Why I’ll Never Make It In The Blogging World

Today is the last day for the FantasyCon tickets Giveaway! (Too bad the bleeding and ultrasounds I had earlier this week are causing me to be on “modified bedrest” and having me induced next weekend cuz now I can’t go…but the consolation prize is a son, so, at least I have that going for me!)
I’ve sort of blogged about never making it in the blogging world before here.
And, wish as I might, it’s still is, and will probably continue to be, the truth. 
I even had a goal to get to 150 followers on Bloglovin this year…I’ve plateaued at 88 =( =( =(
Here are some more reasons why (more so on the technical side).
1) Most months I don’t have a budget. I’m poor. I can’t afford to put money in the blog most months. Also, I really don’t see why I should have to pay for followers. I mean, yes, I understand why, but I’d rather not pay for them.
2) I’m not a graphic designer. I thought I was so cool when I designed this blog a year ago. But, I’ve really gotten bored with how it looks. I don’t like it anymore. But, I’ve lost my skills I had with Adobe InDesign (which I used in high school as part of the school newspaper and literary and art magazine). I also don’t have any editing/design programs and I’m not willing to pay for them, nor am I willing to pay for the premium on picmonkey.com.
3) I don’t have a DSLR. These are all the rage. Pictures, pictures, pictures, buttons, buttons, buttons, pinterest-worthy content. I have a point and shoot. Hopefully, I’ll get a DSLR by Christmas. That is the goal. But, really, put all of these first three of these reasons together….
4) I’m not an affiliate with anyone. I’ve done a few sponsored posts…but those are sponsored in the sense that I get free samples of products in return for a review. I don’t necessarily want to become an affiliate because of nitty-gritty of it…and some want to know bank info (so they can pay the blogger), but I just don’t feel comfortable handing that info out.
5) My platform names don’t match. This is the most annoying one. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram, and Teachers Pay Teachers. Some of these platform names match: morrellfairytale or my name, Tayler Morrell. But, Twitter won’t do morrellfairytale. It is one character too long! How ridiculous is that! I also want to rename the blog to that, that’s our domain name. But, my email is cymru.celt@gmail.com (It means Welsh Celt). When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to have as many followers as I do, nor did I expect to be as “professional” as I am now or on as many platforms as I am. I didn’t think about “branding” myself…I was using my personal email address. I would love to change it over to morrellfairytale@gmail.com, but that would mean a few things: I’d have to change that email for everything that is related to the blog (a lot of hassle), as well as keep the cymru.celt because if I don’t have it linked to the blog, then all the pictures I have won’t appear for some stupid reason that Blogger has…
So, there you have it.
Once we move and once I have my son and once I revise some of my unit plans and put it on my Teachers Pay Teachers account, I will revamp the blog big time. But, that may not happen during the summer.
What obstacles keep your blog from growing? What secrets do you have for growing your blog?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • The first four are pretty true for me, I've occasionally spent money though in the past–because, I figure, most hobbies cost a little money, no matter what it is. Because I can't design I got a blog design last year for $40. I haven't bought an ad in quite a while, though. I also would prefer followers to just magically find me and love the way I write–wouldn't that be awesome?
    My platform names don't exactly match but they're either "The Random Writings of Rachel" or "RandomlyRachels" so at least they're sort of related and hopefully recognizable. Though I wish I had "RandomlyRachelG" because that's my last initial but apparently the email was already taken when I tried to get it.

  • I guess that is the issue with us writers who began blogging because we like to write rather than began blogging for the sole purpose of networking and earning.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    I'm not willing to shell out money for the blog. I learned a long time ago I will never make it as a big blogger, and I'm ok with that. I've focused my blog on documenting my/our lives. If people are compelled to swing by and read, awesome, if not, no sweat. 🙂

  • That's kind of what it is for me…a digital journal/scrapbook. I love that you do it that way and all the pictures you take and how you document all the adventures you and Marcus go on. It'll be great to look back at a few years from now!

  • Very interesting post! (I came across it on Twitter through #bloggerproblems). I guess my question would be: what do you consider 'making it' in the blog world? I see you have some followers, comments, ads, etc… so girl, you ARE making it!

    I think way too many bloggers got caught up in the dream of becoming the next 'A Beautiful Mess' or 'Love, Taza', but if you think about it — these blogs offer out services, not just writing + photography. I think for someone to really make blogging their full-time job they need to offer books, e-courses, giveaways, and be able to provide an expertise (or assumed expertise) to their followers. I gave up trying to make it a full-time job awhile ago, and it's really just become a creative expression + something I adore because I meet so many amazing new people across the world.

    Also, I just wanted to give a few tips about the no budget / no DSLR / etc. At my old blog, I had 3,000 followers and didn't spend a dime. I had a broken, taped-together point + shoot, no Photoshop, no affiliates, no graphic design experience, etc. — In other words, I can completely relate! I really think it's more about the passion behind the posts. Make (free) PicMonkey your best friend! That's how I edited all my point-and-shoot photos for years, and it's fun because it pushes you to get more creative! Also, look for free ad swaps + don't be afraid to reach out via email / letter to a favorite "big" blogger. You may just be taken under their wing! Sorry for the long comment — I just know how disheartening it can be when your blog isn't where you want it to be. I think your place here is absolutely lovely 🙂

  • What was your secret to get 3000+ without spending a dime or photography skills?

  • There was no real secret, to be honest. I was Freshly Pressed for my writing twice (it's a feature on WordPress.com), and that brought in some new faces. But I found most of my readers by visiting other people's blogs, commenting, and interacting with other bloggers. Networking was HUGE in growing my last blog. Once you can catch people's attention, it's all about content from there.

    For advertising (which I did very little of), I would look for bloggers open to ad swaps instead of paid advertising. And as far as photography, you don't need a good camera if you have photography skills. If you can capture the moment you're after, there's free editing software online to make it look a little higher quality. And as far as honing photography skills, there's tons of tutorials online that help show point-and-shoot camera users how to get professional style shots. Hope this helps!