Why I don’t quit blogging?

Ah, November is here. How is this year passing by so fast? I’ve been painfully aware of my dwindling stats on here over the past 2 months. I haven’t been around as much, so it makes sense but still bothers me a lot. At some point over the past few weeks, I started to think about quitting, since I was drowning in work and personal stuff. As much as I didn’t want to miss out on the blogging world, real world took precedence. Blogging has been a hobby that has become a whole second job – it takes a lot of time and effort to keep a blog running even though the monetary returns are nil.

So why didn’t I quit?

This is my safe space

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I don’t like being vulnerable with people. I know it’s terrible but I just can’t bring myself to tell people around me about all the crazy things that go on in my head. This blog has been my safe space to share the sad, the vulnerable and the crazy thoughts I have. It’s gotten me through my anxiety ridden days of COVID. I feel safe sharing my experiences in this (mostly) judgement free space. I also love when people relate and share their own experiences – makes me feel less weird.

All the amazing people I’ve met on here

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It is the amazing bloggers on here that got me addicted to blogging and while some are not so active on here anymore, there are new friends who’ve joined my list of cheerleaders. I didn’t think that I’d make good friends on here but there are a bunch of bloggers that I try to keep in touch with through other mediums. These friends have been so supportive of my journey on here and in general. They are a big reason I haven’t quit. I really hope to meet them in person in the future.

A hobby that isn’t just a hobby

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Blogging is a hobby and probably one of the few hobbies that I have stuck out with. While it takes as much work as a full time job, I still feel like putting in that work. I used to write a lot when I was younger but lost that part of me during my corporate job days only to rediscover it during lockdown 1.0. I love that I have a hobby that I am addicted to and find hard to quit on. I may not be very good at it but I still love writing.

I love blogging and I am going to keep at it. I know a lot of people have been struggling to keep up with blogging especially with life going back to almost normal. I see a lot of my favourite bloggers not being active or taking a hiatus. While I totally support taking a break from time to time – I hope this post inspires a few to not give up on blogging. I know it’s hard for me to keep up these days but I’m going to manage my time better and start on this blogging 2.0 journey. Hope you’ll join me on this journey too. β™₯️

PS: Sam and I were chatting recently on Telegram and I had this random thought to start a Telegram group for blogger friends. We can find bloggers to collaborate with/guest posts and in general discuss ideas and share our posts with each other on there. It will also be a great way to motivate each other through writer’s blocks. It won’t be a very big group – just a close knit blogging group. Do let me know if you like the idea and I’ll make the group and share the link with you. πŸ™‚

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43 Comments Add yours

  1. cheriewhite says:

    Lovely post! And I couldn’t agree more. ❀ I've been blogging for almost six years and, like you, I've met some awesome people here at WordPress. I wouldn't dream of quitting now! I don't like to say goodbye. πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      6 years – wow!! It’s definitely the blogging family that has kept me hooked – hoping I can keep up with it. πŸ™‚

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      1. cheriewhite says:

        I hear you! It’s hard to keep up with sometimes.

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    2. Wonderful six good years keep it up and never quit

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      1. cheriewhite says:

        Thank you so much. And I won’t quit. I can’t quit! ❀

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      2. Wow love your stand wish you all the best

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  2. https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

    I totally agree with you about life resurfacing and taking up more time now! During the pandemic I spent a year blogging daily, writing positive posts. Work seems to take up a lot of my mental bandwidth and it now takes me days to write or rewrite posts so my out put has definitely lessened! I’m not thinking of quitting, but it takes more effort to get a post finished now!

    I’d be interested to join a group you might start even if I’m not familiar with Telegram?!

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  3. Amruta says:

    Don’t quite…you are one of the awesome people I met here…..your blog are best….keep going…

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Aww, thank you so much! Really means a lot! πŸ™‚

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  4. Blogging is not easy and requires a lot of time…important is not to let it become a second job, because then it’s easier to quit…when needed, take your break and always remember why you’ve started blogging in the first place πŸ˜‰ The community and friendships are priceless πŸ˜‰

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  5. Nehal Jain says:

    I know right! I hope the bloggers who don’t wanna come back to blogging to reconsider their decision…blogging is fun! It’s a big distraction from reality and a stress reliever!!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Agreeed! Its been kind of meh with so many people AWOL. Hoping the blogosphere returns to normality sooon.

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  6. Yes please don’t ever stop!!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– And love the Telegram idea, yes! xoxox

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yess! Sharing the link with you shortly! πŸ™‚

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  7. Katie says:

    Love the idea of a blogging group!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yayay! Will share the link with you shortly! πŸ™‚

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  8. winteroseca says:

    I love the idea of Telegram, especially for entrepreneurs who are bloggers!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yayay! Will share the link with you tonigh (IST).

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      1. winteroseca says:

        Cool!

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  9. Wonani says:

    I relate so much to β€œa hobby that isn’t a hobby”. It’s quite hard to explain to my friends how I get so stressed about something that I could simply… quit. πŸ˜‚

    I’m glad you didn’t stop. Never stop. Lol.

    Also, I love the Telegram idea!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I KNOWWW! No one understands this level of commitment to a “hobby”. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Thank you!

      Sharing the link with you tonight (IST). πŸ™‚

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  10. Blogging does take a lot of time! Now that things are getting a little more normal, it has been something that I have had to weigh as well. I like to keep my commitments to a minimum and by continuing to blog I have to say no to something else. I agree with you though that blogging has become more than just a hobby. I enjoy writing, the community, and the feeling that I am helping others.

    I’m glad that you decided to continue blogging as well. I always enjoy reading your posts!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! πŸ™‚

      While I used to find time on the weekend to write blogs for the week, it has been harder these past few months. I’m hoping I get back to my blogging schedule soon.

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  11. nushhe says:

    totally agree! loved this post😊

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  12. SamSahana says:

    Even if you have such thoughts, I hope, wish and know you won’t act on them. Once you monetise your blog, you might expect some monetary rewards perhaps. I’ll remember to click on all ads πŸ™‚ There are always more reasons to keep going than to quit. I guess you’re not the only one whose stats are taking a dip. I’m sure it’s the case with a lot of people, as many bloggers who usually enjoy as much as 300+ likes on their posts within seconds of publishing seem to have hardly half that these days. Many people are taking vacations but I hope with all my heart they’ll be back soon.
    PS: I’m all in for the Telegram group! It’s a fab idea. πŸ˜€

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Ahhh – holding on for now and hoping it gets better! πŸ™‚

      Telegram group starts tonight!

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  13. bosssybabe says:

    Moksha, I think it’s amazing that you’re recognizing how much you give to this blog and community, and that sometimes a break is much-needed. I hope your feel renewed bc we would miss you if you stopped telling us everything happening over there and your life! πŸ™‚

    Blogging has helped me centre myself, focus on what’s important and also meet so many other amazing people that I don’t think I would have otherwise met if not for the blogosphere! πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ™Œ

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      It feels so so good to be connected with such wonderful people from across the globe! It is also more amazing to realize how despite different cultures a lot of what we go through is so similar. This blogosphere is amazing! πŸ™‚

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  14. Pavithra says:

    Aww this is such a lovely post πŸ’œ
    As a blogger who has thought of 1000 reasons to quit blogging but still haven’t, I can compltely agree with you. Even besides my busy schedule, I still blog because it’s my safe space and I’ve got some amazing friends out here.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yesss! Same!!! Love the blogging family so much – they make it worth all the trouble. πŸ™‚

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  15. This is so well presented! I started blogging this year at 61, as a challenge to myself to be more open and vulnerable in my journey to an authentic life. Writing, and the blogging community here, have helped me tremendously. I don’t check my stats, or do what I should do to increase engagement. I’ll take a break when I need to. I’m still a recovering social media avoider, lol 😁, but am so glad to have connected with you and others here on WP. Thank you!❀

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  16. cathyishappy says:

    Be kind to yourself! It’s OK to take a break sometimes, it’s OK to worry about your stats, it’s OK to not feel inspired. Just be you. You inspire so many of us. I love your blogs and I think you are a very genuine, authentic writer. The group sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

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  17. Jane Doe says:

    Reading this post has inspired me to keep going. I am new to the blogging world and WordPress, but I love to write, so I write when I feel inspired to do so. One thing that has pushed me is to just keep going. As Dory said in Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming!”

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    1. Wow this post has given me hope to keep going, keep blogging and helping people with my ideas thanks so much

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      1. Jane Doe says:

        😊 You’re welcome!

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  18. I was surprised to discover that I have developed a comradery with other blogs and bloggers over the 2 plus years I’ve been at it. I also think most folks thinks of stopping. It is a commitment and can be a drain but that can mean that one is putting something valuable from themselves into each post. Thanks!

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  19. I never dream to become a blogger or writer. but there are a lot, of ideas I want to share. and now planning to be serious also. to become a career. anyway great content you have, and nice to meet you.

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  20. It takes a lot of time, but if it’s important to you, keep blogging.

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  21. Lovely post friend. You have said it mouthful. Nothing beats the community we have created here on WordPress. Whenever I think about quitting, I think of all the relationships and the kind of an effort and time I’ve invested here and I immediately come back to my senses. For a longest I wanted to quit especially when I saw how my blog took a knockoff. But im glad im back on my feet now.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I’m so glad that you didn’t quit. I’ve been feeling quite meh too with the drop in engagement by others and me too. Here’s hoping things are upwards from here. ❀️

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