State of the Bloggy 2014

Contemplating the level of complication in the methods to my madness.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about my current blogging setup and wondering what is worth my time and energy and what is not. Examples:

I have my own domain for this blog and have wordpress redirect my wordpress.com blog to the domain for me. Sometimes the pictures on my blog load reaaaalllly slow or not at all – but if I type in my wordpress.com URL everything is fine. Is this wordpress’s fault? Godaddy? The universe? Is having my own URL important when I am not making money with my blog and don’t see monetary bloggy gains happening any time soon?

I maintain two blogs right now (not including the myriad of abandoned blogging projects and the blog / websites that I run for my women’s group and my son’s cub scout pack. Those two blogs are this one, my personal blog which is where I tell you guys about how cute my kids are and how handsome and clever my husband is and how tired I am. I’ll share vacation pics and school achievements and everything in between.

I also write a review blog which is mostly book reviews and a couple of monthly link ups with  the occasional spazzing out about products or tv shows that I’m obsessed with.

The idea behind this was that I wanted each aspect of my writing to have it’s own home so that my readers could read what they wanted without being forced to read both. I also had this ideal in mind that the review blog would act as a sort of portfolio for future job prospects without being  cluttered with wordless wednesdays and vacation posts, etc. But am I over-complicating things? Does it really matter that the two are separate or should / could I be writing all in one place? Do my seven readers really care what I share and where? 

Sometimes having multiple blogs gets really complicate and I wonder if I am spreading myself too thin. Maybe if I wrote everything in one place I’d actually have a larger blog presence because my seven readers here and my seven readers there (assuming they aren’t the same people) could become FOURTEEN readers in one place. Maybe.

Any thoughts on this? Do you think it’s worth it to upkeep multiple blogs or does it make more sense to just keep it all in one place? Is having a domain worth it for the average blogger? Should I have another cup of coffee today? IMPORTANT STUFF, clearly.

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7 thoughts on “State of the Bloggy 2014

  1. Definitely have a portfolio! I’m not sure it matters if you have a personal and portfolio blog or one, but you may want them to remain separate if you plan to apply for professional writing jobs. And your talents are sure to land you jobs in the future!

  2. Thanks for your feedback! I did decide to import the posts from my review blog into this personal one and I think going forward I’ll write everything here but Things Momma Loves will still be up and active for the near future.

  3. I hear you. I was writing in two blogs for a while, and when I didn’t like how that felt, I basically ditched both. And now feel badly about it all. I see in your comment you imported your reviews to you personal blog–I think that’s a good idea! Also: hi there! :-)

  4. I think all in one is fine…maybe you could add pages so it’s kind of separate but in the same place? I used my blog as part of my portfolio/resume as well and at first I was like ugh, do I really want them to read my randomness? Then I figured that might help them to also gauge my winning personality and fantastic sense of humor ;) Interviewers actually loved that I had a blog and “threatened” to read it.

  5. I don’t know. I tried my hand at a personal blog and one review blog, and they all just mingled into each other. It didn’t work for me. I love having one blog to maintain and update, without the headache of 2 or more.

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