How Long Will Your Mom Blog Last?


Last weekend I decided to go through an old blogroll of mom blogs I used to read from 2007 – 2008. Sadly the vast majority of them were no longer updated showing last posts in 2008 and none revealed final notes to readers or links to tell us where we could find them today. There were just posts trailing off as if the moms had every intention of coming back to write, but life got in the way.

For me, seeing these neglected blogs is sad because I don’t know what happened to these mom bloggers. Some of them may have fallen victim to the hyper-fast environment of social media and oversharing and decided it was far too much. Others may have decided to call it quits once the brands came. Some may have moved on to professional writing gigs. Some may have started new blogs that I and others have no idea about. Others may solely live their online life on Twitter or Facebook. I saw a few are now private blogs.

I have to admit, my very first blog is now gone, but I have never stopped blogging altogether. Sure, I changed directions, turned different corners, but I always kept driving. As long as my fingers can type and my mind works I will always blog.

That brings me to this question for you: How long will your blog last?

If you want to endure as long as bloggers like Dawn Friedman, Dooce, Elizabeth from Busy Mom, Ariel Gore, and Mindy Roberts, you’ll need to do a few things:

1) Rethink Blogger: I kinda hate uttering that because many of us old-timers started on Blogger. The truth is you will be limited in the creative use of your Blogger blog. I love WordPress because of the many options you have from templates to plugins. And, it is very easy to move your files from Blogger to another blog platform. Simple!

*If you design blogs and can help bloggers move their files, feel free to leave your information in the comments!*

2) Buy a Domain: You will never feel really at home until you have your own .com or .net. It’s so much easier to ditch a blog that doesn’t have a domain. Buying a domain is a little assurance to yourself that you’re serious about this blogging thing.

3) Invest in Your Blog Design: The more you invest in your blog from a domain name to a profession design the harder it is to just forget it and stop blogging altogether. If you are serious about blogging, treat it as a serious endeavor.

3) Make friends: I can’t stress this enough: Never blog alone! Make friends on Twitter or by commenting often on other mom blogs. Create a community around you so that when you have failed to post in two weeks your friends can DM and ask where the heck you are! Also, consider going to the blogging conferences and make friends there if it’s easier for you. There are tons of different conferences now that are hosted all over the country. Attend one!

4) Be creative: Being creative means coming up with new content ideas and ways of expressing yourself. Readers always appreciate someone who isn’t pushing out trite content day after day. The more creative you are the more people will miss you if/when you take a mini-break. Can you imagine Julia going anywhere without a deafening uproar? I didn’t think do.

5) Check Your Intentions: Whether you decide to blog for ten more years or ten more days, it all goes back to your intentions. If you don’t feel happy blogging, then by all means, move on! Don’t torture yourself with some sort of false obligation to keep going. But if you plan to be around awhile, by all means go all out!


I am going to use this post as a time capsule of sorts. Leave your blog URL in the comments and over the coming years I will return here over and over again to keep up with those of you who are blogging now, in June 2010. I hope you’re around in June 2013. But, if you’re not, we’ll understand.  Just please leave us a good-bye note.

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  1. I’ve followed most of your rules so hopefully I will be here in a few years when you come to check on me. If not, it won’t be for lack of love of the game. Blogging has changed my life in so many ways, afforded me more opportunities, and connected me to so many wonderful people that I’m not sure what I even did before I started. Here’s to making it last!

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  2. I just started blogging in January and I’m loving it and I have no intention of stopping now. See you in 2013. I’ll be older and wiser and hopefully not as frazzled. Or my girls will have driven me crazy and I’ll be writing from the inside of the closet I’m hiding in.

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  3. Good post! I occassionally visit my old blog haunts and wonder what happened to the mom’s who used to write them.
    I have also let my own old blogs die… It’s hard to imagine my current blog falling to the wayside, but I’m sure at some point it will too.

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  4. Dear Jennifer,
    After reading your post “6 Ways to Earn Money”, a second time and taking notes, I have no doubt that your next post “How long will your blog last ?, has put a smile on my face, for you have definitely hit my challenge button. You have a point there, which raises some questions for me to answer. Your tips on what to do and when are
    quite valuable to me. There is so much to learn, it might take me three years,we shall see.
    Thanks again

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  5. I hope I’m still around in some form in 2013, I’m guessing I probably will since I’ve been doing websites and blogs for the past 15 years or so already (geez I’m getting old). So if http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com is here or not, I don’t know, but I’ll be around somewhere.

    One of my blogging friends, Mannequin from FracturedToy.com seems to have dropped off the face of the planet. It makes me worry actually that something happened to her :-(

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  6. Excellent advice! I just switched from Blogger to WP and it was the best decision I could have made for my blog. I wish I had done it sooner. I agree about buying a domain. I waited too long for mine and lost out on the .com. I got the .net instead.

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  7. I found you throguh Simply Stacie! Great article. I have been blogging for almost 2 years now and have recently started a mommy blog as a second blog. I hope that both will be around a long time. I’ve taken all that I have learned from my first blog to apply it to my second blog, but am taking the process a little slower (the genre helps).
    So, hello (hopefully) from Sarah’s Deals and All of It and Nothing at All in 2013 when you come back to check on us!
    Sarah

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  8. I’ve been blogging since 2006, I love to write, so I am not planning on going anywhere! I do wonder sometimes, if I am a lost, small voice in a sea of mommy blogger voices.

    I’m still not sure about WP, I did buy my own domain -your #2 on the list, and yes, there is something really nice about “owning” my blog name! I started a second blog on WP to play with it, and to work on eventually moving over- I love almost everything about WP, except-being responsible for fixing tech stuff scares me…and the post editor drives me batty, I hate not being able to change fonts and font sizes.

    still working on my “issues’, but I know it is inevitable, i will make the move, probably this year.

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  9. Wow. Good question. I have fun posting the local events here in the Philly area since we have so many wonderful ladies planning cool things. I have no intention of letting it die out simply because of all the things going on but I am finding that my kids are aging out of the activities companies are sponsoring. I am also finding that more interest is being generated over at my DIYFrugal site as an information blog — which came later as a place to post my articles that publish in our local paper. It gives me one place to reference them all. It’s tough to know where I should be putting more effort at this point – when I honestly have little time for either.

    That being said, I am seeing some die out but others are popping up. It seems to fit a season in one’s life and fills it’s own purpose. I am also seeing more traditional writers who were hesitant at first starting to put their information out in this way. I think for some, it is really helpful in building that elusive platform.

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  10. Great post. I have asked myself this question alot lately. I thought you made great points – perhaps I’ll be around in 2013…I would like to think I so but then again, I will have a tween, so I might be in a loony bin somewhere. Come find me. LOL.

    http://mom-nom.com

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  11. I have asked myself the same thing lately. And, I would like to think i will be around in 2013. However, I will have a tween, so I may be in a loony bin. Come find me. Please.

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  12. I’ve been blogging since 2008, but this is my second blog. And I’m working on each of the points you mentioned in this article because I know those are the secrets to longevity. I hope to be around for a long time because I really enjoy the sense of community I feel forming around my little ol’ corner of the internet.

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  13. I hope as long as possible! I’ve been blogging pretty regularly for a few years-it’s my online scrapbook-my chance to live out loud in case I’m never on a reality show or never famous :)

    I’ve stayed w blogger because I’m afraid to loose everything I’ve created…but I want to be bigger & better…I’m ready :)

    Hillary

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  14. This is a great reminder. Even though some of my first blogs are no longer around, I’ve never stopped blogging either – just adapted and changed things up. I’ve done most of the things you listed too, other than being on Blogger. ;) Having your own domain is so much nicer (in my opinion) that giving someone a blogspot address or ten mile long URL. Hopefully my blog will be just as good, or better in 2013! :)

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  15. I loved this article! I’ve been blogging since august 2008 and loved it so much I started a frugal blog because I was learning so much!

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  16. You provide such valuable content, Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your expertise and experience so openly with the blogging community.

    I’ve been blogging since 2006/2007 and it’s been a wild + wonderful ride. I fully expect that I’ll still be around in 2013. :)

    P.S. I agree about WP! I started in Blogger, but eventually “jumped ship” and swam over to WordPress (I’m so glad that I did!).

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  17. P.S. I am going to do the same on my blog, and reference your post of course! I hope you’ll come over and leave your url, not that I’m going to forget to check your blog… :-)

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  18. Excedllent post – I feel like you have given me some new ideas and tools to take my blog to the next level, which for me, is consistency.

    I, too, have made the switch to WP and although I had some glitches, it was well worth it.

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  19. I have been blogging since 2003 and I am not going anywhere! Promise! I’ve moved platforms several times and finally found my home on wordpress earlier this year. I am still having a hard time getting my blogger comments and old posts from tabulas moved over, so if anyone wants to contact me about that I am all ears! Feel free to email me at andrea at lilkidthings dot com.

    Thanks for this idea. I love it! See you in 2013!

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  20. I’ve been blogging since 2006 and I don’t expect to stop anytime soon. It’s certainly been interesting to see my blog transform as I’ve become a mom and tried to understand WHY I am writing out there! Right now I am sensing big changes.

    You’re right, doing 2-3 made a big difference in how I see my blog. Someday, someday I will switch from Blogger. I swear!

    http://www.vanderbiltwife.com

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  21. I started my blog on a whim in late spring 2009. Now it has become a resource for all of our family as we moved across state last fall. I still plan to be going strong at lovingmydomesticlife.blogspot.com far beyond 2013….

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  22. I was just thinking today about one of the first friends I made by blogging. She stopped blogging, and even though I’ve emailed her in the months since, I haven’t heard from her. It’s like she just fell of the face of the earth…

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  23. Fabulous post!! I love all your tips for blog survival although have to argue the blogger one. I’m still on blogger and have been since I started in 2006. It works for me so I’m sticking with it even though I’m feeling the peer pressure. I’m definitely planning on being around in 2013 and then some. Thanks for gathering a list of mom bloggers who are planning on being around for awhile. I look forward to meeting some new friends.

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  24. I started blogging in 2007 and all the content from that original blog has gone through two more domain changes over the years. I’m finally comfortable with my “brand” (such as it is) and domain. The more I blog – and I’m a mommyblogger with just a handful of followers and readers, mostly friends and family – I see that I’m not blogging for others’ entertainment so much as to keep a record of my children’s growth and our family’s life. It’s my hope to someday get my act together to have books made for my children with the stories they’ll want to hear (and the pictures they’ll hate me for taking). It’s a record of us, and to me that’s more important than anything else. I certainly hope I’m still at it in 2013.

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  25. I wrote my very first blog post on Blogger back in 2004, at the beginning of the blogging scene. I’m happy to say that now, six years later, I’m still blogging! I made the switch to Livejournal in 2006 when Blogger was getting a bit mundane, but am now running double sites on both LJ and Blogger since the latter had a major overhaul last month. But I am considering WordPress if I could ever make heads or tails of it.

    Six years strong and still going. I can’t imagine my life without my blog. Living in Alaska, the majority of my family and friends are 3,000 miles away and the blog is how they keep in touch with my life, see pictures, read updates about my little boy.

    Talking about journeys, when I first started blogging, I was a wide-eyed teenager with big dreams… then I met a guy… feel in love… got married… moved across country… got pregnant… had a baby… all of which has been shared straight from my heart, to my blog.

    I don’t know what I’d do without a blog… probably drive my husband crazy!

    -Megan

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  26. I sure hope I’ll be around in 2013. When I first began blogging in 2008, I turned to a trusted URL blog designer and bloggy friend, Jo-Lynne from Musings of A Housewife. She suggested that I go with WordPress from the get-go, instead of starting somewhere else and then moving it all later. She designed a fabulous bloggy home for me (and redesigned again a few months ago) and it’s my spot. It’s my happy place and I visit there often. I intend to be around awhile. I might be standing there all alone, but I’ll be there.

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  27. Great post. I’ll definitely be around in 2013. And well beyond. I started blogging in 2002 – Built my first self hosted website in 1998, but blogging wasn’t a word yet and like you, I go back and read through my archives. There are memories there that are so precious to me and memories that are not so precious. I went through a rough patch and all those posts have been changed to private as they were pretty raw, but I still read them to look at how far I’ve come. Some of the people that I “met” way back then are real, true, “in my life” friends and some of them have just disappeared. It makes me sad to think about what might have happened and why there’s no trace of them anywhere.

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  28. our financial situation is such that i am unable to follow most of your guidelines, but i hope to still be around in 2013. at this point, i can’t imagine life without my blog (and the friends that go along with that).

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  29. My current blog- Mommy Needs Coffee- has been around in its current form since 2003 but I have been blogging in one form or another since the early 90’s. Darn right I’ll be around in 2013! Sometimes there have been long pauses because of life but I cannot imagine not writing on my blog. Maybe life has outgrown my blog name but I will never outgrow my blog. Great article! See you in 2013! (But hopefully a lot more before then, too!)

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  30. Hi — I’ve been blogging since June of 2007, and I really enjoy it. I enjoy writing and having a central place to put pics, humor, poetry, book reviews, spiritual musings and family events. I can’t imagine stopping, so I do plan to be around in 2013. I’m a mom, but not really a “mom blogger.” I blog for me.
    http://www.mkatchris.blogspot.com

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  31. I started out in 2005 on Yahoo 360, moved to Xanga in 2006, and to Blogger in 2008. When I moved to Blogger I also copied over my old Yahoo 360 and Xanga stuff and backdated it, added in and backdated my missionary prayer letters from my year in Romania, and copied over the measly two posts from my engagement blog as well. If I ever do move from Blogger I will at least have everything in one spot to move it from!!

    Around the time I got pregnant…and especially after my son was born the blogging kinda fell by the wayside. Facebook was just quicker. But now that my little man is almost a year old I am trying to get back into regular blogging again. I am hoping that in 2013 I will still be keeping my personal blog (texanromaniac.blogspot.com) going…as well as my living simply one (essentialsimplicity.blogspot.com). Hopefully the blog I am starting for moms of littles in the Fort Worth area (fortworthmomreviews.blogspot.com—hopefully going live right after Independence Day) will still be around as well!!

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  32. My blog is 2 1/2 years old and while I plan to still be blogging in 2013, what I’m not sure about is if a lot will change as far as how often I post, and how much time overall I give to my site, etc. I just don’t know if I can keep up the pace, but I love it!

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  33. I read this post yesterday, and thought about it a lot.
    While I don’t really consider myself a mommy blogger, I am a mommy and I am a blogger. Our children are are closer to leaving for college.
    My answer to your question of ” How long will your blog last?” is, I can’t imagine not blogging.
    I began thinking about WHY I blog. It started as a way to get out little updates about our family to loved ones and friends, sort of like a Christmas card note. But it soon grew to be a journal of our life. One that I am very thankful to have and look back on.
    I like to write, and my family provides endless blog fodder.
    I decided I am a “Slice of Life” blogger!
    As for the question of will I be around in 2013? I going to say I”M IN!

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  34. I love the post! I just started blogging in February 2010 and I love it! I hope to be around in 2013. I also really need to look in switching to WP and buying my own domain. I have to start saving in our budget to do so! We’ll see what happens! oh my blog is Mommy’s Free Time and my URL is http://mommys-freetime.blogspot.com

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  35. I’ve noticed this too and it is sad. I’ve been blogging for three years and have lost touch with a lot of bloggers from the beginning. While I am a mom and a bloggger I don’t consider myself a mom blogger at least not the traditional kind. I dabbled in reviews and giveaways but that creates an amazing amount of work with little pay off and by pay off I mean cold hard cash. So I switched gears and re focused. I try to keep my blog appealing to people who are not only moms. Of course my kids are older so that makes writing about diapers out of the question.

    I fully expect to be around in 2013 (provided the world is still here after 12/21/2012) though I might be taking my blog in a completely different direction by then.

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  36. Love it! What a great idea. Here’s my link: http://www.gograhamgo.com

    I certainly hope I am still around and have every intention on being here. I would like to pick your brain or anyone’s about switching to WP. I am such a chicken because I have heard so many horror stories about it!

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  37. A lot of blogs I first started with (a year ago) have already closed up shop, or gone private, or just stopped writing. At first, I was really sad to see that passion they had for blogging end. A few tried to come back,but never got more than a post or two and they were gone again.

    I love this time capsule idea. I have been wanting to get my own URL. I just haven’t had time to look into it. I can see where it would have a more homey feel. :-)

    Great information Jennifer! Thank you!

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  38. Great post! I have 4 blogs…..but all are under a year old. I have also followed many of the tips listed in your post, although I did try WordPress and moved back to Blogger. I didn’t care for it myself, and didn’t think it was worth paying for….just my opinion though.

    Not sure how long I will keep 3 of my blogs, but I can say that I will more than likely keep my family blog for quite some time. This will be interesting to see who’s still around in 2013.

    Tree (aka Mother of Pearl)
    Mother of Pearl It Is
    Mommies Faves Top Sites and Blogs
    Go From Fat To Fab
    Button Connection by Tree

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  39. Hi Jennifer,

    I may be one of those writers who stops blogging, in fact every day I think about transferring my focus to trying to get myself published more but…..it is the blog that keeps me writing on a daily basis and…when I get published I will need a platform for my book.

    I am not very good about social networking as I can barely get online with three boys hanging all over me but I do cherish the friendships that I have made online.

    Come check out my blog at http://aspenreallife.com and I hope to meet you at BlogHer (I keep thinking I should sell my ticket and focus more on writing conferences

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  40. I’ve been blogging since 2008 and love it. I usually blog at 10:30 at night once everyone is sleeping as I have 4 kids that need lots of attention. I’m trying to journal all our adventures – I hope I don’t stop but who know what life will bring I’m a SAHM for the past few years and I have a feeling working could hault my blogging I hope I won’t be returning work anytime soon.

    Great post about blogging I’ll look into some of your suggestions.

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    • I have been blogging since early 2005 and I don’t think I will be going anywhere. I don’t write to have the biggest fan base, I refuse to put ads, do product reviews, or blog for money. I blog because I enjoy it.

      I got my domain name and switched over to WP in 2006 and I love having the freedom and the ability to host the blogs of others.

      I have never been able to keep a journal but always wanted to and blogging has allowed me to do so.

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  41. As one of those who started, stopped and started again, I so appreciated this post! I have, however, had trouble making blogging friends – do you have suggestions? I seem to tweet and fb and no one cares or comments – so either I am EXTREMELY uninteresting (which is quite possible) or I’m just not working at it enough. Thoughts?

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  42. Very thoughtful post. Life is very fragile and although I have only been blogging and following blogs for a year, I too have seen many just disappear. I have also wondered where they went and what happened to them. I actually have instructed my family that if something ever “happens” to me, please just leave a final posting so that people aren’t left hanging.

    Your first point made me sigh because I do not like WordPress. Maybe it is because I haven’t dedicated time to it because I know blogger like the back of my hand now and I’m comfortable. So far I haven’t seen a feature on WordPress that I just can’t live without, but I know that I should own my own domain name regardless. I just haven’t put up the dough to do it yet.

    I would like to think that I will still be around in 2013, not only alive but also blogging. I guess time will tell.

    By the way, I love the pic on the post…clean and fresh.

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  43. I’ve thought about this, but in slightly different terms. If something were to happen to me (severe illness, death), what would happen to my blog? I’d hate to see all of its content just fade away because my domain name and hosting expired. I’ve thought about leaving detailed instructions for my husband–which items to renew annually even if I were no longer blogging.

    Likewise, if I move on to other things and discontinue active writing on my blog, how much money would I invest in keeping it live so that the hours of work I put into it would not just fade away? I do see this as one benefit to the free WordPress/Blogger blogs–I believe they are meant to be there perpetually.

    Of course, perpetually in this fast-moving tech world could mean it’s all gone before 2013. ;-)

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  44. What a great post. I sure hope I am. I love the outlet it gives me. Blogging has become much more than I intended it to be when I started 2yrs ago. I have found it a great way to share my family’s life with friends and family. I have also made some wonderful on-line blogging friends, too.

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  45. I liked this article and gave me a few things to think about! I will still be blogging in 2013, it may be a new and fresh blog as we all tend to change:) but you’ll be able to find me online for sure!

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  46. I owned themombuzz.com for 2 years now. I don’t PLAN on stopping completely anytime soon. When my kids start school, I may slow down from the insanity of my posts though. LOL. I have things going up 2 – 3 x daily!

    I would hate for theMomBuzz to just vanish though… especially after all my hard work.

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  47. I’ve been around for over 10 years, so I hope I’ll stick around for 2013. I’ve renewed my domain for three years now, so that would be a waste of money if I left :)

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  48. I’ve had my blog since 2006, so hopefully I’ll be around in 2013. In that time I’ve gotten 2 domains, both connecting to my site since I wanted something that went with my business and something that was easy for others who weren’t digiscrappers to remember, but it all goes to the same place.

    I always blog first thing when I get up. I feed the birds, check my email, and blog, usually getting it all done before the kids get up. It’s my time to relax.

    Great article Jennifer!

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  49. It’s so true–there are quite a few wonderful blogs that I was reading a couple of years ago that have closed up shop. The worst is when there isn’t any closure from the blogger and we don’t know why they quit or where they went. It’s like reading a book and the final chapters are missing.

    Another way to keep yourself on track as a blogger: sell advertising. I’ve got an obligation to keep going well into 2011 at this point because of the sponsors who have paid me to. Whether I have writer’s block or not, I have to keep plugging along. :-)

    P.S. When you mentioned that there would be an uproar if “Julia” quit, I clicked it to see who you meant, and was so surprised when I realized you were talking about me! I guess I won’t be quietly disappearing any time soon. Ha.

    http://hookedonhouses.net

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  50. A very interesting post. I’ve been struggling the past couple of weeks to maintain my regular posting schedule due to family commitments, but I do always try to post something. Since my blog Write Expressions focuses on the writing life and parenting teens, I really hope/pray/plan to still be going strong in 2013!

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  51. I often wonder what happened to some of the back-in-the-day bloggers I used to know. Seems like I was close to groups of bloggers at different times – one set of friends while my babies were little, another when I started doing more local blogging groups here in Denver. I think one reason people stop blogging is Facebook. Who has it in them to type out a blog post at night after sharing things all day long on Facebook (and Twitter!) And, equally important, who’s going to read it? Everybody already KNOWS everything, instantly, as it happens!

    I imagine I’ll be around in 2013. I started blogging in 2000 and just had my 10th Blogiversary (funny word) in April!

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  52. I’ve been at the same spot since 2001 and expect I’ll still be there in 2013! I do miss many of the bloggers who were around when I started, but enjoy finding new blogs all the time!

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  53. I have been blogging for a few years now and find that there are seasons in my life where I can blog daily and other seasons where I go months before getting back to post something. I enjoy blogging very much and intend on continuing to do so. I currently have 5 blogs : The Happy Wife (juanshappywife.blogspot.com)
    Homeschool Unit Studies (homeschoolunitstudies.blogspot.com)
    Preschool Unit Studies (preschoolunitstudies.blogspot.com)
    Things I Love (thingsdanielleloves.blogspot.com)
    Rochester ROCs (rochesterrocs.blogspot.com)

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    • Uh-oh, looks like my addition to the time capsules was a bunch of typos! I meant to type “http://www.supercoupongirl.com” for the first URL. Maybe by 2013, I will learn not to leave comments before I finish my first cup of coffee. :)

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  54. Good question! I work full-time, I have always loved to write and simply dove in head-first as a mommy blogger, not knowing where the path would lead. Over the past two and a half years, Momma Politico has become less mommy and more politico: a political blog, from a working mom’s perspective. Since it’s how I express myself, relieve stress and the subject is always ongoing and changing, I don’t see the blog stopping any time soon. In fact, I can’t imagine ever not writing again!

    I think you’re right about the points above. I just bought my domain name six months ago and the blog continues to grow. I’m hoping to make the move to the new domain this summer. Using twitter to increase my following and to send short urls of my latest posts has been effective. Momma Politico is growing steadily and organically, with more hits every week. Networking and commenting on other’s blogs makes a huge difference, as does tweets related to my topics between posts. One thing that I hope makes Momma Politico stand out is that I respond to every comment that is posted. I want my readers to feel they are a part of a political conversation, as if I was sitting around discussing the issues of the day with friends.

    I invite you to come by Momma Politico and visit: http://www.mommapolitico.blogspot.com
    Join the conversation!

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  55. I already have one dead blog (anvdesign.blogspot.com), but that’s primarily because the one I like most and enjoy blogging on took off at Eco-Babyz.com. Now if only I can get myself to switch to WordPress! Then maybe I’ll see you in 2013!

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  56. I have been blogging on my same blog for over 2 years. Although I dont have my own domain name or any kind of prodessional design and I am using blogger, I cant see myself walking away from doing it but because of a totally different reason. My main blog was started to keep my family updated on us since we live out of state of most of them. So for as long as thats the case I will continue to blog because my readers are more than friends, they are family…so thats the thing that will keep me going (personally) for years to come! As far as my newest blog, which is a giveaway blog…who knows. Time will tell, but right now its just something fun to do!

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  57. I’m planning on still being around in 2013, assuming the world doesn’t end in 2012. :) I’ve been blogging since 2005 & someday I probably will bite the bullet and convert to word press. I just don’t want to deal with switching domain hosts from blogger to someone else.

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  58. I’ve been bloggin almost 6 months, and am making the swtich to WP and am having a custom design done for this very reason. I figured if I put money into it, I’d stick with it. I love to write, but I do have days/weeks where I think, “What am I doing?”

    I’ll be here in June 2011. :)

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  59. Great article! You know, it’s amazing how many blogs I’ve seen go…and I’ve only been doing this for a year! I don’t know what the future holds but I hope to still be around for years to come. I will be “re-branding” soon (and redirecting my current .com to a new .com)…but I really hope to still be around for quite some time.

    My current blog is at http://www.handshouseandheartfull.com (and I can’t say what the new url is right now as I have to actually purchase it!! I will try to remember to come back and leave that when I “move”)

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  60. I’m blogging now at about the 7th blog since beginning originally….this is the longest lasting blog. I do have my own domain and a new blog there but haven’t done much with it. If I decide to go there to do the most of my blogging I will definitely leave a COBA (change of blog address). Thanks for the pointers and yes I hope to be blogging (even if sporadically) well past 2013.

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  61. Great post. I hate when bloggers leave with no explanation. I worry something bad might have happened when in reality they are probably just busy. I plan to be here in 2013 although not at my current blogspot address. But I should have a way to forward you so you can stay with me.

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  62. I’ve started my blog/shopping resource almost 4 months ago and this is a full time job! Not paid naturally:) I have wonderful plans for this blog development and hopefully you will find the entire Boys Be Cool Empire in a coupke of years from now. Great post!

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  63. I’ve been blogging since 2005, and I still use blogger, probably because it’s convenient and easy to use. I worry about switching domains or getting my own for several reasonms: too much trouble switching over, updating my followers’ feed reads and blogrolls, etc. I don’t know if I will eventually switch, but I have thought about it. I plan to still be around in 2013!

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  64. I just switched over from blogger to WP and it does take some getting used to. Especially since blogger keeps adding more options to make the blog designs and uses better.

    I’ve been blogging since 2006 but didn’t start w/ social media until this year. We’ll see how it goes!

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  65. I started a blog about my son in 2005 that I quit updating frequently after my host had a raid card get fried and my design (that I spent weeks handcoding) was lost). That happened in early 2009, and Cakeblast was ruined too, but at the time I didn’t have a niche for Cakeblast; I just enjoyed jotting my thoughts down for nobody to read. At the time I was using a standard free template (self-hosted wordpress) that I restored by downloading it again – I had all my databases backed up, but after losing my templates I learned to keep my entire site backed up on a WAMP server and backup my entire computer on an external drive. I designed a new template and found a niche combining my favorite aspects of writing a parenting blog along with reviews of products that I use and like. I plan to stick around for the long haul, but your article really made me think “where will my blog be in 3-5 years?”

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  66. At the rate I’m going with the whole blogging thing, I don’t think I’ma make it past the end of this year. I just don’t have that much of a life and I don’t really ever go out so…

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  67. I plan to still be around in 2013! I’m on blogger right now, but would like to move to WP. But I’m worried that my pretty design won’t move with me. Anyone have any info with that?

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  68. With life , nothing is really certain, but I hope to still be blogging then and hope that I will grow even more as a blogger.

    Right now I don’t have the $ to purchase a domain and all those things but I’ve thought about moving to WP. I’ll just have to wait until I can afford to.

    This is a very good article.

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  69. I will be here, I’ve been into computers before the internet and the first ‘second’ language I learned was ‘Basic’, I’d give up my recess and would end up doing my teacher’s programming homework for her. I thought it was fun, I had no idea I was being exploited at the time, LOL

    I can’t see a time where blogging and social media become boring, or a ‘chore’ for that matter.

    Also, I’m not a mom, so I’m not technically a mom blogger, I wonder if there is a correlation between motherhood and the ‘drop offs’?

    I look forward to remaining on your reading list for years to come!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
    http://ascendingbutterfly.blogspot.com

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  70. Great post – certainly made me rethink staying with blogger. I love how easy blogger is – but i would LOVE my own url….if i just knew how to transfer archives over. If only if only…..new mommy’s never have enough time for everything do they?!

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  71. I agree with the “make other blogger friends” one. I started blogging in the summer of 2008 and abandoned my blog soon after. It wasn’t until I discovered twitter and started talking to other bloggers there that I started blogging again.

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  72. I’ve been on Blogger since November 2005. My blog is currently public but it is just a family blog. I don’t scrapbook and I have a horrible memory and blogging is just my way of journaling. I’ve tried WordPress and, apparently, I’m not smart enough to figure that out! ;) But as long as I can add pictures and keep track of my memories. I fully intend to still be blogging until at least May 2024 – that’s when my youngest will graduate from high school!

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  73. We just celebrated three years are going strong. I love your tips. I’m planning the big move from blogger this fall. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Here’s to the long and healthy life of the mom blog.

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  74. I defineitly intend to be around in 2013… and beyond!
    The more I blog, the more I WANT to blog.
    I love the community, the friends.
    I love the creative expression, the way words paint pictures of my inner (and outer) world.
    I’m still a blogger and a blogspot.
    I’ve tried to purchase my .com domain but some bugger has parked it, I guess because they want me to pay megabucks for it.
    I’m trying to decided bewteen a .net and a variation of my name.
    But I will be here, with a domain for a long time.
    I’m not keen on WordPress though.
    I’m a very visual person, and my blog design is my own. I find the wordpress blogs look very samey.
    I like the flexibility of blogger and the only plugin I envy is ComLuv.
    But I am hopeful that Blogger will keep adding new features, as they seem to be doing all the time.
    So… I think I will stick with blogger, but get a somain (when I can decide on one) and BE HERE for the long term. See you in a few years…??
    xx

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  75. I’ve had this post open for a few days awaiting a few moments to read it. You see, I just started my blog this February, a few weeks before my third child was born. I’m loving it so far. I can’t imagine stopping…but then, I just can’t imagine where life will lead me in the next few years. Life is so full of great things. Thank you for the great question though. From reading blogs for just a few years now, there have been quite a few that have disappeared while I was reading them…and although I always understand that circumstances don’t always support that extra time one needs for writing/blogging, I miss hearing those voices I choose to filter life with each day.

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  76. I’ve just completed my first year of blogging and I’ve loved it! was only just thinking about this same question though the other day. I have no idea to tell you the truth. I kinda hope something better may be along by then (writing wise/expressing myself creatively).
    I have totally fallen in love with my blogging community friends though so will stick around for them as long as they all do!

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  77. 2013, 2013… Well, that is throwing down the gauntlet! I am taking up the challenge.
    I love my ‘new’ blog, built on just such sound advice as yours – my own domain name, on WordPress, though in major need of design help. Everyone says, Find your Tribe, or Niche, or whatever. So okay, you older Moms, you once-ond-future-Moms,wose childrne are now out and about in the world, leaving you to redesign your work and home life, WHERE ARE YOU?
    Come visit. Let’s chat.

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  78. I began my parenting blog as a way to build a platform for my writing and my children’s books. I love it! I seem to get better at it over time. I’m enjoying the process of the writing, building the blog and connecting with people from all over. Intentional Conscious Parenting is a place to share ideas on raising children in an intentional way with a focus on inner connectedness, using our intuition, connecting with our angels, mother earth, celebrating each child’s uniqueness and bringing out their inner creativity. http://www.intentionalconsciousparenting.com My second blog is all about animals and nature. I have a friend who also likes to add her funny animal stories once in awhile. I’m a huge wildlife advocate and I prefer to write about current issues. I would love new followers. http://www.creatorscreatures.blogspot.com
    I don’t plan on giving up on my blogs anytime soon!
    Best wishes to everyone, Carol

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  79. I have had my blog since 2008/2009. I’d like to think that I will carry on….still blogging in 2013. I started as a blog about my family, then changed to product reviews, then to giveaways. Would like to be a family post only blog as giveaways are timeconsuming to run.

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  80. I started my personal blog, The Porch Light, in 2006. Then I discovered how to create blog designs, started a business, and no longer post as often as I once did. My blog is not dead, though.

    I think I will continue to blog at The Porch Light (http://ourfamilyporch.blogspot.com) because it’s my personal space where I can write what is on my mind or what is going on in my life.

    Berries and Cream Blog Design specializes in working with WordPress designs and does offer content transfer services.

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  81. Great post! I started blogging in February 2003 and am still going strong. I think a lot of people have blogging burn out and need to figure out a way to keep things fun and fresh. When people get bored with their own blog they often drop off the face of the planet.

    I hope to still be here in 2013. My blog is http://www.TheAngelForever.com

    Hoping to meet you at BlogHer since I missed you at DisneySMMoms.

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  82. You really made me start to think where I’d be in 5 years. I write about the funny things my kids do. So, 5 years from now, will they not want their follies and silliness revealed to the world? Will they cease to provide fodder for the blog? Who knows. I would like to grow it to a book or something, but who knows. I guess time will tell.

    Happy Blogging All!

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  83. I am one of those designers that helps people move off of blogger to wordpress. I also offer custom wordpress designs. :-)

    Great post, I have been blogging for almost 6 years and have no plans to stop (although my blogs often change lol)

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  84. I love this post. I started blogging back in 2006 and then life got in my way. A couple of years spent without internet access stopped my blogging all together (although I did write a farewell post) things change and life moved on, and at the end of last year I came back. A lot had changed about the blog world, it was a learning curve for me. I’ve recently been thinking about taking that plunge and buying a domain…getting off of blogger…and taking it more seriously.

    After reading this, I have a lot to think about. I hope to be around in 2013.

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  85. Yes food for thought. I only recently restarted my blog after changing direction. Although my new url does not quite fit my new direction I like it. Hopefully I will still be around in five years time. L

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  86. Well, I finally got my URL purchased and mapped, and I have changed from Happily-Ever-After-Land to simply EverAfterLand (the first one was already taken!) When I first started blogging, I opted for Typepad. Sure it was $9 a month for something that I could get for free, but I know me. And I know that if I don’t have some sort of incentive, I’ll quit eventually. Two years later, I have gone through lulls, but I always come back. The idea of shutting the whole thing down – and having it disappear from the blogiverse – is just too horrifying!
    Now I’m in the process of revamping the old blog a little (and two others, imagine!) and setting out to make some money off the thing. (And your new e-Book is EXACTLY what I needed to get started on that!) I want to feel more like a real, contributing person and less like a slave to my children. My goal is to make it to BlogHer11. I can’t wait to meet you there!

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