I have been blogging for four months now. I know, it is not a very long time. But many bloggers give up within the first month or two.
I cannot count how many great travel blogs I have visited, which was just up running for a few months. Then nothing new was posted for over a year.
Actually, it is estimated that around 95 % of bloggers give up.
I can understand well that they do so. And I have lately been questioning why I am still using so much time and energy on my blog.
I have been looking at my blog statistics, and I have been stressing over the numbers. They are not as high as I would like them to be.
Furthermore, I compare myself with other great travel bloggers with high success. Bloggers that have hundreds of thousands subscribers, and millions of visits each year.
Ok, I know it not right to compare my blog with them. I have been blogging for four months, they for years. Things take time. They were where I am today, once too.
That being said, in the beginning, my blog was growing very fast. I was satisfied with my numbers. Then my numbers went down. I lost many of my readers due to change of host. Moreover, leading to lack of motivation.
And most of the time since I started blogging, I have gone around thinking about how I can move my blog to a better place.
I think that this is a normal cycle in the blogging world. All bloggers look at their statistics, thinking about how dismal they are (even if they are not). I guess everyone wonder at some point why they keep on blogging. And many bloggers quit sharing their words with the world.
Furthermore, the competition in the travel blogging world is very high. Every year there are thousands of bloggers with the same hope and only a few come out on top. So what is the chance to succeed? It is very small!
When saying that I am giving up blogging. It does not mean that I will give up my blog. No, I will still publish, and I will be sharing my words about the places and the people I have met during my trips to my faithful followers, which I appreciate very much!
But I will be giving up worrying about page views. I will give up focusing on numbers of comments for each post. I will be giving up comparing myself with other successful bloggers, and trying to figure out “rules of blogging” and SEO.
But I am not giving up learning about writing, and reading great blogs written by amazing writes. I am still going to give the world my words on this blog, because it is something I love to do!