5 Reasons Why Blogging can make you feel like Quitting

5 Reasons Why Blogging Can Make You Feel Like Quitting

I have been trying to publish a post for over three (3) weeks now.

I’ve started 3 different posts.

And now you’re going to get this.

A whiney, post about why blogging can make you feel like dropping it like it’s hot.

I know you can relate but will you confess?

5 Reasons Why Blogging can make you feel like Quitting

When I think about how long I’ve been blogging, 8+ years to be exact, I wonder how I’ve managed.

Then I remember each time I quit.

Each time I ditched a blog.

Each time I started a new one.

Each time I moved from WordPress.com to Self-Hosted WordPress.org

The money I’ve spent in this 8-year escapade of insanity.

And continue to wonder why I even try?

My Process

We all have a writing process.

Mine generally starts as I’m driving to work, showering, and sitting on the throne.

Of course, I don’t really have a feasible way to write it all out.

So I remember the headline and try to expand when I get time.

Yet, utter failure.

It never gets posted.

Why?

Is it even worth it?

Let’s look at these five (5) of many reasons why it drives me insane!

1. Topic

I’m sure we are all pretty good at pulling something out of our arse noggins about what to blog about. Hell, we all live a life and life is full of blogging topics.

However, is it good enough?

Can you meet your 750-1000 minimal work requirement?

2.  Images

Once we get a topic, we need to think images.

You know, we need a Featured Image, Pinterest Image (and make sure you do this one right), and maybe another throw in.

You spend oodles of minutes, even hours, finding the right images to attract an audience and depict your topic.

All hogwash, I saw!

3. Grammatically Correct

So many bloggers put emphasis on Grammar. However, if you have a hobby/lifestyle blog and are reflecting the real you, it may not come across as being “grammatically” correct.

Should you care?

Not really.

It’s your blog and I say Use Your Own Voice!PinIt 5 REASONS WHY BLOGGING CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE.png

If you like to talk in acronyms, go for it!

If the content is good enough, grammar AIN’T gonna matter.

But please, at least spell shat right!

4. Proofing

This goes back to #3. Spellcheck and Grammar checking.

If you’re like me and you really don’t care, use something like Grammarly to help you along the way.

Grammarly has been a friggin’ blessing to me because I always forget where to put that blasted comma and when to use a semi-colon. Hell, English wasn’t my best subject in school.

5.  SEO and Shat

The Rules“!

Making sure we have the correct headings in our content to break up our long-winded paragraphs is a must in my book.

Seriously, if I’m reading a blog post that has no headings and is one or two large paragraphs, I’m distracted and can’t focus.

Your loss cause I’m not sharing and I’m not commenting.

Chances are, I won’t return either because your formatting drives me nuts!

Let us not forget those damn keywords.

This is also something that drives me insane, especially in my business world.

I honestly don’t get how keywords are picked up from our blog posts when the FBI and Government can’t pick up keywords to stop mass shootings and terroristic attacks.

Nuff said.

If you don’t like SEO, bump it and move on.

There’s a reader for every blog out there.

I could go on and on but…………..

I don’t want to bore you with 50 things that bug the shat out of me about blogging so I’ll cut this short.

I will say, in the number of blogs that I read I have witnessed conversations about blogging, generating traffic, monetizing, commenting, reciprocating, boosting one another, and just general blogging comradery that has been missing as of late.

Quite frankly, I think it’s been longer than as of late but who am I to say.

Bottom Line

We all like to blog but finding the time to actually do it is where many struggles.

I know I do.

Now, I want to know what your biggest struggles are and see if we can help each other out.

Bren


36 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Blogging can make you feel like Quitting

    1. #4 is a biggy for many peeps, at least some of my blogging pals. My biggest is probably #5. SEO and all that political mumbo jumbo. Bleh! I just wanna blog, not jump through hoops, ya know? Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. You covered it all well. Often It is the the subject matter for me. What the hell am I going to talk about? Am I being a bit abrasive? Do I care? Am I being funny? Do I care?

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    1. Thanks, gf! I love your attitude and you’re doing it YOUR WAY! Admirable! I really need to get to that I don’t care attitude but with my biz blog, just not there yet! Acccckkkkk!!! Keep up the good work, girl!

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  2. Sometimes I feel a bit burned out. What disturbs me the most is when I get a serious mental block and can’t think of anything to write about. Midlife is chock full of fodder, yet sometimes I struggle. In the end, I come out the gate running, but it’s pulling up to the gate that’s the killer.

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    1. Oh, you’re not alone, Valerie! Between the blogs, social media, and everything else, I don’t know how we all keep going! Mental block, or Blog Fog as I like to call it, stinks to high heaven. Have you ever really wanted to write and publish a post and sat for hours trying to think of a topic and ya just get…….. crickets? Ugh….. gotta do something about that gate gf! 🙂

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  3. Can’tt believe I’ve been blogging almost 6 years! Like you, there have been ups and downs, but mostly ups. As many bloggers have said, blogging changed my life. No regrets.

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    1. 6 years! Hot dang! I have to agree with you, blogging has changed my life in so many ways, plus all the friendships I’ve made along the way. I know they outweigh all this nonsense but sometimes, just sometimes, I wanna hang it all up….and I’ve done it a few times. LOL Keep going, Laurie!

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  4. My blogging struggles are not so much about the writing. When i want to quit, it is because I feel like I am writing into a void and wondering if anybody out there is reading. And the technical stuff is enough to make me want to quit too. # MLSTL

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    1. Oh, Michele, I think we all get to that point. Especially when we look at our page views and see dust mites compared to some other bloggers. But I always tell myself, there is a reader for every blog and if they tell their friends and so on, maybe we’ll be lucky to get a dozen. 🙂

      The techy stuff doesn’t bother me, as that is my side hustle so if you ever need help, just holler.

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  5. There is SO MUCH to learn, isn’t it? It never stops! It’s hard to hang in there but I’m determined.

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    1. So much to learn, indeed, plus the ever-changing world of Google and algorithms. It’s definitely hard to keep up but like you, I’m determined too! We just can’t stop!

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  6. I have been blogging for 2 and 1/2 years on WordPress and still don’t know if I am self-hosted or not.lol Thinking about what to write about is my main issue I never think I know enough about any one thing and I am an authority on nothing. I do use Grammarly but it makes me feel like I am not speaking my own language but then I get caught up in readability and SEO. It is all a struggle sometimes.

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    1. Oh you’d definitely know if you were self-hosted. Your wallet would be much lighter! LOL Topics can be a real booger, even though we are walking through life on a daily basis with a bazillion right at our fingertips. Totally get it! I use Grammarly basically for punctuation. The rest of it? Yeah, I’m doing it my way. Try not to get in the SEO trap…I know it’s hard but it will drive you bat shat crazy! 🙂 Keep at it!

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  7. I hear you Bren and I don’t think the public fully understand what is involved in blogging. All the extras you have mentioned that go into a post before we publish. Thanks for sharing at Midlife Share the Love Party and have a great week – don’t quit 🙂 #MLSTL

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    1. Hey Sue! Great to see you! I have to agree. People jump right in not knowing what to expect and can get frustrated rather quickly. I know even as a seasoned blogger, it can bunch up my panties. LOL Thanks for hosting the hop! I love it!

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      1. Thanks for linking up Bren and I was nodding all the way through your post. You start out all wide eyed and enthusiastic and then realise it isn’t as easy as it looks.

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  8. I can relate to a lot of this and I’ve only been blogging for 3.5yrs. I’m on Blogger – it’s free, it’s easy, it looks as good as WordPress – BUT the number of blog posts I’ve read telling me I should pay copious amounts of money to someone to host me + pay for my theme + pay for how-to classes etc gets my goat. I also gave up on the whole SEO thing – I’ll give you paragraph headers because I hate screeds of unbroken typing, I’ll give you a legible typeface (there are some shockers out there!), I’ll give you spelling and reasonable grammar, BUT I am who I am – I’ll post what I post and I just hope people come back. What I love about our #MLSTL party is that it’s about sharing love – there is definitely not enough of that in the blogging world today. Great post xx

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

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    1. This is what I love about you and your blog, Leanne. You do it because you like it and want to! As a Web Designer and Blog Manager, I often tell clients and potentials, why do you want to go to self-hosted? WordPress.com is pretty much as good plus you don’t have to worry about a lot of other techy bs. I started and Blogger and love the ease of it. It’s just as good imo so you stay where you are comfy. Don’t let those “pro bloggers” tell you where you need to blog. I know many successful bloggers that are still on Blogger, including yourself. Do it your way gf!

      And thanks for hosting! I love this hop!

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  9. My blogging life is only a few months old, but I can relate to just about everything on your list. Why do I have the most genius of ideas when I’m far, far away from anything to record it on? Although, I’ve been using a list app on my phone that is really handy for many of those moments so most of those thoughts are being logged now. It’s good to know that the issues I have with blogging aren’t just me. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Candi! Welcome to blogging! You’re going to love…..(and hate) it! LOL

      Oh yes, even the most seasoned bloggers have issues with at least 1 of the 5 I’ve shared. You are DEFINITELY not alone and don’t let it deter you. Of course, you’ll get frustrated, but then you’ll get super excited when you publish that one post that has oodles of comments, shares, and views! Do what YOU want, not what others tell you that you should do. Remember this, what works for one, may not work for the other. Rock it your way and HAVE FUN WITH IT!

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  10. The technical aspects of blogging are the most challenging for me. I just migrated to a new host and am preparing to transition to https, so technical is on my mind for sure. But it’s also the little things–when something suddenly quits working or a photo flips orientation for no discernible reason. Those things drive me crazy. The other big challenge is fitting blogging commitments I’ve made to myself and others into an already full schedule. On the other hand, I love the writing, and I love the community of friends I’ve made, especially here at #MLSTL.

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    1. They can be a real booger, no? Yikes! As a Blog Manager and Web Designer, I feel your pain. I’ve been there. I hear it from my clients. I’m compassionate to what they are feeling as well as you. If you need help, just holler. I love to help and make it easier! 😉

      The commitment can be hard too. You set a routine and then life gets in the way, right? It happens to all of us. I know many that have a vault of ready to publish content. I just can’t get ahead like that! LOL

      Having a blog hop and a community like MLSTL is a fabulous way to meet others, grow your blog, and learn. We’ve all been there or are going through it ourselves. Keep at it!

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    1. 7 years? Wow! You go, girl! Very admirable! I know many struggle with technical issues and if you search out someone to help, they may cost you your first born. I get it. I was there. I pushed through it and learned. That is why it’s my side hustle. I love to help out bloggers, especially when they are struggling. Don’t hesitate to ask and keep on blogging, Jennifer!

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  11. I can so relate to this post! I’ve been blogging since 2009. Yep. You read that right. On March 28th next year it will be a full decade of blogging. I certainly haven’t achieved the billions of readers I’d hoped to attract, but I’ve met a lot of lovely people—most are fellow bloggers—and that has made it worthwhile.

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    1. Hey Lisa! Whoa! ’09! Congrats, girl! That’s amazing! I’m glad to hear your journey has been a good one and that you have met a lot of great peeps (bloggers). I find that’s one of the best things about blogging. Keep it up and I hope you have a Happy 10 years Blogging party!

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  12. Great post! I started blogging about 5 years ago as a way to keep writing after I retired. Little did I know what wonderful friends I would meet – both online and in person – from this little hobby of mine. I have no interest in making money from my site and pay little attention to my stats. I love the connections blogging has allowed me to make all over the world… who knew? #MLSTL

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  13. Hi Bren. I hear your frustration loud and clear and isn’t that one of the great things about blogging – we can vent and know that we will be understood and supported.
    I’ve only been blogging for a year and a half. I did go the route of self-hosted because the site is mine. It’s not subject to whatever changes the free WordPress might choose to make. I also went with a web designer. That was because I love good design and I’m fussy about it. I consider my site my little contribution to beauty in the world and I love looking for just the right image, and trying to communicate my ideas in the best way that I can both visually and in words.
    All of that said, my biggest challenge was feeling that I was talking into the void. That has gotten considerably better since I did the A-Z blogging challenge. And now this link party is a great opportunity to meet new bloggers.
    Thanks for sharing your frustrations so humorously, and here’s hoping you experience a quick return to blogging pleasure.

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  14. That was funny and kind of what I went through ALL of the second half of 2017. I agree about the formatting on some blogs – annoying as can be. Bad grammar drives me nuts but if the voice is good, or entertaining or genuine I will return despite bad grammar. Images – hmmm – I’ve started taking my own photographs and that has been a whole new distraction. I don’t make Pinterest images – I really don’t have the time. SEO is a bitch – Yoast helps – sometimes and sometimes i just ignore its suggestions.

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  15. Lots to think about here. That fear of…what the heck are we so afraid of? The judgement of others most likely. In my head I use the “face your fear & do it anyway” mantra when I get stuck…paralyzed.

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  16. Bren, thanks for sharing that post. I believe so many people feel that way at some point in time. I know I have. Not because I didn’t want to write, but because of some of the reasons you mention and time constraint from working two jobs and the simple demands on life. No matter what the reason, I still keep blogging. Whether it’s platform, blogger, or hub space. I appreciate your candidness and applaud your tenaciousness to continue through it all.

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  17. Haha! You’ve hit on a topic that SO many of us can relate to, Bren. After last year’s April blogging marathon, I felt totally burned out and ended up parking the blog for a few months. I’m back now, but hoping to work smarter, not harder at it. For me, the biggest time sucks are the images (and I use so many for the travelogues) and the editing of the writing. Too damn much of a perfectionist! Oh, and the bloody formatting, which I always have trouble with. Lastly, there are the technical challenges with self-hosted that sometimes make me want to go back to free WordPress. But then, I KNOW the restrictions would piss me off too much. Sigh….See what you started? 😀 Also, I feel compelled to respond, reciprocate visits and share with anyone who comments on my stuff. That’s probably the biggest time consumer of all! Some bloggers never answer their comments. I don’t want to be that person, but there’s lots to do offline. Always a dilemma!

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