One of the things I LOVE about doing hosting guest bloggers is I never know what will turn up in my inbox and I have to say this post from Lindsay of Latte Lindsay had me belly laughing. I have to admit I can put my hands up and agree with most of these points she has come up with – so over to Lindsay, who really is a very good blogger and doesn't suck at all!
Blogging has gone from basic hobby to massive industry in recent years. Everyone and their dog seems to think that they can make it and be a multi-millionaire influence queen. But you won’t, and neither will I. I don’t know exactly why you won’t but here are some reasons why I won’t be winning awards for success.
I’m not interesting
Bloggers live a lifestyle that everyone dreams of, right? Wrong! Ok, actually, they do sometimes. Some of my most popular friends (even those who aren’t bloggers) live amazing and interesting lives. Backpacking, exotic food, jumping out of planes for charity. And that was just this summer. In comparison, I don’t have much to post on social media. I’m pretty sure you are an interesting individual but I don’t think everyone needs to know when I need to widdle, just so that I can post on social media. I’ve already asked Twitter, they said no.
I have no idea what I am doing
Even if you aren’t all that interesting, like me, you can still work the magic of blogging and social media. But you have to know what you are doing. There are different algorithms, marketing strategies, names of blogging thingies that I have no mission of spelling. I’ve been at this for a few years now and I’m still learning stuff. The worst thing is, when you learn something new about this business, you will probably have to go through your site with a fine-toothed comb and change a lot of stuff. It is a learning curve that I’m not ready for.
I’m really disorganised
I see a lot of bloggers and #girlboss feeds that are filled with ideas to get organised. I have used nearly every trick in the book. Do you know what works the best? A notepad or a diary, a pen, and pulling your head out of your backside for five minutes to plan your day. Being organised is not that hard but we make it into an overcomplicated exercise. I sat and planned my day this morning. And still, here I am, sitting at my desk, wondering what I am supposed to be doing and thinking I should really be doing something else. Possibly making a start on that 6ft high pile of ironing.
I can’t multi-task
Let's just get something clear- flicking through Facebook while you have a poo is not multi-tasking, I don’t care what my husband tells you. And when you have a massive to-do list, you probably need to do several things at once. Sometimes I try and watch a movie while I’m ironing for Movie Monday. But I find it impossible to stop the ironing and type up a post before I can move on to the next movie. I find it really hard to work on several things at once and end up only half-finishing a project. Which leads me to my next point…..
I lack follow through
Do you know how many items I have on my to-do list? 29. That is not “29 things I need to do today”. That is 29 unfinished projects. Twenty-freaking-nine! The worst thing is, some of them are nearly finished and if I took a couple of days to focus on them, they would get finished. But I’m not organised enough to make time to get them finished. At least, that’s what I like to tell myself.
Yeah…..I am. I’m not going to lie. There has probably been plenty of time for me to get organised, put aside a few hours to finish a project and not feel the need to multi-task. What did I do last night instead? Watched 3 episodes of Bones, Meet the Fockers (didn’t do any of the ironing), and ate my bodyweight in chocolate and popcorn. If I had bothered, I could have maybe finished one of my projects. Or got this typed up while the idea was fresh in my mind, still funny, and not getting mixed up with Dustin Hoffman singing “Grandpa Jack is full of PPTHHPTHPFFTHPPT!!”