Results Take Too Long
Naturally, when we start any venture we want to see results and many bloggers jump into the process of blogging anticipating quick results. When the stark reality of the grind sets in and when their expected results take longer to meet, most become discouraged, quit blogging and go searching for the next trendy thing.
Without mincing words, blogging success takes time. A lot of time! Just keep plugging away.
You are not promoting yourself
A lot of bloggers/writers are not comfortable promoting their work sometimes due to lack of confidence in their work or the assumption that promoting their work is being arrogant and full of pride.
I’ve once had a newbie ask me ‘how would anyone read their blog with all the fascinating millions of blogs floating out there,’ my first thought was, ‘with this thought pattern, maybe you shouldn’t bother,’ but I ruminated over it and advised her to continue with her writing, make more effort to connect with others and let the readers decide if her work is good enough.
The reality is that if you don’t promote yourself, no one else will. There are ways to put yourself out there and to promote your work without coming across as obtuse.
Can’t Deal with Criticism
A lot of people may not like your style or agree with you and now and again, you come across some downright sour people on social media. They will leave their rude comments, opinions and sometimes even personal attacks.
You can moderate your comments to distance yourself from trolls, but you still need to acquire the diplomatic skill of handling constructive criticism. Learn not to take such confrontations personal, most times this is bullying tactics not worth spending time on.
Too Concerned about Stats
Getting caught in the ‘stats trap’ is easy and addictive that you could find yourself checking your blog stats multiple times a day and fretting over your page vies. Focus on the goals for your blog, and concentrate on building a tribe and how to improve your communities experience.
Over time an awesome tribe outweighs all the page views in the world especially if the views are not connecting with you. A supportive community will lead to better stats.
Obsessing Over Competition
Too often, we spend far too much time stretching our necks to see what others are doing because like almost everything else in life that’s a competition, we look at other bloggers as our competitors.
To an extent, this is true. When readers are visiting another blog, they are not on yours at the same moment – and we all want as many readers as we can get.
However, viewing fellow bloggers as competition and feeling somewhat jealous of their success and concentrating on how to beat them will cause you more problems.
You are better off building collaborative relationships with other bloggers. Therein you’ll find support because there are many bloggers who are happy to help each other – work on creating such a network.
Neglecting Other Aspects of Your Life
When we discover our blogging feet, we tend to jump in with our two feet and all our zeal that at times it seems to consume your life.
As much as you enjoy blogging don’t allow it to completely consume your fire. Create a balance and stay connected with the real world. Your blogging escapade only gets better when you are well-rounded and bring depth to it from your experiences.
Neglecting other aspects of your life could lead to problems, tedium and eventually the failure with your blog.
Running Out of Ideas
Just like writer’s block, running out of blogging ideas and inspiration is real and when it drags for a long time, some bloggers simply close shop and walk away.
Combat this through simple steps such as:
Set a blogging calendar with topics you would cover in a month
Walk away from the computer for some rejuvenation – did I say walk away? Yes, I said that. Staring at the blank screen won’t make it type itself.
Look around you and free write.
These are the 7 reasons why most bloggers lock up shop. Do you know more reasons that you could share with us? For more blogging tips, check this link.
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