If you’ve been on the blogging scene for more than 5 minutes, you’ll already know that once you’ve found the blogging community, you’ll be sucked up and cocooned into the hidden blogging world. And, before you know it, whether intended or not your blog will become EVERYTHING to you.
You can conquer the world with your blog
Cheered on, other bloggers will make you feel like you CAN conquer the world. And just maybe, if you’ve been going long enough, you will to some extent. Climbing the infamous blog rankings, getting your voice heard, and sometimes even branching out into radio, TV and books. Life of a blogger can be incredibly rewarding, and, can come with the most exciting perks and once in a lifetime opportunities.
But it’s a time sucker
But. No one will mention how much time it can suck out if you, if you let it. And I say ‘if you let it’ loosely, because like all good things in life, it can become an addiction that you are drawn to. Especially when it comes to staying in the stats game and being as visible as a spot on the end of your nose.
For many parenting bloggers, time isn’t on our side right from the word go. We have families to nurture, households to run and in many cases other jobs to go to. So, we end up burning the midnight oil to pursue our blogging passions and before you know it (months or even years down the line), you’re done with it.
Exhausted from the late nights and feeling like you’re working 2 jobs plus being a parent… you buckle. Fall out of love with your blog. And hastily pull the plug on hours and hours of hard work, joy and everything in between.
Do the bloggers that quit regret it?
But if you’ve got to that stage where everything is getting too much and the words ‘I’m thinking of quitting my blog’ have just popped out, before any plug pulling is done ask yourself these questions. Just in case all is not lost after all.
15 questions to ask yourself before giving up on your blog
- Why did you start blogging?
- What’s the best thing about blogging?
- What’s the worst thing about blogging?
- What are your favourite things to blog about?
- What are your least favourite things to blog about?
- What takes up most of your time when blogging?
- What do you find most rewarding?
- What do you find least rewarding?
- Do you think you spend too little / enough / too much time writing?
- Do you think you spend too little / enough / too much time promoting your blog on social media?
- Do you think you spend too little / enough / too much time interacting with other bloggers and followers on social media?
- Do you think you spend too little / enough / too much time worrying and working on your stats?
- How has your blog evolved since you started it?
Reflect on your answers.
Then consider, what if you took away the negative points and the things that you don’t enjoy about blogging? What if you stopped worrying about the stats and brought your blog back to the reason it all started?
What to do, what to do?
Now no hasty pulling the plug on your blog just yet OK? Give yourself a bit of time. Let it sit there and see if you get twitchy fingers.
Blogging isn’t just about being a top influencer, racking in the money or keeping those stats on their toes. Sometimes we blog because we have to write. We have something to say. A story to tell. It’s OK to let that competitive side go, and let your inner writer out, just for the sake of it.
Of course if you still feel the same, you should absolutely follow your gut instinct. Only you will know how much of your blog you need to let go.
Have you ever thought about pulling the plug on your blog? If not, what’s your secret to finding a blog balance?