We now have a little over a month before we say goodbye to 2013 and 2014 says hi. I have so many plans for this coming year including being better organized not only in blogging but also in my personal life. So as a way to prepare for the coming year, I am launching a project called…
Operation: Prep for 2014 is my way of preparing my blogs, as well as my personal life, for the coming year. But I am not going to discuss my personal plans here. I will be talking about blogging and how I am preparing my blogs for the coming year.
First off, I am checking old links across all my blogs. It’s not easy, you know. We’re talking about years of hundreds of entries I’ve written and published. Good luck to my eyes after this! Ha-ha! I am also going to check broken links and missing photos. And duplicate entries, if there are any.
I am going to do all these to make sure that I am ready come January 1, 2014!
I may not be as active as I was a few years back but I know that I can still be of service to my fellow bloggers from time to time. I am happy to be of service to them! Just a reminder to get some important blog things done, or pointing them to the right direction… that’s already a good thing I can do for my fellow bloggers. It actually feels good to know I did something right.
I used to say “I don’t know” or “I can’t” to others who would ask for help regarding this and that with their blogs. I was afraid to mess up, you know. But these days, when a fellow blogger asks for help, I immediately say yes just as long as I am online. If I know what they are asking about, then good for the both of us! If not, then we learn together about it.
Simple as that.
My web host had an unexpected outage last Saturday night. It was on and off and I had a hard time finishing some writing tasks. Good thing the team behind the web host was all hands on deck and the engineers were able to resolved the server issue after five hours. Connection was intermittent within that period and an hour or two after the resolution but after that, it’s all back to normal.
One thing I learned that night is to always backup. BACKUP PEOPLE! If you don’t want to lose your valuable blog posts (and comments, themes, widgets, etc.), always make sure you have an updated backup of your database. If you are using WordPress, you can go to your Dashboard-Tools-Export and then choose to download all posts and comments so you can a backup of that, too. If you are using Blogger, you can go to Settings-Other and then in Blog Tools choose Export Blog.
Always make a backup of your entire blog so that whatever happens with your web host, you are secured.
Anyway, I am on the lookout for a new web host to try. Any suggestions?
I have so many ideas running in my mind I don’t know which one to focus on first. Ha-ha!
Anyway, I am writing this post to just let this frustration out of my system. I need to vent out a bit so that after I let this all out, I can go back to normal. Or at least a semblance of what’s normal to me.
I used to be very active in the blogging world. Mostly, I bloghop, make friends, rub elbows with the blog ‘authorities’, and be on a first-name basis with majority of active bloggers like me. Things changed when my focus shifted to creating other blogs. I became a bit of a recluse. I chose a handful of bloggers I remained in contact with. In short, I stupidly ‘burned bridges’!
At first, I didn’t mind. I was earning big bucks. I had my handful of close blogger-friends who truly matter to me and with whom I really would like to be friends with offline. But later on, specifically two to three years later, I realized just how stupid that move I made cutting off communication with the ‘authorities’. I could have been a better blogger had I remain friends with them. I could still be active in the blogging world and probably become a relevant one. Better yet, I could have been in on so many things happening in and around the blogosphere! There’s so many things happening I doubt if I can still ‘penetrate’ the circle I used to belong to.
Change can sometimes be good, and bad. In my case, it’s a 50-50 thing. I earned a lot from my self-isolation and at the same time I isolated myself too much I lost so many potential income sources.
I become really sad when I think about it.
There are days when I feel like quitting. I’ve been doing the same thing day in, day out for the past eight years now and there are days when it is taking its toll on me. I am a passionate person. When I no longer feel the passion, expect me to become stuck in a funk and will find it really hard to get out of it.
I am currently in a funk. I’ve been trying to get out of it and there are times in the past few weeks I was able to but it’s not enough to totally pull me out of it. In all honesty, I don’t know what will make me get back my lost mojo. I am dying to do a ‘marathon’ again but the drive’s just not there.
Those writing bouts were courtesy of a good blogger-friend of mine who’s been inspiring me to continue writing and not lose hope. I am grateful!
I just really wish the passion will spark once again and that my mojo will come back in full force.
What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you as a result of procrastinating?
It was back in 2006 when I lost a lot of money because I procrastinated. I had to write three reviews that time. Two reviews were worth $40 each, if I am not mistaken, and the 3rd one was worth $250. Yes, you read it right! Two hundred Fifty In US Dollars!
I was given 5 days to write the reviews but since I was also swamped that time doing one thing after another, I kept postponing writing the review. It was fairly easy as it involved a review of a real estate site in 200 words or more. Not much requests from the advertiser but just to make it neutral. Imagine my frustration when I realized it was due that day the internet connection in the office went bonkers! I was going crazy over not being able to connect and write a quick review to be edited after I submit the link.
It never happened. That amount of money went down the drains. Just because I opted to postpone something I could have done in minutes!
What a waste!
There are days when I want to do more to become a better blogger…
I want to become more active in blogging forums and groups.
I want to interact more with other bloggers to gain more knowledge and know-how.
I want to visit other blogs and leave comments.
I want to create better blogs and be that blogger I’ve always wanted to be known for.
But you know, blogging has become a source of income for me. I know that I don’t have all the time in the world to do all the things I mentioned so I am stuck with what little I can actually do. I am not making excuses for being a lame blogger at times but what I am trying to say here is that I am doing the best I can given the situation I am in.
One of these days, when I don’t have much on my plate, I will be able to do the things I’ve wanted to do as a blogger. One of these days…
I’ve so many blogging plans mostly centering on driving traffic to some of my least active blogs. I am writing it down as the plans pop into my head as I am not good at remembering random ideas of mine. Nothing grand, mind you. Just small ideas which I am hoping to bring about positive results.
It’s been more than seven years now that I’ve been blogging and there are still things I would like to learn about it. Driving and maintaining a large number of traffic are things, and making sure each blog of mine sticks to its niche.
Not easy tasks but I will find time to really do it.