It finally feels like we’ve hit a proper stride when it comes to our main survival blog, More Than Just Surviving. I used to frantically push to try to find an audience, grow our readership, and to get those page views up, but in recent days, all I have to do is have Thomas or I write a post, add in the pictures, and share the link myself on various social media channels and I’m all set to go.
This makes it so that when I’m not working on a post or sharing that post on social media, I no longer need to do anything else for the blog. A nice feeling, especially since this is a luxury I haven’t had since the birth of the site (“Build it and they will come” is a mantra completely untrue of the online world – as anyone who has tried to have even a semi-popular page will quickly tell you).
It’s a grind to get to the point where you can finally take a break and let your website “advertise itself.” But I have to admit it’s been a very worthy battle. I could not be happier with where we are with MTJS these days. It’s exactly what I’d hoped it’d be. Blogging has not let me down, and is actually a lot more rewarding than I anticipated.
I daresay we probably hit the point where I didn’t need to do any more hustling for blog readers a few months ago, but I kept pushing nonetheless. Now, I think it’s time to take a break. It’ll be more of a mental break than anything, as I won’t have to preoccupy myself with thinking up new ways to push the statistics further and further. They’re great where they are, and I’m happy to let them grow naturally by just adding new content and promoting through my social media regimen.
This frees up time for other projects. This site being one; Survival Threads, MTJS’s new community forum, being another. I might also pick back up where I left off with regards to Survival Shelf (our survival link curation site), though it might be a while before I do seeing as how it does take quite a bit of work and I’m not quite ready to reintroduce hectic-ness into my life. Regardless, it’s nice to be able to have the freedom to decide without feeling pressure from MTJS to spend time there.
All this to say – after two years and two months with More Than Just Surviving, it’s nice to finally be at this point in the game.