Blogging Isn’t For Everybody

I recently did some blog housekeeping. I unfollowed a bunch of inactive blogs and Twitter accounts and visited the blogs of my followers to find that they’re also mostly inactive. It’s not the first time I’ve done this, though I really should do it more often because it literally took me all weekend. The last time I did this, it spurred this post about empty followers and how they really take a toll. This time, the chore brought on the following thought explosion.

Blogging isn’t for everybody. And it shouldn’t be. Obviously some people love to write and others don’t. But there are people who genuinely want to write and like it, so they start a blog. I’m always really hesitant to follow brand new blogs. I like reading their first posts and supporting them to start, but something like 60% of blogs started don’t last more than a few months, and most blogs in existence are inactive. It worries me when a new blog says something like “this is my fourth attempt at blogging!” because while I know they’re being honest and optimistic, it is a very clear warning that they may fall into the same pattern. Respect to those who overcome! (If you want to check out this great experiment run by a fellow blogger who tracked random blogs’ inactivity over a yearlong period.)

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And I get it, life can be crazy. I only blog once a week and when I clock out at work, I have essentially zero responsibilities or plans, but even I have trouble keeping up sometimes. I am in awe of people who balance blogging and a more busy life. But I’ve made blogging work for me, and that’s not because I’m special or love writing more than others.

I’ve noticed that blogging has become more about just writing online. It’s become a process. You can’t just post when you want. You have to have a schedule. You have to network. You have to have social media accounts. You have to have great content. This side of blogging is huge, and it’s very easy to get sucked into it.

Blogging, for a lot of people, is a part-time job, and that can’t work for everyone. Even me with my free time, I don’t have the time to do everything….nor do I have the drive. Blogging is fun for me, and I don’t want the stress of upkeep and goals ruining it for me.

I’d love to know how many people with inactive blogs quit because they couldn’t keep up with the demands bloggers have placed on each other. Or how many felt so guilty for taking a break that they don’t come back at all. I’ll admit that sometimes, the pressure to post and be active on social media has helped me because it forced me to be productive at times when I didn’t want to, but it also makes me feel a bit guilty for sometimes considering a week off or not tweeting as much as I feel I should to build a brand. But overall, since I only post once a week and only focus on a few social platforms, I’m not as overwhelmed and stressed.

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See, blogging for me is a hobby. I like to write and share my nonsense. I doubt I’ll ever get so popular that my blogging will ever be anything but a hobby. Almost all bloggers start doing it as a hobby (honestly if you go into it for any other reason, you’re a fool), but there’s this push in the blogosphere to eventually transition to a full-time blogger. I see a lot of young ladies quit their jobs to blog full time. They’ve got the passion and drive and obviously better stats than me, so they take on the work-from-home freelance hustle-hard life, and I respect that because it does take balls. I could never do it. And I shouldn’t. We can’t all blog full time and we can’t all have companies wanting to work with us and we can’t all be invited to events. And I wouldn’t want to anyway, because if I’m always so concerned about making money and what post will do that, I won’t be able to post the nonsense I like.

This happens outside of the blogging world, of course. A friend on Facebook shared this article a few weeks ago about why turning a hobby (blogging, sewing, jewelry-making…) into a career isn’t always the best path because it can lead to resentment and a dislike for what was once a passion and an escape. At least YouTube has a system to pay big creators, but other industries don’t have that. So you gotta work really hard to make what you would at a regular job with benefits and whatnot.

If there are any new bloggers reading this, I urge you to find a schedule that works for you and draw the lines if you want to maintain blogging. Don’t get pressured into what others think blogging is because it’s a battle that may cause you to lose a passion. If you like to write and are fine doing it for no other reason, then great! Welcome to the blogosphere.

Blogging isn’t for everyone, but it may be for you.

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16 thoughts on “Blogging Isn’t For Everybody

  1. NLFF was about my fourth attempt at blogging haha! All the rest died after about 6-9 months, but it’ll be 4 years for NLFF in August! Blogging is so hard to keep up and motivated! I find a few things stand out this time that didn’t before that have helped me to keep this baby running for almost 4 years: I am anonymous. There is only one person in my real life who reads this blog. And sometimes she will read one post in like a year and that’s it. And that’s ok! She’s my best friend and she knows all this stuff anyway. Before all my blogs were shared with my friends and family and I felt censored. And this time around I have actual followers! People who interact, who comment, who have formed our little community. If I didn’t have them I know I would have stopped LOOOONNNGGGG ago.

    I don’t do social media and stuff for my blog. My posts automatically get sent to twitter but that’s it. This blog is purely for my own therapy and that’s how I plan to keep it. I do dream of being famous and discovered but let’s be real, a blog that will just put up an entire post about cute hippos is not going to be famous! Haha!! Although that’s a great idea for a post today hehe

    • It’s so great that you found a blogging way that works for you! I also agree that anonymity can be a great thing. I’m fairly anonymous here, but I will occasionally share my blog on my Facebook so friends/family know it exists, even if most probably don’t read it. That enough is enough to censor me to some extent.
      Having a writing release is so great, isn’t it? It’s wonderful that so many people have this free tool of expression.
      P.S. I definitely want a hippo post from you ASAP

      • Hehe I did make a hippo post this past week!!

        And yes writing is such a release! But I definitely hate feeling censored. I became very very close with a fellow blogger and it transfered off site and into some real feelings for me and when it all ended I wanted to just use my blog to heal from it but couldn’t cos I knew he was still there as a follower. It’s majorly sucked

  2. At one point, which was before I started my blog, I thought blogging wasn’t for me. I ended up starting it because family and friends convinced me to. Now glad, I started that blog

  3. This was a really interesting read. I agree a hundred percent with the fact that blogging isn’t for everybody. I think that with all the fame that has arisen from social media platforms recently, more people try to get into blogging and they are those who usually don’t succeed at keeping up. I started a few blogs before this one and it never lasted. I realized that if you are not really passionate about what you blog about, you probably won’t make it because to keep up takes time and efforts. Sometimes I try to loosen up and don’t always stick to a schedule because life has a tendency to get in the way. But when you are passionate about it, in the end you always come back to it. But it’s always good to give a try to something new. Great post! x

    • Passion is so important, yeah! Especially if it’s a small, specific niche, you want to really like it to be constantly creating content about it. That’s why sometimes I get concerned when bloggers take on a lot of sponsored content because I have to wonder if their passion is just making money.

  4. Blogging definitely isn’t viewed the way it used to be. When I started blogging in 2016, the pressure was already on to use the platform as a stepping stone to “bigger and better things.” Part of the reason I started on WordPress *was* because I was looking into self-publishing, and had consistently heard the advice of building your author brand, and I wasn’t on social media at all back then. And indeed, it has helped a whole lot with networking and gaining readers since I began releasing titles. But I do have to carefully rein in what amount of time I spend in the marketing side, because either I get overwhelmed, or find I don’t have enough time to actually write, or sometimes both. And I need my sanity much more than I need 10,000 followers at this point in my life.

    • Good points! There certainly is value in marketing yourself, and I’m so glad you’ve seen success after all your hard work, but it’s also great that you know when to draw a line.
      Even the free blogging plan is sometimes seen as a stepping stone, and you’re not a real, serious blogger until there’s at least a paid domain behind your blog, which I think is a load of BS.

  5. Great post! Thank you so much for linking to my blog following experiment. That was quite the reality to face, that so many bloggers just kind of…drop out.

    • Yeah, I know what you mean. It’s sad, because some of the blogs I visited had posts like “I have some exciting things coming up!” and then there’s nothing for years…
      Your experiment was great, though! I very much enjoyed reading it, and it deserves to be shared more!

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