Blogging Fatigue

You might have noticed that I have been taking a lot more breaks than usual, and that is partly due to my laziness and partly due to recent jaw surgery that I had 2 weeks ago. I’m recovering slowly from the surgery and it makes it difficult for me to find the time to write. I haven’t blogged in a while and was starting to feel pretty guilty about it, but now I’m glad that I uploaded something even if it is a bit of a rant.

(っ◔v◔)っWhat is blogging fatigue?

It was difficult to find a true definition of “blogging fatigue” and a lot of what I found online was just written from a personal perspective. Blogging fatigue (aka burnout) is just like it sounds: when you become so tired or bored of blogging that you no longer feel motivated to do anything about it.

Do I have blogging fatigue? I am not sure that blogging is worth the time I spend on it. While I enjoy writing and have a lot of ideas to share, there are some obstacles that make me hesitant about throwing more money and time into this pipedream.

Running Out of Time

My domain and hosting renewal date is fast approaching and given WordPress’s recent change to its hosting plans, I’m at a bit of a loss. In short, I currently have the Premium Plan, which was part of the legacy plan. I’m not very impressed with the Premium Plan because it’s missing some notable things that I needed such as SEO and Plugins.

In other words, I cannot politely ask you to buy me a coffee with the help of a Kofi Plugin. This is kinda a dealbreaker for me. ☕💔

While I don’t have any interest in the Pro Plan, I do like what it has to offer. My concern is the price. With my blog being a small hobby blog, why should I have to pay an expensive price for many services that I’ll never need or use? It’s a great plan, but not necessary for my blog.

Furthermore, I have a major issue with throwing my hard-earned money at a hobby blog that doesn’t provide me with enough monetary return to make it worthwhile. As of the time of this writing, I have made exactly $0 from this blog, despite blogging for 6 years. Last year was the trial run to see if I could make something of my blog – I saw very little success which is not enough to justify continuing with my current WP plan. These days, I spend more time writing for Medium because of the ability to monetize. I joined Medium a few months ago and I’ve already been able to generate some revenue with just a handful of my articles.

Down the Perfectionist’s Rabbit Hole

I often find myself stressed out when I need to update my blog every month. If you’re someone who is always worrying about not meeting deadlines, it may seem like a bad thing to skip a few months here or there. It is no surprise that I often obsess over the formatting, wording, and images. Thus, blogging turned me into even more of a perfectionist than I already was. I also felt pressure to generate more and more content, fearing that my blog posts weren’t gaining enough traffic. I noticed that it became tougher to gain followers than it was to lose them.

Is it just me, or is the follower count frozen? I haven’t seen much of an increase in follower count this year and I don’t know if this is due to a recent WordPress update.

Self-Promotion Is Annoying

I find myself feeling frustrated and irritated when it comes to cross-promoting content on social media. I have grown tired of promoting my blog posts, and much like what I have seen so often on Twitter, spamming people with links that don’t seem to lead anywhere. But after a while, I found these behaviors to be less and less appealing to me. Playing the blogging game seems like an enormous time commitment.

Despite the unpleasant things that are often found on social media, I have had many positive interactions too which have helped me with my blogging skills and networking. I’m really thankful to finally receive some help and guidance after spending several hours spinning my wheels and getting frustrated. I have received so many thoughtful comments and now I know whether or not to continue my blog. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me!

I am curious to know if you ever wanted to quit blogging. What made you decide to stay in the end? Please feel free to comment below and I will do my best to reply to everyone. I apologize for my delayed responses recently. It has been an exhausting recovery from jaw surgery, but I’m slowly getting there.

Thanks for stopping by!

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73 thoughts on “Blogging Fatigue

  1. buddy71 says:

    First… You don’t need to apologize since you’re recovering from surgery about not blogging. Having major surgery takes a lot other people and you need to relax and heal. You have enough work being a wife and mother than to worry about doing a blog post. Second… Get well soon! Third…. I can’t remember when I renewed my blog site. I have been on the free version for many years but had run out of space for photos in the options we’re not very good to get new space for photos since that’s what I post the most anyways. I did start a side blog but had difficulty setting it up so I just dropped it and made this site a paid site just so I could get more photo space yes it’s just a hobby but I have been blogging probably close to 20 years now someplace at least. I had a MySpace site that was hacked and so I moved over to Xanga. I was on that site for many years and really enjoyed being there as it was a friendly community but it closed down and so I came to a WordPress. Many of my followers came with me but many of them have faded from the blogging scene. I follow many people but it seems that most of them have stopped blogging or blog so infrequently that I hardly see them anymore. Even though I have over 700 followers, I can tell that people don’t come to wordpress often as I don’t get more than a few comments on any of my post and those are from mostly the people who are regulars and I would say that’s a handful of people that are regular commenters and regular posters. But if I had more people that posted I probably would not have enough time in the day to read the post and even now I find it a daunting task to read the people that do Post regularly. I often find myself pressuring myself to go out and take photos just so I have some photos to post during the week. I fully understand your dilemma and about the cost and about the fun of blogging. Since you say you were doing most of your logging on medium, it would seem to be a easy fix to just copy those posts hairdo WordPress. But I understand you’re trying to get some $$ from your blog.

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        What’s up, Robin :). Blogger is kind of like that, no? What is your opinion on Blogger? I had Blogger account for a while bit could not stick with it because I already have a small built in audience here. I missed my people. Which sucks because I think Blogger is actually much easier to use.

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      • 𝑹𝒐𝑩𝑰𝑵 🪐 says:

        Hey, I actually came across Blogger after writing the comment. It wasn’t clear to me from the website whether it was also a platform with built-in blog discovery and I found the website infuriatingly basic and difficult lol. I just went to create an account to look into it, but it forces you to sign up using a linked account, rather than using email address.

        Perhaps I have high standards but all of that has just pissed me off lol, red flags. I refuse to sign into services using linked accounts. For me it’s another case of overcomplicating things and getting the basics wrong.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I looked into Blogger last week and concluded that it’s not for me. It’s way too basic for my liking, not to mention the steep learning curve. Blogger lets you use a custom domain on a free plan, but that’s not convincing enough for me to make the switch over to Blogger. That’s odd that they would make you use a linked account to sign in… that doesn’t sound very secure to me. hahaha “infuriatingly basic and difficult” thanks for the laugh! 😂🤣

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        I get it, man. I am remembering now that the other reason I abandoned Blogger is that there does not seem to be a blog feed/reader. I liked that composing was easier, none of those block formatting, etc but it had too much going against it.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      “I had a MySpace site that was hacked and so I moved over to Xanga. I was on that site for many years and really enjoyed being there as it was a friendly community but it closed down and so I came to a WordPress.”

      ^This. I remember you mentioning Xanga, and although I am not familiar with it, it’s sad how things change and sometimes they don’t necessarily change for the better. I too noticed that people will join the blogging scene, engage with the blogging community, and then randomly disappear without warning or as I say, “drop off like flies.” It’s just sad, really. If I were to lose the WP reader I would be at a total loss because it’s my lifeline. Btw, I joined Medium in April 2022 and I would describe it as Youtube for bloggers. It’s not the most user-friendly platform, and I have cross-posted a few articles and/or blog posts when starting out. I try to make the ones that were added to Medium Publications exclusive to Medium (aka. behind a paywall). I make pennies but it’s still more than what I make from blogging ($0).

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      • buddy71 says:

        I agree with you about people coming on to wordpress and start blogging and then fall off into the Oblivion. I think I have quite a few people that I have followed over the years that are that way. And I guess people get disillusioned with the whole process and of course many I think are just here together as many followers as possible. But why have all these followers if you’re not going to do any posts?

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  2. buddy71 says:

    Please disregard any weird words for anything you don’t understand in the post above. I was using talk to text and many times it doesn’t get the words right. And because it’s such a long comment I didn’t go back and do any corrections. Lol.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Indeed it is. There are various degrees of hell over here. Idk what is worse: recovery from jaw surgery (words cannot describe this level of suckage), or having to deal with people wo just don’t get my writing craft. It gets tiresome after a while. If I could hibernate and live in a cave with speedy, unlimited Wi-Fi I would do it. But then I would get flack from people for abandoning my family and other responsibilities… I just can’t win lol

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        I think a temporary excursion to a “cave” (visiting a childless friend for a week?) – that is something you deserve after all that jaw business. If you could pull it off. Who cares what your husband or anyone else thinks. “I need a week away. I’m doing this.”. If I was rich, I’d book you a week alone at some resort up there. 🙂. Anyway. However you can swing it, there would be nothing wrong with taking some time for just you. Jeez, everybody needs a break sometimes.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Thanks for the offer! I’d take you up on that offer if I could. I’m pretty tied down at home, and very busy. Not that I mind, but it’s not great for healing and stress levels. I’m very sleep deprived 😴 Most of my writing is done in the late hours of the night when everyone else is asleep.

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  3. Ashley L. Peterson says:

    My follower number growth has been waaaaaaay lower this year than in previous years. I think there have been changes in who’s using WordPress.com, and while some communities are still very active, others are much less so.

    The Pro plan isn’t available anymore. A month or so ago, WordPress decided to go back to the old plans, and you’d have to get the Business plan to be able to use plugins, and that’s ridiculously expensive. For the Ko-fi thing, could you just use one of the “support me on Ko-fi” images with a link to your Ko-fi page? https://ko-fi.com/Manage/BrandAssets

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Ashley! Good to know that I’m not the only one who is frustrated. It really sucks for us loyal WP users, doesn’t it? I also noticed that a lot of new blog posts don’t show up on the reader because WP chooses which 100 blogs to display. So if you follow more 100 people which pretty much everyone does including myself, the rest of the bloggers don’t get seen on the reader.

      Are you serious? What’s up with that? Why did they get rid of the Pro Plan? Was it because everyone complained? Is the Personal plan (one tier below Premium) available still? I heard that they switched it for the Starter Plan which is a worse plan than the Personal Plan. I considered the personal plan but I wouldn’t buy the starter plan, nor do I want to pay for the business plan. I thought the Pro Plan was expensive enough. WP developers needs to make up their minds. 🙄

      Yes, I considered adding a Ko-fi link but I felt like I already had enough links, and didn’t want to add an another link. I’m also still an amateur blogger with not much traffic and wanted to build up my following first before pestering ppl to buy me a coffee lol But then the follower count stopped growing. I still plan on adding a “Buy Me a Coffee” to the blog one day. By then, I’ll know that I made it a blogger! 😂😅

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      • Ashley L. Peterson says:

        WP did away with both the Starter and Pro plan and went back to the old Personal/Premium/Business. I think they did it because there was so much backlash about the Starter plan being so shitty. The Personal plan is much better than the Starter plan for people looking for a cheap plan, but it ends up making it a lot more expensive for people who want access to plugins. I’m glad my plan happened to come up for renewal while they were still offering the Pro plan, because it saved me a ton of money compared to the Business plan.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        You got a great deal with the Pro Plan. That must be such a relief knowing that you got in before they decided to switch to the old plans. Knowing that the personal plan is available, I’ll definitely consider it since Premium has a bunch of features I don’t need – the only thing I really wanted were the plugins and better theme options. Premium was honestly a disappointment for me and I feel like Personal would have been just as good. To this day, I am still using a retired theme because I like it better than anything Premium and Fremium themes have to offer.

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  4. Pooja G says:

    I had this a while back and took some months of blogging after blogging consistently for over five years. The biggest reason was because of WordPress’s new update which is the reason for the frozen follower count and decrease in traffic. Blogging was starting to feel difficult and I hated that. What made me come back was that I missed it too much to stay away permanently. I am thinking of taking a break again due to all the glitches I’m having on WordPress. My notifications disappeared, then my comments disappeared. It’s just too much to handle sometimes.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        That was also around the same time I noticed that I wasn’t gaining followers. I’m guessing they did something with the algorithm. I still enjoy WP a lot but WP can be very discouraging sometimes.

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      • Pooja G says:

        Yeah I had a drop in followers and traffic right after the update too. It can definitely be discouraging but I like the small community I was able to retain. I think so many bloggers left after that update so there is just less traffic on WP in general which decreases followers too.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        WP screwed up with that update. Follower counts haven’t been the same since. I’m trying not to look at the stats and focus on creating quality blog posts, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t care about the stats 😔

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      • 𝑹𝒐𝑩𝑰𝑵 🪐 says:

        Thanks, interesting. I think wordpress bloggers are just waiting for a better platform to move to at this point. I moved my blog to self-hosted but then you don’t appear in reader search. Like what lol. They’ve totally outpriced hobbyist bloggers. A hobbyist plaform should cost a fraction of the price.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Ugh, I feel your pain Robin! I really hate that the self-hosted sites don’t support the WP reader. Do you have the Jetpack plugin? I heard that it might solve the issue. Honestly I’m so hesitant to go self-hosted because of the risk of losing the WP reader. I rely on it for 90% of my traffic. I too am frustrated with the lack of options from WP and how they don’t seem to offer reasonable plans to the little guys aka. The hobby bloggers like us. ☹️

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      • 𝑹𝒐𝑩𝑰𝑵 🪐 says:

        Yeah exactly most people find your blog through reader, although that includes a shit ton of bot accounts.

        Jetpack free plugin makes your blog appear in reader but only under site search, or in followers’ reader feeds. You then need a paid Jetpack plan in order to appear in tag searches 😆. Which is like £10 a month for the cheapest. Also I can no longer fully delete posts, they just remain in reader feed.

        I no longer have the bot accounts liking my posts at least, since they find the sites through automated tag searches. But I’m rarely getting new followers and thus actual wordpress friends, which is the whole point for me.

        Once self-hosted you can install any plugins you like.

        Holy crap just seen your comment about WP bringing back Personal plans! Well my entire arguments are moot now since this was exactly what I was arguing for. Personal plan is £3 per month for me which is cheaper than my £5 self-hosting. Premium is also cheaper than before at £7 per month instead of £10. Seems to me that Personal would be ideal for you too.

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      • Pooja G says:

        Yes, I so agree. The amount I pay is ridiculous just for memory and plugins. I hope in the future there is a better platform we can all join. I had the same issue when I self-hosted.

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      • Pooja G says:

        No, I stopped self-hosting in 2020 because of what Robin mentioned. Not showing up on the Reader and tags section really messed everything up for a while. But it went back to normal as soon I came back to WordPress as my host but everything changed after the update in April last year.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        That’s what I’m afraid of with self-hosting. Did the self hosting have a Jetpack option? All I know is that we need Jetpack, but the whole thing is confusing tbh. I think the only option at this post is to take the self-hosting route. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels trying to figure out which self-hosting site to go with…

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      • Pooja G says:

        Yeah my Jetpack was connected but your posts still won’t show up in the tags section on the Reader which is a big source of traffic. I liked WPX as a hosting site and I have heard good things about SiteGround.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Oh no! I wonder why the tags don’t work… that’s too bad. As long as ppl can easily comment via the reader I’d be happy with that. I’ve seen bloggers lose that ability to connect with ppl on the reader (eg. lyrical host) and that’s my worst nightmare. They probably have a different community their hosting sites but I rather stay with the WP community. This is my home.

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      • Pooja G says:

        I think WP disables the tags on purpose to make people stay. Unfortunately it’s a good strategy. As long as your JetPack is connected you should be fine with the likes and comments.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        After doing some more research last night, I came to the conclusion that you’re right. WP seems to do this on purpose ☹️ I’m torn between staying with WP (and downgrading to personal plan) or going self-hosted and risk losing the creature comforts that WP has to offer.

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      • Pooja G says:

        It will be different with self-hosting but it has its own advantages. Both staying and self-hosting has pros and cons. I guess you need to weigh them and see which would be best for you. Good luck and feel free to reach out if you have any questions since I have dealt (not well) with both 😂

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Ugh. This really sucks. I pulled another all nighter researching and concluded that self-hosting still lacks the features I’m looking for which includes the WP Reader on the dashboard and the ability to interact with the WordPress.com community. If I want to keep these features, I would have to stick with the WP free plan or paid plans. Considering the high cost of WP paid plans, I still wouldn’t have access to plugins. It comes down to what’s more important: plug-ins or the WP reader. I just can’t win 😓

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      • Pooja G says:

        Yeah that’s why I decided to switch to the Business Plan. I realised while self-hosting that I needed plugins so when I moved back and started blogging full time I got the Business Plan. It’s stupid expensive but I need the plugins and need to stay on the Reader. WP knows they’ve got us in a tight situation and they take full advantage of it 😔

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I think you’re right, Pooja. Domain and plans are separate so that would make sense. I don’t plan on migrating my domain.

        Ashley said that WP brought back the Personal Plan and if I were to stick with WP hosting (same retired theme, no plugins), I would downgrade to the Personal Plan from the Premium Plan. That’s another option as well.

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  5. wretchedanddivine (Rose) says:

    I’ve felt blogging fatigue too, and I still feel it a little. I wonder what the solution to getting back to blogging regularly is. My posts mostly consist of images and little text because of blogging fatigue. I used to write more, but I just don’t know what to say and I feel tired.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I enjoy reading your blog posts! Never give up on blogging. I know how frustrating and draining it can be sometimes, to the point where it feels more like a chore. There’s nothing wrong with using images in blog posts. I feel like images make blog posts more personal and authentic. I am terrible for reusing images because I don’t store images on my computer, and am often too lazy to look for photos on the hard drive and/or phone. I have gotten even lazier lately because Medium doesn’t penalize us for using free stock images (and everyone does this).

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  6. Stuart Danker says:

    Oh, many times. And because I have a set weekly schedule, I’ve felt the desire to quit much more than if I were just to treat it as a hobby and post any time.

    One reason why I stay is because I still need to maintain a decent online presence as a writer and author. It’s one of the non-writing things that would benefit my career.

    Another plus point of blogging is when someone says I made them smile, or snort, or think about a different viewpoint. That always gives me a sense of being in this world.

    But the way I use WordPress is I engage a lot with other bloggers, and that takes a lot of time and effort. Can’t say how many times I wish I didn’t have to. Yet in the end, I always come back to it somehow.

    Wish I had a better answer for you, lol. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Stuart! Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂 A weekly schedule sounds like a fantastic idea. Maintaining consistency allows bloggers to stay ahead of the game. Question: Do you use Twitter? There are a number of writers and authors on Twitter to network with and it can be helpful for marketing.

      I enjoy writing as a hobby. I don’t do it professionally at all, but I think that if I stop blogging, I’ll lose my voice – so to speak. Writing is a skill like any other, and it must be practiced regularly.

      I feel the same way about blogging fatigue. There are times when I’m tempted to quit, but I just can’t make myself do it. Honestly, I’ll probably end up switching to a cheaper plan when hosting needs renewing because the current Premium Plan is so expensive! I’m worried that migrating will result in other complicated problems.

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      • Stuart Danker says:

        Oh yeah, migrating isn’t ideal. Good thing that WordPress has returned to offering more plans instead of the weird offerings they had a couple months back, huh?

        I am on Twitter, but I seldom log in, lol. And yes to maintaining our voice! Use it or lose it.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Do you think I should stick with a WordPress plan? If anything, I would probably downgrade to personal from premium unless I can use a coupon for premium like I did last time! Migrating looks like a headache not gonna lie. Sure, there’s perks to self-hosting but I rather have a functional blog. Half the time the self-hosted sites aren’t mobile friendly, they don’t show up on the reader, and there’s less engagement overall….

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      • Stuart Danker says:

        It really depends on your use case. I don’t think I’ll ever go self-hosted (despite what they say about having more control with things like SEO) since I won’t be doing any external marketing that requires said full control.

        I also use the Reader as my main method of marketing, so not having that would suck.

        Regarding having a plan or not, I maintain a Personal one just so I can have an ad-free site with my own domain, to display my portfolio to potential clients. That’s why I don’t need anything fancier. Those are my reasonings though. Once you figure out your ‘why’, it’ll become much easier to decide.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Thank you so much for your reply. I also need the Reader since it’s my main form or marketing and I rely on it for traffic and engagement.

        As much as I want to like self-hosting, I’ve seen more complications from bloggers who migrate their sites elsewhere. Even if there was a way to implement the reader via Jetpack, idk if I can handle the headaches and overall stress that comes along with that.

        I totally see where you are coming from. I’ve thought it for the past 2 weeks and I have to agree with you – sticking with WP would be best for me. The personal plan should be good for what I need it for. Thanks again for your advice!

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  7. wendy says:

    I took a long break this year from blogging and didn’t miss it. I maybe write once or twice a week or every other week now. Usually just an update on what’s going on here. I stopped putting effort into recipes and graphic design because of so little views. There’s just so much competition out there now and with apps like TikTok, it doesn’t seem worth it. I think for me, I’ll likely go back to the personal plan.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m so glad you stopped by! I completely understand where you’re coming from. When you used to post daily, the personal tone was really inspiring and kept me hooked. Lately, I’ve noticed that you have been taking more breaks. Do you not enjoy it as much anymore?

      I think it’s still early to tell if the traffic and lack of views will continue, but thanks to the last WordPress update, we’re all feeling the hit. To me, WP feels “broken.” Also, it’s no surprise that nowadays, people’s attention spans are shorter. YouTube “shorts” and TikTok videos have exploded for this reason.

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  8. jenidriscoll says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just took a long break from blogging due to personal/family issues and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I’d come back to it. But here I am! I love writing shorter pieces, little slices of my life. And it feels great when the posts just flow. Plus, I missed communicating with other bloggers.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Jeni, I am a new follower! I stumbled upon your blog and I’m happy I did 🙂 I understand how you feel about needing to take breaks from blogging. I want to do it, but I can’t. I took a long break from social media because I needed to care for my mental health, but when it comes to blogging, writing is one of the best ways for me to process my thoughts and feelings.

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      • jenidriscoll says:

        Hi Hilary! So glad we’ve connected! I’m a new follower of you too😊I totally get that… writing is therapeutic for me too. And blogging is perfect for that. I also took a break from social media, and it was healthy for me. Great to unplug once in awhile! Take care💖

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Aw, thank you for following me back! Also, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to reply to me. I am hoping to do some writing this weekend if time allows for it. Hope you are having a good weekend! 🌞

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