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Have you been blogging for some time but lately always find yourself questioning if it’s time to quit your blog? Maybe you’ve given it all you have but your growth has flatlined. Maybe you just don’t want to do it anymore.
I’ve been there myself quite a few times.
Since I started blogging several years ago, I’ve put up about half a dozen blogs. However, all of them are now gone except for my very first blog and this one. The rest I ended up quitting because I realized it really was the best thing to do.
Usually, I’d never recommend quitting and would encourage you to do whatever it takes to push through it!
After all the successes and failures I’ve experienced as a blogger, I realized there really are times when quitting your blog is the best option.
If you’re considering quitting because you feel lost and your blog growth is stagnant, I’d encourage you to first read my post about 5 Things to do Before Quitting Your Blog! It’ll help you to understand what might be wrong and how you can turn it around.
Otherwise, here are 6 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Blog.
1) You Don’t Enjoy It
Blogging should never be something you don’t enjoy. The best thing about being a blogger is you get to choose what you work on every single day!
How many people dream of a job where they get to do just that?
You don’t just get to do what you love, but you also get to share it with the world around you. It gives you a unique opportunity to help others who have the same interests/struggles you have.
If you find yourself resenting your website and dreading every time you “have” to work on it, you need a new blog topic.
A lot of people make the mistake of choosing a topic they think will make a lot of money instead of something they care about. Or maybe the topic was picked for other reasons, but, when it comes down to it, they aren’t really passionate about it.
Because a successful blog takes time to build, if it’s not something you’re passionate about, you’re going to have a very hard time sticking to it. Your readers will also be able to tell you don’t care about topic and they’ll find someone who does instead.
2) Blogging Just Isn’t for You
Many people start blogging because they need a way to make extra money from home. Blogging is a way you can do just that while doing what you love most!
However, the downside is, if you want to make money blogging, it takes time! When I say time, I mean months. Sometimes even years.
Nobody really understands the work that goes into building a successful blog until they’re neck deep in it.
While most other online jobs will pay you each day, week, and month you work, bloggers work for free for a long time before they start making any money (if they ever do).
If you need a way to make money fast, there are other online jobs that are much better options for you. If you’re willing to spend a little money on training, there are quite a few that will pay you $25-$50 an hour.
Otherwise, if you don’t want to invest time and money in training, your best options are online surveys or transcriptions jobs that will pay you less than minimum wage. If you’re lucky you might be able to make up to $300 a month.
If that’s all you need then that’s great! However, if you want an online job that will pay you $3000+ a month, you need training. There’s no way around it.
Luckily, the training isn’t too expensive and, if it’s the difference between $300 a month and $3000+ a month, I’d say it’s more than worth it!
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3) Your Blog Has No Real Focus/Niche
A niche is the subject/area your blog focuses on. It can literally be anything as long as your blog has an obvious focus. That can be parenting, a hobby, pet training, exercise, etc. Whatever you choose, all of your blog’s content should fit into that niche.
What do you do then if your blog is about outdoor running but you find yourself wanting to write about a new hobby you recently picked up that has nothing to do with running?
I hate to break it to you, but, no you shouldn’t just put it up. If you do, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
Once you pick a niche for your blog, you need to stick to it as closely as possible. If you have a blog that has weight training guidelines, cooking guidelines, & sprinkler installation instructions, or, in other words, no real blog topic, search engines won’t know what to make of your blog. They will never direct traffic there and neither will social media platforms.
The job of a search engine is to bring up the best results for whatever someone is searching. To do that, they go out to find what they perceive as “experts” on the given subject and return the top results. Those top results will never contain a blog that has no focus.
The only way it’d ever work to create a blog like this that has no one focus is if you’ve already built up a decent sized following through other means and your blog is there to give you a way to share your everyday life.
4) Your Niche Has No Audience
This was actually the mistake I made with my second blog. I shouldn’t say it had no audience, but I structured my content and my entire website in a way that my ideal reader would never find me.
As I worked on my blog, I knew in the back of my mind, this was a huge problem. However, it was a topic I was really passionate about so I ignored all the warning signs and pushed ahead.
Months later, my blog had still gained no traction. Though the first one was starting to grow slowly, the second one wasn’t getting anywhere.
Finally, I realized I either had to restructure the entire website and pick a new domain or give it up and just focus on my first website. When you start a blog, it’s critical to know who your audience is and how they’re going to find you. If you have no audience, your blog will never grow no matter how hard you work on it.
5) You’ve Lost Your Passion for It
To grow a successful blog, you really need to be passionate about it. It needs to be something you look forward to and love even when it’s the middle of the night and you’re dead tired.
Most of the blogs I started in the beginning, I ended up quitting because I lost the passion I had for them.
Initially, they were topics I was really passionate about. However, I found that within a few months I’d lost my drive and motivation to work on them. It got to where, every time I worked on one of them, I hated it and just wanted to spend the time focused on my first blog about postpartum recovery. That was the one I felt I could provide the most value in and it was the only one I enjoyed working on every single day.
6) You No Longer Need It
People start blogs for all kinds of reasons. Maybe you started your blog as a way to earn extra income online, but you ended up finding another way to earn the income you needed.
Maybe, your blog opened doors to bigger and better opportunities and you’re ready for the next chapter in your life.
Whatever the reason, it’s very common for people to start a blog for a certain purpose then later find they no longer need it.
Are you ready to quit your blog? Why do you feel like it’s time to quit?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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