5 Reasons Why Bloggers Start Over

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Those of you who have read the About page for Renard’s World would know that this is not my first blog.

For the record, I am not the only blogger in cyberspace who decided to delete their old blog with the intention of creating a new and improved one (Many people from around the world also had the same urge to start over).

What are some of the things that can push a blogger in the direction of deleting their old blog and creating a new one?

Oh, many things!

So, today, I am going to discuss some valid reasons for a person’s desire to delete their old blog and create a new one.

1.) They Felt Embarrassed By Their Old Blog

Truthfully speaking, it is natural to feel embarrassed by your old blog; especially if it is the first one that you ever created.

Could you remember what it was like when you first tried to figure out this whole blogging scenario?

Hey, I certainly did!

After reading a blog post from someone, I said to myself, “I can do that!”

To be honest with you, I was great at writing articles. However, blogging required more than having the knowledge of writing articles; it required having knowledge that pertained to:

  • SEO
  • Tags
  • Coding

In all fairness, my first blog was on Blogger and newbie bloggers on that blogging platform were not required to have knowledge of those things that I mentioned above.

After all, the whole idea of blogging on Blogger was to keep things as simple as possible.

Would you believe that I never added tags to my blog posts on Blogger in the beginning?

Hey, I never added pictures to those blog posts of mine in the early stages of blogging on Blogger.

On a positive note, Google does not require that you add tags or pictures to your blog posts in order for them to be indexed (Google’s algorithm is quite capable of deciphering what your blog posts are all about).

I learned via “The trial and error” method ― the method that is often used by a large percentage of personal bloggers on the world wide web.

As time went along, I learned:

  • How to make a blog post on Blogger more SEO-friendly.
  • The correct usage of tags.
  • A bit of coding in the form of HTML and CSS (Which came in quite handy in making my blog’s template look different from everyone else’s template on Blogger).

The evolution of my blog on Blogger was quite evident; the way in which my blog posts were presented at the beginning was not as refined as the batch of blog posts that appeared in its later stages.

I also deleted my first blog on Blogger and ventured into the area of blogging on WordPress (The funny thing is that I eventually deleted that blog of mine on WordPress to start a new one on Blogger).

As time went along, I deleted the second blog on Blogger and I created an entirely new blog (Renard’s World) on WordPress.

I have no regrets about deleting those old blogs of mine.

Why?

Because it paved the way for this one!

By the way, there are legitimate reasons for deleting an old blog (especially if you are embarrassed by it) and creating a new one to take its place; such as:

  • Wanting others to see your new and improved style of blogging.
  • Wanting to sever ties with your past.
  • Wanting to explore a new niche.
  • Wanting to be part of a new wonderful blogging community.
  • Wanting to personally see what it is like to start from scratch.

Most bloggers who have started over tend to cringe whenever they think about their first blog (Being embarrassed about their first blog causes that type of reaction from them).

2.) They Outgrew Their First Blog

Yes, people do outgrow their blogs.

A person’s first blog might have highlighted some of the things that they did as a teenager via the blog posts that they published; as a result, they no longer have an interest in (or want to be reminded of):

  • Partying every weekend.
  • The alcohol or the drugs that they experimented with.
  • Things that they once believed about life.
  • People they once associated themselves with.

As an adult (if you still possess the love for blogging), there is a high probability of you wanting to start a new blog ― one that reflects who you are today.

3.) They Wanted First-Hand Knowledge Of What It Is Like To Publish Blog Posts On Another Blogging Platform

If you are a person who blogs on Blogger and you would like to know what it actually feels like to blog on WordPress, the best action would be to create a WordPress blog of your own.

Why?

Because it would provide you with first-hand knowledge of how WordPress works (In this case, you would be starting a new blog from scratch).

Most people who came over from Blogger were surprised by how modern WordPress actually is.

One of the biggest challenges for anyone who joined WordPress recently is learning how to create a blog post via the Block Editor.

4.) They Grew Fed Up With Their Old Blogging Platform

In my article, When Bloggers Get Angry, I mentioned that some bloggers who did not like the idea of using WordPress’s Block Editor went elsewhere to blog.

For the record, people do get fed up with their old blogging platform for various reasons and they can range from:

  • Bloggers wanting to escape censorship.
  • Bloggers wanting to use a blogging platform that is most appropriate for conducting business online.
  • Bloggers wanting a blogging platform that has SEO-friendly themes and professional-looking widgets.
  • Bloggers wanting to interact with an entirely new set of bloggers.
  • Bloggers who simply wanted a change from the old way of doing things.

One thing that is most obvious is that people who have grown fed up with their old blogging platform will look for other places on the internet to blog.

5.) Their First Blog Was Penalized By Google

Google penalized their first blog and instead of fixing the things that caused their blog to be penalized, they created a new one from scratch.

For the record, Google will penalize your blog if it has:

  • Unnatural or poor links linking to it.
  • Lots of keyword stuffing in your blog posts.
  • User-generated spam.
  • Thin content.
  • Plagiarized content.
  • Been infected with malware.
  • Been over-optimized where SEO is concerned.
  • Been hacked.
  • Broken links.

The last thing that any blogger wants (especially if their blog is business-related) is to have their blog penalized by Google.

Wrapping Up

To recap, some bloggers have chosen to start over because:

  • They felt embarrassed by their first blog.
  • They outgrew their first blog.
  • They wanted first-hand knowledge of what it is like to publish blog posts on another blogger platform.
  • They grew fed up with their old blogging platform.
  • Their first blog was penalized by Google.

Please feel free to share your opinion on what you have read.

And, thank you for reading!

62 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Bloggers Start Over

  1. Wow, Google penilises you for those things? That’s ridiculous. Google is so rotten. I started on Blogger years ago, it’s indeed much simpler than WP, a good place to start.

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    1. 🙂 Yes, John, Google penalizes bloggers for those things.

      Blogger is a hundred times simpler than WordPress (And, that makes it a wonderful place to start their first blog).

      However, WordPress has the advantage of the WordPress Reader; which helps other WordPress bloggers to locate blogs of similar interests.

      Thank you for being part of the discussion, my friend.

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  2. Recently, I removed a number of posts on my blog. I do not intend to delete it. Let alone that I plan to create a new weblog on Blogger. Google is not for me. I’ll continue with WordPress, with flower arrangements and post crafts that I make. And I like the Block Editor.

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    1. 🙂 Jackie, if you accidentally deleted your blog posts, you will find them in the bin (They will remain there until you permanently delete them).

      It is nice to know that you like the Block Editor. It is no big secret that a lot of bloggers hate the Block Editor with heated passion.

      Personally, I would not advise anyone to leave WordPress for Blogger.

      In spite of Blogger’s simplicity, tech-savvy bloggers can change the look of Blogger templates via HTML and CSS codes.

      There is also the option to upload your own template on Blogger (Which is not bad at all for a free blogging platform).

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  3. I’m not going to chime in on the “Blogger vs WordPress” debate. Both have their merritts, pros and cons. I came to WordPress (get ready for this: from Facebook, of all places. Yes Facebook, not exactly the first name you thing of in the “blogosphere” of all things. Facebook is not even considered a “legitimate” blogging site. I have changed a few things about my blog. A few restarts here or there. But now I have posted 54 days straight on my “reboot” of my blog, and hope to continue at least another 54 days, giving my two cents to whom ever may want to stumble on my blog, Hopegloryblog.com.

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  4. When I was doing the whole mommy-blog thing back in the day that I outgrew, I had Squarespace, and I felt like I was trapped in a square. When I knew what I wanted to do next (with my current fiction blog) I said I wasn’t gonna mess around and finally went to WP. I’m so happy I did. There’s so much more you can do here versus other platforms – and I love the reader. I also had no idea Google could penalize you, that’s like being thrown off the face of the earth! Thanks for sharing Renard 🙂

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  5. Thanks Renard. Some interesting points. Thankfully I haven’t felt the urge yet to delete mine, however, I’m not very technically minded and so I do struggle with WordPress a lot. I think I need a face to face workshop 😅

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Wayne.

      There are YouTube videos that teach people how to use the Block Editor.

      Also, WordPress’s dashboard area is not all that difficult to navigate.

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  6. Hi, i also started my blogs at blogger and it was all about myslef, the work that i do and was ny diary of brokenness,, and I had a featured link here in my wordpress blog that if you click it, will direct to my blogger blogs,, I am not embarassed though, I just thought of still puttong on that side of my life

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    1. 🙂 In all honesty, not everyone is going to be embarrassed by their old blog.

      Having a link on your WordPress blog that diverts the reader to your blog posts on Blogger is a really cool idea (As a matter of fact, there are some bloggers on WordPress who do the exact thing).

      Thank you for participating in the discussion, Elejyn.

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  7. Renard, I didn’t know Google penalizes you but the reasons you state make sense. My first blog is my current blog on WordPress. I’ve changed it a lot through the years but never considered deleting it.

    I had a second blog that I have not deleted yet because my plan doesn’t expire until March 2023, and I still own the domain. With that said, it currently stands empty. My intent for the 2nd blog was a poetry-only blog but my first blog also includes poetry so there wasn’t much of a difference between the two. It became more a chore to keep it up than enjoyment.

    Excellent post, Renard, and thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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    1. 🙂 Eugenia, I am surprised that a lot of people did not know that Google penalizes websites and blogs for shady practices.

      One blog is quite a handful much less two. Therefore, if you are unable to keep up with the pace of having multiple blogs, you might as well delete one of them.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. Most welcome, Renard, and thank you again for the information about Google. Yes, I think it best for me to focus on one blog for now. I enjoy being able to publish poems on other sites such as Spillwords Press, and being included in various anthologies. Now I have more time to spread my wings.

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  8. Excellent post. Sometimes as writers and bloggers were so hard on ourselves. Life changes and morphs and so do the things we create or think or believe. Growth is important. Don’t ever apologize for starting fresh. It takes a lot of courage sometimes. Great as always Renard.

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  9. Wow, such an interesting collection of points! I guess, in many cases, growing out of the idea of an older blog is most common. Blogging itself is an experience that makes you grow. Looking back at my older posts, I’m embarrassed. Taken down by Google is another valid reason. Interesting, that you once used blogger.

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  10. Nice post. I think change and a new challenge healthy. So if you’er not monetized, and tied too much to traffic and followers, working a new posting position, every three to five years oh so, even on the same platform, helps to refocus, work new and updated feature sets and and try variations you wouldn’t on an old post.

    But I blog, and have for years basically for giggles, and the avail of a creative outlet…so easy for me to say.

    In fact, I’m not sure I’d still be working a site if major Social Media had taken a different turn. So thanks again…the post and this thread..really interesting.

    Regards,

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  11. This post of yours brought back some memories. I did sort of have a blog before the one I have now. It was on Blogger, though I never did anything with it. Turns out that blog is still sitting there collecting dust to this day.

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    1. 🙂 That is most interesting, my friend. You created a blog on Blogger and you never used it (My educated guess is that you created it out of curiosity).

      Thank you for being part of the discussion.

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      1. You’re welcome. I mostly made it because my mom had a blog and I wanted to give it a try. The problem was my niche not being fully realized. Plus Blogger was difficult to navigate.

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  12. We moved from blogger to WP some years ago, but don’t think we are doing very well. Not being tech savvy, we are probably doing many things incorrectly. Maybe I will browse YouTube for information…

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  13. Till now I’m very satisfied with my blog. I hope I don’t encounter any of the scenarios that you’ve presented in this post. Did you save the content of your V previous blogs?

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  14. My first blog was on Xanga. It’s dying a slow death because no new users are able to join, and because it’s a community all to itself. But it was wicked cool for a little while. Now my wordpress.com blog is basically dormant as I have run out of things to say, and I don’t want to simply repeat what others are saying about this ‘n’ that. I think if it remains dormant for a long enough period of time I’ll just delete it and enjoy reading others’ thoughts.

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  15. I had a very successful blog about baking on blogger. It was called Dream Confectionery. I did not realise how successful it had become til I deleted it! It was actually successful I think because I used Facebook to promote it as well….when in 2014 I deleted both the baking blog and said ‘bye’ to everyone on FB….I received phone calls and texts asking WHY …..it was so surreal…..some even asked if I was alright….the reason for deleting the blog was that I just decided I did not want to bake anymore…it was the end of baking for me…and also quitting FB because it had also become ‘addictive’….before the baking blog, I also started other blogs when my kids were growing up but decided to take them all down to have more privacy for my kids….interesting article Renard….brought back memories for me 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Thank you so kindly for sharing all of those things with me.

      My blog on Blogger received way more views than the one that I have on WordPress currently (I believe that promoting it heavily on Twitter had a lot to do with its popularity).

      I deleted both my Facebook and Twitter accounts because I wanted to simplify my life.

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      1. There were articles about the addictive nature of social media platforms and control of read articles based on your ‘likes’ and ‘sites visited’ plus potential of tracking ‘you’ based on your phone gps and what you posted….it made me decide to have 0 or less social media footprint….it was unnerving to me at the time….still is…

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  16. Good grief, I don’t even know what SEO, tags and coding are! (*eye roll*) I just enjoy sharing my insights, and so far I’m not embarrassed by anything I wrote in the past. Maybe I started out old enough to be past the foolishness of my younger years. 😉

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  17. Good quality post Renard.

    I have completely revamped the GUY blog from where it first started because l found that l had literally moved on from 1] the initial concept and 2] discovered a newer journey path that was more me. I didn’t fully delete, but l did rip it apart some. I did however delete 321 before it got a hold, and that was the right thing to do for something that was wrong to start as in 321 was all about finding clarity in the direction.

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    1. 😟 I regret to inform you that your fellow bloggers are right about your comments ending up in spam (As a matter of fact, I discovered your comment in my spam).

      I highly recommend that you forward your issue to one of WordPress’s Happiness Engineers; they will most likely look into your technical issue and forward your complaint to someone on the Akismet team.

      Here is the link to the WordPress Forums: https://wordpress.com/forums/

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