Should I Shut Down My Blog and Quit Blogging?

Should I shut down my blog and quit blogging? If you’ve spent any period of time blogging, you’ve probably asked yourself this question hundreds of times. I know I have.

It is a LEGIT question, especially if you don’t love what you do OR you don’t feel that you will ever be compensated fairly for the time you put it.

should i shut down my blog and quit blogging

Should I Shut Down My Blog and Quit Blogging?

What I want to do in the paragraphs below is share some simple questions you should ask yourself before you make the decision to keep blogging, or shut down your blog and quit blogging.

Why am I blogging in the first place?

Many people start a blog because it sounded like a good idea. In many cases, they didn’t put a lot of thought into it BEFORE they got started. You really need to take some time and figure out why you are blogging in the first place? What motivates you? WHY are you doing it? The answer to this question will give you clarity.

What is my end game?

Every blogger needs an end game. Is your end game to make enough money to replace your job income? Is it to simply share your message or passion with others? Or, is it to eventually sell your blog for big profits? Be honest with yourself and answer this question.

Do I love to write and I do I love my niche?

Do you love to write? Do you love your niche? Is your work enjoyable or a chore? I understand there are good and bad days for everyone, but do you enjoy what you do MOST of the time? If not, shutting down your blog or selling it might be your best option.

Is there a BETTER way I could reach your audience?

If you’re blogging because you are passionate about something, that’s cool. What you need to determine is if there is a better way to reach your audience. For example, would it be better to have a YouTube channel? Or, would it be better to have live seminars? Or, would it be better to write for a magazine? Or, would it be better to find a new job in a niche you are passionate about?

Could I OUTSOURCE some of my work?

At some point in time, you will burn out or max out. It happened to me and I know it will happen to you. If you’re trying to do EVERYTHING yourself, you will burn out or max out.

If there are certain tasks that you really don’t enjoy, could you hire a virtual assistant or freelancer to help you with it? I hired someone for about $3 per hour, in the Philippines, and they have saved me a ton of time and made blogging much more enjoyable.

Some bloggers even decide to outsource EVERYTHING on their blog. They take on the role of project manager, but have others write articles, edit articles, create photos, share their content on social media, etc.

Why am I frustrated?

This is a great question. Why are you thinking about shutting down your blog in the first place? Is it because you aren’t making enough money? Is it because you just don’t have the time to blog and do your job? Or is it because your traffic and income aren’t what you want them to be?

Is there a better way to make money online?

This is a great question you have to ask yourself. If you are determined to make money online, blogging is a good strategy, but it’s also one of the hardest and slowest strategies. Why? Because it takes a lot of time and effort to create great content, get ranked high in the search engines, and build an audience that knows, likes and trusts you. There are faster ways to make money online than blogging.

Do I have realistic expectations?

I saved the best for last. Most bloggers have unrealistic expectations. That’s why most blogs get abandoned in 90-days or less. It’s a sad reality. As a blogger, don’t expect to make a penny your first year.

It normally takes a few years to make a profit in ANY type of new business. That is normal. Yes, you can be profitable sooner, but don’t expect it. Blogging is a LONG-TERM game.

A successful blog is built over a period of five to ten YEARS, not a few months. Unrealistic expectations are the # 1 reason people quit blogging, in my opinion.

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Your Alternatives to Shutting Down Your Blog

Rather than shutting down your blog, you do have a few options.

# 1 Outsource

Outsourcing is the best thing I ever did with my blogs. My only regret is not doing it sooner. Even if you don’t think you can afford to outsource, I’d argue that you can’t afford not to.

Make a list of the top 20 to 50 tasks you do for your blog each week and identify any tasks that you don’t enjoy or any tasks you could hire a virtual assistant to do for you.

Hire your first virtual assistant and try it for a month. Test out a few different virtual assistants as needed. Once you find someone good, you can outsource more work and get your time back.

# 2 Blog Less

Another option is simply to blog less. Slow down your posting frequency. Instead of blogging three to seven times per week, blog once per week. Do that for a few months and assess the situation. This will free up a lot of your time.

# 3 Sell Your Blog

Your third option is to sell your blog. For most people, this is a viable option. There are websites online where you can list your website for sale. Even a small website that doesn’t get a ton of traffic or generate much income is worth something to someone.

Whether your blog is worth a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars, it is worth something. Selling your blog is much better than just throwing away all of your hard work and shutting down your blog.

# 4 Take a Month Off

Your final option is just to take a month off from blogging. Walk away from your blog for 30-days. Focus on other aspects of your life. At the end of the 30-days, come back to your blog and ask yourself if you want to keep pressing forward or move on to something else. 30-days off should give you enough clarity to make a reasonable decision.

Final Thoughts

Only you know what is best for you. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to shutting down your blog and quitting blogging. My best advice is don’t be brash and make a quick decision without putting much thought into it.

In summary, these are my thoughts as to whether or not you should shut down your blog. What are your thoughts? What do you think? Leave a comment below to let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

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47 thoughts on “Should I Shut Down My Blog and Quit Blogging?

  1. This is a big issue you are tackling here. Indeed, many people struggle with blogging, mostly, in my opinion, because they started for the wrong reasons. 

    One cannot be an artisan without doing great work. And, as Steve Jobs said, “the only way you can do great work, is to love what you do”. 

    You really need to find your “why”, your inspiration, the reason that you started blogging in the first place. Who are you are talking to, what problem are you trying to solve and how will you solve it? 

    I have found myself constantly thinking about that. Refining the why. The how and the what will follow. Inspiring post. 

    Thanks, 

    Marios

    • It’s true, when you love your niche it makes a big difference. It doesn’t mean you will be successful, but it definitely helps. If you’re just blogging in hopes of getting rich quick, you will more than likely fail. Just my two cents. 

  2. Okay I really want to be a blogger. But I am not much of a writer. I know I can actually pay some good writers on a freelancing site like FIVERR and come out with something amazing. 

    I don’t just have the balls to start up something I may not be able to continue. I don’t want to to get stuck trying. 

    What should I do, Chuck? Should I give it a try or wait until I am more confident that I can do it?

    • Starting a blog is like having a kid. You are never truly ready for it. You just adapt and change and do what needs to be done. 

      I say, why not try it out? Give yourself one year. Do something every day to build your blog. Outsource what needs to be done.

      At the end of one year, one of two things will happen. You will either love blogging and want to continue OR you will have a blog that you can sell for a few thousand dollars (more than likely).

      Really, you have nothing to lose. 

  3. Hello there, the same type of thing happened to me when I first started blogging. I just assumed that if I had a Blog it would generate traffic and generate income. I was wrong, the amount of effort required to create a successful blog depended on perseverance more than unique creativity. I looked into outsourcing as well but still found that it takes the same amount of time to build an income. Instead I choose to slow down blogging as you suggested, once per week or even two weeks. I also treated it more like a hobby than a job, this way I didn’t have high expectations that could discourage me early on. Working on it leisurely has worked best for me because I know it will eventually get large enough to earn an income as long as I keep it up to date.

    • Great story, Vince. Slow and steady definitely works. Even working on your blog just a few hours per week can pay off in a few short years. 

  4. I am lucky enough that my main blog is simply a passion of mine – I’m not doing it to make money and I’m under no illusion that millions of people are flocking to read my wit and wisdom. I simply love writing about a subject that I’m passionate about. If others enjoy it, then great. But I do understand that there are people who get frustrated and think of quitting. I think that your #4 point is actually the best one – take time off from blogging. Quite often, this results in diving back into it with renewed passion and hope. Failing that, it’s always good to know that someone somewhere might be willing to pay for all the hard work already put in up until now…. interesting… ££££ 🙂 Thanks!

    • Great wisdom in your response. Taking some time off from blogging once in a while is good for the mind, body and soul. Whenever I take a break, I come back with clarity and more energy. And yes, cashing out by selling your blog is often a good option. Even if you sell a website for just a few hundred dollars, that’s better than getting nothing at all. 

  5. Great content and information! I never thought about outsourcing blog related tasks but that does make sense because I still have a full time job and work 8 to 10 hours a day. What are the common tasks people outsource?

    Also, it’s good to know that there are places we can sell blogs. Can you recommend a few websites that handle sales?

    Thank you!

    • Some of the blogging tasks you can outsource include:

      Writing posts

      Editing posts

      Creating images

      Social media sharing and updates

      Replying to comments

      Fixing broken links

      And much more!

      The most popular website for selling blogs and websites is probably flippa.com

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  6. Thinking of shutting down or quitting a blog only comes into the picture when you are not getting the results you want. If your blog is doing well and you are happy “blogging” you surely will not think of closing it down. 

    However, what turned most people off is the expectation. They expect to start making money in just a few months. Blogging is a long term investment. 

    • Exactly. Having realistic expectations is quite perhaps the best advice I can give ANY new blogger. If you start blogging and have an employee mindset, it will be a struggle. You are not trading hours for dollars. You are building an asset. Most businesses take at least 1-2 years just to make any profit. If you aren’t willing to commit at least two to five years to a blog, don’t even get started to begin with. 

  7. If you love to write and you love your topic, blogging is for you.

    Some people might think they love a niche until they start researching and writing about it every day. 

    Plus, over a period of time our interests do change. 

    There might come a point where I decide to sell of my blog and do something else, but for now I love what I do. 

    • Good for you. Loving your niche and loving to write are two important factors in building a successful blog. 

  8. This is an interesting read. I have a blog and although I have not gotten tired or frustrated with it – I find your alternatives very appealing. I never thought you could outsource some of the work of the blog, but it’s very tempting. Do you happen to have any reviews for virtual assistants? Or where on the internet I can find these people? Thank you.

    • Glad I could be of help. I hire my virtual assistants on Upwork.com. There are many there to choose from, plus you can read through the reviews to see who will best fit your needs. The sooner you start outsourcing the faster your blog will grow. That’s my experience. 

  9. This is the question that I always asked myself. Last month I felt like there was no hope, didn’t generate much traffic, made only $2 in commission from Awin, and Amazon rejected me. It was so overwhelming, I think I wanted to quit blogging because I was upset with my performance the most.

    I have asked myself all those questions. I can answer all of them and in a positive way as well. Do I like to write? Yes. Do I love my niche? Yes. Personally in my case It was more like a phase, the feeling of giving up for me just comes and goes. Mostly from other aspects of my life that have influenced my perception on blogging. Such as, had a bad day, hormones, family etc. 

    Now I set myself up for a reasonable goal, I try to write a post every week, but if something came up, I will not beat myself up for it. Luckily I still have my full-time job which can pay the bills. 

    I will not give up just yet though. I set my goal that if I am not successful as an affiliate marketer within 2 years (such as $2 commission) then I will quit. As for now I am only 6 months in so not just yet 🙂

    • You definitely have to pay your dues and learn.

      In most traditional businesses, that’s the point where they make their first dollar of profit: about two years. 

      People come online and forget that it is a BUSINESS, just like a traditional business. You have to pay your dues, learn, make mistakes and get established.

      Patience is a virtue. Having realistic expectations is a virtue. 

  10. Shutting down your blog or quitting blogging is an easy option a lazy person will take. Many people start blogging with great expectations of making it big time without thinking of the work and time it takes for a blogger to get there. Once they realize how much time it takes, or when the expected cash isn’t coming in, shutting down and quitting sets in…

    • Definitely. You need to be patient. Have faith, put in the work and stay the course. I would ague that if you aren’t willing to do it for at least five years, you probably shouldn’t even get started. Building a successful business, blog, or website takes time, money and patience. 

  11. I have two websites set up, and I spend an unreasonable amount of time working on them, but in all honesty, there’s nothing I ‘d rather be doing right now. I’m home full-time now, so I have the time to devote.  

    I’m not saying I don’t have a life, I do. I babysit my grandchildren during the day, so when we’re home, I’m usually on my laptop (they’re two), but we do go out for outings a lot.  

    During the evening, I spend time with my parents or my friends a few nights a week, but other than that, you’ll find me working on my websites. It’s like a creative outlet for me. 

    I think I do get overwhelmed sometimes with so many moving parts, but I just purchased a journal the other day at the book store, and so I’m writing weekly to-do’s, goals and daily to-do’s so I make sure I devote enough time to each important aspect and don’t neglect anything.

    As far as outsourcing, do you use Fiverr? I have definitely thought of training a virtual assistant to place my posts on my social media accounts. Do you pay by the hour or by the job? I think that would make sure my posts are out there, and it would definitely free up a great deal of my time to devote to writing content and now creating videos.

    • When you own a website, there is a ton of work to do. I found my virtual assistant on Upwork.com. I pay her $4 per hour. She does tons of things for me, which frees up a ton of my time. She handles my graphics, sharing stuff on social media, editing posts, replying to comments and more. 

      Learning how to manage your time properly, outsource and delegate is very important. 

  12. I like blogging and writing. I did ask myself the question about continuing it when I got writer’s block for a while. I suppose I could outsource eventually, but right now I am still learning many things and I would always want to know what to tell other people to do. So I did take a break to refresh my mind. I’m not making any money yet, but that is okay. I was not expecting it to happen to quickly.

    • Nothing wrong with taking a break from blogging to collect your thoughts and refresh. You should definitely consider outsourcing. It can free up a ton of time and it isn’t overly expensive. 

  13. I used to run marathons in my younger days. There was always this proverbial ‘Wall” that hit you, often near the end of the event. At that point, you had to decide to give in to the muscles, the mind, the air around you, others also giving up, and etc or…not.

    Blogging is similar in some aspects. There will come a point for most people (not all but these are the exceptions not the rule) when you start to question the veracity of what you are doing. Is it worth this much work? Could I be earning more doing something else? Could I be earning SOMETHING doing another line or work? 

    It really is a break-point when this happens. Many will give up. Some will stick with their plan and not give up. Overall, if you have followed a trusted and proven strategy and plan that others have followed, you will succeed, is my experience. I too have gone through the same self-doubt.

    In my opinion, give up when you die, not before. Of course, some evaluation and correction may be in order, but give up? Never. Good post, many people may find themselves in this spot and this will help get them through the rough periods. Never give up!

    • You always have your darkest hour before you have your biggest breakthrough. 

      Expecting and anticipating the pain and struggles makes it easier. Like you said, most will give up. But the people who stick with it will be glad that they did. 

  14. This is a great article and one I think every blogger should read. Like you said most people think making money online is fast and easy — but end up quitting way to soon when they don’t get results.

    Now you said 5-10 is normal to make a profit, and while I agree it can take time to rank and make money with blogs — I think if your actively publishing content in your site 2-3 times a week you should see steady flow of income by year 2 and possibly be making a full time income by 3-4.

    But however long it takes, IT WILL happen as long as you know what your doing and don’t stop.

    • I try to be conservative with my estimates. Some people will do it quicker and some people will take longer. There are a ton of factors, such as how often you post, your writing skills, your marketing skills and your niche. 

  15. Many people started blogging with the aim of making quick cash, not knowing it all has to do with passion and the profits will show up later. I also encounter the same challenge when I am not making money with my blog. I had to take a two week break to learn more about the fundamentals.

    I really like how you give people realistic expectations about blogging. I think knowing these things upfront will help more bloggers succeed, and at the same time, keep many people who are not serious or committed from even starting a blog. 

    • That’s my goal. To give people realistic expectations so they can make an informed decisions. Most of the people who quit blogging never even should have gotten started in the first place. In many cases, they rushed into it without doing their due diligence. 

  16. I definitely have sympathy with this article. I have wanted to quit blogging several times, but I know I can’t!  I use the three year rule to determine if you should quit. 

    The IRS gives you three years to get your business off the ground and if you can’t do it, then maybe it makes sense to shut it down. 

    The real issue in blogging is whether you have an income generation strategy not just a content strategy. Writing content is nice but you ultimately can’t be someone who just gives and gives without asking for something in return. 

    That is altruism and altruism will kill your business big time!

    • Good points, Elan. Most bloggers just think making more content is the key to success. Not true! What you need is a solid marketing plan and monetization plan. You need a game-plan to get targeted visitors to your blog and then you need an effective way to make as much money as you possibly can from those visitors. These are the two things that most bloggers struggle with. 

  17. Very thought-provoking post about quitting blogging! You really get down to the meat of it. Yes, it is a question that most will ask until they either pull the plug or start making money. I know from personal experience that is doesn’t take a lot to reignite the spark. 

    When I started to see my first few dollars trickle in from my blog, I was having serious doubts about sticking with it. Those first few dollars really changed things for me and I realized that there was potential and I was doing something right. 

    I do love to write in my niche, but really do need to see some results to continue, to put in so much time. 

    Dave

    • Dave, 

      Most of my successful entrepreneurial friends did not make a PENNY of profit their first year in business. Blogging is no different. You can make money, just don’t expect it. Success boils down to a mindset. The attitude comes before the paycheck. Building a successful blog in any niche requires delayed gratification. Just my two cents. 

      Chuck

  18. This is insightful for people like me who are just starting out on our blogging journey. Now I know that I might burn out or max out and I have to keep these tips in mind for when that time comes around. 

    I like the idea of a virtual assistant. If very big companies outsource some of their operations, small online businesses should consider doing the same thing. This frees up your time and lets you leverage yourself without needing employees.

    When I begin asking myself if I should shut down my blog, I will remember your advice. 

    • Glad I could be of help. One person can only do so much. The sooner you hire a virtual assistant, the quicker your blog will grow. You must be willing to invest money in your blog. It is a business. Trying to do everything yourself will only result in failure. 

  19. I think new bloggers need to give themselves at least one year of blogging consistently before they decide to quit or continue. If you just dabble and try it out for a few months, you aren’t going to make much progress. It takes a while to learn the ropes, build up your audience, create your content, and get your name out there. Patience is a virtue. The first year is the hardest. I’m never going to quit blogging. I love it. 

    • Great points. Quitting blogging is not on my plate either. I have other people I hire who do most of the work for me anyway. Blogging is a great long term income stream, but a horrible short term plan, because it typically takes a few YEARS of hard work to build up a successful blog. 

  20. If you aren’t passionate about your niche, or writing, you probably don’t want to start blogging in the first place. It requires a TON of hard work, especially in the early years. Most people who start blogging think it’s going to be a fast and easy way to make money online. When they find out how much work is required, most end up quitting in 90-days or less. It’s a sad reality. 

    • Yes, most newbies don’t survive blogging. Most of them would have been better off just getting a part-time job instead. Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. It takes patience, hard work, vision and mental toughness to build a successful blog, or business. 

  21. Hello Chuck, 

    The question is so real, especially when the blog seems not to be yielding any dividend, one might be tempted to discontinue. However, I believe it all boils down to having passion for your niche. 

    Choosing the right niche will help keep the fire burning when the going gets tough. Blogging requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and time. It is good of you to have suggested outsourcing especially for people that have other engagements eating up their time.

    However, do you really think it is wise, for somebody that doesn’t know how to write to keep on outsourcing, is it worth it? I am just wondering, because for somebody like me, I will like to get involved if only it is something I can do or learn how to do it over time.

    • Great comment. I can’t speak for anyone else, but if I had to write forever, I never would have started blogging. The real goal should be to build a BUSINESS that does not require YOU to keep it going. If you’re just blogging as a hobby, that is different. But if you want a business, you need systems and leverage to be successful. I think outsourcing from day one is one of the smartest things you can do, even before you are making money with your blog!

  22. I like the options you provided and I have been looking into outsourcing. How is it I see some bloggers outsource for so little in the Philippines? 

    I see Fiverr but that’s an expensive option. I have another question you mentioned selling some sites, well when I bought my URL it was from someone that sold it with 9 other sites included and I have no use for them as they don’t have .com or .net or .org. I would like to sell them on Flippa but that’s also expensive do you have any suggestions. 

    As far as “shutting down my blog” you covered what I wanted to know, now it’s finding that person or person’s to outsource to. For those that shut down their blog after 90-days you are exactly right, they put no thought into the work that goes into this I know it’s not a get rich quick scheme for those that think it is, well they are in for a rude awakening. Thanks for the post and hope you can respond back with a good place to outsource for me.

    Jason

    • I outsource on Upwork.com. There are thousands of virtual assistants to choose from. Most of the overseas ones are like $3 to $5 per hour. You do have to test out a few before you will find one you are happy with, but once you have one, life is easy.

      I would avoid Fiverr for virtual assistants. I tried to hire some there with no success.

      When it comes to flipping your sites, I would only suggest it if they have content on them and are an actual websites. Most domains are worth very LITTLE money just by themselves. 

      • Awesome, will try Upwork thanks for the reply back by the way. Those other websites are actual sites that have content on them but everything is automated daily and the content match the URL’s it’s just that they are .site or .live or .download not .com or .net
        Thanks Chuck!

  23. Chuck, I believe blogging is one of the best ways to develop a following and long term, stable income. The reason is because you have 100% control over it. Just about every other platform out there is owned by someone else and that means it can be taken away from you. You can be banned for whatever reason and there goes years of work and your whole business overnight. As far as should you do it or quit if you are already blogging, I suppose the key thing is make sure you are blogging about something you love.

    • Good points, Walt.

      When you have your own blog, you do own it and you are in control. The only exception would be if you are 100 percent relying on search engine traffic. I’ve had Google rank several of my websites high for thousands of words, and then they updated their algorithims and dropped my traffic overnight. It’s very frustrating.

      Every blogger should pick a niche they love AND they should have a solid marketing plan that does not rely on search engine traffic. Do those two things and you will create a money making blog. Just my two cents.

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