Many times there are so many great reasons for an individual or an organization to blog, nevertheless, there can also be reasons (good or bad) to stop. If you are a blogger, the first thing I want you to know is that, if you choose to close your blog, then understand that closing it the right way is of paramount importance as it may affect your online identity negatively or even hurt your followers. I believe that Her Zimbabwe has done it well, please read their full statement below...
To all Her Zimbabwe followers,
It is with great sadness that we announce the official closure of Her Zimbabwe. Over the last few months, the organisation has been in the process of winding down its activities and finalising legal closure. We’ve felt the need to close down the organisation for a range of reasons – differences in opinions around the vision and growth of the organisation, and burn out key among them.
As a young organisation, we learnt a lot from you, our followers and supporters, as well as from working with various project partners. The experience and lessons learnt have been invaluable in teaching us about ourselves, as well as how to grow and manage projects and navigate the development sector.
There have been joyful times and there have also been difficult times. And we are indebted to you all for your shows of faith in us. Over the last six years of this journey, we hope we made you proud of what Zimbabwean women can achieve in harnessing the potential of digital media to tell our own stories. We hope that you continue to tell our important stories and put the voices of our women out into the world. Our stories, our nuance, our voices are still so necessary.
In due course, we will be working to archive the website so that it remains as a repository of knowledge and information for you to continue to have access to. This means that while we will no longer be updating the website - or social media accounts - with new content, you will continue to have access to all content produced since 2012. Please note that if you currently visit the Her Zimbabwe website, you will not be able to access the website as we are in the process of resolving its long-term hosting plan.
Again, thank you for all your support over the years. It is sad to say goodbye.
Her Zimbabwe team
There are so may mixed reactions to the closure of the blog. I personally think that the blog was playing an important role in closing the gender based imbalance not only in blogging but also in other online issues that women could not engage in. So its closure is heartbreak to many. Her Zimbabwe was operating from the domain herzimbabwe.co.zw and it was founded by Fungai Machirori.
This is not the first time that a blog comes and go. I know another Technology blog which was birthed and died within a year, the Techmedy. Tech Medy was operating from the domain techmedy.com . The owner however founded another technology blog called PieLoop which is focussing on global technology.
To conclude, I will share an article on how to close a blog, the best way, with minimum damage to your publicity etc