Now I can clearly see why some blogs fail — and the failure isn’t always intentional.

It has been 1 week and 4 days since my last confession blog post.  As the 3-month anniversary of my blog looms (I launched on November 30, 2011), I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since February rolled in, and it hasn’t been good.  Launching a blog came after years of my crazy story-telling.  I’d often share e-mails with family and friends about my adventures, some of them hilarious.  I have always been more of a “creative” type.  So, writing is a whole lot easier for me to swallow than numbers.

But, who knew that blogging, writing in a space that seems contrived, would be so difficult?

Before, when I churned out e-mails here and there, it was like breathing. Now, it’s a bloody effort and simply, not fun but stressful.

There were many ideas I had about the blog before I even launched.  After all, since I am slightly Type A and obviously to anyone who knows me well, a little nuts with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tendencies, I went through many reams (yes, reams) of paper with thoughts on whether to do a “travel” blog, a “day in the life” blog, a “food” blog, a “professional” blog (related to my work in marketing/business development) or a “fashion” blog — specifically about one of my favorite things, platform heels.  In the end, I decided on a general, “The Life of Me” blog.  Good decision?  Obviously not, I guess.

One of the things I also did before launching was read some of the blogs that were out there.  Some people are really, really talented.  Writing a blog doesn’t mean you have to put all your business about every inch of your life on display, as some people would incorrectly imagine.  A blog doesn’t have to be reality television in words all day every day.  Rinse, stir, repeat.  But, whatever you decide to do, you can’t leave your blog languishing.  Writers block or simply, as in my case, having a rough two weeks at the office, put The Brainy Pint Sizer blog on the back burner.  It was easier to tweet because that literally takes seconds since I was once a secretary and can type over 60 words per minute than find the time to crunch out 400 words for a blog post.

So, blogging is no walk in the park — at least, not to me.  Now I can clearly see why some blogs fail — and the failure isn’t always intentional.  It just happens.

Alas, I’m not ready to give up.  This is just a small bump in the road.  The first year of blogging is perhaps the toughest and I’ll simply have to find my footing.  Several things may change before my first anniversary, but I know for at least my 3-month anniversary, I’ll institute a few:

  • More pictures on specific pages, as well as within my blog posts (I really like taking photographs, and they often tell their own story);
  • Shorter blog posts except this one (because not everything needs to be lengthy);
  • Design change, moving things around and having a designer create a header and Twitter page (I’ll focus on this last);
  • A schedule for blog posts (either specific days or simply having a self-requirement that per week, at least two posts are in order);
  • Incorporating some type of interview component (I once had a brief stint in journalism, and I enjoyed it).

If anyone has any ideas, please, send them my way, but don’t be vicious because I’ll snap.  I am a New Yorker, so I’m on the edge.  Although this blog is about the life of me, my readers are an important piece of this puzzle.  Especially if you’re also a blogger and have been doing this for a while and have learned some valuable lessons, I’d like to hear from you.  Thank you all!

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P.S.  A moment of silence:  Dearly beloved, we have gathered here in the post-script section to mourn the passing of my camera of 15 (or is it 14 or 16?) years — The Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom.  I will miss you dearly, just like I miss my 10 lb Treo mobile phone.

They don't make these anymore...R.I.P.

Not including the great, old U.S. of A., you and I have visited the soils of 15 countries.  You were bulky and weighed more than three of today’s cameras combined, but you were reliable and provided me with memories of a lifetime, including one of my favorite European holidays, which included the cooking-baking West Indian Mother, to Paris, Barcelona and Rome in the autumn of 2010.  Our most recent holiday in autumn of 2011, took us to the Caribbean, and for that, I thank you.  Rest in peace.

A nighttime view of the Eiffel Tower through the trees

Parque Güell by Antoni Gaudi

Ciao, Roma!

One of the most beautiful sights you will ever see...

It would be wonderful if someone would suggest or simply send a belated birthday gift or Amazon gift certificates would do nicely — hello, family? an excellent, brand-new, digital replacement — something light, with a large viewing screen, impeccably sharp picture quality, multi-zoom, that uses a rechargeable battery because I refuse to buy a 50-count packet of Double A batteries at Costco — it’s just unnecessary.

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6 thoughts on “Now I can clearly see why some blogs fail — and the failure isn’t always intentional.

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  3. My blog started from emails that I used to send to my friends and family too!

    One of the most important things I learned when I was first starting out was that YOU OWN your blog. You set the rules, you do it for yourself and if people stick around – great. People truly interested in you will be there to read! Having said that, setting some kind of rhythm in terms of frequency helps set expectations with those readers. Another important thing when it comes to blogging is your tree – I have a couple of posts I have done on that topic (I will email them to you) but basically what it comes down to is that your blog is a tree and the truck is your main “topic.” You can have lots of branches, but those branches must somehow connect back to that tree.

    • Fascinated. Please, please, yes, I’d really like to read the posts. I think people are of the mindset that launching a personal blog or any blog for that matter is easy. Just write. Well, it’s your blog and millions of others. If I wanted to continue to write for myself personally or simply for family and close friends like I used to, then no need to launch a blog. But, they were the ones who thought what I wrote would be interesting to others. (I didn’t think so.) I’m not “throwing in the towel”. I’m sticking to it. It’s a release but I just need to get a groove going. Thanks sooooo much! Your words are encouraging.

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