Lately, a lot of my blog friends are quitting. I wanted to touch on this topic, since blogging is near and dear to my heart.
I definitely get why people are quitting and don’t mean any of this post to make anyone who has ever had a blog and quit feel bad.
I want to acknowledge the changes of the blog world since I started four years ago and why I think so many of us are quitting. I also want to put out there that I’m still really digging blogging and why I’m going to stick around, so there are no surprises for ya’ll.
So, quitting. Man, it sucks when a favorite blogger quits. By reading their blog, you sort of became a part of their life. It’s like you were friends, you know? But why bloggers quit – there are so many reasons.
For the most part, I know a lot of bloggers quit not long after having a baby. It totally makes sense to me. Having a child changes your perspective on everything. I know most blends I talk to say they want more privacy for their family and are worried about their child’s presence online at such a young age. No other generation has had to deal with this but ours. And we have no idea how current social media will impact their future.
Personally, I have definitely toyed with the idea of quitting just for that reason alone. But now that C is over one, I am trying to limit her presence on the blog for her future safety. If it ever became an issue, you bet I would pack up shop in a heartbeat and shut things down, but for now everything seems to be okay. I just hope to go forward with blogging by making this more about me again and less about my kids/family.
I also think motherhood just puts a lot into perspective. Is blogging about what I wore or what I eat really that important anymore? It feels kind of high school or college once you have kids, like you’re just too old for this and your kids and doing stuff with and for them matters so much more than anything on the internet. Plus, once kids enter the picture, you just don’t have nearly as much time for a hobby like blogging that can become so time consuming.
The biggest reason I think bloggers are quitting is because people are on the internet are mean and we’re just tired of it. I talk to a lot of bloggers like we’re best friends, and trust me when I say that half the stuff you see online is not even close to the whole story. And so unfair judgement is always a part of the game. It seems like people are only getting more judgmental these days, too.
I think so many bloggers are tired of that and just need to move on. Add judgement about motherhood for the mom bloggers, and bam – bloggers are quitting left and right. I totally get it.
I have no intention of quitting any time soon. Why am I going to stick around?
1 // Community. I will say the biggest reason I stick around is to connect with you guys. I have plenty of friends, but since we move quite a bit, I am usually not around my best friends.
I now have best friends I talk to every day via Facebook, Snap chat, and here. Maybe it sounds a little pathetic to say my friends are in the internet, and some of them I haven’t even met, but I don’t really care. They are friends all the same. I also love that my friends are able to read my blog and catch up with me even though we’re not living close anymore. Thank you guys for reading!
2 // It’s something to do. Seriously. I plan on staying home with my kids at least until they are getting into school. That means I have at least another few years of being at home (and being alone).
I am an introvert (sort of) and love to curl up and work on my blog. Yes, there are other things to do, but I feel like after four years I’ve finally mastered some balance between blogging and real life. I like having something to do at all times, and blogging is that.
3 // It fosters my creative side. When I can be create and produce something, I am so much happier. I need to be working on something all the time, whether it be cleaning or decorating my house, doing chores, editing photos, styling a new outfit, going shopping. I like to keep busy, as I said above. But not just keeping busy for the sake of it. I feel most at ease and content when I know I am constantly creating.
4 // I’ve put so much work into this already. I have a huge emotional attachment to my blog. It would be really hard to say goodbye. I also feel like I’ve just finally gotten good at blogging, so why would I quit now?!
With that said, I do feel that blogging may not be a forever thing. It’s sort of hard to see my 50 year old self still doing this. Is blogging even going to be a thing then? Who knows. Maybe things will change or I’ll create a new blog as time goes on. I have no idea.
But for now, I’m gladly here to stay.
Questions for You:
- If you blog, can you relate?
- As a reader, do you like the transparency of knowing whether a blogger is going to quit or not?