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Why you should quit your blog now

Caroline’s Corner: Why you should quit your blog now

I bet you’ve reread the title at least several times. Did I really just announce a blog post on why you should quit your blog? Yes. Yes, I did. Who am I to tell you to quit blogging? And before you tell me that I should be the one to quit my blog, let me tell you: no, I’m not. In this post, I will share five reasons why you should quit blogging.

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Reason number 1: You can’t write

You think that you are a terrible writer. No one wants to read your blogs, and if you look at the blog posts you wrote a few months ago, you cringe. You have convinced yourself you absolutely cannot write. So put yourself (and all your readers, they’ll thank you) out of their misery. Just quit.

Unless…

… you love to write. Unless it’s just your inner critic talking. In most cases, it’s just not true. And even if it’s true, how can you grow to be a great writer if you don’t try? We somehow have forgotten that to learn, we have to try. We have to fall and stand up again. No child ever just stopped trying to get up after it fell again and again. It just got back up to try again. The first baby steps couldn’t have been successful if the child thought it couldn’t do it after failing the first time. So grab your notebook or your laptop and get to it. Make mistakes. And then find a way to do it right and improve.

Reason number 2: You don’t have an audience

Who are you writing for if you don’t have any visitors? Honestly, what a waste of time. You could spend your time doing something useful, such as making money by getting a real job. Maybe you should do chores around the house, get the groceries or do some cleaning.

I hope you’re writing for yourself. I hope you’re writing to ease the writer inside of you. And I hope you write because you have a story to get out of there. Above all, I hope you realize that if you keep your writings to yourself, no one will ever read it. And if you don’t have an audience yet, you could try and work on your SEO. Whatever the reason is you do not have many visitors just yet, find out what it is and get that audience.

Even more important: cherish the small audience you might have right now. If it’s your spouse, your mother, your best friend or someone you don’t know: if they take the time to tell you they like it, you’ve got an audience. It starts with just one reader.

Reason 3: There are a lot of blogs already, yours is nothing new

My younger sister told me this when I started my blog about life as a mother. She said: ‘Aren’t there already a lot of blogs like yours out there? Why do you think you’re so special?’ She hadn’t even seen my blog yet, hadn’t even read my articles. And I doubt she even remembers she told me this because last week she told me: ‘Oh, I read this and that on your blog. That’s insane!’

I remember feeling insecure when she told me I wasn’t unique, but I continued to blog anyway. I told her she knew nothing. And no, I’m not the biggest blogger out there (if only), I’m not even mildly average. My blog isn’t even big enough to be considered for so-called ‘influencer programs.’ And although I have goals to become big, my goal to be authentic is bigger. So my blog is something new because it’s mine. Your blog is just as special and authentic.

Reason 4: It’s lonely

You’re just sitting there, behind your computer, writing stuff no one reads for a blog that makes no money. You must be so incredibly lonely.

I’ve met a lot of bloggers the past year. On blogger conferences, through Twitter, through Facebook groups, through Pinterest and blogs of bloggers I admire. If you feel alone as a blogger, find a local (WordPress) meetup, join Facebook groups, Twitter discussions or just send an email to a blogger you admire. Writing can be a lonely hobby, but it’s not necessary.

Reason 5: You’re giving away your information. For free

Are you out of your mind, or what? Are you just giving all your information away, for free? How will you make money? I mean, why would you give stuff away for free?

I don’t know why we do this either. It must be in our nature to help people.

And if you didn’t already know, bloggers can surely monetize their blog.

I love to write. I write a lot. Therefore I am a writer. I’m not making money with my blog. I’m losing money on advertising, hosting, a theme and premium plugins, but I don’t care for now. It’s my hobby. It’s almost volunteering, but on my terms.

Honestly, did you think I was serious about quitting blogging? I’ve started this series to encourage you to pick up blogging too. I’m encouraging friends to start blogs and we have written guides how to start or continue blogging. So, if anyone ever tells you again you should quit blogging, tell them: Nope. And throw this page in their face.

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52 Responses to Caroline’s Corner: Why you should quit your blog now

  1. wasim akram
    wasim akram  • 2 months ago

    mam in new version of Yoast Website name and its description is not there.
    How to index our website in Google then.
    Please answer me mam.

  2. Zik
    Zik  • 2 months ago

    in 2015 i thought about this several times, i will always lock my self in a room thinking about where my life and my blog is heading to, But despite all that i didn’t quit. I can boldly call my self a C.E.O now with some huge bucks and huge traffic.

    Giving up will not always be the right answer but the modern day blogging and much competitions and all that has made blogging very stressful and hard to focus on. I will always tell a young fellow to keep striving because one day the traffics will be buzzing and everything will just WOW you.

  3. Pilar
    Pilar  • 2 months ago

    A very inspiring blog indeed. I seems you were talking about me, because those were precisely the questions I asked myself this very morning… Until I read your blog. Thank you very much, I’ll keep it at hand to read it again the next time I consider whether to cointinue or not with my blog.

    • Caroline Geven

      You’re very welcome and I hope you do continue with your blog!

  4. latina
    latina  • 2 months ago

    I did not know what happen to my site.

    the permalink structure change it self after i installed yoast seo wordpress plugin.

    actually. i want to install yoast seo plugin to my wordpress. but i still did not find the solution to this problem. anyone can help me?? send me an email if you can help me. thank you for help.

  5. John
    John  • 2 months ago

    I must say I actually read the title twice before reading the content.
    Getting visitors to a blog is usually the headache in blogging, I know I have that headache.
    Nice post.

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you! Getting visitors is definitely something that can put a stamp on my day sometimes too.

  6. Pirlutravel
    Pirlutravel  • 2 months ago

    I love your posts! this one is inspiring :) I usually find myself thinking “who wants to read this o that?” but anyways, the thing is I usually find myself reading blog posts about black eggs in Asian cuisine, or data mining, or Godzilla collectibles, so… let´s write about crazy things too haha! My issues are almost technical ones, CSS, “minifying”, “iframe”, and those thingys I don´t understand.

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you! I found myself thinking ‘who wants to read this or that?’ a few times before, but now I’ve decided that if I want to write about it, there is someone out there who would love to read about it.

  7. Lydia
    Lydia  • 2 months ago

    Thank you for this. Simple encouragement x

    • Caroline Geven

      You’re welcome and thanks!

  8. Mike Bowen
    Mike Bowen  • 2 months ago

    Nice article Caroline. You right about many things but the best one is “you doing all this sharing on your terms”. That is exactly how I see it. I’ve been blogging for over a decade and love to write about anything that interests me at the time. Lots of people ask me why I blog, why they don’t see annoying advertising on my blog, why would I share all this information for free? How are you making money?
    The answer is simple. I tell them I enjoy sharing information and want the user to have the best experience on my website, and not get bombarded with adverts or annoying pop-ups. I do it all for free because helping folk shouldn’t be about money all the time.

    • Caroline Geven

      That’s a nice way to look at blogging! For some people it’s their job (hence the advertising and affiliate links), for some it’s a hobby. Whatever your reasons are, you made sure you follow your own instincts.

      Thank you!

  9. Yusuf
    Yusuf  • 2 months ago

    Caroline,

    I got all the points you are making, it seems like you were talking to me directly.

    honestly I have no clue what my blog is all about.

    but being a blogger is just what I love and I love writing a lot which few people ever get to notice it.

    either way after all this years I have decided to quit doing blogging alone and go with other methods.

    I mean a blogger without side skill is just wasting time for good, and I don’t want to be one of them.

    Your Blog Post is Awesome but quite intriguing to bloggers and might make beginners quit a the starting Lane.

    ~Yusuf Bitrus ~

    • Caroline Geven

      I definitely do not hope my post will make beginners quit at the starting lane. I want them to realize it’s not always fun and that they should pursue their dreams and their goals. If you love writing, then please continue to write!

  10. انجام پروژه متلب
    انجام پروژه متلب  • 2 months ago

    I am not an English speaker indeed my mother language is Persian, but I always like to write even though I am not a good English writer. To be honest I totally disagree with you because writing is somehow a hobby for bloggers and they like to write their thoughts.

    • Caroline Geven

      I’m not sure if we disagree then. Because my blog is my hobby as well. You should write if you love to write.

  11. Zerna
    Zerna  • 2 months ago

    Completely agree with this post. If you don’t have the audience to read your blog, then there is no use in writing blogs and posting always.

  12. ratul
    ratul  • 2 months ago

    Very useful post Caroline. You are also right Eve. Webmasters and bloggers are more focused today on impressing the search engines by posting content on their websites on a regular basis while they forget the simple fact that search engines love those who get loved by the users. So, it’s high time that we stop being mechanical, think about the pain points of the users and serve them with the kind of information they are in need of.

    • Caroline Geven

      Exactly :) We should be authentic.

  13. Eve Jones
    Eve Jones  • 2 months ago

    Yes, I read the title twice! :)
    Well, the main purpose of blogging is providing something useful and juicy for reader’s minds and if we are not being able to drive traffic, it is useless just to publish content for bots.

    Having the qualities of purposefulness and engagement can only lead to success of blog, having properly promoted on the second hand.

    Its a great blog, loved the read!

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you! yes, the main reason is that you want your content to be read by people. But most of us don’t go viral overnight, so we need to stick it out, keep trying, and make sure to find motivation within ourselves.

  14. Sanjeev Kumar
    Sanjeev Kumar  • 2 months ago

    Yeah! Well said. I’m totally agree with you. Most of the new bloggers are fresh writers

  15. Deepak
    Deepak  • 2 months ago

    A bit negative and uninspiring.

  16. Julia
    Julia  • 2 months ago

    Thank you for this! Too funny cuz it’s like MY everyday quitting thoughts were your same reasons to quit, and then your counter-arguments were also my counterarguments! Limited audience, making no money, giving it away for free YES YES YES. All true, and I’ve defended what I’m doing for 7 YEARS because I regard it as a hobby and I still love it all this time. I don’t have a shoe habit, a makeup habit, I have no shopping habit at all. So I spend my disposable income (is that even a thing with three kids?) on blog consultants, self-hosting fees, and the occasional plug-in. Volunteering on my own terms? Totally stealing that :) Thank you for this post!! xx – Julia

    • Caroline Geven

      You’re very welcome! I spend a lot of money on my blog too. Advertising, themes, plugins, business cards, conferences, you name it. I do it for the smiles on the faces of my partner, my friends and because I can’t not write.

  17. Hans van Zanten
    Hans van Zanten  • 2 months ago

    Hi Caroline,
    I spend a lot of time reading all the Yoast blogs, learning about SEO and all stuff related to that. All that prevents me from blogging. Maybe I am not an blogger at all letting me being scrutinezed so easily. Maybe my drive exposing myself is to big since that’s not a very lasting motivation. Or a blog for getting a few bucks, that doesn’t work for me either. So, maybe I quit blogging. Oh no!!!!!

    • Caroline Geven

      Don’t quick blogging! If you like it, continue with it. It’s never wrong to want to learn more, to want to read everything. I sometimes find myself lost in reading other blog posts instead of writing, so I have motivated myself to first read 2-3 blog posts and then write a post of my own and so on.

  18. Bob Dunn
    Bob Dunn  • 2 months ago

    I love this. And you have pointed out exactly what I feel, there is no cut and dry answer.

    I remember when I use to do workshops on blogging. I would start them out with a simple “Today, I give you permission not to have a blog”. Of course, then we would dive into it further :)

    But I also remember someone thanking me for saying that. She approached me and shared her struggle with her blog. She hated it. She would actually wake up in the night worrying about what to write next. In fact, she told me it had her in tears a few times. All because someone said she “needed” to blog. Crazy stuff.

    Again, thanks for sharing your own experience and, yes, no blog should be given up for the wrong reasons. But we should also have that choice and not feel pressured either way. Cheers!

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you! Workshops on blogging sounds as a great way of helping others. The blogging world can be quite competitive and it had me worried in the beginning too. The niche I’m in, is quite big and that can be quite daunting.

  19. luchik47
    luchik47  • 2 months ago

    Clever. I must admit it was a startling headline. But it got me to read the blog. So, guess what?! It succeeded. And so did you. Your reasons for not blogging – although the first was pretty serious – were all aimed at that cyclical depression that sets in when you realize that once again you are not viral. And just thinking through the thought process with your pointed encouragements benefited. Guess I’ll keep blogging! Thanks.

    • Caroline Geven

      Please keep blogging! The world needs your voice too. Thank you for your kind words. These are the exact struggles I face daily too.

  20. Alice Wisbey
    Alice Wisbey  • 2 months ago

    Yeah! Well said. I’m totally agree with you. Most of the new bloggers are fresh writers or curious people. They just open a blog and do nothing about increasing their audience or try to post engaging contents. This will make them think twice while opening a blog knowing nothing about it.
    Thanks for the shout !!

    • Clint Carroll
      Clint Carroll  • 2 months ago

      Nice inspiration Caroline! Its true when you start out you think nobody is reading my blog, but over time things happen, things change, your pages start to get noticed and before you know it you get an email or two or a comment or two. That is when you start to get excited and realize people are actually reading my blog! Keep the chin up and keep blogging I say, practice makes perfect!

      • Caroline Geven

        Yes! This is exactly what I mean. You will get there eventually, maybe slow, maybe fast.

  21. tolga yetkin
    tolga yetkin  • 2 months ago

    I wish it didnt take so many words to write a blog post. Normally on my sites, i try to write at least 1200 words of articles so that it does not count as a thin content but oh God! It sometimes gets too exhausting to write things day in and day out!

    • Caroline Geven

      I totally understand what you mean. I wish I could just teleport my thoughts onto my screen. I’ve tried dictating, but that doesn’t go as well either. It’s something we have to stick with it. I have a minimum of 500 words for myself, but my blog posts for Yoast tend to cross the 1000-1200 mark every time.

  22. Paula
    Paula  • 2 months ago

    So so so true. I love your thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing. These are exactly the things I think about often and exactly the reasons I continue to write. Glad to see there are like-minded people out there. I would love to know what conferences you have been to and how they have helped you as I am considering attending one this year. Thank you!

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you for your comment!
      I go to Blogger by Nature – it’s a Dutch conference. If you are looking for a local meetup, check to see if there are WordCamps or WordPress meetups nearby. They are often very cheap or even free. You will meet likeminded people there and can learn so much.

  23. Sami Brown
    Sami Brown  • 2 months ago

    I really appreciate Caroline’s humor in this post. All five questions are good to ponder because we all start with similar struggles at the start (especially the no audience and no profit ones).

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you! Keeping at it can be quite difficult at times, so I hoped this would be a wake up call. If this is your passion, go for it.

  24. Douglas Brown
    Douglas Brown  • 2 months ago

    Caroline, great “why you should quit blogging, blog.” Sure there are people who can’t write. Not everybody can be a Seth Godin or Daryl Rosser, but if we are humble and smart we will hire professional writers to write our hobby and industry blogs. Making money from our blogs, like Neil Patel is not achievable or practical for everyone. For example at MightyWraps we want people paying attention to what we are offering on our posts not ads form the various ad networks… We have found that successful blogs are essential to SEO and helping a site rank higher… Thanks again!

  25. Wendell
    Wendell  • 2 months ago

    You had me at “quit”.

    Well done! Makes me want to start my blog I have been putting off.

    • Caroline Geven

      I hope you’ve actually started now!

  26. Warina Hussain
    Warina Hussain  • 2 months ago

    For me, I think it’s the time to quit blogging because I am putting the same efforts, traffic is also good but Adsense CPC is decreased.

    • Caroline Geven

      I’m sorry you feel this way. This is a decision what you make for yourself, but if you are earning less money, you could perhaps investigate what causes the drop and try to find more ways to monetize your blog.

  27. Hunter Lynn
    Hunter Lynn  • 2 months ago

    Just curious your thoughts on comments? Should they be allowed on blog posts or not.

    • Caroline Geven

      yes definitely. You want your readers to engage with your blog post. I want to get to know my audience and love feedback.

  28. Jeffery Baugh
    Jeffery Baugh  • 2 months ago

    That was awesome. I would guess every blogger had one of these tempt them into quitting. Thanks for the motivating insights we all needed at least once in our blogging lives!

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you!

  29. Karl Morley
    Karl Morley  • 2 months ago

    Always keep going not matter what, It will happen one day.
    following from your last post I am now getting referrals from Pinterest.
    Go out to a local blog meet up ? I don’t have time as I have so much to blog about and then so many technical things to implement after doing your course. Just not enough time in the day .

    • Caroline Geven

      I’m so glad to hear you are getting referrals from Pinterest. That’s awesome. I have more ideas than time on my hands too. If only I could write 1000 words per minute…


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