Why I Quit Blogging and How I Came Back

Years ago, when I was just a twelve/thirteen year old myself, I created this blog. It started out as a time passer, really.

My family had just moved from the States to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a true culture shock for me, not gonna lie. I was enrolled in an international private school but found myself struggling to adjust within a week. Strange thing is, my younger siblings adjusted just fine! I know it had to with the fact that I was much older. It was really hard to adjust. Perhaps I’ll touch upon my time living in Saudi Arabia in another blog post.

Long story short, I ended up homeschooling myself. A territory no other member of my family (or any of my friends, for that matter) had ventured into. To occupy myself in my free time, this blog was born.

I was very consistent the first year of blogging. I posted movie reviews, Q and A’s, book reviews, my travel experiences, my homeschool life-style, living in the Middle East, and my own short stories.

One day, I just suddenly stopped. And I have conveniently listed the reasons as to why I quit blogging, as well as how I overcame these issues.

  1. ย I Became Self-Consciousย 

You heard that right! My parents realized that once I hit high-school, it would be too difficult for me to homeschool on my own. Going to an actual school building would give me the life experience they believed I needed. And so, once I realized I would haveย classmates who may stumble upon my blog, I suddenly retracted from the WordPress community and friendships I had built here.

To this day, I regret that decision. I really, really do. I let my own worries get the best of me when I could have built my blog to its maximum potential. It will haunt me for years to come, no doubt. I guess I was just embarrassed of my posts, even when I had no reason to be.

Now, I seriously could not care less if someone from school found this page. In fact, I would want for it to be discovered because I am proud of what I have built for myself. I want it to be discovered on its own, without the need to send my blog link to my contacts. ย It makes me feel…happy and accomplished.

ย 2. My Family Moved Countries Again

This is actually quite confusing so let me know if you have difficulty following along! After one year of living in Saudi Arabia, it became apparent I would not be able to build a life there. So I packed my bags and went to live with my grandmother in Pakistan.

I KNOW.

I moved away from my family to a country where I had, literally, nothing. An American, born and raised, moving to Pakistan. I didn’t even understand the local language (fun fact: I still don’t). I would start my high school here. I want to write about this entire chapter of my life in another post, because it is just too long of a story.

Regardless, moving countries yet again was difficult. Not having my parents or siblings was odd. I became dedicated to my school and catching up on all the work I had missed. At the time, I also did not have a laptop, making writing a difficult idea.

But alas, I know have a laptop, great friends (seriously, the best), and my family is now living here somewhat. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย  3. I Was Lazy and Lacked Motivation

I’m pretty sure I stillย am. But definitely not as lazy as I used to be. It’s all about balance. Posting on my blog once a week works the best for me. I’m able to fit in working out, hanging out with friends, spending time with my family, and school, while still having some down time to myself.

Writing seemed like a long tedious task, a chore, rather than a hobby. Now, I write from my heart (not actually, more like my brain but you get what I’m saying) and the words just coherently come out. My writing is genuine, and I mean everything I say…er…write.

I realized recently that my life story is rather…unique. People always stare with awe when I recount my years. It made me understand that if people in my day to day life were amazed, there was no reason why the Internet would’t be.

I have to say, the blogging community may be the most sincere, non-toxic place on the internet. My readers were so welcoming and encouraging on my first blog post just last week. Reading the comments puts the biggest smile on my face, honestly! Seeing that REAL PEOPLE ACTUALLY FOLLOWING ME is the greatest thing I could have wanted for myself. It fills my body with endorphins and happiness. Thank you for that!

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So there you have it! A light read for y’all. ๐Ÿ˜€ Now my question is: How didย you (yes, YOU) get into blogging? What are your favorite things to blog about? ย You may think your answer in boring, but I want to hear it!! Have a great night/day wherever you may be! Don’t forget to smile!!

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha โค

 

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7 thoughts on “Why I Quit Blogging and How I Came Back

  1. Very well said Ayesha!๐Ÿ’“
    Even I started blogging out of solitude wanting to occupy myself and now that I’ve fully grown into it..I actually love it..love writing poetries on various genres, fictions and many more to come.
    It’s certainly a great community full of wisdom and words..everyday I get to learn a hundred new words and phrases..and that’s great..๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’“
    Hope you enjoy your blogging venture. Have a good day๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Wow, your life really sounds interesting! Wait so you are an american, living in Pakistan, used to live in Saudi Arabia? Can you please post where you used to live, how it was and how old you were and well yeah everything!!
    I got into blogging because I have started a couple of blogs earlier in my life, but was also self conscious about it. Still kind of am, which is weird sense I’m 35 yrs old haha. But I have always felt that I have a mission in this life and that is to help people world wide. Especially women and children. There is way too much suffering on their behalf. If I can reach someone and help them out of a bad life just with my words, then this is so worth it!
    Keep doing your thing!!

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  3. Great! Well the success you have you in creating your following is admirable. I have been blogging since 2010, but my following has stayed very lean throughout.

    I started blog because i had thoughts, opinions and approaches of seeing things that I wanted to express. I began with Facebook posts and regularly commenting on different blogs. Encouraging feedback of my comments and posts on blogs led me to WordPress blogging.

    You very rightly pointed out blogging community is very supportive and non-toxic.

    I took a break from blogging as well like 4-5 years. Reason for quiting so long was my day job. I was unable to find/make time for it.

    As they say, to write good one must read good. Unfortunately I had no time for both. Even when I tried writing after few years I was kinda stuck in writer’s block.

    Since January 2019 I’m jobless again, which had started putting me stress. To make myself useful and put my mind at ease I started again. I spend most of my time on blogosphere reading and getting inspirations. Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hi, Ayesha! I started my blog just recently. I started it, because I want to share my reading and living experiences with people and I want more people to read books, ’cause even if you don’t read, or don’t like it, if you find a book that you really LOVE, you will not only be doing some learning, but if maybe (I don’t say that you do), but maybe if anyone has some issues or hard time in their life, they eventually will be sucked in the books life and won’t think about their strugglesin life. You won’t even feel it, but suddenly, you are disconnected from the world around you and you feel every emotion characters of the book feels.
    Ok, I got carried away again about books, but my main point that I want everyone to get is that: whatever you feel: whether your angry, sad or afraid, a simple book will help you to get through everything.
    So that’s why I started blogging and what I blog about. Have a great week, Ayesha, and till next timeโค

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  5. Amazing post, I started blogging I guess just to prove to my family that I could stick to doing something and not give up cos I got bored! Now I enjoy blogging and reading other people’s blogs! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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