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Is Blogging Dead? And A Few Other Nuggets of Wisdom For New Bloggers

February 26, 2018

How’s that for a dramatic title? Enough years in the blogging space and you’ll learn the very definition of “click-bait” but truthfully, I do want to answer the question “Is Blogging Dead?” since I’ve been hearing it so often lately.

Is blogging dead? Answering this question and helpful blogging tips in this article for new and experienced bloggers alike!

5 years ago today (well actually 2 days ago but I don’t post on Saturdays, so close enough!) I started a little blog called The Healthy Maven. I sat down at the desk in my bedroom in my parents basement and after months of trying to get the perfect name, perfect theme, perfect logo I hit “publish” on my first post. From there I’d begin a love affair with this space that would grow from a deep passion project to my career.

Many of you would join me as I celebrated my 100th post, quit my full-time job, moved across the country and got engaged. I’d talk about my struggles with body image, exercise addiction and how I’m finding balance in my work and personal life. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least but what I know for certain is that hitting publish was single-handedly the best decision I made for my life.

So when I get asked the question “is blogging dead?”, you better bet I’m giving it a lot of thought! To be fair, this is usually coming from my non-blogger friends though I have heard it happen in blogger groups too. There are certainly a lot of takes on the argument, but today I’ll be giving you mine.


Yes and no.  Blogging what it was 5 years ago is dead. It’s no longer about just posting your weekend recap and daily escapades. Those things are fun and still valuable but it’s increasingly hard to sustain your passion AND business with this model. Not because people aren’t interested (trust me- our creepy need to stalk other people’s lives isn’t going anywhere!) but because there are other platforms to do that. If you still love doing that, do it – but it will be challenging if you decide to turn this passion into a business. But from a personal standpoint, if you just want to share your creative passion with the world, please please do it!

Now let’s discuss it from a business perspective. If you want to turn your passion into a career, it can’t just be about what makes you happy (though that matters a fair deal!), it also matters what makes other people happy and brings value to their lives. When it comes to creating valuable long-form content: things like recipes, nutrition information, DIYs, self-care tips and well beyond the scope of the wellness space, this stuff is becoming increasingly important. The barrier to entry these days is that there’s a baseline level of quality that needs to be met before you can gain any kind of community. This is a good thing. This weeds out people who are simply producing content for views but don’t do their research or have poorly tested recipes. Bad blogging is dead…hopefully!

From my personal perspective, I haven’t seen huge number drops or anything like that. I’ve seen my audience diversify in how they take in their media. Some prefer video, others prefer podcasts and some people, like you, read the blog. Does this mean blogging is dead? Definitely not. It just means you need to be aware that people use different platforms to take in their information…because there are so many different platforms out there! Blogging isn’t going anywhere – people are just picking and choosing their preferred mediums to take in media and I think this is a good thing!


Oh my god yes. YES YES YES. I can’t even tell you how many people have asked me if it’s still worth starting a blog. When I started THM I didn’t in a million years think it would ever make money, let alone become my career. In many ways I think that’s why it was successful. I had zero expectations of it having any success. I truly believe that because I wasn’t grasping for something and instead found joy in each moment of the process it manifested into a career. This is what is so hard for new bloggers now – there’s just so much comparison of where you are to where you want to be. Blogging has taught me so many life skills, professional skills and become my creative outlet. It’s also connected me to the most incredible people around the world. If your sole goal is to make money or gain ‘followers’, I’m sure you could do it, but truthfully you need a level of passion and commitment to blogging even when you feel like no one is reading and you definitely aren’t making any money…because you won’t….for a long time.

So should you still start a blog? Yes! But do it for you. Allow yourself to explore and learn the ropes. Don’t expect you can do everything off the bat or that you need a perfectly designed website before you can share. It took me 4 years to get the web design of my dreams! Be patient, work hard and love what you do.


Sure, why not! I’m not here to tell you what you can and cannot do. But if I had to be honest with you, I would say that social media should be second in command to your blog. One of the benefits of being a blogger before social media got as big as it is (Instagram especially) is that I learned how to build long-form content that is valuable to my readers (all of you). I learned not only how to use this place as my own personal form of therapy, but also how to provide useful tips, tricks, recipes and DIYs that could help you guys lead a healthier lifestyle. Social media was simply a marketing tool to get the word out.

As more and more people start Instagram accounts, I sadly watch as they complain about the algorithm and beg people to turn on notifications. Sure, I’d love for the stupid algorithms to be gone, but my business and my passion doesn’t live in those places. I need marketing to promote my content, but I’ve spent years building up valuable posts that can be found without social media at all. SEO, email lists, those things are SO important and have a shelf-life that lasts longer than a single Instagram image. Any blogger will say the same. So does that mean you should ignore social media? No way. But really figure out what your priorities are. Do you want to share random snippets of your life to inspire people? Instagram might be your jam. Do you want to give long-form nutrition tips or recipes? Blog your heart out. Different goals require different means. Figure out what yours are and then determine how you should be spending your time.

Is blogging dead? Should we all just give up? Is social media the only thing that matters? Answering these questions and more on The Healthy Maven.


I asked you guys on Instagram (a great use of social media!) to share some questions you have about blogging. I thought I’d tackle them here today.

How do I start a blog?

The #1 question I got and I won’t be answering it here! Some of you may remember that a couple of years ago Lee and I started The Blogger Project to help answer beginner blogger questions like “how do I start a blog?”, “how do I pick a theme?” etc… so head over there and start here if you’re just beginning.

How do you set yourself apart in an increasingly saturated market?

BE YOURSELF. I know it’s so cliche, but trust me you will attract the tribe you’re meant to attract if you present yourself exactly as you are. Don’t second guess everything or constantly be trying to emulate someone else. Don’t compare. The world is big enough for all of its abundance and that includes your blog and the blogger behind it. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that people just want to connect with people. So be that person to someone. And eventually that someone will be a lot of people.

Do you need a niche?

Yes and no. For your first year of blogging, I’d be open to exploring a lot of different topics. You don’t want to corner yourself into an idea where 6 months later you hate it and give up blogging entirely. Sometimes it’s the topic that’s challenging and not blogging itself. Give yourself permission to explore and find what you’re passionate about. That being said, from a business perspective it’s helpful to be known for something. I became known as a food blogger, which helped get my business off the ground but didn’t necessarily attract the audience I really wanted – i.e. the people who care about healthy food and all other aspects of health as well! What I didn’t realize was that health and wellness is a niche in and of itself. Don’t feel like your niche has to be super narrow. I just wouldn’t necessarily start a blog that is about cat bonnet knitting and dehydrated foods. It’s a little too all over the place!

Where do you find new inspiration?

GO OUT AND LIVE! I always tell people “I blog about my life but I don’t live for the blog”. THM is a big piece of my life, but it isn’t everything. It took me a while to get there but I now see so much value in not working. It gives me space to breathe, allows for fresh ideas to flow and brings inspiration to my blog simply from living in the world around me. Also, go with the flow. If you’re working on something that isn’t inspiring you, switch to something else. I used to do a ton of seasonal/holiday recipes but I realized that what inspires me most is the everyday, easy-to-make recipes that don’t require strange ingredients. It’s fun to get creative but sometimes simple is best.

How do I transition from a hobby to a business?

This is a loaded question but my first piece of advice is that “no one will tell you that you’ve officially become a business”. If you want to run a business, run a business. It’s as simple as flipping that switch in your mind. You’re as legitimate as you believe you are so don’t seek others permission for your success. Beyond this, make sure you understand your value. Even if you don’t have huge numbers, perhaps your strong suit is photography or you’re an expert in a certain area and you consult. Think outside the box when it comes to your business.

How do you gain readership, followers and viewers?

If I had a dollar for every skype chat/consulting sessions/DM I received about this topic I would be rich. Truthfully, I don’t think there’s a secret sauce. The blogging industry and everything that goes with it is changing constantly and with that you need to have a deep understanding of the needs of your audience, no matter what size it is. My main message to you is to focus less on how many but who they are. How can you best serve them? What kind of community are you building? More numbers doesn’t mean more business. Most of my brand work comes in before they’ve even seen my numbers. What is visible to them is how much I care about my audience and ensuring they receive valuable and helpful information. Focus less on the pretty picture and more on what your message is. Be honest with that message and let people connect with you.

Do I need to do video? What about podcasting?

I think this is up to you! When I first started out you were a blogger or a youtuber or maybe a podcaster. You weren’t all three! These days, the game is different and there’s obvious advantages to tapping into each. That being said, what resonates most with you? If you’re not comfortable in front of the camera, try “tasty-style” videos. If you don’t have the time to produce video, focus on blogging. If photography is not your thing, try podcasting! I don’t think you need to do everything and especially if it means sacrificing quality. Focus on what you love and what you WANT to learn more about. Not what you feel you HAVE to learn more about.

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Lastly, thank you to EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.OF.YOU who has come along for this journey this past 5 years. I’m eternally grateful for your support and I hope I’ve done you proud in the privilege you’ve given me to have this platform. Whether my business disappeared tomorrow, I know I’d still keep doing it because I absolutely love it. The past 5 years have blown by because of this passion and my only wish is that all of you have found or will find something that you care this much about. So much love to you all!


Did I miss any of your questions? Do you think blogging is dead?

Photos courtesy of Bettina Bogar


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  • Reply
    February 26, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time – I spent the weekend brainstorming and writing for the blog I want to start! I absolutely love your posts and your podcasts- thank you!

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    February 26, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I’ve been stressing a lot about this recently. I’m so glad I read this and that you wrote it- thank you so much for your advice.

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    February 26, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed this valuable post as I’m working to find my passion and direction with my 8+ year-old blog that at one time had passion, direction, traction… I’ll admit that this post does intimidate me somewhat as it makes it seem quite difficult to make something out of Nutrition Nut on the Run at this point in the blogging world than if I had let it keep growing a few years ago rather than have it go dormant. That said, if there’s passion, there’s a way. Thank you for your continued honest and encouraging inspiration. xo

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      If there’s a passion, there’s a way! Follow your heart. I know that’s so cliche but it’s true. If it’s your passion you will see it through! I’d say being around for 8 years shows you’re pretty committed 😉

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    Carmy @
    February 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I feel like blogging is far from dead. As you said, long form content is valuable! Social platforms also aren’t very search friendly so if you want to find a specific IG photo vs a blog post, it is so much easier to find the blog post than photo.
    Carmy @ recently posted…How To Spend 6 Days in Amsterdam

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    Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
    February 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    You know the dance you do in the morning when you’ve taken your first sip of coffee and you’re feeling so blessed you throw your hands into the sky and say “YASSSS”? This post made me do that. It came at the perfect time. I also love the niche bit. The idea of pigeon-holing my content into one “category” is stressful AF, so reading that definitely helped me breathe! – Kaitlyn |
    Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass recently posted…What I Learned Training for a Half-Marathon

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    Emily Witners
    February 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t think it’s dead!! It’s definitely hard word and the comparison trap is real, but I agree with you–if you love it and have a deep passion for it, sticking with it is much easier!

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    February 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    This is such an awesome post! It’s exactly what I needed to hear and I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Sam Adler
    February 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Im am so obsessed with this post! Newbie food blogger over here and Ive been struggling with priorities and stressing over social media. Over the last week Ive decided to cool it on the Insta and focus more on my blog. Also what you said about being as legitimate as you think you are REALLY resonated with me.. THANK YOU for this, it gave me a lot of confidence back!!

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    Sarah Ohm
    February 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Congrats girl!!! I remember 5 years ago when THM just started and look at you noooooooow. Amazing!!! ❤️

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    Alicia @Bridges Through Life
    February 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I don’t think blogging is dead. At least to me, I love to read long posts on a website more so than social media. I also love to write. While my blog is still a hobby, this post definitely inspires me to keep on doing what I love and maybe it will give me a side income someday.
    Alicia @Bridges Through Life recently posted…Gala at the Casino

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    February 26, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Awesome, awesome, awesome post Davida!! I think you are so right in every point you made. This post was so reassuring that you don’t have to have it all figured out right away, but that it’s a work in progress. Keep doing amazing things! You are such an inspiration <3 Congrats on 5 years!!

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    Julie Rosenthal of goodie goodie gluten-free
    February 26, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Always love your posts!

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    Kim Alcock
    February 27, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Love your posts! I don’t have a blog and am not really interested in starting one, but have just started reading blogs and following bloggers, I am a bit late to the game obviously ………, but I don’t think it’s dead and I thank you for all your interesting platforms and honesty 😊

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Of course! I’m always happy to shine a light on this amazing community I get to be a part of!

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    February 27, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I started my blog at the beginning of college for the sake of personal storytelling, and it’s connected me to so many cool people and opportunities (and I don’t even make an income off it haha). I always tell people it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus – I just finished college and have been taking a break from everything, honestly – but as I start teaching yoga more and transitioning into the real world, I’m actually really excited for what’s to come. Even if I never make money off it, it’s a great way to meet and get to know people and provide value on a much bigger scale than I could if I were “just” one person in the Midwest. 🙂 Lovely post!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      YES! There’s so much more to it than just making money. If one day you wanted to, that’s great but if not, that’s great too. I think having that foundation of pure passion and love is what’s most important!

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    February 27, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Wonderful post and so informative. I started blogging roughly five years ago too, but as we change in life I think our posts change along with us. I used to be all about workouts, health and getting “swole.” Now as I age, my focus is wellness, physical, spiritual and emotional. I think people will always relate to what you write a and blogging has created wonderful connections and friendships for me. I love to write, so I can’t see myself stopping what I love.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Exactly! I think that piece is so so important. If you don’t love it, let it go and if you do, your passion will translate to those who you touch. So happy you’ve found this passion for yourself!

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    February 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I’m totally starting a blog about cat bonnet knitting and dehydrated foods. I might throw in a sprinkle of toddler antics and mommy hood just to really round it out.
    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets recently posted…Week in Review: Are You Gonna Eat That (#121)

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    February 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    What a wonderful post! Such great and honest insights! THANK you so much for it! 🙂

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    Mariam Bandarian
    February 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Wow! Thanks, this was great. I agree that people nowadays want to consume content in different ways and that blogging now means video, social, podcast, etc…

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Yes! I also think blogging as a stand-alone is still very much thriving but we need to assess which options are right for us!

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    Lucile Myers
    February 27, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Great post and so helpful. As a passionate animal lover and vegetarian I have often thought of blogging using my west highland terrier Merlin as the spokesperson to enhance his and my life but was not sure about its relevance. I wanted to give some of his (and my) advice about dealing with his skin allergy problems and how to alleviate them given that sometimes animal professionals don’t always give the right advice, ie advising me to put him on a red meat diet for a few months to alleviate the itching when this is the worst thing to do for a westie, give them red meat. Trial and error has led me to try different remedies, in conjunction with his skin specialist visits, and proper nutrition. He is a loveable and inspirational companion and has been very supportive during my university studies and various health issues and he continues to inspire me to be the best I can be.

    My own passion for lifelong learning has led me, from a tertiary level standpoint, to achieve my goals of self improvement, mainly in terms of education which has allowed me to explore the ancient classical world, archaeology, Egyptology, art history, a focus denied me when young, Surprisingly this has continued now for over twenty three years and is still going strong as I am now about to embark on the path to PHD. I have persisted with this goal despite lots of personal challenges and health issues of myself and others in my family and I have been told I should instigate a blog to inspire younger people to reach for their educational goals despite any setbacks but I just don’t know if it would interest others. I have been told by younger people that it would inspire others, who are often too afraid to try, or not confident enough in their own abilities to give it a try. What do you think as a young person who has taken her passion and made it a reality both personally and professionally?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      I say go for it! You truly have nothing to lose. No matter what you’ll gain experience and I’d consider that a win!

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    Cassie Thuvan Tran
    February 27, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Never would it have ever occurred to me that blogging would “die”, but after reading this, I TOTALLY understand why! So here’s the thing: my traffic for January and February of this year has vastly improved since most of last year, which was probably the roughest in terms of viewership and averages. However, I feel SO disconnected from my viewers. Heck, I don’t even know WHO even views my posts! I think this defines what has died in blogging: quality in the relationship with your audience. What matters ultimately is traffic when you want to run a business.
    I don’t make any money on my blog, and I don’t intend to, but it’s kind of weird that I feel a sense of security when my viewership is higher. I guess it’s because I still feel visible online. Despite the saturation in the blogging and social media world, I still adore it with every inch of my being and wouldn’t picture myself without them! Thank you for bringing a new perspective to blogging, its algorithmic tendencies, and mechanisms for success!
    Cassie Thuvan Tran recently posted…Types of Cheat Meals + How to Take Advantage of Them

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Such an interesting perspective and I totally agree that there’s this weird pull to get more and more readers, but the more you get the more disconnected you feel. That’s why I think it’s so important to focus on community and engagement rather than numbers!

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    Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off
    February 27, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Love this! Starting my blog was definitely the best decision I made in 2017, and you were and are a huge inspiration for me. Thank you <3

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    February 28, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    What a post! Killed it, I’m actually speechless 🙌🏼

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    Darlene |
    March 2, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Personally I think as long as people have interests they want to learn about or be entertained with, blogging will NEVER be dead.

    We hear things like this all the time.. like email is dead. Not!

    Darlene | recently posted…Enjoy More Beach Time | Start a Blog!

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    Alyssa | Flaxseeds & Fairytales
    March 8, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I love this post! As a fairly new blogger, this is a question that’s crossed my mind many times. I really appreciate your truthful answer and diverse perspective. I agree that blogging definitely isn’t dead, but in such a saturated market, it’s really important to stand out.

    I do my best to stand out by providing valuable health-related information to my readers, while also sharing my perspective as someone who previously struggled with chronic pain and found relief through healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. I started my blog because after my health struggle, I really wanted to help others find optimal health and avoid the pain that I went through. As you said, being authentic and honest are huge keys to success!

    I’m a huge fan of your blog and love your authenticity! Thanks for sharing your recipes, tips, and stories with us! You’re an inspiration. 🙂
    Alyssa | Flaxseeds & Fairytales recently posted…The $10 Trick that Cured my Insomnia for Good

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    March 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I sure know that blogging is not dead, we still need blogs 🙂
    I am a all in writer, that’s mean that I don’t like being in front of a camera or record myself while I’m speaking.
    I love to connect and love using social media like Instagram and Facebook, but writing is my game and really enjoy creating blog content.

    Been blogging a long time, but just started a English lifestyle/mom blog (I’m Swedish :)) and I have so many ideas that I have to narrow down ideas so I don’t get overwhelmed. Bake recipes is something I will share a long with other topics, but now I just have to think of which topics to focus on. Lifestyle can be a lot and I can’t or should cover too many topics. My plan is 3-4 posts a week, so I want to be able to cover each topic with one weekly post. Baking and books are two topics I know I want to cover, so my next step is to find two more topics that can fit well. The thing I know is that my target is mothers 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Sounds like you have plenty of ideas and inspiration! Looking forward to seeing what unfolds! Keep on writing on!

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    Kyla Jocson
    March 21, 2018 at 1:31 am

    This post is on-point! Blogging is definitely not dead. It’s just so sad that people who wants to start blogging are usually demotivated to start because they feel like it’s not going to succeed. But if they apply your tips, your ways listed above, then it definitely is worth it! 🙂 Cheers to you!
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