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Today’s topic of why you shouldn’t give up on blogging is a subject I’m sure many bloggers can relate to.
I’ve been there too many times.
As a blogger, you will go through multiple periods where you are thisclose to quitting (I’ve had my fair share in the last two years).
You spend enough time on Facebook groups and will realize it’s a recurring problem with other bloggers.
Hopefully, this post can spark some sort of motivation and help some of you pull through.
If I can inspire at least one blogger out there on why you shouldn’t give up on blogging yet, then I consider it mission accomplished.
Why You Shouldn’t Give Up Reason #1 – Are You Feeling Down Temporarily?
When you’re going through a tough time as a blogger, you might be tempted to throw out your whole blog.
You go to blogging communities and see all these bloggers celebrating their achievements.
When you’re struggling and feeling particularly vulnerable, it’s easy to compare to other bloggers.
This can happen at any moment. It can happen at the beginning of your blog journey. When you’re sort of trying to figure out everything along the way.
Or it could be when you’ve been working on your blog for two years and you feel like the results don’t reflect the hard work you’ve been putting in.
It’s probably not the first time you’re feeling down about your blog. You’ve gotten through it in the past and you will again.
We all have moments of drowning in self-pity but is this a temporary feeling?
If you’re just in a bad mood now, that’s okay. Focus on getting out of a bad mood first.
Don’t throw away something permanent based on your temporary feelings.
2) Did You Achieve Your Initial Blogging Goals?
There are many reasons why people started blogging in the first place.
It could be because they wanted to…
- Document their life online
- Improve their writing skills
- Make a side hustle
- See what it’s like to blog
- Use their blog to stand out against a sea of applicants for jobs
For me, blogging was something I’ve always wanted to try. I also wanted to improve my writing skills (I’m far from what you would call a good writer).
Fast forward to now. After my first blogging anniversary has long passed and I’ve written close to 100 blog posts.
I’m editing old blog posts and it has made me realize how terrible my writing was.
Everything is a complete disaster. It’s such an editing nightmare, especially the first few blog posts. I’m also constantly frustrated.
But compared to the past me, I have noticed improvements. Writing consistently every week has helped me improve on a skill that I wanted to work on.
The improvements you make might be so small that you don’t even notice at first. It’s not until you look back from months ago that you realized you have improved.
What interested you about blogging in the beginning?
Think back to those reasons.
Did you accomplish any of your goals? Or are you in the middle of achieving your goal?
If you haven’t fully achieved your goal(s) yet, it’s another reason why you shouldn’t give up on blogging just yet.
3) Do You Know What You’re Doing?
Do you know what you’re doing?
Let’s say you’re struggling with gaining traffic.
What are you doing to meet your goal?
There are steps you need to take to grow your website. And it’s not only pumping out weekly content, despite what some might think.
If you’re feeling lost and need help, you can turn to experts. Plenty of bloggers is more than willing to share valuable advice with you.
You can contact them directly through their blog. They’ll likely reply because they want to engage with their audience.
The only thing is that it might take some time. Some bloggers get dozens of emails and comments a day so they might not respond to you right away.
You can also contact them through blogging communities on Facebook.
There’s always an option of getting help but you need to know what you need help with.
If you don’t know, how are other people supposed to know?
That’s why you need to know exactly what you want. And know what you’re doing.
4) You Are Helping People Out There
This one on the list is probably one of the most motivating reasons why you shouldn’t give up on blogging.
If you’re somewhat an established blogger (at least a few months), chances are, people have seen some of your blog posts.
You might not believe this but there are people out there that genuinely find your blog helpful.
My best friend, Michelle told me several times that my reasons for being sober blog post really resonated with her. It changed her perspective on drinking.
I can’t tell you how happy it made me feel.
You spend hours crafting a blog post from start to finish.
You’re not sure if anyone even cares what you have to say (okay, she might be a little biased because she’s my best friend) but that’s the feeling you’re looking for.
To feel like you’re making a difference even if it only starts with one person.
You’ll feel heard. Understood.
I know we can all underestimate ourselves and think we have nothing to share with the world.
But we do!
Some things that might seem obvious to you might not be obvious to other people.
Your blog might even give you some kind of anonymity where you might feel freer to speak your mind.
You are inspiring and teaching others through your blog. Isn’t that a SUCH a good feeling?
5) What Else Would You Spend Your Time On?
Depending on your life stage, there might be plenty of things that require your attention.
But for me, it is mostly work. After work, I have a lot of free time on my hands. Especially since moving back to Hong Kong.
When I’m close to giving up, I would ask myself what else would I spend my time on?
Watch more Chinese dramas?
Listen to Music?
Spend more time on YouTube?
As much as I love those things, spending so much time on those activities won’t make me feel productive.
Many bloggers get a sense of accomplishment through their websites.
It’s through all these mini-steps that you build your website to where it is today. Once that is cut out from your life, what’s something else that will make you proud?
What’s the alternative/replacement of what you’re going to replace your blog with?
If you come up with nothing, then it might be another reason why you should stick it out.
Asking yourself this question will remind you why you shouldn’t give up on your blog just yet.
6) Blogging Takes Time
A common blogger misconception is that bloggers can make fast money (where does this even come from?).
Experts might make it seem so easy. But do you know how many hours of effort they put in behind the scenes?
Also, most things they do aren’t visible to the audience.
Many of them probably also have years of experience under their belts. They are already experts in this industry.
So making another profitable blog? Quick and easy.
Let’s reuse the same example of not getting enough traffic.
You’ve tried being active on all social media platforms and are feeling burned out. But people are still not flocking to your blog as you expected.
Clearly, something isn’t working so you need to change your direction.
You could create more pins on Pinterest. Or focus more on SEO.
Just like with everything else, it’s going to take time to see your hard work pay off.
Blogging is a long-term thing so it’s another reason why you shouldn’t give up on blogging just yet.
7) Remember Your Accomplishments
With your blog, you might think you haven’t had any breakthroughs but I doubt this is the case.
You’ve learned a lot of things along your blogging journey.
For example, I didn’t know anything about setting up a website, writing SEO-friendly articles or much about the platform, Pinterest.
These were all foreign topics but now, I have gained some knowledge in all three areas and more.
When you are close to giving up, think back on everything you’ve gained through the process.
Even if they seem minuscule, these are YOUR accomplishments.
You might have had some help to get where you are today but you stuck it out! And learned all these new skills along the way as well.
You should be proud of yourself.
8) Will You Regret it?
During a time when everything SUCKS, you’re hardly going to be extremely motivated to keep going.
For most people, success doesn’t come in a day.
Even though there is no guarantee that your blog will be a success. Giving up definitely means success with your blog will not happen.
Is giving up on your blog something you will regret in the future?
As we get older, I try to live life with no regrets (I secretly believe we all do have regrets which is why I said try).
A common regret older people seem to have is being too scared to pursue what they really wanted to do.
Ask yourself this: 5-10 years from now, will you regret giving up on your blog?
If the answer is yes, then that should already be enough to why you shouldn’t give up on blogging just yet.
Why You Shouldn’t Give Up Reason #9 – Are Your Expectations Realistic?
It’s good to be ambitious but are your goals too out of reach?
For example, let’s say you started a blog today and want to be a full-time blogger in 12 months. Sounds great in theory, right?
You see enough success stories and might think it only takes one year to make consistent money off your blog. While this does happen, a good majority of people do not achieve this.
Sure, we can dream about it but the truth is, this goal can take years to achieve.
On the other hand, if you’ve been making thousands of dollars for months now on your blog then your goal of being a full-time blogger should be close.
You can still have a dream of being a full-time blogger despite where you are at on your blogging journey. You’ll just need to be more flexible with the time frame.
Adjust your expectations to reality.
Final Thoughts – Why You Shouldn’t Give Up
Blogging takes real dedication. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten close to completely giving up on my blog but I’m still here almost two years later.
You’ve put so much into your blog already: time, money, and effort. Are you really willing to let that all go?
I know I’m not willing to and I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.
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