Blogging Failure

I Am a Failure! I Gave Up and Threw the Towel In!

I am a failure and I gave up! I am a failure and I threw in the towel. Yes it’s very true and a sad fact dear reader. Am I happy about that? Of course not!  Not in the slightest.

You see back in 2009 I set up The Epic Blog and over a period of about 12 – 14 months I built it up by writing posts, guest blogging , giving interviews and writing then giving away a total of 3 eBooks, generally busting my gut giving away value.

Everyone kept telling me that eventually I will be able to give up my c****y 12 hour warehouse job that would pay my £200 a week and sit on a beach writing blog posts for thousands each month! All I had to do is keep going and give value. Imagine if Rocky Balboa had thrown in the Towel and gave up! Where would he be now?

So why did I give up and throw in the towel then dear reader? Well I got tempted away to pastures new and I started developing websites. Over time my web developing became very good and took over my blogging adventures, so I gave up on blogging to build up my web development business. I recently learned something new from The Bad Blogger on this post of his.

“There’s no point in giving up and starting something new from scratch. If you do, the only thing you’ll accomplish is start over. It may be refreshing, but…. It’s a Terrible Waste of Time..!”

That statement got me thinking and was I saddened at the fact that I gave up mid 2010. If I had stuck it out I would have a successful high ranking blog! The thing is I was forcing it and I took on too much. The saying “Not enough hours in the day” was becoming more and more relevant.

When I first started blogging I was splitting my waking hours into 60% blogging, 20% my own time,  20% developing my skills as a web designer which quickly turned to 90% building sites and 10% my own time down the pub. Of course the grass is always greener they say but in this case I believe it was not the case.

Personally I think my Greed took over as I was earning hundreds and even thousands each month making awesome websites and I lost sight of what’s important. I keep thinking to myself that if only I had carried on perhaps another month of blogging I would have been able to give up my full time job in that warehouse and sit on a beach somewhere writing blog posts and earning a living.

So what now then dear reader. It seems my web design business has died down a bit and is on a plateau and I now have time to do my blogging where I am 40% blogging 40% web design and the rest for myself.

The point and moral of this post dear reader is “That you should never ever ever give up, even if you feel it’s hard and wasting your precious time. Because you never know what may be lying round the corner for you.”

Starting something new may seem refreshing to you! But if you really think about it you will be wasting your time and effort, especially if you are like me who has spent a lot of time and effort to build a blog only to throw it all away!

Be patient, Be constant and don’t force it dear reader. But most of all don’t make the same mistake that I did and Success Will Come!

Have you made any mistakes in the past? Have you learned new things from your mistakes or have you done the same as  I did? Love your thoughts!

Phillip Dews is a freelance website developer and designer from Birmingham UK who runs his web design and development business at BRUM Design.. Phillip has also been blogging on and off for many years and now writes his lucid thoughts HERE.


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  • Barbara McKinney March 25, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story Phillip. We must put in mind that having a successful outcome in blogging requires a lot of time and effort.In short-you must be Patient. If you think that what you are doing right now is going nowhere, stop for a while,take a cup of coffee and chat with friends to refresh your mind and always believe to this quote.”Winners never quit, quitters never win”.

  • Ron - March 20, 2013, 5:41 am

    Well, blogging is something that develops over time. It’s all about the authority. You just don’t build it in a day!
    Having said that, not many people have that patience to build a blog and stay with it from scratch. But the truth is, as time flows, your blog becomes more valuable. It’s the truth.

  • Jon
    March 4, 2013, 1:06 pm

    No offence, but anyone whose only blog is a blog about making money online (or blogging or SEO … online business oriented) without having it done in a non-MMO industry is going to have a hard time making a succes of it. I only follow bloggers in this space who can demonstrate how to make at least $5K per month in a non MMO vertical (preferably $10K per month). Most people make the HUGE mistake of starting their online career telling people how to make money online. The best info you can provide is rehashed info from other people.

    I never touched the MMO model until I hit $10K per month consistently (over a year) in totally unrelated verticals. Now I can explain what I do … and it’s not all cookie-cutter info. I had to get creative to carve out a good living online.

    I strongly recommend to start a non MMO project and make it a huge success, then run a MMO blog … you’ll have real examples to discuss, unique methods that work for you and your credibility will be unimpeachable.
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    • Phillip Dews March 5, 2013, 6:45 am

      None taken Jon, to be hones I don’t really write about making money online or from home anyway as my passion is Website development and I have been making a decent income from that for the past few years!

      I do blog about SEO as well but I try and give practical advice on it even though I am more of a developer than an seo! saying that though Jon I have recently started developing a social network from scratch using php and mysqli and after 6 weeks of developing it and not concentrating on seo for the site it already gained a google rank of 3 even though the actual site and domain name was only 6 weeks old so I must be doing something right.

      As for my blog when I first started it back in 2009 after blogging for a number of years It did have a big following and was getting over 500pv a day at it’s peak but like I say my passion is coding so I think the way my blog is going now will be talking mainly about Website Development and all that good stuff!

      Many thanks for swinging by and leaving me a comment! and hopefully this will clear up what you actually thought I was all about!
      All the Best!
      – Phillip
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      • Jon March 5, 2013, 10:52 am

        If you’re a coder/web developer, a coding/web development blog is a great idea. I’m of the view to blog about what one knows/does or starts doing/researching. I think too many people jump into blogging and start with a MMO blog when they’ve never done anything online, which doesn’t really help people who are keen to learn.
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        • Phillip Dews March 5, 2013, 5:36 pm

          Wise words there Jon, Absolutely Blogging about what you know and are passionate about is the way to go forward! In fact I am developing a blogging and Forum system from scratch as we speak for my new Social Network I am developing!
          I am one that loves to take things apart to find out how they work and all that so making something from scratch I love!
          I totally agree with you there people are impatient and want to be Yaro Starack and Ben Rowse from the start thinking they can be as bis as them in a years time but the sad reality is that it takes a lot of time and effort to get there!
          I am passionate about Website Development and I make a good living from it, so blogging about and making practical tutorials about it I think is the way forward for me. Your original comment got me thinking! and I came to realize that my time is a precious commodity and not to be wasted which is the main reason i have decided to sell my blog after setting up a new Website Development blog recently.
          Cheers for the reply!
          Phillip Dews recently posted..I am for saleMy Profile

    • Ron March 20, 2013, 5:43 am

      This is actually a very good comment. Had to second it.

  • Luke March 4, 2013, 5:45 am

    Thanks for the great post, I found it very easy to sit back and read.
    I have been in this boat myself so you are not on your own.
    If at first you don’t succeed try, try again or try something else lol!
    You will eventually find what you need, as did I!

  • Rajkumar Jonnala March 2, 2013, 9:25 am

    Hey bro,
    Thanks for sharing your experience i really enjoyed it. I sometimes think why people think of themselves to be a failure. I am glad to read your article n i have decided to show your article to those people who thinks this kind of thing and also i pleased if i can remove this kind of feeling from those people. Also we know that- success and failure are two side fo one coin..

    • Phillip Dews March 4, 2013, 6:01 am

      Hey Rajkumar,
      Glad you enjoyed it bro! too true there is a thin line between success and failure. there is only one option here! Don’t give up as you never know whats around the corner!

  • Tim February 27, 2013, 7:09 pm

    I need to copy this post and share it with my community. So many times when I speak at local networking functions, or chamber events. I find that when I visit again more and more people are ship jumping from one project to another.
    Consistency will get you further then looking for the golden nugget.

    Rock On

    • Phillip Dews February 27, 2013, 11:49 pm

      Feel free Tim, hope it can help! some very wise words there!
      Many thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!
      All the best!
      – P
      Phillip Dews recently posted..Birds of a Feather – BirdbookMy Profile

  • Hemu February 26, 2013, 6:10 pm

    i think real challenge in blogging or in any job, stay calm and focus. And your story tells that thing very well i.e. when you gone out of focus, you were nowhere and now when you are putting your all energies in one direction, it is start to happening again.

    • Phillip Dews February 27, 2013, 3:41 am

      yep True sayings there Hemu, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!
      All the best
      – Phillip
      Phillip Dews recently posted..Finding my Blogging VoiceMy Profile

  • Rashmi Sinha February 26, 2013, 12:39 pm

    An eye opener for many people out there who thought they have lost it all!!! We feel tired at the last mile of a long journey. And that is when we need to step on the gas and give everything to what we believe in. Once we are able to do this, then the real magic happens.

    Thanks for this wonderful piece of information to motivate number of bloggers out their.

    • Phillip Dews February 26, 2013, 2:18 pm

      Many thanks for this lovely comment Rashmi, I am glad you liked it! this was the message i was trying to get across!
      All the best and happy Blogging.

      – P
      Phillip Dews recently posted..Birds of a Feather – BirdbookMy Profile

  • Steve February 26, 2013, 5:25 am

    Phillip, your story sounds so much like my current one it’s uncanny – I am about 18 months into my blogging adventures but I am also looking to start new projects but it just seems like a necessity right now because I’ve got rent and bills to pay. But I’m not going to stop blogging entirely so hopefully once I’ve got my finances sorted I can go back to posting 3 or 4 times a week. I guess only time will tell.

  • Ivin
    February 25, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Sometimes the best thing you can do is step back and look at what’s going on, re-focus and carry on the right course.
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    • Phillip Dews February 26, 2013, 3:54 am

      Sound Advice there Ivin, i often do that a lot myself, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment buddy!
      All the best and keep blogging!
      ~ P
      Phillip Dews recently posted..Birds of a Feather – BirdbookMy Profile

  • Bishwajeet February 25, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Everyone learns a lot from failures, if you don’t learn from our failures then we can never grow big.

    • Phillip Dews February 25, 2013, 5:02 pm

      Yep Too True, Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment.
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  • Sue Neal February 25, 2013, 7:58 am

    Hi Phillip,

    I’m so grateful to you for sharing your experiences – I always think we learn more from our failures than our successes, so it’s generous of you to share what you feel was a mistake, even though it sounds as if you’ve still been pretty successful.

    This is timely for me because I’m just getting my blog off the ground and I’ve been wondering if I should diversify and set up more sites. Whatever I do, I’m definitely planning to continue developing my blog – it’s a slow burn, but I think I have a solid foundation and I hear what you’re saying about not giving up. Some of the best dishes are a long time in the oven,

    Thanks for a very interesting read,

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    • Phillip Dews February 25, 2013, 9:03 am

      Hi Sue,

      Glad you enjoyed my little post! I sure have learned a lot from my mistakes! Good luck on your blog and will pay it a visit now!

      All the Best

      ~ P
      Phillip Dews recently posted..Birds of a Feather – BirdbookMy Profile

  • Andrew Sieg February 24, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Hi Phillip,

    I believe that we learn more from our failures than our successes. You are quite inspiring for sharing your story of failure. I have picked back up my blog recently and I have even started writing an eBook! I look forward to see what you make of yourself.
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  • Larry
    February 24, 2013, 9:32 pm

    Hi Phillip. I enjoyed reading your article, and I know exactly where you are coming from. I have a web design business, that is not as productive as it once was. I guess because WordPress has made it much easier to build a website. These days I spent most of my time, blogging about what I love, and occasionally working as a freelancer when fellow bloggers need my help. It is difficult because blogging is a full time job. Soon I hope to retire as just blog about how to build websites.

    • Phillip Dews February 25, 2013, 3:11 am

      Hmm Wordpress, yes I am one of those people who think that wordpress should only be used for blogging! I for one love building sites from the ground up as i have more control that way! I even prefer to create my own Javascript over JQuery
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  • Josh February 24, 2013, 7:47 pm

    That is such a refreshing post. Not to long ago I had the feeling of giving up myself and decided I would give one last push to see where it went. It feels good to know that others have been exactly where I am and the one’s that succeed are the one’s that push through it and keep on going.
    Thanks again.

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