I nearly gave up on blogging, and I’m sure so many of you have too. I think so many of us bloggers go through phases of feeling like we want to quit and give up. When things don’t go our way, or we aren’t seeing the results we want its so easy to feel discouraged. Blogging is really tough sometimes, and often it feels like the joy of it gets taken away when other things are going on. And don’t get me wrong, I really love what I do. But with anything, when other aspects of life are getting on top of you, sometimes blogging has to take a back seat.
I remember the day clearly, when I felt like throwing in the towel. It was about a month after I had returned to blogging. If you’re unsure of my blogging journey, I originally started in 2015 as a beauty blogger and then took 4 years off and came back in July 2020. I’d felt defeated as I was finding it so hard to find my feet in the blogging world. I didn’t know what kind of blogger I wanted to be. I kept wanting to put myself in a niche box. Was I a lifestyle blogger? Or was I a beauty blogger? I seriously had no idea.
Often, I found myself comparing my blog to others. I so badly wanted to be a popular blogger and thought that I needed to be just like the big bloggers in order to be successful. I found myself trying to copy their style to be just like them. And this was such a regret of mine. I spent so much time trying to be someone I wasn’t. It was at this point I felt like giving up. I messaged my closest friends and told them I was giving up. After only a month. I just couldn’t do it anymore. Of course they all told me to carry on. And after a week off and really thinking about this decision, I carried on.
It’s funny how when things aren’t going our way, as humans we often think that there is no way out of it than giving up. This is what sets people apart. Those who quit when things get tough, or those who stick it out. I thought today I would share just some of the reasons why I chose to not quit. And if you have gave up blogging, or you’re considering it, read this post first and realise that its so worth keeping it going.
REKINDLING MY LOVE FOR BLOGGING
After taking my 4 year break from blogging, I really think I struggled to get back into my groove. WordPress had changed, and there were so many new features and people on the platform. I felt like a newbie again, and really I was. It’s almost like I was coming back to an ex boyfriend. Mentally I had already gave up on blogging, so trying to turn that switch back on in my mind was really tough. I’d had to re-think and discover why I loved blogging so much before. I needed to reignite the fire inside of me, and this took some time.
I had to make room for blogging in my life. If I was going to take this thing seriously, I had to move things around and change my schedule. People don’t realise how much of a commitment blogging is, it can seriously take over your life. And although I wouldn’t have it any other way now, its a big thing to commit to. If you’re struggling with blogging right now, remember why you started. Find your passion again and use that to motivate you to carry on.
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REDISCOVERING MY WHY
I feel like as a blogger or content creator, it’s important for us to know our why. Why are we doing this? Why do we choose to spend so much time, money and effort into our blogs? What is it? And I slowly learnt my why, and the reason why blogging is important to me.
I love content creation, and always have. It’s never been to get as many followers as I could or to gain as many views as others. It’s always been about creating content that I love. I remember when I first started blogging, I had no care in the world whether it was read by others. I enjoyed what I was creating, and I knew I had to go back to that. And thats exactly what I did. I discovered the passion and love I had for content creation, and realised that was my why. My why is for me, so that I continue to do things that make me happy and bring me joy.
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FINDING MY FEET
I first had to rekindle my love for blogging, rediscover my why and then had to find my feet. I’d realised that I needed to figure out who I was as a blogger, and what I wanted to bring to this world. What was it that I wanted to do? I battled for so long what kind of blogger I wanted to be. And honestly, it just happened. As you develop your profession and skills, you turn into the person you were meant to be. And as cliche as it sounds, thats what happened to me during my first months of blogging.
The blogger I was in 2020 is not the same blogger I am now. And in fact, alot of the content I posted back then isn’t even on my blog anymore. It’s okay to develop and change your writing style and change who you are. Change isn’t always a bad thing.
I see so many bloggers struggle to find who they are. And it leads to them copying other peoples work, and writing styles and their branding. And in a way I understand it. I don’t condone it, but I do understand. Clicking publish as a new blogger and starting your journey is scary. You don’t know what you’re doing and it’s easy to get sucked into the numbers game. But I urge you, find who you are. Find your why and find your feet. It’s much more rewarding to establish your blog from hard work than to copycat someone else’s ideas.
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Have you ever thought about quitting blogging? How do you stop yourself from comparing yourself to others? Have you ever gave up on blogging before?
If you’ve ever gave up on blogging or even considered it, I know you’ll know how I felt. It’s a hard time, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or deflated from the trials and tribulations of blogging. But stick with it, and you will find your why.