Disclaimer: This was supposed to be an all out blogging 101 post about blog layouts, theme and designs but I kinda got carried away and added in a personal story about my current condition that’s been affecting my blogging lately…
Because Life Happens
Oh yes, did you notice? I bet you did… or maybe didn’t… because it seems like a never ending thing! Oh yes, I changed my blog layout/theme/design once again. Just a few minutes ago, I panicked. I checked my stats, my ads and my earnings and well, they dropped! Come to think of it, I haven’t been giving 100% to my blog lately… because… because what? Because life happens, that’s why. As much as I’d like to be consistent, life always happens! I get sick on a monthly basis because of my condition – a severe case of endometriosis. Whenever the monthly visitor is around, all hell breaks loose! And I kid not when I say that I experience severe pelvic pain, severe back ache, stomach ache and heavy bleeding. Okay, too much information but eventually, I’d have to share it with you. It has been part of my life since my early teens. As early as junior year (high school), I had to undergo blood transfusion because I ran out of blood. They had to give me 2 packs of blood… or was it 4? Sigh.
Things Can Get Out Of Control
Now on top of my health condition, events, special occasions, guests, problems, stress and what have you’s come along. These things are normal. They are part of life. In fact, even my health condition is normal. No, not that kind of normal. What I mean is that I’m not the only one who has to go on and deal with life carrying this burden called endometriosis. And in case you are wondering if there is a cure – yes there are options… in fact, I already had a surgery back in June. But unfortunately, we found out that my condition is severe and that the surgery won’t really help. It helped deal with the pain at first – by taking out all the scar tissues that were easily accessible. But there’s a big chance that they will grow back and get worse. Now the severe pain is here once more. The only choice I have now would be to have my reproductive system taken out. And at the moment, it’s not an option for me because I still have plans of having a baby or babies in the not so far future. So yes, I’m trying to be as brave and as patient as I can be… hoping that I will never give up until I get pregnant. And God knows how I cry myself to sleep whenever I’m in severe pain because sometimes, I am almost on the verge of giving up… wanting to have this taken out of my system because it’s just too painful and traumatic. If only I can get pregnant easily, endometriosis is affecting my chance of getting pregnant by the way, then I’ll soon be counting the days of my suffering. But the reality is, I don’t know when this will be over… and sometimes, I can’t help but get too emo and wonder… scrap that. And if you suggest other ways, like getting help with conceiving, we’re already on it. We have been saving for our last option… so until then, I will be sleeping those painful days away…
Okay, that was beyond what I had thought of writing about this week. I was just merely trying to share with you how important a blog layout is… and here I am, sharing my problems with the world. But I am not going to apologize and I’m not going to scrap this out because writing this and sharing it with you was such a relief. Thank you for listening to me. And so now, let’s get back to business and change up the mood, shall we?
Maintaining Your Blog When Life gets Out of Control
Like what I said, life happens. For whatever reason that you have ignored your blog or you haven’t been able to update it as much as you would, your stats go down. Your earnings suffer. But there are ways to maintain a good standing and maintain a healthy income… given you have enough valuable content that readers would love. If you have that, then there are two things that you need to do…
- If there are days when you can’t post anything in your blog, revisit your most popular posts from way back. Look for a post that is still relevant and post it on your Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites that you use. For example, if you have budget tips from 4 months ago that is still relevant, you can tweet: “Budget getting out of control? Revisit my budget tips to help you get back on track: post the link here“. What’s great about this is that even if you don’t have a new post, your tweet/FB status will encourage new readers to check out that post. Others who didn’t read that post will find it as a new content. Some of your readers may have missed that post and it will encourage them to click that link. On the other hand, some of your readers who have already read that may want to read it again if it’s relevant to them. The key is, make your tweet/FB status catchy!
- The second thing you need to do, is what really started this blog post – tweaking the theme, layout or design of your blog. As I’ve mentioned, I’m back to my old layout again. Not that it’s the best layout I’ve had… but it’s the most effective layout that gave me the highest stats and earnings. LOL! Not to sound greedy, but hey, this is my bread and butter! I quit writing for other websites and web development for this! So yeah, this blog has turned from a hobby to my full time job! So going back, make sure to choose a theme or layout that is both user-friendly and earnings-friendly. How? Test a couple of different ads and ad placements for a few weeks and then try to analyze how each one is doing. At the same time, you’ll need to test different layouts too because certain themes are limited and won’t allow you to do some of the things you wish to do, unless you understand the code behind. I am a web developer so I am able to do it on my own. But there are times when I just don’t want to tweak the code behind to avoid messing up other stuff. This topic needs another post all to itself. So for now, just make sure to test and analyze what you have and you’ll find out if your blog’s layout or theme is working effectively or not.