The moment that I decided to quit blogging, I was instantly relieved. It felt like a huge weight lifted and I actually felt inspired to start journal writing again.
It’s not that I don’t want to write to an audience. I am sincerely honored when anyone reads or comments on my blog. But, I needed to excuse myself from all of the pressures of being a blogger.
The truth is that I want to write on this blog more now than I ever did before. And I really think that giving myself permission to do it my way, is the reason why.
So when I say that I quit blogging, I really mean that I am rebelling against mainstream blogging and doing my own thing. I call it journal writing, but it’s basically the same thing.
Right now, this is what that looks like for me…
- I deleted my Facebook page.
- I removed my URL from all social media profiles and changed my profile name & description to something more personal.
- I did keep my username.
- I deleted my blog’s Pinterest board and any boards that no longer interested me. I had a TON of boards related to the topic of blogging.
- I left all blogging-related Facebook groups. Though if I can find a blogging group that is focused on community and not on page views and earning money, I would join it in a heartbeat.
- I un-followed most “blog experts” on social media.
- I went on a month-long social media break.
- I stopped sharing my blog posts on all social media.
I needed this break from social media to free myself from the blogging world. I know I will add my URL again and start sharing my blog posts again in the future – especially my blogging related posts on Pinterest. But for now, I need to separate myself from it in order to find the right balance for me.
- I removed all branded images from my blog.
- I added personal pictures in a few posts and in the sidebar and footer.
- I deleted the Google analytics code from my <header>
- I deleted a lot of plugins, including Jetpack, Click to Tweet, Sumome, Yoast SEO.
I removed all social sharing buttons from my site.
- I dug through the internet archives and found my very first posts. I deleted them when I wanted to “get serious” about blogging. But now I have them back!
This was a liberating experience! I don’t see myself adding most of this back in anytime soon. However, I might consider adding social sharing options again. I LOVE not having to make pinnable images though. Like, really LOVE it!
- I unsubscribed from all blogging related email lists.
- I deleted a gazillion “free” PDF downloads received over the years from the above-mentioned email lists.
- I cancelled my Buffer and Tailwind accounts.
- I deleted any automations set-up for social media. (except Instagram to Twitter/Facebook because I use that personally)
I think it’s funny that I “quit blogging” yet I am still posting to my blog (a.k.a. digital journal). It’s one of those things that can only be understood in my brain or by a small few who “get it”.
In my mind there isn’t much difference between journaling and blogging. When I journal, I write to my journal as if it is a good friend. When I blogged I did the same only I tried (unsuccessfully) to stick to certain topics.
So, really it’s all the same to me. I think I was making it more complicated than it had to be. So now, I un-complicated it and couldn’t be happier!