One of the more copious trends is individuals who set out in a furious sprint to be an avid blogger, only to find their blog desire come to a screeching halt. As a matter of fact probably 50% of the bloggers that are featured on my blogroll probably have not updated in well over a month and many have forgotten about their blog altogether.
Many Blogger Start… Only Few Finish!
10 Reasons Bloggers Quit
- 1. Don’t have the right motivation to start a blog: Often times bloggers want to be the next Seth Godin or have so many people read their blog it crashes servers. That’s definitely a motivation; however a great place to start from as it relates to motivation is simply this – write because you have something to share and you want to share it… period. Ask: What’s my motivation?
- 2. Don’t realize the commitment: The commitment that it takes to whip out consistent content is often times overlooked. Just as sure as the next calendar day is coming, so is the commitment to write another blogpost. Having the commitment to produce consistent content is key. A blog is like a newspaper and if you expect it to be delivered daily and all of the sudden it’s not… you will start reading another newspaper. Same things is true for a blog. Ask: Am I committed to this?
- 3. Don’t take the time to develop a strategy: Strategy is very important, how, when, why etc. Abraham Lincoln says is this way, “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 hours sharpening my ax.” Ask: Do I have a blogging strategy for success?
- 4. No one is reading: It takes the right motivation, commitment, consistency, strategy, good content & patience before people will start reading. There are some overnight success blog stories, but most success is a result of bloggers grinding it out. Ask: Am I willing to write even if no one is reading?
- 5. Nothing To Write About: Bloggers will quickly lose motivation as they lose creativity and inspiration. What once started as a great place to share creativity, turns into an “Oh no, I don’t have anything to write about.” This is where a strategy for the what and how to write will be helpful. It’s important that bloggers find sources for inspiration and push threw the periods of creative blocks. Even if you don’t have anything to write, write something, it’s the consistent act of writing that’s helpful. Ask: Am I going to be intentional to seek out places for consistent inspiration & motivation?
- 6. Not willing to learn: Every blogger has their own style and rhythm; however it’s important from bloggers to learn from other bloggers. Bloggers could address every concern in this post if they would simply learn from others who are a few steps ahead of them. Do you have a photography blog, make it a consistent point to read some of the best photography blogs in the world. Need some inspiration or want to learn from one of the best bloggers there is, read Seth Godin’s blog. Simply put, bloggers give up because they are not learning from the bloggers that finish strong. Ask: Am I willing to learn from other bloggers?
- 7. Lack Of Discipline: Discipline is defined as activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Most bloggers simply lack the discipline to make it work over a period of time. Ask:Am I gonna put in the work over time to create discipline?
- 8. Lack Of Comments: Often times bloggers confuse comments with the degree of engagement. There is sometimes a positive correlation between readers and comments; however over the years I have come to realize that some of my more popular posts didn’t necessarily always have the most comments, as a matter of fact on average you get about 1 comment per 100 readers. Some bloggers have created communities that can drastically skew that number either way.I believe the Twitter Effect On Blogging has impacted comments overall. Bloggers must be willing to write even though no one is commenting and try the 10 Techniques To Get More comments On Your Blog. Ask: Will I still write even though no one is commenting?
- 9. Don’t Want To Invest The Time: Blogging is a serious time commitment and most people do not want to invest the time necessary for the blog to be successful. Michael Hyatt outlines a very detailed post on How To Write A BlogPost In 70 Minutes Or Less. That may seem like a lot of time, if you want to be good, you will have to invest some time. Ask: Am I willing to invest the necessary time needed for my blog to be successful?
- 10. The Time Has Come: I believe that there is a time for everything, including a time to start and a time to finish. Sometimes bloggers need to be intellectual honest and admit that their blog season has run it’s course. It’s okay to just move on. Ask: Has my blog season come to an end?
Don’t simply start the race… Finish!
Why do you think Many Bloggers Start, Only Few Finish? Share your thoughts and experiences of bloggers not finishing the race.