Starting a new blog vs trying to move the needle on older one

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So I'm caught between a rock and a hard place, as the saying goes.

I realize I started a thread like this a few years ago so I won't bore you reiterating stuff I already mentioned. Some updates:

Last spring -narrowed my niche a little. No longer a blog about "doing art" or crafts. I was started to feel burned out by it all. Nobody looks at my artwork hardly, whether it's on IG, my Yt channel, Flickr, you name it. Abysmal views however you slice it. I guess it was never my destiny. So I decided I would pivot. My other two biggest hobbies are gardening and keeping aquarium fish. Been doing it for years.

So I started blogging about all my backyard planting adventures. I did, yes, eventually drop the axe on some of my painting posts. Most of them weren't getting any traction, anyway. Yes, I did make sure to assign a 410 to them. A few I was able to redirect. So I probably have about 50-70 garden-related posts on my site, but I also have around 50 that are craft-related, however they are tailored to outdoorsy-crafting ideas - things like birdhouses, yard art etc.

This past summer my traffic was definitely increasing. I got a few emails from GSC saying I'd reached "a new click milestone" which was the first in 3 years - no joke - so that made my day. I figured I was finally getting out of blogging purgatory once and for all.

I mentioned in another thread that I changed my theme but my traffic bombed after that (yes that was on me) It still hasn't rebounded.

My most current DA is 33, the end of 2022 it was only 19 which makes me wonder what it was all those years prior. Don't know if that accounts for much, but it sounds good so I'll take it.

I still wonder if a seven year old blog still has any potential to get big, or if it's all tapped out by now. I hear from veterans in the indusrry (Darren Rowse of ProBlogger comes to mind) says a blog takes around 2-3 years to "reach its zenith". But could it be all downhill after that if it doesn't get off the ground?

The most traffic its had was 10K p.v's as of December 2020. That was my benchmark - the best I'd done to date.

I don't know if I have the mental or emotional energy to start fresh with a brand new blog, as I could be "sandboxed" for the forseen future...Seniority is a big deal, right? I'd be willing to, as I fear I'm running into "sunk cost fallacy".

Thank you to those of you reading this long ramble. And the kind feedback I got from my 2022 thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    Originally Posted by gwenhwyfar37 View Post

    So I'm caught between a rock and a hard place, as the saying goes.

    I realize I started a thread like this a few years ago so I won't bore you reiterating stuff I already mentioned. Some updates:

    Last spring -narrowed my niche a little. No longer a blog about "doing art" or crafts. I was started to feel burned out by it all. Nobody looks at my artwork hardly, whether it's on IG, my Yt channel, Flickr, you name it. Abysmal views however you slice it. I guess it was never my destiny. So I decided I would pivot. My other two biggest hobbies are gardening and keeping aquarium fish. Been doing it for years.

    So I started blogging about all my backyard planting adventures. I did, yes, eventually drop the axe on some of my painting posts. Most of them weren't getting any traction, anyway. Yes, I did make sure to assign a 410 to them. A few I was able to redirect. So I probably have about 50-70 garden-related posts on my site, but I also have around 50 that are craft-related, however they are tailored to outdoorsy-crafting ideas - things like birdhouses, yard art etc.

    This past summer my traffic was definitely increasing. I got a few emails from GSC saying I'd reached "a new click milestone" which was the first in 3 years - no joke - so that made my day. I figured I was finally getting out of blogging purgatory once and for all.

    I mentioned in another thread that I changed my theme but my traffic bombed after that (yes that was on me) It still hasn't rebounded.

    My most current DA is 33, the end of 2022 it was only 19 which makes me wonder what it was all those years prior. Don't know if that accounts for much, but it sounds good so I'll take it.

    I still wonder if a seven year old blog still has any potential to get big, or if it's all tapped out by now. I hear from veterans in the indusrry (Darren Rowse of ProBlogger comes to mind) says a blog takes around 2-3 years to "reach its zenith". But could it be all downhill after that if it doesn't get off the ground?

    The most traffic its had was 10K p.v's as of December 2020. That was my benchmark - the best I'd done to date.

    I don't know if I have the mental or emotional energy to start fresh with a brand new blog, as I could be "sandboxed" for the forseen future...Seniority is a big deal, right? I'd be willing to, as I fear I'm running into "sunk cost fallacy".

    Thank you to those of you reading this long ramble. And the kind feedback I got from my 2022 thread.

    What is your objective?

    I don't understand what mental and emotional energy
    has to do with having a blog, or several blogs, or having
    an online money making operation.

    If you realize that whatever you are doing is not working,
    then you should keep trying something different, and you
    keep going until you find something that works.

    That's just the nature of being in business. Some things
    work and some things don't, it's that way for all of us.

    And if you get tired, you take a nap, eat some snacks,
    get back up and get busy working on the next thing.

    Thomas Edison had 1,000 versions of his lightbulb until
    he made one that actually worked.

    He had all kinds of problems getting a patent, but he
    eventually was granted one, and then he went on to
    develop movies and other things.

    Are you saying that you have one blog - Gwen's Blog
    and you were posting your art projects on there but
    people were not beating a path to your blog.

    So then you started Gwen's Garden Blog and Gwen's
    Birdhouse Blog and none of this is working either.

    This probably means that there are a million other blogs
    about your same topics and perhaps people just are not
    interested in your blog things. No offense.

    You have to figure out what people are interested in and
    cater to that, not to try to make people be interested in
    what you are interested in.

    Let's say for example I love lace doilies. And I make a
    whole blog about all my various lace doilies that I have
    all over my house, and I make videos about them and
    how useful they are, and I try to drive traffic to my
    doily store, but nobody is interested in my doilies.

    That means I need to do something different. Like make
    my doilies glow in the dark or switch to lace valances.

    Are you getting my point.

    How are you monetized. Have you made any money
    at anything online besides your Fiverr gigs? Because it
    looks to me like you're not really serious about what you
    are doing.

    If I were you, I would read a couple of books about online
    business, find some successful art bloggers that I could
    emulate, or whatever it is that interests you, and renew
    my efforts about making money online.

    If that is what you are attempting to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author SweetPlace9099
    Deciding between starting a new blog and trying to move the needle on an older one depends on several factors, including your goals, resources, and the current state of your existing blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author gwenhwyfar37
    I don't understand what mental and emotional energy
    has to do with having a blog, or several blogs, or having
    an online money making operation.
    It has a lot. You only have so much energy to go around at a stretch. It is a lot of work to get a new blog off the ground compared to maintaining one.
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    What are your RPU/ecpm goals?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zoheb M
    I'd say definitely keep the old blog going, and keep improving it. You could update the theme, improve the posts, and weed out outdated content. 10,000 hits is not bad
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