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When A Post Series Doesn’t Work Out | Blogger 101

It will probably happen, especially if you’re like me, and trying to figure out what works for your blog.

Peeking Beneath is a mystery to me. I suppose the mystery fits the name.

There was one series I was really looking forward to when I started it, and I did have some viewers really looking forward to it as well. Which was my Learning One Country At A Time series.

I learned about Norway, Finland, and the U.K. Only three countries…

There were a number of reasons why I stopped.

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On my main blog, I have two weekly posts that tend to take a number of hours to write. Thursday’s posts, which tend to be in depth, and then my Bible Summary post which covers a book of the Bible and the chapters I’m covering for that week. Those two posts alone could take up to twelve hours, on a long day or if I ranted and need to edit quite a bit.  Heheh…yeah…almost all the time. 

There are at least seven other posts I write in addition to these weekly.

The series of learning a country, each post took about three days or more to write, a lot of it was research. Almost half of my week. Between writing the other posts for both blogs, and then writing my book, this was a very ambitious goal.

It drained me. It made me not look forward to doing it, and I felt really bad about giving it up, but I was honest with my followers.

Related Post | One Country At A Time Help/Suggestions?

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You’re probably going to have some series that relate to what I went through. They may take up too much time for you, and instead of looking forward to writing the piece, you dread it. You may lose interest in the series, but be conflicted because you have some followers who enjoy it.

It’s okay to stop writing something you don’t have heart for.

It’s also good to consider the reason of why you blog when you struggle.

The problem is I think for many bloggers is we sometimes get caught up in writing posts that aren’t challenging enough, and/or become too repetitive in nature.

For me, it was writing prompts.

We become bored. It becomes a tedious task, and sometimes we stay with what we are doing because others enjoy it.

Sometimes in blogging, we either bite too much than we can chew, so to speak, or we don’t get enough bite. There needs to be a decent balance in the variety of what we write, our interests in those posts, and the series they are a part of.

I’ve noticed when a blogger gets more personal that seems to be where the blogger is more interested. Something that makes the blogger invested, threaded into the post, personally.

Write about things you are interested in. Just because I am not doing the series on different countries, does not mean I’ve lost my interest in learning or the fact I believe we need to not be less ignorant in life.

Sometimes you are going to have to take apart a post series and play around with it. Find the true root of your interest and the meaning you want to impart to others.

Remember having a series does not mean it has to be weekly. Save certain series for a rainy day, when you find the inspiration, or when you have time to do the research you want to. I have a handful of series not weekly for this reason.

Now, if only I can figure out what direction I want to go. 


What has been your experience with blogging?

Have there been series you’ve stopped doing?

Have you switched up things you used to write about?

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18 thoughts on “When A Post Series Doesn’t Work Out | Blogger 101

  1. Thank you for this post…….I’d like to do some blog series posts, but I’ve been known to have a short attention span when it comes to writing something 😃😃 I always want to move onto my next big idea.
    Good things to think about!!!

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    1. 🙂 well that’s the benefit of coming up with a series that isn’t weekly, but monthly or maybe just a category series. I have a number of those series on Peeking Beneath. They don’t appear all the time but when they do it’s convenient to know where they go.

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  2. I understand and I agree with everything that you said in this post. I love and enjoy blogging, but like I told you recently, I want to step back from it for a while although I’ll be blogging here and there as I have some stuff in drafts I’ll love to publish.

    As for series, I don’t believe that I’ve stopped doing any and I love introducing new content on my blog whenever the time is right.

    Thanks for being honest and open, T.R.

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  3. Very neat post! I have yet to stop a series, tho I don’t really have one quite yet…besides, Unknown Me Monday…😉 I understand about biting off more than you can chew! I really do that a lot as a blogger and then I get so stressed.

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  4. I agree wholeheartedly with you T.R. in the sense that sometimes doing a blog series that suddenly becomes tiresome and you don’t have the desire to do it can be draining.

    In my 8 months of blogging (counting February) I have learned a lot about blogging and am still learning, but it’s great. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s okay to take a break from writing to get your priorities in check in your personal life and in blogging. For me, that comes with going back to the Bible and continuing to read His Word and letting Him take the driver’s seat instead of doing this by myself.

    While there’s only one series that I’m doing at the moment (the Parable Series) which I haven’t forgotten about, there have been times in the past month that I’ve wondered if I should continue doing it and why I was I doing the series in the first place.

    Yes actually I have. Starting in the beginning of 2018, I decided that each month was going to be dedicated to something different about a Christian’s walk with God and people. I did this after going through my previous posts in 2017 and seeing a recurring theme of some type and for me; it got repetitive.

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    1. The Parable series is QUITE a task not only with there being multiple parables, but your dedication to finding other blogs that cover the topics you want to discuss, wow! There are even parables in the Old Testament.

      When you started it was about informing others and there are great points to look at and study in the Bible. But I can completely see why you are questioning it.

      I really like your idea of covering a topic relating to the month it gives variety, still gives you a challenge for each post, and changes within a decent amount of time so you aren’t focused on the same thing.

      Of course, if God puts something on your heart that isn’t put of the schedule, don’t put off writing it either 🙂

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  5. I’ve just started a writing series on my blog and it has been worrying me as to what I’m going to do with it if I can’t keep it up or if something changes! Thank you so much for writing this post and I can’t wait to read more of them! Following! 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad this was helpful to you! Series can be really interesting. Remember to keep your options open, and don’t forget what you are comfortable with as well. 🙂 Even if something doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean it ends there. Every new beginning is an opportunity.

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