10 Reasons Why Some Blogs Bite The Dust

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It is a sad fact, that a lot of blogs are going to meet their untimely end.

Many blogs will come and go (It has been that way for many years).

By the way, if you happen to be one of those bloggers whose blog stood the proverbial test of time, you deserve a trophy along with a standing ovation.

Would you like your blog to be around many years to come?

Most of you would have answered, “Yes!”

And, since I hate to see abandon blogs, I am going to tell you some of the things that can cause a blog to fade into oblivion.

1.) Those Bloggers Had No Idea As To What They Were Getting Themselves Into 

Yes, my friend, a lot of people ventured into blogging without knowing the amount of work that blogging actually requires.

A large percentage of people still think that blogging is easy.

Well, in all honesty, it is easy for the person who knew exactly what they were getting themselves into and is willing to master the basics of blogging.

In reality, it all begins by:

  • Knowing exactly what your blog is going to be based on (Whether it is going to be niche-based or one that deals with miscellaneous topics).
  • Having a basic idea of the type of audience that you intend on catering for.
  • Devoting a portion of your time with the sole purpose of creating content for your blog.
  • Researching your chosen topic beforehand. 
  • Creating amazing blog posts.
  • Proofreading them before pressing the publish button.

So, my friend, there is more to blogging than meets the eye.

And, a blogger’s ignorance of those things will be their downfall.

2.) Those Bloggers Gave Up Too Soon

In regards to blogging, there is no such thing as, “Overnight success.”

The God’s/Goddess’s truth, is that it takes a while for a blogger to build a readership.

Most bloggers (provided that they were consistent with creating content for their blog) will see an increase in their readership (The growth of one’s readership will vary from blogger to blogger).

Some people experienced exponential growth in their readership in a few months’ time, while others had to wait a year and more.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are impatient; when they do not see the desired results in two weeks’ time, they end up abandoning their blogs.

Would your blog be where it is today if you did not have patience?

No, it would not be!

You stuck with blogging and hoped for the best and it paid off greatly.

Dear friend, the easiest thing for anyone to do is to give up easily.

It takes a lot of mental and spiritual fortitude to continue blogging without ever seeing the immediate results (In the end, that person is rewarded with their blog acquiring views, likes and comments). 

3.) Some Bloggers Burned Themselves Out

It is a known fact, that not every blogger is capable of creating quality content for their blog on a daily basis.

In my article, 6 Ways To Prevent Blogger Burnout, I talked about the importance of creating a comfortable blogging schedule.

Do you know which blogging schedule is right for you?

In my case, I am comfortable with updating my blog weekly.

Other bloggers can benefit from publishing content on their blog fortnightly, etcetera.

For the sake of your blog’s longevity, please choose a blogging schedule that is most appropriate for you and stick with it!

4.) Some Blogs Lacked Original Content

Have you ever visited a blog from someone and noticed that every blog post of theirs was a reblog?

Well, I have and it is not a pleasant sight to see!

For the record, I am not against bloggers reblogging other people’s work (Reblogging provides additional exposure for the person’s article that was reblogged).

Also, there are people who have balanced things off by creating content for their own blog and reblogging the articles of their fellow bloggers (Which is in no way a bad thing).

However, a blog that contains only reblogged content from others is a sign that the blog administrator lacks creativity.

I have no interest in following a blog that only reblogs the articles of other bloggers.

I am interested in blogs that contain original content (And, most readers are also interested in blogs that publish original content).

Besides, blogs that lack original content will eventually fade into nothingness.

5.) Some Bloggers Chose A Niche That They Were Not Interested In

For starters, it is madness to choose a niche that you are not interested in.

And, why is it that some bloggers chose to go with a niche that they are not interested in?

Well, the truth is that they went along with the niche because it was a popular one.

There are a lot of so-called blogging experts that tell people who are interested in creating a blog of their own, to choose a popular niche.

My take on all of this is that one should only go with the poplar niche if they have a genuine love for it and possess a natural talent for the popular niche.

And, why is that the case?

Because putting together a blog post that is based on a niche that you are not interesting in is going to feel like an extremely difficult task (No one can endure that sort of mental punishment for long periods).

People who fell into the trap of choosing a niche that they are not interested in will either give up on blogging entirely or create another blog — a blog that is based on a niche that they love.

6.) Some Bloggers Neglected The Comments On Their Blog

We all hate it when the blog administrator never responds to any of our comments.

Would you continue to support a blogger who constantly ignores your comment in the comment section of their blog?

No, you would not!

You might even think to yourself, “Why should I even bother to read their blog post and leave a comment?”

My blog post, Comments Versus No Comments, highlighted the fact, that a person should refuse to enable their comments if they are not a people-person.

Why should a blogger keep their comments enabled if they have no intention of responding to the comments that were made by others in the comments section of their blog?

Dear friend, never neglect your commenters because if you do, your blog will suffer the negative consequences.

7.) Some Bloggers Only Cared About Making Money

For the record, there is nothing wrong with monetizing your blog.

The issue arises when you have chosen to put money before your readers.

One should always remember to put their readers first.

Even though your blog is a business-related one, your content (as well as the products being advertised) should contribute to the betterment of humanity.

If you make money your sole concern, your readers will eventually see through the charade that you created and never return to your blog (And, that could lead to you going broke; which would result in the permanent closure of your blog). 

8.) Some Bloggers Came To The Realization That Blogging Was Not For Them

The truth is that blogging is not for everyone.

There were people who learned the hard way that blogging is not for them. They knew that they lacked the following things:

  • The talent for blogging.
  • The discipline for blogging.
  • The commitment for blogging.

Even though I hate to see bloggers abandon their blogs, no one should stick with blogging if they came to the realization that blogging is not for them.

From a realistic perspective, everyone was not meant to be a blogger (Just like everyone was not meant to be a singer, pilot, doctor, lawyer, etcetera).

9.) The Health Of Some Bloggers Took A Turn For The Worst

There are times when a blogger is forced to take an unwanted hiatus due to issues with their health; such as in the case of:

  • Bloggers developing problems with their eyesight.
  • Bloggers who became victims of a stroke.
  • Bloggers who fell into a deep state of depression.

Now, the list of ailments that can affect a human being can be an extremely long one (And, I blatantly refused to highlight a large number of them).

However, I thought that it was fair to mention to you, that some bloggers gave up on blogging due to health reasons.

So, we bloggers must never make the mistake of taking our health for granted.

10.) Some Bloggers Violated The Terms Of Service Of The Blogging Platform That They Are On

Most bloggers are probably aware of the fact, that if they violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service, the following things could happen to them: 

  • They could end up having content removed from their WordPress blog.
  • They could end up getting certain features of their WordPress account disabled.
  • They could end up getting their WordPress account suspended.

Do keep in mind that you are blogging on WordPress’s proverbial turf; therefore, if you break their rules, they will discipline you.

The funny thing is that a lot of people tend to set up blogs without ever reading the blogging platform’s Terms of Service (That is a bad thing because bloggers have chosen to utilize a service to host their blogs; they should be fully aware of the dos and the don’ts).

Some bloggers disappeared altogether because they knowingly (or unknowing) violated WordPress.com’s Terms of Service.

Final Thoughts

To recap, blogs can bite the proverbial dust if:

  • Bloggers have no idea as to what they are getting themselves into.
  • Bloggers give up before their blogs show the signs of success.
  • Bloggers end up burning themselves out.
  • Bloggers fail to publish original content on their blog.
  • Bloggers choose a niche that they themselves are not interested in.
  • Bloggers fail to respond to the comments that were made on their blog.
  • Bloggers are only concerned about making money.
  • Bloggers realizing that blogging is not for them.
  • Bloggers’ health spiralled downwards.
  • Bloggers violating the Terms of Service of the blogging platform that they are on.

The truth is that your blog can stand the test of time by not undergoing the things that were mentioned.

Figuratively speaking, the ball is in your court.

You are the one who has the power to see to it that your blog is around for a long time to come or that it bites the proverbial dust.

What will your decision be?

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78 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Some Blogs Bite The Dust

  1. I think consistency is key to building readership too, especially when you’re consistent in making original contents that your readers are already engaged with….and a blogger gets burnt out when blogging is rushed.

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  2. Awesome advice I’ll be sure to try and heed, Renard. I’m currently happy to be blogging once per day…however if something in the unforeseen future occurs and I needed to scale back, I’m wondering if you think I should inform my readers or just change the schedule and stick with it?

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  3. My blog has been going for thirteen years now. It will probably last as long as I do.

    It can sometimes be useful to take a break. About three years ago a situation arose where I found it necessary to stop posting for a few weeks, so that’s what I did. I only started posting again when I really felt ready to do so. If I hadn’t taken a break, I might have gotten stressed out enough to give up the whole thing permanently. So people should consider stopping for a while if they feel they need to.

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  4. When there is no option to comment, that really annoys me. Some bloggers who once allowed comments changed their minds and switched off the comments, which frustrates me so much. I’m debating whether to unfollow someone who recently did this. I enjoyed talking to her but she doesn’t allow comments anymore, and there is no email to contact her etc.

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    1. 🤔 Hmm. That is a tough decision to make, Hilary.

      It is a pity that there is no way for you to contact the woman who disabled the comments on her blog.

      Also, I am making an educated guess that the woman who made the decision to disable the comments on her blog had a valid reason for doing so.

      Now, if she is the type of blogger who publishes valuable content on her blog, I would say, “She is worth following!”

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      1. She left no ability to contact her even though she has a decently large following (7,000+ followers). Yes, I believe she does have a reason as to why she disabled the comments. It’s still very frustrating that I am unable to directly talk to her. She publishes short, daily journal entries. I do find some value in them since she often gives good advice. Still…what good is having a blog if nobody can contact the blogger? (no email, no contact form, no comments etc.) I hope this is a short-term thing, which is why I am holding off unfollowing for now. Thank you for your insights and advice, Renard. Have a good weekend! 😊🌺

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  5. I have seen many blogs disappear during my one year of blogging. Time is another consideration in this. They become busy with their work and job. Some are abandoned because they have no followers.

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    1. 🙂 Sadje, it is possible for an extremely busy person to update the blog at least once a month.

      Well, I understand the reason why someone would want to abandon their blog because no one was following it.

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        1. 🙂 A small portion of those people might return to blogging, Sadje.

          The issue here is that blogging is no longer a main priority for them.

          Ironically, busy people can find the time to watch at least two hours of television (Those same two hours can be spent putting together a blog post).

          Also, once a person is committed to doing something, they will make it a priority of theirs to get that particular thing of theirs done.

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            1. 🙂 I will admit, that blogging requirings more effort than watching television.

              Once again, commitment is the issue here.

              If a person is too tired to create a blog post, they can do it when they awake the following day; it can simply be accomplished by only adding a paragraph to the draft-copy of the blog post at one sitting; at the end of the week, fortnight, month, etcetera, they would have an entire blog post.

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              1. You’re right. It is a question of commitment and also of interest. Some people also need validation and encouragement. If that is miss, they find it hard to go on. Basically it’s how we think and look at life/ blogging. Some people don’t care much of the opinions of others and keep on doing what they like.

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  6. As usual, your posts are succinct and chock-full of helpful advice, Renard. The question is, does a blogger necessarily want to be successful? Wasn’t the original idea of a “weblog” just to keep an electronic diary, while allowing wide access to it?

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    1. 🙂 Well, it all depends on the individual.

      The average person does not like to blog in vain; they would want to see that they are making some sort of progress with their blog.

      Blogging has evolved over the years, it is no longer all about a person having an online diary that people can freely access (Despite the fact, that there is a portion of people who use it for that exact purpose).

      Some people blog for the following reasons:

      ⚫ For networking and exposure.
      ⚫ For advertising and branding purposes.
      ⚫ To connect with like-minded people.
      ⚫ To educate and entertain others.
      ⚫ To make money.
      ⚫ To refine their writing skills.

      Thank you for showing an interest in this topic.

      And, do have yourself a wonderful day!

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  7. If most of my blog is content from elsewhere I find interesting, not sure that means I lack creativity. But, it does seem to be true that the content that gets the most views is original. But, conversely, sometimes original content gets ignored. For me, I think what’s important is the process and not the artifact, such as a particular post or even the body of work that constitutes the blog itself.

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  8. Not sure how I will feel in the future, but for now I’m just grateful not to have a number 9 and here the boat owner calling “Come in number nine, your time is up!”

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    1. 🙂 Thank you.

      For the record, “Great post,” is looked upon as being a generic comment. So, for future reference, tell the person what it is that you thought was great.

      Why?

      Because spammers love to leave generic comments in the comments thread of others.

      I will be lenient and let this one slide.

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  9. Good summary of what goes on in the blogging world.
    I settled quickly into the once-a-week schedule, as I don’t think I can write and respond to comments (and read other’s blogs) with the quality I’d like with more frequent posts. When I feel particularly inspired – and have the time! – I will write more pieces and schedule them ahead. Then the pressure’s off for a while, and I won’t find myself tempted to post something substandard just to be posting something. This helps when I’m traveling or otherwise out of the usual routine. Everyone needs to know their own limitations.

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  10. I think another reason why bloggers abandoned their blogs is when the fun and enjoyment of blogging stops, Renard. When it becomes a burden rather than an enjoyable experience or passion, one has to either change the way they blog or move on.
    I’m not sure why people still blog when they say it’s stressful, makes them feel guilty, or they find themselves apologising for not visiting other blogs. Some keep trying but soon give up when they find themselves piling on even more pressure to their lives. Once the fun and enjoyment go, I think it best to move on. However, maybe don’t delete the blog for at least three months just in case you do decide to give it another go.
    I recently heard some somebody who deleted his entire blog and then returned a year later. He really regretted deleting all his posts without first saving them.

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    1. 🙂 Yes, Hugh. People do lose interest in their blogs when blogging is no longer fun for them.

      In regards to visiting blogs, I believe that one of the reasons that some people are unable to keep up with visiting the blogs of others is that they are following way too many of them.

      From a realistic perspective, if those people were following a reasonable number of them, visiting blogs would not be stressful.

      Also, deleting blogs is not always the answer due to the fact, that the blogger may need to recuperate their energy via a short hiatus.

      Three months away from blogging should be enough time for anyone to figure out if they wish to continue blogging or not (Which is the reason why people should not delete their blog on a whim).

      Thank you for sharing your point of view and may your week be an enjoyable one!

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  11. I’ve recently cut back on the number of blogs I follow. Now I have a far more manageable number I follow. What also helped was unsubscribing from those bloggers who publish more than one blog post a day. Now, if I have the time, I catch up with them on the WP Reader.
    You too have a great week.

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  12. I’ve read this post and it is all true😱

    Commitment is needed – I find it hard to dedicate time to my blogs. I’m going to try the WordPress schedule😍

    Wish me luck xo

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  13. Hey Renard, really appreciated your insights on blogging. Some of the things you had to say, I had considered, others I had not readily considered. In any event it was an insightful entry as I’m becoming more serious about my blogging and hopefully making something out of it, traction wise and ideally > financially. I have content scattered around between youtube/Instagram/ here/ and posts on my personal facebook page.
    I am strongly considering working on trying to connect the youtube content I’ve created over time with my blogging page on here. So that it utilizes video and written content in the same place. It will understandably take some time of course. Check out my entries if you’d like, Let me know what your thoughts are?

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