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7 Things to Do When You Want to Quit Blogging

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So, let me tell you a story, kids.

Once upon a time, I decided to start a blog.

I worked at it for a few months, not having a clue what I was doing.

Got almost zero traffic for my efforts and a whole lot of frustration.

So, I dug in my heels, got refocused and grew that blog into a huge money-making machine!

Just kidding. 

Wanna know what I really did?

I let the overwhelm get to me and I quit blogging.

Now, you don’t know me in real life but I am not the quitting anything type.

I’m the “I will die on that hill and take you all with me before I give up” type.

So quitting my blog was a real low point for me because I felt like I’d let it beat me. But at the same time, I was so frustrated at my lack of results that I just didn’t see the point in continuing with it.

And…maybe you’ve felt the same way at some point in your blogging journey. Or maybe you feel that way now.

I totally get it.

Because blogging is frigging hard, right?

Especially when you’re just starting out. There’s so much to know and things that seem simple, like basic blogging terms, are just a huge source of confusion.

I read a blog post the other day talking about easy, money-making side hustles and blogging was on the list.

And I was like, yo, where can I get the secret formula for that?

So, wanting to quit blogging — I know that struggle. But as you can see, I’m back in the ‘ole blogging saddle.

Because I really want my blog to succeed and to help the people who read it.

And you probably want the same thing. So if you’re this close to giving up on your blog, don’t.

Here’s what you can do instead.

7 Things to Do When You Want to Quit Blogging for Good

quit blogging1. Ask Yourself Why You Want to Quit

Why do you really want to quit blogging?

Is it just taking up too much time?

Do you feel like you’re just not cut out for blogging? (I definitely felt this way in the beginning.)

Are your friends, family members or spouse not supportive of your efforts?

Sometimes, the decision to quit blogging can be a valid one.

Like if your child develops a life-threatening illness and needs your full attention. I would quit blogging in a heartbeat in that situation.

But other times, feeling like you want to quit is more about frustration or doubt.

So ask yourself what’s behind the urge to throw in the towel and what you can do about it.

If it’s an unsupportive spouse, friend or family member, for instance, there may not be much you can do to change their attitude towards your blogging efforts. But you can control how much you let it affect you.

If time management is the issue, look at your daily routine to see if there’s any way you can find more time to work on your blog.

And if you think you’re just not a good fit for blogging, remember that this whole thing is one big learning experience.

If you spend time working on your blog every day, you will literally learn something every day. And if you make mistakes, guess what? We all screw up at some point but if you really want to be a blogger, you learn from mistakes and go on.

Bottom line, figuring out what’s behind your desire to quit blogging can help you come up with ways to overcome it.

2. Forget About Obsessing Over the Numbers

Tracking your blogging progress can feel like it’s just about the numbers — how many page views you’re getting, how many people signed up for your email list, the number of comments you get on a given day.

And yes, those things are important. They’re a way to measure your blog’s growth.

But when you’re not getting the kind of results you want or think you should have, you end up feeling like a big, fat failure.

So, if you’re tempted to quit blogging because your page views are nonexistent or your bounce rate is sky-high, here is a really simple piece of advice: stop focusing just on the numbers.

Yes, you want to grow your blog. But only looking at the end result is backward-thinking.

Instead, look at what you’re doing (or not doing) that might be producing those results.

For example, are you doing things to keep people on your blog, like writing longer posts, linking to other posts and encouraging comments?

If not, that could explain a too-high bounce rate.

Or if you’re not getting a lot of traffic, consider whether you’re doing things to help people find your blog in the first place.

SEO is a big part of that. Having the right keywords in your headlines, subheadings and the body of your posts makes it easier for search engines to find you.

And of course, there’s Pinterest for driving search traffic. Pinterest can be hard to figure out (or at least it was for me). But if you can get a Pinterest strategy in place, that can help with driving traffic to your blog.

Before you quit your blog over slumping page views or some other metric, reframe your thinking.

Choose one impactful action you can take to produce results. Then do it!

3. Reassess Your Blogging Goals

I love setting goals — it’s like one of my favorite things ever, alongside new notebooks and Game of Thrones.

And when you’re a blogger, you really need to have goals in place.

But what if your goals just aren’t realistic for where you are?

That can keep you from getting ahead or it can make you undervalue the progress you’ve already made.

For example, when I first started blogging I set some crazy high goals for page views, subscribers and income. I just randomly picked numbers, with absolutely no thought about strategy or how I’d achieve them.

So yeah, looking back my goals were not realistic at all.

Take a look at the blogging goals you’ve set and ask yourself if they’re: A) Realistic and B) Achievable.

If you said yes to both, then ask yourself if you’re doing everything you need to be doing to make those goals happen.

For example, your goal might be to start making $5,000 a month from affiliate income in the next 12 months. And that’s an awesome goal to have!

But do you know exactly how you’re going to do it?

If you’re drawing a blank, then maybe you need to go back to your goal and break it down into specific steps.

Like, step one could be signing up for relevant affiliate programs. Step two is learning the basics of how to promote your affiliate links. Then step three is creating a promotion strategy.

And if you have zero goals for your blog, then set some!

It’s totally okay to start small. My current blogging goal is to get to 3,000 page views by the end of this month.

That’s nothing to the bloggers who are getting 100,000 page views a month but to me, it’s HUGE.

So I’m using two specific strategies to increase my views. And then once I hit my goal, I’ll set a new one.

It’s a simple approach but sometimes, simple can be better if you’re on the verge of quitting your blog because you’re just overwhelmed.

4. Stop Reading Other Blogs

I love reading other blogs and you probably do too.

Reading other blogs is a great way to get inspired to write better posts and come up with killer ideas.

But reading other blogs has its downsides too when you’re feeling discouraged about your blog’s success. Because here’s what happens: you start comparing your blog to everyone else’s.

And that, my blogging friend, is a dangerous thing.

Comparisons will suck the life out of you as a blogger and they only make you want to quit blogging even more. Because it’s hard to want to keep going when you constantly feel like what you’re doing isn’t good enough.

And when you’re not feeling confident about your blog, you start to second-guess everything.

It’s like, does my theme suck? Did I choose the right niche? Are my pin graphics good enough? 

That’s just a bunch of white noise that you don’t need to deal with.

So, if you’re ready to just delete your whole blog and forget it ever existed, stop reading other blogs for a few days.

I mean it, just stop. Focusing on what everyone else is doing only gets in the way of focusing on what you need to be doing.

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5. Get Support From Other Bloggers

Having blogging friends or a blogging mentor is great because they can help you to see things through a different perspective.

I’m in several blogging and mompreneur groups on Facebook and I’ve received some really helpful feedback on ways to improve my blog. And seeing that other people are struggling with some of the same things I am reminds me that I’m not alone.

And maybe that’s something you might need too if you’re ready to ditch your blog.

If you’re not in any Facebook groups for bloggers, then definitely look into joining some. Here are a few that I really love as a beginning blogger:

All of these groups are run by established bloggers and the membership runs the gamut from total beginners who have yet to start a blog to people who are already making money from their blog.

So, I encourage you to join some of these groups and start making some blogging friends. Post in the group about what you’re struggling with and why you feel like you’re ready to quit.

You might get some valuable feedback that could totally change how you approach your blog. And at the very least, you can get some much-needed encouragement to not give up.

6. Take a Blogging Break

So, the secret sauce to being successful at blogging really comes down to being consistent.

You’ll see better results and see them faster if you’re doing at least one thing every day for your blog.

But when you’re ready to bail out on blogging, even one small thing like responding to a blog comment can feel like trying to climb a mountain in roller skates.

So just stop if you need to. Hit pause. Take a break for a day or two or 10, however long you need.

Sure, you might not get anything done for your blog while you’re on a break. But it’s a chance to clear your head and escape any pressure you might be feeling to try and do it all.

But what do you do while you’re taking a blogging break?

Well, you could make time for some self-care if you’ve been neglecting that while trying to work on your blog.

Or do something fun with your kids. Take a walk every day. Journal out your feelings about blogging and why you want to quit.

Just allow yourself some space to mentally unplug from your blog. That way, you can come back to it with fresh energy to try again.

7. Remind Yourself Why You Started Blogging

When I initially quit blogging, I felt so relieved.

Suddenly, I didn’t have to worry about Pinterest anymore or responding to blog comments or coming up with the perfect post.

I won’t lie, it was great not to have that stress.

But the nagging voice inside my head that told me I needed to start a blog just wouldn’t go away.

Because the truth is, I like blogging.

I like writing what I know is a great blog post, even if no one else reads it or responds to it. And it’s even better when someone does read it and leaves a comment telling me how much they appreciated it.

Because here’s the number one rule of making it as a blogger: you need to be helpful and give your readers something of value.

All those expert bloggers who say you’ll fail if you only get into blogging to make money? They’re exactly right.

So my final tip if you feel like you want to quit your blog is to remind yourself why you started a blog in the first place.

Do you want to help other moms build successful businesses from home? Or teach people how to get out of debt and reach financial freedom? Or let the world know about the benefits of minimalism and simple living?

Whatever your “why” for blogging is, remind yourself of it. Get clear on your purpose as a blogger.

When you do that — when you remind yourself of who you want to help and how you can do it — that can be a huge motivator to push through the hard parts and keep your eyes on what you want to achieve as a blogger.

Have You Ever Felt Like Quitting Your Blog?

Honestly, I still want to quit blogging sometimes. Something will go wrong and I just want to be like, bye Felicia to the whole thing.

Here’s a great example.

The other day, I found out I’d been asking people to sign up for one of my freebies. Only I hadn’t included the link to the dang freebie in Convertkit.

Luckily, a lovely subscriber named Lisiane brought it to my attention but I really just wanted to dig a hole and bury myself in it.

So, tell me: have you ever wanted to quit blogging? And what did you do to get over the hump?

Head to the comments and tell me about it, then pin and share this post if it helped you!

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Comments

  1. This is such a great post. For the past month I’ve struggled so much with doubt and expecting more of myself. A few weeks ago I decided to quit looking at the numbers I don’t even want to know it can be so depressing sometimes. I e also decided to stop reading income reports by other bloggers. Someday I hope to monotone but right now it’s a figment of my imagination. I’ve also decided to try to cut back how many hours I spend on my blog and trying to promote it. It’s tough to keep up of course but these simple changes have made me feel better about blogging again. Thanks for the great read. 😍

    • I know exactly what you mean Jenn and I have stopped reading blog income reports because they’re just crazy-makers. I think it’s great that people are making an income but those can be such a huge distraction from what you need to work on for your own blog sometimes. I’m at the point now where I’m starting to seriously think about how I can monetize but I don’t know if it’s too early for that yet and if I should just focus on getting traffic and being helpful and getting my views up. Sometimes cutting back can be the best thing if you’re focusing on the things that have the best ROI instead of trying to do it all. I’m right here with you trying to figure it all out!

    • Blogging is definitely hard sometimes! Constantly watching the numbers really doesn’t help all that much if they’re not going the way you want them to. It’s better to focus on actions than just results. But we all have to start somewhere and then keep plugging away. 🙂

    • Yes, exactly! It’s so easy to look at someone else’s blog report or their post about how they got 80 million Pinterest views in three days and not feel down. But you just have to tune out that white noise and focus on your journey, otherwise you’ll never make any progress with your blog and you’ll quit before you really hit your stride.

  2. Hi Rebecca,
    great post!
    I recently went through a similar phase. I would have never quit blogging as I made a decision to stick to it no matter what. But still, I got to a point where I was feeling extremely frustrated and started thinking so many negative thoughts about how I will never get to where I want to be with my blog. It was mostly because I got too impatient to see more results faster and I got obsessed with the numbers.
    So it was interesting for me to read someone else’s perspective on this. And I totally agree with all your tips and I followed most of these myself. For me, I guess the best thing I did was taking a break from blogging. Looking at the whole situation from a distance helped put things into a new perspective.
    Regards,
    Evelin
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    • Hi Evelyn! Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve seen a lot of posts in the Facebook groups I belong to lately from people who are ready to throw up their hands and quit blogging. Having done it myself, I know just how that frustration feels. And taking a break can be very helpful to get perspective on whether it’s really the right thing for you. I stepped away from my blog for several months but I couldn’t let go of the idea of it so I came back to it. And it’s still hard but I’m glad I did and taking a break really helped a lot with reinforcing my commitment to doing it right this time.

  3. I’ve doubted myself many times and for a while thought maybe I should be writing more like other bloggers. So I did stop reading. Not for long as I do get inspired by other bloggers. Great tips. Thanks.

    • Self-doubt is par for the course for beginning bloggers, I think and maybe even some of the established ones too. I know I feel it every day but I just try to push through and keep going. And if I’m reading blogs, it’s usually just one or two of my favorite blogging mentors because they know what they’re talking about and have been through the hard parts of growing a blog already.

  4. Love this post 💕 I have been struggling with my blog especially not knowing ANYONE who had a blog, or knew anything about how to create one, and turn it into a business!! Like you said even the “blog terms” were difficult to figure out at first!!
    I just joined a couple Facebook groups, so that will help tremendously!! So I’ll get there 😉

    • Facebook groups have been really helpful for getting blog feedback and advice, and just seeing that I’m not the only one who struggles. I don’t know anyone in real life with a blog but I’ve made some great online connections since I started. And I’m right there with you learning and trying to figure it out. I think the key is just sticking with it. You only really fail if you quit! 🙂

    • Comparisons are the worst! They just distract from what you need to be doing for your blog and make you totally question everything you’re doing. Staying focused on your blog and what you can do is tough but it’s the only way to see results. Thanks for stopping by!

    • FB groups are great, it just comes down to choosing the right ones. I joined a bunch of them in the beginning but then I realized a lot of them just weren’t useful to me in terms of getting feedback, driving growth, etc. So I narrowed down the list and the ones I included in this post are the ones I’m most active in. I’m in a bit of a rut right now myself — my numbers are all over the place — so I’m trying to regroup, consider whether my goals are on-target and move forward from there.

  5. Nice post. Blogging often frustrates me, mainly because not enough people read what I write but also because I think it’s the wrong platform for me. When I do take a break, though, I often find myself getting lured back by my overwhelming desire to write.

    • Same here! I quit my blog for several months but I came back to it in the end because I’m driven to write. It’s the same with writing fiction — I can not do it for years, then find myself trying it again. I guess once a writer, always a writer, no matter the format.

  6. It is very easy to get sucked in as a new blogger. In the beginning there are several challenges too, having a constant reminder why you are doing it in first place always pulls you back in. When I am all BLOGGED OUT, I just take a step back and look at things with a different perspective and that helps. Having an awesome blogging community around me has also helped a lot.

    • These are all great tips Nadia! You’re right, it’s easy to get sucked in and try to learn it all/do it all and then you end up overwhelmed and frustrated or stuck because you don’t know what to do next. I’m feeling blogged out myself right now but that’s mostly because I have a long list of things I want to do but I have to work on my freelancing business and being a mom first so blogging gets pushed back. Having a blogging community is a huge help — I’ve learned a lot from the core groups I belong to and there are always people willing to offer encouragement.

  7. I love this post, since I could really relate to it. I almost quit blogging but then I always think why I even started blogging.

    • It’s so easy to want to quit blogging but reminding yourself why you started can be a huge motivator to keep going. I don’t have plans to quit again any time soon but some days it’s harder to stay focused than others. We just have to keep chugging along!

  8. Great post and good timing. I’ve just started, so I’m not questioning myself yet, but I know that time will come. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • You’re welcome! It’s really hard when you’re starting out as a new blogger. I rode the struggle bus for a long time and it’s not exactly easier now but I feel like I have a better grip on what I’m doing so I’m less motivated to just give up and quit. It takes time to find your groove but you just have to stay focused and be consistent and things start coming together.

  9. Excellent article, especially the part about not obsessing over numbers. Every time I chat with a newer blogger that is discouraged, it is because they aren’t seeing the numbers that they want. Focusing on the wrong things will get you down every time. Pinned for my readers!

    • Thanks so much! Blogging is a numbers game but it’s important to look at progress month over month, instead of just letting one day totally wreck your mindset. I would definitely like to see bigger numbers but there’s only so much I can do to work on my blog each day so I’m trying to just stay focused on the bigger picture and not be thrown off by low page views one day or a higher bounce rate the next.

  10. I have wanted to quit my blog so many times. This is really great advice, I find a break is the best way for getting your inspiration back. I have also focused on content I want to write because I don’t want to force myself to blog.

    • I think every blogger wants to quit at some point but the ones who succeed are the ones who keep going. And taking a break can be really helpful. I took a break for about six months and I had planned to make it permanent but during that time, I got some clarity about what I’d done wrong the first time around and what I wanted to do differently if I tried blogging again. Having that focus has made a huge difference.

  11. This is such a lovely post. As bloggers, we all reach a point when it feels so hard to keep going. And most of the times, it’s because we get caught up in the number game. Thank you for sharing this article as an inspiration.

    • Thanks Hina! It is hard to keep going sometimes and it’s very tempting to quit blogging when the going gets tough. Taking your focus off those numbers can really help you get perspective when you’re struggling with making progress.

  12. What a great post! This is exactly how I have been feeling. I have only been blogging for a few short months and already was making myself feel so overwhelmed. I decided to take a step back, reassess and come back with a clearer more focused plan and making a point to not pressure or compare myself to more established bloggers.

    • Thanks Lori! That’s what happened to me last year and I let it all get to me so I quit blogging. It was just too much and I was constantly making comparisoiins. Taking that time away was actually super helpful because I was able to refocus on what I was doing and see what I’d gotten wrong about blogging. Sometimes a break is what you need to get perspective.

  13. Hi! I so love this post! It’s easy to understand and super relatable. I used to be obsessed with numbers. I can say once you stop worrying about the numbers you create quality post. I also have to cut myself off from reading other blogs……. I am that person to compare!! Reading other blogs can be both a good and bad thing.

    • Hi Cheri! Checking the numbers is helpful, until it’s not. And that’s when you just have to step back and pull focus on your blogging efforts. I’m working on adding to my content now and creating value and I am definitely guilty of making comparisions. Reading other blogs has its advantages if you’re learning something new but I’ve learned you have to ultimately stay focused on your own goals and progress. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Great post Rebecca, I haven’t yet reached that point yet in my blogging journey but I’m sure I will. Luckily I see lots of people mentioning it on the various facebook groups I’m in. Every time there are other bloggers there giving advice as you have about how to not give up, Take a break and refocus. Great article and I’m sure I will be back at some point when Ive hit a wall to have a re-read and refocus myself.

    • Thanks Lee! I think every new blogger goes through it at some point, I did the first time I tried blogging and quit. Sometimes you just have to step back and rethink what you’re doing so you don’t give up. But it looks like you’re off to a great start with your blog so far!

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