This is not a post in my timeline but I just thought of writing it as it could be of some use at this juncture. There were times when I felt like quitting the things I did (9 to 5 Job) and even blogging too. Reason is very simple we don’t get proper recognition, we don’t get good traffic, we don’t know to write articles which could impress our readers, we don’t know what to keep writing on a daily basis, we have invested a lot of time and money but no returns, above all the income which we thought could be earned through blogging did not turn up yet. These could be some of the famous and most probable reasons on why one would decide quit writing for their blog. If you have read one of my previous posts on my blogging journey you would have know that it has been 5 years being a blogger. There were both good and bad times with my traffic and earning yet something keeps me still going and that’s what I call motivation.
As usual I would love to share a beautiful story one of my favorites which I tell my students when ever they feel like quitting their studies, hope it helps you too.
One day I decided to quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality… I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God,” I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me…
“Look around,” He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes,” I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took a very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year, the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo,” He said.
“In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit,” He said
“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant… But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”
He said to me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?”
“I would not quit on the bamboo. Neither will I ever quit on you.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others,” He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.”
“Your time will come,” God said to me. “You will rise high!”
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.
“Yes,” He said. “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and bring back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. He will never give up on you.
Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness
Bad days give you experiences;
Both are essential to life.
Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!
— Copyright © 2010 Lebitso TR Mtshali
Hope you have been inspired from this story, this story is what kept me most of the time to push myself little harder over the things whenever I fell like quitting. I am not yet done with my BloginGrace (BIG) I am happy with the results it got over the past 4 months. I want this blog to be more useful to my readers or visitors rather than it benefits me. I don’t say I don’t want to earn money from BIG, yet I believe money can’t bring in everything. It can’t buy me a good relationship, it can’t buy me some love and it can’t even buy me the trust of my readers.
I have identified three possible reasons which could have kept a barricade to your blogging success or hindering your blogging journey. I would suggest going through them and coming out of them successfully to become a next star blogger of the blogosphere.
1. Lack of Resources:
One of the lame reasons one could find is lack of resources. I too am one among them. Initially I had no resources at all to start my WordPress blog it took me 5 years to start BIG(BloginGrace). I started blogging in 2008 somewhere in the month of December and my WordPress blog was started in February 2013. With my blogger blogs I could master some of its techniques by the end of 2009 and I did helped few people who came for guidance to start a blog and I guided them to go for paid hosting and WordPress they did and got successful very soon. Even then I had no resources to build a self hosted WordPress blog. Yet I did not quit as I know I would build my WordPress blog with my hard earned income one day and now I did build it with my own money.
Read: What does it cost to start a Blog
Never compare with the success stories of others as sometimes we feel as if we are not doing well but fact is that we can do more than anyone else if we believe in ourselves. There is a famous quote which I like but I don’t know who said it which goes something like this
I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
I too love to use premium plugins and a Genesis framework but I am happy I am using a free framework and free plugins and I am still doing like a pro (Sorry if you felt I am bragging). It’s a kind of inspiration I got from the above quote. There are many people who are still struggling with blogger blogs because of lack of resources and I am happy with my free framework rather than having paid Genesis framework. So don’t quit blogging as you lack resources, utilize what ever resources you have at hand to the fullest, even a blogspot blog can do better than WordPress blogs.
2. Lack of Motivation:
Most people lack motivation, as soon as days pass the zeal or fire to write for their blog would slowly calm down, as months pass the fire is quenched and as years pass not even smoke would come. This happens because you don’t find any success over the blog even if it is 2 years old. Here you need motivation and lack of motivation simply turns your goals to a wrong direction other than blogging. Always be in the company of bloggers who always keep motivating their readers rather than those who are always self centered.
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Keep motivated don’t lose your passion for blogging as your 1000th post could bring you success. Somebody said to me that there is a difference between zeal and passion. They said zeal is temporary or part time it just ignites fire for few days and it quenches but it is passion that keeps the flame kindled till we achieve what we have planned to reach.
3. Lack of support:
I agree with this point when we don’t get proper support from the society, family and people in the blogosphere we would feel all alone. Lack of proper support does create a hindrance for your blogging success but try to love your critics for they are the ones who would shape your destiny.
After his first audition, Sidney Poitier was told by the casting director, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?” It was at that moment, recalls Poitier, that he decided to devote his life to acting.
When people and the society around you don’t support always be happy you are not like one among them you are standing out of the crowd. Don’t let people override your thoughts and goals, many will not support your ideas but stay with your ideology until and unless you yourself felt it is a wrong idea. So next time when you don’t find support don’t just quit but write one more post and keep going.
So what did you decide do you still want to Quit Blogging?
As I said earlier this post is not in my timeline but I have written this post to help my fellow bloggers and friends in the blogosphere who had some bad time with their blogs. Patience is what it takes to bring your success into reality, sometimes the set time will be just a post behind and when you quit before writing that post you have missed something terribly. After reading this article if you still feel like quit blogging then let your next step be focused more on what you love and like to do the most.