. At least with Blogger, since it's self-hosted, your blog material stays put. 

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After I went back to Blogger (with not one post to my name), I finally relaxed. I had no idea how tensed up I'd been that year.

I had been spending so much time being "my own so-called boss at WP" that I was not having fun anymore as a blogger. And that just stunk. 

I did have detractors. You'd have thought I was leaving paradise for the depths of hell. You'll lose your traffic, your SEO, you won't make as much money. You won't look as professional. Sponsors won't take you seriously if you go back to Blogger. 

But that simply was not true. NOT TRUE.

I know there are many die-hard WP fans out there. More power to ya. If you're completely happy and don't mind paying for it, I need not say more.

Things are so much easier with Blogger, so I was back on familiar terrain. I didn't wake up every morning with the sudden frightening thought: Did I forget to update this or update that on WP? Because it's very important that you keep everything up to date for security reasons.



I began to have fun again. Writing came naturally and I could enjoy just taking photos and letting Google, who owns Blogger, take care of all the little chores. 
 
But here are some other little tidbits to take into account: You can make a Blogger blog, or any other for that matter, look every bit as professional as a WP blog. You might think that isn't true. But there are very wise people around that "bloggerize" WP themes into Blogger themes for a living. Which means you get everything the WP blog theme gets. For a much smaller fee.

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Also, you don't have to have a designer if you don't have the money to pay for one. That can get very pricey. You can create a very nice blog with the tools you gather on the internet.

There's few things that I want that I can't figure out how to add to my Blogger blog. If I can't figure out how to do it, then I Google the question until I get an adequate answer or a doable tutorial that will instruct me how to achieve what I want.

Now Blogger can be irritating. Things go awry sometimes. But hey, it's free. So I can't gripe too much.


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Now, due much to the Young House Love leave of absence, there is a smattering of talk about: Are the first generation of design/lifestyle bloggers going away? Uh, no. For some reason, there are those, including the NY Times, that seem to think that bloggers must fall within the age range of women in their twenties and thirties. I guess then you're expected to retire.

Hello! I'm 57 years old! I've been blogging six years and am nowhere near the point of "retiring." There are many of us out here. We are seasoned and have life experience. Nothing can make up for that. 

But I get why bloggers are now so overwhelmed they are treading water. First we had blogging, and it was fun. And there was camaraderie and friendship and parties without a list full of rules. 

And then social media associated with blogging came sweeping down the plains (I am in OK, as you know). It was intimated that bloggers must follow a certain schedule in order to succeed. They must be present on social media much of the day, making sure their blog got the proper "exposure." 


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Then social media expanded. And before we knew it, there were 5-10 places we were supposed to be productive and "seen on social media outlets" along with making sure we had up to the date blog posts. 

I did not go that route. I do not do Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (which by the way, I can't figure out for the life of me and if you have your blog tied up with it, heaven help you), Instagram (not even quite sure what that is and don't care enough to find out), and all the others that have cropped up. 

And why did I not embrace social media? I don't have time. If I'm to remain a blogger and stay passionate about what I do and make money at it, I simply don't have time to be everywhere. 

I choose blogging. 


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And with that being said, I must address the "should you always use your own content?" In a nutshell, if you blog every single day and manage to be exciting, I applaud you. If you're human, you will likely need to use content post photos from say, BHG.com, and give them the credit for it. 

Is there anything wrong with this? I don't happen to think so. 

Do I think it's okay to write sponsored posts? You see, advertising rates have dropped because advertisers are now flooded with options. To earn money, many of us have had to blog with sponsored posts.  

So it all depends on whether you have enough income that you don't need to write sponsored posts to pay the electric bill or buy groceries. But most of us do have to pay the electric bill and buy groceries.  

And those of you that don't like this, I get it. But please indulge me when I write a sponsored post in order to make money. The pupsters need their prescription food. And no one is making you read it. Just skip over it and come back tomorrow.

So that is my two cents. And you can take it or leave it. You can blog and try your best to stay aboard all the social media outlets people tell you "will help you grow your blog." But remember the Titanic.

Or, you can do what you damn well please and forget social media.



I'm sure some of you are now gasping. I recently read a blog consultant write that it's really best to take your social media icons off your blog altogether. Because you know what, people click on those cute little buttons, and it takes them off your blog. 

And what you really want is for them to stay on your blog and explore it further. Not go to your social media and possibly never return.

I don't follow the so-called "rules" of blogging. Who made those up, anyway? I do things my way, and I am a happy camper. 

I have time to take more photos, which is my passion. I have more time to write, which is likewise my passion. And thus I still am passionate about blogging. 

I don't have blogger burn out. I am just as happy blogging as I was six years ago. And to me, even more than the money it puts in my bank account, I call this contentment success.

Grace Bonney of Design Sponge wrote a wonderful post on blogger burnout that you can read here.

The thing is, you have to prioritize this whole thing. At night while watching TV, I will often get on Pinterest and pin images. I am visual and I like pretty pictures. Who doesn't? But this is more entertainment than anything else. And a place to put ideas I want to refer back to in the future.

So we've talked about Wordpress and how it is not (to me anyway) the best thing since sliced bread. We have gone over why so many bloggers are throwing their hands up and quitting due to experiencing blogger burnout. 

But the main point I think is this: It is simply overwhelming trying to juggle too many balls in the air at once. 

Me? I just take photos and blog.

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  1. Very great post Brenda! Di

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    1. I hope it answers questions for some bloggers.

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  2. Glad you wrote about blogging/burnout/social media/ WP/ etc. today Brenda. Its good to hear from a friend/blog friend regarding the current 'burn out' from blogging stuff in media. I like to write and take pictures and sometimes I take breaks when life stuff fills up my time but I do keep reading blogs and commenting and go back to writing when I have something to write about. I know I have stopped 'trying' and now just write when I want to. Eased my self-pressure and brought back the fun.
    Joy

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    1. And I hope it has become fun again, Joy. Life is just too short to not have fun.

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and yes !!!!! I have had many tell me WP is THE way to go with blogging but discovered it was not for me. Many of the WP blogs I enjoy are becoming too cluttered and the links in them seem to distract me from the blog entirely. I still read them, but have found Blogger has the best blogs as far as simplicity in the blogger message and content. ( I know "free" is a relative term here )I appreciate even more Blogger services and know I only need pay for services I sign up for or when I choose to avail myself of products advertised on blogs I read.

    I love your blog and continue to read it even if I rarely comment. Thank-you.

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    1. Commenting is not necessary. That you read is enough for me.

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    2. Brenda, I am so happy to hear you say that commenting is not necessary, that you read is enough for me. I just want you to know that I read you daily and have for a few years now, I so enjoy your blog, but I am one of those people that do not comment, however I would so miss you if you were not to blog any longer. Thank you so much Girlfriend for all you do! I wish you peace, contentment and a long enjoyable life. I may not comment often but I do consider you a dear friend. Thans again for all you do. Suz

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  4. I love this Brenda!!! I have stayed because I do not want to spend more than I make and I know how to work this platform and that allows me to spend time blogging not working on the background stuff. I love the idea to remove the social icons. I did just that after reading this because you are right, the blog is the thing. I will still work on my social media but I do it to point traffic to my blog by sharing current and old posts and fill in with some pics of my day to day. Thanks!! Great post.

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    1. Use that social media, as you said, to point traffic to your blog. Not away from your blog to social media.

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  5. applause applause for your honesty, your passion and your knowledge of the inner workings of blogging that many dont have.

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    1. My honesty often gets me into trouble, as you well know!

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  6. So glad you said all this Brenda! I remember the nightmare you had with WP. I'm happy using Blogger and always have been. I am lucky that I don't rely on ads for income. I do make a pittance for the few ads I have on my blog and it's enough for me. I know a friend told me how to do more social media and I tried it, but oh my goodness it's not for me. I do have a Facebook page but rarely post on it and these days with how busy I've been just blogging at least once a week has been hard. I love blogging and don't want to quit, but I'll do it my way and be happy. I love that you take photos and blog!

    Linda

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    1. Facebook is a great thing. People use it to keep up with family and friends. But then there are those, like with anything, that use it for bad things. Bullying, pedophilia, stalking. It comes with a price.

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  7. I paint furniture, take pictures of it and blog and am happy. I don't make money off my blog and just do it for fun and to share my projects. Thanks for the thoughts on WP Brenda-I have been wondering about it for a little bit.

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    1. I have to make money off my blog because it's all I know how to do to make money. After the ankle injury, that nipped a lot of things in the bud in my life. But I can still do what I love, and I am very grateful for that.

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  8. I have enjoyed your writing and photographs for quite a long time now. You always have such great decorating and gardening ideas, thoughtful writing on interesting subjects, and wonderful photographs. I completely understand that it is necessary to have a bit of advertising on your site, and occasionally use a picture from BHG. That is no big deal to me. All of the time and effort that you put into your blog really shows. It shows that you actually do decorating, gardening, thoughtful writing, pupster loving, and photography. You actually live life and share it with us instead of spending every spare minute on all other types of social media to drive readership of your blog.

    I admire bloggers who post regularly, especially daily bloggers. Unfortunately, many of my own blog posts never get past just being in my mind.

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    1. I'm one of those folks who just have to write. A grocery list, an essay, a blog post. I live in a one-bedroom patio apartment, 725 square feet. There's only so much to photograph. And I'm not the type to paint and distress then repaint and re-distress. Just not my thing.

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  9. You are so right, Brenda. I don't make any money on my blog. i think I have about 78 dollars on Blogger that I won't get until it's 100 dollars, and that's for 5 years of blogging. :) Doesn't matter to me at all. I'm glad you are able to make money with your blog. It allows you to continue doing what you love and are so good at. I have facebook and my posts also post there, but I don't think it has grown my blog very much, and that's o.k. too! I do it for my enjoyment. Great post!

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    1. Especially if your main reason is blogging for enjoyment, stay on a simple platform so that it remains fun to do.

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  10. I'm with Elaine and agree with what you said about Soc.Me. buttons. It makes complete sense. I would like to read the post you mentioned regarding removing them. I also am like you-- I like taking pictures and blogging. I do learn a lot here from you and agree, that blogging is the main thing.
    I don't post everyday-- but would like to, I'm currently participating in my 2nd write for 31 days challenge. I do it mainly as challenge to myself to post...and take the month to reflect on my own person and character. Pushing myself. It boosts my confidence.
    I appreciate your candor in this post... Thanks Brenda!

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    1. I will see if I can figure out where I stumbled upon that post about social media buttons. I'll Google around.

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  11. I don't blog but I love reading blogs. I have three adult daughters and started out reading blogs they like (written by women in their 30's mostly) and was happy to discover yours and others you have linked on your blog written by women my age. I completely understand the sponsored posts and ads, you need to make money! I just do like you said and skim them and come back the next day. This was interesting to read since I don't know much about the business of blogging.

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    1. Sometimes a necessary not so fun part. But then making money is not always fun. Blogging, most of the time, is.

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  12. This is so refreshing, Brenda. I sometimes get caught up in the "have to do" thing, and it is exhausting. Every now and then, I just feel unmotivated to do all of that work, and I think eventually, I would burn out for good. I'm on Blogger, and have been happy so far for all the reasons you listed, but I would like to get a little better about making my design look a little slicker.

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    1. If you like it, then you have no worries. Go forth and blog!

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    2. In my haste to be brief, I might have have left the wrong idea....I like your post!!

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  14. Brenda! You rock! This is the best post! I'm a blogger blogger too AND I'm a professional content writer/marketer and say screw you WP you suck! I loooove this post. I'm going to pin it I like it that much! haha I must say I use all of the social media outlets and it's so tiring and it means that I don't post that often! But like you I do it all my way. I don't follow the rules about when to post and how often etc. etc. it's all too exhausting. If I did I'd have to quit my job and earn piddly squat. No thank you! But yes thank you for writing this post!

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    1. You're quite welcome. Social media can sometimes just suck you dry.

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  15. Brenda, thank you for this honest post. It was very timely and I really needed to read your message today. I originally started my blog as a creative outlet and a way to decompress after stressful days at work. Lately, I find myself worrying that I'm not blogging "right" or that I NEED to do this or that...it has actually become a new source of stress! Thank you for the reminder to stay true to myself and my purpose.

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    1. Just blog the way you want to. That is being authentic. You're not supposed to be like every other blogger. That's what makes you and your blog unique.

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  16. I don't do any of the social media. Don't have time for it and don't care about it. I do admire those that can blog everyday, with or without other social media. You have my admiration for keeping up with your blog all the while you were moving and decorating your new place. I couldn't have done that, but then I'm several years older than you. :) And just plain slow, I guess. I have to take blog breaks, like just recently, when I really have a lot going on. That is supposedly a no-no in some blogger rule books, but I just blog for my own enjoyment and don't worry about the so-called rules. I do try to check in on my favorite blogs during those times I'm not blogging myself, but don't take
    time to comment. As for Blogger, I've had a few problems but not enough to send me running elsewhere.

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    1. First, just like in decorating, there are no rules. Only self-imposed ones. And the pressure outside. Yes, Blogger does have its glitches and sometimes I want to pull my hair out, but at least I'm not sitting on a phone with a host for two hours.

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  17. hip, hip, hooray! I love your honesty!! I have been blogging since July 2007 and have always been on blogger. Never wanting to go to WP...I've heard horror stories. I don't advertise, but never put down those that do. Personally, I don't desire the pressures of having to blog. I blog when I have the free time and care to throw down a post. Brenda, thank you for your thoughts. Social media is overwhelming and a huge time vacuum. I do FB, but it is not connected to my blog. The only thing I connect to is Pinterest. Keeping it simple. I don't Tweet or Instagram. Not my choosing. No time anyways. Besides, who cares if I am putting a pie in the oven or taking a walk? We really need to LIVE life and not be so connected to the internet. Again, a huge time vacuum.

    hugs...

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    1. I think I may have some posts on FB. I'll have to go look. I might have done that years ago and forgotten about it. But I really wish to get completely away from Facebook and all the others. They just confuse me and that wears me down. If one enjoys social media, more power to them, but I do not wish to read all the daily minutia of their lives.

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  18. Brenda, thank you so much for this post! I also began blogging 6 yrs ago, and lately I seen to be doing more of the "because I'm supposed to according to some authority" stuff, and I'm experiencing some burnout. I'm so glad I never switched to WP, despite the pressure I was feeling from others. I knew I wasn't computer savvy enough to handle WP.. What I want to know is, who designed your header? I love it! laurie

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    1. I do my own headers. I'm here if you want me to help you.

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  19. Thank you for this post, Brenda, I really needed to hear it. For some time now I have wanted to move over to WP, because that is what "everyone" tells you to do to make the big money. Plus the plugins look fun. But, for the past couple of weeks I have just been unsure. Mainly because I have worked really hard to get the look for my blog that I want. I have actual blood, sweat and tears in my blog. Well, maybe not blood but a lot of tears. When html did not work! I found you blog about a year ago and I have enjoyed your posts. You have shared that you make money with your blog. So I am just confused as to why everyone is so demanding that you be on WP. With your blogging tips I feel my blog looks like WP. The only aspect that I desire from WP is the plugin for recipes. I want my recipes to look more professional.
    Thank you again for this post!

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    1. I will see what I can find about the recipes for you. I have always made more money on Blogger than WP. First, I don't have to pay all the fees and such that one has to do with WP. But my readers have told me time and again that they did not like to read my blog on WP. They did not like the comment system. So less readers, less money. I have found ways to diversify and make money through various sources. I have 5-6 pretty regular sources right now. You don't want to put all your eggs in one basket when you're trying to make money. I did not try to make money until my divorce, when it became necessary. You do what you have to.

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    1. Thank you! And since I forgot to put it in the post above, I'll share how I make money. First there is BlogHer. I might make very good money or it might be less money. I might make $400-$500, or I might make a thousand. All up to the advertisers and what season it happens to be. Also Google Adsense. I was making close to $500 a month for awhile there, and now not even $200. I use Media Nexus ads, and that is a couple of hundred or so a month. I do not accept private ads on my sidebar, for I was notorious about forgetting to bill them! I do an Ideabook for Houzz each month, and that is $100. I do sponsored posts for Link Vehicle about four times a month. They give me the main info for the company and I add to and embellish it and add photos. Lately that's been $300-$400 a month. So usually I make, for the most part, at least a thousand to $1300 a month. Which, let me tell you, keeps me and the pupsters afloat. I also have an additional income my ex has to share with me. It is an annuity. If he dies, I lose my share. If I die, he gets my share. (Not fair, huh? And a constant source of worry for me.) My share is close to $900 a month. Keep your fingers crossed that the man does not die until I hit social security age! So that, my friends, is a breakdown of my income. But, I have to then pay taxes on that income. Usually my taxes are around $5000 a year, and I get write-offs, thank goodness. Or I'd be in a real mess. Even so, I still end up having to pay close to $2000 at tax time. And I try to save that back as best I can.

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    2. Just checked my email. I forgot a special post (my own content about my kitchen) I did for an online magazine through one of the companies above, think it was Media Nexus, and I just got a payment for $150. So you never know when these companies, that have you put ads on your blog, may come up with special incentives through other companies. And then that may lead to something else. So I've started to kind of get lucky that way recently. Which is why you should go over your posts and make sure they are relatively grammatically correct and everything is spelled correctly (if possible). You never know what company is watching you. And may throw a job your way here and there.

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    1. And this does not pertain to your comment, but I want to add something about ads. You get offers. When you get these offers, first thing you do is Google the company. If you can't find it on Google, trash it. If you find it on Google and it seems okay, then you Google reviews of that company. If that passes muster, email them that you want more details and you'll take it inconsideration. I will usually give a company a couple of weeks, and if I'm not seeing decent or even fairly decent income, I take their ads off.

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  22. Wow am I glad I was on FB to find someone who had posted this! I started blogging as a creative outlet after being a blog follower for many years. Bloggers didn't use to post everyday or every couple of days back when I started following them. Its sad that they feel the need to do so or perhaps pressured to do so as a result of the competition and keeping up numbers for sponsors. I mean how many new ideas can one come up with on a daily basis. I can't even imagine having that kind of pressure on you, and thats not even including the social media. Is it even humanly possible without losing out in other parts of your life as a result?

    I prefer quality over quantity and in the almost 2 years of blogging only have about 20 posts. I post when I come up with a new idea or a project that I happen to be working on for the home. The thought of using my blog for making money is totally daunting, so I don't even go there… but I have already been given a wonderful opportunity as a result of having a blog, which for me has been a bigger blessing than making money! And the likeminded friends that I have met online has also been a blessing.

    I do Facebook and Pinterest but just as a way to direct people to my Blog and I never post anything about my private life. My intention is to use FB as a tool for my business as I plan to post pictures of my work for those interested in buying it. In defence of FB there are a lot of great FB groups on so many topics including blogging that I have learned so much from, and if you have a question or a dilemma, you can post it and have an almost immediate response with suggestion. That is what I enjoy about it, the interaction, the comments back and forth.

    One last thanks for confirming that I do not need to go to Wordpress with my blog! Cheers!

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    1. If you see something on WP that you would like to do on your Blogger blog, let me know. Sliders, etc. I will check around and do some research and tell you how to do it or where to go to get it done. Having Blogger blogs worked on is always cheaper than having WP blogs worked on. Just look at designer pages and you will see that pretty quick. I am a writer, always have been, so blogging every day is not a big thing to me. In fact it is a good thing. I don't try to do a lot of projects. I write about simple life and the pupsters, and my readers seem, for the most part, to like that. I live in a one-bedroom apartment. How many times can I redecorate it or do big projects? The ones that try to do this will burn out fast.

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  23. Brenda, the very best thing about ALL your posts, WHEREVER they appear, is their honesty. You speak from the heart, and listen to your intellect. I so enjoyed this editorial today, for its research, presentation, and analysis. I have been able to avoid burnout, since I only post about twice a week, and my blog is not connected to any social media networks. I do have a Facebook account, to touch base and share photos with 36 very close friends and family members. That's it. Clean bill of cyberspace health.

    But, I have struggled with the idea of whether to advertise or not. The last six years have been extremely challenging for our household, in view of Greece's economic breakdown. Goodness knows, I could use the extra income that advertising may provide, but I have resisted this for two reasons. The first is that I feel my little blog of 360+ followers would not generate enough money to make a substantial difference, and secondly, I am too much of an aesthetics amour; the thought of flashing signals on my sidebar scares me, not to mention what it would do to PR!;) Poppy View is my place to chill and chuckle with my readers, and a means to challenge me to write and photograph my world, when and if I am illuminated with inspiration.

    And speaking of inspiration, I found you on Blogger, I followed you to WordPress, and back. Cyberspace is a pretty big place, but your Cozy Little House will never get lost in my address bar, whatever the domain.

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    1. Thanks, my friend. You have always been there for me, and I can't tell you how very much I appreciate that. There are other ways to make money. Off your photos, etc. There are lots of businesses out there that I have found where you can make money with product that you don't have to continuously make, and market it on a platform that will make up your design for you and then send it out to the customer.

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  24. What an excellent post. I just started blogging a few months ago and went with Blogger because I wanted something free. I don't earn any money from my blog and doubt if I ever will. I don't think it matters what age you are - I'm 55 have am only starting. I don't do any of the social media stuff - not for my blog anyway. I do a little bit of Facebook posting for some classes that I run and that's all. I haven't time for anything else. You're right when you say 'who made up the rules anyway?' Just do it the way that keeps you happy and motivated - if people keep reading then you're doing OK.

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    1. Every one and every blog is unique with their needs and what they want to accomplish. Throw the rules out the window and you will be okay.

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  25. Great article and thank you for being one of the first to make me not feel guilty for staying on Blogger - I like it there, I love my blogger (small as it is) and I worked hard on it, the design is all mine, all the extras we added and done by me after lots of learning about html and I am proud of it and couldn't justify in my head why I should migrate to WP even though that was the "done thing" - well I never did follow the crowd and I for one like your blog too :)

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    1. Just FYI, I have a Blogger Tips blog. I don't advertise there, so I'm not telling you so as to make money. I also have Blog Tips up on my nav bar here, and most of the tips are right there. It will help you with design and HTML, if you should need it. Then when I need to remember how to do something, I already have it all written down! And if I don't, I start figuring it out. If you've learned HTML and CSS yourself, you're way ahead of the game.

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  26. When I started a blog I knew nada about blogging so I started with self-hosted WP. All together between Dreamhost, Askimet for Spam, and the domain name thing....it runs me about 150.00 per year. I think that if you are in the Blog Her network, you are paid on impressions and not click thru? Not sure, but I have some Yahoo / Bing / Google ads up and they are just click through, so basically I don't make income...just enough to cover the hobby expense of 150.00 or so a year.

    But...I am not on WP with a child theme and blog designer or any of those things with ads running on the left and right ,top and bottom and so forth....I think when people talk about moving to WP for the big bucks or something they are talking about big bucks bloggers and lol I am not one of them. I have a free theme and never needed support for it or anything.

    Glad to see the mystery solved as to where this blogging is dying out stuff was coming from. I saw one or two other bloggers mention it as well. So a well known blogger was taking a break....I see bloggers say they are taking a break often...especially over the summer...they let people know ahead of time so that they don't worry and that's that. Easy and not a big deal. It makes sense to me ! :)

    So basically I am sticking with WP because I am used to it but Brenda when you were on WP you were doing all sorts of technical things, just like you do with Blogger, and you are good at that; quite talented. My head would explode , ha ha, so I'll always be a free theme kind of blogger :)

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    1. And every time I go to your blog, I always think: how very professional and clean this blog looks. So you did a good job, my friend!

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  27. It's good to know that maybe my head won't explode after all. I have never felt the need or had the money to got o WP. I am happy where I am. Yes there are things that I constantly want to do to improve the look and feel of my blog, but I do feel I can do them on Blogger. Great post, my friend. xo Laura

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    1. And if you can't figure something out, you can always shoot me an email to see if I already know!

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  28. Good info. I laughed at the Google plus comment because I am there. I don't know my way around it at all and am thinking of unlinking my blog from it.
    I am not out to make or spend any money on my blog. It is a fun thing to do, to share a few ideas with no pressure of any kind.

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    1. I just groan when I click on a blog (like for Welcome Wagon) and it takes me to a Google+ page. I cannot find their email there, and most of the time cannot even find the name for their blog. Google has really smart technical people working for them. I don't know why they can't make it more user-friendly.

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  29. Brenda I love your blog and it never bothers me if someone writes something for their sponsors, I just skip over it. I know bloggers work hard to get their message out but the thing that drives me crazy is when they have a contest and you have to follow them on pinterest, twitter about them, like them on facebook, etc, etc. etc. I don't do any of those things so I never have a chance to win anything. I feel that you and I are on the same level since we both don't do those. I usually write that and tell them I won't be following them anymore. I think loyalty should play a part in contests. One blogger replied in a very, very VERY negative to me (she shall remain nameless) and to me it showed me what she was really like. Please keep posting Brenda, I would missing you terribly.

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    1. Oh heavens, you''ll never be able to shut me up! I won't play those games. I find them childish. I'm never going to ask someone to Follow or "Like Me" (Could Mark Zuckerburg not think of something more dignified than "Like Me?" I will not publish and then republish my posts to shoot back up to the top. I will not even try to do those crazy contests where you have to go to some, what is it called? Rafflecopter? I think it's ridiculous and someone has to pay for that. Shoot, just draw a name from a hat. Why make everything so danged complicated? I don't have any kind of Followers gadget on my blog. I just find it all very juvenile. (Or is it Likes? I don't know the lingo.)

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  30. Thanks Brenda! and your right.....blogging should be about meeting folks you never would have the opportunity to.....
    I'm going to exhale now! I so enjoy blogging but have felt lately that how in the world can I compete with the "Heavy Hitters?" now I don't have to!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Lois @ pineridge hills

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    1. Don't try to compete with the "Heavy Hitters." The Heavy Hitters have all they can do trying to compete with one another. They probably have ulcers or at the very least, hemorroids. They can "heavy hit" all they want to. I don't want to play their game, or be in their line-up.

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  31. Hi Brenda, Can you hear me applauding you just south of Oklahoma in Texas?? I agree completely. I have been blogging since 2006 reading blogs and then opening mine in 2007 with blogspot. I think part of the reason I have lasted this long is that I keep it simple. I learned a long time ago when I was in 3 brick and mortar shops with my designs, that having to juggle many venues took away from the fun and my work suffered. Now having less is more and I can concentrate on doing more with less. (does that make sense?) I tried facebook and found it a huge time drain. No twitter or instagram etc. It is enough to handle my shop on etsy and blogger. I have other venues like Shabby Cottage Shops and Embracing Cottage Style but those are promotional medias and run to advertise us as shop owners. Don't have to do much but our jobs to keep that going.
    I don't have the need to promote ads on my blog or do I want that look. That's just works for me. My blog is basically, with the help of my own design work, picmonkey and photos the same as it was from the beginning only matured in a way that hopefully looks pleasing to visit. All this easy approach keeps me in a creative frame of mind to do what I really love and that is painting and creating.
    I have google plus friends, but just don't use it for my blog and I don't like being directed to that and then trying to find the friends blog by reading through tons of content for a blog link.

    So in a nut shell, Blogger works for me and I am happy to continue there sharing my little world down here in the Lone Star State. I'm not burned out yet after nearly 8 years, but that's because I pace myself and keep "why I do this" in perspective. I've made so many great friends through blogging and those friendships inspire me everyday!

    Thank you for shedding some light on this subject. I think many are at a cross road with blogging trying to figure out where is the best place to be, grow and promote?? Each one has to decide what works and how they want to be seen and viewed. In the end, we all sort of blog for our self really. To fill a need for our own creative spirit either it be, writing, designing, photography or more. Nothing lasts forever, but we can sure have fun along the way when we find our niche!
    Thanks for sharing Brenda. Keep Calm and Carry On!!
    XO

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    1. When I started blogging, I didn't even know about ads. Luckily when I got divorced, I did have that option, and I was very grateful. I would rather not have ads, but it is how I pay the bills, as the annuity does little more than pay my apartment rent. You are doing a great job with both your blog and your business. Why complicate things? You've been blogging longer than I have. I take my hat off to you.

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  32. Love your post! I just have a joy for writing, and all the "extras" of facebook, google+, etc. . . bog me down. At this point, I feel they are a necessary evil, but I don't put much effort into them.
    I started on blogger and switched (painfully) to word press, and if I had to do it over, I would have stayed on blogger.
    Good for you for being true to yourself and knowing what you love.

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    1. They may seem like a necessary evil, but I bet you could "slowly ease out of them." That would be my advice. WP is hard enough all by itself to handle. And I wasn't tech-stupid either.

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  33. Brenda, I love this post, but have a question. You've been blogging for years and have built an audience. What do you suggest for new bloggers who may not have a name in the blog world yet? As an infant blogger of only 1 year, I've bought into the social media thing and you're dead on... it is wearing me out! I started with WP because I was also told it is best for growth and it has been a STEEP learning curve for me. Now that I've spent a year of my life learning it, I can't imagine that it would be in my best interest to move to Blogger. Curious about your thoughts....

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    1. Well, if you're now comfortable with Wordpress, I'd probably stick with it. I already knew other platforms, and you don't. For a relatively new blogger, the best things you can do is join parties and comment, comment, comment on blogs in your genre. Don't join a list of parties because to me that doesn't look good. But join up to I'd say, three, and go over and click on the other party attendees (not all because you only have so much time, but visit with half a dozen or so) and get to know them. Being nice and putting your best foot forward goes a LONG way with other bloggers. If you support them, most of them will support you. I'd focus on that instead of the social media, but that's just my opinion. Also, when someone comments on my blog, and especially if they ask a question, they will get a response from me as soon as possible. I thank them for reading. I answer any and all questions.

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    2. Me again. Someone just emailed me and said they clicked on your name and it took them to your Google+ page, and they were not able to find the name of your blog. My advice: disentangle your blog from Google+ so that it is easy to find you.

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  34. Interesting post for me, even though I'm not a blogger. I've been with you for a very long time, and the one thing I enjoy most, well, that's a hard one, there's so many things I enjoy, but it is the directness and simplicity of your blog. You are so down to earth and honest, so refreshing. I've noticed recently I've deleted a lot of blogs I "followed" but found I wasn't following them. Maybe it's due to my age and interests now. I believe you have to concentrate on what works for you, and you have done that w/your blog and Blogger!

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    1. Well, I thank you for your kind words. I do try to keep it simple. That's why I don't include all the social media, because that is the very opposite of simple! And it is a time suck!

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  35. Thanks so much for this post! I have blogged a LITTLE bit, but am thinking when my husband retires, I'm going to revive it. So, I appreciate the information. And I really enjoy following you on Pinterest. You find the coolest stuff. Have a great day, Brenda!

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    1. I have put my attention on one thing, and that is Pinterest. I do try to find good photos and ideas. There are many times when you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket, like with making money with your blog. But since I don't do any of the other social media, I can concentrate and do well with one. Better to do well with one, than so-so with 3 or 4.

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  36. you go girl! I love this post. everything is spot on.

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    1. Well, thank you, my friend! I really respect your opinion.

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  37. I don't know much about blogging Brenda..but I do know what I like..and I like you..Just keep on being yourself!

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  38. I feel SO much better after reading this, Brenda! Thank you for your honest opinions and experience. I am relieved to know that someone doesn't think we all have to go to Wordpress or be proficient in all of the social media platforms. I began blogging as an impetus to be more creative and get design projects done in my house. I wanted to do something that makes me feel good about myself, not something that makes me feel inferior. Thanks to your wise words, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing ;)

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  39. When I started blogging I knew less than nothing about platforms or social media, or any of it. I ended up on Wordpress by pure chance. If I had to do it over again, I'm not sure I would choose Wordpress. It's not that I've had any issues, but it's perhaps overkill for me. I'm not monetized and while I occasionally think I might want to delve into that, the thought of it makes my head hurt and I take that as a sign it might not be for me. Like Poppy, I'm not fond of the idea of seeing ads on my blog.

    I used to take things much more seriously with relation to my blog. I tried Twitter for months and never quite 'got it'. I used to spend hours each week curating pics to post on Facebook and I joined google+, which is another platform I just don't get. Now, I am rarely if ever on Twitter, I only post to Facebook when I publish a post and likewise with Google. What a lot of people don't understand, and what is quite ironic, is becoming obsessed with social media might get people to your blog, but building relationships with them is what will KEEP them coming back, and that's difficult to do if you're too busy with social media!

    I think for many bloggers, we start out with perhaps an unclear vision of where we want to go with blogging but eventually things begin to become focused and we find our stride. The lucky ones, the ones that persist and avoid burnout, are the ones that stay true to themselves. Whether that's posting every day or once a month, whether that's being involved with social media or ignoring it and whether it's using Blogger or WP, it's really about the ability to shut out the noise that's so prevalent on line and living an authentic life.

    I thought when we retired I would post at least four times a week, maybe more, instead of the 2-3 times a week I had been posting. Well, what ended up happening is I post once a week. It's funny. So many people think when you retire you have all the time in the world. Actually,you have the same amount of time as you always did. You can just spend it doing what you WANT to do, now what you HAVE to do.

    Having said all that, I would love to find a way to get paid for my 'talents', whatever that may be. It's not so much about the money as the recognition and validation that someone somewhere thinks what I do is good enough to send me a check for. So if you have any ideas I'm all ears.

    xxx

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  40. loved this post. I don't use any social media besides Facebook, but I don't like looking at blogs on Facebook. I read many blogs, and yours is one of my favorites. The title of this one really caught my attention. I had considered starting a blog, and now I have all the information I need as far as the politics of blogging. In other words, I think I will just write my book. LOL. Thank you for the fun.

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  41. Brenda. this is such a fabulous post. Thank you for sharing and letting others know (like me) that it's okay not to succumb to social media, get all bogged (blogged) down, and forget about why we started blogging in the first place. I started blogging when you did and remember how much fun the blog hops were and how I loved meeting other like minded bloggers through side bar lists. Remember when you signed up for a party and the host would put your name on her side bar list? I remember the first blog party I participated in and had people commenting for weeks on it. What fun! Not like that anymore. I'm still hanging in there with my simple little blog. And love it! xoxo

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  42. Great post Brenda, your honesty, directness and transparency is very rare and admirable. I started blogging with no idea what I was doing, had never read a blog before in my life. Now a year and a half in...I still don't know what I'm doing, but I am having fun. It's awakened an artistic side of me, that I had been buried under housework and carpools and I love it. I, like many of your other commenters, have struggled with the idea of having advertisements or doing sponsored posts. I am not against it when I see others doing it, I just have no idea where to start and if that's something I really want to dive into. Maybe...
    I did just switch to WP and I am not totally loving it, I am not tech savvy and I feel as if I have given up a lot of control. I don't like that. Unfortunately, I was having a lot of problems with Blogger and I was getting frustrated. Maybe I should've toughed it out a little longer...hmmm.
    Ps- I don't like social media either. Just not my thing!

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  43. Brenda,
    I love this post. It makes me think about what I truly want to do with my own blog.
    Thanks
    Trine

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  44. I agree with almost everything you said! Since I have so much respect for your blog, I don't feel guilty anymore that I don't tweet, instagram, etc., etc. I do have a facebook, but I don't do anything on it - my blogs just show up there automatically. I also have a Pinterest, but I really, really like Pinterest, so I think I will keep up with that. Just knowing that I don't have to worry about anything but my blog makes me feel so much less pressure! I am also against advertising on a blog in posts. Side bar advertising (in my opinion) is okay as long as it doesn't clutter every thing up. Again, many thanks!

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  45. Great Post!!! Your blog is actually saving my sanity and make me feel OK about my one dimensional blogging style which does not include social media. Love your approach!!!

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  46. Great post, I was researching social media burnout and got so much more in return.

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