This week was crazy and it is hard to believe that just a few days ago I was back home. (Wisconsin) Now I’m here again in uncomfortable but warm California. I’m homesick already.
My kids crack me up every day. Courtney is turning into a beautiful young lady way too quickly. But she still reminds me that she’s still a kid. Just last night she decided she wanted to snuggle with Mommy on the couch. I wonder when she will get too old for that. Ciara had a fever of 102.9 late last night and scared me half to death. I was up with her all night and had to stick her in a cool bath in order to get the temperature down. She’s fine now, thank goodness. Conan is getting better at expressing what he wants. Most of his sentences begin with, “I want.” But they usually end with ” cookies, crackers or pizza.” Because of his multiple food intolerance he can’t have tomatoes so last night we ordered a pizza with creamy garlic sauce just for him. Feeding my son is very challenging.
Okay I titled this meme “Blogging.” and I am going to stick with it. I’ve been active on the blogosphere for quite some time now but am still unhappy with the progress of my blog. I’ve read tons of ebooks about how to stay on top of the blogosphere I’ve even fell for Internet products and software that claim to rocket your blog to the top and increase your traffic and readership overnight. Yes I’m a sucker. I will not disclose how much money I’ve spent. But it was probably too much.
All the experts say that the best way to make your blog popular is by doing these things.
1. Write original content
2. Visit similar blogs and comment
3. Join forums related to your blog’s topic
4. Start a meme and stick with it
Okay here is my progress on these four tips. Nearly 98 percent of my posts are original content written by me. Maybe I need to write better articles or more articles? I try to make 3 posts a day but with three children, dealing with my anxiety and depression and all the housekeeping involved with being a stay at home mom sometimes it is difficult. That is why I am up at four in the morning writing this post. I don’t know if I should sacrifice sleep for my blog. Do you?
Number two, “visit similar blogs and comment.” I visit all the blogs that follow mine about every other day or so. Sometimes I spend a couple of hours visiting blogs and commenting on them. I also make sure I visit everyone that comments on my blog. I’m trying to visit new blogs too. I think I need to designate one day a week to finding different blogs to visit and comment on. Maybe that will increase my readership. What do you think?
Join forums. Okay I’ll admit I am not an active member of any health, parenting or women’s forums. Do these actually work? If you are an active member of a forum please share your tips. I haven’t tried this one. Maybe I should.
Start a meme and stick with it. Here is my meme that I started months ago. I even use Mr. Linkey’s. This is my 35th Weekend Reflection and I still don’t have any participants. Hmmm, sounds like something is wrong here. Maybe I should start a different one.
Blogging is frustrating but also addicting. It is frustrating for me because I still don’t have as many visitors or readers as I would like. My technorati ranking isn’t that great and I’ll admit I get a bit jealous when I see blogs with 50+ followers, feedburner reader stats of over 100 and technorati rankings over 500. How do you do it? I don’t even advertise my feedburner or technorati stats because I am embarrassed by them. Please help me out. I need all the tips I can get to reach my blogging goals. Maybe I just need to be more patient.
To participate in this meme add your link to Mr. Linky’s. Then make a blog post reflecting back on your week with a link back to Weekend Reflection Sponsored by Healthy Moms. I will visit everyone that participates.