We've talked about declaring email bankruptcy—you know, just hitting delete when you are totally derailed in your email management, there's no realistic way of keeping up and you get knots in your stomach every time you open your inbox.
Have you ever felt that way about your blog?
I've started (and quit) numerous blogs over the last 8 years of blogging. Mostly that's because I have too many ideas and not enough stick-to-it-ive-ness. But in several of those instances, I simply felt overwhelmed. The blog became a chore. It wasn't what I thought it would be. I lost my mojo. My passion fizzled. My interests changed. It was a burden, not a joy.
Maybe you're like a lot of bloggers who started a blog as a newbie, on a whim, but didn't get into a good rhythm until many months in. Sometimes it takes a while to really get a good "feel" for our niche and settle on the right topic. And then it's hard to know what to do with the blog that seems to be scattered all over the place.
Maybe you want nothing more than to start with a clean slate.
But what about your faithful readers? Maybe you have contributors that write for you that you don't want to let down either. I would never encourage you to continue doing something you dread just for the sake of others, but exiting gracefully is definitely something to shoot for.
Is it time to reinvent or completely ditch your blog?
If blogging no longer holds the excitement it once did and it's more of a "have to do" than a "get to do" for you, check out this post called How to End or Relaunch Your Blog Without Upsetting Your Readers.
I love the tips Stanford includes about preparing yourself for the change, communicating with your readers, learning from the experience and getting started again if you've got your sights set on starting a new blog.
What about you? Ever wanted to ditch your blog? Did you? If not, what kept you going?
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