It is a sad fact, that not everyone who starts a blog of their own will stick with it.
I have been blogging for quite a number of years; therefore, I have witnessed many blogs come and go.
A lot of blogs barely make it to their first month in the blogosphere (Some of them are abandoned within the first week).
Many bloggers have learned the hard way, that they need to possess high amounts of discipline combined with blogging skills in order for their blog to survive (And, there are countless bloggers who lack those things).
The good news is that discipline can be developed and skills can be learned (But, the average person tends to shy away from things that they perceive as being difficult).
Blogging may appear a bit challenging for us when we are just starting out; however, those challenges can be overcome and it is those challenges that help us to grow as a blogger.
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that there is really no need for a blogger to abandon their blog whenever they see the first signs of difficulty.
A Lot Of People Venture Into Things That They Know Nothing About
A large percentage of people wrongfully believe, that blogging is ridiculously easy and that anyone can do it (Well, anyone can run a successful blog provided that they learn how to go about it the right way).
Also, most people jump into blogging without ever knowing what it actually entails.
Many years ago, I jumped on the blogging bandwagon because I thought that it was easy; I saw a blog on Blogger and said to myself, “I can do that!”
Back then, blogging was relatively easy; in those days, blogging was somewhat of an online diary.
Today, blogging is more than that!
In addition to being a great writer, bloggers will need to know:
- Exactly what their blog is going to be based on.
- How to name their blog appropriately.
- The advantages and disadvantages of free and paid hosting.
- An understanding of search engine optimization.
- The importance of creating an “About” page.
- How to plan their content.
- How to create attention-grabbing headlines.
- How to utilize social media with the intentions of promoting their blog.
- An understanding of copyright laws.
It is a pity that a lot of bloggers venture into blogging without ever knowing exactly what they are getting themselves into. They could have saved themselves the trouble by doing a bit of online research (That way, they would know what they are getting themselves into as well as finding out if blogging is right for them).
The wise person does not venture into things blindly (And, the same thing applies to blogging).
Some People Approach Blogging As A Holiday Project
Believe it or not, some people only blog when they are on a holiday (This is done with the intentions of passing the time; it is not viewed as something serious).
I have encountered blogs that people started when they took some time off from work and those that were started because students were home during the August holidays (The creators of those blogs had no intentions of updating them permanently).
In reality, anyone is free to start a blog as a holiday project and they are also free to enter the blogosphere as a temporary blogger.
One must always remember, that the blogosphere is made up of all types of people.
Some People Are Not Serious About Blogging
Although blogging is lots of fun, it is possible for a blogger to take their blog seriously.
Unfortunately, there are people who do not care about learning the basics of blogging (Anything goes for those type of people).
And, there is a high chance of a blogger messing up their blog when they are not interested in learning the basics of blogging.
A person with that mindset seldom thinks of interacting with their fellow bloggers (And, if a blogger fails to interact with their fellow bloggers, no one will interact with them).
People who are not serious about blogging will publish a blog post today and another one in the next six months; they lack the necessary discipline — an important element that would enable them to create blog posts on a consistent basis.
Little do they know, that if they refuse to take their blog seriously, no one will (And, when they have discovered that no one is viewing their blog posts, they end up getting depressed or angry and abandon their blog).
Out of sheer ignorance, those people made themselves temporary bloggers.
Some People End Up Losing Faith In Their Ability To Blog
There are many bloggers who think to themselves, “How am I going to keep this blog running? I am lucky if I come up with a topic in time.”
Some bloggers are plagued by what is commonly known as, “Writer’s block.”
Writer’s block can arise when:
- You are filled with anxiety.
- You allow doubt to reign supreme in your mind.
- You are filled with fear of failure.
- You are burned out.
- You allow yourself to be distracted.
- You are overly critical of your writing.
My article, 10 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block, will help you to rid yourself of writer’s block once and for all.
Also, I strongly advise, that you never lose faith in your ability to blog (If you lose your faith in your ability to blog, you will end up being a temporary blogger).
You can start by opening a text document and working on the first paragraph of the draft-copy for your blog post.
Do keep in mind, that if you did it once, you are capable of doing it again.
Some People Wrongfully Believe That Other People No Longer Read Blogs
I am deeply surprised by the fact, that there are people who genuinely believe that other people are no longer interested in reading blogs.
What is the cause of this erroneous belief system?
Well, it all started when vlogging became popular. Some people would rather produce a YouTube video than go through the process of putting blog posts together.
But, guess what?
A lot of the YouTube vloggers have blogs of their own on WordPress and Blogger (There is no need for you to become a temporary blogger by abandoning your blog for vlogging — you can do both).
So, in reality, blogging is not dead; it is very much alive!
Also, countless businesses have adopted blogging because of the fact, that many people still read blogs on the internet.
For the record, there is nothing at all wrong in wanting to be a temporary blogger; especially, if that was your plan all along.
However, it is not right for you to become a temporary blogger by abandoning your blog; especially, when it was your intention of becoming a longterm blogger.
There will be those moments when you will have to overcome the so-called, “Writer’s block,” and face your blogging challenges head-on.
Do keep in mind, that the more that you do something, is the easier it gets.
So, do not let the blogging process intimidate you.