4 Things I Don’t Like About My Blog

Since 2010 I have had one goal on Blogging with Amy: to pass on the best tips, tools and tutorials I can find about blogging, websites, making money, productivity and social media. So far, so good. But it’s time for change.

things i don't like

There are a few things that aren’t ideal about this blogging thing and I’m on a quest to make them better. Here’s what I don’t like and want to improve:

  1. Information can become irrelevant. Online publishing changes at an insanely rapid pace. Consequently, posts can become obsolete. For example, a while back “fan gates” were all the rage on Facebook, so I wrote a post about it. Now fan gates don’t even work on Facebook. Knowing that post is sitting in my archives sorta bugs me. I want to make sure the information contained here is updated and relevant, no matter where you enter my blog.
  2. Information gets lost. The majority of my posts are still relevant, but as we all know, the nature of blogging makes perfectly good posts get buried in the archives. I want to find a more effective way to keep those posts highlighted and easily accessible.
  3. Information gets unorganized. In many niches, categories and tags do a sufficient job of keeping things organized, but in this niche, where things change and build on each other, I think there’s a better way. I want to reorganize and restructure to make this a well-organized reference site so you can find what you need when you need it.
  4. Information can become narrow in scope. Keeping up with the online world is like drinking from a firehose. I could post multiple times a day and still not cover it all. Worthy-to-be-shared content is everywhere – on other social media sites and other blogs. I want to pass on as much as possible without causing information overload on the blog. I’ve come up with a solution I think will work.

What I’m doing

There are a few things in the works.

  • I’m getting a new, streamlined design (launching in a month or two). Done.
  • I’m updating and reorganizing what’s already here. Ongoing.
  • I’m revamping the main way I communicate with you (more below).

In short, online media is changing and I want to keep up.

What does this mean for you?

I will still post here. And I will keep the tips, tools and tutorials coming. However, most of my tips, tools and tutorials will now come via email.

This will allow me to share more tips in a more concise way to both new and seasoned bloggers. Trust me on this. If you don’t already get my emails and you want full access, you can sign up here. (Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time – no hard feelings!)

A sneak peek…

Don’t think of this new thing as a newsletter (sounds too stuffy). And it’s not just my posts in email form (I’m breaking away from this model). I’m calling it The Useletter. Tips you can use. Get it? Here are some of the things I’ve got lined up in the weeks to come:

  • The photo resource I’ve been purposefully keeping secret from you because, well, you’ll see.
  • A fantastic spreadsheet for those of you who want tons of marketing ideas for your book or ebook.
  • Speaking of ebooks, the very simple but brilliant tip to make your Kindle ebook better.
  • The interesting tidbit I came across about forms on your site and how you might get better interaction.
  • Something to look for when you’re considering submitting a guest post on someone else’s blog.
  • A handy tool to help you make sure you’re not breaking Facebook rules on your Page.
  • The productivity tip I don’t think I’d have the guts to try.
  • Plus, I’ll share the tweaks I’m making on my own stuff.
  • And more. From across the internet. All in bite-size bits.

I think you’ll like it.

Click here to sign up.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for your post Kate. Many also experienced the same things, but the best thing is we keep on going, discovering things to get our things on blogs leveled up. There are many options that help us get to the top to where we wished to be placed. :) Only attitude matters most. Thanks for your tips. It’s healthy to “sneak peek” to rescue our personal plights, cheers!

    keep sharing your ideas.

  2. says

    Amy,

    I’ve been a subscriber for many years now and really love all that you are doing here. I’m waiting to see what changes you will be making and to figure out if they are some that I might want to emulate on my specialty chair caning, wicker and basketry niche blog of NINE years! After this long now, I’m ready for some big changes, too! You always share great ideas, so…

  3. says

    Hi Amy,

    A Google search for e-books landed me on your blog. You really have an awesome blog with pretty good quality articles. I am surprised why I never found you or heard about you before.

    I’m happy that I found you and will make sure to hang around here. And thank you so much for writing those series on e-books and why you rejected a book deal. They were quite informative.

  4. says

    This is an echo to all those who have commented on how much we’ve benefited from your blogs and emails. I’m just a couple of months into the blogging world and your tips were hugely instrumental to me figuring out what to do. Thanks! I enjoyed the email I received today with links to so many of your posts. Helped me to find my way around and read what is most relevant for me right now. I look forward to more.

  5. says

    Hi Amy,

    I will look forward to the change, but would like to see the content on your site still, AND in email form.

    I enjoy reading what you have to say – found you on a podcast, actually when you were interviewed by Kate. Loved it! :)

    Have a blessed day.
    – Carol

  6. says

    I’m glad to hear that you’ll still be posting here as well…especially since I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading it so far! Looking forward to everything in store!

  7. says

    Looking forward to seeing what you have in store. Your site has been invaluable in developing our blog, and your perspective is always great. Thanks for all of it!

  8. says

    I’m subscribed to your emails, and if I wasn’t, I would definitely have subscribed now! Everything you put out is such high quality, so super helpful, and easy to understand! It takes a gifted person to break something complicated, and make it simple enough for regular folks like me to understand! Thank you and God bless you as you continue to serve this community so faithfully!

  9. says

    How exciting, Amy! I think you’ll really shine in this new venture. I don’t normally sign up for emails, but I didn’t even think twice about signing up for this. You blog is one of my favorites. :)

  10. says

    Hi Amy! I have been DEVOURING your blog the last few weeks. My head is spinning!! My good friend, Myra (myblessedlife.net) referred me to you. I’ve wanted to blog and write for quite a while now, but had a very demanding full time job, which I am ‘retiring’ from next week. I’m taking the plunge. Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience!

    I took your advice on branding and chose to use my name in the blog name, as well as purchase my domain name. Still working on my site, and am planning to launch June 1.
    Thanks!
    Sondra

    • says

      Congrats Sondra. I’m so glad you stopped by! (I love Myra…I’ve told her I wish she lived near me so she can help me decorate my house. Love her style!)

  11. says

    Hey Amy! I love that you’re a trailblazer! However, I’m very sad that I won’t be able to pin your posts anymore – if your latest tips are in email. Usually, I pin posts to my “To-Do” board. Interested to see how this develops! Good luck!

  12. says

    Hi Amy, great post. Your creativity reminds me of a mentor I had when I started out in business many years ago. He said, “If you are still doing business the way you did two years ago, you are out of business, and don’t know it.” In my opinion, making changes is what separated the brilliant business person from the average one. I look forward to getting you emails. I think I have signed up. Just in case, I’ll sign up again.

    • says

      Thanks so much Charles. Staying ahead of the curve is so difficult! And the speed at which things change online make it even more so. At this rate, we’ll soon be revamping things ever month! LOL

  13. says

    Yes, traffic has come to us and even better than this, sales of products, sales of consulting, sales of project work, joint venture opportunities, interview requests and opt-ins have come. And all of this came within 3 months of getting serious about making an impact there.

    Of course, the results that come to anyone from is going to vary depending on a few different things like the size and activeness and leadership of the group(s) they’re contributing to, the quality of their contributions, their ability to have fun networking, the size of their friend list, and how active they are there.

    Ours has been a blitzkrieg effort there and no, I don’t think someone can get awesome results from this social media channel if they’re just trying to do the equivalent of phoning in a effort by just “Hootsuiting” a daily status update there a week in advance.

    That site is HIGHLY fueled by “What have you done for me lately” mentality and I don’t think we’d be getting the results we are without heavy duty nurturing and the consistent value-based interaction (read: fun, funny, useful, inspirational).

    I’m lucky because I have a business partner who is the one who is leading that charge there which leaves me free to work on creating product, the marketing for the product, content for the site along with other project work.

    And while making that site produce business for us has been time intensive, I imagine there’s some people doing rather nicely for themselves focusing JUST on Facebook and their blog rather than trying to have a minor presence in all the big social media channels.

    For us, Facebook is paying off beyond our expectations but it’s definitely been a case of going hard or going home at it. :)

  14. says

    Hey Amy,

    As far as your concerns go about evergreen content getting buried, I feel you on that. One thing that I’ve seen some very smart marketers like Copyblogger do before is set up a section of the site they titled as “Tutorials” and what it consisted of was their posts categorized.

    I like this idea better than simply just having a “categories” listed on the site because “Tutorials” implies something VALUABLE is there in a way that “categories” just doesn’t.

    Another thing we’ve experienced massive benefit from is participating in popular Facebook groups and re-purposing content from older evergreen posts there in the threads. Sometimes it’s in response to a comment or question and sometimes it just stands on it’s own. This has been VERY WELL received.

    I love all my babies (Read: content) as I’m sure you do and I look forward to see how you innovate here with it. :)

    • says

      I noticed the same thing with Copyblogger and I completely agree that “tutorials” gives a sense of value a lot more than “categories.” And great idea about the repurposed content on Facebook. Do you find it drives much traffic back to your site?

  15. says

    Thanks for this Amy. It’s interesting to hear your thoughts about the Blog.

    On the “new design” that you mentioned, are you planning to switch themes away from the “prose” theme? On that note, I’m assuming you’re still using “prose” (Genesis) theme?

    The reason i ask is that I’m planning to launch a new Blog in prose theme. Just wanted to assess if you’re still loving it?!

    • says

      Someone else is designing it for me. I’m definitely going to use Genesis, but not sure if it’ll end up being Prose or another Genesis child theme. I still think Prose is a great choice though!

  16. says

    This is so exciting! I really value your tips and step-by-sep instructions, and your email newsletter is one of the few I actually read. Looking forward to your new direction. :)

  17. says

    Amy, sounds very exciting and I can’t wait to see the updates. I have recommended your blog to so many people because you are a wealth of information…one of my main go-to sources. Thanks for all the great work.

  18. says

    Hi Amy,
    Thank you for all your info! I feel like I am drowning in a sea of information that I am trying to keep up with, BUT I have found so many answers on your website, I have cut down the time I spend researching on other sites! Looking forward to your new info!
    Kathy

    • says

      It’s so encouraging to me to hear comments like yours, Kathy. It makes my day to know others find my posts helpful. Thank you.

  19. says

    Amy, you already do so well at keeping things organized and readily accessible. You’re my go-to blog for blogging help. I appreciate all you do – looking forward to seeing the new design!

  20. says

    Amy, this sounds great. I recently had everything switched over to WordPress and I’ve never felt more lost, had more problems, charges from people that I don’t even know are legit and had more broken links than I do now. Looking forward to learning

    • says

      Oh Shelly, I’m sorry to hear that. I know there’s definitely a learning curve, especially when you’re switching and not starting from scratch on WordPress (I assume you switched from Blogger?). I’d encourage you to just stick with it. My hunch is that it’ll soon start to make more sense. :)

  21. says

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! I’ve learned so much from your current site already!

  22. says

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve. Your site is always my number one source when I’m looking for info regarding blogging, etc.. Heck, I could not have set up my blog without your expertise! And you always explain everything in layman’s terms for people like me. Hurry up! You’ve piqued my curiosity! :)

  23. Tammie Burton says

    Amy, your site is already amazing. Can’t wait for more amazingness!! Thanks for your hard work keeping us current. Couldn’t do it without you!

  24. Pamela says

    You Rock, Aim! I don’t know how you keep up with what you do and reading this post gives me stress just thinking of the balancing act you do with this blogging stuff and family and running a house and having a marriage and, and, and… I’m always amazed at your knowledge and even though I discovered I couldn’t hack it in the blogging world I’m excited to see what new stuff is coming! Love ya!

    • says

      Are you sure you guys don’t wanna move next door? You know, we could really work something out nicely here. I’ll buy the groceries, you can cook until your heart’s content and maybe we’ll take over the world. Or something. Love ya, sis. :)

  25. says

    Hey Amy, I struggle with the same things and struggle with the “right” way to resolve these same issues. You certainly aren’t alone.

    I am curious about your choice of email vs social media. While I’m certainly not an “email is dead” person, I do think that email is a slowly dying entity that will be replaced with social media. What are your thoughts there?

    Are you concerned you will lose readership? As I’m sure you know, not all of your current readers will go the email model.

    What about search engine traffic? Seems like this model would almost eliminate that as a traffic source for you? Perhaps that’s no longer a focus for you?

    Sorry for all the questions, just found your changes interesting and looking for a little more “inside info” :-)

    • says

      Hey Larry! I know we chatted a bit on G+ so I’m linking to it here in case others want to jump in over there.

      I’m of the opinion that email will be around a while, mostly because it social media is a bit too schizophrenic. LOL What I mean by that is, it would be tricky to pin someone down on social media (Is that person on Facebook? Or Twitter? Or Instagram?) The other thing about social media is how quickly platforms come and go (for example, MySpace, and now Facebook, which I think peaked a while ago).

      I’m not concerned I’ll lose readership, I’m sure I’ll lose readership because you’re right, not everyone will want to switch to email. :) What I like about email though is that I’ll know those who sign up are engaged fans. In the long run, I think this will work in my favor. I’d rather have fewer engaged readers than a lot of unengaged readers. Not sure how it’s going to play out with traffic although it’s probably likely it’ll decrease at least initially. But I’m not quitting my posting completely and I’ll still be actively driving traffic back to my site. We’ll see how it goes.

      I think we put way too much stock in numbers and they are horribly inaccurate in many cases. Of course, we all know that just because one has 1000 Facebook Likes does not mean all those people are actually seeing our updates. Another example is FeedBurner. When I switched from FeedBurner to FeedBlitz a few months ago, I was SHOCKED at how many subscribers I “lost.” Well, turns out I didn’t really lose them, it was just that FeedBurner keep horrible track of them.

      So, while numbers are useful to a certain extent, I think a lot of the numbers we track are sorta goofy. I think email will give me a lot better picture. :)

  26. says

    I was just thinking last night that it had been a little quiet here lately. I’m excited for the “useletter”. I’ve noticed a few others going to that format. Thanks for sharing all you do!

  27. says

    You’re unbelievable Amy! You always seem to be one step ahead of everything…at least that’s how it feels to me but I’m always lagging behind by about a decade lol. True confessions:the only blogs I read are the ones I get via email, and yours is one of them. No problem with that change at my end at least, so I guess now you can rest easy ;).

    • says

      Oh Doreen! I hear what you’re sayin’, but how many people do you know in real life who have their own blog?! If you’re like so many of us bloggers, probably not many. See? You’re TOTALLY not behind at all. In fact, you’re leaps and bounds ahead. Own it, my friend. :)

  28. says

    Hi Amy

    I recently just joined your news letter and am liking it. Even though, I have been blogging for two years now, I still consider myself as a newbie. There are still so many things to learn and to improve on so that my blog will start to generate passive income (note: admittedly, this is the ultimate goal, besides helping others through my blog in the process :)).

    I look forward to your tips including how to guest blog as well as on things to pay attention to on writing an e-book (which i am currently doing).

    Thank you.

  29. says

    Wow! You are rockin’ and rollin’ and I think I’m going to love every new thing you have lined up!! I really appreciate this Amy. As I’ve started my blog…just celebrated one year (yay!) I feel like I’m spending a lot of time creating content, posting on FB, G+, etc. and linking up and getting behind on what I should really do and how to make my time count the most. I love concise and you have a wonderful gift for making the difficult clear. Thanks! I’ve noticed that e-mail is becoming a popular method of communication again. I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on that…but of course I’m sure that’s in the works, too.
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!
    p.s. does a spambot check box eliminate all spam?

    • says

      Well, we’ll see how it all goes. I confess, a lot of it is still just brain swirls in my head, but that’s just how I roll. :) I like to wing it sometimes. Keeps things interesting. LOL

      P.S. Well, maybe not all, but a lot!

  30. says

    Just keeping up with regular blog updates can be a challenge in itself. Trying to keep up with ever changing content can be brutal. I laud your efforts. Thank you for all you do :)

  31. Sherri says

    I’m surprised you’re going to a more email based format. Email is the last thing I read each day and if I get a bunch of emails from one person I just tend to delete all of them. I hope the change works for you.

    • says

      Thank you for the best wishes, Sherri. I hope it works too! LOL Or course, none of these things are guaranteed, so there’s a bit of fear and trepidation, but I’m hoping… :)

  32. says

    I seriously love your approach and I’m signing up for the “useletter” :-) So, will your blog posts also be delivered via email – and then will it be multiple emails per day?

    • says

      No, my blog posts won’t be delivered via email, but they’ll still be available via RSS. You can expect one (maybe two) emails a week (I still haven’t worked out the fine details). I’m trying to help everyone cut down on email, but still deliver a good dose of content. Hopefully it’ll work. :)

  33. Kelly says

    Hi! I love your blog and your awesome ideas, but I’m a little bummed that you’re moving primarily to email communication. I signed up but not sure how long I’ll keep the subscription. I like keep my emails separate from my information consumption and I wish there was still a way to get most of your posts through RSS. Just a little feedback but I’m a big fan of you and your awesome tips!

    • says

      I’m in the same boat. I love you blog and your tips, but don’t like following via email. I keep my email for correspondance mostly, and don’t follow any blogs via email, it just gets too cluttered. It will be harder to share and pin… I signed up, again, as I am intrigued to know what’s in store, but we will see if I stay. Wish there was a way to sign up to the posts that are only being sent my email, and not get the regular blog posts.

    • says

      I’m so grateful for your feedback! Thank you. I completely understand. You *can* still subscribe via RSS if you’d like. I’ll still be posting so you can get my posts that way. My emails won’t contain my posts (although maybe references to them), but just quick, super actionable tips that don’t warrant full posts of their own. :)

  34. Mary says

    I always love coming here. Your concerns are probably shared with so many bloggers — can’t wait too see what you are up to next!

  35. says

    There may be four things you don’t like, but there are a hundred things to like about your blog. Keep up the good work. We amateurs need your help! :)

    • says

      Oh thank you, Shirley. That is very kind of you to say. I will do my best to keep it up! Thanks for reading. :)

  36. says

    I love it, Amy. I particularly love that you’re dynamic and proactive in this fast-paced genre. I’m looking forward to what’s in store. :)

    • says

      Thank you, Kelly. I figure one of these days all of social media will move so fast, it will swallow us all up, lol. Until then, we press on!

    • says

      So much to consider…SEO, redirecting, etc. Not sure exactly yet, but I have some ideas rolling around. :)

    • R.Sethuraman says

      You are a natural winner. I am eagerly looking forward to your new inputs. you certainly have a way with words. Best of luck.
      Regards,
      R.Sethuraman