They say that the third time is a charm. I don’t know how true that is, but let’s hope there’s some validity to it. This post marks the end of my second hiatus from blogging. I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since I last posted to any of my blogs. It wasn’t just blogging either. I abandoned all of my social media accounts. I virtually disappeared (pun intended).
Why Did You Quit Blogging?
There are many reasons that people step away from the keyboard and let their blog fade away into the shadows of the blogosphere. The most common are:
- They ran out of things to say.
- The time commitment was greater than they thought it’d be.
- Their readership slowly dwindles away or they’ve never managed to build one.
- They fall out of the habit of posting and never pick it back up again.
For me, it was a medical issue that attacked my wrists and hands making it extremely painful to use the keyboard. After a year of prodding, poking, x-rays, blood tests, and various medications, the doctors still don’t know what is causing the pain. Thankfully, the pain has let up over the past several weeks, but it hasn’t completely gone away. Who knows if, or when, it will intensify again?
How Do You Restart a Dormant Blog?
Interestingly enough, both Big Feet Marketing and Marketplace Christianity have continued to increase in both traffic, and Facebook likes, during my hiatus (maybe someone is trying to tell me something?). This blog was still in the process of a redesign, and has not fared so well.
I searched for some advice from bloggers who have started blogging again after taking a long break, I didn’t find many good posts on how they did it. I did uncover this old guest post on ProBlogger by David Peralty on How to Restart a Dead or Dormant Blog, but not much else.
Have You Started Your Blog Over?
I’ve started multiple blogs from scratch, but I’ve never picked one back up after this long of a break. Have you been in this place before? How did you start over? Did you wipe the slate clean or just pick up where you left off? What worked for you? What didn’t?
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