20 Stages Of Blogging

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


The idea!
It all starts with one simple thought: I think I want to start a blog. Most will sit on this idea for a long time debating over which action to take next. Or if you're like me you sit on it for about two minutes and then start a blog on a complete whim one day choosing a very generic name you plan to change later...

This is really happening.
You've chosen your platform, gotten your url, and even picked a name. The only thing that awaits is the first post... The hardest of them all, if you ask me.

The excitement of publishing the first post.
You did it! Now what? .... You write another! And Another, and another! Content is flowing from your finger tips faster than you can type.

This is so fun.
Why didn't you start this years ago you wonder as you write one brilliant post after the other? Your photos look great, your graphics are amazing, this is your calling!

I'm going to take over the world!
Later day job, you've found a much better hobby you're going to make your full time career. Move over big bloggers, you're the next big thing.

But wait, where is everyone?
Followers? Readers? Hello? Where are you guys? Good content is happening right now so why is no one reading?

I have to do what to get people to stop by?
Ugh.

Overwhelmed, maybe this is too much.
Link-ups. Comments. Guest Posts. Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Bloglovin. Google +. Community. Politics of blogging.

One step at a time...
You can do this. You realize blogging is a marathon not a race.

Traffic starts to build.
Your enthusiasm returns once again!

This is great. Time to read all of the blogs about blogs.
Can't. Get. Enough. Blog. Insight.

But wait, who am I again?
The sneaky voice of comparison sneaks in. In an attempt to read all of the big blogs to get ideas on how they got so big you start to question your own voice.

Doubt.
This sucks.

Blog friends to the rescue.
Others feels this way too? Yay! Maybe all hope isn't lost after all.

Growth.
Your stats start to climb. Other bloggers start to comment.

Then suddenly stagnant.
But why? Why did it slow down all of the sudden?

Growth.
Yay it's back up!

Stagnant again.
But why?

Overwhelmed.
Always.

Fun again.
Can't stop. Wont's stop.

(and repeat stages 3-20 day after day after day...)



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73 comments:

  1. Funny + true. As a new blogger I am already relating to many of these stages :). Xx.

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  2. This is sooo true.Glad it isn't just me!

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  3. Haha! Yes. I'm at step "Overwhelmed. Maybe this is too much." Only because of the other things I have on my plate like raising two kids, starting my own children's clothing line and watching season two of Friday Night Lights.

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    1. Ha, I'm watching Season 2 of Friday Night Lights as well! Stick with it :)

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  4. My mom just got to step two after a conversation over Easter brunch - I'm nervous to share steps 3-20 with her! :)

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  5. Ain't this the truth. I question myself everyday!!

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  6. This is all so true!!! I think im at overwhelmed right now!

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  7. YES! This is so true! Why do we do this to ourselves? Oh, who am I kidding, I love it:)

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  8. Hahaha... I love this! I feel this way all the time... everything after the first post that is!

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  9. Aint this the truth - daily battle between comments and page views...and why do some people read but not comment haha!

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  10. Haha I love this and it's so true. Oh the joys of blogging...
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

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  11. So true! I´m still a newbie and am currently living the Overwhelmed and Who am I? Phases.
    Glad the feeling doesn´t go away over time lol

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  12. This is fabulous....It certainly is a marathon not a race. I have been doing all the things you listed for blog growth and sure enough, slowly but surely the readers are coming. It wasn't an overnight boom but I am glad to see small steady growth.

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    1. P.S. Please tell that's your blogging closet/area?! It's stunning!!

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  13. I feel like I am looking into my future… still on step #4 right now haha.

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  14. haha exactly
    http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/easter-weekend.html

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  15. Haha oh these are all so very true! The crazy world of blogging.

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  16. hahah yep. all of this 100%. it's like you took it from my brain.

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  17. I did not even know that I was taking these steps before I read this! HA HA! Great post!:)

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  18. How true this is! 2 steps forwards and 40 bajillions steps back.

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  19. Yes! I'm in about phase 30 of stagnant…help! ;)

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  20. Yes this is very true! I think you should do a blogcumentary LOL

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  21. This is definitely me! I love the blogging but sometimes I wonder what more I can do to get people to read without having to hound all of my "real life" friends!

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  22. oh so true - I feel like I've been through half these stages in the past 2 weeks!

    Maddy
    http://cassidylou.com

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  23. So true! Is this your office space? Love it!

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  24. No lie. Blogging can be annoying if you let it get the best of you.

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  25. Haha yep, that's sounds about right.

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  26. Oh Taylor you're always so on point!!
    As a nubie I'm just trying to keep up and build those connections :) but it is sooo fun!!

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  27. I feel like there should be a "MUAHAHAHA" evil laugh at the end of this thing.

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  28. Gosh, this is actually blogging in a nutshell. #startedfromthebottom #stillmostlyatthebottom

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  29. This is so damn perfect I wouldn't change a thing.
    and I repeat steps 3-20 every other hour. #obsessiveviewerwatcher

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  30. Yes!! So true. I've been stuck at stagnant for a while now and it's driving me crazy.

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  31. This is great! I am new at this and I am at the "Wait how do I get people to read my stuff?" part. It's a struggle. lol

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  32. haha this is so true!! #20 is spot on!

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  33. LOL...yes!!! I'm going right now to read your first post.....;) Great post by the way!

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  34. Omg! Ha! This is probably the most accurate thing I've ever read ;)

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  35. Love this! :) Thanks for the laugh, Tay!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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  36. It's all so true! I was really into blogging say 6 months ago. I was reading every blog I followed daily. But something happened. Things slowed down for me.. less comments, no new followers and I found myself forgetting to post on other social media. You sort of get into a funk but it never lasts. I'm out of my funk .. and getting back into it!

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  37. This was very accurate and hilarious! I run through these daily.

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  38. I loved this, it's so true! I think every blogger can relate to this so much.

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  39. Oh my god every part of this is so true for me...I'm at 'stagnant again' for like the 45th time already since I started blogging only 7 months ago...it can be torture!!
    Katie x
    www.missenchanting.co.uk

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  40. So very true! Blogging makes us all seem bipolar, doesn't it?! :)

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  41. I just started my blog and this post was spot on. Good to know others experience the same feelings because I thought I was the only one. It is a bit overwhelming but posts like this make it a little bit easier.

    Check me out!
    theaveragegirlchronicles.blogspot.com

    Thanks:)

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  42. This is a fantastic post! Reminds me that I'm not alone. I just started my own URL last month and as excited as I am, I'm starting to feel the feel very overwhelmed. I want to eat sleep and breath blogging but with three kids, that's not possible ( or wise! Lol) thanks for bringing some humor intoy day!!

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  43. Just started a blog so really enjoyed reading this :)
    http://londonandloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. very true !! xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  45. I needed this post this morning! I found it when I was literally about to give up but now feel motivated to write a post regarding starting a blog. Do you mind if I credit your blog (of course) but share this with my readers? Its just to good to not share.

    Have a great day and thank you for inspiring me to keep going!! After all I do love it.
    Rebecca
    www.tailoredtantrums.com

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  46. This is so true! I have started 3 blogs now. 2 have been deleted because I just get so burned out. I am determined to keep this blog up!

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