The Case Of Unseen Bloggers

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Currently, I am following a large percentage of bloggers (Which is something I willfully did).

I have noticed that a lot of them have either slowed down their blogging pace or they stopped blogging entirely.

Now, there could be many reasons for those things (And, I am going to share with you those reasons why I think that some bloggers have slowed down their blogging pace or the reason why they stopped blogged entirely).

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Christmas Tree With Gifts (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Christmas Is Around The Corner

It is quite normal for bloggers to slow down their blogging pace or bring their blogging to a complete halt (Especially, around the month of November).

Most bloggers are regular people too and that means that they have to deal with the additional stress of handling the increased workload at their places of employment (And some businesses can figuratively suck their employees dry; especially when the month of December is close by).

Those bloggers who have it somewhat easy are the ones who are either:

  • Retired from their jobs.
  • Unemployed.
  • Blogging for a living.

So, my friend, I am not at all surprised by a huge decrease in blog posts by those bloggers that I am following (And, I will make an educated guess, that you are currently experiencing the same thing).

Blogging is a sacrifice (And, not everyone is capable of making that sacrifice).

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A Depressed Woman (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Some Bloggers Are Depressed

Well, to be most straightforward with you, some of your favourite bloggers might be experiencing an affliction that is commonly known as, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Yes, it is true, my friend. You have not seen any blog posts from some of your favourite bloggers because they are depressed.

And, why is it that some of them are depressed?

They are experiencing a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Some of you are probably wondering, “What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a particular type of depression that is related to the changes in the seasons (For example, a person may experience the blues every time the Christmas Season comes around).

Here are some symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Feeling extremely sluggish.
  • Feeling depressed for a huge portion of the day or feeling depressed for the entire day.
  • Having very little interest in the activities that you usually enjoy.
  • A feeling of hopeless.
  • The inability to concentrate.
  • Loss of appetite in spite of not having a meal for many hours.
  • Having suicidal thoughts.

A lot of people would rather to stay away from blogging when they are depressed.

I am no fan of the Christmas Season; however, I am not going to allow it to keep my spirits down.

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Some Bloggers Took A Hiatus

For the record, it is quite common for a lot of bloggers to take a hiatus in the months of October, November and December.

These bloggers know that they are unable to handle the breakneck pace of their places of employment, their chores at home combined with the task of putting blog posts together at the end of the day (Which is the cause for their hiatus).

And, to be quite honest with you, there is nothing wrong with taking a well-needed hiatus (Do let your readers know that you plan on taking a hiatus for a particular time period so they would not think that you abandoned your blog).

Dear friend, the whole idea of taking a hiatus is to get some well-need rest, recuperate fully and to return to blogging feeling, physically and spiritually refreshed. 

Do you plan on taking a hiatus anytime soon?

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Abandoned

Some Of The Bloggers You Followed Abandoned Their Blogs

It is a sad fact, that some of the bloggers that you followed abandoned their blogs.

And, why did they abandon their blogs? 

Well, people have abandoned their blogs for the following reasons:

  • They thought that updating their blog on a regular basis was difficult.
  • They realized that blogging was not for them.
  • They lost interest in their blog.
  • Their blog did not attract a lot of incoming traffic (So, they thought that blogging was a waste of their time).
  • They were discouraged from blogging by a loved one; such as a husband or a wife.
  • They started a new blog on another blogging platform (And, the old blog was somewhat of a practice session).
  • They no longer had internet access.
  • They no longer had an electronic device to publish blog posts on.
  • They encountered a troll (Which discouraged them from blogging).
  • They were severely ill.
  • They died.

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that no blog is going to last forever; it will eventually come to an end (And, some blogs will last longer than others).

In the meantime, have lots of fun with your blog while you are still alive.

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Angry Emoji (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Some Bloggers Are Angry With WordPress

Believe it or not, there are bloggers who dislike the occasional changes that WordPress’s Happiness Engineers tend to make.

Back in 2012, bloggers kicked up a fuss when the user interface was modernized.

And, now we are faced with the Gutenberg Editor.

My first experience with the Gutenberg Editor was a disastrous one; at the time, I found it rather difficult to compose a blog post on it. 

I just had to get accustomed to everything being placed in Blocks.

A few months in advance I made things easier for myself by doing the following things:

  • By reading an online tutorial for the new Gutenberg Editor.
  • By watching YouTube videos that were based on using the new Gutenberg Editor.
  • By practicing what I learned about the Gutenberg Editor (Practice makes perfect).

Eventually, almost everyone on WordPress would be utilizing the new Gutenberg Editor (I am making an educated guess that there will be the option to continue using the old TinyMCE Editor).

There are bloggers who do not like the Gutenberg Editor because they perceive it to be cumbersome.

Some bloggers may even find their way over to Blogger.

Why?

Because, Blogger’s Editor is ridiculously simple to use. 

On a very positive note, the Gutenberg Editor is somewhat easy to use (Provided that you get your fair share of practice with it).

Hey, I am not going to abandon WordPress because of the new Gutenberg Editor.

If I can use Linux proficiently, I am quite capable of using the new Gutenberg Editor (And, I will continue to use it until WordPress decides to implement another new WordPress Editor).

Have you tried the new Gutenberg Editor?

If you have answered, “Yes,” please feel free to tell me all about your experience of using the new Gutenberg Editor via the comments section of my blog.

And, if you have said, “No,” are you going to give the new Gutenberg Editor a try?

A lot of WordPress bloggers are going to be pissed off because they will be forced to learn something new.

So, do not expect to see blog posts from some bloggers until they learn to find their way around the Gutenberg Editor.

Final Thoughts

So, those are some of the reasons why I believe that we have seen a decreased number of blog posts from bloggers lately.

Do you have any theories pertaining to the vast decrease in blog posts from bloggers from around the world?

To be quite honest, I missed reading the blog posts from those bloggers who were active in the blogosphere earlier on in the year.

And, I do hope that the absent ones will find the zeal to blog once again.

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62 thoughts on “The Case Of Unseen Bloggers

    1. Guess what Nabeela, I hate the Gutenburg editor with a Passion,. Whatever does WordPress think they were doing adding it and hoping to replace the classic with it. Pure craziness…It is clanky, and doesnt do what it says on the bottle. Anyhoo…Back to bloggers and Renard’s Unseen bloggers…

      Sorry Renard, you forgot a point “Many are are Lazy” Yes #sorrynotsorry! Many people start a blog thinking its the holy grail to Fast bucks and a life of island hoping… So if it doesnt deliver fast results they jump ship.

      Majority of the bloggers you know, Blogged on “Company Platforms” While spouting out on posts and live videos how its a no no to blog on a company platform and its best to self host bla bla…didnt take their own meds I say! The same people who kept saying they were making a ton load of cash, now cant afford a domain from Godaddy at 0.99cents and hosting cheapest I know at $2.65! How is that! Crazy huh!

      The biggest reason is a LACK of COMMITMENT to their Dream!

      Yup passionate aren’t I? Yes coz I see it happen every day… “Experts” and “Coaches” showing up overnight telling everyone about health, wellness, skin care, currency trading, and every subject under the sun…As long as its attached to their Network Marketing or MLM product! So Blogging is not a service for most. I know because J started there…I grew, Learnt, invested, learnt some more…and keep learning and Showing up.

      So there you have my view Renard! πŸ™‚

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  1. I think it’s so sad when people give up their blogs but I respect their reasons why.
    I have absolutely no idea which editor I’m using, it looks the same to me as it’s always done, and I’ve been blogging for about ten years!
    Have a great day Renard!

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  2. Apropos posting or not posting, I think some are very occupied during November due to NaNoWriMo. I’m not in that category, though.

    Currently, I don’t post as often as I would like to, due to stress. A positive stress, though, since I’m about to move to a new apartment on Friday three weeks from now. I’m so happy about it, don’t worry at all, have control, but it’s always on my mind!
    And that’s quite alright.

    Gutenberg! I immediately started the trial version and felt so-so. There are good and funny things about it, but also a couple that irritated me.
    The concept of blocks is quite alright with me. I used that when creating sites on One.com. Very handy. But now – (or rather some weeks ago, months even?) – on Gutenberg there were ISSUES! Mainly! I want blocks to stay put where I put them!!! I want to be able to move a block to some other place without a lot of ados.

    Well! I did put the whole thing aside, to deal with it later on. When Beta version isn’t Beta any longer.
    So, is it time now? Better test it out on my now dormant, first-trial blog at this account. Which obviously was my personal Beta-version. πŸ˜‰

    By the way! I too was there in 2012, and I certainly didn’t like all the “enhancements” WP started doing back then. I still don’t like many of them, and I still prefer to work with the old editor.
    But WP has other qualities that have been keeping me here since 2009, and still are.

    Have a nice day, Renard! πŸ˜€

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    1. πŸ™‚ Sadje, you will have to encounter the Gutenberg Editor eventually. So, you might as well learn how to use it.

      If you are not the tech savvy type of individual, the old Editor is most suitable for you.

      Thank you so kindly for reading and commenting!

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  3. Thank heavens I know how to find the original WP editor! There have been so many WP changes the last couple of years, and I’ve managed to avoid every one of them because every one of them was a pain in the ….. . I just want to write and post photos, I don’t need to become a tech wizard and will fight WP’s “improvements” every step of the way.

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  4. I’ve been scared to use the new editor. I finally got used to the old editor, although after reading this, I will definitely give it a go. Change isn’t so bad, maybe bloggers will end up liking the blocks more in the end. I also know I’ve certainly slowed down my blogging just to keep it manageable during this busy time of year. Great post!

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  5. It’s sad when bloggers abandon their blogs, for whatever reason. I’m one of them of course. The good thing is that I’m working on starting off again and hope that I won’t come in that situation again where I’m not able to blog. For me it’s been 1. I was too busy and when I have too much on my plate I can’t focus on writing even if I make time for it, and 2. for the personal blog I had tech problems and wasn’t happy with the overall blog.

    I have tested, and I’m testing Gutenberg. I really like it. Now after a while I can see even more advantages with it, it makes the writing flow so much better and for example instead of copy and paste if I want to move a block of text to somewhere else in the post, I can just move it up and down with a click. Very convenient. I think the new editor is better and easier for non-tech savvy people than the classic, it’s just a matter of being used to it or not and finding the way around the buttons and blocks.But it’s definitely beginner friendly. As I see it, Gutenberg is more troublesome for theme and plugin developers who need to adapt everything to it. And – people who worry about whether things will crash or not. For selfhosted users there will be plenty of plugins to manage Gutenberg if they don’t want to use it.

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  6. Hey Renard, on a completely different note. I need help getting followers from Pinetrest. I remember you writing a post about how to do that a while back. Will you link the post in your response to this comment?

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  7. I may be the minority but I love Gutenberg. In the old days right align a picture, input text.. the separator.. the spacing problem.. it was hell. Now I’m able to get my blog posts the way I want. It could use improvement but the possibilities are there.

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  8. I’m retired so you hit that nail on the head. I am also depressed as my family goes away for the holiday and I am not well enough to travel with them. But I definitely find actively blogging helps me fight depression. I am also guilty of talking them into leaving without me. I have the dog for company. So, if I stop blogging it will be because of death or imprisonment or some such stupid reason. And I have even looked into becoming a ghost writer just in case.

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  9. You asked — “Have you tried the new Gutenberg Editor?”

    My response — Yes

    I found it to be a horrible experience. I stopped using it immediately.

    Your post reminded me to take time and learn (which is my motto) so I am going to only use it moving forward until I get the hang of it, thanks.

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  10. Thanks for the insights about why people stop blogging. I’ve stopped many times, and keep restarting, mostly because I get busy with other things and lose my drive to make time to blog. I’m back at it again, and hopefully this time, I’ll stick with it. Trying to manage expectations. As to the new editor, I have not tried it yet. I’m not very confident about making the change, so I’ll wait awhile. But you’ve given me some good ideas about doing some research on it. Cheer!

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  11. Thank you for another beautiful post and so pleasurable to read! You are right in all points, maybe I am going through SAD without knowing it. I can’t even do anything with my art anymore, at least I have been keeping up photography and publishing quotes, although I stopped one week thinking to end it there, but just the thought that I could be cheering someone up was enough to make me continue thankfully! I gave the new editor a try and all went well until tried to preview the blog post to publish and could not see the featured image. So went back to Classic until I am able to learn more about it. Wishing you a lovely time and thank you for your continued support!

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  12. Generally, enthusiasm for anything that requires time and effort tends to weaken after a while, unless there is a strong financial incentive that has a growth perspective. I would think that it’s one of the strongest reasons.
    As to Gutenberg, you know, Renard, that I am a techno-idiot, so I am not about to even come close to it!

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