Read This if You Want to Quit Your Blog4 min read

Blogging is tough . It’s part art, part craft, part business, part spiritual experience. It’s a bit of everything, to be honest, which is why it takes an incredible amount of effort to become successful.

And I know how tough it can be when you’ve been punching those keys for months, and no one even bothers to read your blog.

And, most frustrating of all, this is how a blogger’s journey often begins. A steep learning curve, and no feedback whatsoever. It’s like walking around a forest at night, no map, no gps, no flashlight.

And whether you blog to impress, express, inspire, or monetize, the truth is that sometimes you just want to call it quits.

It’s not worth it.

In eight years of blogging, I have almost quit a dozen times.

But I didn’t.

Do you want to know why?

1. Words are powerful. They can even change the world a bit.

Whenever I felt like giving up, something like this happened: someone would comment on a post or send me an e-mail, and they’d thank me for my words. They’d thank me for the motivation, for the inspiration, for the tips, for the courage to share my story…

How could I give up then, when I had just changed the world a bit?

If you believe that changing one person’s life, even if by inspiring them for an entire day, isn’t worth the trouble, then you, my friend… maybe you should give up on your blog.

Words are powerful. Use the right words, in just the right order, and you can even nudge the world a bit.

That’s why we should keep punching those damn keys. We should do so in the hopes that someone, someday, might read those words when they most need them.

2. You can do anything you want with a blank page.

A lot of bloggers give up because they feel they have to write about a certain topic, because they think it’s popular, or it’s going to make them money.

No.

You can write about anything you want, as long as it’s something you’re passionate about.

This free, white space we call a blank page grants us limitless possibilities, and it is our privilege to explore as many of them as we can.

3. Connecting with other bloggers makes the journey worthwhile.

Why do we read?

We read in order to feel less alone. We read because we want to know that someone else thinks and feels and acts the same way we do. We read to find out whether someone else managed to overcome the obstacles we’re struggling with right now.

Networking is not just a tool to gain more readers, networking enables you to inspire and be inspired by like-minded individuals.

That’s why I always advise people to read as my blogs as possible, to comment, to share their thoughts and ideas, to add to the conversation.

If you want to go far, never walk alone.

4. You have yet to tell the world your story.

It would be quite a shame if the story of you that you have been sharing on your blog ended with you losing hope.

When you said it out loud, it almost sounds like a sin.

Blogging is a privilege, because it allows you to share your story with the world. The words you share, the worlds you build, the stories you tell are a whisper into the vastness of this world that you are here, that you are alive, that you have something to contribute.

Stories have the power to be timeless, as long as we have the courage to write them into existence.

Write your story, share it with the world, there are few things in life better than that.


It’s time to punch those damn keys!

I know that you’ve been thinking of giving up, but now it’s not the time. Now, you have to share your story, connect with others, and inspire people.

It’s your duty to do so.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

33 thoughts on “Read This if You Want to Quit Your Blog4 min read

  1. I am not thinking of giving up. However such thoughts have crossed my mind once or twice during my years of blogging, hence me reading your excelent post. Best, Kevin

  2. I’m currently struggling with blogging about today’s topics that are controversial. I receive so much backlash just on my general social media for being white. What are your thoughts about blogging about sensitive topics in today’s society, especially when everyone is highly offended by everything? I’m going to pose that question on Twitter as well

  3. If you’re words reach one person – if it lifts a single soul – puts a smile on just one face – that’s enough for me. I’ll be sure to keep punching those damn keys! Thanks Cristian. Another great post.

  4. Good post. I especially resonate with point 4. about sharing your story. I am currently sharing my story about how to break free of the physical and mental shackles of obesity even if you haven’t managed to lose weight.

  5. Cristian, your words should motivate others who just might be thinking of chucking their blog onto the scrap heap. I find inspiration and motivation from other writers; they fuel my inner drive. It definitely helps to think of WP as one’s community instead of a lonely satellite.

    1. Just one comment can make the difference right? It happened to me yesterday. Out of the blue someone came up to me and talked to me about my words. That really helps!

  6. Man, I couldn’t have read this at a better time. I’m not consistent enough with my blog, which is great incentive for not keeing a blog at all! But I’ma keep trying, and I’m going to make a pledge to read and comment on other people’s blogs to show support for their efforts! Thank you Cristian!!!

  7. I am not thinking of giving up but I do feel bad when I’ve got no readers and 0 likers. Then I’d remind myself, I did not start blogging for an audience… thanks for writing this post, it is thoughtful and inspiring…

  8. Exactly what I needed to read right now! I gave up on this blog three years ago but now someone wants to publish a piece of my writing so thats my initiative to give this a go again! Mostly just as an outlet for me to create, inspire and connect!

  9. And I know how tough it can be when you’ve been punching those keys for months, and no one even bothers to read your blog. This is exactly how I feel today! I hear others say I just started and things happened….alll lies.

  10. This was really interesting to read, thank you. I’m new to this and really enjoying blogging but I’m just writing about anything I feel I want to say. Usually just my thoughts and experiences. In your opinion should I try to steer my posts to a specific topic or can you be successful and grow a large audience while being quite random in subject matter?!

    1. Hi Caroline,

      If you don’t want to stick to a few topics, then you need a powerful writing voice. Something engaging, clever, witty, that stands out from the crowd.

  11. Read this piece just when I was getting worried that I haven’t written anything in a while, and it felt like I’m loosing inspiration and motivation to write again. But then this, as a sign I didn’t know I was looking, fell into my eyes. Thank you for the hope

  12. I’m staying. I did approach blogging with a negative attitude, however, I have decided to stick with it. I have re-edited all my posts, added some new pics as well. I did question myself on doing all this work, but I feel happier, the posts look and feel better and this has done wonders for my psyche.

  13. Thank you for this post. I have numerous times decided that maybe I should stop and then someone sends a comment that encourages me. I’m not out to change the world I’m simply out to connect with the world and right now this the best way for me to do that! Thank you for helping me feel less alone in my blogging journey.

  14. This is an excellent post. I haven’t quite thought of quitting before even as I don’t have that much of a presence here, but this is encouraging for me in so many ways. Thank you!

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