I can’t believe that my little blog is 2 years old! I started Oldhouseintheshires two years ago, how is that possible?
I’ve been away recently and took time out from blogging and all social media. It was lovely to spend time away from the blog and not worry about having to write, Pin to Pinterest, Tweet or scroll through Instagram. Blogging is not my job, I’m a teacher who works full time so sometimes, blogging can be an extra chore that I could do without. Having a blogging break as I approach the blog’s 2nd birthday has made me reflect on the whole blogging malarkey and how I feel about Oldhouseintheshires as it enters it’s third year.
I never thought I would be able to make money from blogging and although I don’t make enough to live on, my blog makes me enough money to give me extra treats. This has been lovely! I’ve paid to go and see my lovely friend on the Isle of Wight in the summer and for my sister and I to take a weekend away on an Autumn retreat. Both were paid with money I’ve made blogging! It’s not easy, not consistent and not something that I expect by any means but it has been a welcome bonus. That’s the way I look at it. I take my hat off to full time bloggers; it is not an easy job!
Since returning to work full time in September, I’ve had less time to write, post and promote posts and the blog. This has meant my views have gone down from around 6500 each month to between 4000 and 2000. I love SATs so this is disappointing but understandable and predictable. I’m ok with it as I realise I that to make a blog successful you have to put the promotional hours in and at the moment, I just don’t have time.
New things I’ve learnt
I think the most important thing I have learnt over the last 2 years is that it’s ok to enjoy, hate or love blogging! Most of the time I absolutely love blogging; the interaction with other bloggers, the accomplishment of writing a great post and the pride I have in Oldhouseintheshires. It’s important to write for you though; don’t blog because you want to get rich or because your friend is blogging and you thought you’d try it to. There are other times when I can’t think of what to write, I don’t have the time to write good content or when post deadlines are looming and I can’t do everything. Overall though, I have learnt that readers will wait and that other bloggers understand when you take a break. Real life gets in the way sometimes and that is ok! As long as you blog for the love of it, being a hobby blogger can be really fulfilling.
On reflection, I’m still in love with blogging and will carry on as long as that is the case. I’ve got this! I really feel that I have blogging friends and the community associated with blogging is lovely. If you are considering starting a blog, my advice would be DO IT!
What are you waiting for? What’s the worst that can happen? Start blogging for you and you may find that others read and enjoy it to.
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.