Should I quit blogging?
If you type ‘when is it ok to give up on your blog?’, you don’t so much get an answer to your query as a barrage of people screaming ‘NEVER!!1!! EVER!!!!!IN A MILLION YEARS!!!! GIVE UP ON YOUR BLOG’.
And I get it.
Blogging is hard work, and it can take a while to see any tangible results and a positive age to see any cash. At least, more than 31p in your AdSense account.
It’s also not for everyone. If your first impressions of blogging are that it’s the best way to make money then you may be a little disheartened a couple of months in.
There are so many bloggers out there selling courses that promise to make you money in 90 days that it’s hard not to get caught in the hype. I bloody did.
Luckily my dream of being able to work at home in joggers won’t be quashed. I had little desire to make 6 figures — just being able to pay the rent without leaving the house is enough for me.
But I refuse to believe that there are circumstances under which you shouldn’t give up. There are many decent reasons for you to give up your blog.
Those ‘just keep going’ cheerleaders must be exhausting if you’re working three jobs and juggling a kid or two.
It’s not always that easy.
You’re blogging to improve your situation, not make it worse.
1 — You don’t have time
I’ve told myself I didn’t have time to blog a hundred times, but I do.
You might not.
If you work 80 hour weeks and have kids, you may not have time to blog.
I work 35 hour weeks and have a rabbit.
I have nothing but time. I just needed to reign in my sitting-on-the-sofa time.
A great way to work out if you have time to blog is to commit to two hours a week. An hour or two is plenty of time to rustle up a post.
If you can’t find two hours to yourself, maybe you don’t have time.
You do have to be honest with yourself though. That’s on you. I don’t care if you have the time but can’t be bothered to find it.
But if you genuinely don’t have time to blog, don’t beat yourself up about it. Keep a journal of your ideas, and wait until you do have time.
2 — It negatively impacts your health
If you don’t have the capacity to blog and that in itself stresses you out, step away.
If you’re working 40 hours a week and you need downtime, step away.
If you’re in a niche that attracts angry, volatile trolls and that gets you down, step away.
3 — You hate it
Do something else. Blogging isn’t for everyone.
4 — You’re no longer interested in your niche
If you started a blog about cosplay but no longer care about it, it’s fine to quit. Your lack of passion will most likely show in your articles.
5 — You want to quit
Listen. You’re a grown-up. If you want to quit, quit.
And here are the obligatory reasons why you shouldn’t quit:
1 — You‘re not seeing any results
If you’ve been going for less than 6 months, then it’s just a waiting game. In some niches, it may take even longer.
Work on your formatting and SEO, spend some time on Google and find out what people are searching for in your niche, and practice creating long-form, compelling content.
Don’t waste your time on Facebook groups that encourage comment for comment stuff. Don’t stress about the Pinterest algorithm and DON’T scavenge for backlinks.
2 — It’s lonely
Everyone harps on about how important finding your community is, and it’s true, having a group of like-minded internet friends is incredibly helpful.
But maybe they just don’t hang around blogs.
Mine doesn’t — I had to brave Instagram, which before finding the house plant community I thought was reserved for people with much better photography skills than me.
Your people will be somewhere online, and I’d recommend checking out Reddit first because I’m pretty sure every niche out there has a subreddit.
Reddit isn’t as polished or algorithm-driven as Facebook or Instagram, and you’re not limited by characters (and you can edit your posts), unlike Twitter.
3 — You think your writing’s crap
So? How many people thought 50 Shades of Grey was crap? I wouldn't mind being a quid behind E.L. James.
Your writing will improve. Being crap at something is no reason to give up.
Besides, by the time anyone’s actually reading your posts, it’ll have improved by practice.
You can always go back and rewrite your first few posts.
4 — You don’t have any money
You don’t need any.
At least, not to get started. In fact, I’d advise that you don’t buy a domain or hosting until you’re sure that you’re not going to quit.
Don’t listen when people tell you that you can’t blog for free
You absolutely can, and maybe you should
Sure, if you want to make passive income from ads you need hosting, but when you first start blogging, you’re a while away from that.
What you shouldn’t do when you decide to quit
As a seasoned blog-quitter, I implore you NOT to delete your blog.
The internet is a strange place. You never know what trend is around the corner.
Google may start ranking your site a year or two after you stopped posting on it. I mean, if you only have a post or two, delete away, but if you have twenty plus articles, let it sit and marinate.
You may start getting views — if you get enough, stick some ads on there and generate yourself a little passive income.
It’s also worth mentioning that you may get a brainwave in the middle of the night about how to dominate a niche you once abandoned. You may fall back in love with it again, and you don’t want to have to start from scratch.
If you don’t want to pay for hosting a blog you don’t write on any more, AT LEAST create a backup, even if you just copy and paste the posts into google docs.