As a long-time blogger I have seen the coming and going of many, many blogs. In fact, I’ve plumbed the depth of my own memory and I’m not sure that there is anyone that is still around that started blogging when I first started.
Now, I started before most people even heard the term “blog” so that definitely is related but even so I’ve met many quitters in my time – and these have been smart and very motivated people!
But time and time again I believe what Darwin here says to be true: The bloggers that “win” (or simply survive) are the ones that are ok with adapting to the changes that are occurring all around them.
For us it’s the changing methods of publishing and the software that powers it. This could be as simply as choosing WordPress over Blogger (or whatever else you’ve used) or it could be a newer technology or application that augments your publishing needs.
A good way to know if you’re going to make it in this blogging business is to ask yourself and see when the last time you’ve changed things up on your blog. Or another way to say it is to ask how long you’ve been doing the same thing.
It may feel like change for the sake of change but it also might be necessary, especially if you didn’t notice that something has changed in your online environment and ecosystem and now you’re already behind.
I’m still here because I’m willing to change, even things like my Twitter handle, again. I’ve gotten a number of DM’s and private emails telling me how they could “never do that” and my reply to them is the same:
Too bad – you might be missing out on something big.
Noodle on that for a bit.