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Eight Reasons To End A Successful Blog

Have you ever thought about walking away from your blog? Yep, just up and going. See ya.

Bloggers before you have done it. I’ve done it (Empty Nest, Emptiness and Moving On), and it never (never) occurred to me I would walk away from a successful blog. At the time, I could envisage no valid reason why I would do so.

Then life.

My musing on the subject turned into an 8-reason essay, which Submittable (the giants of the essay submission platform) liked enough to print on their blog this week.

Why would someone walk away from a successful blog? Here’s your starter for eight:

Read on | Submittable

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  • I enjoyed your post, Mel. It’s not a subject that gets much attention, is it?

    May I add a couple more reasons? I stopped updating Work from Home Wisdom despite loyal advertisers and readers because I had somehow managed to keep it ticking over during several years when most of my energy went into keeping my elderly parents and their home going. After the death of my mother and the move of my father into residential care I just didn’t want any reminders of that painful time.

    And the world had moved on while my attention was elsewhere. Since I started the blog wifi had become available in places we never dreamt of, coworking spaces opened by the score, and working at home become entirely normal.

    A few people grumbled, but by far the majority wished me well. And the blog doesn’t have to disappear. I’ve kept it online so people can access the huge archives, and as a portfolio of my work.

    Life keeps moving us along, blogs included!

    • Yes, you’re right, Judy. Reminders of painful times is a good reason to close those blog pages and move on. Maybe like people, blogs come to us for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I can see me writing on ‘What Mel Did’ for a lifetime as I am authentically me again and creating for me – as grateful as I am my experiences touch or resonate with my readers. On that, I read an interesting article on Medium entitled: ‘To Reach an Audience of Millions, Create for an Audience of One.’ Here’s the link. You may find it interesting. https://medium.com/s/story/to-reach-an-audience-of-million-create-for-an-audience-of-one-4e873b4ac998

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experiences. Mel x

  • Mel I am coming late to this post as is often the way when on a Sunday afternoon I am catching up with some on and offline reading. I went through this scenario only very recently when over Christmas I took a break not just because it was Christmas and it denotes valuable family time, but because it marked a year since my cancer diagnosis and my heart just wasn’t in it. I enjoyed the break so much I questioned returning to it and then as I questioned my reasoning I realised that during the hardest months of my life of surgery and treatment, my blog and my readers gave me invaluable support and comfort of the kind I couldn’t turn my back on. It’s a weird and wonderful world this blogging one for sure. Wishing you a fabulous 2019. x

    • Hello, Jo. Yes, life has a way of getting in the way of reading blog posts! 🙂

      And also, the friendships made have a different flavour and value since these are people with whom we have no baggage and who listen and support us. Ten years ago, I was an online-friendship sceptic. No more. The blogging community has been wonderfully rewarding, one I would now find very hard to give up.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and my best wishes for health and happiness. Mx