The End of Blogging?

No, don’t worry I’m not saying goodbye yet… you’re stuck with me a while longer, but have you ever thought about what happens when you decide to stop blogging? Do you remove content? Do you leave your blog up? What would happen if blogs didn’t exist anymore? Over the past wee while I have had these thoughts pop into my head and I wanted to use this post to explore them.

As some of you may know I started this blog in June 2014 and I have stuck with it for over four years! My blog is where I share what’s going on in my life, what I’ve been buying, the makeup I love and some of my most personal thoughts – it’s almost like a diary. During the four years I have been blogging I have seen many bloggers come and go, others segue into more of a YouTube presence and some stop because of something that’s happened in their life.

I have wondered when’s the right time to go and if blogging ever became unenjoyable and felt like a chore that would be a sign it may be time to move on. During my four years I have had a few breaks here and there and they do help me feel refreshed and miss writing again. If something major happened that meant I couldn’t blog anymore I would be sad but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

One of the biggest things that puzzles me is what happens to all the words and the posts you’ve written? I know there’s an export tool through WordPress but does that keep all the posts in one place or does it export your site and your theme only? It’s sad to think all of the comments and the words each blogger has carefully written and crafted could just disappear with the click of a button. Personally I don’t draft/write my posts in a program like Microsoft Word then copy them over to WordPress. I draft in WordPress and once that is done posts are scheduled and published. Do people keep backups of all their posts?

If you do decide you want to stop blogging, would you delete your site and remove all the content? If you choose not to delete your site, after a certain amount of time does WordPress do it for you if there’s been no activity? I’ve never heard these things talked about in the blogging world before and maybe I’m naive for not looking into them myself but I’d rather have discussions with my readers than read through articles on Google and not have any personal experiences to go off.

With the likes of Snapchat, Instagram stories and IGTV, micro-blogging is becoming more of a trend. I can see the appeal and it’s quick and easy but I believe there is still a place for blogs. You can’t beat hopping on your laptop and scrolling through a bunch of posts from your favourite bloggers! There’s something about Instagram that seems polished and there’s definitely a certain aesthetic that lots of people follow and stick to. I also feel that you couldn’t write as many words as you can for a blog post because let’s face it who wants to sit there and scroll through Instagram if your captions are 1000 words long. With a blog post it’s easier to digest the length because often words are broken up with pictures. If you don’t read the post straight away it’s easier for you to go back to later, there’s no algorithm that puts certain posts above others.

The rise of social media has no doubt been a contributing factor to the popularity of blogs and the number of people creating a blog in the past 5-6 years. People who choose to start a blog have their own reasons for doing so and I started mine when I was unemployed and looking for a job. Over that time I have grown and learnt so much and while I’ve never seen my blog as super popular, I have come to know of so many lovely people and the people that do take time to read and comment make my day. I don’t blog for money, popularity or freebies. I blog because I enjoy it and it’s my own little place on the internet.

I’m not sure what will happen with blogs in the future but for now I think they’re here to stay! Blogging full time has turned into a career for a number of people and I say good on them for being so dedicated and working hard to do a ‘job’ they love. I put job in inverted commas because there’s a quote that goes, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” If you truly love what you do day to day you feel fulfilled and working hard comes easy because it’s fun.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t intend to stop blogging soon. To all of the people who currently blog or those who are thinking of taking the plunge and starting, enjoy it! Once it stops becoming enjoyable it may be time to assess and re-evaluate if it’s still what you want. It’s cliche, but write a blog you’d want to read!


What are your thoughts on how blogging has changed and have you thought about stopping at any point? What would make you stop blogging?

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14 thoughts on “The End of Blogging?

  1. alwayscleia says:

    I don’t think that your posts would get deleted by wordpress, you just probably wouldn’t get many new visitors to your blog. When you export your content it exports everything except “likes” on your posts. However the original content still stays on your .wordpress.com free blog account, so it will just be in two places. When I went self hosted I exported everything to my new host and then I deleted my free blog.

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  2. Jessica Riga says:

    I’ve thought about this topic recently too and at the moment I can’t see myself ever deleting my blog fully. I just see it as this ultimate website that evolves as I do (even if that means posting way less as I get older) and where I have full control and no annoying algorithms to battle. I think deleting ones blog is almost too drastic haha because you can just keep it as a portfolio website or as another platform to showcase your creative works? But if you look back on your blog and you’re not proud of all your content or it just too niche or a phase, I can see why people would want to start fresh! (Also I’ve never heard of WordPress deleting inactive blogs).

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    • Chanelle says:

      I’m not sure that I’d delete my blog either. I can understand deleting old posts that aren’t relevant anymore or you don’t like. I know some people make their blog password protected if they want it gone so only they and anyone they give the password too can access it. Thank you for reading and taking time to share your thoughts xx

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  3. Hunida says:

    I remember when I was in High School, I had a Xanga blog where I just did those Q&A’s all the time. I went back to look at it one time and they said that my content is there but I can’t see any of it unless I export it to WordPress now.

    I love blogging and do it for myself really. If I became bored or sick of it, I’d probably just stop blogging and HOPE that all of my content stayed forever? That’s so sad to think it would all get deleted.

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    • Chanelle says:

      I know inactive Twitter accounts get deleted after a certain point so that’s what made me wonder about blogs too. I guess if it got to a point where you didn’t enjoy blogging anymore and didn’t want to get rid of your posts completely you could password protect your site so only you and who you let see it could.

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