Decisions

 

Yesterday’s post was my 300th:

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I know, it’s no big deal.

But lately, it seems that I’ve just been wasting my time:

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When I first started this blog back at the end of August 2012, traffic climbed a little:

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But then, it just maintained the same level, never increasing above that previously set threshold:

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Which is not that high. 

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I have put so much time and effort into this blog and nothing has helped.

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I know I’m in a slump.

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Actually, it’s worse than a slump, but you didn’t come here to listen to that.

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Anyway, other successful bloggers have told me that their traffic started really getting high at about the one year mark.

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But that hasn’t happened with mine. 

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Bloggers who started blogging at the same time I did, are successful. 

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I guess I’m not personable enough and don’t know how to sell myself.

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I think I set my goals and expectations too high and I should have realized that I don’t have the Midas touch.

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So, I have some decisions to make.

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I can delete this blog, or go back to actually writing and not doing as many .gif posts.

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Everyone says the .gif’s are their favorite, but while doing those, it seems that I’ve lost who I am.

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However, either way, I honestly don’t think it’ll make a difference.

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I would like to thank the handful of people that do come here daily to have a look around. Y’all are the best!

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But, if you don’t see me around here for a while, at least you know.

 

 

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  • Lissa

    I know exactly what you are saying. July 19th was a year for me. My traffic sucks and I haven’t been blogging much at all lately. But you know what? That’s ok because I started blogging to just vent, express, maybe write something that helped someone else. I don’t have to be a famous blogger. Same with my writing. I write because I love to. If someone likes my stuff, great! But I don’t expect to be a best-seller, but if it would happen I’m not going to complain. Chin up, my friend. You will figure it out. I always love what you blog about. : )

    • GKAdams

      I do love to write, so I think I need to get back to that and I’ll feel better. We’ll see.

  • Lorna MI

    What?! I just found your blog this week and find you hilarious. Oh, sure, now that you’ve hooked me, you’re shelving this thing between us?! CWAP! [insert Elmer Fudd .gif here] If we lived in the same neighborhood, we would probably go to lunch together and then shop for shelf liner paper and stuff. Best wishes whatever you decide (ya big quitter, you).

    • GKAdams

      I wish I had an Elmer Fudd .gif NOW! I haven’t quit yet…hang in there.

  • Emelie Samuelson

    Gina, you’re fucking wonderful. Don’t stop. As for the .gif posts? Yeah, they’re a favorite, but that doesn’t mean you have to do them all the time. WRITE. I love your writing. I love your .gif posts. Just don’t be discouraged. I’m certainly not as successful as I want to be, and we started around the same time.

    Of course, if quitting this blog is what you really want, we can’t stop you, but you’d be sorely missed, and I think you’d miss us, too.

    Stop being so hard on yourself. None of this will be worth it if you’re not enjoying it. You don’t have to love it all day every day, but you should love it every day. I hope I’m making sense.

    Have I convinced you yet? I hope so.

    • GKAdams

      Thank you. I’m thinking about it. It’s a tough decision, that’s for sure.

  • http://www.foodieinwv.com/ Foodie in WV

    I think we might be linked mentally :) I was just about to write a similar post, I tried to teach myself all the crap with rich snippets this morning and I have decided that with all the google changes it just is a big blogging mess right now. I have been blogging for 2 1/2 years and I am not happy with my numbers either. Honestly, I only know about two bloggers right now that have great numbers. There are just way too many blogs right now that the competition is too high. I appreciate your posts though, we are very similar with our thoughts and feelings!

    • GKAdams

      Wow, and food blogs do really well. I know that when I posted a few recipes here and there, my numbers shot up. A friend of mine, Paula over at Vintage Kitchen suggested that I do more recipes, but for some reason, I can’t seem to make that leap. I don’t know what it is, because I love cooking, etc.

      Have you tried joining food/cooking communities on Google+? Paula steered me in that direction and it helped tremendously, so much in fact, that I joined some travel groups for my American Small Towns blog and that blog is doing better than this one. I won’t be giving up that blog anytime soon. In fact, I’m starting to rethink about giving this one up. It’s like a child…you nurture it, etc., so it’s hard. Unfortunately, there aren’t many “humor” groups on G+, so it hasn’t helped the blog. I’m at a loss at this point.

      Maybe we should start a group of our own?

      • http://www.foodieinwv.com/ Foodie in WV

        Well, see I fall into an odd niche. Since I don’t write the recipes out on my blog, but instead do reviews Google crawls my site oddly. When google updated how it views recipes a lot of food blog numbers went down. It also depends on what you define as high numbers. When there are blog getting 100,000 views a month I am no where near there :) The coupon blogs always get the highest numbers since there are so many people doing google searches for saving money. With food blogs there are literally too many of them. I belong to a ton of communities etc, but even the food blogs that consider themselves as doing well, their numbers aren’t as great as some of the big deal blogs. 5 years ago it was easier to have high numbers since the internet wasn’t as saturated as it is now. Maybe I need to reassess what I consider as successful :) I agree that there aren’t very many humor blogs, and many women online that consider themselves funny just aren’t (not you I love your posts!). We need to have our own niche group!

  • Phil Holtberg

    Congrats on hitting 300 posts. Keep at it and don’t give up. We love the gifs but actual writing will increase numbers, traffic, and rankings.You write well so go for it!

    • GKAdams

      Thanks, Phil!

  • Lucy Pireel

    Don’t Go! Please you are the highlight of my day :-) And not only for the gifs, you write well. Just write a bit more lines between the gifs and give us a bit of both.

    • GKAdams

      I like being a highlight to anyone’s day!

    • GKAdams

      Also, I’ll probably do the .gifs a few times a week…maybe on Monday and Friday, since you seem to like those days.

  • http://www.shirleymaya.com/ Shirley Maya Tan

    Whatever platform you choose from you, it is still you and your writing. Because we are really attracted to your writing, first and foremost. In fact, the very first post which led me to you was not your GIFs but your well written personal post. You might be launching yourself into another orbit of awesomeness from here. Always stay positive :) Hugs.

    • GKAdams

      Trying to stay positive! Hugs to you too!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Congrats on the 300th post! and who said you had to post everyday. Quality is so much more important than quantity in blogging. Your blog is barely a year old, it takes time for an audience to build Gina! And humor blogs are much needed…

    • GKAdams

      I agree that quality is more important than quantity. It seems like I’ve been posting just to get something up here. Bad idea, because it burned me out.

  • Jessica Nicole

    Well, a blogger friend of mine directed me to your blog just yesterday, and I’m happy to find it; looks like I’m going to be keeping up with your hilarious posts (I love gifs as well :) I hope you don’t quit, as I have just found you! It would be quite distressing to lose you so quickly after finding you!

    • GKAdams

      Who directed you here? Tell them I said THANK YOU! Glad you’re here and have subscribed. I’m working on a few things…writing things. I’ll probably do the .gifs a few times per week, but it’s important for me to get back to actual writing.

      • Jessica Nicole

        Lucy Pireel, who commented a few comments down actually :) Happy to be here! And I’m glad that you’re getting back to writing if you haven’t been. I know that’s super important for me, and I hope it will grow your audience!

  • William Kendall

    I tend to blog three times a week (mostly)… it prevents one from feeling burned out.

  • William Kendall

    And you are a highlight of the day!

  • Nita

    You CAN’T stop doing your blog! I think you tend to be too hard on yourself and don’t realize that your “funny” is like no other. Don’t make me drive to redneckistan and rough you up!! Love you cuz!

  • Daughter of Maat

    I love that you used House, MD and The Doctor! :D I love your blog, even though I don’t comment as much as I should, I still stop by and read whenever you post something new. And don’t feel bad. I’ve been blogging for a year now, and my traffic is still horrible, so I guess like you, I just don’t know how to promote myself. Or my blog just isn’t what people are looking for. I’m actually at the same point you are, trying to decide if I should keep going, or just say screw it and quit altogether. :(