What to do When Your Blog Doesn’t Make You Happy Any More

There are any number of reasons that we take up writing a blog. For some it’s the buzz of positioning ourselves as authorities on a subject. For others it’s the freedom that comes from setting your own salary and working hours. For others still it’s the simple fact that they enjoy writing and want a hobby.

But all of these reasons essential boil down to one thing that we want our blogs and websites to do for us – and that’s make us happy. In other words, the main reason we run a blog is because we want it to bring us some kind of happiness and fulfilment – and if it doesn’t then really you need to start rethinking things.

How it Can Happen

Studies have shown that getting a reward for a task can sometimes have the opposite effect to the one you might expect. Rather than motivating us to work harder it can actually end up taking away from our natural enthusiasm from that task and essentially turn it into work. In short, if you are working toward a goal then you can lose the fun of the process itself.

This can easily happen with blogging as you start to become more successful. The problem here is that you can end up working on your blog tirelessly just to maintain your current success and to earn your income and end up being almost ‘forced’ to write for it when you really would rather be doing something else. It’s no longer a hobby – it’s a job.

Meanwhile success brings with it other stresses. For one it brings the fear that you will one day stop being successful and that then means you’re probably going to start checking your stats every two minutes and feel very disheartened when they’re not great. And this also means that you’ll become much more sensitive to criticisms and rude e-mails – and you’ll get them because so many people will be seeing your site on a daily basis.

How to Get Back the Fun

In any of these situations it’s crucial then that you find a way to get back the early enthusiasm you had for your blog. One way to do this is to simply try to forget making it a success and to instead focus on doing the things you’ve always done – if that made it successful in the first place then following this formula should ensure it continues to be.

Meanwhile you should also create a structure and draw limits on how and when you are going to work. Avoid letting it bleed into your life or create stress by opting to only answer e-mails between certain hours and to only write a certain number of articles per day.

If this still doesn’t do it then you have two options. One is to consider running a side project that you can make your ‘fun’ blog while continuing to use your first blog to fund your lifestyle and to use as your ‘job’ and the other is to consider completely selling up and starting over.

Recognize though that the sites that say to write first and foremost for your traffic are right to an extent but just short of the mark. In reality you should be writing first and foremost for yourself.

Carol Lopez is the owner of a well known seo company. He loves to blog in his free time. He loves giving advice to upcoming seo professionals on his blogs.

Comments

  1. That CAN happen, the blogging inspiration well dries up, anything. Usually take some distance, zoom out – so to speak – and refocus does the trick for me…

  2. I tend to leave the blog alone for a while. The problem is that if I am bored writing the articles the reader will notice. No content is better than poor content.
    On the other hand when I feed inspired and motivated I write a lot of articles and save some for a rainy day.

  3. It’s so important to enjoy blogging. If you’re not the content you produce will not be up to scratch, it will be obvious to your reader as well and there will be a disconnect. When you get a thought in your head, seize the moment and create!

  4. I am glad that I have not hit a wall like this, but I have known and seen several blogs just call it quits. I feel as if you have to balance and have a plan to keep building towards.

    Thanks for the nice post,

    Eric

  5. I think it happens when there is nothing coming from your blog. No visitors, no money, nothing. That’s when you lose motivation I think.

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  8. This happened to me once, and sometimes we need to take fresh air. Thanks!

  9. Christian B says:

    Reply to Adam: I think you’re right that a lack of tangible signs of success (visitors, money, a bit of influence etc.) is a major reason why people drop their blogs. But then, quite frankly, it seems that those individuals were blogging for the wrong reasons to begin with. You should blog because you have something worthwhile to say – whether or not your blog achieves immediate success or not.

  10. Christian B says:

    Reply to Adam: I think you’re right that a lack of tangible signs of success is a major reason why people drop their blogs. But then, quite frankly, it seems that those individuals were blogging for the wrong reasons to begin with. You should blog because you have something worthwhile to say – whether or not your blog achieves immediate success or not.

  11. I go for a walk or take the car out for a drive. Anything to take your mind off the issue. Like you said blog for you. Write about something you find interesting.

  12. Taswir Haider says:

    It’s so important to enjoy blogging.Thanks for sharing it.

  13. It’s important to focus on blogging for fun and entertainment purpose not for money making purpose, only then you can make it interesting, useful and more popular.

  14. blogging For live :) Thank You for sharing it

  15. very impressive article and its really important to enjoy blogging

  16. I think it’s important to not start off too strong and burn yourself out. You need to have a keen interest in your chosen topic in order to keep motivated, if you’re not interested, neither will your readers.

  17. According to my personal experience in blogging, I am sure that all statics of your blog depends on the content which you are providing to people. If content you are providing is interesting and fits to your blog then it will surely makes happy.

  18. Really nice post. Thank you for sharing. I really got a lot out of this information. I have been running into a bit of a bloggers block myself. And, I think it has a lot to do with the level of fun I’ve been having lately while blogging. Like any relationship, in this case the one between the writer and their blog, things are always new, exciting, and full of things to say in the begining, but when it ages, you may find yourself stuck in a rut. I’m trying to get out of this rut, especially since considering adding a blog to my landscaping website.

  19. I have found that when blogging isn’t fun for me anymore I will take a couple of days off and this normally refuels my fire. If that doesn’t work then I have found giving my blog a redesigns pretty much always helps, but I only use that as a last resort. :)

  20. I haven’t gotten to the point where it is a “job” yet but I can slowly feel how this can be the case.

    Especially when you HAVE to update your blog on a daily basis. Funny how you dream can become a “job”…

  21. Urdu Forum says:

    Thanks for share this good info

  22. It is nice to know that it is possible to get back our lost enthusiasm for our blogs. And thanks to you, I learned so many ways how to. Awesome! Thank you so much!

  23. It feels really different when you write just to get a job done than doing it because it’s your hobby and you love it. You may easily get tired if writing doesn’t make you happy anymore. You actually feel not in the mood, though you’re doing it to earn more. The happier you are in what you do, the better are the results of your work. It’s really nice to know that you can get back your lost want or happiness that you get when writing. Thanks for sharing! :)

  24. Blogging must not be a money earning tool at first. It must be passion, a hobby or a creative outlet that gives somekind of joy as it is. If you think of it that way, you’ll have all the reason you need to continue blogging.

  25. Hello frnds,
    I satisfy with Ace.
    and i also wana suggest that in the blogging first priority is to get awareness about new things, and every body must give his suggestion about that thought.
    and blogger have passion to write and for response.

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  28. Engaging with the readers and writing for the readers instead of writing for the search engines makes you happy. Getting responses for your work makes you happy.

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  30. I would say this issue is more based on the personal idea of what means to be happy.
    rather than anything else.
    There is a theory that might or might not be relevant to this article but for those how are interested please search for it
    its called “synthetic happiness”

  31. You have to like what you are doing from the get-go. I have seen friends I know start a blog and change the topic (myself included) too many times. It took me a while till I settled on my niche and I wasn’t even looking for it. I started writing about topics that interested me and it just turned into what it is today.

    It takes time, but if you aren’t having fun, its either time to rethink your goals or hang it up. Most times the answer is right in front of you, but I think some people get hung up on trying to be like someone else that they lose sight of their own goals.

  32. The sadness usually comes when you are frustrated that your blog does not make enough money due to no visitors of any kind. You can try sharing your post via your facebook account and see if those who like your pictures would also convert to your blog visitors.

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  34. This post shared informative information about success story in digital market. But It’s important to focus on blogging for fun and entertainment purpose not for money making purpose, only then you can make it interesting, useful and more popular.

  35. Never Give up, Work hard when your site make you feel sad, trust me you will be on track again

  36. In my views it is very difficult for any business to continue it if it is giving nothing as profit it becomes very difficult to work .

    Thanks .

  37. It is not good thing to give up blogging. every human has his own day and the day even comes for the blog too. So, wait for the day to appear in front of you.

  38. If there is no traffic then you will earn noting. But there are many ways to bring traffic to your blog. For example social media (facebook, twitter, g+ friend feed etc) is the big way to optimize your blog. Second article marketing is very effective way to bring or attract the visitors. Third is SEO. This is the top way for optimize your blog or website into search engine. All ways are legal ways.

    If you will do nothing then you will earn no thing. Traffic or visitors are very important for every online website or business.

  39. If there is no traffic then you will earn noting. But there are many ways to bring traffic to your blog. For example social media (facebook, twitter, g+ friend feed etc) is the big way to optimize your blog. Second article marketing is very effective way to bring or attract the visitors. Third is SEO. This is the top way for optimize your blog or website into search engine. All ways are legal ways. If you will do nothing then you will earn no thing. Traffic or visitors are very important for every online website or business.

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