Who Am I?

I enjoy blogging. I enjoy sharing my life and the things I love with the world. At the beginning of 2014 one of my resolutions was to spend more time focused on my blog. I decided this meant I would spend 30 minutes everyday writing and reading other blogs. In 3 months I had gained 600 followers and was getting an average of 100 hits a day.

The only problem was that the numbers and statistics became more important than the simple enjoyment of sharing my thoughts with the world. I became obsessed. Constantly checking my email to see if I had any new comments or followers.

In February I wrote two posts every week. Only now have I come to realise that I was blogging during that time as a way of distracting myself from what was going on in my life. Blogging became a game. It was simply a challenge to see how many hits I could get every day.

It got to the point where I had to stop. It got to the point where even the thought of logging on to WordPress filled me with dread. But this also meant I had a month to decide what I wanted to do with this blog.

Because I genuinely do enjoy blogging. But I feel like some things have to change. I’m not even sure yet exactly what those changes will be. However I have decided that I need to start this all again. I even considered going back and deleting all my old posts. Maybe I will do that later but for now we shall begin with an introduction.

Hello, my name is Emma. I am a dog walking, Star Trek loving, book reading, fruit pastille addict.

And I have no idea what I want to do with my life.


17 Responses to “Who Am I?”

  1. jazzeisinger

    Hi, Emma. I’m Jazz, and I know 12 things I want to do with my life, none of which I am doing and only work at half-heartedly. I’m so excited to get to know you more and what makes you tick. What’s your favorite book of all time?

  2. sh

    I agree checking your stats can be soooo addictive! But sometimes it’s just about creating. Welcome back to the world of blogging. Hope you find contentment.

  3. craftysorcha

    I tried to blog often about crafts but it got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying the pressure. Now I have a schedule of about one post every 10 days, and that is much more relaxing. I’ve learned not to stress about the stats.

  4. booksoutsidethebox

    Hi Emma,
    I too sometimes focus too much on the hits. But once in a while I find reading my own blog is satisfying in and of itself because it chronicles my memories in a place that’s edited, organized, and completely of my own making. So I just keep doing it! Even if I have no idea what I’m doing.

  5. nlockier

    Hi Emma, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my Quorn Enchilada recipe. I read your “Who am I” and instantly thought I want to hear more from this person! Please keep up your writing, I look forward to the updates. 🙂

  6. laurachickenboots

    Wow, I could have written parts of your ‘About’! Blogging stats are a problem for me–well, not so much here on WordPress since I’m new, but on blogger, heck yeah. Like Facebook, I had to check constantly to see how many followers and how many views, etc. I like that blogging can be a distraction in a way, as long as it does not become unhealthy. Like I said when I started the blog challenge, I think I’ve been trying to write myself a life through blogging, a thing which has its negatives and positives. Oh, and Hi, Emma, I’m Laura.

  7. ydandgavhal

    “The only problem was that the numbers and statistics became more important than the simple enjoyment of sharing my thoughts with the world. I became obsessed. Constantly checking my email to see if I had any new comments or followers.” – I totally agree and symptoms of this statomania have started to appear in my case!

  8. karaskinner

    Hi Emma, thanks for liking my post. Checking for followers and new comments is definitely addictive, and I’m guilty of obsessing over them myself. I love the name of your blog, by the way 🙂

  9. Gerri

    Thanks so much for liking ‘Rainbow Colours’! Some of the comments here, as well as what you wrote, are a huge part of beginning a new journey. As with anything, for me, I have tunnel vision at the start, then after a while I can settle in and do what is fun, blog. It is very exciting to have anyone like or follow you…it’s a validation that what you have to say is worth something. I figure, as long as I get over that initial infatuation within a reasonable amount of time, I’m good to go!


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