A year ago I quit blogging, although it wasn’t intentional. A month turned into two and before I could snap my fingers , a year had gone by.
Blogging and life in general is hard, like the saying goes nothing good comes easy and best believe its true. But its easier to give up/quit than to keep striving and pushing.
Anyway I am back now , and I feel more or less like a newbie blogger. A lot has changed since I have been away, there is so much I have learnt since I quit the blogging scene that needs to be tried and applied on my new blog because its 2019 and the goal is to be a blogger boss!
I reasoned that since I aim to share more of my personal struggles and wins on the blog, it would be okay to share a few reasons why I quit blogging. Before I get into that I think a brief reintroduction is needed skinnybrowny.com (formerly skinnybrownie1site.wordpress.com , whew!!! a mouthful I know) is a lifestyle blog centered around natural haircare , DIYs and personal development. Please go through my previous posts and get familiar with my content , I hope that you subscribe and keep coming back.
I quit blogging because : growth comparisons
I quit blogging because I started to compare my growth and social media presence with others, forgetting that we are all running our own race and at a different pace. I think almost everyone can relate to this, its not right to make comparisons but that’s easier said than done. It takes determination , a strong will and sometimes blocking out people who make you feel less of yourself to come out of self comparison and unhealthy competition.
I quit blogging because : I got lost in the crowd –
I started blogging to come out of my comfort zone , share my skills and ability , personal growth and life’s lessons while hoping that everyone who reads (especially women, since most of my content is centered around my abilities as a female) would learn a thing or two and also be encouraged / inspired. I believe that we all have a voice that is relevant and needs to be heard. My blog is a platform created for my voice, I do hope that you find it relevant and applicable .
I quit blogging because : Lack of proper planning to execute goals –
I started out my blog with my phone , which I used for everything at the time as I didn’t have a laptop. I however set personal goals that on or before the blog was two I would get a laptop , a better phone , get a domain name and go self hosted, (Quite a lot since I was still a student and not very realistic now that i think about it) . I guess the main reason my goals were not met at the time was because I did not have a concrete plan on how to achieve the set goals .
Two years later my trusted phone started to act up and it got to me because I didn’t have the resources to get a new one and I still didnt have the money to buy a laptop. (what a life). All of this coupled with the fact that I hadn’t moved to a self hosted domain at the time I set for myself just made me feel like what’s the point ? .
I quit blogging because : Waiting to have it all mentality
In the year twenty eighteen (2018), I determined that come what may I must achieve all my set goals for the blog, so I saved like never before (I also became a B.sc graduate in 2018, yup took me 10 years and 5 months – story for another day) towards buying a laptop, a new phone and going self hosted . This meant no fun outings and no spontaneous buying including hair products.
Did I get a laptop , phone and go self hosted ? Yes I did . My savings coupled with a few donations from family and friends helped me achieve my set goals for 2018 , Although I wasn’t able to achieve my set goals until November 2018. However I do realize now that the joy of achieving goals is in the process and I shouldn’t have let my limitations stop me from blogging , lets be honest a year is a long time to be away and I might as well be starting afresh.
I have learnt that true perfection is a continous process, so instead of waiting for the right time to execute plans and ideas I am going to keep moving and improving myself daily. ”continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection” – Mark Twain
Now i want to try blogging professionally –
I admit that I didn’t know anything about blogging professionally when I started out, I didn’t know money could be made even when you are not Linda Ikeji or bella naija . The bloggers advocate ( they provide paid blog services and free tips to take your blog from basic to top notch ) has however changed my perceptive about blogging and opened my eyes to the opportunities available to bloggers. If you are a blogger looking to up your game, you should check them out on Instagram , you will be glad you did . With this in mind I officially accept the title of professional blogger , I hope that as I keep sharing my voice on here and expanding my reach , the paid opportunities will also start rolling in . Amen
Thank you all for taking the time to read my jumbled thoughts, you probably grabbed popcorn and a drink along the line. I would love to know your thoughts do leave a comment below telling me how you overcame any challenge or tips on how you set and achieve your goals.
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