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Blogging: Sugar & Spice

My kids are my best, and worst, critics. They praise me when my posts are good, and correct me when they see flaws. Or when they think I’m “over sharing”. Or when my head is getting too big. Ate particularly is my grammar nazi haha. My Lovey? She’s my number 1 fan & asks me everyday if I posted something new. She can find no fault with mommy. My babyson doesn’t even read my blog, I’m thinking. Wala talaga siyang comment! :P When I skip a day, the girls bombard me with questions as to why I didn’t blog. As if we’re not together most of the time & they want news! ;))

How often should a blogger post?
A blogger should post as often as she/he wants to. It also depends on what goals you have for your blog. If you want to blog professionally and have engaged readers, you have to post more than once a week. On the flip side, posting nonsense eight times a day isn’t going to grow your readership, either. Posting 5-7 times a week seems to be pretty standard for an individual blogger.

Before, when I was new at blogging, I would post real-time. Sometimes 2-3 in a day then I’d go without posting for several days. Depends on whether I have anything interesting to share or not. But I found out that it’s better to schedule my posts so I have something to share with you every day, or every other day at least. So that’s what I do now.

How to grow your blog?
The very most important thing to grow your blog is to remember that content is why people come to your site. If you have interesting stuff to write about, people will come back. If you don’t then they won’t. It’s all about content. You can pull every trick in the book to get your blog to grow, however if you don’t consistently deliver your personal best, your readers either won’t stay or won’t follow to begin with. Offering unique content, captivating photos, good writing (and grammar!) and frequent posts are all part of that magical recipe. Above all be yourself. Talk to your readers the way you talk in real life. And make sure that what you are sharing is worth their time reading.
Another thing that has helped my blog grow has been through search engines. By making sure your pictures and posts are tagged with key words you’ll be able to drive more traffic from people searching for your topics.

What do I post about? Mostly food really, and my lakad with the kids or Kap. If not for them, I really don’t think I’d have anything to blog about. :P They keep my calendar interesting. Sometimes, when I don’t have food posts, random thoughts that enter my head. Sometimes, zero coz I run out of things to talk about. So I’ll be quiet for a while. Then the kids start making life interesting for me again & give me inputs and pasalubongs just so I can continue blogging. They are my staunchest supporters. I’m so delighted with how they support me in my little hobby. Even with photographs they are so accommodating, cooperative, & patient with me. They are always ready with a smile, a smirk, or a pose for mommy. My kids really are the best. <3

Will you ever run out of ideas to blog about?
Having a busy husband, a dog, and 3 kids with so many activities between them, it’s somewhat easy for me to come up with ideas to blog about, for me it’s having the time and money (especially for food posts) to be able to do them. New things trigger inspiration everyday so I think the question should be not will you run out of ideas but will you stay in tune with your creativity?
BUT. If unlike me, you have no husband, pet, or kids to inspire your blog, here as some helpful tips:
– Read. I try to read blogs & magazines.
– Listen. Your readers will tell you what they are interested in, and what they want to read about.
– Get out. Going out, doing things, meeting new people are all very inspirational.
– Keep a List. I keep a note in my phone to remind me the little things, a funny caption, or anecdotes for my blog later on. If I don’t write it down, it’s likely to be forgotten.

  

One post takes up 30 minutes to an hour of my day. It depends on whether my internet is cooperating or not. Minsan mabilis mag-upload ng pictures. Minsan naman gusto ko nang ihagis sa pader yung wifi box kasi ang tagal mag-upload.  If I have several posts -which I put on queue, then it takes me half a day or the whole day, at hindi ako makausap ng mga bagets coz I’m concentrating. I’m really not the type who can talk & compose a post at the same time, I can’t, for the life of me, multi-task. So I mostly do it when the kids are in school. Or when they are sleeping. Coz I get distracted when they’re home & with a million & one questions for me. :P

How do you keep up & balance blogging duties with your family life?
This is probably the hardest part about blogging for most. Especially if blogging is something that you love doing…I could blog all day every day. Blogging is like having a job, and I don’t think you will find a mother alive that doesn’t have guilt. It’s so important to remember that family comes first. Don’t be the mom with her head to the back of the computer. It’s important to make sure to put your family first. I blog mostly when the kids are in school, but I’m also sometimes guilty of blogging when they’re home, and that takes away my time from them. Just remember blogging can wait… your children are only young once.

Maybe you’ve noticed that I don’t have posts on sundays? That’s coz the kids occupy my time the whole saturday haha. Hindi ako makapag-blog. And I’ve also noticed in my stats that my readers mostly read during the weekdays. At work maybe? Quiet ang stats ko during the weekends. So, you’re reading me DURING office hours??? ;)) tsk tsk tsk.

 

And until now, I’m still using blogspot as my draft board. Hirap talaga ako mag-compose sa wordpress. And uploading pictures there is a nightmare! OC ako so I like everything to be in order. In wordpress, I have to upload one at a time or the pictures will jumble. So what I do is I write a draft in blogspot & upload pictures there. When it’s complete I copy paste into wordpress. Then edit again coz of the different platform. Hayz.

But then again, wordpress has it’s advantages over blogspot like the spam feature on the comment section. And the stats which is very helpful. So in general, I’m quite happy with WP.

And whad’ya know, I’m on my way back up again woohoo!! Thank you guys for your support. And for finding me! ;) I thought I was gonna be on the brink of depression for quite a while haha. At least now I’m not #350 zOMG! @_@

How to cope with not comparing?
Sometimes it can be overwhelming when I read all the amazing bloggers. It’s hard not to compare your blogging style with theirs. We just have to remember that everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is in different places in their lives. Some bloggers may be doing this full time and others just as a side hobby. Most people who have been blogging for 10 years are probably going to have a lot more followers & readers than someone that has only been blogging for 1-2 years. Growth takes time and that’s okay (something I’ve learned the hard way). Celebrate when you hit another mark!
When we compare ourselves to others we are often checking their strengths against our own weaknesses – a surefire way to a drop in self-confidence and unhappiness. It’s not useful and it’s not fair.
Here are five ways to get out of the comparison game:
– What you have IS enough. Think about all of life’s blessings. When it really comes down to it you may WANT more, but do you really NEED more?
– Count your blessings daily. Enough said.
– Focus on your strengths. When you focus on what you’re really good at rather than what someone else is good at you will see greater success and reward.
– Be okay with imperfection. No one is perfect, right? Know what your imperfections are and enjoy them.
– Be aware and stop yourself. Often we start to compare without really thinking about it. When you realize what you’re doing stop and refocus.

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