Do you know what really sucks? When you start a blog and things are going well so you decide to go self-hosted and then BAM: All of a sudden your blog is your own and therefore, all issues you have with your blog become your own too.
You may think that blogging is simply a matter of writing a few words down, adding a few pictures and sharing it a few times. You couldn’t be more wrong! When you go self-hosted you’re really picking up a whole host of problems and issues to deal with. You have to keep your blog up and running, you need to keep on top of updates and back things up. If your site crashes or starts to misbehave, sure, you can touch base with your host but ultimately this shiz is now yours to deal with. Much like children. You can go to the doctor when your child gets sick but at the end of the day you’re the one who will be by their side throughout the duration of the illness until they get better or you take them to the hospital when things get really bad. With a blog you can take the hospital route if you’re prepared to pay a fortune but ultimately most of us just tinker and google and ask our fellow bloggers for advice! And vent. Or rant, depending on the situation.
Here are 4 things that I know for a fact are constantly driving some bloggers to the brink of insanity!
Facebook Page Reach
Facebook reach. I can hear the collective groans a mile away!
If you’re not a blogger or a business owner with a page on Facebook then I probably sound like I’m speaking a foreign language. It’s certainly something that I’d never understood, nor cared about until I started to take blogging a little more seriously and suddenly I was noticing (and hearing about it!) freakin everywhere. And not surprising because Facebook page reach is a devil in disguise. It’s one of THE most frustrating aspects of running a Facebook page because it is so bloody unpredictable. Especially for the smaller bloggers, circa 2000 likes and under.
I’m no expert but it’s pretty obvious that it seems to have a life of its own. Some say it’s the algorithms dictating how it behaves but I say it’s like a drunken sailor giving kisses out, you never know if you’ll get a full blown smooch or a peck on the cheek!
I get that the more clicks one has the higher the reach. The more likes and comments the higher the reach. But seriously, how can one get clicks and likes when Facebook decides to give you a reach of … 3. Or 18. I mean, if all 3 people (because for non-bloggers, by a reach of 3 I literally mean that 3 people have been shown the post) liked it would that mean it gets to a reach of 6? You know you hear my rant fellow bloggers!
I love Facebook, I do. I’m a true addict dating back to 2010. It’s right up there with coffee. It has it’s annoying little quirks for sure but until I became a blogger I don’t think I ever truly understood the frustrations that accompany bloggers worldwide when Facebook just won’t show anyone your posts! Until you share some random photo of a cat and suddenly it decides to hit you with 20,000 views.
The next day you post your latest blog post that you spent hours writing and streamlining and editing before spending another hour finding the perfect pictures to go with it and you hit publish and … 132. Out of 695 (my current number of likers. Feel free to boost that!). But if you sneakily add the word ‘Facebook’ into the blurb about your link or photo then that might just increase things to 200.
This shit is hard work!
I get that there is actually a reason for how it works the way it does but when you have 10 likes and Facebook claims you have a reach of 6, then you know this shit is sometimes misbehaving itself, in which case you really have no idea where you stand unless you use Google Analytics to analyse things a little deeper.
Cos you know, you have to be the writer, the illustrator, the web designer and the marketing guru all in one! So yep, you gotta love the randomness of Facebook page reach!
When Your Website Crashes!
You’re usually in the middle of writing a new blog post (that you’re running late on because you spent two hours watching The Bachelor the night before instead of being prepared. Ahem, me? Never!) and then it idles and seems to take an age to load and then the screen of death …
This happened to me last Tuesday when I was already behind getting my post ready for a link up the next day and alas, my website dies right in the middle of editing and adding the final photos! 8.30am was closing in and I started to sweat (anyone who is part of the IBOT link up knows the race to get your post up quickly or miss a spot in the first two rows! Or is it just me?!).
The other time your site crashes will be when you have JUST linked your post onto a linky party, added the post to Facebook (ha!), when your post is doing a roaring trade on Pinterest (on a Christmas themed post that then crashes for 5 days from the 23rd of December for no fecking reason and it’s a holiday so there isn’t a thing you can do about it! True story) or it’s been shared and started gaining traction and then … it DIES.
Error: Website cannot be found.
When You can’t upload a photo
You found the perfect photo but it won’t bloody upload! Why?! WHY?!
Or like me the other day where I literally lost the entire photo gallery on my website! THE STRESS. I stayed up until 11pm searching the WordPress FAQ archives for the answer to no avail. The next day, the same thing. No thumbnails would display but I found a way around it using HTML links pasted into the gallery instead of thumbnails.
2 days later … it came back. No rhyme nor reason. No updates were performed, no back ups recovered. I’m glad it came back but OMG, why did it stop working in the first place?! Agh!
Yep, #4 on the list of things that drive bloggers to the brink of insanity is the piles of spam that sometime infiltrate the spam blockers we have in place (of which I have multiple) and try to flatter me by raving about my fabulous website, trying to sell me a mattress (why?!), telling me how I can improve my SEO, trying to entice me to answer a question or telling me they will visit my site more often if I add a sex cam.
Very tempting, but no.
Can you relate to these? What aspects of being a blogger and running a website get your back up the most? Don’t you just hate Facebook reach?!
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