Conundrum: A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma.
It was not planned, it happened completely by accident. I had 5 back-to-back out-of-state buyers, a new listing, one sale and a one-week visit from my daughter.
For the first time in well over a year I didn't go on ActiveRain everyday. I was barely able to post a couple of articles on my blog.
At first I felt guilty. I worried about my Google Rankings for my own blog. I felt guilty not knowing how everyone was doing on AR and even wondered if anyone noticed that I was gone.
The one thing I did do every day was to check my own blog's ranking on Google. It didn't go down even though I wasn't writing. As a matter of fact, it even went up for a couple of days. I was amazed. Does this mean I don't have to write a new post every other day in order to maintain my ranking?
I felt so free. I found hours in my day that I had lost so long ago. (They were instantly gobbled up however by work and volunteer commitments.)
Now that my daughter is gone, my clients are gone, my listing is ready, I have time once again to blog and comment. But, for some reason I don't want to go back. I want to do things differently. I look longingly out the window at the beautiful autumn days thinking how much fun it would be to simply drop everything and go outside with a good book.
And there is another problem with which I have been grappling with for some time. I have noticed over the past several months that when I post to my own blog and to my AR blog that the Google Alerts now notify me of the AR post, not my own post. Does it make sense to be competing with myself? Are my Localism posts blocking my own blog's progress?
When I test Google different subjects my own blog usually out-ranks my AR or Localism blog but as AR and Localism get more juice, what will happen?
Should I stop posting my real estate posts to AR? Should I stop posting my community posts to Localism?
Is there a point at which we need to focus almost entirely on our own blogs at the expense of our AR site because our AR efforts are blocking our progress?
I love AR and I cherish my friendships. I wouldn't be where I am without them. I will never leave AR but is it time to reset my priorities?