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5 signs its time to quit blogging

I have juggled with blogging for almost a decade now trying to maintain and post to a real estate related blog and this personal weblog of thoughts, observations, events, tech stuff, pictures, and miscellaneous topics that intrigued me for a moment.  I guess at some point in every blogger’s life, the blogging becomes much more of a chore than a pleasure – the hassles outweigh the rewards. As I make the move toward decommissioning my real estate blog I am thinking of signs that its time to quit.  One of the first rules of blogging is to post lists and get more readers:  10 best…, 12 most effective,  7 reasons…, etc.  Here’s my list of 5 signs it’s time to quit blogging.

1. Lack of readers – you are agonizing over your posts and the stats are showing you are only getting a handful of visitors a month and to top that off, your bounce rate is in the high 70s.  Blogging has just become personal journalling; you might as well be doing it in a Moleskin as wasting the resources putting it online. And, oh, don’t let anyone give that line about the long tail.

2. Lack of passion – If you are doing a topical blog like real estate, you must have passion to crank out interesting content.  Otherwise you find yourself  posting monthly housing stats, and links to interesting real estate stories rather than seeking out the unusual and the interesting.

3. Lack of financial reward – whether you are blogging to build or promote your business or blogging professionally – monetizing your site through ads or affiliations, if you are not seeing suitable rewards, either monetarily or through increased business, name recognition or credibility, it is probably time to move along to another medium that has a better possibility of helping pay the bills.

4. Lack of talent – I know it may be hard to admit, but maybe you just don’t have what it takes to be a blogger. Maybe constructing a sentence is a challenge.  Maybe you just can’t get all that stuff about keywords and metatags right.  Maybe you don’t have the thought patterns of a writer.  Maybe you suck as a blogger.  Don’t hang on and torture yourself, find something else. In my case, I realize that I am a better curator than blogger.   Maybe your calling is sharing stuff rather than creating it. You may get loads of interaction on Google Plus or Facebook and enjoy that type of interaction rather than waiting around for someone to comment on your blog posts.

5. Attitude – You have followed all the “rules” the blogging gurus have taught you, and still aren’t quite where you want to be.  What’s your attitude?  Are you whipped? Tired? Burned out?  Why not join me and try Defiant for a while.

In future posts I want to discuss ways we can share our thoughts and ideas most effectively.  The next post will be about breaking the “rules” of blogging.  I will also share the progress of dismantling my real estate blog.

Do we really need to spend much time with search engines other than Google?

78% of my referred page views come from Google

I was looking at the referral stats for one of my blogs, and was actually a little shocked at the search engine numbers.  Google search sends me almost 25 times the views that Bing does – over 78% of search engine  traffic.  And that’s not counting Google Image Search which produced 4 times the results that Bing did.  Yahoo and AOL results are almost negligible.  I seem to index as well in Bing as I do in Google for my keywords and phrases, but the results just aren’t there.  I am just wondering if my results are common, and if so, do I need to even think about spending time on  SEO and SEM for Bing, Yahoo, and AOL.

search engine referrals

Google+ and Pinterest out-refer Facebook and Twitter

Looking at referrers outside of search engines, once again Google plays a big part.  Google+ is a top referring source, followed by Pinterest, then Facebook.  I expect G+ referrals to rise as more and more folks learn to appreciate the platform and find it to be a refuge from the constant exploitive  changes at Facebook.  I don’t pay much attention to Pinterest, but for the amount of time I spend with it, it seems to be quite a powerful referrer- maybe it’s because I pin mostly my own self-hosted images.

referring sources

I would love to hear about how the search engines are performing for you in driving traffic.  Is this just a quirk, or are you seeing the same type of numbers?

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Is it time to unfriend some Facebook friends?

facebook profileFacebook for me has become as cluttered as my desk drawer, packed with things I don’t use,  need to find, or just need to clean out.  On Facebook, I have friends I don’t know, have no idea of the context of the relationship, and have probably never interacted with; apps I haven’t used in over a year; and many “fan” pages I liked but can’t remember why.  Whatever your reason, you may want to unfriend some folks.

Cleaning house in Facebook is not as easy as it used to be.  There is no mass unfriending or unliking.  It’s a rather tedious process to go through almost 3000 friends, but here is the easiest way I found to cull the herd (scroll down for a short screencast): Continue reading

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