I guess blogging wasn’t fun

My wise old grandmother

One of my favorite sayings from my wise old grandmother is “Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the journey.” That means to have fun!

SeaWorld San DiegoI don’t have many problems having fun because I like so many things–real estate, music, photography, gardening, chess, travel, reading, history, people….

….and blogging!

Blogging allows me to enjoy real estate, music, photography, gardening, chess, travel, reading, history, people….

SeaWorld San DiegoEver since my WordPress problems got resolved towards the end of March, I have been going on blog camping trips each day. My Excel spreadsheet tells me that I have been camping in 36 to 180 blogs each day, averaging 85 each day.

Unfortunately, my Excel spreadsheet also tells me that of the 1,198 blogs I have visited in 14 days, a whopping 216 of them are inactive. I define “inactive” as publishing fewer than one blog per month. Some people haven’t published anything since September 2013, and in other cases, the blogs have been completely deleted. I guess blogging wasn’t fun for them.

Sea turtle at SeaWorld San DiegoGoing through the blogs of these people who have not visited my blog since last September and October allows me to cull my list, which is a good thing because it takes a lot of time and effort to visit people. It’s something I love to do, but I dislike very much waiting for a blog to load only to have Google tell me that the blog has been deleted, or to find that the blogger isn’t even blogging anymore. Blog camping is very difficult if bloggers don’t blog or blog only once every three months! On the other hand, a shorter list will mean that the time between camping trips to YOUR blog will be shorter!

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34 thoughts on “I guess blogging wasn’t fun

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      To which I would tell them what my wise old grandmother always told me: “You always have time for those things you do first.” Thus, if blogging isn’t high on the list, then it probably isn’t fun for them.

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      1. Gallivanta

        Ah, how wise was your grandmother. Yet, many women of my generation suffer from a cultural tradition that insisted that duty (eg washing dishes, ironing clothes, feeding children) was more important than fun. And fun must always take second or third or last place. Right now I am having fun, but in front me lie many unwashed dishes and I am fighting guilt that I have not got a tidy kitchen.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          My wise old grandmother also taught me to do a little bit at a time. So since my washing machine has a small, medium, and large cycle, I might wash the towels using the medium cycle, socks on small, etc. Thus I never have to take too much time out of the day to wash all the clothes from the last month like my college roommates did. Same with cleaning. Something around here gets cleaned each day, a window, a mirror, a bathtub, a shower, a cabinet, etc. Thus I never have to have “spring cleaning” and my place is always clean.

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              The most important thing about my wise old grandmother is that she adopted me when I was 10 and one of Utah’s biggest juvenile delinquents in the state’s history. Without her, I have no doubt that I would be spending the rest of my life in prison or be dead at the hands of a law enforcement official.

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  1. peacelovegreatcountrymusic

    Your post made me think about my followers and I am surprised at how many have shut down their blogs that are still listed as active subscribers. I don’t worry about number count, but it was still enough to raise my brows. It looked like a new impulse and regret blogs, too. Sad they never gave it a chance.

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  2. MoreThanACat

    Thanks for the thought ptovoking post. I love the way your granny and my nana went to the same school of wisdom.
    I remember nana saying that sometimes the real world gets in the way of the things you love. I wish it didn’t! Yet, I do find that when I can return to blogging – usually during holidays – I am renewed.

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  3. randomrose

    I love your wise old grandmother. She taught you well. I started three blogs as I wanted to separate my hobbies but then found it was too difficult to run so I jam everything into one now and the other two just sit there sad and forlorn.

    I have learnt after all these years (and they are many) to do a little something everyday that is responsible and the rest is p.l.a.y…… 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I don’t know if you’re trying to get SEO for Google, Yahoo, and Bing, but it will be better if you combine your three blogs into one. That’s what I’ve done here, using the menu. I originally wanted a blog about history, one about stamps, one about photography, one about gardening, one about zoos/aquariums/sanctuaries, one about my wise old grandmother, one about……………..

      By having them all on the same blog, I get more people and more SEO action than if I had all of those separate blogs.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Not only how can people be bored, but how can rich people be bored. They’ve got money to do anything they want to do, so they do drugs–Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ryan Malone come immediately to mind. If I were as rich, I’d have a huge cat and dog sanctuary and travel the world rescuing abused cats and dogs and bringing them back to my sanctuary.

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  4. Ingrid D.

    The reason why I have been less present on your blog and many others is because I have been busy traveling and constructing my own website: http://road-tripping-europe.com. I deleted my old blog some days ago, but I am still traveling and blogging. And when I am back in Belgium I will visit a lot of blogs again, including yours! By the way, I have seen a lot of other bloggers disappear as well 🙂

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  5. philipfontana

    Russel, Grandmother & you generated great interest here. I was interested because I started my website. as I like to call my blog, January 2012, & kept up a pace of one post a week. –except, I reasoned that I would be wasting my time & efforts all summer while people vacation & do not check in/read my posts. So for the summer of 2012 I did a July post & an August post only & had a ball choosing as my subject the entire nine books of historian David McCullough. I divided them addressing 4-5 books in each post, July & August. And I did not write reviews as much as had fun commenting in each book. That gave me the idea to slow it up in the fall to a post every 2-3 weeks & by 2013 on I switched to one post per month. But as you have seen, each post is a substantial effort of subject & length for the most part. Around holidays I make it a greeting or skip the holiday & wait for an alternate week to post. So, Russel, I guess I am saying to you: 1) that I think you are right that some people neglect their blog or give up; 2) that even so many company & institutional websites do not have a webmaster to keep the site up to date; & 3) finally, most important, not to give up on some blogs depending on the purpose of the blog &, whether the content is worthwhile. You are QUITE A PERSON just reading about your “cleaning routine” as one small example!!! My wife Geri & I clean one level each week, but naturally bathrooms & kitchen each week. Great “little post” generating considerable responses! Ha! Phil

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  6. charlypriest

    I can easily spend 2 hours at least as you say “surf blogging”, and guess what, I enjoy it. I read everything, from hardcore poetry, literature, things about sex, nutty things, funny blogs, blogs on photography, political ones, environmentalist, you name it I read it. Why? I ask myself. Not only because I enjoy reading in English, keep my English sharp since I live in Spain, but each an every blog gives me some idea to take away from it if you look hard, and often you don´t even have to look hard,most often I should say.

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  7. Crooked Tracks

    I am interested in your spreadsheet idea, I have only been blogging a couple of months and I am trying to figure out a good way to organize, your grandmother was definitely a wise woman 🙂

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  8. TooFullToWrite

    I think your spreadsheet is an excellent idea – I just get pointing myself randomly at blogs and get lost in a sea of them all! Great to have some kind of discipline so you can navigate around properly, will have to adopt your technique. Still loving the pics, these ones made me chuckle very much.

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  9. laurie27wsmith

    You’re right Russel, if you’re going to blog then do it. I combine my interests in one blog and post three times a week. There’s nothing worse than visiting blogs on your list that are inactive, whooshka, gone. Life’s too short mate.

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  10. Ruthanne

    I love your deliberate attempt to visit your blog friends:). I am very deliberate in posting a new yummy recipe each week- and I LOVE it…it feels like a way to make others smile each week! But I’m lousy at blog visits. I love spending hours (like tonight) just reading and learning and laughing- but I put it off “until I’m not so busy” and then it’s been a month! Anyway- enjoyed your thoughts- and I feel challenged to show more love to my friends blogs:)

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  11. Louisa May Alcatt

    Blogging is sometimes fun and often educational. It is a commitment, tho. I find it an evolving process. I agree with you, sometimes you have to cull your reader so y have more time for the bloggers who are helping you, LMA

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  12. thenounsofme: Katrina

    I love to blog, but as a fashion/lifestyle blogger most of my posts require photos that taken by me, whether it’s an outfit or a recipe. Often when I have time to blog it’s evening, so I can’t take pictures outdoors, and I don’t have good indoor lighting or space. I also (and this is silly) feel like I look kind of stupid taking what are essentially selfies outdoors, haha. Because of these things I often don’t get around to blogging, even though I set a 1 post a week goal… four months ago. I finally posted tonight, and receiving feedback has reminded me how much fun blogging is. I guess I will just have to make time!

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  13. lolabees

    I am amazed that you are able to visit so many blogs. I can’t seem to find the time. I wish…
    It is amazing to see so many bloggers come and go, but I guess either life gets in the way, or they just don’t love it as much as you and I do. It’s interesting because I have 2 blogs. One of them does get a pretty good following but no one comments on it ever, so I find it really hard to go back and write new posts. Without that interaction, I’m just not as motivated, even though I know people are reading it.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Visiting blogs is what I do in my spare time, so if I’m on hold on the phone, I visit blogs. If I’m waiting for someone to come over, I visit blogs. Anytime I have a spare minute, I visit a blog.

      The 80/20 rule works very well with blogging. If you want 80 comments, go comment on the blogs of 100 people. Eighty of them will reciprocate. Same with LIKEs. If you want 80 likes, go like 100 posts. It’s a tit for tat world–I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you’ll-scratch-mine.

      I have proven it to myself over and over again because I enter in my Excel spreadsheet the number of likes and comments I leave. Within two weeks, 80% of those people will come by my blog and leave an equal number of likes and comments.

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  14. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso

    Interesting… I guess to many it’s easier to open the blog than to maintain it, especially if at first people post every day, which is really hard to do. I anticipated that I will not be able to blog more often then once a week, which works for me, so far. And it still is fun… 🙂

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