I love blogging. I’ve never had a job that I enjoy more, but I am the first person to agree that it can take tons of time. For those that don’t blog, you may not realize it, but it’s not a matter of just publishing a post and forgetting about it. There are all sorts of little tasks behind the scenes that go into putting the post together and letting people know that it exists. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
5 Blog Things I’m Doing Less Of
Running six blogs takes a lot of time. Yes, I could eliminate a few of them, but they all make me happy, so I have no plans on doing that right now. Since I have no desire to let someone else create the content I publish, I’ve been evaluating the time and money I spend on each blog. Here are a few things that I will be doing less of from now on in an attempt to regain my sanity.
Don’t get me wrong, SEO is super important and should be done most of the time. But, it probably doesn’t need to be done EVERY time you publish a blog post. When you SEO depends on the type of posts you write. A Twitter Party announcement doesn’t need to be SEOd. No one will care about the post in 6 months after the party is over. The same holds true for a coupon. Once it’s expired, it doesn’ matter. This post, for example, isn’t SEOd. It’s just written from the heart. If search engines don’t pick it up in two years, I’m OK with that.
This is a killer, and it causes so much stress. Sadly, I still do a lot of it even though I try not to. “Why did Suzy Homemaker get that trip to Kalamazoo and I didn’t?” “Wow, Rhonda Recipe takes her photos so much better than I do!” It’s hard not to compare yourself to others, but it can suck so much joy out of your blog and your life when you do.
I enjoy taking my own photos, but I am not a professional photographer. Sometimes you want a photo of something you just don’t have access to. Maybe you are writing a post about balloon rides in your area, but your camera just can’t get the photo right with them so far away. Either way, I’ve been buying a few of the photos I use that I cannot take myself. It’s starting to get more expensive than I like so I will be doing MUCH less of it. I plan on using these free photo sites instead.
There are a few paid plugins that I LOVE like CoSchedule and Prosperent. There are also a few I have signed up for that I don’t use and don’t need. I’m plugging the leaks in my blog expenses and the ones I don’t use are going away or are being replaced with a free option.
Some people are super lucky with affiliate links. I am not. I had them in my sidebar and scattered throughout my site. Years ago, I was an Amazon affiliate before Vermont became a Nexus state. I have thousands of Amazon affiliate links on my blog that I will never earn a penny from, AND I do not have time to replace them with something else so I can earn $5. I will still use a few affiliate programs that I earn money from. The rest I’m giving up on. If you earn a bunch of money from them, then, certainly keep them. I just don’t.
So, why am I doing this? I’m spending more time working and less time enjoying life. I’m working on minimalism in my home, my health, my beauty routine and in my work day. To keep a good balance in my life, these are changes I need to make. I want to spend more time reading, gardening, walking and enjoying the life I’ve created.
What are you doing less of?