It’s come to my attention that there’s been some weirdness with my blog. Someone told me on Twitter that the site was down on Saturday. That was the same day that Feedburner went a little crazy. I went from 49 followers in the morning to 14 that evening. All was back to normal on Sunday morning but I thought maybe my smiling post and my lemon post offended a bunch of people. Not sure why it would but you never know. Then I found out that some people have been trying to comment and can’t. That’s very annoying and I’m sorry if it has happened to you. If it has, please shoot me an email to let me know. Thanks, Chris at The Mom Cafe for letting me know.
I am so technologically challenged that anytime I hear there is a problem, I panic. I have no idea how to fix it. I turn to Twitter or Facebook or my friend, Kimberly at Reflections of Now or Ashley and Shell at Other Half Media. If you are in need of a new design, check Kimberly out. If you have any needs blog related, check out Shell and Ashley. All three of them have been instrumental in helping me get my blog up and running. Thanks for letting me continue to ask you guys for help.
I have done a little bit of soul-searching the last week and have decided that I am my own stumbling block. I want to make money writing and then when I am presented with a chance, I freak. Well, that is an exaggeration. I didn’t freak but I did get a feeling like I wanted to run and hide. What is that? Even when I try to analyze it, I come up with: What is that? On top of it, every email I have gotten has turned out to be spam so there is a trust factor that is missing, too. My friend, Nikki at Dysfunctional Dose has been a huge support and cheerleader of sorts trying to encourage me to get myself out there. I admire her bravery in what she is doing over at her site. It’s hard to put yourself out there. Each time I think about having to write, I freeze up. What is that? The fear of being judged or someone saying, “Nope, that isn’t what we wanted at all.” I get stuck with writer’s block when I can’t write what I want. What if that happens? It’s no big deal if I miss a few days of blogging now but will it be if I’m being held accountable? I have to give a shout out to my friend, Ashley at TDOR here. If her help in getting rid of writer’s block work, she is a genius.
Did Google banning me from having ads on my site ruin me? Is it the fear that I’ll do it wrong or screw it up that stops me from even trying? I don’t know. I just know that I get a yucky feeling (real mature, huh?)when I think about it. Maybe it is what I’ve already said: I’m challenged in the technology area. I already have to depend on others to help me out and I’m not good at that in real life so what makes me think I’ll be good at it as a blogger in the blogger world?
So here are some questions for anyone that reads: What is the biggest risk that you have taken that you are glad you did? Or be bold and tell me one that you took that you wish you didn’t.
For bloggers: Do you make money blogging and did you have some of the same issues that I’m having?
For those that do: Did you find it hard to navigate through it? What’s okay to do and what isn’t? Did you ever have a “shoot, I wish I wasn’t doing this” moment?
For those that don’t: What made you decide you didn’t want to? By choice or because of what I talked about here?