4 Reasons You Must Bin Your Blog – Now!

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news…

but it’s true!

Bin Your Blog Now!

It’s no good covering your ears (OK, eyes), there’s no escape.

Your blog is… doomed.

End of.

Here are my 4 Reasons You Must Bin Your Blog.

1.   You Must Bin Your Blog because -

Your enthusiasm flew out the window.

  • Remember those early days? When you thought of nothing else except your blog?
  • Remember writing lists of exciting post ideas?
  • Remember getting up very early so you could edit a post before breakfast?

Don’t despair!

We can turn this around.

You can find your lost enthusiasm.

All you have to do is -

Read some of your early posts and then read some recent ones. See how far you’ve come? See how much better your posts are now? Think how much more progress there is waiting for you. Just give yourself time. Focus on what your readers want you to write about and your enthusiasm to help them will return. You can’t leave them now!

2.   You Must Bin Your Blog because -

You know you’ll never be as good as the blogs you read.

  • Every day you read posts from expert bloggers.
  • Every day you lose your confidence to write well.
  • Every day you compare yourself badly with the experienced guys in the blog world.

Don’t despair!

We can turn this around.

You can learn from the ‘experts’ -

All you have to do is -

Realise that reading posts from these experts can teach you so much.

You can learn -

  •  how to structure a post,
  • how to get readers intrigued with headlines and hooked with your first lines,
  • how to focus on your readers’ needs.

The list of things you can learn from reading blogs you admire is endless. Instead of comparing yourself unfavourably with the experts, be thankful that they’re there as role models for successful blogging.

Try studying a post you admire. Make a list of the features you like and that you can use to improve your posts. There’s so much to learn – why not learn from the best!

3.   You Must Bin Your Blog because -

You need more subscribers.

Don’t we all!

  • You dream about a post going ‘viral’.
  • You dream about pushing up your subscriber count to… well… to where you’d like it to be!
  • You dream of a sudden spike in your stats showing a rush of new readers.

Don’t despair!

We can turn this around.

You can find those subscribers.

All you have to do is…

  • Find the blogging experts who have written about just this problem – how to get more subscribers. (Start here, on WBB!)
  • Follow the endless posts of tips out there to increase your traffic.
  • Just google ‘How to get more blog subscribers’ and see what comes up. That’s what google is for!
  • Most important of all, make sure your posts are the best you can do, and that you’re meeting the needs of everyone who visits your blog. Traffic won’t come unless you work hard and you give your reader a compelling reason to return to your blog.
Readers will only subscribe if you make it clear how much benefit they’ll get from doing so.
4.   You Must Bin Your Blog because -
You’re not at all technical.
  • You envy the blogs you read who have fascinating ‘techy’ features in their sidebars that you can’t create.
  • You envy the way some blogs are designed and know you’d be out of your depth to try to do the same.
  • You envy brilliant looking header designs but tell yourself you’ll never get one like that.
Don’t despair!
We can turn this around.
There’s plenty of help out there!
All you have to do is -
  • Search for help on line or from your blogging friends.
  • Join the A-List Blogger Club  (yes, I’m an affiliate member), where everyone is queueing up to help you. If they can’t, they’ll tell you about a ‘man who can’. Through the club, I found someone to move my blog to a new ‘theme’ and to help with my header.
  • Take up brilliant offers like I did. Stanford of Pushing Social is offering a ‘Spectacular Blog Review for a small charge. (Money very well spent.) He reviewed my ‘other’ blog and I’ve taken his advice and refreshed my focus and my design. There is so much help out there; all you have to do is…ask.
In the Comments -
  1. When you feel like binning your blog, what do you do to turn your negative thinking around?
  2. What keeps you motivated when things seem to grind slowly for you?
Image by Leo Reynolds on Flickr.

Comments

  1. Hi Linda,
    Enthusiasm is very essential for blogging.If you loose your enthusiasm then your blog could not be grown up and ultimately your blog goes to bin.You should seek motivation from expert bloggers because today they are successful because they really hardwork in past and their determination bring them to success.

  2. Very true, the new bloggers always go and read expert blogger’s posts and get depressed, they think that they cannot match the quality ever. But this is not true, they should take inspiration instead of getting lost.

    • Hello Puneet,
      I think the problem is, we compare ourselves too much with the ‘experts’ but we forget how much work was needed to make them the ‘experts’!
      Blogging consistently is not easy!

  3. Hi Linda,

    I like to read your blogs. Its a good way to keep myself updated by reading and gaining worthy information from your articles. I have recommended this to my friends. Awaiting for your next blog.

  4. this is by far a very smooth blog post. Something to keep people thinking, and also just flapping your gums at the same time… LOL “smile” :-)

  5. Interesting topic!

    I felt like binning my blog when I wasn’t really able to handle the technical aspects of a blog, sidebars, the codes and all those things. But I wanted to make things work as I had recently switched to WordPress, so I got down to learning all about it and now it’s fine.

    I guess such feelings do occur in most people, though at those rough times it helps a great deal if you keep you head over your shoulders and remain positive and determined to make things work.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. It’s so easy to get discouraged, and that’s why I always visit sites like We Blog Better, to give me that extra motivation to keep going, and to keep improving.

  7. Great article Linda! Very optimistic in depth :) I totally agree with your last point! I must admit that I’m not so technical, and I found your tip about A-List blogger club very interesting!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Sara.
      I’m not technical, as I have said, so I look for people who are! The A-List Blogger Club is indispensable. We’re soooo lucky to have it as a ‘go to’ resource when we get stuck, and to share ideas and issues with other bloggers.
      Glad to have helped today.

      • It’s very helpful indeed! It’s very important to know that you have someone to turn to for questions and support.
        Thank you Linda!

  8. I feel you have to stay focused on the long term. It’s easy to get distracted by the lack of viewers right now. You may spend hours creating a great post, and feel disappointed that only 5 people read it. I focus on the fact that everything I write won’t get huge reading volume, and maybe someday more people will read it.

    • hello Andrew,
      I’ve come to realise that so long as you’ve given it your best shot, and done your best to meet your readers’ needs, what more can you do? If we wait for the day when we write the ‘perfect post’ we’ll never press ‘publish’…
      Thanks for this.

  9. More people should stop early in your post and BIN their blogs immediately! They waste far too much time figuring out how to monetize and buying ebooks to bolster their blog SEO.

    My point is, if you’re spending too much time reading How To This and How To That, you are WASTING time better spent directing your thoughtflow from brain to keyboard to blog, which is really what blogging is all about. If you make a little ca$h doing that, all well and good. If you don’t, maybe, just maybe, you are not cut out to be a “blogebrity.”

    Blog On!

    • Oh my goodness, Dave, you’ve spelt it out so clearly. There comes a time when we have to stop reading ‘How To’ and just be brave and get on with it! Or, ‘blog on’ as you say. Thanks for this boost!

  10. its all to easy to get distracted but i do think that if you are doing a job you love, you have a passsion for then you`ll give it all the time, focus, determination and patience needed, and when the money comes rolling in, it`ll just be an added bonus

  11. Barb Johnson says:

    I sure hate to sound dumb and out of touch, but I have absolutely no clue what it means to “bin your blog”. Please help! This is a very interesting blog which I just found. Maybe now I’ll be more in the loop.

    • Hello Barb,
      Many of us bloggers sometimes feel we ought to put our blogs into the ‘bin’ and abandon it, for the reasons I’ve mentioned. We just lose our ‘oomph’ and feel our blogs are going nowhere. But when we pick ourselves up with fresh enthusiasm, all is well again!

  12. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.

  13. i like the way you got your point over here, all these things are massive motivators for me and helped me get my blog up and running but I am about to start a second one and having a re read over this list and remembering where I came from has really got the fire burning again!

    • Hello Sandy,
      Motivation is what we all need and I’m always motivated by writing on WBB for Keisha!
      Thanks for reading and commenting too.

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  14. It was a great feeling to stop by here, and d some learning. I love reading your blog, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  15. Thanks for this inspiring article! Now I think it’s time for me to bin my blog, I really like your points and advices, they’re all very useful for me!

  16. Hi Linda,

    I love your blog, your blog is beautiful, i will bookmark your blog for remember it

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  18. The way you come till the end is great but quite unusual as I was not really expecting this like that… I mean binning a blog is common and I have witnessed many blogs that die young…

    1 thing I learn from the successful blogs is to give time, focus and building a community.

    Give time to your blog and make it as user friendly as you can and focus on what you are providing to the readers. I mean if you are throwing all the junk then there is no use of having a blog, try to make you own perspective and share it with the people.

    And then finally use different inbound channels and participate fully to build a dedicated community for your blog… if you see the success of SEOmoz blog over the time you will see some great idea of how to build an awesome blog.

  19. The four reasons you’ve posted is great. Thanks for sharing this with us

  20. Hahahaha.. Gr8 post. 1 Quick Suggestion. Even after reading this post, you feel like binning your blog, Go over to flippa & BIN (Buy it Now), yeah sell your blog, maybe you may then realize of the goldmine you were sitting on ;-)

  21. Glynis Jolly says:

    Hi Linda

    That was very uplifting and just what I needed. Sometimes I forget why I started this venture. This brought me back to focus.

  22. It is right that we can learn a lot from expert bloggers. You have written this article in professional way

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  24. Linda, I like your style of writing. When I feel like binning my blog, I enroll myself into a refresher/new course on article writing or copyrighting, and learn from the experts how to overcome the writer’s block. I find the book “Make It Stick” (Chip Heath and Dan Heath) very helpful.

    The 6 principles : Write with

    Principle #1: Simplicity
    Principle #2: Unexpectedness
    Principle #3: Concreteness
    Principle #4: Credibility
    Principle #5: Emotions
    Principle #6 Stories

    • Hello Henry,
      Thank you for those principles. I’ve added them to my ‘Blog Notes’ to think about and put into practice!
      I shall also take a look at the book you mention.
      Good to see you here.

  25. One of my blog is long doomed. But I still don’t want to delete it. It was my very first blog and one should not forget where he came from.

  26. Every time when i feel that I can not compete, i want to stop my blog, but at the same time I have just started my blog and I think I have not shown my full potential to bin it right now and this keeps me working. I think this is the idea of future success.

  27. I have thought about it a time or two but I have to keep pushing. Maybe one I will be there.

  28. Very well done! This is a really inspiring post. I think in my days of blogging I’ve been very discouraged by feelings of being inadequate compared to other bloggers in my niche. I write about water, and it took me a while to realize that I am a water expert. I just had to get encouraged, and thinking more about my niche was the way to go.

  29. I love this! This is a great play to draw someone in who is feeling the pressure and help them turn this around. The headline caught my eye and the post gives some really valuable tips to help bloggers stay blogging. The only one that I feel might be missing is burnout which sometimes nothing but a short break from the pressure and stress can solve.
    Kim

  30. Hi there! This article could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

  31. Mas Gie says:

    Dear Linda,
    I like to point 2. The ability to be a good writer is sometimes difficult. What we think good, is not necessarily good in others. I often lose self-confidence to make good writing, I think the writings of others better than what I did. I agree, maybe we can learn from the experts and to learn to become better. You give a good motivation. Glad to read your writing. Thank you,

    • hello Mas,
      Glad I motivated you today! Sometimes it’s hard to believe in our own skills. Comparing with others is inevitable but not always helpful. But learning from the experts is the way to go.

  32. I lose my confidence to write well, in fact. Now I afraid when writing, I don’t want to get it any more, what should I do now? I saw some ways here, and I have to follow it. Thanks for sharing your experience, very useful, at least for me.

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