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Why I’m a Failure at Blogging

You’re probably looking at the title of this post wondering, “Why would she even write something like this for her blog?”

And you’re right. I’m asking myself that too. But, here’s the thing. In terms of being a “blogger”, I do fail at it. Here’s why.

Failure at Blogging

I go for long periods of time where I just don’t post.

A long period in the blogging world is a few days. I sometimes go for a week or two without posting anything. New content is key. Especially when you’re trying to build your audience. And if you don’t post, there isn’t new content for new and old readers to read. But it’s okay, because I didn’t start this blog to have hundreds of thousands of readers (even though it would be nice). I post when I feel the inspiration, or feel I have some worthy to say.

I forget to comment on other blogs.

Another key piece of blogging 101. To build a following, you must comment and connect with other bloggers. I try really really hard to do this. But sometimes, weeks go by when my time is limited, and I forget. It has nothing to do with the blog I’m reading or the content. I honestly just forget. Having said that, I might start setting reminders to check out my favorite blogs and comment on them.

Twitter and I have a love/hate relationship.

Yes. I love social media. I have a degree in it after all. But when it comes to using my own personal twitter, I find that sometimes I just don’t have the energy for it. I’ll go in spurts where I’ll find lots and lots of content to schedule via Hootsuite, including my blog posts, and try to connect with all the right people, and grow my following. And I’ll be really good about it for like 2 weeks. And then, something happens, and it all goes to hell. Literally. At the time of this post, I can’t tell you the last I actually scheduled something for Twitter (okay, it was probably in January). Or even really interacted with people on Twitter (again, that was probably last month). But whatever, you get the point.

My blog doesn’t have a niche.

My blog will never have a niche. Ever. I like to talk. I ramble a lot. This blog is essentially me thinking out loud. When I finally figured out a tagline I actually liked, see header above, I realized that it’s okay to not have a niche, because this blog is all about my musings. It’s who I am. I don’t fit into the healthy living category or the beauty category, or even the book review category. It’s a lifestyle blog. Purely because it’s the ramblings of my life.

It’s disorganized, random and sometimes unruly.

And no, I’m not talking about my life or my hair. Yes, my blog is all of those things. You many not be able to see it, but I certainly do on the back end. And boy is it a disaster. I’ve cleaned it up quite a bit since I redid the blog. But it’s still not organized. I just hope none of you notice, but you probably will now that I mentioned it.

But what I don’t fail at

Loving my blog to pieces. My blog is an extension of me. So it may fail in the traditional blogging sense, but to me, it’s a huge success and something I am oh so proud of.

The Blog Got a Facelift.

If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile now, you’ve probably noticed that its been through a few changes. First, it moved from WordPress.com to self-hosted. Then I bought a new theme for it. And as of yesterday, it has another new design.

I know, most bloggers stick to one theme and run with it (branding 101). But to be honest, when I went self-hosted, I didn’t know what I wanted. So I bought a simple theme off of Etsy, installed it and attempted to figure everything out. The more I dove into it, the more I discovered that it wasn’t nearly as customizable as I wanted it to be.

Hence the new look. I’m much happier with the overall feel. I think it’s much cleaner and easier to navigate. It’s more appealing to the eye. And it’s much more me. That’s the most important part.

It will probably continue to be a work in progress, and that’s okay. I’m just happy that I  found a theme that I enjoy.

Here are the elements that were most important when I was looking for a new theme.

1. It needed to scream ‘ERYN’ : Essentially, it needed to have the right feel. The other one was nice, and it was pretty, but it wasn’t… me. I thought it was initially, but looking back, I realize it wasn’t. It was actually too plain (I never thought I would feel that way seeing how I like things clean and semi-plain). The new theme is simple, clean and pretty. It’s easy on the eye. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for. The colors aren’t 100% me, but that’s easy enough to tweak.

2. It needed to flow: My other theme felt jumbled together. I didn’t like the header, besides the splash of blue. I felt like everything was just thrown on there. This one feels like everything has its place and purpose.

3. It needed to be girly: Yep. This was a requirement. I love girly/vintage/chic/feminine things. I’m not a total girly-girl that’s life revolves around the latest fashion trends, but I am feminine and like pretty things. And my blog needs to represent that side of me. I like that this one is subtle, with the ribbon and the pretty script-text. It’s girly, without being over the top.

4. It needed to have some style: And I’m not talking about CSS style.  I wanted it to look like a blog should look (or at least how I envision them in my mind). I didn’t want a theme that was just a big white background with some text and images… wait… I already had that. This has exactly what I was looking for.

5. It needed to be customizable: That was my complaint from day 1 with my theme from Etsy. I bought it knowing that I couldn’t do much with it. I knew I would be able to adjust fonts, and such, but that was it. I bought it because I wanted something unique. What I found instead was a headache. If any changes needed to be made to the actual style, I had to contact the designer and have them take care of it and resend me an entirely new download, or provide them with my log-in information and have them change it.

I know this is how they make their living, and I 100% support that. But when I went self-hosted, I wanted something that I could adjust on my own when I wanted.

Overall, my first look will always be near and dear to my heart. It was my first self-hosted theme after-all. But this new one, is much more me and much more what I was hoping for all along.

So I hope you like it as much as I do!

Question: What were the elements you had to have with your blog set-up?

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