It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been active, and I apologize for that. Things have been a bit upside-down in the Rachel.WTF household and I haven’t really wanted to do much writing. I have a few things I want to talk about today that have really become apparent to me over the last 6 months or so.
My blog is dying.
Now, I’m not saying Rachel.WTF was ever the hottest shit on WordPress. But I used to have a small following of people who read, liked, and commented on my posts every week without fail. Spooktober 2017 was successful, my posts were really hitting home with some people, and I was incredibly proud of and happy with my content.
Then, in December, my grandma’s cancer got super bad, I was stressed from helping out with her and dealing with the holidays, so I just kind of fell off the face of the earth. I posted a few things in January to let people know I was still around and that I hadn’t died, but it was very clear to me that my friends on WordPress had jumped ship.
I felt alone.
Writing is something I’ve always loved. It’s been a passion of mine since I was eight years old, and nothing in the world makes me happier (except maybe my dogs). It’s always been my way of expressing my emotions and my thoughts, and that’s the reason I started this blog. I wanted to use it as a diary of sorts, somewhere I could just dump all my baggage. If people didn’t read it, whatever. If they did, tight. But now, I just feel like I’m failing as a blogger.
Spooktober 2018 was a total flop.
I spent most of August planning posts, pre-writing them and scheduling them so I knew they would go up on time, and being genuinely excited for the spooky season. I thought to myself “people really enjoyed Spooktober in 2017; that’s how I can regain my following!”
It was all a huge waste of time.
Let’s compare stats, shall we?
This is October 2017 vs. October 2018. I lost over half of my views, two-thirds of my likes, and all of my comments. Rachel.WTF is dying quickly.
In conclusion, I’m going to work through this. I started this blog not caring if anyone was reading, and I’d like to get back to that mindset. In a way, it’s freeing to just be able to write without fear of judgment, but it’s also really nice to have friends who read your posts and give you their feedback on your thoughts and opinions. I’m going to try to post a few things for November, then give Blogmas a shot. Who knows–maybe that will be really good for me!
Only time will tell.
Much Love XX