Lessons Learned From Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2012 and have come to the conclusion that I don’t know much about a lot of things, but I’ve learned a few things about myself…

  • I’ve learned a lot about HOW to blog; how to set up a WordPress account and all the other socializations necessary for my words to obtain that all important reach: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram (although I don’t have a smartphone so I can’t access that.)
  • I’m more tech-savvy than the average mid-lifer.
  • I’m not a joiner of tribes or any group that is inclusionary or exclusionary. I tried, but failed, to join various groups and even attended a blogging convention, but alas, I tap my six-inch stilettos to the beat of a different drum…
  • I like to go rogue; be myself, be maverick-y, express my own views, and not blindly agree with anyone.
  • I’ve learned to become more confident (not that I was ever a shrinking violet lol.)
  • I’ve discovered that there aren’t a lot of vegan, animal defending, Jewish princess-y fashionista, workout junkie, empty nest midlife bloggers, so I fit a very narrow demographic.
  • I don’t write about my sex life (or lack of it.)
  • I don’t write about uber cringy personal topics. It’s not that I don’t HAVE any problems or issues to face and endure, but I keep things mostly private (the opposite of what makes a blog go viral).
  • I don’t husband-bash, except for gentle teasing, and that’s only after I’ve asked tugboat man whether he minds if I make him the topic of humor.
  • On a positive note, blogging has helped me sharply define what I DO care about: protecting and defending animals, standing up for what’s right and being extremely vocal about what I believe is WRONG. Like fur and hunting. WRONG WRONG WRONG.
  • And shopping. I dearly love to shop. And Chanel. I love Chanel, I really do. I’m an enigma.

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For the last few months or so (or maybe even longer) I’ve noticed that my blog numbers are way down like half of last year!!…readership and interest seems to be dwindling and not building to that overwhelming tipping point where I become the next break out star like Arianna Huffington or Jenny Lawson.

Things aren’t supposed to go this way, right?

But I’m being completely honest, confessing as befits my blog title.

“Why”” I wonder to myself…

Why do you no longer love me?

Too princess-y?

Too tugboat-y?

Not enough seashells?

Too BORING?

Maybe none or maybe ALL of the above?

Anyway, it’s the perfect time for CH-CH-CH-CHANGES even though I don’t like change — I like when things stay the same — but not too much of a transmutation ( I LOVE that word.)

I’ve been working on creating a new blog with a slightly different format; it’s almost ready to hit the light of day!

Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife won’t disappear, but my focus will be directed more specifically to this fresh and shiny blog.

You’ll see soon enough.

WINK.

Changes  (David Bowie)

“…pretty soon now you’re gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time.”

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34 thoughts on “Lessons Learned From Blogging

  1. I think that as more and more people blog and more and more people have a 140 character attention span, that blog sites are showing decreasing numbers. I don’t think it is personal. I think it is just that there are so many options and so little time.

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  2. I agree with Patricia. I actively blogged for several years, but found it becoming work without enough feedback that seemed relevant. I like flesh and blood conversations or the privacy of a book. Don’t take it personally. I do think the blogging world hit a peak and for now it’s in a funk.

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  3. Again with the teasing! I too started blogging back in 2012 and its been a right learning curve for me as well and a voyage of discovery with the added bonus of making some cracking cyber friends who give good advice (loved the tip about clarisonic).

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  4. I generally like the mix of topics you’ve presented here. I’m not much for shopping (unless it’s for tools) and Chanel but if it’s well written (yours usually are), I’ll press the ‘like’ button as a way of saying “nicely done” I look forward to see what you have in mind for the next phase. I’ve been blogging since 2009 at various places, but I have settled down to one place and a fairly narrow range of topics. I like the journey. Good luck with yours!

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  5. Well stay true to yourself, always. Though I’m with you. I do wonder what some people tap into to suddenly take off and have crazy traffic on the blog. I get loads of positive feedback and have made great connections but can’t figure what needs to be done to take it to the next level. But I’ve always enjoyed your posts!

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