When Should You Call It Quits?

I received an interesting email the other day. It was from a reader who has been blogging for a about eight months and haven’t seen any results. He asked at what point should he throw in the towel and quit. While I would love to say you should never quit and give a nice pep talk about why winners never quit and quitters never win, there really is a point when you should call it quits and move on to something else.

If It’s No Longer Fun, Quit

My philosophy on quitting is really simple. To me, blogging is not a job, it’s a hobby. I do this for fun and relaxation. The fact that it makes money is just a bonus. If you’re not having fun by blogging then you really should be looking at doing something else. If the reason you got into blogging is to make a ton of money, then for sure you need to get into something else.

Yes, you can make a lot money by blogging but it’s not the best or most productive way to make money on the Internet. Shoemoney has stated that compared to the rest of his Internet ventures, his blog takes up the most time and produces the less money. Looking at my own situation, I have to agree with him. Constant daily blogging takes a lot of work compare to other Internet businesses. This is why I keep telling everyone to blog for fun and not for money.

If blogging is no longer fun for you, if writing a post feels more like work than relaxation, if checking for new comments isn’t the first thing you want to do in the morning, then maybe it is time to call it quits and move on to something else. As for me, this is still fun so you can expect to see me here for a long time.

65 thoughts on “When Should You Call It Quits?”

  1. Gary Lee says:

    Kind of what we chatted about over the weekend, huh John? I also think it has to be balanced out a little bit. I think I spent so much time blogging, that I forgot to spend time on projects that had earning potential. Now that I’ve refocused, the blog doesn’t get the same time as before. I’d still appreciate comments though πŸ™‚

    1. Jack says:

      @Gary Lee
      yes, that is the point Garry.
      some people spent so much time for blogging with no money at the end. but john chow, this guy always makes money on whatever he does.

      @John Chow
      Now John, post like this is the reason why i subscribe to your feed. i don’t really care about your making money posts, or your contests, or even on your earning reports (well that is a lil bit ; ).

      For some people, stevepavlina is a perfect read for them, but for me, i can have the same moral story with a better fun to read here. Oh i don’t want to make any comparison, i love stevepavlina writing, it’s amazing how he can makes so many money (it’s even more then John makes) from just google adsense only. it’s just i always need to print his post first before i can read it. that means i have to arrange my time just to read it πŸ™‚

      Thanks John, for such a post like this.

  2. Gary Lee says:

    and now Danielle has my blog icon . . . this is turning into a repeat of CareerRambling last year where JM got all the face time! hahahha

    1. I don’t think people think blogging is fun anymore they look at it as a lottery ticket.

  3. Domtan says:

    It’s like MySpace but with a bigger prospect. But no one should really quit, perhaps take a step, or two, back. Then get back into it a little less tense and anxious on the whole money making matter.

    1. I think it happens when people have too many blogs they get burned out too quickly and don’t find it fun anymore!

  4. Totally agree with you, blogging should be a fun thing to do with a bonus cash if you can make some, but doing it just for money will get you nowhere.

  5. Etienne Teo says:

    i guess if it is no longer fun to you, no matter how long you are in this industry, it is time to quit or sell your blog/site.

    1. Or you could rent some other dude to maintain the site if it is not your personal blog.

  6. Nick says:

    Its good to blog for fun… if its a job you are thinking about better to be a freelance blogger, at least you know you are gonna get cash… or you can create something illegal, than get arrest for it like TV-Links.co.uk….
    Read their downfall…

  7. James says:

    I don’t think you could put it better than John. If it ain’t fun – do something that is. Life is too short.
    On the other hand, maybe you have to take a good look at what you may be doing wrong and correct it.

  8. MoneyNing says:

    Making money and blogging for fun go hand in hand. Popularity drives $$$ and also drives growth to the blog which is ultimately what makes the blog fun. Of course someone who is having fun with the blog also tend to have better content and an overall better blog.

  9. starboykb says:

    “It was from a reader who has been blogging for a about eight months and haven’t seen any results.”

    It looks to me he is trying focus on make money out from his blog only. Maybe I am wrong, but if he want to start a blog, all he need to have fun with it and find something interesting to roll into his blog. If the readers are not interested, just go with another different routes.

    If he no longer interested to post anything or want to focus on another life. Just sell your blog, thats all or better closed it.

  10. As stated in the post, blogging should not feel like a chore. If it does, the odds are not in your favor. If you blog for enjoyment, your posts will reflect it and your blog will ultimately yield results.

    1. Wayne Liew says:

      As you phrase it, we can look at a post is being rushed out or it has gone through a thorough research by the author of the posts. This is what separates an authority blogger from the crowd.

  11. Excellent advice… and can be applied anywhere

  12. Shawn Knight says:

    Good post, and it is very true. The same can be said for people like us in the tech site business. I see new sites come and go at an alarming rate. It’s really sad too, because many of these sites are great at what they do. But, I suppose they get tired of doing it and want to move on to something new.

    You should be passionate about what you do… if you aren’t, move on to something else, end of story.

  13. Simon says:

    I agree, it amazes me these make money online sites that focus on blogging as a viable income.

    While it is for some I think the work involved is awesome. There are far easier more immediate ways to make money online.

    A tool or affiliate site is a far better option. One good angle or idea and your site can skyrocket

  14. chtanxw says:

    I would like to think out of box. Let say I want to make money by blogging. Then it became a motivation or a goal to strike. Along the way, I may encounter many many setback. But, I will stand up to combat and overcome it.

    Many people advise new comers not to think make money initially. It is only half truth. Anyone can make money through blogging by testing his strategy and action again and again. There is no easy way to succeed in any endeavour. If you don’t want money initially, money won’t come to you! If your initial motive is not making money, there is no such thing as when should I call it quit.

  15. Interesting post.

    Why would you start a blog if you didn’t truly enjoy writing? To think that you would make a fortune from blogging is ridiculous. Very few actually make any money from blogging, and those that do, actually enjoy doing it. Like John said, he blogs for fun and relaxation. Why else would you want to start blogging in the first place?

    1. lyricsreg says:

      Duh … money ? It doesn’t matter if you like or not blogging. The question is : are you any good at it ? If you are, than start making money … or at least try to

      1. If you only blog for the money, then you won’t be around long. Therefore, you will never make any money at it. You need to blog because you like the subject and you enjoy blogging. Then the money will follow, or so goes the theory. πŸ˜†

    2. I’d like to see the average hourly “wage” for most bloggers, I bet it’s not that good!

  16. I agree. I started blogging for fun mostly at the beginning. If it’s not fun, you won’t write interesting posts and in the end, make no money either.

  17. Nice post John

    Incidentally from the comments you have been leaving, it seems you have given up on your side blog experiment. Would you say you have called it quits there?

    Seems a lot of work just to prove a point all over again.

  18. JCYL says:

    You’re exactly right. I blog for fun as well, knowing very well that it’s not ad-worthy. πŸ™‚

  19. Justin says:

    Agreed upon as well. I just think that if you are going to blog and like what you are doing that you shouldn’t have to throw in the towel if your not making money. I think people just don’t promote their blog. They expect everyone to just show up to it and start clicking ads. Either way its all about having having fun.

  20. i agree that blogging should be for fun and if it makes money, that’s a bonus. But why do I keep hearing bloggers whining about having writer’s block? If filling up your blog regularly is a chore, don’t do it.

  21. I really hope that this doesn’t happen to me. I’m such an impatient person, I like to see results right away. πŸ™„

  22. Good post, John. This advice can me applied to many business ventures as well.

  23. SpinDigg says:

    The question is not when to quit, but why you want to quit. Partly quiting is driven by our natural human instinct to quit when things get too hard, or it’s not working the way we want it to, we all think about quitting things everyday but sometimes that’s the very reason not to quit! People succeed because they don’t quit when it gets too hard or too boring or too time consuming and by pushing though the difficult times brings long term rewards and separates you from the pack. So does that mean you should never quit! No, quitting things that have limited potential means you can focus on things have better long term benefits. I say quit when there is nothing of value for you to achieve by not quitting. πŸ™‚

  24. mahdi yusuf says:

    if your making money it will remain fun!! its just having good discourse on your blog! 😎

    1. Good pont mahdi yusuf, if you’re making money it is fun!

      For me blogging is fun because i have an opinion about pretty much everything and offer it reasonable freely. Then if this pays me, that’s just icing on the cake!

  25. Dandruff says:

    I feel What ever you do should be done to the fullest. You must give your 100% to get 100% results. You can’t give 80% and expect 100% results.
    One must learn to enjoy everything that he is doing.

  26. Neil Duckett says:

    It’s a full cycle i guess … there’s a better chance of succes if you’re blogging for the fun of it which means with the success you’re going to want to continue and around it goes again. Enjoy it or give it up.

  27. uttoransen says:

    money is only for paying the bills, rest is all fun!! am a blogger for about 3-4 years now, i have a lot of blogs, and all day long i just keep checking the comments, can’t even think of a life without blogging!!

  28. James Wilcox says:

    I would counter with one thing John…Blogging isn’t just a hobby…I don’t blog because I am bored with other things in my life. I have and always will be an artist in one form or another and blogging to me represents the utmost in freedom of expression.

    I am fortunate to live in a “free” country. Yeah I put free in quotes because freedom is a representation of the sacrifices of the many for the freedom of the few. I am unfortunate in that I have ancestry in the signing of the declaration of independence.

    Unfortunate? You see, I am a wilson by proxy of a wilcox…that means I am directly related to James Wilson (a signer of the declaration of independence). James Wilson believed in the same ideals John Hancock did…and if you don’t know those you need to either go back to school or read a few books…because I’m not going to go into detail here.

    The point is, had these fellows called it quits when they were trying to change the fundamental ways of this country, would they have accomplished half of what they did? I think not. And they didn’t have the internet at their fingers to wax politcal…they had to wait for weeks for an opinion to make light in the press even if they were lucky.

    bottom line…If you are only getting into the game of blogging…welcome to the club and happy sailing! Send me a shout out and some email and let’s get this party started!

  29. Its true that when its no longer fun… you take other options.
    If you think you’ve gone through all your options… I’m pretty sure there is still another option that you haven’t tried. Everyday I’ve been find new ways to drive traffic to my site… and it has been an eye opener each and everyday for me.

    For those who are struggling… hang in there. As long as you are planning your seeds… you will reap the rewards in the near future.

    Carlo Selorio

  30. Mike says:

    Im totally having fun on my blog! In fact its what keeps me and my net buddy 4 life, Nick Ramsay connected! I make hardly anything but maybe one day, just one day, I will earn more than my average of 20 cents a day from google! At least for this month, and believe me, thats a good month!

  31. goldfries says:

    As what I always tell my readers and other bloggers that sought my help – FOCUS ON CONTENT.

  32. lyricsreg says:

    Never ! I repeat : NEVER

  33. Rhys says:

    I quite agree. If you have 2-3 weeks of not enjoying it, maybe you should give up.

    It’s hard position to be in, but it’s worth it. There’s better ways to make money online.

    But if you’re solely in it for the cash, it’s terrible. I do it because of the wonderful people I have met (including the soon to be Mrs. Wynne ;))

  34. Marko Novak says:

    I almost quit 5 times in my 6 months of blogging but every time managed to hang on. I’m glad I didn’t submit to the pressure. I’m starting to enjoy blogging now.

  35. If you give up the minute you find something a little tough going, slightly boring or somewhat disheartening, that’s not giving any venture enough time. You need to work on something long enough to find out if it really not for you, before you throw in the towel. 😐

  36. My blog has been the least effective way of making money online I’ve found to date but I still enjoy doing it. As long as it isn’t killing other projects and is still fun then I’ll carry on.

    1. My blog has not made any money at all. Nor did I want it to. It gives me an opportunity to express myself on topics which I consider important or interesting. Instead of seeing on print, I see it on screen and so do my friends and family whose reactions more than compensate me for the time I spend on it.

  37. warzone says:

    I think its a personal choice who wants to blog for money or for fun. To be honest, you have to spend money to make money. If you dont spend enough, you probably wont make enough. That is the honest and sad truth. People think by just blogging on their blog they can simply just earn cash off it. Well guess what. It is not so. You have to infact earn the living. Make quality posts and advertise them. Post them on other sites like digital point and what not. That will get you visitors which will get you your money. Take my blog for example. With just a few bucks I was able to run a successful TLA (text-link-ads.com) campaign which got me 300 USD. By posting on sites like digital point and site point. Keep at it and blog on brothers!

  38. Wayne Liew says:

    I always tell people to blog for passion and fun as well but when they look at examples like you, John and Darren Rowse, they thought blogging is a “get rick quick” scheme which they can earn tonnes of money without doing much word.

    In the end, we got stuffs like splogs and spam comments all over the blogosphere. Darn them! πŸ‘Ώ

    1. That’s true, we got too many SPlogs…

  39. Absolutely. Why blog if you are not enjoying yourself? If at the start you went into it with money only as the motive, obviously, the product is a bomb. Either change the product or start enjoying normal blogging.

  40. Bujes says:

    At the moment you stop believing in your success it it good to stop blogging and start with something else. If you aren’t motivated you won’t write quality content.

  41. Tony Smith says:

    Great post. If you’re just doing it for the money then it’s doomed from the start. That’s why I picked a blog/webcomic, it’s fun and I’ll never lose interest!

  42. Denise says:

    I love writing and blogging. Although I need to learn a lot about doing both. I have earned money and lost money, but I have had a great time along the way.

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  43. "I never saw a creature sorry for itself. A bird will fall dead frozen from a bough, without ever having felt sorry for itself."

    The above quote is one of the best quotes in all of G I Jane starring lovely Demi Moore. πŸ™‚

    Noone should whine about what makes them more or less than other things. I agree with John on this. The competition is getting stronger for Shoemoney, and stick-to-itiveness will pay the men when the boys will have given up long ago. :mrgreen:

  44. Good point. So many blogs say “stick with it” or something else. If you are in this to make money and your are not making money and you are not seeing progress…quit or try something radically different. My blog was essentially a diary for my thoughts and ideas. I do make a commitment to write articles, which can feel like work, but it serves a purpose to get my ideas down in writing. It is something I “want” to do and feel satisfied when each article is completed. Anyhow, enough of my own blogging righteousness. Do what you want really….

  45. Credit Guy says:

    Great advice John. Although I don’t like writing much, I do feel like I’m doing some public service: giving free advice and ideas. It’s surely not for the money cuz I don’t have any ads on my blog.

  46. Shannon says:

    I agree with John. Quitter never wins. Well this one applies to everyone.

  47. Jeremy says:

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    Try it before you quit

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