Are There Fewer Personal Bloggers On WordPress?

WordPress.com has changed a lot over the years; it provided users with:

  • The Block Editor (Which some people dislike).
  • A bunch of horrible-looking themes.
  • Pricey WordPress Pans.

Oh, WordPress.com has evolved into a monster ― one that likes stressing its users out or making its users feel the financial pinch by making them pay more for less.

Those personal bloggers who have made WordPress.com their home and have chosen to weather the proverbial storm, are the ones who will stay.

Whereas, those personal bloggers who have had enough of the madness, are the ones who will say, “Goodbye to WordPress.com,” and go elsewhere to blog.

While it is somewhat difficult to deduce the percentage of people who are personal bloggers in comparison to those who are professional bloggers on WordPress.com, my educated guess is that personal bloggers make up the majority.

The Global Lockdown Had A Lot To Do With The Creation Of Personal Blogs On WordPress.com

A lot of us had to abide by the rules that pertained to the COVID-19 restrictions; it resulted in many of us spending more time than necessary at our homes.

Since a lot of people had a lot of time on their hands (especially if they were the ones who were not working from home via the internet), a portion of them created personal blogs on WordPress.com (It was their way of creating a bit of sanity in an already insane world).

Today, those restrictions no longer exist. Many people are up and about; they are making up for the lost time (As a result of this, they have thrown their blogs on the proverbial backburner).

There Are Those Who Have Chosen To Blog Less

Not all personal bloggers are into publishing content on their blogs daily.

There are those personal bloggers who publish a blog post whenever they have something to say (And, that could be once in a Blue Moon).

As a matter of fact, personal bloggers are not obligated to blog regularly like professional bloggers.

Therefore, if we come upon a fresh blog post from a sporadic personal blogger, we should count ourselves lucky.

Also, their long absence from blogging may be misconstrued by others as blog abandonment.

There Are Those Who Are Merely Trying Out Blogging

There are a bunch of people who ventured into personal blogging to see whether or not blogging is right for them.

I have seen my fair share of bloggers who blogged for one week or less and have never been seen or heard from again (It is as though they fell off of the face of the Earth).

The truth is that blogging is not for everyone.

Personal Blogging Is Not Glamorous

It should not come as a surprise that you can be blogging actively for months without anyone ever knowing that your blog actually exists.

While there are a lot of personal bloggers who enjoy the anonymity, there are a lot of personal bloggers who wished that they had a level of fame.

People who hunger for their five minutes of fame would gravitate toward the more attractive options ― vlogging and podcasting.

Blogging on the whole requires putting in a lot of hard work (And, putting in the hard work does not guarantee you that you will become an influencer on the world wide web).

Some Personal Bloggers Have Chosen To Blog Elsewhere

WordPress.com is not the only site on which people can do personal blogging.

As a matter of fact, personal blogging can be carried out on:

  • WordPress.org
  • Ghost
  • Blogger
  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • DigitalPress
  • Squarespace
  • GoNevis

Anyone who is tired of the nonsense that is taking place on WordPress.com is free to venture to another blogging platform.

Some Personal Bloggers Are Being Censored On WordPress.com

Yes, my friend, censorship is real!

The Happiness Engineers will gladly tell you, “We do not censor blogs on WordPress.com. We are all about freedom of speech.”

Truthfully, you are free to say anything that you want on your blog (Unfortunately, that so-called freedom of speech comes with a heavy price ― censorship).

Do you know that there are WordPress.com blogs that do not show up in the feed of the WordPress Reader?

If you deal with highly controversial topics on your personal blog or you are leaking highly classified information to the public via your personal blog, you will be shut down or censored.

If you are not seeing blog posts from one of your favourite personal bloggers, there is a small probability that they are being censored.

Do keep in mind that WordPress.com has a Terms of Service.

People who are tired of the censorship usually blog on WordPress.org.

Some Personal Bloggers Have Chosen To Go On A Hiatus

It is common practice for bloggers to take a hiatus; they do it when:

  • They are burnt out from blogging.
  • They have a more urgent matter to attend to.
  • They are trying to figure out if they should continue to renew their WordPress.com plan.

In most instances, personal bloggers will let their readers know when they are going on a hiatus as well as how long they are going to be on a hiatus.

Then there are personal bloggers who go on a hiatus without letting any of their readers know (This action of theirs can lead to people wrongfully believing that those personal bloggers have abandoned those blogs of theirs).

Some Personal Bloggers Fell Sick

If you are sick, recovery from your illness should be your first priority.

Therefore, no more blogging for you until you get better.

The recovery rate of people will differ; some people will make a quick recovery, while others will take a much longer time period to overcome their illness.

Some Personal Bloggers Died

People die every day (So, do not be surprised if someone told you that your favourite personal blogger had a face-to-face meeting with the Angel of Death).

People have died from:

  • Being severely infected by COVID-19.
  • Complications with their heart.
  • Being a victim of a road fatality.
  • Drowning in a river, lake or sea.
  • Being shot by a bandit while shopping at a store.
  • Being one of the many unlucky individuals who went down in a plane crash.

As you and I both know, people die from all sorts of things (Which are too numerous to mention).

Dead people do not blog!

Final Thoughts

Some of my fellow bloggers thought that there were fewer personal bloggers being active online because of the drastic drop in their blog’s statistics.

Many personal bloggers have admitted that the incoming traffic to their blogs was much higher in the previous years and that the number of their views and the number of visitors to their blogs have been slashed in less than half (Wow! That can be a bit discouraging for some personal bloggers).

Being the deep thinker that I am, I thought about the many reasons why there might be fewer personal bloggers on WordPress.com (I enjoy solving a good mystery).

Many experts will be able to tell you the number of WordPress users that there are on the internet.

What they cannot tell you is the percentage that is comprised of personal bloggers or the percentage that is made up of professional bloggers.

I also know for a fact, that blogging is not dead (There are lots of professional blogs being created on a regular basis and there are people creating personal blogs of their own on a daily basis on WordPress.com).

The only people who will know for sure if there are fewer personal bloggers on WordPress.com would be Automattic (Which is WordPress’s parent company).

If you are a personal blogger, or better yet, someone who has insider information on WordPress.com, you are more than welcome to let me know (via the comments thread) if the number of personal bloggers has dropped significantly.

What is clear for all to see is that WordPress.com has intentions of attracting more professional bloggers (The WordPress Pro plan is proof of that).

Also, more and more personal bloggers are beginning to feel as though WordPress.com does not have their best interest at heart.

52 thoughts on “Are There Fewer Personal Bloggers On WordPress?

  1. Do you think posts not showing up in the Reader is actually censorship? I know WordPress sometimes cracks down on what accounts that do a lot of serial liking can do in the Reader, but the issue I’ve noticed with some posts not showing up in the Reader seems like a bug rather than those posts being about anything objectionable.

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    1. 🙂 Yes, I do. However, one of the main causes for blogs not showing in the WordPress Reader is using too many tags.

      Anyway, my friend, Crandew does not show up in the general WordPress Reader whenever I search for the relevant tag that he added to his blog posts (The biggest irony is that you only used one tag in one of his previous blog posts. Therefore, he should have appeared).

      He only shows up in my feed because I am following him.

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  2. Great post, Renard. WordPress really doesn’t seem to care about our personal blogs one bit. The ramping up of prices and taking away other things in their new plans is ridiculous. And, that stupid block editor? I use a plugin to continue using the real editor since I have the older Business plan.

    Apparently, they want to run us off for good. I have considered leaving WP many times but stayed only because of the wonderful community here. I feel as though I should start a different blog on a different platform so that WP can’t shut me down by canceling my business plan.

    As time passes, WP just keeps getting worse and worse for personal bloggers. They are very greedy!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, John.

      It is a pity that WordPress is getting worse as time passes.

      I am hoping that they continue to honour your old Business Plan when it is time for renewal.

      On a positive note, I am happy that you are blogging on WordPress and sharing your photography posts with members of the WordPress community.

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      1. Thanks so much, Renard, I enjoy sharing my photography. If WP pulls the plug on my plan, then may be the time to exit which would really suck.

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  3. Dead people do not blog 🙊🤣. My issue is when I follow other bloggers, my follows do not stay. When I click on a followed blogger it appears as if I am not following them, therefore,
    I have to follow again…and again…and again. I have to save my favourite blog posts if I want to check out their content. Its really annoying and the happiness engineers have no idea what the problem is 🤷🏼‍♂️.

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  4. Renard, of the other sites you mentioned (Ghost, Blogger, Wix, Weebly, DigitalPress, Squarespace, GoNevis) which do you recommend?

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    1. 😉 I recommend WordPress.org (The self-hosted version of WordPress).

      By the way, I did add it to my list (it was first on my list), but you forgot to mention it.

      Thank you for asking, Mich.

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      1. I didn’t mention WordPress.org because (this will sound stupid to someone as blog-savvy as you) I thought it was the same as WordPress.com but with that different suffix. Do you think I could transfer my WordPress.com site over to WordPress.org?

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        1. 🙂 Yes, Mich. You can migrate the content on WordPress.com to WordPress.org; in order to do that, you will have to sign up with a hosting provider; for example, Bluehost, DreamHost and SiteGround (There are also many other hosting providers to choose from).

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  5. It is a great topic. It would be a pity if WordPress is chasing away personal bloggers. How dreary it must be if only professionals remain.

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    1. 😣 The very thought of a personal blogger that we know dying is discomforting.

      Let us hope that despite not writing, those people are still alive and well.

      I truly hope that there will be an increase in views for the blogs of my fellow bloggers.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  6. Thanks for the post. I’ve been really disappointed with WordPress.com. I find it extremely slow, for one. And I often try to comment on blogs only to find out that my comments have gone to spam. My WordPress.org blog is actually cheaper, too.

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, Suzanne.

      You would be pleased to know that your comment did not end up in my spam.

      Where the pricing of plans is concerned, WordPress.org is more economical than WordPress.com.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  7. I’ve just re=entered the realm of personal blogging. I stopped during Covid in 2020 because my blog was mostly about my travels and that wasn’t happening. I’ve just started writing again. This time I’m exploring just about anything in my world. I found your blog as I looked for blogs I’d find interesting. It is harder now than I remember to find personal blogs to follow. 🙂

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  8. I definitely blogged far more often during the pandemic than I do now, simply because I had more time back then even though I do love blogging. However, it is a lot of hard work and it’s very time consuming and hard to get recognition. I feel that may also be why people tend to go for creating podcasts or vlogging, though saying this, they still take a lot of hard work

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  9. As a Personal Blogger I can tell you WP has become a minefield to navigate to compose a blog. And do not get me started on trying to add a Badge to the Sidebar!!!
    ***sighs***
    If I have to move somewhere else to blog, I do not know if I would continue So I am doing my best to ‘tough it out’ here!
    And I can confirm we have lost half a dozen Bloggers since last Autumn. The majority of Animal Bloggers are 60+ so anyone of us could end up on the ‘other side’ of the screen…
    Thanks for another insightful blog Renard!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum an **purrss** BellaDharma

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  10. Yes, I getting lesser views from people who were reading my blogs few months ago.
    I don’t know why, but majority of people say that they are taking time off. They disappear for months, then they return and post for few days and disappear again.
    These people actually care about their content and won’t respond or read others content.
    I also have many students followers and they are missing as well.
    Looks like I need to interact with people who are regular.
    Whenever I visit any new site, I see if they are regular or posting once in few months.

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  11. I’ve had a personal blog for years. It started as .org then when I started a business, it became a .com with more “professional” type posts. Through Covid and stopping my business, it’s now back to personal and more journal like. It’s still a .com but I realise I simply don’t know enough about WordPress that you shared here. I did prefer the older version because finding the block editor annoying (but I use the app more often then desktop to write posts). What I’m trying to explore is how to remove cookies and trackers from my website. This is my next personal education goal.

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    1. 🙂 Hopefully, the information pertaining to removing cookies and trackers from your website, should be located via a Google search.

      Many people have found the Block Editor to be annoying (So, you are not alone).

      I truly hope that you are enjoying your return to personal blogging.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  12. That block editor sure is a drag, luckily I still have the ‘Classic Editor’ option on my blog — if WordPress takes that away, I’m done. Hey, Renard, let me ask you something: Are the ‘Share’ buttons at the bottom of posts mainly used by—and benefit—the blogger or the reader?

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    1. 🙂 The share buttons are beneficial to both the blogger and the reader. It allows them to promote the links to the particular blog post via social media.

      Thank you for your question, Mich.

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  13. Thanks. I’m trying to minimize the clutter at the bottom of my posts — think I’ll get rid of the ‘Like’ button, never did like competing in a popularity contest. Do you think the ‘Related Posts’ feature is beneficial?

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  14. Thanks for all the incredible blogging info! I learned a lot especially because I am a personal blogger ❤️ I don’t usually write about hot topics so hopefully that will help with not being censored and I don’t typically have a lot of tags either 💪❤️. I’m pretty much write because I like to write

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