While my book was sent out to be beta-read, I had some time to step away from it and shift my focus back to the blogging world. My WIP has been returned to me, with the long awaited feedback. AND I just sent out my WIP to a second beta, just yesterday. So while it feels like my book is moving along at snail speed, it’s still moving. Now that I had gotten the beta-read WIP back from the first beta, my focus might have to shift back, from blog to back to the book again. I wish I had at least 48 hours in a day to balance it all, -my regular job, book, blog, personal life……but there’s only one of me! The thought of having to give up some of my blog time is kind of making me feel the bittersweet feels it all. It has been a fun month (to month and a half) of getting reaquainted with the blog again….but the book might need more of my time if I ever want to finish writing it in this lifetime.
In the past month, freed from the head banging moments of the book writing project, I got a chance to revisit my blog. I hated the outdated look of my blog. So I kind of did a makeover, with a new theme and a new platform and everything. If you are new around here and didn’t know, I was using Blogger before. All the technical nonsense that came with blogging had always crippled my blogging vision. I still had food stories to share, so I continued to blog. I had even less time to even bother trying to figure out all the other nonsense when I started writing my book, which then became my primary focus. Unless you have written a book or have dipped your foot into the blogging pool, you probably have no idea of how much time and effort can go into either. And trying to do both at the same time? Be lucky if you have some hair left in the end. Seriously, each project should be at least a full-time job to succeed. So that would probably mean: 8 hours blog time, 8 hours writing a book time, 8 hours regular job time. That’s a total of 24 hours and I’d never sleep.
When I started blogging in 2013, I started with Blogger. I did a bit of comparison on the various platforms to consider. Obviously, WordPress seemed like the best choice. But then I was going to have to pay to blog. As a newbie blogger knowing nothing about blogging, I felt that going with a FREE option for a practice run would be the best choice, so I went with Blogger. I knew I’d eventually want to upgrade to WordPress someday.
Fast forward a few years later and here we are! In January of this year, I finally made the switch to the big girls’ club. And let me tell you, I think I’ve aged about ten years just from the migration process alone. I guess I could have hired a professional to do everything for me. That would have made things tremendously easier. But I decided that it wasn’t in my blogging budget and I went ahead and did it myself. It took some time, patience, tears, hours of watching tutorials, endless moments with tech support just to switch over. The task might be easy for some people. They can probably complete the task in minutes in their sleep. But for someone like me that is the definition of being web-challenged…..OMG it felt like I was performing brain surgery.
A month into WordPress, I am still not sure everything has been migrated properly. I expected the common problem of there being a drastic drop in traffic right after migration. My traffic dropped down to about 20pv’s per day on average. I’m still trying to figure out what is broken or hasn’t been moved along correctly. It is aggravating as heck. Along the way, I have encountered other little technical issues that I have resolved and I am sure sooner or later, whatever the other little problems are, will be identified, eventually. There are still a ton of things I need to learn to set up my page the way I want (another headache to deal with). One thing at a time… baby steps…
You know what’s the bestest? Blogging pals! Fellow bloggers understand all the frustrations that can come with blogging. I’m always appreciative when other bloggers are willing to share their knowledge. They’ve been where you are, themselves, and have probably experienced the same issues and frustrations. When encountering blog issues, I’ve gotten so much help from fellow blogging pals. Groups on Facebook and Google plus communities have also been a huge help and support system. When I have a question or issue to resolve, asking questions in the groups have proven to be fruitful. I should be posting a billion questions a day to obtain all the information I want….but like I said, there’s only one of me and only 24 hours in a day.
As a month long WordPress user, I must say that I am favoring WordPress far more than Blogger. There seems to be a plugin for everything and I appreciate the flexibility of it all. Now only if I can figure my way around it!
Oh and I also created a new Facebook page for my blog. I know, I am so embarrassingly late to the game. But I’d love you to the moon and back if you’d go on over and show my page some love.
I needed a cover page. I didn’t want to leave it blank. So this is what I came up with lol.
I wanted something that said: food lover, BOH life, Hello Kitty lover, Asian flair. Any thoughts or professional designers who are willing to offer suggestions?
Next month, I am planning to have some giveaways in celebration of my blogiversary month. So stay tuned for that, for a chance to win some cool prizes.
You know what, though? As ridiculously frustrating as blogging can be, compared to writing a book, it feels like a walk in the park.