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Should I Stop Blogging? 20 Questions to Ask Yourself

“When Should You Give Up On a Blog?” – question from the Q&A sidebar widget.

While they won’t all apply to every blog – here’s a list of questions to consider when working out whether you should give up on a blog.

  1. What goals do I have for this blog? Are they being met? Am I getting closer to meeting them?
  2. Am I Interested in the Topic?
  3. Am I getting personal satisfaction from posting?
  4. How Many Posts Did I write in the Last Month?
  5. Do I have time to keep the blog running?
  6. Is anyone reading my blog?
  7. Have I given it enough time?
  8. Do I still see myself writing on this blog in 18 months time?
  9. Is the niche growing or dying?
  10. Is the blog earning anything?
  11. Is the blog growing my profile and perceived expertise?
  12. Are there any other benefits from this blog?
  13. Is the blog giving energy to or taking energy away from me?
  14. Is the Blog’s traffic and income growing or shrinking?
  15. Are readers engaging with the content?
  16. If readers are commenting – what are they saying?
  17. What are other bloggers writing about my blog?
  18. Do I have anything original and useful to say on my topic?
  19. What else could I do with the time that I spend on this blog
  20. What would the impact be of me not blogging? (on readers and me)
About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Judith says:

    “Write what you know; and know what you write.” When you write about what you know best your personality and passion come through the screen. And, if you write with honesty and sincerity folks know that and you’ll do just fine.

    Even though Darren offered 20 questions to stop Blogging, I am going to recommend this article on my Blog as a way to have 20 questions about what you need to think about and do to have a successful Blog!

    Always concentrate on the positive, with passion, and things will happen!

    Thanks for another great post, Darren!

    Judith

  2. JayMoney says:

    Well I’m just getting started in all this but #12 is the one I like. With blogging as other things you never know who your helping or gonna help. I blog for others not because I wanna become a great guru, but If I can help someone understand and learn than I’m satisfied.

  3. Mervyn says:

    Hi,

    Another question to ask is “Why is there no comments on my blogs”,”Is my post not good enough”

    Juz to share

  4. I was taken with #13: Is the blog giving energy to or taking energy away from me? I think most of us have other jobs while we work on making a successful blog. For me, my site gives energy, absolutely. At any point that it starts to take energy away, is when I would stop and reassess why I am doing this.

  5. sarah says:

    have to show you this silly post of my own that i based directly off of this one (& credited you):

    http://sarahspy.blogspot.com/2008/06/should-i-stop-blogging.html

  6. Zen says:

    I blog without obligation. I blog for me. I blog for my son and grandkids. I blog for the future. I blog there-fore I am :-)

  7. Blogging is beautiful. Blogging is inspirational. Blogging is divine.

    When I write a post it feels like I am a Superman. When I have no power to write, it feels like I am dead.