First published January 22, 2018
I recently read an article that a good blogger should always create an FAQ post on their blog, which is silly because how do they know what “good bloggers” need for their blog? I bet the author of the article isn’t even a blogger but someone with a deadline, who gets paid by the word, and a feisty editor breathing down their back.
Yet, it got me to thinking (fine job well-paid writer, FINE JOB), maybe I do need an FAQ on my blog.
FAQ is short for Frequently Asked Questions for those who don’t know.
You know, questions you get asked regularly about the blog, about blogging or even just about your life in general.
But here’s the thing: I never get asked anything about my blog frequently.
Not to say that my readers aren’t inquisitive.
Oh, quite the opposite! They are engaging, lovely, and often peppy.
But they don’t ask me the same questions regularly, which could mean one of many things.
1- I answer the question on the first ask.
2- There is nothing remotely interesting enough on my blog to get a question frequently asked.
But I powered through and scrounged together a list of questions that have been asked of me at one time, in order to tailor a blog post around it!
Because those who know me well, know I can create a blog post out of anything.
Why I am not photogenic? CHECK
- why are you still blogging?
The better question is why are you still reading? I kid, I kid. I love to write but I also feel like the blog market is saturated with people who take themselves a little too seriously. I like to talk about what is really bothering me, not just what will make page views. I have thought of quitting many times over the years for one reason or another but I just can’t quit. I love it and you way too much.
- haven’t you been blogging for like, ever?
I have! I’ve been writing non-stop for eight years this June, That in the blog world is for like, ever.
- are you making a lot of money blogging
Good Heavens no! In fact, I have two other writing side jobs because of how little it pays me. Blogging won’t make you rich instantly but it can make you money if you work really, really hard at it. I work six hours a day JUST on my blog writing, ads, emailing brands, writing sponsored posts, applying for sponsored posts, and handling all of the social media six days a week (I take off Sundays. Because of God). That doesn’t include the work I do for my other jobs, in case you thought I just sit at home and listen to New Wave as I edit my screenplay for the 25th time. But what a life that would be! Someday……
- why are you so obsessed with john hughes?
Why not? John Hughes is a huge part of my teen years and as I age, I want to hold on to those memories. Writing about him, his movies and his upcoming museum is my happy place. When I write about it, I am still young, skinny, have Sun-In highlights, blue mascara, and really tight acid wash jeans.
- how well have those wooden planks held up?
My faux wood floor in the bathroom has gotten me more FAQ than any other post. It is holding up pretty well since it is almost seven years old and inside of a bathroom.
- how do you have almost 8000 followers on pinterest?
Your guess is as good as mine. Probably 4000 are from the master bath post alone. Also, I am noticing lots of spam accounts or bots (as in robots) following me and many others on there. So probably another 2000 of those accounts. Which leaves me with only 2000, which is more my level of follower ratio.
- do you ever think of giving up writing?
Writing? Never. Blogging? Weekly. I love to write but blogging is becoming more about making money than the art of writing, not that there is anything wrong with that either. But I think about giving up blogging weekly. I will never, however, give up writing.
- how is the menopause thing going?
Shitty, but thanks for asking! I feel like bird poop most days of the week but I hear I may only have two more years to go. Thinking about bribing my gynecologist to give me a hysterectomy with a twelve pack of beer and free babysitting for a year.
- how are your headaches?
I have to be on 240 milligrams per day of a preventative and I still get them weekly. Let’s just say we are pricing homes in states where marijuana is legal and I am still holding out for the hysterectomy.
- how do I start a blog?
I have written about it before in this blog post. If you want a blog just for the sole purpose of writing, I can help you. If you want a blog for the sole purpose of making money, I can’t but there are many tutorials on Pinterest that can.
- will you teach me to blog?
Of course. But first, you give me the name of your weed dealer, a gynecologist who will give me a hysterectomy, and a director who will make my screenplay a reality.
- I bet you are really creative.
I bet you’ve never read my blog.
- do you ever get sick of writing?
See above. And no.
- why does your judd nelson have a rash?
- do you ever get annoyed with other bloggers because I do!
Holy balls yes. I am lucky that I have an amazing core of blogging friends who are so funny, make me smile, and help me thrive. But there are some icky bloggers out there who take it way too seriously. I once got my head bitten off because I answered a question wrong in a blogging forum. SORRY BECKI (not her name) I DIDN’T ANSWER HOW TO GAIN MORE PINTEREST FOLLOWERS ON YOUR MONTHLY BULLSHIT POSTS. I WILL TRY HARDER NEXT TIME.
Ooopsies, did I say that out loud?
Hey, if you ask a question in the comment section, you will be guaranteed to be in the next FAQ post!*
*in eight years