Today I wrote a million posts.
Okay. Not a million. Not even as many as I actually thought I did. I think it was ultimately 16 or 17. I know the other deal bloggers were much higher than that. Sean at FreeSnatcher said he averages 30 posts A DAY. Like…on a NORMAL day. He has more readers than I do. Jaycie at CouponGeek had to change her feed settings because set at 20 posts to feed a day some are getting cut off. She DEFINITELY has more readers than I do. My small readership would organize a lynching I think.
I struggle to balance this blog between deals and shopping and writing and homemaking… I would probably be a less stressed out individual if I waited to try and find that balance AFTER the Holiday Shopping Season. Yeah…that would make sense.
I also struggle to find the motivation behind my blog. Why do I write? I started this blog when I barely knew what a blog was…much less about making money or going to conferences or networking. I started it because I got tired of repeating myself on the phone when my friends and family would call and ask me how to run a deal…or what coupons were out there.
So why do I write it now? I love to write. I have a minor in English Composition. I love to shop…and finding deals is one of my strengths. I have three kids and no adult interaction or validation. *DING DING DING* “We have a WINNER”. I think that is it.
I want to be heard. I want to write what I know, what I feel…and I want people to read me. I want them to like what they read. The money is nice…and I have a feeling it gives validation to the not-so-blog-oriented people in my life (*AHEM* SuperDad) that this is not a total waste of time and family resources (wait. Is my time a family resource??) But I want to be heard. I want to accurately convey my thoughts to adults. I want to have adult thoughts (heck…I’d even like to have some adult thoughts!). I want to recover my brain from the fog of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
So that’s what I want. How do I make that happen? Do I lure people in with my narrative pros? Ummm… no. I feel like the deals and the giveaways are what get people here… if I do it right…they might stick around to hear what I have to say….and then come back.
I’ve gotten the best compliments from people lately…a couple from very unexpected sources… they like the writing I’ve been doing. They like the way my blog is coming along….they like what I have put here.
That makes me happy.
I think NaBloPoMo is very much an important part of this. MAKING myself write each and every day. Even when the writing is drivel and I’m embarrassed to click “Publish” …and I refuse to promote in social media what I have just written… I’m still doing it. The writing is getting easier. I feel like I whine too much… but hey…it’s my party, right? At the beginning of this adventure, I didn’t know what to write. I struggled to find the words. Now I’m struggling to find the time …. but the words are coming more freely.
That makes me happy.
So. Thank You NaBloPoMo for helping me get my grooooove back….getting me back into the game. And thank you, Debbi, for suggesting we all do it!