My eyes accidentally went to the stats on top of my day-old blog. It read very meagre numbers, very very small. The numbers were a speck compared to my old blog’s stats.
Surprisingly, I didn’t care, not even the tiniest bit.
You see, another reason why I started a new blog is to free myself from the mindset of competitiveness. I got tired of always monitoring my statistics. I needed to let go of such an unnecessary stress.
However, I would be lying if I said completely starting a new blog from ground up is easy. It’s difficult, and sometimes, I have to remind myself why I’m doing this.
For starters, there’s virtually nothing in the blog. I made the choice to not migrate my old blog, so I have to write a lot during the next few months for it to have acceptable content.
On the other hand, it is exciting to have the chance to focus on writing content again with brand new categories and stuff. To be honest, I stopped writing relevant content in my old blog because I thought it wouldn’t matter anyway, I would be transferring anyway. Well, I have no excuses now!
Can you spell blog-horrhea?
I’m currently using a free feminine theme from Angie Makes right now. I find it really pretty, but I’m also hoping to have a customised design just for A Joyful Mess. It’s not my priority now, though. Maybe when we reach a point of stability, we can contemplate on having a customised design made. 🙂
And everything else
I published my first blog post yesterday, but really, my blog was (and is) still not 100% ready. I just figured it would be great to finally start blogging here since it’s the first day of the second half of the month. I’m not sure what the relevance is, but I like the timing.
Looking at my blog now, I realise there are still a lot of things I need to do. Setting aside my pining for a customised design, I also need a new author picture (not that one, which I just grabbed from my old blog!). There’s nothing wrong with that picture – aside from the little fact that both Yuri (my son) and I look different now.
I also need to update my about and contact pages which, you guessed it, are all just grabbed from my previous blog! Even my job is not the same any more!
Outside the blog, I also need to update all of my links. Eventually, once we are able to publish more posts, I’ll also have to revisit blog directories and submit this new blog.
In other words
Starting a blog is just like having a baby. The conception of an idea is only the beginning, and the work doesn’t end with giving birth. You need to feed it, clothe it, nurture it, and be consistent in loving it – an inconsistent mum would be really scary.
But it’s satisfying and oddly comforting. And yeah, it’s also a lot of fun.