Today’s honest confession:
I have totally felt like giving up on blogging.
More than once. More than twice. More than… well, you get the picture.
If you happen to be a blogger, then that’s probably not a news flash for you. What blogger hasn’t felt like deleting themselves forever from blogosphere?
The truth is, blogging can be tiring. It can be time consuming, competitive, and down right discouraging at times.
So why stick with it? Why keep plunking away in your little corner of cyber space when it feels like the whole world is tuning you out?
Because someone is listening. Someone is reading and learning and growing.
And, just as importantly, stick with it because you love it. Blog because you love it.
Yes, there are times that call for giving yourself the pink slip (and that’s another topic for another day). But today isn’t necessarily the day.
I thought of SIX reasons why a lot of bloggers feel like quitting, and why I think you shouldn’t quit.
(I’m sure you can help me think of even more.)
I’ll share three of my reasons today, and three more tomorrow.
Here we go-
1. You shouldn’t stop blogging because you’re burned out.
My humble opinion: most bloggers quit for this very reason. We over commit, stay up too late, get up too early, can’t turn down opportunities for fear of missing something really big, feel pressured to grow and “keep up”, and we end up losing focus of why we are even here.
My advice for the weary blogger is don’t quit, but do cut back.
Take a break from social media. Unsubscribe from Facebook blogging groups. Opt out of networking for a while. Hush the growing frenzy and just take a mental break.
Write just because you enjoy writing. Cook supper. Enjoy your family. Read a book (and not one that you have to review!)
Chances are, you’ll come back with a fresh vision and new perspective.
2. You shouldn’t stop blogging because other blogs are bigger or “better” than yours.
Stop comparing yourself. Stop comparing your blog. Stop comparing what you can and can’t do with what someone else is doing (or appears to be doing).
God has given you a voice, a platform, and a reach.
Be a faithful steward.
And refuse to feel belittled because someone or something else is “bigger”.
3. You shouldn’t stop blogging because you’re not getting enough comments.
Bloggers love comments, so, yes, it can feel discouraging when we’re not getting the kind of interaction we crave with our readers.
My own observation is that social media (Facebook in particular) has “taken” a lot from blogging conversations.
Readers are apt to leave a comment on a Facebook post rather than a blog post, or hit “like” and “Pin” a post they really enjoy, rather than write a comment.
Personally, I don’t evaluate a post by comments alone (although I love comments!). I try to make it easy for readers to “share” via social media buttons, and then simply realize that only a handful of people who visit my blog are going to actually take the time to comment.
Here are 4 Ways to Get More Comments, by Amy Lynn Andrews.
One final note: readers are much more likely to offer feedback on our blog posts (and Facebook posts) when we talk to them and not at them. But that’s a post for another day. 🙂