Have you ever thought about giving up with your blog? Or have you questioned why you are bothering to blog at all? This post is for you, do not give up! Working hard on something and not seeing some sort of immediate success can be demotivating and disheartening. But all bloggers started like that and have probably felt that way at some point, it takes time to build a consistent audience and success.
Blogging is hard work and it does require dedication and motivation. It is very frustrating I am sure you will agree when the blogging industry is portrayed as easy. Working hard on your blog consistently although requires motivation, however of course no one is motivated 100% of the time. I am sharing these 12 steps you can take as blogger to keep that motivation and drive for success.
#1 Create a realistic blogging schedule
When you are blogging it is important that you create a blogging schedule that is realistic and can keep too. In a schedule you need to work out how many times per week or month you would like to post, what set days of the week and times that your posts will go live. Creating this plan allows you stay consistent on your blog to help build your blog traffic and DA score. Making the schedule realistic is key for it to be successful, it is hard to stay motivated if you have overwhelmed yourself.
#2 Take a break when it is needed to avoid a burn out
Everyone needs a break at some point it is a chance to recharge and come back with fresh inspiration. If you are consistently working on your content it can be overwhelming and it can become stressful keeping up with all of your social platforms. Taking a regular social media detox or scheduling time away from your blog and social media is vital to stay motivated and inspired to work on your blog. You never want it to feel like a chore!
#3 Remind yourself why you started blogging
If you are finding yourself loosing motivation with your blog or writing, it is a great exercise to write down why you started blogging and what you enjoy about it. Doing this exercise reflects positivity and helps you focus on what you love. There are so many things that bloggers love about blogging.
#4 Write about what you love
It is so easy to get sucked into the mindset of writing about topics that you think other people would like to see rather than what you want tot write about or enjoy writing about. Your passion is what shines through your writing and makes your posts enjoyable to read. If you start content that you are not enjoying it will come across to your readers. To keep your interest and motivation in your blog you need to create content you love!
#5 Create a blogging community
There is huge blogging community online and it is very supportive. It is important to have blogging friends and support one another, seeing other bloggers and their successes can motivate you to succeed and achieve your goals. If you are struggling with any blogger problems or have any questions there is always people on hand to help. I have made some great blogger friends who are super supportive of me and my blog.
#6 Create good writing habits
Finding your right environment is great to create the motivation to write. Also finding the right time of day to write is great to maximise your productivity. You may have a specific day that you have free and so allocating that day as your writing day can help you create a great schedule.
#7 Stay organised
Keeping organised is a sure way to keep your motivation high and enjoying blogging. Having a schedule, writing posts ahead of time can help as well as plan your content ahead of time. When you have planned your content ahead of time and scheduled social media posts, there is less pressure and you will always have content. Building consistent content helps you boost your blog traffic and DA score. I like to use my BusyB planner and my bullet journal to help stay organised with my blog. Finding a planner system that works for you is a huge benefit for blogging.
#8 Join blogging groups
There are a lot of blogging groups on various social media platforms that you can join to help share your content, get helpful tips and advice again to make blogging friends. Being part of these groups means you can see other creators content and successes which can help motivate you to work hard and set more blogging goals for yourself.
#9 Keep your content fresh
Researching content ideas, looking on Pinterest for inspiration and reading more can help inspire you to create new fresh content. Creating fresh content can stop you from becoming bored with your writing, new content ideas are uplifting and you can get excited about writing and sharing that content. It will be refreshing for your readers also.
#10 Make blogging goals and evaluate them regularly
Making goals in any area of your life is a great motivator to work smarter and succeed. Its always a great idea to set blogging goals whether that be a particular amount of followers, to post a particular amount of content per month or a certain amount of views. Setting goals and targets can help keep you focused. Checking in each month is beneficial to see how you are progressing. You can set up a statistics tracker in your bullet journal.
#11 Engagement is key
Engagement on your blog and social media platforms is important to build your audience, improve your DA score and boost your blog traffic. Engaging with other bloggers on their blog and their social media platforms can help you make friendships. Having your audience engage with your content is so motivating especially when they leave positive comments or say that you have helped them and it makes you want to write more. There could be simple reasons that your blog engagement may not be growing so it is vital that you are making it accessible to do so.
#12 Stop the comparison attitude
It is great to follow lots of bloggers and be active in the community however it can be easy to fall into that comparison attitude and it is not only damaging for your mental health but it can really impact your motivation negatively. The blogging community is vast and there is space for everyone, everyone has something to share so never feel you are not valid. Every blogger is an their own journey, it is nota race. Use other bloggers success to motivate you to work smarter for your goals.
Do you have other tips to help bloggers stay motivating? I’d love to hear in the comments.