How to Love Blogging When it Doesn’t Love You Back

Sometimes blogging is a real tease. It whispers seductive promises of ‘4-Hour Work Weeks’ and ‘Six Figure-Incomes’ in our ears, and then, when we’re hopelessly, head-over-heels, crazy-wild-in-love with it . . .

Nothing.

Traffic stays flat, subscribers are scarce, and tumbleweeds drift and dance across the comment section.

At times like these, it’s tempting to tell blogging to take a hike.

Still, our gut tells us blogging is ‘the one’ and that if we just hold on long enough, we’ll share a true, deep, and everlasting love.

But how on earth do we hold on when we’re already investing the best of ourselves in this relationship and getting nothing but the silent treatment in return?

We do it by using the same techniques that keep other relationships alive in troubled times.

Here’s how:

  • Pamper yourself. Give yourself the love you need by practicing top-notch self-care. Nourish your body and spirit with nutritionally dense foods, meditation, exercise, and plenty of restorative sleep.
  • Get some space. Step away from blogging for a few hours–or a few days–and feel your energy grow and your perspective shift.
  • Help others. One of the best ways to take our minds off our own troubles, is by turning our attention toward others. Rather than stewing about your own stalled relationship with blogging, get out and comment on other blogs and tweet other bloggers’ posts.
  • Study relationships that work. Visit popular blogs to learn how these bloggers got through their own hard times with blogging and what they do to keep the relationship alive.
  • Shake things up. Sometimes just a tiny change in routine can jolt blogging into showing some love. Experiment with a change in posting frequency by adding or subtracting one or two posts from your normal weekly schedule.
  • Show the love. Demonstrate your continuing devotion to blogging with simple, positive actions. Interlink a few posts from your archives, take down that dusty old sidebar ad, or sketch out a guest post.
  • Get help. Get outside opinions and support for your relationship by joining a group like the A-List Blogging Club that offers blog reviews and plenty of member support. You don’t have to go it alone!

Developing a thriving, two-way relationship with blogging takes boatloads of patience, passion, and perseverance. It’s natural to want to give up, but you can make things work if you just keep going. Trust that gut feeling you had at the beginning, keep giving blogging your all, and know that one day, blogging truly will love you back.

Your turn: How do you love blogging when it doesn’t love you back?

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76 Responses to How to Love Blogging When it Doesn’t Love You Back

  1. Abubakar Jamil July 9, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    Jean sound advice and everyone needs to read this article of yours who is feeling confused about blogging.

    Stumbled.

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 11:12 am #

      Thank you so much. I’ve felt the passion and the chill of blogging, but I love it so deeply that I want others to feel this joy too.

  2. Jake LaCaze July 9, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    A few things to remember: every reader won’t comment. Some of my friends (who I had no idea read my blog) have said that they really liked my posts and even told me how a blog post influenced them to do something. But I didn’t know about this until they told me over the phone or face-to-face. They never commented. So, remember that you may have more influence than you realize.

    Also, you can’t trust your analytics. One of my readers has told me that he reads my blog through Google Reader, which means that his views don’t show up on my analytics. Also, you can’t trust Feedburner to accurately report your number of subscribers.

    What keeps me going is readers like you, Jean. Readers who comment and give feedback on a regular basis. You have become a staple in my readership and I truly enjoy your comments. And I enjoy your blog as well and try to reciprocate, but sometimes my comments are flat and don’t offer much.

    Also, it helps to have a good idea about what you want out of your blog. My blog, for the most part, is a place for me to materialize my thoughts. If anyone wants to listen, that’s great. If not, it would keep going on.
    Jake LaCaze recently posted..What Dan Gilbert’s Letter Should Have Said

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 11:18 am #

      Hi Jake. You are so right that outward appearances are often deceptive. When we get feedback from readers (like you!), then we learn blogging may already be loving us more than we knew. I don’t think you’ve ever left a flat comment by the way :)

  3. Evelyn July 9, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Hi Jean,
    You shared some great points!

    I usually take a break from blogging, but I find that when I stay away for too long, that my traffic goes down.

    I also try my best to comment on other blogs. Sometimes, this can be overwhelming, but I find that this really helps build presence on the web.

    Never heard of the A-List Blogging Club! I’ll be sure to check it out.

    Thanks,
    -Evelyn
    Evelyn recently posted..Leave the Fatback Biscuits Alone

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Evelyn. I haven’t taken any long breaks, but I take lots of short ones :) Blog commenting has done wonders for me too. Other than tweeting out a post now and again it’s all I did for promotion until recently. It is time consuming, but I love to yak, so that helps :)

  4. Devesh July 9, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Hey Jean,

    Whooa.. Another awesome post girl. You’ve made some great points. Joining bloggers club is realy a great idea. Awesome job jean. Retweeted :) !

    Thanks for sharing this great Post. Great work dude.

    ~Dev
    Devesh recently posted..7 Reasons to Continue Blogging

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks, Dev. Joining the A-List Club is the smartest blogging move I ever made. I can’t even describe how much I’ve learned and how many good things have come my way because of it. I plan to be a member for the duration of my blogging life!

  5. Kiesha @ We Blog Better July 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    When blogging doesn’t love me back – that when I pause and attempt to learn something new to try to find out what I’m doing wrong. Usually what I discover, is not that I was doing anything wrong, it’s just that I was getting impatient. These things take time. That’s when I ask myself “Am I gonna do this thing or what? Am I in this for long haul or am I gonna let all my hard work go to waste?” That usually kicks me out of my pity party.
    And you’re so right about helping others, it brings me joy to be able to help others and share their content.
    And when all else fails, I ask for help! Thanks for answering my call to HELP!
    Kiesha @ We Blog Better recently posted..Does Article Marketing Work for you

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

      Hi Kiesha. Yes, we so often get caught up in outcomes and wanting things to happen according to some preconceived time line. Bringing those kinds of expectations to any relationship is bad news! Glad to be of help and looking forward to the process!

  6. Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Jean,

    Such a great advise, I think many of us felt down during blogging here and there. I like the idea of joining blogging group and ask for help and guidance. I wished there were free one available to fit everyone.
    Preeti @ Heart and Mind recently posted..No Spend Month Challenge- Update 1

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

      Thanks, Preeti. I just heard of a free group called “blog frog” the other day. I joined to see what it’s all about but haven’t had time to respond to anyone yet. Also, if you join ‘Linked In’ (free!) there are lots of blogging groups on there. These are discussion groups and not education/reviews, like A-List, but support is good in any form! Or forum :)

  7. Leah McClellan July 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Good one, Jean. How do I love blogging when it doesn’t love me back? I drown my sorrows in sex, drugs, and rock n roll lmao

    No, not really :) Definitely the rock n roll…well anyway….haha

    I have trusted my gut on this one. Speaking only of the last 6 months since I walked out of a job and put all my focus on blogging, for the most part, it’s just that I’ve known what I have to do and the rest will follow. It’s a gut thing, a spiritual thing, a just-knowing thing. So when my momentum isn’t happening, I know it’s just my self-doubts, fears, and worries creeping in. And they’ve been bad, especially when the mortage is due and I don’t know how I’m paying it. But I’ve just trusted…and it’s happening. The secondary goal is working my way back into freelancing, but I had to get back into the habit of writing, and it’s all panning out. So now it’s a juggle between the “real” work and the blogging that goes a little slower.

    Helping other people always helps too! Taking a few hours or days away, as you say, is definitely good, some time to cook some decent meals, take care of me…absolutely important!

    Oh and I joined that blogging club you mentioned PLUS have daily emails from my Empire Building Kit/Chris Guillebeau, read other blogs about blogging (like this one :)….so I’ve surrounded myself with support, in a way. That is huge for me! Has helped so much.

    OK novel writing means I’m avoiding some work I don’t feel like doing lol :)

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      Leah, you are one wild and crazy woman. That explains why I like you so much :) Love the sound of ‘surrounding myself with support.’ What a healthy thing for all of us to do. Thanks for the novel :)

  8. Joe Boyle July 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Whenever I’m about to slam my head into the wall and scream (yeah, I do that EVERY day), I just get up from my desk and go for a walk, do some stretches, or just sit out on my balcony. You really just need to refresh yourself and then reintroduce yourself to the situation. It’s the best way to calm yourself down.

    Great post! 😀

    • Jean Sarauer July 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

      You must get a sore head, Joe :) Getting away from the scenario and getting that fresh perspective really does help things. Especially our heads :)

  9. Mark Bell July 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Hey Jean,
    Some good tips here I will have to remember. When I get frustrated with my website, I always find myself going blog surfing, and leaving comments on other blogs to try and help people. I guess that reassures me that my real interest is in helping more so than the success that may follow.
    Cheers,
    Mark

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

      Hi Mark. I truly believe in the ‘do on to others’ philosophy of blogging – that when we give others that which we ourselves would like to receive, all things work out. Sounds like we’re on the same page with that.

  10. rob white July 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    Yes indeed, it can be a baffling world. What keeps me going is finding successful models who have proves time and time again that a modern business must participate in social media.

    Persist, persist, persist… When we have an unwavering conviction that we have something unique to offer the world we erase all self-doubt. Victory loves the sincerely persistent person.

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

      Persistence is definitely not optional for bloggers. It’s a basic principle we must remind ourselves of over and over again!

  11. Farnoosh July 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Jean, you are a genius – I needed to much to read this this week…..I need to write a few posts in advance on top of all my other commitments because I have travel coming up and sometimes, a crazy part of me wonders why on earth I am doing this – but the drive pushes me forth even though motivation takes a break once in a while. I simply talk to my husband and my little brother (the IT man behind the scenes) – they so believe in what I am doing that I am restored and back in love with blogging, no matter how it chooses to feel about me, darn lil thing that it is! :)
    Great advice, as ALWAYS! You made my weekend!!!!

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

      Your comment popped up here right as I was replying to others. Such good timing, Farnoosh :) I’m glad you have your husband and little brother to put some extra air under your wings. I would gladly do the same because I love your blog and your beautiful spirit.

  12. Aileen July 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Your advice is far more productive than mine :) when blogging doesn’t love me back chocolate and a glass of wine do.
    Great topic and great suggestions. Especially the stepping away for a moment – and helping others – and the studying of relationships

    Great post!!
    Aileen recently posted..Stretch Your Way Into Stress Relief With These 10 Stretches

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

      Too bad you aren’t here right now, Aileen. I would pretend to be having a bad time with blogging so we could share some wine and chocolate :)

  13. Alien Ghost July 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    ‘4-Hour Work Weeks’ and ‘Six Figure-Incomes’

    I don’t know how many people get into blogging because of those promises; I won’t deny I heard them too and got tempted by then, but “love is love” and just in the same way we can get married with the promises of eternal love, lust and fun to find later it isn’t like we thought it’ll be, still we can find the real meaning of marriage and laugh at our innocence at the beginning and enjoy the company, the support and of course…love

    I believe blogging is the same, after all is close to having a child, if we really love him/her we will not condition that love to the results he/she can give us, but just love them for who they are, and when things don’t go well we will strive for getting things up without asking for results at once.

    Raul
    Alien Ghost recently posted..Spiraling Down

    • Jean July 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

      I agree, Raul. Blogging brings to us what it brings and when it brings . . . we can control what we do, but we can’t force outcomes. Such a delightful child, though :)

  14. Vince July 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Hi Jean
    Your advice is so spot on. You have a practicable but very human approch to things. Thank you for visiting my blog again, your comment made me change the end of it…it made me focus more on the point I was trying to get across…
    I must admit that I have tended to stick to a few blogs that I like… a little like going to the same restaurant…. it’s a big world out there but as bloggers it can be a small one also? Time to shake things up :)
    Vince

    • Jean Sarauer July 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

      Hi Vince. Yes, getting out into a wider circle is really a plus, and in ways I didn’t even think of when I started blogging. Many of the readers here are from the personal development or writing niches because I regularly visit several blogs related to those things. This has caused me to expand my writing more beyond some of the typical ‘blogging about blog’ topics, which has helped things overall too. So, blogging started loving me more when I spread my wings more :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..How to Love Blogging When it Doesn’t Love You Back

  15. Farouk July 10, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    You are right Jean, in addition, a person must put in mind that success in blogging is just like success in any other field, it takes a lot of time before it happens

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

      Thanks, Farouk. You’re right–having a successful relationship with blogging is definitely a long-term process. It’s not for the faint of heart!

  16. Dia July 10, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Nice post Jean, the best thing is to be patient and know that in the end it is going to be huge success. This is the mentality that I have in my mind at all times. Thanks Jean for sharing
    Dia recently posted..Improve your confidence

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

      I love your mentality, Dia. Keeping the faith will carry us through a lot!

  17. Paul Tech July 10, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    Jean, you really make this post meaningful by drawing a parallel between blogging and a love relationship.

    Stepping away and showing others love will really help us to become better bloggers. Maybe there is no immediate results in traffic but over the long term, we make new friends and establish a presence.
    Paul Tech recently posted..World Cup 2010- Paul the Octopus Picks Spain To Win In Final Showdown

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Paul. The other thing about getting out and helping others is that it’s just plain fun!

  18. Meg July 10, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    I have no idea what this problem is–not at all! Oh my blogging efforts are flawless and unfailingly rewarding, with comments and emails from readers all over the world, and people sending me checks and asking how they can support me in my beautiful efforts. It is so simple to be a successful and satisfied blogger–all the advice is out there, and none of it is confusing, the most clueless writer in the world can understand it and make it work in an instant! Are you sure you are really cut out for this line of work? You should be more like me, and have complete confidence in the validity of one’s navel, and gaze at it lovingly every day and know that others love it as much as we do and can’t wait to read about it from post to post. Now where did I put my prescription? Ran out of reality pills the other day…. ;D

    Seriously, though, great post, Jean! The writing life, like other work done in solitude, doesn’t always give the tangible feedback our reality-based selves need. Quality work doesn’t necessarily translate into income, and like anything else in life there are no guarantees. I agree with you that a community of bloggers to interact with is crucial, to keep some sense of groundedness there.
    Meg recently posted..Small Steps vs Big Muddles

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Meg. Wow, I want some of those check-sending readers. Haha. Focusing on creating and connecting has definitely carried me through some of my bumpier blogging days.

  19. Joshua Noerr July 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I love helping out. I get a lot out of it on a personal level, and it really helps me remember why I started doing this in the first place.

    Really great post Jean.

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Joshua. It’s easy to forget our initial reasons for blogging, and when we do that, our passion fades. Anything that can reconnect us with that passion is a good use of our time!

  20. Karen July 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    First, way to go for getting rid of Disqus – glad that I could help with the commenting section. It looks great and works, too! :-)

    I think you brought up some great points, particularly the advice about getting away from blogging to gain some perspective. It’s so easy to spend so many hours on the computer and ignore the rest of the world out there. Getting away and doing something else makes a great change and allows you to re-evaluate why you are blogging in the first place. Without that break, you can become very insular in your focus. I think you also gave great advice about changing your focus by helping others. We all have knowledge and wisdom that can help other people not go through the same struggles.

    Thanks,
    Karen
    Karen recently posted..An Important Exercise To Help You Create The Life You Want

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

      Hi Karen. I figured you’d be glad to see the end of Disqus :) I had to be away from blogging quite a lot this week, and that time away was a real positive. I got inspiration for new posts, plus it was just so refreshing to be ‘unplugged.’

  21. J. Thomas Alexander July 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    As a beginning blogger, I can relate to this post. There is a learning curve involved here, and at the same time we newbies have to deal with “blog depression” as well as with technical difficulties. All this and trying to produce quality content as well! I am also new to your blog, and I find it an informative and outstanding read.

    regards,
    Tom
    J. Thomas Alexander recently posted..Beethoven of the Mind

    • Jean Sarauer July 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      I can sure relate to both the ‘blog depression’ and technical difficulties. I’m not technically adept, so even simple things seemed to take a long while and my available time for blogging would be used up before I really accomplished anything. Ah well, we all get where we’re going eventually :) Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  22. Jeffrey July 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    My problem is that of the 18 Blogs that I have, none ever thank me for all the work I put in to them. I have taken to neglecting some of my sites. Which as an adult I know better than to neglect my children. I think I’m in need of more therapy …… is 10.00 A.M. next Saturday good for you Jean?
    Jeffrey recently posted..Bloggers Market WordPress Secrets…It’s Coming

    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 6:22 am #

      Hi Jeffrey. If I had 18 blogs, I’d be too far gone for any therapy to help me. Oh, and your blogs told me to tell you “thanks,” by the way :)

  23. Tia July 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    Fantastic post. Look at these comments!

    When blogging doesn’t love me back, I watch a movie. :)

    Then I get up and do it again. I know it won’t always love me back. It’s 50% for me and 50% for others. When others don’t like what I publish, that’s okay, because I do, and I’m 50% of the equation.

    Cheers!

    Tia
    Tia recently posted..Question of the Week- What the heck is the point of Facebook for bloggers

    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 6:24 am #

      Hi Tia. Watching a movie is good :) That sounds like a healthy blogging equation. Pretty hard to go wrong using that as a foundation!

  24. Joseph Archibald July 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Hi Jean, just came to your blog via Tia’s Tweet. Super points you make – name me one regular blogger who has not felt precisely what you describe here!

    You got a bookmark and a retweet from me Jean!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards
    Joseph
    Joseph Archibald recently posted..Working Together Online for a Far Brighter Future-

    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 6:34 am #

      Hi Joseph. We definitely all do have our share of hard times and struggles on this journey. It’s easy sometimes to forget that the probloggers were all fresh-out-of-the-box beginners at one point too. I’m glad you found your way here, and I appreciate you sharing the post!

  25. Katie July 11, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Jean, great post. I just love the way you write and I don’t care if I say that every time I comment. For me, I just keep trying. I have found that lately when my blog rejects me, I just cuddle up and write another post. Halfway through we’re bickering about direction, content, flow, and then suddenly, out of nowhere we’re in love again. It accepts me, I hit the publish button and we’re back on track doing what we do and not worrying so much about what everyone out there thinks we should be doing.
    Katie recently posted..A Simple Guide to Eating Like a Human

    • Joseph Archibald July 11, 2010 at 11:01 am #

      Lovely way of putting it Katie!

      If we just let “the flow” flow, then everything will, em… flow. Its our own minds that are playing tricks on us and erecting the barriers needlessly. We need to find a way of playing our own minds at their game so we really embrace our blogging capabilities all the more!

      Hope that makes some sort of sense and it does not seem that my mind is playing “funny stuff” with me here… 😉
      Joseph Archibald recently posted..Working Together Online for a Far Brighter Future-

    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      Katie, I believe you and blogging are soul mates. From where I’m standing (or sitting haha) it looks like a match made in heaven!

  26. Erica Lee July 11, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    I just saw a RT of this post & I’m so glad I found this post/this whole blog in general. I’m a fairly new blogger (though I’ve been reading & commenting on many blogs for years), and it’s so true that sometimes blogging just doesn’t quite return the love I give it. I think these are some really good tips, though. I think I’m going to try to pump up the volume of posts this week & see if that changes things up a bit.

    Now, time to read some of the archives here :)

    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Erica. So glad you stopped in. Good luck with your volume pumping efforts!

  27. Manal July 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Great advice as usual Jean. The one thing I try to do every day is to write a little bit even if it’s a couple of paragraphs. I’m trying to build the habit of writing more. So I won’t allow myself to go read fantastic blogs (like yours) and comment before I’m done with my writing. Reading in effect is my reward for writing.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Manal recently posted..Is It Time to Stop Playing Catch-up

    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

      Hi Manal. Great to see you. I’ve been having to cut myself off from blog reading this weekend because I’m soooo far behind. I’ll get caught up in a couple days though and then I’ll be over to visit you too!

  28. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella July 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    Excellent list of practical tips. For me I love a challenge and getting my blog to perform the way I want is the ultimate challenge.

    My best weapon is to be adaptable. Try new ways to get things done. My blog is lab and I am the quintessential Mad Scientist. Muhahahahaha… :)

    Has anyone seen Egor?

    Looking for a blog to guest post on? Visit http://blogswithwings.com and contact me there. I love guest posters.
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    • Jean Sarauer July 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

      Hi Joella, aka Ms. Mad Scientist. Being adaptable is a good thing. The more adaptable and flexible we are, the less chance we’ll crack :)

  29. J.D. Meier July 12, 2010 at 3:42 am #

    I’m a fan of shaking things up … it’s that spice of life thing in action.
    J.D. Meier recently posted..Top 10 Lessons in Improving Communication

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 8:00 am #

      Hi JD. Shaking things up is good! I can forget to do that sometimes myself and even a small change can make blogging (and the rest of life) a heck of a lot more interesting.

  30. Marion Anderson July 12, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    This post really resonates with me. I have found at the beginning of my journey there were days I wondered if I wasting my time on my blog.

    Then I found the bloggers in the A List Blogging Club who have taught me so much about giving, supporting and helping.

    There is a lot of practical help too but I have found you are never alone with the bloggers at the club.
    Marion Anderson recently posted..The ONE Lesson I Wish I had Learned Sooner in Life

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Marion. Oh, how well I know that, “Am I wasting my time?” feeling. But then I remembered my reasons for doing this . . . creating and connecting . . . and I started trusting the process again. And in that state of trusting, I found the A-List Club too. Or maybe they found me? I don’t even remember how or where I signed up for the mailing list anymore. It’s a great place, and I’m so glad you’re there!

  31. Melody Jones July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Jean, you must be talking directly to me! You are describing my current situation to a T. My blog is a fickle partner at times.

    Perhaps I need to grab hold of one of those dancing tumbleweeds and make a post out of it.

    I’m bookmarking you…

    • Jean Sarauer July 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi Melody. Gotta love those fickle partners! Let me know if you do that dancing tumbleweed post – that would be one of a kind :)

  32. Lynn Fang July 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    Hi Jean, Thanks for this little bit of inspiration. I’ve been feeling a little uncertain about my blog lately, but I’m still pushing through, hoping it will one day show me a little more love. =]
    Lynn Fang recently posted..Biodiversity Affects You

    • Jean Sarauer July 13, 2010 at 12:02 am #

      Hi Lynn. We all have those times of uncertainty, but in the end, if we just keep going, things come together somehow. Keep on keeping on, and know you’re not alone!

  33. Kaylynn July 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    I agree. All work and no play makes me a dull blogger. I loved your article.

    • Jean Sarauer July 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Kaylynn. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, we have to have our play time. I’m a bit overdue but will remedy that soon :)

  34. Larissa July 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you, Jean!
    I’ll browse your blog and will look into joining the A-list Blogging. Am sure this will help me greatly.

    Larissa

    • Jean Sarauer July 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

      Hello Larissa. Glad you stopped in. I love the A-List Club. It’s helped me grow in so many ways that I can’t even tell you!

  35. James August 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Lets be honest on all these books like “4 Hour Work Week”, it’s get book for us in the “Western World”, USA, UK and richer countries, but let’s be frank.

    We are in a recession, and it is very difficult for bloggers, designers in the Western World to make money, because, outsourcing is so cheap and we effect our own economies. The gurus as these books should realise the effect it is having on our economies.

    Blogging is a good resource tool for networking, forget about getting wealthly from blogging. These books a glamourised to make us believe that there is wealth and the tunnel. May there is? I am not denying that fact.

    4 hour work week is a joke. It is about outsourcing, blogging you cannot work 4 hours a week. I’ve read the “4 Hour Work Week”, the best thing I learnt is checking your email at certain times.

    Just remember, showing love does have a plus effect, I have made two good friends with link love, all you need to do is write a link love post, search for 5 or 6 posts, create a simple post and email the blogger.

    It works a treat.

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

      Hi James. I think there’s great money to be made when we use our blogs as a platform for another business such as consulting or writing. But there’s a lot of work, planning, and long hours involved. Definitely not a 4-hour work week! Yes, the link love posts are a great way of building bridges.

  36. Cori Padgett August 6, 2010 at 12:14 am #

    As usual, love this post.. you have such a great knack for twining an analogy with an everyday problem, that just makes sense. :)

    And such great advice! I’m going to try to focus on reading and commenting more in the evening times now, just to take a break from myself and my own world. lol

    Thanks for your piercing insight Miz Jean.. you rock as usual! 😀
    Cori Padgett recently posted..Creative Business Success- How to Synchronize the Right and Left Brains

    • Jean Sarauer August 6, 2010 at 6:52 am #

      Thanks Cori. I get caught up in my own world too so totally get that! I still need to email you about pricing ideas too. One of these days :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..What Are You Doing to Yourself

  37. Keith Davis August 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Jean
    Reminds me of the quote from the late great Peter Cook…
    “I was never my mother’s favourite… and I was an only child.”
    Seems sometimes that blogging is all hard work for little reward… when I start to think that, I work even harder.

    Time to follow your tips especially “Pamper yourself.”

    Common sense advice as always Jean.
    Keith Davis recently posted..A splash of colour

    • Jean Sarauer August 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

      Great quote! I hear you on the pampering thing–I’ve been doing some of that today myself. It’s a 70-something, sunny day in Wisconsin. Phooey on work :)

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