You had the brilliant idea for a blog. You poured your heart and soul into it… it was so much fun. Then the newness wears off. The ideas dry up, and you're staring at a blank screen.
This has happened to me several times. I've started probably about four blogs that didn't go anywhere. And one that did go someplace, but I've seemed to have outgrown it, or just changed my values. One of the blogs I know there is something in it, and I just need some more time to actually do it.
When it's so easy to start a blog, it's tempting just to jump in, we've gone over the questions you should ask before starting a new blog, but what happens when the love runs out for your current blog?
It's hard to decide, part of me subscribes to the spirit of “love the one you're with” and “stick to it, it'll change.” Part of me thinks if it's not working, drop it. It's always possible that the idea just wasn't right, and it's possible to keep trying in new ways.
But if you really don't know if you should quit you blog (as it is now) then look for these signs.
1. You haven't posted in a long time
How long has it been since your last post? You've taken a break for no particular reason. Why has it been two months since your last post?
2. You keep taking long breaks
There's always a reason why you can't post, vacation, finals, lent… spring cleaning. The reasons keep getting more and more random, and you keep having to take long breaks from your blog.
3. You are not having fun with your blog
It used to be so much fun to blog! You couldn't live without it! Nowadays, posting is more an obligation than a passion. It's not fun anymore. You're saying, “omg, I have to post!” instead of, “I can't wait to post!”
4. You can't shake writer's block whenever you think about posting
You're at the computer staring at the cursor, and you're hoping the words will come out, but they don't. You have nothing to say about your content and no matter how many tricks you try to shake writer's block, nothing comes to mind when it's time to post.
5. You resent your readers
Your readers drive you crazy, either they don't get your content, they miss the point, or they don't engage how you'd like. You don't love your readers and it's becoming obvious they don't love you. Your relationship with your readers is like that with a bad boyfriend. It's just not working out.
6. You don't know why you're posting anymore
You're able to churn out posts like no body's business. You're prolific, and everything seems to be going well.. except you've lost the point. You don't know why you love blogging, you wouldn't even read your own blog.
7. You can't make time for your blog anymore
You're busy, everyone's busy! There's no time to blog! Blogging takes too much time! Heck, who has time to blog when we have to do laundry? Every time you sit down to blog, something “more important” comes up and you just can't justify spending time on your blog.
8. You've changed, grown, your life is different and your blog's mission doesn't make sense to you anymore
When you started you were in college on a tight budget, now you are working at an awesome job and your life has really changed a budget blog for college students doesn't make sense to you anymore. Or you were single and spent a lot of money on clothes, now you're married with a kid on the way and buying a house… Or you started a maternity style blog while you were pregnant, and well, you had the baby. Everyone's life changes, maybe your mission just needs to change, or maybe start a new blog altogether.
9. You've discovered you'd rather read blogs than write them.
Once I started a vintage shop because I love vintage clothes. After about a month, I realized I would rather buy vintage clothes and write about them than sell vintage clothes. They are two separate things. Maybe you've just discovered that even though you love blogs, you just would rather read them than write one.
If you're showing these signs, don't worry! It could just mean that the blog you have now is not the right one for you. I've started several blogs that didn't work out, but it didn't mean that blogging was a bust for me. Keep trying, and maybe it's just time to write a gratitude list about your current blog, and maybe you'll fall back in love with it, and these signs will disappear.
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