Blogging Fails Part Deux

In honor of my second blogiversary I proudly present my annual summary of blogging fails. Β I find it hard to believe that I have been able to maintain this blog for two years.

The blog you see today does not even remotely resemble the one I had planned. I was going to publish a serial drama about a small town living through the great financial crisis. It was going to be hilarious (or it was, in my own mind.)

The idea was so outside what was going on in the personal finance blogging community, I chickened out. I didn’t really think through how I would promote it. Would it make sense to people? Β  Are people looking for financial entertainment? As a result this blog morphed into something else and still, even two years later, has not found its true purpose of voice. Fail 1.

I was going to make oodles and oodles of cash blogging. Nope. I have not earned enough to cover the annual costs of hosting. I might have saved myself some heart ache if I had found this article. “Why blogging for money will not make you rich” two years ago. Recently, I changed my WordPress theme and my revenues have dropped to almost zero because the new theme broke EVERYTHING. I am still trying to fix it. Fail 2.

This past year, this blog has been somewhat neglected, dis-jointed and desolate. Fallow blogs do not thrive and as a result, traffic and readership has dropped like a rock. I am embarrassed to post this but here is a look at the web traffic here at messy money (fail 3 btw):

blog traffic messy money

 

Call me crazy but despite all this…..I have signed up for another year of blogging.

 

This year:

  1. I would like to host some guest posts. If you are a blogger and would like to share a non-sponsoredΒ original post, I would love to hear from you at messytown at gmail.com.
  2. I will continue to post my net worth updates. People seem to dig them.
  3. Off topic. I still have lots to say about money but there a few other musings I would like to share.
  4. Figure out where I fit in the blogosphere. I am still not sure this is a personal finance blog.

Anyway, I hope you will follow along. I appreciate all my visitors and regular readers. I set up a page on Facebook and would love a little company there and just recently …

two likes on facebook messy money blog

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  1. It can get pretty disheartening, can’t it? The problem with blogging is that the rest of your life seems to have no respect for it. For example, I’m just trying to read blogs here, and customers *insist* and writing in and wanting me to help them. Rude!

    But seriously, just keep it up. Guest posts will probably help some. (Don’t look at me, I’m barely hanging on as it is.) Also, if you’re having problems coming up with ideas, start jotting ideas down — pen/paper or smartphone memo — as they come to you. That way, you don’t forget them. If that’s not the issue, then carve out 15 minutes once or twice a week to just spill something onto the virtual page. Don’t even worry about editing. Just get *something* out. You might end up being able to spend more time on it. But 15 minutes isn’t that daunting. And then you have the raw script for your next post. Which will make it easier to think about posting.
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    1. You are so RIGHT about writing things down. Sometimes I will compose what I think are brilliant blog posts in my mind and then “poof” they are gone or they don’t have the same zing they had when I was thinking them through. I also need to start blogging “ahead” and scheduling posts so that I am not sitting in front of laptop struggling to get something published. You do a great job of posting regularly – I appreciate the advice.

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    1. It turns out that some of my own financial situation provides financial entertainment for other, which surprises me a bit, to be honest. Deep down there is a comedian in me somewhere LOL.

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  2. (sorry if you get this twice!)

    Happy 2nd Birthday – good to hear you’ll carry on for another year (at least).

    I see your blog as a PF one – you post about your net worth but there’s no need to follow what everyone else is doing in the PF world. Celebrate your difference, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the blogosphere! πŸ™‚
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  3. Happy 2nd birthday! Great to hear you are up for another year (at least!)

    I see this blog as a PF one – you post your net worth but there’s no need to follow what everyone else is doing in the PF world – celebrate being different, there’s room for everyone in the blogsphere! πŸ™‚

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  4. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time, and for what it’s worth, you still blow my blog away in number of comments on articles, so you must be doing something right (or I’m doing something wrong, hmmmm *lol*)
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  5. So this is the very first time I’ve been to this blog, Modest Money Tweeted so I came to check it out and I love this article, I’m about to dive into the rest of your site and find out more about it but your writing is hilarious and whitey and everything I like in a blog, I’m glad you are continuing for another year.
    Tyler

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    1. Thanks Tyler – appreciate it. Nice to see you here. I have promised myself that I will blog more frequently this year, so hope you come back and join in the fray. Cheers.

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  6. Happy blogiversary! Just keep posting, just keep posting, just keep posting πŸ™‚ You never know if people will like something until you try πŸ™‚
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    1. yes – I guess that is the key, keep posting. I have been a little off this year with only a post every other week. I need to get back to at least a weekly schedule.

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    1. Thanks for your support over the past two years Brian. It’s had it ups and downs but looking forward to another year. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Kate. The jump in May is courtesy of the fabulous frugalwoods – frugal hound interview. They rock.

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    1. It feels like everyone is hiding out in some secret corner of the internet and I have not been invited. lol.

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  7. Congrats on two years! I think some PF humor would be great but a few times I try to post some things I thought were clearly humorous and not meant to be serious they were taken as serious, maybe. Soft skills post for instance. I loved April fools day and getting to post some fun stuff.
    Congrats again, and keep up the writing. I like reading it and your perspective.
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    1. LOL – I have a few posts like that and ha ha one is a soft skills post too (using the parrot technique at work) oh well! I am going to do one about corporate speak though. I am tired of all the table stakes, long pole in the tent blah blah talk.

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  8. May, for what it’s worth, I always enjoy your posts. I still struggle to find my voice. I’m PF, but as I write about how that affects my life I don’t have a laser focus. I changed how I wrote too after I found the PF blogosphere. Maybe that was a good choice. Maybe not. People still come to visit, so I must be doing something right!

    And I think that you are, too. Because when you’re posting, people are reading. And that’s a pretty big deal. I heart Messy Money, and have a feeling I will no matter where you take it.

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    1. Thank you Femme. I am a big fan and always appreciate your encouragement.

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  9. Oh, May, how I adore you! You’re so honest and funny! πŸ˜€ That original idea you had sounds so fascinating. I love the PF world too, but I love fun off the wall stuff too! I hope you launch that idea sometime, ‘cuz if’n ya do, I want a front row seat! πŸ˜€ Cheers to many more Messy Money May days! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Kay. I still think about the story but not sure how to make it work. Maybe one day.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Mr. Budget. Yes it does take time. I probably took more time than most because I jumped in without really understanding everything that was involved. Good luck with your blog.

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