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Everytime I Think of Quitting This Blog I Get A Like Or A New Follower

I’m going to be honest with you guys, since the start of this year I have felt disconnected from this blog and have thought many serious times about stopping and starting a new one. The new one would be more in step with what my current interests are and who I feel I have become.

3 years ago I was busy climbing the corporate ladder. I was independent, assertive, driven. Now, I am a full-time housewife on foreign soil. This blog talks about those 3 years of struggling to find my balance.

I now understand why they say that in order to be successful in blogging you have to have a niche, or a specific subject matter. If you blog about yourself/your life, the blog must evolve with you. And, well … I’m having trouble with this because it just seems so cluttered and messy, direction-less. I drool over blogs that are able to identify their topic of interest and blog about nothing but.

But every time I think of quitting I get a like. Or a follow. And my heart does a happy dance. Because no matter how hard I try to not let it matter, every like and new subscriber makes me proud and happy.

So I don’t know. I’ve read other bloggers who’ve come to this juncture in their blogging journey as well. I don’t know what they do. I don’t know what to do.

What would you do?

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67 thoughts on “Everytime I Think of Quitting This Blog I Get A Like Or A New Follower”

  1. I would….Redesign your page and change the menu. Add old posts under a new menu item the add current interests to a new one. Also, connect more! Read others posts, let them know you’re there by liking and take the time to comment. If you enter a prompt or photo chalkenge, be sure to view others work who’ve entered and connect. You’ll meet new people and they’ll have the chance to meet them and others through them. Your blog will also get more exposure and build connections. Hang in there. Let your readers see your blog grow with you. Good luck!!!!

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  2. I know the feeling! On one blog I downloaded it and am irganizing into a book. I then directed readers to the new one. On another one I just keep it up for referencev($28 a year). I am grateful for every reader!

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  3. For the 8 years I have been blogging, my goal was simply to share the view out of my window. Sometimes, music, satire, social commentary or short stories, it depends on the view that day. I could also say that I blog to amuse myself and if anyone else finds it amusing and/ or interesting, all the better. As long as it is fun, keep doing it.

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    1. Thank you very much Ray – for the encouragement and introducing me to your blog. I just subscribed (Mitigating Chaos). How could I not when (you’re an endangered class 🀭) just a few posts already made me chuckle … πŸ˜„

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  4. It’s all up to you. Think about why you want a blog. What’s the purpose? Do you enjoy writing? I started out blogging with some friends, but after a while went out on my own (after a breakup with those friends plus the realisation that I had plenty to say)! My focus is usually my knitting and crochet but also the rest of the things that make up my life. I’ve been with blogger, now WordPress, and every now and then I change the template and fiddle about with the look of the blog. But the important thing is that I enjoy the process of writing and sharing, and if it became a chore then I wouldn’t do it. I don’t have a very large readership but I’m not in it for fame and fortune! Do whatever makes you happy.

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    1. I definitely enjoy the process of blogging and, more than that, this blog and the people who take the time to read and comment (like you 😘) have been my lifesavers at many times in the past when I’ve been feeling low. I don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t shared my troubles on WP and been the beneficiary of generous support and encouragement as a result ❀️ This is absolutely priceless!

      That said, I truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts Nicola. You do know you are helping me organize mine, right? 😘

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  5. I second Laura’s suggestion! You’ve already got followers here and we like you! We’ll change with you. πŸ™‚ . Adding categories for new things you’d like to write about would help I think, because it would organize your blog more and your readers will be able to pick out the things that interest them. I also agree that changing the theme might be a good idea; that would make it feel like a new blog but you’ll still retain the great content and people you have here now.

    If you do decide to continue posting here, I’ll try to be better about interacting! I’ve always enjoyed your blog and hope you will keep it up!

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    1. Thank you SO much for the suggestions & encouragement 😘 And I definitely look forward to seeing more of you around here πŸ€— 🀩

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  6. I sometimes wonder if maybe my blog shouldn’t have more focus. I’m all over the map most days. And yet, people read my drivel. I read your blog because I like to read what’s up with you, and I didn’t find you until after your corporate days so that tells me you’re doing something right. There’s no shame in evolving; hell, everybody does it. Just look at Apple’s evolution from early personal computers to the most lusted after phones in the history of ever. I mean, seriously, does it get more rockstar than Steve Jobs? Would he have been the icon he was without Apple’s evolution?
    Don’t make me have to hunt you down via a new blog, just evolve this one. Pretty please?

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    1. Yeah, I can’t think of a reason too. Just that I always like to organize things into tidy little bins and I guess I’m just worried this blog is all over the place. But I will still blog, this much is sure 😊

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      1. You blog about your world. I say that being all over the place as you put it is inherent. It’s not like I do any better with mine, after all. I’ve just cone to terms that it is what it is and as long as I enjoy it, keep on

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  7. I blog about different topics not just one niche. I recently redid my menus and categories to make everything easier to find and more organised but I won’t stop blogging about my different interests. Blog about what you want to and what interests you.

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    1. Amen to that! Thanks a lot, JJ. I appreciate you adding your thoughts to this discussion 😘

      Also, your blog is amazing! Methinks I’m gonna be a frequent visitor πŸ˜€

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  8. You need to do what makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if you post each day, week or once a month. In the beginning of this year I did not know what to make or what to do with my blog. Today, however, was a very good day and I LOVED every second. I am not a mother but work full time with lots of overtime… It is hard but even if you just post a little, it’s worth it. And I am going to follow everyone here a bit better! Hope you continue and inspire others with your stories!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana 😊 Blogging does make me happy, and is my main (only?) mode of socialization at the moment so, kind of a lifesaver as well ❀️

      Oh and I absolutely LUV Fiona the dragon 🀩 🀩 You do beautiful amigurumi.

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  9. It’s your blog. You can blog as much or as little as you want and about whatever you want. You never know when you are going to inspire someone with a blog post or who is going to happen upon your blog. You should do what feels right to you. If you are not sure, maybe take a little break and think about it. I know you will do what is right for you πŸ™‚ I do enjoy reading your blog ❀

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    1. Thanks Ginny, that means a lot ❀️ πŸ˜€ Aside from the encouragement & support, I did get some great ideas as well from this discussion which are helping me organize my thoughts. This blog is certainly here to stay 😁

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  10. First, thank you for liking my blog at Thinking to Being. next, to respond to your question, “What do I do now?” just wait for an answer. While you are doing what needs to be done as a new mom and homemaker and knitter and crocheter thoughts will come to you. Weigh them for validity and then make a choice. Not all my wonderful thoughts are applicable to me, so I weigh them for validity for acting on them. Most of them get thrown out never to be given any consideration, but the good ones always work out pretty well.
    Blessings

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  11. I’m here exactly as we talk. My blog revolved around me. Then in 2018 I grew. So much so that I can’t relate is vouch for sine posts I write two years ago, and neither could I describe my present ease. I felt as if the people who followed me then, wouldn’t be interested in what I write now.

    But I’ve decided to go back to the basics..like why did I open the blog in the first place.. And just enjoy the freedom that comes with thinking of no followers or statistics.. Just me sharing to strangers bits of my life.

    Hope it works out

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    1. I felt as if the people who followed me then, wouldn’t be interested in what I write now. –> This is EXACTLY what I was thinking too! And yes, there is freedom in not thinking about follows and likes and just blogging your heart out.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to read & comment. It makes me feel a bit better to know that others have also experienced the same 😘

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  12. Definitely great info, I’m kinda new to staying consistent with this blog. I’m a house wife as well. I did a simple house wife search and found your blog! The title jumped at me lol.

    Rosalyn
    The Happy House Wife

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  13. Such great comments and awesome bloggers!!! Love it! New to blog world, but not new to being a wife and mother,

    Anyone is welcomed to check out my blog! The Happy House Wife. I’m always looking for other bloggers to follow in my niche.

    Rosalyn

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  14. I think you have come to a perfect place to reinvent your blog. Spring for a new layout, update your info, and/or set a solid focus for your blog and make it known. Plant your roots in your new vision, and then grow! There is nothing to say that things have to stay the same. There are seasons in life, and it’s natural for them to carry over into your creative space. Good luck!

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    1. Very well said! Things do not have to stay the same indeed. I mean, that’s not even possible. And also I finally thought, in the end, this blog is mine and for me and I wouldn’t want to look back eventually and see that there are parts of my life I left out. So thank you for taking the time to encourage me, I received this πŸ™‚β€οΈ

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  15. First, thank you for your like on my blog.I appreciate you taking the time. I liked what I read on your blog. You asked for suggestions? Why not talk about the country you are living in right now.? I’ll bet people would be interested in where you are and how you see it with your eyes. Good luck. Blogging is not as easy as everyone thinks it is…. but it can be fun.

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    1. That is so true, it is fun and, as an expat SAHM, my main form of socialization – which is a huge thing so not blogging is not an option. Thanks so much for your suggestion. I have been toying with that idea and will definitely blog about that too. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog! 😘

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  16. Thank you for liking my blog and yes your like made me smile. I have been writing for about six years and over and over again I slip into thinking,”That’s enough!” Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They really spoke to me.
    .Jo

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    1. “That’s enough” … but you come back to it each time anyway, right? 🀣 6 years is a lot of time, that’s amazing! You are welcome and, thanks so much for visiting my blog πŸ’–

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  17. I am pretty new to blogging. I do not have a specialized niche. I do three things – recipes, books and Finnish. You see, I consider myself multifaceted.

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    1. Multifaceted and uniquely interesting πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog, and good luck with your blogging journey πŸ™‚

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  18. Paardje , we have all been there. I started my blog on Tumblr and didn’t like the way it looked so I stopped writing. Then a friend made a comment which is how 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams started . It was a niche that combined the two things that I love sports and travel. Keep on doing what you’re doing . Explore your city and bring the kids with you. You don’t have to blog every day. People will still follow you because we like what you have to say. Hope that helps.Keep on blogging 😊 😊 ☺

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    1. Aww, I appreciate that so much Jo Ann ❀ Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  19. I think there are lots of blogs in the β€œit’s just my real life plus some stuff I found nifty” category. I’ve been blogging for nearly 10 years now (!!!) and several times I’ve nearly stopped out of discouragement. Here’s a post I wrote almost 4 years ago about that topic: https://prayingwithmyfeet.blog/2014/06/20/one-of-those-bloggers/

    Anyway, keep going as long as you can still have fun. I’ve been feeling discouraged myself lately – blogs just aren’t as popular as they were many years ago – but I think I would blog even if no one read it.

    Thanks for stopping by my own blog!

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    1. I agree, it’s all about having fun. It only becomes un-fun if I think too much about what the readers might want to read about. But that’s really having it backwards because years from now, I probably will be the only one who truly cares about this blog πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it ❀

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  20. I have been in the same situation for a long time as my original blog was photography related as that was my passion but life changed suddenly and now my passion is my crafts again. So instead of starting a new blog I just changed the title and it is changing with me. Stay with it and let it grow with you. πŸ™‚

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