Nearly every blogger wants to quit blogging at some point during their career. Whether the cause is persistent writer’s block or technological issues, we all have our reasons for putting down our computers and returning to what we were doing pre-blogging.
Sometimes our reasons are justified, and actually turn out to be one of the best decisions we ever make for our blogs and ourselves. In many ways, quitting my blog allowed me to really think about what I wanted to say, how I wanted to say it, and what I needed to do in order to be a successful blogger.
Here’s five reasons I quit blogging, why it was the right decision for me, and how it benefited both me and my blog.
I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about.
My interests at the time were so broad that I could have chosen anything to write about, but nothing in particular was speaking to me. I didn’t feel passionate about any one subject, and it showed; my blog posts were detached and cold, with very little personality or enthusiasm. In short, I wasn’t putting my best blogging foot forward.
Since I didn’t want to fill my blog with extraneous content that I would have to remove at a later date, I knew it was time to quit blogging for the time being.
My goal was to eventually return with better focus and a blogging identity. Thankfully, that’s exactly what happened. When I decided to start taking blogging seriously, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about. I didn’t limit my blogging activities by trying to fence myself into a niche – rather, I decided that I would talk about the important things in my life at the time. Hopefully, by doing so with authenticity and honesty, I will attract those readers who are interested in similar topics.
I needed to focus on myself.
Over the past couple of years, it seems like my personal life has been hammered with an onslaught of issues. One of the more difficult battles has been with my own body; autoimmune illness coupled with several other chronic health issues has made the idea of taking on any additional responsibilities unappealing. Because my health issues usually demand my complete attention in order to manage them, I didn’t know how to balance taking care of myself with being a full-time blogger.
I don’t regret making the decision to focus on myself. Doing so has allowed me to realize what real self-care looks like, and why it’s so important to implement it in my own life. Ultimately, these things have only made me a better blogger; I can now recognize when I need to take a step back and focus on myself for a little while.
I didn’t have any clue what I was doing.
I think many bloggers experience this feeling in the beginning of their blogging career, but this was especially true for me. I had no idea how to find legal images for my blog, what an affiliate program was, or how to acquire the neat little widgets that make certain tasks (like sharing this blog post) easier for my readers.
It wasn’t just that I didn’t know what I was doing, though. I wasn’t ready to know what I was doing. I knew I needed to dig deeper and learn new skills. I knew that I needed to figure out what blogging meant to me, and not prescribe to a philosophy that helped somebody else. The problem is that I didn’t have the motivation to learn what I needed to know. It was easier at the time to shrug off blogging as a scam or fad and move on to something else. It wasn’t until I figured out what I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say it, that I had the drive to learn new skills and improve my blog.
I didn’t have a voice.
This is an aspect of blogging that I am continuously working on, but has become easier to adopt with posts like this. Instead of talking at people (telling them what they need to do, how to do, why they should do it, etc.) I decided to concentrate on telling my own story through blog posts. It makes much more sense for me to explain to my readers why I do something than to attempt to read or change their minds. Using this approach also makes blogging a much quicker process for me, which was something I struggled with before because I wasn’t trying to be myself; I was trying to be what all of the blogging books said I should be.
I allowed myself to be discouraged by blogging myths and strategies.
Thankfully, I became adept later on at recognizing naysay blogging advice for what it was, but it was especially discouraging as a new blogger. I basically psyched myself out of even trying for fear of failure.
Now days, I know that the art of blogging lies in the big and little mistakes – figuring out why a blog post didn’t perform well, or how to make my blog layout less confusing, is all part of the process. None of the blogging books or articles that I read could reduce the learning curve that I had to deal with. I’ve realized that it’s better to make mistakes and learn lessons along the way than to never try.
Have you ever made the decision to quit blogging? What reasons did you have to quit blogging? Share them with me in the comments!