It’s Not Too Late: Don’t Give Up On Your Blog!

Don’t give up….just keep on going….the magic will happen!

Have you heard that before?  Are you rolling your eyes because you are absolutely exhausted and the thought of writing one more blog post is enough to send you over the edge?

Well, I am going to say it again….Don’t give up!  Humor me here and keep on reading for a bit!

Don't Give Up

I recently interviewed Brittany Bullen from Mummy Blogger Academy and in that interview she spoke of never giving up when things get tough in blogging.  This comment in her interview sparked a lot more comments about being patient and persistence, about how this is also one of the hardest things to keep motivated with.

It’s easy to say “I will be patient” and “I will keep on going”, but the reality can often be quite different.

It is easy to read these blog posts about how people have kept on going through the struggles, but when you are in them, it can sometimes seem that there is no way out.

Also during that time, you repeatedly see new blog posts being published and people actively engaging on social media and you can feel like that bit of internet space that you fought so hard for is slowly slipping away.

Is this something you can relate to?

Why am I saying this today?

Well, after my last few weeks it is something that has been very close to my heart and despite what you sometimes see ‘on the screen’, I think it is important to know remember that we are all human and we are all going to have those times of struggle.

In fact, you may not be the only one that is struggling.  That post you just saw published and that social media interaction you just viewed could also have been undertaken by someone feeling exactly the same way that you are right now.

So, what happened for me last week?  Blogging Tips 101 published not 3, but 2 posts…GASP!


I ran out of steam that’s why!

I know how important it is to be present in the online community, and be active in groups and on social media, but I just literally did not have the time.

My daughter turned 3 last Tuesday and my husband and I both took the day off work (day jobs), but also made a commitment to not check our phones, emails….anything!  This was 100% focus time to our daughter.  We then had her party on Sunday which whilst was incredibly exciting, was a LOT of work!

As you know, I also run a party website, so I was designing printables to sell at a later date, coordinating the decorating and cooking (I do not cook, so this was a stress in itself!).

Whilst this was going on, we have just started a new business.  A coffee business, because everyone loves coffee right?  We have attended some training and we are really pumped about it….but that time and time to manage extra child care arrangements had to come from somewhere!

On top of everything, my work place (day job) is going through a major restructure.  We are all having to reapply for our jobs, and attend restructure meetings which means we have to work longer hours to get the rest of the work done.  ARGHHH….

I started getting a bit flustered trying to keep up the pace, which only lead to stress….too many 2am bed times, needing to be up by 7 and generally starting to feel a shadow of my former blogging self.

So what did I do?

I accepted that I was being absent, and accepted that the blogging world would go on without me, and realized that NO, my hard work and efforts to date would not be totally wasted, I would simply take a break.

Are my communities still here?  Yes

Have I still been receiving comments on the blog, even though I have not been able to personally return the kindness to comment on theirs?  Yes

Have bloggers such as Nisha Pandy over at SEO Techy World,  Rohit Virtuo at Yeah Blogging and Marc Andrew at Profit Blitz still been asking to feature me on their sites?  Yes

Have all my efforts to date been completely wasted?  No!

I can appreciate that this is a very long way of saying “Don’t give up”, but personal experiences can really help to make this real, rather than just reading words on a screen.

When things get difficult (which they will), take a step back and look at what the important things are.  Are you able to cut back on a post or two a week until you can get on top of things?

What do you think is better….cutting back for a short period of time or stopping altogether because it all got too much?

Let’s opt for the first option shall we?

A few weeks ago I spoke of your blogging “Why”.  This is the reason that will keep things moving for you and when you feel like giving up, focus instead on that WHY.

This is the reason why it is so important to be 100% focused and committed to your blogging why, because when you feel that you have nothing more left to give, you will opt for a ‘break’ or ‘slowing things down’ rather than giving up the ghost altogether.

Do you think that wanting to share information and wanting to connect with new people is enough to stop you giving up when things come crashing down?  I highly doubt it.  That intense why and burning desire inside you will help you to push through those boundaries and come out the other end.

So what are you going to do?

If you feel at burnout, or just simply struggling, take a step back to refresh.  The important thing here however is not to feel guilty about it.  If you feel guilty then you are just going to spend more time stressing about it and as a result wont have a break at all.

It is far better to take a break, recharge those batteries and come back when you are ready.  Keep your blog ticking over with a post here and there, and check in on your communities where you can.  If you are going to be taking an extended break, let people know and keep them updated with your progress.  People will relate because you know why??? They are people too and most likely have been exactly where you are now!

Your Turn:

If you would like some support and coaching to help you through the blogging hurdles, then I encourage you to sign up for our 12 module learn how to blog program.

Have you ever felt that you wanted to give up on blogging?

Have you ever slowed down on your blog to give yourself a breather and recoup?

I would love to hear your experiences, so please share below.

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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

23 Responses to “It’s Not Too Late: Don’t Give Up On Your Blog!”

written by Kerry On 6 October 2014 Reply

I have been blogging now for eight months. I guess we’ll see where I am a year from now, but at this moment I am doing well. I have only gone one week since I started where I posted only once. Every other week has been three or more posts. I have so many ideas and am about to launch a second site. Hopefully I can keep this momentum going.

written by Catherine Holt On 6 October 2014 Reply

If you are already thinking about launching a second site Kerry then it sounds like blogging is certainly working well for you. Staying positive will help a great deal here!! Running more than one website can certainly be challenging, but provided that your headspace is right and you are prepared for the hard work ahead of you, then I’m sure you will do really well.

I appreciate you sharing here today :-)

written by Dennis On 6 October 2014 Reply

What a stressful week that was Catherine! I’m sorta going through that right now so writing got pushed back again but I was able to implement a content calendar with coschedule so thats a win at least.

I loved the story and yeah, we don’t go away. Keep it up! :)

BTW, what’s the coffee business about? Because, all internet marketers/bloggers love coffee. :D

written by Catherine Holt On 6 October 2014 Reply

It’s been a crazy few weeks Dennis, so thanks for sticking around :-) It should start to settle down now over the next week or so, and am aiming to be back on board at full speed :-) Sometimes you just have to allow yourself to take that step back, renergise and refocus!

Ah, yes my coffee business. It certainly helps internet marketers work the long hours….lol. Here is the link to my website: It’s pretty exciting, as it’s ‘healthy coffee’ as it contains Ganoderma (Google the benefits!!). Plus it is available pretty much worldwide, you can buy direct from the site and it is delivered straight to your door. Pretty awesome right?! If you would like to know more, you are welcome to PM me :-) It’s another very exciting venture :-)

written by Dennis On 6 October 2014 Reply

I need to step back myself…sigh. It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes…especially with a pregnant wife. Work priorities are taking a backseat!! And it’s kinda killing me.

I’ll take a look. But it’s practically impossible to receive shipment like that over here. No matter what the workaround is…the local policies here in the Philippines are crap. I’ll end up paying an extra $70 at the end.

BTW, noticed that the site is practically a duplicate of the other subdomains there. If you plan to SEO it, it can be limiting.

written by Catherine Holt On 7 October 2014 Reply

Just wait until the baby arrives Dennis….you can blog in the middle of the night when your wife is up feeding…lol. At the end of the day you have to go at a pace that is workable for you and your family, and this will be different for everyone.

Oh that sounds a pain with Philippine policies. You certainly don’t want to be paying extra for your standard goods! Yes, the site is a duplicate of others and that’s ok. The site has been provided to us purely as one platform for customers to buy through. It’s not a site I will be working on, it is purely a means for people to buy the coffee when they don’t live in the same town as me :-)

written by Dennis On 7 October 2014

Im finding that really challenging. Thanks for the tips and wish me luck! :D

written by Jennifer Abel On 6 October 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine, Interesting post, and you are right in not giving up on things, when things get hard. At time you do need to take a step back for you and your family, and having a “real”job , running a family, plus a blogging business can be full on and things will not fall apart because you take one day off. I have been blogging now for two years and I am just finally getting there with my new blog, this one I will not give up on.

written by Catherine Holt On 6 October 2014 Reply

Sometimes things can just become overwhelming Jennifer, and it’s important to remember that taking a step back can be beneficial. Walking away from a blog and trying to resurrect it at a later time can be challenging. It is far better to keep things ticking over whilst you need the break. Everyone will do things differently, but if you can find a way not to walk away from the blog, then this should be the path chosen!

Thanks for stopping by today :-)

written by Ravi Chahar On 6 October 2014 Reply

Hey Catherine,

You have written an amazing article here.:)

You know there are many people who are in need to be guided by some great and motivational articles. Like you have suggested not to quit.

When I have read an interview taken by you last time then Brittany emphasized at this point like you have mentioned it.

We all know that if you want to achieve your goal then working hard is the key. Consistency is required to boost up any business.

I am glad to know that you were having a great time with your family. Sometimes taking a short break is also good.

Though many bloggers were waiting for you to feature them at your website like Nisha, Rohit and else but still spending time with your daughter on her birthday is memorable.

Work has its own importance but family is our life.

Thanks for this wonderful post.

Hope you are working hard now.:)


written by Catherine Holt On 7 October 2014 Reply

Thanks Ravi. Sometimes it’s good to just write something motivational and not worry about the technical tips side of things!

Consistency is important, and if you can’t keep up a pace it is important not to become dispondent. We all have other commitments and should allow ourselves time to spend on them. Taking a step back, but keeping the blogging still active is still being consistent, just not as indepth. That will be what projects you forward as a successful blogger.

And yes….back on board now for some hard work ;-) Thanks for your awesome comment here Ravi :-)

written by Mandie Sanders On 7 October 2014 Reply

Love this, Catherine!

People start blogs for a number of reasons – they have a lot to say on a particular topic, they want to create an online business, or they’re just looking for a creative outlet. I think a lot of bloggers struggle because they don’t have a clear sense of the purpose of their blog.

If you’re feeling frustrated because you’re not seeing the results you want…mix it up a little! Most bloggers go through quite a bit of trial and error before settling into their stride and really finding their voice.

Also, there is NOTHING wrong with stepping back and taking a break for awhile! Life still needs to happen, after all. Otherwise, how would we find things to write about? :)

- Mandie

written by Catherine Holt On 7 October 2014 Reply

Having a purpose is incredibly important isn’t it Mandie. If you don’t know what your purpose is then how can you achieve it. A lot of bloggers fail to underdstand this and then wonder why they are going around in circles. Set your target firmly in mind and then go for it!!!

But yes, everyone needs to recharge those batteries. Unless you are working with a team of bloggers, managing a site is a full time job and this can become overwhelming over a period of time when you have lots of other commitments in life to attend to. It is at these times that it is important to take a break, scale things down and come back when you are ready. It is far better to do this than give up on your blog prematurely. And your right….doing so gives more things to share in blog content :-)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mandie :-)

written by Rachel On 7 October 2014 Reply

I’ve only been blogging for a couple months and am easing into fairly slowly. Since I work full time and am also doing a couple of writing courses, I can’t allow myself to be distracted by my blog. I’m also enjoying taking the time to write my posts. I guess I’m aiming for quality over quantity. Not that the two have to be exclusive, but that’s my priority. Thanks for the encouragement to keep going! I’m enjoying the journey :-)

written by Catherine Holt On 7 October 2014 Reply

It certainly sounds like you have a lot on your plate too Rachel. Taking things at a steady pace is definitely recommended as it is very easy to burn out in blogging. Continuing to enjoy your blogging is also incredibly important.

The fact that you are keeping the quality of your content high is awesome. That old saying “Content is King” is there for a reason! Keep up the good work :-)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it’s really appreciated :-)

written by Nisha pandey On 8 October 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Thanks for the wonderful topic. I am little late here as I was busy with my baby’s and my birthday celebration.

Yes, I want to feature you because of your writing. High quality writing matters a lot than popularity of blog. As much as our write-ups get popular, automatically our blog will get the popularity.

Featuring each other is a good way of marketing/promotion too.

We both have same condition that blogging with having a small baby which is very difficult to manage with. But, we are doing it.

I also never giving up and keep going with my blog and getting the awesome results too. It’s cool, isn’t it?

Thanks for sharing the wonderful topic. Have a good day!

written by Catherine Holt On 8 October 2014 Reply

Those babies celebrations take up a lot of time don’t they Nisha!! All worth it of course, but if your anything like me, I literally crashed afterwards….it’s exhausting! We had 13 little ones running around on Sunday afternoon, and even with planned games/activities it was still a mad house!

I appreciate you featuring me Nisha, as I appreciate being featured on other blogs too. Networking in blogging is huge and it is such a priveldge to be asked when there are so many bloggers to choose from :-)

Never give up….even when things get difficult. Who knows what is on the other side of that hurdle! And besides, the obstacles as just as fun as the journey.

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts here Nisha, have an awesome week!

written by Ryan Biddulph On 8 October 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Inspiring read!

My blogging career took off after a forced 5 day blogging fast during our trip from Phuket to Savusavu. We were on the plane or in hotels with little internet access so I rolled with it. I never felt clearer, or more relaxed, in my blogging career, and as you noted everything waits for us when we come back to the online world.

Nothing disappears, except much of your worry, and stress, and struggles.

Love your take. My experience has been similar in that during my struggles, surrendering to take a prolonged break has led to clarity of thought and confident, inspired actions which helped me right my blogging ship.

Struggling and forcing your way through stuff doesn’t work. Force negates. Power attracts. Folks who can take extended breaks develop power, and become darn successful by doing so.

Thanks Catherine! Tweeting through Triberr, and signing off from Fiji.

BTW Happy Late Birthday to your daughter!


written by Catherine Holt On 8 October 2014 Reply

Your absolutely right Ryan, if you focus on the struggles, then more struggles will come your way. You attract what you give out. That’s why a bad day turns into a terrible day, because all people are doing is focusing on the negatives. It’s hard to change the shift in thinking, but is so powerful if you can.

Thanks for the happy birthday’s too. My daughter enjoyed every minute of her party and it truly warms the heart :-)

written by Erik Emanuelli On 14 October 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,
never give up!
I would say this to a frustrated blogger, if he wanted to give up.

A website is the best investment online.
Sometimes you just need a little bit more of patience and efforts, to reach your goals.

Thanks for sharing, and have an awesome week, Catherine! :-)

written by Catherine Holt On 14 October 2014 Reply

There are a lot of frustrated bloggers out there arn’t there Erik. I think everyone has been there at some point in time, but it’s those that chose not to give up that can tell their blogging journey. It’s all a matter of what you are prepared to put in and what you are prepared to give up in order to reach your goals!

A website is definitely a great investment, but like all investments they take planning and time to see the rewards. It’s there for those that want it.

I appreciate you sharing here Erik, have a fantastic week!

written by Brittany On 15 October 2014 Reply

I did! Thankfully you talked me out of it :) Now I’m celebrating my one-year blogging anniversary today!

written by Catherine Holt On 15 October 2014 Reply

Congratulations Brittany, that’s an awesome achievement :-)

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