Time to quit Blog?

A yearly update to my last year’s post on Blogging

I’m what they call a veteran blogger. Three years into blogging and I now realize why the sobriquet of a veteran was thrust on me. Most blogs do not survive beyond a year or two. They flap around, create a lot of splash before they sink to the bottom with exhaustion.

It’s not easy to maintain a blog. Besides having the ability to articulate your thoughts with tolerable vocabulary combined with net savviness, you have to be your own editor, PR and publicity manager. You cannot sit on your high throne and expect readers to land at your doorstep, drawn to your “brilliance”. You have to venture out and seduce them and continue to tantalize them with quality stuff to make sure they do not leave in search for meaner and greener pastures. It’s not like a marriage where once you’ve said I do, you live happily ever after with your can of beer, iPhone and cricket. You have to constantly work out those grey cells, continue reinventing yourself, occasionally shock and challenge the living daylights out of your readers with your unorthodox views and lull them into believing you’re the best thing that ever happened to them. 

To cut it short, blogging is a lot of hard work. Add to that the allure of sexy young nymphets like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr and their sundry cousins that promise you instant orgasmic fame without demanding too much of your time, commitment and grammar, it gets even tougher to stay faithful to Srimati Blogeshwari. Little wonder the restless and the impatient are happy to file for divorce, preferring the comfort of friends with benefits. 

Like any other medium, blogosphere’s natural selection ensures that only the fittest survive. Like any other relationship, your blog demands your attention and love. You either chicken out or give it your all. It takes a talented, motivated individual to maintain a successful blog. 

For most of us, blogging is not just our personal space where we share our thoughts with like-minded people, rant about issues that bother us, or make others laugh with anecdotes from our life. It’s our passion, something that gives meaning to our lives and makes us believe that, in some insignificant way, we are making a difference is someone else’s life. You start from scratch, with no ‘useful’ contacts, relying solely on your talent and dedication, reach out to thousands and hope what you have to say resonates for a while. 

Blogging, as a medium, does not constrict you with character limits or expected formats, unlike many others. It gives you the freedom to make it your own. It’s a medium through which we express ourselves, be it through poetry, sketches, photography or satirical writing. We write what the media ignores or has forgotten about, we question societal norms, raise awareness about issues that no one dares to talk about. We are the voice of the people, we are the platform for debate. It’s just that each medium has its place and some fall by the wayside because readers or users abandon it. 

As long as there are people who are looking for opinions that are not colored by bias or hidden agendas, words that uplift or make them reminisce about the good old days, unite them in grief for a girl brutalized by a group of drunken men on a cold December night, blogs are here to stay. Perhaps as a launch-pad for an aspiring writer or a columnist, a space for a homemaker she can truly call her own as she pours her heart out and bonds with strangers, a canvas for a budding photographer, a talented cook, a fashion diva or a bored office executive who pens short stories to hold on to his sanity. 

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46 thoughts on “Time to quit Blog?

  1. Fantastic post, Neal. I absolutely agree with you, although I am in no way, shape or form a veteran – in fact I’m more of a raving ‘noob’ than anything else. But I have faith in me, and I can already attest to engaging in all the behaviours you refer to so I can only strive and continue as I am doing to hopefully still be here years down the line.
    Super, super post. Thank you for this!
    Great blog, obviously 😊

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    1. Blogging is hard work, and I appreciate the work you put into your blog! That said your last two paragraphs are why I continue to blog even though I don’t always know what I’m doing with it. I love my blogging community and it’s been a great platform to share my voice and “cross paths” with like minded people.

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      1. The support from the majority of bloggers I have met is overwhelming Juanita. This is a wonderful place to meet likeminded, happy and creative people, that are so similar to myself, and whom I would have never have met otherwise. It is probably one of my favourite things about blogging. At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.

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    2. Thanks Maria or say “Super Maria”. Well as they say, faith can move mountains and if one has a stronger purpose in their life, they don’t have to be pushed. Their passion will drive them there. 🙂

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  2. May I add my voice to the above bloggers? You put much more thought and care into your posts than the average blogger, and I have always considered myself fortunate to have somehow stumbled into your path. You ARE the Voice of the People, and I have had my eyes opened to issues that I might not have thought about before your words. Thank you.

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    1. You have always been the first to react to my posts and I always loved hearing your thoughts on it. It gives me so much joy to be the reason for someone’s smile and I will take that any day. Thanks for always being an amazing support Susan. Much love. 🙂

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  3. Sounds like a “big deal” for a small person like me who doesn’t even have know-how of basics. Especially language is the area of serious concern. But I can learn and it’s good to read posts of bloggers like you who has such divine and priestly way of seeing the world. It is always of immense pleasure to get acquainted with your ideas and views towards each event and aspects of life. Despite all, I don’t miss this space much..don’t know.. May be, out of sight, out of mind. And it’s good for blogosphere too as I often lash out at someone or other which needs to be controlled. Thank you.

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    1. You see facts are stubborn things Smita ji and many don’t like hearing the truth but that doesn’t should deter you from making an opinion. I knew of a time wherein I read in one of your posts as to how much you loved this space and I know you still do. Don’t be upset, doesn’t look good on you. Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone. 🙂

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  4. You have put into words the ups and downs of my so far 3 month journey into blogging, my moments of doubts and days of confidence. I don’t really know how far this is going to go, but I’m still willing to see it through. This community is so supportive and encouraging!

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  5. Well said, you definitely vividly voice out what a blogger feels whether up or downs in the journey . This post indeed is sincere but it will not stop us even though we know it will not be an easy path because it is the burning passion that drives us to move forward, one step at a time, maybe slow but progressing with an unbeatable spirit. NICE ONE.

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      1. Yeah. Had the pleasure to stalk you and was mesmerised to read your story during your early years. You are an epitome of Inspiration Samantha and I’m incredibly proud of your resilience.

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  6. I hear what you are saying. I went through 3 days where ppl each day visited. That was after a period of churning out about 30 articles in about 30 days.
    And I get a “like” on my comment in “comunity pool where I posted my link?” what does that mean? you like my post asking you to read the piece of my soul that I exposed to what feels like he word (but in reality it is just 30 ppl in 15 days)

    My good friends won’t read my articles b/c they are not blog ppl or too busy watching Game of Thrones. And I have learned not to be offended by all that.

    Ppl as far away as

    I have come to see my blog as my garden of ideas that otherwise would have stayed in my head and for now that is enough… but damn…when I see a blog about nature walks w/ 10,000 followers and I am uncovering the secrets of the universe here…ouch!

    I see that as far away as Denmark, Australia Israel and Egypt have read my words…Or clicked on them let’s be honest…I feel some satisfaction…

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  7. Congratulations on three years of blogging, that’s super impressive! And you’re right that blogging is hard work, but if you’re in it for the right reasons it all becomes worth it in the end. Here’s to three more years and beyond!

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  8. Neal…this is brilliant and entertaining….amusing and insightful….you are such an excellent writer/thinker/communicator…we are so lucky that you’ve stayed the course….thank you and congratulations!!! 🙂

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  9. Congratulations, Veteran Blogger. Love your thoughts, love the wisdom you share, the posts that ooze with sarcasm and the manner in which you express them with what you choose to call ‘tolerable vocabulary’. Let me just correct that for you and insist that your vocabulary is anything but ‘just tolerable’, its exemplary (and I am sure a big lot of like-minded people following your blog would gladly agree). I hope you continue to inspire and share your wisdom for a long long time as you pave the path for novices like me who has managed to touch the one year mark. Happy blogging, Neal 🙂

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    1. Lol I will have to put a disclaimer stating I’m not that old as people perceive me to be 😉 I would extend my gratitude towards people like you who have been so supporting all through my blogging journey and it seems like colors seem brighter when you are all around. But in all seriousness, you are a gift to those around you Pranitha 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Neal, I am indeed touched by your compliment. Blushing even☺️But yes while we are still at ‘ veteran’ it is amazing that you see and communicate wisdom from your trip to the mountain or how you see beyond just an old couple walking hand in hand- they are all beyond your years. Keeps inspiring us with your wisdom., Neal

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  10. You’re a little bit of a narcissist aren’t you Nealy-Wealy? :)) You knew that you’d be drawing in all the compliments about how well you write didn’t you? ‘Quit blogging’ indeed!!!
    Congratulations on 3 years of writing and boring us, sorry I mean exciting us all with your words of wisdom. You know I jest don’t you? You will always be my first love …haha

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  11. I am quite a newcomer in blogging.. I love poems, photographs and to write whatever I feel. First few posts of mine I was too much concerned about grammatical errors and usages and perfect words. And at one point I felt like quitting too because I was totally unaware what blogging exactly means and how to get viewers. Surfing through posts and bogs related to blogging gave me the fuel to stay on and now reading this post I have made my mind that I am never gonna quit. Blogging is time consuming but now I am really enjoying it. Thnx a lot for this post. This is really a must share wisdom. 🙏🏽

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    1. Believe in yourself Megha, your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for. It doesn’t matter if you are off the beat. It doesn’t matter if you are snapping to the rhythm. It doesn’t matter if you look like a complete goon when you write. It is your story. It is your moment. It is yours.

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  12. This post really speaks to me Neil. Writing is an art… like painting with words. It’s also comparable to a garden, one needs to tend to the craft in order for it to flourish.

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