Confession: I follow my own blog on WordPress. I do it to test that my posts show up in the feed. If they don’t I don’t do anything but pout about how WordPress does so many things that don’t make sense.
For instance, people can subscribe by email, but if the subscriber reads your post in an email is doesn’t “count” as a view. Nor does it count if the post is read on Facebook or Tumblr, which are two ways that I usually share my posts. Therefore I’m caught in a Catch-22: if I don’t share on alternative social media, I won’t get as many views. But those views don’t count toward my page views.
I signed up to the wordpress ad program a while ago, and the response is essentially, when your blog gets enough views to qualify, we’ll contact you. No further information, e.g.: do I have to reapply at some point? Can you do something to track views that occur on other sites where the post was shared? (because that would only be fair, but it seems like those views are never counted).
Why am I writing about this now? Because yesterday’s post, Dali Meets Disney, didn’t come up in my feed. So I have no idea if anyone saw it at all…
In addition, my posts don’t usually generate much interaction. I get a rare comment and up to about ten likes for a single post. In the world of Blogging, with a capital B, that doesn’t mean much.
The whole wordpress feed issue led me to take a quick look at my stats and see that the first post of Blaugust ALSO didn’t have any views. And this sent me into a mini-spiral. “No one likes me. This whole thing is pointless. Why even bother?”
Thankfully (possibly due to the mood-stabilizing vitamin regimen I’ve started?), I was able to stop myself from going into a full-on breakdown and remind myself that the point of Blaugust isn’t the views (although at least a few would be REALLY F*@#&ING NICE), it’s to remind myself what it feels like to write on a regular basis. With any luck, I’ll pick it up fairly quickly and I’ll be able to stop blogging about blogging.
I’ve just completed the 100 happy days challenge, which I posted on my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/norecipelife). In case you haven’t heard of it, the basic idea is that you post at least one picture a day capturing something that made you happy. It was kind of fun, and definitely interesting, but more often than not I found it kind of annoying. Just another frustrating thing I have to do that I don’t want to.
In theory, participating in the 100 happy days makes you think about good things in your life, with the intention that it will take focus off the negative things and make you grateful for what you do have. I love that idea. It’s great. But the reality didn’t really work out so well.
A large part of this not working out as planned was the time in my life I chose to do it. Because I work from home there are a lot of days I see absolutely nothing interesting whatsoever. Due to a lack of means to go out and do exciting things, bad time management, and a pretty uneventful social life, there really didn’t seem to be anything worth sharing on a lot of days. I’d search around for something and usually it would just be a picture of food, or I’d google image search for something cool and be happy about that instead of anything in my real life. A lot of my pictures wound up being of food, or coffee, and while I don’t have a problem with that really, it is kind of boring and seemingly pointless if you look at them all together. It got to a point where I was like, is food really the main thing that makes me feel happy at this point in my life? Because that’s kind of sad. On my penultimate day, the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality in all 50 states, and it was awesome to be able to include that in my set of pictures. I was very glad that happened on the 99th day. However, the next day I posted several pictures and ALL of them were food-related.
Lesson number 1: If you’re going to start this challenge, you should try to pick a time when something interesting or exciting is already built into your plans, so that you have other things to share than just food. Vacation, graduation, party, I don’t know. Something like that. Or you could actually have a social life, unlike me.
I know I keep saying that I’m going to be posting more often, and then I don’t, and there are several reasons for it. All of them at the core are due to laziness or insecurity, or sometimes just dealing with life and not being at all in the mood to blog…
But I’ve got a number of posts planned, and a (somewhat nebulous) idea of how I want to proceed with this site. Some of these upcoming posts will be very think-y and have nothing to do with food or lifestyle, which was the main purpose of this blog–but as I’ve said before, the REAL purpose of this blog is to do things the way I want. It’s not the no-recipe kitchen or no-recipe fashion. As it always was, it is an approach to life that allows for changes and adjustments whenever I decide they’re appropriate.
I also plan to change the theme, eventually. I like the current structure for the site, but I don’t think the design is right. I’m in the process of utilizing Skillcrush to FINALLY learn some coding, and I’m hoping that will help me design the site as I really want it to be. Of course, in order to do that I’ll probably have to learn some photoshop skills as well, and acquire good software that I can’t afford.
For other content, related and unrelated, check me out on youtube, username norecipewriter, or instagram @norecipelife. My youtube videos are probably going to become more thoughtful and hopefully better production-wise (although I still have the bare minimum of equipment and terrible lighting at the moment…), but are not likely to be frequent in the near future. Too much other stuff going on. For writing-related stuff, check out my other blog, devajashewaywriting.com.
Also, I’ve heard at least one person say they’re not getting notifications of my posts anymore, so you may have to re-subscribe if you want them.
That’s all for now, but I promise in the next week or two there will be quite a bit more! Yell at me if there isn’t!