Breaking the cycle.

It’s time for a change.

I love “Nerdmaids” and I’ve put a lot of work into it, which has made it the most successful blog I’ve ever been part of. I’m very proud of everything I’ve done to this point. Sure, in a perfect world I would have been posting 100 percent consistently, but running a one woman show is hard. Especially if you’re writing everything from scratch and scrambling for posts. And because of that, writing for “Nerdmaids” has started to feel like I’m treading water. The blog is continuing, I’m still writing, but nothing is changing. And while this has been fine for the past few months, lately I’ve realized that I want more.

I want more readers. I want more unique content. I want higher-quality posts. I want to expand my content. I want, I want, I want. But how do I get there?

I’ve been thinking about an answer all week. I have a lot ideas floating around in my head, and I think if I give myself proper time to develop them, they could turn into great things. But in my current posting cycle, it would be impossible to take the time to really work on them. I don’t have any drafts at the moment, so every post is written and published in the same day. It makes it impossible to take the time to really work on a post, which means the quality of my writing takes a hit. But I’ve been telling myself that it’s important to get the posts up to keep my readers and so I don’t let them down. But that’s a cop out. I realized that if I really value my readers, I would take the time to create the best content possible for them.  Especially if I want my blog to continue to grow and develop.

But that means it’s time for some pretty drastic measures. I can’t just turn “Nerdmaids” into my vision overnight. And I can’t even do it in a day or two. I need time to write posts without having to worry about publishing them, and I need time to develop a stock pile of already-written, high-quality posts to publish so I can continue to write posts  without the pressure of publication upon completion.

So for the time being “Nerdmaids” is going to go on a publishing hiatus. I’m going to continue writing posts and developing content, and once I feel like I have enough strong posts to start fresh and continue a better writing/ publishing cycle, I’ll start publishing them. Unfortunately, I don’t know how long this will take. But I do promise to return.  And when I do, it will be awesome, and hopefully with some reinforcements.

I’ve been trying to convince myself for a while that I can make “Nerdmaids” everything I want it to be on my own. But to be honest, it’s hard to do everything by myself. I was spoiled at the beginning because I had Astro’s help, which was wonderful. She brought a completely different aspect to the blog, and her posts about Harvest Moon and Gurren Lagan still bring readers. All I write about is Magic and books, which are both topics that I love, but definitely not the only nerdy things girls love. I won’t ever write about the new Pokemon games because I’ve never been into it. But I know there are a whole lot of people that do care, and would probably read a post or two about all the cool features. And that there might be a girl out there willing to write one for me.

This is my humble cry for help. So girls, if you want to write for “Nerdmaids”, I’d be happy to let you. All you have to do is email me at nerdmaids@gmail.com and tell me what you’d write about, and provide a sample of your writing. Or just send me a post. I’m open to pretty much anything, as long as it’s well-written. And guys out there, if you know someone who might like to write for me, please pass the word on. I want to get as many ‘nerdmaids’ writing for the blog as possible! And if you just want to write one guest post, that’s totally fine too. Just let me know when you email me. You’d still get to be an honorary ‘nerdmaid’.

Seriously. Any questions, just comment or email me at nerdmaids@gmail.com. I want “Nerdmaids” to be the best blog possible, and I can’t do it on my own!

All for now,
Bale

How do you keep posting quality content? Do you stick to a schedule or just post when you can? 

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