Why I Almost Gave Up Blogging – A Guest Post By Samantha Smith @sam50something

When I started blogging in January 2017, I thought it would be easy, I was wrong! I had no idea what was involved or should I say, how difficult I had made it.

I began by writing a blog post then paced the room after I’d hit the publish button while wondering how on earth I could delete it. Then something magical happened… I got my first ‘Like’. 

I remember beaming from ear to ear. Someone had read my initial blog post and actually bothered to press the ‘Like’ button. Not only that, but I began getting a few comments and followers. I was officially a Blogger!

So, what next? 

I read books on blogging, spent some money on courses and started to read, follow and interact with others. I was a happy blogger and loving it.

I only had a few followers and was only following a few others.

This meant I had the time to write and also read and enjoy other blogs, commenting and interacting, but I was about to hit a very steep learning curve; one which would lead me to feel anxious and guilty.

The Social Media bug

I’d set up my FaceBook page more or less as soon as I started blogging, which was easy enough as I already used FaceBook and knew how it worked. But then there was; Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Flipboard and many more social media platforms, some of which I had never heard of, but apparently, ‘I was missing out if I didn’t join’ or so I read somewhere, so felt pressurised to set myself up on them all.

#blogging #socialmedia #bloggingtips

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I was also learning, ‘very slowly’ about the ‘admin’ side of my blog, (behind the scene’s), and this could also take a lot of time.

Follow for a follow?

I started gaining followers quite quickly, which was fantastic and so very exciting and, of course, started following many other bloggers, which meant more interaction – reading, liking and commenting.

It was ok at first. I was keeping up while also learning new things every day, but after a while, it was all beginning to get a little overwhelming. I was feeling anxious, in fact, worried about not keeping up and guilty that I didn’t have time to read other peoples’ blogs as well as interact.

I had so much to write about on my blog. The content has never been a problem for me, but ‘Time’ has.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

It was getting to me. I could literally spend a whole day reading other peoples’ blogs and interacting on social media while beginning to lose focus on my own writing.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

I was only a few months in, and I nearly gave up. However, it was Hugh who gave me some great advice. I can’t particularly remember the exact words, but basically, he advised me to ‘take a step back, breathe and remember why I’d started blogging in the first place’. 

He made me realise that blogging should be enjoyable. If it was not, then something had to change.

Shortly after, he published a blog post that had a big impact on me.

‘IS NOW THE TIME FOR WORDPRESS TO REMOVE THE NUMBER OF ‘LIKES’ FROM VIEW ON ALL BLOG POSTS?’.  

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This hit home with me, as he explained how he’d felt that same ‘drowning’ feeling which I’d experienced. Hugh also explained how he had played the ‘click-happy like game’, as he called it, which is liking a blog post without even reading it. 

Hands up – Guilty! Yes, I’ve been there, done that as I was going through my ‘stressed, can’t keep up, anxious stage’. Silly really, why ‘Like’ something which you haven’t read? For me it was simple, if I didn’t have time to read, then ‘Liking‘ would at least show some support, wouldn’t it? 

The number of ‘likes’, when I first started, was very important to me, but now it’s more about commenting and communicating.

When the fun and enjoyment returned.

I took Hugh’s advice and I am definitely more relaxed and enjoying my blog again.

I take my time with writing as I am not someone who writes every day. I feel good if I get four blog posts out a month, although I admire those who can write daily along with commenting and fully interacting on social media, but have realised I am not one of those people. I have learnt to stop trying, and I now work at my own pace.

If I don’t have the time to be on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. every day then so be it. I’ll get to it when I can.

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Three years in.

I’m into my third year now, and although I do still get a little anxious and overwhelmed, I have realised that I enjoy my blog.

I have put such a lot of hard work into it and have learnt that the blogging community is wonderful.

The first few years had its ups and downs, but I’m glad I didn’t give up. I have learnt such a lot and met interesting, helpful people, both in person and through the internet.  

There are some great bloggers out there, all of which, I’m sure, totally understand what I’m talking about and so will fully understand if it takes me a while to get to their blog posts or in fact, if I miss one.

I now read peoples’ blog posts when I can get to them. Yes, I may be a little late sometimes, but if I’m reading a blog post, then I will read it properly and leave a comment.

I may have a hectic life, but I am happy with it.

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or making yourself feel guilty about blogging?  

If I were to give one piece of advice to a new blogger who was feeling a little overwhelmed, it would be to listen to Hugh’s advice; Take a step back, breathe and remember why you started blogging in the first place. 


Blogger and writer Samatha Smith.

Photo © – Samantha Smith.

Bio: Samantha Smith

Hi, I’m Sam, and my blog is Loving the fifty something, which is about hitting midlife with positivity and living life to the full.

Along with my partner, Jon, two dogs and two cats, we live on a wide beamed canal barge in Yorkshire, UK. You can read more about our boat here

Photo © – Samantha Smith.

As well as barging about, we have a camper van called Polly in which we’ve had many adventures. We like to travel when we can, which usually involves certain activities such as walking, snowboarding or mountain biking. 

I hope that we can inspire others to make their midlife journey an adventure too.

Sam would love to connect with you here:

Blog:-  Loving The Fifty Something

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My thanks to Sam for writing this guest post.

Have you ever been stressed out with blogging? How did you deal with it? Do you have any questions or comments for Sam? Please leave them in the comments box. She would love to hear from you. (No comments for Hugh, please).

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139 comments

  1. Thank you Sam and Hugh for sharing this! I was so relieved after reading your post! I started blogging about 1 year ago and read an article that a blog must have something fresh everyday. Initially I had fun writing everyday but weeks later, I found myself struggling to find something to write. Blogging for fun had actually became a chore! The worst feeling was nobody read and like my blog! I was so disappointed and felt useless, so I gave up blogging completely.
    Now I learnt to take it easy and take control of my own blog. I had a sad childhood and by writing helps me emotionally and step out of self pity. I started writing again 2 weeks ago and your excellent post has reinforce the strength to continue blogging!
    Thank you so much!😎

    1. Hi, thank you for reading and I’m pleased this blog post has helped you. Hugh’s advice, which helped me, should help you too, although it sounds like you’ve already ‘stepped back and remembered why’ you started blogging in the first place. Really pleased you started blogging again! 😊🌸

  2. Thanks for sharing this. And you’re right… blogging is a LOT more time-consuming than I ever thought it would be. But you’re also right that we all need to take a step back and remember why we started in the first place.

  3. I can so relate! My enthusiasm easily out did both my time and energy. I had to regroup. And regroup again in order to figure out a system that worked for me. I have never been overly concerned about the number of likes, because my main reason for blogging is interacting with other bloggers. But it takes awhile to find those who also make interacting a priority. (I am always amazed when I run across those bloggers with the comments turned off.) I’m coming up on a year of blogging (this time).

    1. Thank you Michelle, yes I agree, interacting with other bloggers is very rewarding & also I find, very helpful too in some instances, as I learn a lot from other bloggers. Congratulations on your first year blogging!

  4. Hi Sam, I found your post on Esme’s #sensisal… I’ve been blogging for a year now and it is alot of work. I can’t keep up with all the blog post comments, I have blogs I follow that I haven’t read in weeks. Not because I don’t want to, but I’m writing two blogs, writing a novel and have two small children. The time to read through the wordpress reader is rarely there, so all I can do is my best. Still a year later I do get excited by comments on my blogs, and will respond to comments.

    Blogging is alot of work and it is easy to drown in social media, I now focus on my Facebook page and Twitter. For now I haven’t got time to work out Pinterest and I’m not social sharing as much as I used too.. trying to fit in life around writing and blogging.

    Well done Sam on three years!

    1. Hi, thank you and well done you on your first year! It’s not easy is it? I totally understand what you’re saying, but you can only do what you can do, I have learnt not to let it get me down any more. Like you, I have a busy life and do what I can when I can 😊 Thank you for reading and commenting

  5. Hi Sam: I’m visiting from Esme’s link up. I’m glad you figured out ways to keep blogging fun. I’ve blogged about once a week and haven’t got any burnout yet 🙂 #senisal

  6. *shaking my head in agreement* Such a wonderful post and I’m grateful you put it out there. People need to know that they don’t have to have superpowers. There is only so much time in a day. Not being able to interact as we’d like to doesn’t make us bad friends or bloggers. We show support whenever we can and that’s wonderful!

    Thank you for this great reminder of keeping balance where it’s needed!

  7. I’ve been blogging for 13 years now, and I know what you mean. I feel blogging is interactive, so there’s some interaction with other blogs–but then one could read and comment on other blogs all day and never get anything else done. And they’re good blogs, yet…one has to do life. It’s a continual need for balance. I don’t try to do all the social media. I’ve heard advice to just choose 2 or 3 social media avenues to spend the most time on, and that helps.

    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for reading and yes I think it was all the social media stuff which was getting to me. You can’t possibly keep up with it all, unless you pay other people to help you or if you’re a robot! Balance is key and remembering it should be fun 🙂 I’ve cut down on my social media time and it has helped me. Thank you 🙂

  8. Loved this, Sam. I have been blogging for almost 2 years now and I have gone through the same things. I think many bloggers can relate. Thanks for letting us know that we are not alone in feeling anxious and expressing the need to let it go. Blogging is not a job – it’s supposed to be fun!

    1. Absolutely Laurie. I’ve been amazed at how many people ‘Bloggers Burnout’ has affected and I guess I got swept away with the guilt of not being able to keep up. Stand back and breathe…it works 🙂 And like you say, remember it should be fun 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      1. I just took an enforced blogging break when I was walking the Camino in Spain for 2 weeks and had no access to a computer. Then I came home and could not get back in the blogging habit again. Just began posting again last week after almost a month.

        1. Yes once you’re out of a routine and had a good break, it’s always difficult to get back to it, especially when there’s only you to motivate yourself. Glad you’re back blogging and hope you had a wonderful time 😀. Thank you for reading

  9. Thank you, Sam and Hugh, for this excellent post. This is a topic we all can use at some point. I knew at the outset, nearly ten years ago, that I would never be able to keep up a blogging frequency greater than once a week for the long haul, so I never even attempted it. Turns out, once a week (every Thursday) was perfect for me. I visit lots of other blogs, but not more than once a week. If someone wants to post every day, more power to them, but I can only visit them once a week.

  10. Loads of comments here Sam!! Obviously all bloggers can relate to what you’re saying. I think we all hit a point where we have to figure out which bits of blogging we like and which bits we leave behind. I love the interaction, but I’m also struggling with all the commenting and replying to comments etc. I’m not sure what the answer is, other than to focus on the fact that blogging for me is a lovely hobby and it should be fun, if the fun starts to dwindle then I back off a bit. I post less these days and that helps keep things under control. Lovely seeing you on Hugh’s blog. 🙂

    1. I’m absolutely amazed at how many people this ‘Bloggers Burnout’ has affected Leanne, terrible isn’t it, although I feel better that I’m not alone! Yes, it’s about figuring out what works for you and remembering that blogging should be fun and not a chore 🙂

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