If You Quit Blogging, Who Would Miss You?

If one fine morning you decided to give up on your blog, to never write a post again, who would notice?

Who would miss your writing style, your views on things, your opinions?

Think about this as a way to figure out what is the right direction for your blog.

Who would miss your blog?

It’s a simple question, but one that provokes some interesting thoughts. If you are truly serving a niche with your blog, they should miss you if you’re not there. Imagine that you stopped blogging—would you get any emails asking you what’s up?

Your blog is a part of a neighborhood, whether you realize it or not. Every reader you gain puts a house on your block, and each link you receive is akin to building a bridge or a four-lane highway. You get the idea.

And much like any neighborhood the selling price of a home is not determined by the number of houses in the area or the number of cars that pass by. In fact, those things can be enough to turn away some buyers completely.

How about a break from the metaphors for a second?

Don’t be so easy to replace

The quality of your blog is determined, in the end, by the degree to which your blogging neighborhood relies on you. If your blog is a part of a crowd that fulfills similar needs, your blog may not be relied upon as much as you think.

Being easily replaced is not a good thing. Luckily, there are some ways you can avoid this.

  • Target your audience. You want to pick something that you love, of course, but also something not being done by many others. A blog about pets is better than one about animals, but one about cat care is even better. And this part of the game is more about what’s not being done than it is about over-specializing your writing.
  • Be unique. The more unique you are, the greater the chance you’ll be missed if you disappear.
  • Interact with your readers on a personal level. The easiest way to begin doing this is to grab the contact information of those readers whom you consider your colleagues. Take an hour and chat with them. Find out what they do, what their likes and dislikes are, and maybe even why they came to your blog. But remember—they already read your blog. Don’t suffocate them. Talk about them. Feed their ego. Then, later, they will remember your blog and how good they felt talking to you. Congratulations, now you have a reader that would miss you if you were gone.
  • Create content that can’t be duplicated. Make your blog about more than just commentary. What is a different approach when tackling a certain topic? What can you add to the conversation?

If you follow these principles (notice, not steps—there is no proven formula; relationships don’t have those) you will be sure to see some results.


Here are a few questions to ask yourself (also I’m interested in the answers as well):

  • Has there ever been a time when readers have noticed your absence, and contacted you about it?
  • Have you ever been surprised at the gratitude of readers or the response to a particular article?
  • Are you truly writing quality content, or just commentating on what’s already being said?

19 thoughts on “If You Quit Blogging, Who Would Miss You?

  1. Me! I would miss me. Much of what I write is me trying to piece together wisdom from (admittedly brief) life experience. Quitting my blog might be akin to quitting the process to understand myself better. The chance that other people want in on this is icing on a cake.

    Self-absorption aside, I appreciate you writing another insightful post. You certainly are a master of the craft, good sir. (Here’s me tipping my hat.)

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  2. My mom! And my aunt! Two of my biggest supporters 😊. I’m doing this for fun, but hopefully a few enjoy it now and then. But, I’m enjoying your posts. I’ve been blogging for over a year but I still feel like a newbie.

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  3. I loved reading this so much. I’m honestly not too sure if people would miss me or not if I stopped posting. I’d like to think that the people I interact with on wordpress on the regular are more friends than strangers at this point, but I guess I wouldn’t truly know until I disappeared.

    I would say though, with respect to your questions at the bottom, I’m constantly surprised with people reading my blog and expressing gratitude in my comments section following what they’ve read. I appreciate the expressed to me. It’s far more than I ever thought I could have found, or that I believe I deserve.

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  4. Another great article and great points to ponder. I am only 2 months into my blog and still trying to figure it all out. If I quit, my mom and friends would notice but that’s about it. Still trying to figure out my audience but that is ok. I am learning so much right now and that is a great place to start. Thank you.

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  5. When should you be concerned about the niche field in which your blog operates? The key seems to be offering something unique and of quality, but also something that has NOT been done…but can your blog become over specialised?

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    1. I think you shouldn’t worry about that. Also, offering something that hasn’t been done… that’s almost impossible. Originality is not the point, but rather passion. I am a tech nerd, and I watch the same review of the same product by many different youtubers just because I like them all. That’s the idea. Try to figure out what sets you apart, yes, but don’t obsess about it.

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  6. Nobody would miss me. My blog is good and I have fun. But I get next to NO feedback or response. I might as well be on another planet. Not that I’m going to give up. I have something to say. In fact I have a lot of things to say. And I find it creative. If I could just figure out how to get more followers I’d consider that I am a success at this thing.
    Maybe I’m too “unique”? I see blogs that I consider to be mundane garbage. But they have 10,000 followers. I can’t – and won’t – do mundane garbage. So I guess I’ll just truck along.

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  7. I am glad to know that some people would miss me if I stopped.

    There was a time when I took a hiatus from writing and a number of readers emailed me asking if I’m ok. They also contacted people who know me asking what had happened to me.

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