The hardest part of blogging is self-promotion


I love writing for my blog. I love designing my blog, and tinkering with the layout. I love finding new plugins to improve the functionality of my blog. Those things are easy! For me, the hardest part of blogging is self-promotion.

There’s something about it that just feels, I don’t know … icky.

I don’t know why it feels that way. At work, I have no problem promoting myself. When it comes to interviews and my yearly evaluation, I can talk about my strengths. I know what I do well. I go after what I want.

But promoting my blog. Makes me feel weird.

Maybe I’m not as confident about my writing, as I am about my job in retail?

I do admit that that is a part of it. All writer’s have doubt.

But I think the biggest issue is my inherent shyness.

Self-promotion requires getting out there. I’m all about the staying here.

But I can’t do that anymore. It’s discouraging to write, and receive little feedback. It does make me question if my writing sucks. But then I read all these other blogs that talk about what they do to promote their work. And I know that that is where I am failing.

I also know that even the big bloggers are seeing a decline in their comments. Because it’s not just about comments anymore. It’s about Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

And I need to get out there. I need to participate in the blogosphere. I can’t keep hiding and expect it to come to me. Blogging, and well life, doesn’t work that way.

Do you find it hard to promote yourself and your blog? How do you deal with it? What are your tips on self-promotion? What is the hardest part of blogging for you? Let me know in the comments!

Five commitments for October


This is my third month of blogging about my commitments. Each month I commit to do things that improve my life, my health, or my blog. Here are my five commitments for October.

Work on SEO for the blog

This is something that I promised myself I would do a long time ago, but I kept putting it off. Well now, I’ve downloaded the Yoast SEO plugin, and I realize that SEO isn’t as scary as I thought. So, this month I plan to take time to go back through older posts and optimize them.

Comment more on other blogs

I have be come more of a Tweeter than a commenter and while it’s a good thing to share posts I love on social media, it shouldn’t take the place of a good comment either. So for October, I commit to commenting more on the posts I read instead of just tweeting about it. And I commit to giving well thought out comments, not just a “Great post!” in hopes of getting a return comment.

Do fun Fall things with Cap

Finally I have someone to share my favorite season with! Cap and I plan to carve pumpkins, visit a corn maze, and go to the Haunted Cavern at Ruby Falls. The last one terrifies me, but at least I’ll have Cap’s hand to hold.

Turn the TV off

I have a bad habit of turning the TV on and letting it play all day, even if I’m not watching it. It’s a waste of my precious data! Plus, Fall and Winter always raise my electric bill, so cutting back on my TV usage will help keep the bills low.

Drink Water!

This has been on my commitment list for August and September. And I’ve failed it every month. Diet Mountain Dew is just too tempting. But I need to beat my addiction! Maybe October will be the month!

September Commitments and how I did:

  1. Blog everyday for a month. – I did it!
  2. Drink two bottles of water a day. – Fail.
  3. Make a shopping list. – Pass. I plan to blog about this.
  4. Walk Buffy everyday. – Pass!
  5. Pack my lunch. – Pass!

What are your goals or commitments for October? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday Stealing – Gag Me Meme


Gag Me Meme from Sunday Stealing

Stolen from: Love me some surveys

Do you have a sensitive gag reflex? Yes. Someone can mention gross things and I’ll start gagging.

Where are you the most ticklish? My feet sometimes.

What was the last situation to upset you? Leaving work yesterday knowing the store was in bad shape for the day.

Have you ever had an online argument? Yes. On Facebook. Hasn’t everyone?

Do you like to listen to music while filling out surveys? Usually I have the TV on.

How long do you spend on the phone each day, on average? Talking? Practically none. Texting however is pretty much all day off and on with Cap.

Is anything in your hair right now, like gel, hairspray, etc.? No. I rarely use hair products.

When was the last time you were up before the sun? This would be everyday. I work third shift.

Do you like wearing sunglasses? Why or why not? Yes. Who doesn’t like shades?

Last show you watched? I’m working my way through Revolution season one.

Next vacation you’re going on? Cap and I hope to have a weekend getaway soon.

Do you regret doing anything you’ve done this week? All the doughnuts I ate at work because I was stressed out. Not quite as many as are in the picture above. But close.

Last night you felt? Good. We left the store in good shape.

What are you wearing right now? Pajamas.

Have you ever kissed underneath the stars? Yes.

What are you doing now? Ummmm… this meme.

What plans do you have for tonight? Work.

What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up, other than breathe? Shut off my alarm and pet Buffy.

Do you like reading? I think the word you’re looking for is love. :)

Do you ever think about stuff and start crying? I have but it’s been a long time.

Have you ever kicked a vending machine? No but I’ve shook one.

Do people consider you smart? Surprisingly, yes.

Have you ever stayed online for a very long time waiting for someone? I don’t think so.

Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you? I can really space out sometimes so not always.

How much money did you spend yesterday? Maybe $1 for a pop from the vending machine.

Is there anything in your past that you’d like to try again? The European vacation that I went on. I didn’t get to spend enough time in London and Paris.