A reminder that you create a blog for passion not for money

I always like posts like these, where a successful creator shares how their various side projects has done over the course of a year. Matt is a way bigger blogger than me and I have a tenth of his traffic and his blog is still a small portion of his income. This is a goodContinue reading “A reminder that you create a blog for passion not for money”

2021 was a year of just ticking along for the blog

I don’t publish much on how the blog is doing over the course of the year but at the end I thought it might be worth sharing some stats. Overall it’s been a down year with about a third of my overall traffic disappearing. I’m not sure if this was a lack of content, bloggingContinue reading “2021 was a year of just ticking along for the blog”

Wrestling with using WordPress

I’ve been using WordPress for years but I’m starting to seriously think about leaving the platform. I’d be exporting my blog and moving elsewhere, no idea where. To be honest I haven’t had the time to think about this too much but all I know is the bugs in the iOS app, their apparent constantContinue reading “Wrestling with using WordPress”

Thinking about the blog going forward and creative projects

I’ve been blogging on and off since 2008 and whilst I enjoy it I’ve seen half of the traffic disappear this year. I also upgraded my WordPress to business earlier in the year in a bid to help it support me. I’ve decided that I’m cancelling business to save some money, I’m also debating leavingContinue reading “Thinking about the blog going forward and creative projects”

Send a Tweet or write a blog post?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my output and realising that I hardly Tweet at all these days, I prefer to create content on a platform I have some control over and ownership of. It got me thinking about how I post socially and what (for me) constitutes a tweet vs a blog post. MyContinue reading “Send a Tweet or write a blog post?”

The importance of being consistent if you want to build an audience

Here’s what my stats look like over the last couple of weeks and I bet you can tell when I posted something meaningful. Yup, it’s those two spikes. I think it’s important to be aware of stats but not controlled by them but this shows me that I need to post more consistently. That goesContinue reading “The importance of being consistent if you want to build an audience”

Adding some colour and going forward

I’ve been unhappy with my pretty plain blog for a while and in this day and age I really needed something a bit more uplifting as I write day to day and hopefully for your reading of my content. Taking inspiration from sites like Birchtree I decided to go all in and use a colourContinue reading “Adding some colour and going forward”

I’m a rubbish writer, what do I do next?

I’ve been writing online since about 2008 and through the last year of the odd successful freelance pitch and mostly failures of applications writing for other publications I’ve come to realise that I’ve not improved as a writer in that time at all. What I mean here is that when writing formally for another publicationContinue reading “I’m a rubbish writer, what do I do next?”