Are You Blogging About What Makes You Happy?

In the course of Dainty Mom taking a new turn down the road, I’ve had a chance to look back at a lot of my past posts.

(“Past posts.” Say that ten times straight—now.)

I digress.

What I found was quite interesting. In the last year or so, I’ve run dozens of contests and giveaways, as well as a handful of reviews and sponsored posts. The remainder of my posts (and my favorite ones) are pieces on motherhood or marriage, a number of guest posts from real moms, and of course, working from home.

To be honest, I’ve stopped worrying about stats. I used to look at them obsessively, until I reached a point that I simply stopped, well, caring. In fact, I even removed my stat counter because I simply didn’t like how it cluttered up my design. However, because this is a platform where I promote my freelance writing services, I still need to look at my traffic and hits at least once a month. Each time I do, I see which posts are more popular than others, which ones get the most views or comments.

And the numbers a glaringly clear about what’s truly popular on my blog, and what people are truly come back to read time and time again.

What people are reading on this blog

On my blog, the most popular posts in terms of page views are the following:

I am actually happy that these are among the top ranking posts on my blog. These are actually some of my favorite posts. Whew!

(This also means I should be doing more of these kinds of posts!)

The next would be a string of contest and giveaway posts. It’s a given that when I post a contest, there will be an influx of hits. On my blog’s anniversary month, for instance, I was giving away stuff here and there and everywhere. A couple of weeks ago, I held a contest for a major organizing solutions company, which. Within minutes after posting, I usually have about four or five comments already waiting to be approved. It’s now the fourth highest-ranking post I’ve ever written.

Last would be the product posts and reviews. I get about three or four comments, on average, for such posts. I don’t really mind; these kinds of posts aren’t my forte, unless I’m writing about something that truly excites me — and let me tell you, only a handful of things actually do.

Interestingly, the blog entries with the most engagement (in terms of comments and emails to me) are the following:

These posts have compelled women to email me about blogging, about raising a toddler and breastfeeding, about how to start working from home, how to manage a household, among others. They’ve elicited conversation, and they’ve spurred connections between me and other moms out there. They also took the least effort to write because the words just flowed from me.

In short, they are among my most heartfelt posts.

What’s my point?

Writing from the heart

People like reading about what you’re passionate about. It is whenever I write a personal and poignant piece (such as this or this), that I get the most engaging readers, the most meaningful comments.

I enjoy writing about products, giveaways, and contest, actually. The thing is, I know that I don’t want to write about them all the time. That’s not what this blog is supposed to be about.  While I like running contests and I do enjoy certain product reviews (only about those products I truly enjoyed or liked), these are not the things that excite me.

And my readers can tell. **smile**

Don’t get me wrong: I am all about growing my blog… but not at the expense of giving up the opportunity for this to be a space for me to be beautifully free, unboxed and all-around — as this blog is. As you can plainly see, the posts that have brought in the most meaningful engagements for this blog have been about blogging, working from home, and being a mom.

Thank God.

And so, I’ll keep on writing about these things. I’ll be blogging about working from home, covering the stories of other moms and women bloggers, and mulling over this amazing journey called motherhood. There’s nothing that gives me more satisfaction. After all, isn’t contentment what finding your bliss is all about?

 

How about you? Are you blogging about the things you truly love?

Comments

  1. says

    I found this post while looking for answers to my questions. I am planning my blogging/writing career for 2013 so I really need to study. Based on my stats, I’ve become a blogging Willie Revillame, a giveaway master of sort. Haha! But based on quality comments, I usually get it from the posts that talk about my life as an army wife and more when I tell a story in pun, swardspeak wit and humor. As much as I want my blog to be informative (like most blogs do), I end up entertaining my readers. They usually tell me (through their comments) that I make them laugh alone and that my story was something they can relate to. So after reading this, I finally made up my mind that I will make my blog the way my readers like it — fun, entertaining and full of heart & soul. Because that’s what I really am. Well, I will have a few giveaways because it still falls under the fun category, but I won’t make it as if it’s the backbone of my blog. I’m thankful that I found this article, Martine. :)
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  2. says

    Hi Martine,

    Thanks for this thoughtful reminder, super appreciated it. Let this be a mental note for me as there are times I am after the stats, really but good thing I have also this mental note that it’s about what makes me happy, more so a digital footprint that my son Weegee will be reading in the future as most of the posts are about him. I’ve been blogging since 2007 =) but not active but yes it is my source of joy =) I wish too know you more too through your blog posts and and visit mine too when you have the time.

    Take Care,
    Pia
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  3. says

    Hi Ms. Martine! I also learned a lot these past months since I last chatted with you. And this is the most important, to blog our happiness and it means to blog things from the heart. I was all too worried to have followers and too concerned on how to have sponsors. But then again, I realized it’s not what really makes me happy. So, I’m back with a new blog and I only write for the things that I love to share. Thank you!

    • Martine says

      Hi, Pie! I’m so glad you think the same way. I remember we were emailing about finding our purpose, and even in blogging, we have to be true to that purpose. One of the things I learned about my readers is that they are my friends, too, not just empty stats. The way to build community around the blog is to be real and reach out to our readers, to form meaningful connections. I’m so glad that you and I have that!

    • Martine says

      Stats are well and good, and it is important to consider them. But it’s so much easier to focus on writing rather than focus on how many visits I got this week. This isn’t some popularity contest. Even if only a handful of women come over to my little space here, I’m grateful for that. I’m most grateful to the ladies who regularly leave comments here, who tweet or email me, who regularly leave thoughts and musings on my Facebook page. To me, that’s what really matters, and what keeps me going.

    • Martine says

      That’s so true, Cheryl! And I think you’re doing an amazing job blogging about what you believe, because I see you living it out when you post on your blog. You’re an inspiration to frugal moms out there!

    • Martine says

      Hi, Cym! It does feel great to just let the words flow.
      I love that post on weaning, too. Looking back, I still remember how it felt while I was writing it! Makes me cry, too, haha.

  4. says

    Hi Martine,
    I have been blogging since 2005 but it was immature and self-centered in nature. It was mostly rants and frustrations until I realized it’s not helping me nor anyone. Until I became pregnant to my 2nd child that I started with my current blog. But after giving birth, another year had passed by without writing. It was because I went back to work, I was busy tending to my baby and I was too tired to do anything else. Just last month, July 1 to be exact, I started writing again when a spark in my heart told me to write what I am passionate about: being a Mommy! Since I’m considered new again to this, then yeah, I could tell that all my posts are connected to my being a working mom, adventures with my kids and a little of my relationship with hubby. Thank you for also being an inspiration to me! All the best! =)
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    • Martine says

      Hi, Louise! I’m so happy to see you here!
      It’s true about passion: You can’t hide it! And others can tell when you are passionate, it’s so infectious. I love that you write about your passions; I can tell from your blog that you are enjoying mommyhood. That’s the great thing about mommies who blog — we each have a story to tell, and we can freely do so through the blog.

  5. says

    thanks for this… lately it has been quite difficult for me what to blog…is it because I am boxed just as a stay at home mom? but then again I know I could share a thing or 2 since I have 2 pre-teens daughters and with this post, I guess I can start writing again of what I know and what experiences have taught me. thanks again… :))
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    • Martine says

      Experiences are learning moments, and what we go through (whether good or bad) may touch another person’s life. We can’t force our writing, but when we write from the heart, in the moments, that’s what touches people and impacts their lives somehow. Keep on writing about those moments, Grech! You never know who’s reading, who might benefit from your story. :)

  6. says

    Thanks Martine :) I’ve been thinking lately as to why I really haven;t been so active in my blog. Then it hit me, I was kinda scared to bare my feelings and thoughts. I do have a lot of things that I want to share and write about but alas, I don’t get to post them, let alone write them. And when I do, it’s almost always hurriedly written because I have to do something else. I realized that if I really want to blog and grow it, I have to happily put in the hours and just be open. Let’s see what happens :)
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    • Martine says

      Hi, Chrissy! :) How we run our blogs is up to us. People write for different reasons, and we have to be true to ourselves when we write. If there’s no inspiration or urge to write, writing becomes a chore. It shouldn’t be that way. Write when it flows, when it comes naturally. Yes, you’ll have to set time aside for that. ;) You can do it, just don’t feel pressured to do it :)

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