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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.

How to delete photos from your Google+ albums [Updated]

[UPDATE August 18, 2012]  There were a lot of hits on this post because you used to have to know some magic to delete photos from your Google+ albums.  Now it’s a snap:  Simply click on the picture from your profile pictures or albums that you wish do to delete.  Look to the bottom, left corner for Options

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Click the down arrow for a drop down menu and choose DELETE.  It’s as simple as that!  Thanks Google for making this a more user friendly process.

 

ORIGINAL POST – 4/23/12

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I spent a long time today trying to figure out how to delete individual photos from my albums in Google+.  It’s easy to do, but not very straight forward.  Generally, if you take a lot of pictures with your phone there are some you just want to throw away.   I couldn’t find the answer by Googling it, so here’s how to delete those unwanted pictures:

  1. When signed into Google+,click the Photos icon in the left sidebar.
  2. My Photos tab defaults to “Photos from your phone” – there is a simple delete button on that page.
  3. Click the Albums tab at the top of the page to explore your albums.
  4. Choose (click on) the album that contains the pictures you want to delete.
  5. Click the down arrow on the More button on the top right of the page.
  6. From the dropdown, you can delete the entire album, but you want to click Organize Album.
  7. Select the pictures you want to delete, and click the Delete button at the top of the screen.
  8. When you are finished, click the Done Organizing button top left, and that’s it. Continue reading
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