Some days I don’t feel like posting. The biggest reason is because of the lack of traffic on my blog. Sometimes I feel it’s not worth it for me to put in the effort when my readership is low.
When I started this blog it was for myself for a variety of reasons:
To Keep Track of My Spending –When I first graduated I kept track of every penny I spent. It was out of survival in order to ensure I was able to make my student loan payments. I was organized and I liked it. After the transition to combine financing I dropped the ball on tracking. I didn’t really feel like it and frankly there was enough money, I didn’t have to be petty about spending. I felt having a blog would keep me accountable to tracking my spending.
Learn to Write –In high school I was the student who excelled in math and science but struggled in English and social. I have never been confident in my writing and it was directly affecting my career. At work I would often delay writing important e-mails because I was not confident in my writing. I lacked the ability to organize my thoughts properly. Since I started blogging my writing has vastly improved. Although I will never write as eloquently as some; I find I now confidently write important e-mails. I don’t have a problem organizing my thoughts into an e-mail and get my point across.
Communicate –My husband is not an excel sort of guy. I would occasionally talk to him about our finances however, he wasn’t particularly interested. He doesn’t want to crunch numbers and project savings. By having a blog, my husband is able to go online whenever it’s convenient for him and read about our finances. It’s on his time which is ideal. I also wanted to communicate with the PF community. Most of my friends do not budget, plan for retirement, or save for a rainy day. I wanted tot be able to communicate with other money minded people which blogging has allowed.
Right now I have to consider a couple things. Do I want to continue blogging with low readers, try to increase the traffic to my blog, or stop blogging all together. I haven’t decided yet. If I am blogging only for myself; I could easily keep a dairy and an excel spread sheet for my monthly spending. If I want to increase traffic I basically need to sell myself. I need to put in the time and effort reading other PF blogs, commenting, linking to similar posts etc. Is it something I am interested in doing? I am not sure. I could stop blogging which would free up a certain amount of my time in order to focus on other things. I am sure I will be sewing in the future and continue to post projects and patterns at my original blog banclothing.blogspot.com.
I will be honest; I last year has been filled with large financial decisions going on which I felt were blog worthy. So far I have gone to Australia to work, but then only one of us worked, moved home, started a new job, purchased a home, renovated a home, paid for school, lost one income, etc. The last year has been the most financially dynamic year to date. The next few years are going to be interesting however, if I don’t have the readers now, how about when my life tames down?
It feels like one of those days. How do you know when it’s worth while to keep a blog alive?