Some Ramblings On the Current Situation

A picture of Nix last year for Christmas. This year I haven’t taken any pictures of her yet…

So it’s Christmas time again! Merry Christmas!

Today’s post, however, is more of a ramble and some thoughts on the situation of Nix & Us than useful doggie-related content.

After almost a year and a half writing regularly for Nix & Us, I feel like I’m running out of things to say and I feel stuck. When I first started the website, I thought that by just keeping a regular schedule and trying to produce high quality content I’d eventually be able to have a successful website.

However, I feel like this is quite far from the truth. Although I do think these two requirements must be met, it’s not enough. There are many other factors that come into play, such as social networks and external linking (i.e. other websites linking to yours).

During the summer, when I had the time, I made an effort to improve the social media accounts and to socialize in relevant websites to build a reputation and, when relevant (no spamming!), promote my website.

However, I didn’t see much difference after all the effort. Also, when September started, my workload increased significantly and had to stop most of my online “socializing”. On top of that, after working from Monday to Friday and having almost no time for myself, the website has started feeling more like a chore. Proof of this is that I write most posts on Sunday, which is on the same day that they are published, because I want to rest on Saturday.

So, at one point, I asked myself whether I should keep on doing this. Working on the website was supposed to be enjoyable, but the enjoyment has decreased over time. The fact that I’m running out of ideas doesn’t help. We’ve more or less settled into a routine with Nix, and it’s difficult to get inspiration when things look more or less the same from day to day.

So, returning to the previous question, I haven’t found an answer to it yet. I won’t close the website, and I think I’ll try again to keep writing more or less regularly, but I don’t think I’m going to push myself as hard. If I have no ideas, or I’m tired and just want to take a break, I’ll do so.

Another thing that I believe might help motivate me is change the day when I post. For the past year or so this has been on Sunday night. By moving this to a workday I won’t feel like I have to “work” on Sunday if I don’t want to. It will put more stress on workdays, but maybe this is what workdays are for, aren’t they?

We’ll see how things go from here. If you’re reading this, I would like to thank you for your time and wish you a merry and happy Christmas!

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