The annoying thing about blogging is that the hard work never stops

The annoying thing about blogging is that the hard work never stops

Time is so important to me. I’ve always dreamt about the whole 4-hour work week. This idea that you work your arse off for a few years and then you reap the rewards by creating something that can be pretty much self-efficient. There’s a lot of examples of this in blogging, YouTube, social media. That once you hit a certain point, a certain amount of followers, subscribers, page views, everything kind of snow balls leaving you needing just to create content rather than all the things we must do to keep our blogs growing.

Most of us want more. More followers, more page views, more wine (in my case).  But in my experience, that snow balling effect never happened.

I think because when we talk about it – the examples are always those very few that really do make it big. Whether they go viral by fluke, or put out some really great content, or have just been doing it for years and are one of the originals – it’s a rare thing that happens.

Let’s face it, it’s not going to happen to you or to me.

So the hard work never stops. Unless you want your growth to stop.

I’m a great example of that. I’ll share some stats with you.

Instagram:

On the 1st January 2017 I had 6309 Instagram followers. Today I have 5987.

So what’s changed? I quit all Instagram pods I was in because I hate them. It was too much effort and I didn’t want fake comments just because I was in a pod. I’ve also stopped using hash tags because I’m so fed up of Instagram and I just use it for fun now. I find any followers I get through using hashtags are just the accounts the use follow bots and then unfollow a few days later. So whats the point.

Wonder if I’ll ever hit 6k again? Ha.

Twitter:

On the 1st January 2017 I had 10921. Today I have 11281.

That is a slight growth, I guess. But I did actually get up to around 11.5k but then over the past few months I’ve been slipping down. I gained 5k in 2016 so I’m mega behind on growth.

So what’s changed here? I hardly use Twitter anymore. Due to lack of time and being a bit fed up with everyone getting offended at everything. I don’t run my Twitter chat anymore and I don’t join in others. I used to be all over Twitter which means you get seen more and more likely to get followers, likes, and RTs. I remember the days when I would get loads of RTs a day, now I’m getting next to nothing.

This is probably because I Tweet out the same stuff over and over again but if I’m completely honest, I just can’t be bothered.

Worse blogger ever.

Pinterest:

On the first of January 2017 I had 3741 Pinterest followers. Today I have 3845.

I’m actually surprised to see I have a growth because I’ve completely stopped using Pinterest. I used to Pin all my posts and other peoples plus schedule pins. But it’s another thing I got fed up with because I had to put in loads of effort to grow and as soon as I stopped I’d get loads of unfollows so I found the thing really unproductive.

Bloglovin:

On the first January 2017 I had 3885 followers. Today I have 4096.

Again, I’m surprised I have a growth here too. I’ve not looked at Bloglovin in months or put any thought into it. I have been able to grow Bloglovin in the past using these techniques. That also cost me around an hour a day which is time I just don’t have anymore.

I think this is why blogging gets a bit addictive. Once you start doing something that works, you need to keep doing it or your growth stops. Bloggers feel pressure to get higher numbers. I’m to the point where I don’t really think it’s worth it.

I’d advise new bloggers to work on their following for a few months but then settle down into a routine where you get a good blog/life balance otherwise you spend years building up something that just halts when you want to have a life again. Plus who knows when another social media site might open and gain popularity, leaving your current one redundant.

How do you feel about things? Do you see a difference when you stop working on your following?

If you like what you see, please sign up to my newsletter below and follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin so you don’t miss out on updates!

Keep up to date with my newsletter




Follow:

12 Comments

  1. candice
    August 11, 2017 / 7:26 am

    For me growth is a massive thing, I have no grown much on social media especially Instagram!!! Instagram seriously is pissing me off with the changes they made – likes are few and followers are hardly growing.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. August 11, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Twitter can be so bitchy, everyone just moans all day. I have wanted to leave it sometimes but I’m also addicted to it. But I unfollow people who are always complaining on there.
    I feel less stressed when I don’t track my following but then I get no where with my blog, and I’d love my blog to be better so I need to keep it up.
    Great post

  3. August 11, 2017 / 8:29 am

    I’m so fed up of bothering with Instagram so I’ve decided to not worry about it anymore. I’m just going to post if and when I feel like it! I can’t be doing with something that feels like a complete chore when it’s so hard to grow anyway. I much prefer using Twitter so I’m just going to focus on that instead. I used to schedule my Pinterest but I can’t be bothered with that either so now I just pin whenever I feel like it! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle
    Jenny recently posted…My 2017 resolutions progress so farMy Profile

  4. August 11, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Blogging is hard work. This is why I don’t join pods on Instagram and twitter chats. You still have lots of followers. x
    Anca recently posted…The Bowes MuseumMy Profile

  5. August 11, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I’m finding Twitter the hardest to grow on at the moment, maybe I need to be joining in more chats/engaging a little more? I’ve completely given up with Pinterest and Instagram now

  6. August 11, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I’ve practically abandoned my Instagram now. The new algorithm sucks and trying to get and keep followers is too lengthy now! So I just stick to my non-blog one and I have a lot more fun on it! 🙂 Tania Michele xx
    Tania Michele recently posted…Welcome To Dating SitesMy Profile

  7. August 11, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Ugh you’re so right that the hard work never stops and it’s a bit draining isn’t it? I think I’ve kind of settled down a bit too, I’m happy that I have a small number of engaged followers and it’s almost nicer to be able to properly engage with them back too!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk
    Amy recently posted…Cruelty Free Beauty FindsMy Profile

  8. August 11, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    I must admit I do like to see growth, and I work so hard all the time to grow, but it is SO much effort, all the time, it can be exhausting lol – I love your blog though and I love your content, so that is why you are growing! and IG is just stupid at the moment lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver
    Erin recently posted…#MACWeek: MAC Girls Launch Party (Dundee Debenhams)My Profile

  9. August 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    I definitely notice a difference in my stats when I stop putting the hard work in. But although numbers are great, and important to me, they aren’t everything to me. If I don’t feel like being all over Twitter/IG/etc then I won’t and sod it if my no’s go down a bit!
    Aimee recently posted…Let’s Talk Weddings: It’s The Little Things That Matter*My Profile

  10. September 3, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Just read this post and it totally resonates with me. I just published a post on why I stopped blogging (more accurately why I took a four months break) and I completely agree with how obsessed we get with numbers and how the work never stops. I think the most important thing is we keep doing what we love and stop thing about what everybody else does or doesn’t do.

    Maya xx
    http://londondamsel.co.uk/lifestyle/i-stopped-blogging-taught/

  11. October 22, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I am trying to grow my platforms and it is rather puzzling and exhausting. I am try to read articles on how to grow but I wanted to give it a shot myself, lol obviously I have no idea what I am doing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *