It’s been nearly a month since I stopped blogging yet again.
If any of you remember (or if you were even here 6 months ago), I stopped blogging for about 3 months this year. Add another month to that and I’ve stopped blogging for 4 months all in all. I just can’t seem to cope with all the stress that comes with blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing. I really do. But the technicalities that come with blogging – SEO, keywords, word counts, etc. – everything strained me.
I’ve always believed that writing should be fun, creative, and free flowing. I came to realise that all these rules with blogging have been huge hindrances to me and my style of writing. This Yoast plug-in that’s supposed to be helpful for bloggers with regard to SEO is not doing me any good. It’s making me crazy. It’s putting barriers between my mind and this blog. I don’t want any of those barriers. I want to write as I would speak.
So I’m uninstalling this plug-in. No more SEO. No more word counts. No more ads. Just pure conversation between YOU and ME.
Today I will restart everything. I will no longer follow these so-called blogging tips by these successful bloggers who claim to make a butt load of money off blogging. No. I’m not going to blog because I want to be a successful blogger any more. I will be successful when writing becomes an avenue for my thoughts once again, instead of being a newly opened business.
I don’t know why I haven’t learned from my experiences. I’ve already figured years ago that if I forced myself to write something I didn’t wanna write, it’s not going to be the result I would have wanted. I would be using a fake voice while my mind behind the keyboard struggles, seemingly saying, let me out.
Getting it together
Roughly 2 months from now, 2017 will be over.
I will leave all the negativity that’s weighing me down and demotivating me to become a better version of myself. 2017 has been a shit year for me, but I would like to thank all of the people I’ve met over at The Bloggers Masterclass on Facebook. Out of all the Facebook blogger groups that I’ve joined on my journey to become a better blogger, this is the only group that actually cared about how I feel. The rest are just about page views and affiliate marketing and milking blogs to death. (Thank you, my twinnie Karla, kuya Roel, sir Marvin, and the rest of my friends who were there to cheer me up when I was having a blogging meltdown!)
The love of my life was also worried that I would never blog again, that I would neglect this blog altogether. But that’s never going to happen. I merely took a short break to breathe, to realise things, and to come up with a solution. I’m thankful for him that he is there to remind me what I’m meant to be doing: writing. (Thank you, Mark. But your proofreading holidays are over!)
They say I have to blog for my readers to become a successful blogger. And so I followed that rule, ignoring the fact that the reason I started blogging 10 years ago was because I was just so in love with writing what I have in mind. Now I’m going to stop disappointing my old self. It’s time for the real me.
karlamaye.com is back.