Back in the fall of 2017, when I was researching about blogging for one of my posts Who Said Blogging Was Easy?, I was
shocked surprised to find out 90 to 95% of bloggers quit within the first 6 months! It seemed HIGH but didn’t think too much about it. Now that I passed the one year cap, I did notice we were missing a few fellow bloggers. I was curious about it so I looked back at who specifically we may have lost on the way. Where did they go? Missing bloggers!
I compiled a small list of some of the bloggers who seem to be missing in action in the last few months. Then I reached out to a few of them to find out “Where did they go”? I heard back from three of them, I assume the others are just taking a well deserved break.
Here is my list of missing bloggers, some better known than others:
Married With Money – https://www.marriedwithmoney.com/
Dave was posting regularly and then he stopped! right at the time he hit the one year mark. I reached out to him via Twitter earlier and he was doing well but wasn’t blogging. It sounded like life got in the way. His blog seemed to be doing well at the time.
Last post: April 18, 2018
Related post: When Life Gets In The Way Of Blogging!
Cashflowkat – https://cashflowkat.com/
Kat’s blog was doing great (and still will when she decide to return!), she was featured on Rockstar Finance and Coach Carson. But after taken several small breaks, she stopped blogging. I reached out to her and here is her response:
Well, I guess I blogged for only about 9 months. I stopped in part because I actually began losing interest. I didn’t really take any metrics. My blog is still up and I get about 5-10 visitors a day. I may come back. Sometimes I am convinced I’m going to write another blog post and then I just don’t.
Word of wisdom? Don’t try to make money blogging! Do it for fun or don’t do it at all.
Last post: June 14,2018
Mustard Seed Money https://mustardseedmoney.com/
Rob seemed to have everything under control as far as his blog. His latest post had his average views at 70,000! (Wow I don’t even have 70,000 page views TO DATE!) Based on his archive records, he had been consistently blogging since August 2016, almost two years by the time he stopped publishing. I wasn’t able to get in touch with him. Hope all is well.
Last post: July 6, 2018
Pursuing Retirement – http://Pursuingretirement.com – Site is no longer active
Steve was more of a casual blogger and started around the same time I did. Here is what he had to say:
How long did you blog for? I started Pursuing Retirement in August 2017 and ended August 2018 when my 1 year host contract was finished. Although the last few months of the blog I didn’t have time to write any new material.
Why did you stop? The reason I stopped blogging was time restraints. I took on a big project at work and as you know blogging takes a huge amount of effort, between writing material, commenting on other blogs and social media.
Will you come back? I did keep the domain name Pursuing Retirement. I will not blog in 2018, but I will revisit the option when I have time (maybe when I am fully retired). I continue to follow all my favorite bloggers and read new material but only comment when I have time in front of the computer.
Word of wisdom? I don’t have much advise to give, but I really enjoyed blogging, writing and researching the material. Learning WordPress and many social media applications. My favorite part was corresponding with other bloggers. It was a good experience.
Looking forward to read his blog again, one day!
Mr Freaky Frugal
Mr Freaky Frugal – https://mrfreakyfrugal.com/
He posted consistently for just under one year. His first post was May 15, 2017.
Last post: May 7, 2018
An Intentional Lifestyle. The site is down
Last post: May 29, 2018?
A Good Life MD
A Good Life MD – https://agoodlifemd.com/
Started blogging in July 2017, not on a consistent basis but with at least one post per month.
Last post: May 5, 2018
Mr All Things Money
Mr All Things Money – https://www.mrallthingsmoney.com/
I tried accessing the blog one more time before publishing this post and here is the message I got: It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog. If you think this is a mistake, you might want to contact the blog author and request an invitation.
Do any of you know what that means? Private blog?
Last post: May 31st. 2018
Blogging is not as easy as it looks. There is a lot of work involved, from writing a post to social media to the technical aspect of blogging, regardless of whether you are trying to generate income or not. It is very time-consuming and, at first anyway, requires a consistent posting schedule.
Whatever your reasons are for blogging, you most likely want people to read what you publish (right?) and the only way to get any kind of exposure is to promote your blog. It won’t happen on its own, you have to make it happen! (I am a pretty good example of what NOT to do!)
You don’t believe me? Check out my post: Personal Finance Bloggers Wanted! to get a full job description!
I have taken a few breaks myself. All documented in various posts:
- Another Blogging Break? Again!,
- When Life Gets In The Way Of Blogging,
- Can Bloggers Take A Vacation From Blogging?
And check out the following post: New Blogging Statistics at BlogTyrant.com. Looks like not everybody spends a lot of time working on their blog!
How about you, were you following a blogger who disappeared in the last few months? Do you know what happened to him/her? Do you care?
If you are a blogger, have you considered quitting? Taking an extended break? If so, why? Are you one of the bloggers listed above? Anything more you want to add?