I Abandoned My Personal Blog After Four Years — Here’s Why
It Just Wasn’t Worth It.
Four years ago I fell into a trap.
I like many others was lured in by the many Pinterest pins and blog articles claiming that you can make thousands of dollars each month by blogging. And after four years of blogging, I can tell you this is simply not the case. At least the way I was doing it.
After almost four years of consistently writing each week on my blog, I decided it wasn’t for me anymore. I abandoned my personal blog. Many factors came into play here but it was mostly starting to become a waste of time because nothing was happening.
Week after week, I showed up. I wrote the posts. I used SEO like I was taught to. I did what every other blog was telling me to do. But in the end, it just wasn’t enough.
No one was reading it and I wasn’t making any money.
Sure I would make the occasional beer money from affiliate links. Or someone would send me a nice message in regards to something I had posted. But there wasn’t any money coming in.
I can’t begin to tell you how many articles I’ve read and even ghostwritten for clients about making 5,000–10,000 per month blogging. Even with personal blogs. And that’s simply not the case. At least not my case.
Unfortunately, we are in the age of technology and everyone is on the internet. Everyone wants to be a blogger or a vlogger. Everyone wants to have their name on something. And that makes it tough. It’s a more competitive space than all those pins and videos lead you to believe.
So after four years, I just gave up.
I didn’t give up my love for writing. I will always write. But I did give up on the idea that you can write about your dog every day and make a living. If you’re going to write, especially on the internet, it needs to be beneficial to your readers. And that’s something I had to learn.
The idea that you can make hundreds, even thousands of dollars with a personal blog is absurd. And I can guarantee you that if you see or know someone who’s doing this, it took them a long ass time to get to where they are today. For me, I just didn’t have the energy or time to keep waiting.
There are tons of ways to make money online these days, but having a personal blog isn’t one of them. Know what is and isn’t worth your time.