It’s pretty much 12 months since I got a bit serious with my blog. By serious I mean growing it, finding readers, writing regularly and dare I say becoming addicted to it.
At the start of the process I read a lot of established bloggers blogs to get tips, hints and tricks. It is blooming useful really and is one top tip to any newbie out there, read, read, read, write, read some more… I found people like Katy, Abi and their Live Love Blog Magazine which I devoured by the hour. One thing I that came up time and time again was:
95% of bloggers fail within the first 6 Months
A shocking stat and one that I could completely understand from my many failed attempts at starting blogs over the past 15 years.
This time though I stumbled upon the parenting blogger community who are to some extent a very friendly and welcoming bunch. There are a few that will jump over you without a second thought but generally everyone wants to help each other out.
I’ve been riding a bit of a roller coaster on my blog and have recently been taking a bit of a back seat and just trying to enjoy it for what it is. A place that is mine, a place I can write, document and share with the people I love who genuinely take an interest in my family and our adventures.
Having time to reflect though has got me thinking of this statement. Do 95% of blogs fail within 6 Months? Really? How on earth would we ever know! Is there some sort of web hosting statistician out there monitoring the word blog? No, I doubt it.
The World Wide Web is a massive ever evolving, ever-growing big old scary place. I don’t think anyone monitors it completely. How could they? Okay, Well maybe it’s not scary but there is a lot of unknown and in the same way that the universe is unknown so is the internet. Yes, I did just compare the Internet to the universe!
Anyway, I digress. I took my foot off my blogging peddle over Christmas and I haven’t really got going with it again. I was addicted to posting blogs regularly trying to grow and get better stats. I asked myself what for?
It certainly wasn’t the money or the glory or even the review items. Some people do make a living from it which is great, and one day I might but right now I have a different agenda. My family. My son.
He’s so young and learning all the time and I don’t want to miss him. I don’t want him to feel he is second best to my lap top. I don’t want to be tired because I was up till 2am making sure I had 5 blogs scheduled for the coming week. I did this last year a lot. It’s not worth it, it’s obsessive.
Why am I writing about this though? Honestly, I’ve felt like giving up and not blogging anymore. Closing me down. After a whole 12 months blogging.
Has 12 Months become the new 6 Months?
Running my linky #FamilyFun I’ve seen a lot of new bloggers start and it always surprises me when they mention how long or should it be short that they’ve been blogging for. I’m also heartened when they break that 6 month stereotype. Another notch against a stat. More and more people seem to be getting past 6 months. It makes me think that the saying needs updating.
The thing is though, getting to 6 Months was easy. Hard work, but easy to maintain. Getting to 12 months almost wiped me out. A blog vs life crisis that needed to compromise…
Almost is what I said so don’t panic, I’m not stopping, I’ve put too much effort in to this to see it end just like that.
So, no, 12 months is probably not the new 6 months because I’m sticking around but by stepping back off the clutch a little it has certainly made me appreciate how far I’ve come. It also gives me chance to watch the others around me achieve all these mini milestones too.
How long have you been blogging? How do you feel about these landmark blogoversaries and the stigmas with it?
Please say I’m not alone with my thoughts of stopping!? No pressure!!
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