Just a note to my followers that I have had a rough month. I haven’t given up on blogging, but honestly, I’ve thought about it. I am not having the success I thought I would by now, and its not because I haven’t tried. Then the Holidays have come along, and now there are some things going on personally that have just made blogging seem not very important at the time being.
I hope to get back in the swing of things soon, but I don’t know when that might be. And I’m still just not completely sure what it is I want to continue to blog about. I tried engineering topics, but that did not seem to garner a lot of interest. How to save money? Well there are THOUSANDS of blogs doing that. I just can’t seem to fit in. Or stand out maybe is a better term. Why is my blog better than anyone else’s? Or more importantly, why is it worse?? Do I not do enough SEO? And if I hear the word CONTENT one more time, I’ll explode. I’ve read plenty of blogs and seen plenty of content. Do you know what content really is? It’s a bunch of words that don’t mean anything that people use to fill space to try to get a good SEO rating. Just my opinion there. Everyone says you need quality content. But hardly anyone explains just WHAT that content is!
I thought I was pretty highly advanced in the technology sector unitil I started my blog. I thought, I’ll type what I know about, inject some stupid humor, and people will come flocking. I had no idea that you had to artificially create interest in your blog (isn’t that what SEO is? Tricking search engines into thinking you are important??) I check out websites because I like what they say or have to offer. I could really care less about a free newsletter that gets me spam email for the rest of my life. I would rather actually learn something, or get a real review on a product. Like lets say Product X. I would love to know if Product X actually works. I don’t care if you got paid to try it out. Does it work??? Not ‘I’ll tell you if it works if you join my 37 step plan on why it might work if you just subscribe to my newsletter, which ironically will contain NO news whatsoever.’ Or endless linking to outside sites that have nothing to do with whatever it is that you were there for in the first place.
Yes, I would LOVE to make some money on my blog. I’ve set up a few ads. I’m an affiliate. Yay. But apparently, I haven’t tricked Google and Bing into thinking I’m important. And if I read one more ‘See how I made $300 after just weeks of blogging!!’, I’ll puke. I’ve saved pins, tweeted, facebooked, stumbled, you name it.
And I’ll keep trying. Maybe I’ll start a new blog ‘TheIrritibleEngineer’, where I make like Frank Costanza and just air my grievances. I’m 43 but I feel like shaking my cane at the world and giving it my best ‘EHHHH!’ I’m going to try and possibly redesign things. Maybe have my kids help. I never thought I’d be at that point where I was thinking ‘I’m too old for this.’ But there are things about blogging and web design that I just don’t understand.
At any rate, I hope everyone is patient with me as I sort things out.