I’ve been blogging since 2009. I am still only at 63 followers via GFC and 80 followers on Bloglovin. I blog constantly: at least 3x a week during the school year and almost daily during the summer. I participate in link-ups, go to blogger meet-ups, pay for sponsorships, review products, comment on other blogs, and use multiple forms of social media. Yet, for some reason, I’m just not growing.
I’ve come to the sad realization, that I’ll never be a big blogger (and I’m ok with that), and here is why.
1) I don’t have a big blogging budget. As of right now, it’s $15 a month, I’ll be honest. I’m grateful for that much, but it only goes so far. But, I have car payments, pregnancy bills (with baby bills soon to come), and housing bills soon to come this summer.
2) I don’t have as much time as some other bloggers. Some bloggers are SAHMs. They are amazing heroes who find time in their busy mom schedule to blog, but they still seem to have more time for me. Others have a part-time job, or a 9-5 job that they can leave at work. Teaching comes home with you. I have other blogger friends who are teachers, but have more experience under their belts, which means, they aren’t spending the necessary time reinventing the wheel, like I have to in my first official year of teaching.
3) I don’t have the newest fashions. Fashion bloggers are all the rage. They get hundreds of followers just by wearing new name brands. I buy most of my clothes at Target, Wal-Mart, or clearance racks at the mall. I still think my fashion sense is adorable, but it’s not “high-fashion” and it won’t be any time soon.
4) I don’t have a DSLR. I have a $200, 4 year old, point and shoot digital Canon. I am saving money for a nice DSLR, but for now, I have to deal with lesser quality pictures.
5) I hate taking pictures. I don’t like being in pictures–I don’t feel I’m photogenic. (There are a few that I really love). I also feel awkward taking pictures all the time, whether of myself or of other activities. I also forget to bring my camera with me a lot. I’d rather enjoy the activities I’m participating in rather than wondering if it’d make a nice picture for the blog.
6) I don’t have good lighting/backdrops for my pictures. We have a small apartment, with not the greatest lighting. We have new bulbs, but the places they are positioned in the ceiling lights aren’t the smartest areas. Outside our apartment complex is awkwardly lighted as well with tall buildings and the trees. Not the best for pictures.
7) I’m not a photographer. But, I’d like to learn, eventually.
8) I’m not physically creative. Tell me to write a story or a poem, and I can do that. Tell me to design a poster board, knit a scarf, or create some other DIY project and I’ll freak. My sisters and my mom got that gene, not me.
9) I’m an English teacher, and yet, I still make numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes. Ooops 😉
10) There are some things I’m not willing to share on the blog. I love bloggers who are willing to get down and dirty with hard topics. They are so honest and open. But, personally, I don’t want to share bad times in marriage, medical issues, etc. That’s mine and my family’s business and not the world’s.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to reach at least 150 followers by the end of the year. It’s only March, so the future still seems bright. 1000+ followers is unlikely, so I’m gonna focus small. I can always shoot to be a medium-sized blogger! =)