26 April 2017

Quitting the Blog

 "Steph, I'm putting you in the 1,5km run on Friday" hollered my coach. "Um.., sure, sir" I mumbled in return not so confident about his athletic plan for me.
Friday came around (miraculously faster than any other week) and the massive stadium was full as far and wide as my then 13 years young eyes could see.
My coached piped up again, "You got this, Steph". In less confidence than before, I answered him again, "sure, sir".
This was the 2nd time I'd ever run this race; Once in front of 100 or so people and now, in front of a thousand. The gun let out a BAM which was in competition with the loudness of the Adrenalin-fueled THUD, THUD THUD of my heart. 1 lap down, 2 laps down, 3 laps down and I stopped. Midway through the race, my mind surrendered which only caused my body to give up with it. There I was in front of several hundred people, in the center of this stadium. Stagnant.

This is the only time, in my life, that I can ever really say that with out much effort or enthusiasm to try, I gave up.
Ladies and gentleman, I don't plan on adding Blogging to my short list of things that I have given up on- and I'm not about to let you do that, either. I've seen a lot of posts about how saturated the Blogosphere is, and how difficult it is to be a tiny fish in a pond the size of a galaxy. Posts about blogging statistics (and how they do indeed matter to people) have also become a hot topic- I mean, I wrote about that here. Thousands of bloggers aren't getting the attention they want (and frankly deserve). It's unfortunate, but the truth.

This is the time when we have to keep going. It is moments like these, where motivation and oomph to continue dwindle, that we rise and resume and become stronger.
The thousands of people who are bloggers in 2017, most likely won't be bloggers in 2019; A lot of people are here for the fame and fortune and when neither of those comes knocking on their door (and soon I might add) they'll be out of here. But, you, with your immaculate content, consistency and perseverance, will be here- as you have always been.

I've thought about quitting  blogging bi-weekly for the past 2 years. That's a lot of thoughts on quitting. But, I'm still here, and so are you. Staring at a blank page with that damned blinking cursor is daunting. But, thus far, I've showed up, haven't given up and neither should you!

If you've thought about quitting:
  • Don't. 
  • Write posts that are below your standard (if necessary), but keep writing. You can always go back and 'delete' or 'draft' those posts when the inspiration comes flying back.
  • Get involved in your blogging community. I mean really involved. Read and explore other's blogs, write your favourite blogger a long-winded email about how much you appreciate them. You'll find yourself building a community and readership that inspires you to continue writing.
  • Change your blog. Get involved with coding a new template (or buy one); Focus on taking incredible photographs for your blog or playing around with typefaces and colour schemes. 
  • Remember, that you created this space. It's yours. It deserves love and care. You may not always have it to offer, but don't stop trying to provide it.
From the depths of my heart, please, don't give up. I promise, you're a lot closer than you think to being where you want to be. But, if you quit now, you'll never realize how close you really are. Whether your ultimate goal is to have 5 comment or 500 comments, its all got to start with just one.
If you promise to show-up, I promise to run beside you (all the way this time) and finish this race, together.

Have you ever thought about quitting your blog? Why? 
Till next time-
Steph

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28 comments

  1. I have thought about quitting blogging, but I always go back to it. I think the important thing to keep in mind is to learn how to take breaks instead of quitting. You don't have to keep up with all the areas in your life all at once, you are allowed to take breaks!

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Michele!

      You're right in saying that taking breaks is better than quitting cold turkey! If someone enjoys blogging, I really believe that they'll find their way back to it- like with everything!

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  2. It's funny how in all of my 5 years of blogging I've never once thought of just quitting. Now I've thought of deleting old posts and starting fresh but never actually stopping blogging. Sometimes I wonder when that time will come or if it will ever come. Shall I be an old grey haired woman still typing away at the keyboard reviewing books? Who knows ^_^

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    1. M, that is obviously a testament to how much you enjoy it!
      Don't delete your old posts- maybe draft them. I regret not having my first blog to look back on. I would have love to have cringed and crickled my nose at my style of writing.

      Time shall tell, but I hope so!

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    2. WOAH - something looks different.
      Actually no. EVERYTHING looks different.
      Did you redesign your blog? In the space of 2 days?! Or was I just not very observant and this is how it's looked all the time....
      Either way your blogs looks so great!! Really professional. Kinda makes me feel like I gotta do some spring cleaning over at mine :L

      ( ^^ carrying on from earlier comment ) my old blog is still online and I've been looking at it recently with nostalgia and horror. I am super proud of my old blog but I was so young and it is so cringy XD I definitely won't delete anything. In another few years I'll probably like to look back on it and remember the old me.

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    3. Haha M! Everything is different, indeed. You're right, it hasn't always been like this. In the span of a few hours it all changed to what you see now. I'm so glad you like it! I was going for a more professional look.

      That's the best! It's lovely that you have it! Nostalgia and horror sounds about right! And, despite the cringing, you should be proud!

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  3. I've just started out with blogging but, I've had a lot of girls telling me about how they want to quit. It's challenging because of the pressures, and demands that they feel towards them. Although, I reckon blogging is meant to be fun. But statistics get in the way especially for those who blog full-time (or just anyone wanting to grow their traffic), but I guess it's just means that you have to remember why you started in the beginning.

    www.thelushstyles.com

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    1. Congrats! Welcome to the ever-talked about Blogosphere!

      You're right, blogging is meant to be fun. But, you're also right in saying that statistics get in the way. I think I teeter at the point of both: I love blogging but I care about my blog's traffic.

      Yes! Remember what got us to press 'publish' firstly!

      Thanks Rosalie!

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  4. I have thought about quitting blogging. In fact, I've done it twice - only to return again. I think that it takes awhile for some people to really find what they love about it. They might start with one idea in their head and when it doesn't work out, they decide to just stop. That's how I was, but I always came back and started another blog. I couldn't stay away from it. Now I've really found the kind of things I love to write about and even if I don't get that many views, I enjoy writing these posts, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

    This is a great post, and I'll be sure to return to it if and when any doubt begins to creep back into my mind.

    - Jo

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    1. I've quit once- deleted my previous blog cold turkey (much to my regret). But, like you, I have returned.

      It's amazing that you've found things that you love talking about. I haven't quite found my niche, which is increasingly frustrating.

      I'm glad it's able to help you, Jo!

      All the best!

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  5. This is so weird but I have actually never thought of quitting blogging. I have stopped blogging at random times but that was more of "I forgot" then a "I'm quitting this" type of situation. It's weird. Only recently have I thought of quitting to possibly pursue youtube more but knowing me and my laziness that will like never happen. Haha. :) Great post!

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    1. Hi Nabila!

      If you've never thought of quitting, you're obviously doing something that you love. I see that passion in the way you write!

      You could always do both?

      Thank you for the lovely comment (as always)!

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  6. Hey Steph,

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m already a massive fan. I’m sure you know (and I hope you do), you’re a great writer. Your voice stands out even in this oversaturated blogosphere.
    So, keep going, that’s all:)
    Viki

    (Technical comment: I’ve already tried to send this comment three times, hope this one goes through, I’m very determined:))

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    1. Hi Viki!

      Oh no...I'm so sorry you had difficulties in publishing your comment. I'll look into that. However, I'm very glad you tried and tried again. It ultimately came through!

      Your comment means so much to me. Thank you!

      I hope you come back and visit again!

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  7. Blogging is about passion and share things you love. That's important to keep in mind. I just started... but I hope I don't get to the point of quitting soon!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

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    1. I've looked at your blog, and the passion is there. I have no doubts that you'll have a log life in the blogosphere! If you keep sharing what you love, you'll never quit!

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  8. I was going to write a very angrily worded email when I saw this blog post, where most of the content would be me writing in caps "steph how dare you abandon your blog and how dare you abandon me, come back this instant >_>" but thankfully that's not the case and I'm relieved!
    Also, I'm making an instagram pod and I was wondering if you'd like to be in it? Lemme know on twitter/insta and I'll add you asap!
    the-emo-wolverine-writes.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, no caps-written emails required here! I'm not planning on calling it a day just yet. I have an inkling that I'll be around for a while!

      Thanks K!

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  9. Phew! You had me worried that you were gonna give up. I think you've provided new bloggers as well as veterans very good advice. After all, everyone starts from the beginning. It's about your journey to the end.

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Everyone has to start somewhere. I like the quote that goes "it's not about the destination, but the journey".

      I hope I can help others who may find themselves in a bit of a rut.

      Thanks for the comment, ST!

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  10. Such an inspiring post, the title shook me a little though ha! I agree that we all have times when we don't feel as inspired but thats natural and we should never take that as a signal to quit, in every situation not just blogging! xx

    www.emilyy.co.uk

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    1. Obviously we can't be in everything 100% of the time. We just have to dget what we can, keep our heads down and move!

      Glad it inspired!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! Much appreciated!

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  11. I think it can be so easy for people to think they should quit - it definitely can be hard to get seen when there are so many out there. I've always said though that it would be so boring if there were only a couple of blogs to read! I love that there are so many different blogs to follow. I've personally found that as time goes on, you get more and more readers :) x

    LuxeStyle

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    1. You're very right, Jenny! The more the merrier! I absolutely LOVE scouring the Blogosphere for inspiring blogs to read. It's one of my favourite things to do.

      I'm starting to find that too!

      Thanks for the comment!

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  12. Steph, don't do that to me! I read the title and thought you were going!

    I've never felt like I wanted to quit blogging. I've had the urge to start fresh, which is why I scrapped my old blog and started up The Northernist, but that's because I was so unhappy with everything I was posting.
    I think it's totally normal for people to feel uninspired, but it's definitely not a sign that they should quit. If I'm feeling uninspired, I'll either have a good look around my home for some kind of object to spark something up or go out for a walk. Fresh air can fix everything!

    Great post, as always!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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    1. Olivia! I'm not going anywhere. And if I were...you'd know it!

      I think re-starting a blog is a brilliant idea if one wants a fresh start- I've taken that route!

      People can't be inspired all the time, obviously, but I agree- don't quit! It's when things are tougher, that they're worth it!

      I love how when you're short of inspiration, you go out and find it, as opposed to it finding you!

      Thanks for the comment (as always)!

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  13. I don't think the point of blogging is to become a famous blogger and make a lot of money. It's good to blog so you can be creative and produce content, and it might end up helping you in your career. I've had a blog for a long time and while I don't have nearly as many followers as I maybe should have, having the blog has helped me land clients. Plus, it's so fun to look back on! And it helps my friends and family who are far away keep up with what's going on in my life.

    http://colleenwelsch.com

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    1. Hi Olivia!

      I'm so with you- one should not have a blog if it is only for fame and money. There are great advantages to blogging that don't include the aforementioned- like using it as a creative outlet, or practicing ones writing.

      It's definitely a great tool to reminisce and stay connected!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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