It took me about 10 minutes to create this graphic:
I did that so you could easily pin it on Pinterest. It’s not what is considered the “perfect” dimensions for Pinterest, but I don’t have time to do any better than this.
When this post comes out, I’ll tweet it on Twitter and post it on Facebook…I hope. If I was really doing things “right”, I’d post to Google+ and figure out some cute way to Instagram it. (Instead, I think I’ll just post cute pics of my kids and our homeschool day.)
Oh, and I really ought to work at making sure this post has great SEO (that means search engines like Google like it), and I really should try to meet the needs of every single person in cyberspace, whether they loyally read my blog or not.
There’s a reason I wrote a post last year saying I was done knocking myself out with this blogging thing! I had just moved and just found out I was pregnant with baby #9, and I was at a crossroads with my blogging. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was going to continue to blog at all. I felt I had run out of words and steam. After several years of professionally blogging, all of its rules had worn me down.
Ty and I prayed over the blog and decided to change how I was doing things, even if it meant less pageviews, less income opportunities, and less growth for Raising Arrows. We decided it was time to go back to my blogging roots and just write.
And I wasn’t the only one…
I began to notice a change in the blogging world. Crystal of Money Saving Mom announced she was going back to a more personal feel on her blog as she shared her real life with her readers. Jeni at The Blog Maven started focusing on how to blog AND have a life by blogging smarter. Bloggers who had been around a long time were coming full circle and letting go of many of the expectations of professional blogging in favor of reaching out with real life and real content. They started telling stories, being real and candid, and giving you the kind of content you need without overwhelming their schedule and your inbox.
For me, this means blogging has become more enjoyable because it has stopped being about doing everything “right” and has gone back to sharing, mentoring, and fellowshipping.
In fact, this is so near and dear to my heart that this October, I’ll be speaking at the 2:1 Conference in Kitty Hawk on the topic of how you can build a blog without losing yourself. I’ll be sharing a lot of my own journey as I encourage bloggers to do what works for them.
I want readers to come to Raising Arrows because what they find here is useful. I want them to stay because they’ve found a friend. I hope as more bloggers recognize a need to slow down and offer better content, the internet will become less noisy. But, even more than that, I pray that bloggers and readers will have more time to live their offline lives in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord!
Some questions for you as readers…
1) How many posts per week do you like to see on a blog?
2) Do you like posts coming to your inbox or are you more apt to read randomly?
3) On which social media platform are you most likely to interact with a blogger?
4) What are some of your favorite blogs and why?
Thank you to those of you who take the time to answer these questions! Your answers will help with my session at 2:1! If you are interested in attending the 2:1 Conference this fall, click HERE to learn more!