Hurry…catch that run away blog!!Look there it goes, around the bend, and with me with it. Yep, it’s the dog mom today, and yes, I have gone around the bend. At least it feels that way some days. Lately I have been feeling like this blog has just run away from me, like I have lost control of where I wanted to go with this thing. And apparently I am not the only blogger out there feeling like this. I have read a few posts lately, that basically say the same thing. How does this happen you ask. Aren’t you the one doing the writing? Well, yes and no. When I started the blog, almost three years ago. (Holy crap…how did that happen?) I wanted to talk about traveling, art, and what ever else came to mind. As all blogs do, things evolved. We became full time travelers a year and half ago, so that made that part easier. Art is how we make our living, yes we really are starving artists, so that’s always in there somewhere. I started the Artsy Fartsy Tuesday as a fun way to bring art to more people. Everyone has seemed to enjoy that weekly feature. I love doing it, and I really love meeting an artist I have featured but never actually met. THAT…is way cool. They are always so grateful. But it’s getting harder to track down artists to feature. Mostly because we aren’t doing art shows right now, and that is of course a big resource. I am trying to keep that going, but no promises.
Just a random cute picture of Roxy.
The part that is running away and growing a life of it’s own, is actually a love hate relationship. I have enjoyed doing reviews, and especially giveaways. Who doesn’t love a giveaway? I have given my honest opinion, and enjoyed every product I have been sent. Or the dogs have. But it’s getting to the point where I have no time to write what I want to write because I am obligated to do a product review. We all do them, we all like the free stuff. And that’s awesome! I have just decided that I need to rein in this blog, and take control again. I want to still do product reviews, but I am going to be more selective and focus on products that are really relevant to our traveling, outdoor, fun loving lifestyle. I need to get back to writing for the fun of it all. I will never be an educational blog, there are plenty of those out there, and they do it so well. I’m not an expert in anything, but I know how to have fun, and I know how to pass that on. One of the very best things I hear on this blog, is that people love to live vicariously through us. That’s pretty cool, I can do that. I love taking photos of the beautiful places we get to go, and I love sharing them with you guys. And it seems everyone likes them too. Why am I writing about this, you might be asking. Because I just need to get it out I suppose, get a little feed back too. I have seriously thought about quitting this blog. No more worrying about posting, social media, SEO, all that stuff. Get back my time, and a part of my life. Some days I feel like I’m running a race, and that’s no fun. But I genuinely love being a part of this blogging community. I love having “friends” all over the world. Some I have met, some I never will, and some I will in the future. But I consider all of you friends. People who don’t blog, don’t understand the blogging “family”. How we all cry when we read that a fellow blogger’s pet has gone over the bridge. Or how we all come together to help a fellow blogger in need. Or cheer over anothers triumph. I start every morning with a cup of coffee or tea, two dogs on my lap, and my computer. I go through all the blogs I follow, reading, commenting, enjoying all the stories and what people have to say. I would miss that. I don’t know if anyone would miss us, but we would miss everyone else. Another random cute picture I look back on the past few years of writing the blog, and realize some of my goals have been met, some not so much. I have steady, yet slow, growth in readers. I originally thought after this amount of time I would have droves of dedicated followers. I can hear you all chuckling. I might not have droves, but I think I have a handful of dedicated readers. And that’s awesome. At the first blogging conference I ever went to, one of the presenters said, “Just blog because you want to, be true to your voice and have fun. Don’t focus on the numbers, just let it happen the way it should.” I have lost some of that I think. I focus way too much on numbers, and stats, and all that crap. Most of us want to “monetize” and that means focusing on the numbers, SEO, social media. All the things they say to do that will grow your blog. When you spend hours a day doing something, it would be nice to get a little payment for that time and effort. But that takes away the fun. It’s a vicious circle, and I don’t have an answer to that one. I’m still having fun blogging, but I am going to start having more fun. After all, “It’s all about the fun!!” has always been the motto here. So I’m going to catch this blog, get back my voice, or Roxy and Torrey’s anyway, and have a blast doing it!! I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this, lets start an honest discussion on how you keep going. What is your motivator? How do you keep your blog from running away with you? And anything else useful you can think of.