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.
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?