Friday, March 01, 2019

Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Your Blog

The Blogging Dream

Thousands of people chase the dream of starting a blog, in pursuit of something they're passionate about.  Wanting to tell the world of their experiences.  Sadly most of them give up within the first year.

The question is, is there a good time to give up on your blog? Just drop everything and run for the hills?

The simple answer is don't give up, no matter how hard the road is.

When the Passion Dies

You start blogging because you have something to say about your favourite pastime, or you may have a business idea you want to try out. 

Pouring your heart into your platform, hoping to pull in as many readers as possible.  At the same time you're reading about how easy it is to have a successful blog.

I've been there, and understand how crushing it is, to be pouring your heart into something on a regular basis, to not have any good results.

Never give up on your blog just because it feels too hard, or because your expectations or too high.

Here's a great article from ghost you should read, about the blogging journey and why its a long road worth taking.

Is it worth trying before I give up?

Businesses take time to build up, even small businesses can take up to two years to before they start seeing any profit starts coming in.

Here are some things you should try before you think about giving up:

Are you seeing any fruits of your labour?

Even small gains such as subscribers signing up is something.  This means people like what you're writing about, it could be that all you need is to make some minor alterations.

Has your blog been the same since its inception?

Being stuck in the same rut, and not trying new things means you may never see any new results.  There's no harm in trying something different, if what you're doing isn't working anyway.  You need to start exploring new tactics before you start quitting.

Have you put any money into marketing your blog?

There are lots of ways to promote your blog for free and market your blog on a budget.  In today's social media driven world, advertising is a good way to promote your blog.  Many bloggers turn to advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to get their blog posts seen.  

Are you working from a plan?

When you started blogging did you plan it out first?  Simple things like a blogging schedule, and knowing that you have a string of blog post ideas at your fingertips, all help to create a smoothly run blog.

Are you struggling with the writing part?

The writing part can be the hardest part of all at times, especially when life gets in the way.  Being able to churn out even one blog post a week, can seem like a mountain to climb at times.  Finding your blogging voice is difficult in itself, but sticking to your writing schedule can be even harder.

You need to learn how to sit down and concentrate on the task at hand (your blog post writing).  If you can do that regularly each week, your already half way there.

What it comes down to

Blogging is a long and winding road that requires lots of patience, discipline and passion.  If you don't have any of these things already, you'll probably not get very far.

Points to consider for success

Most bloggers have wanted to quit a some point, because the journey is so arduous, but just by showing up everyday, and pushing through those hard times, and making the effort shows you want to make your blog successful.

Here are 3 points for a successful blog:

1.  You should enjoy what you're writing about, blogging is slow journey, and  the results are slow in coming sometimes.  Writing about something you love is easier than something your less passionate about.

2. Showing up to write regularly, and making it feel like a job makes a big difference, than just blogging when you feel like it.  Content should be published regularly at the same time each week, so your readers know when to expect a post.

3. Blogging is a process, you'll find plenty of bumps in the road, but you need to be able to overcome the down times, and push forward to the good.

I started my blog way back in March of 2015, and have been put through the fire many times, but it's all been worth it. 

Mistakes are ok, don't give up too early when your story is just starting.