Do you feel alone and discouraged because so many other people seem to be finding success with starting a blog and you are barely finding the motivation to keep going. Here are 8 of the best ways to stay motivated to blog as a new blogger.
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Although blogging can be very rewarding, it is also hard work. You’ve probably seen pins on Pinterest and read many blog posts making it seem so easy to start a blog and make money from it and while it can happen, It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. You are going to get discouraged and honestly, there may be many times you will feel like giving up. I can’t count the number of times, I have felt overwhelmed.
This is definitely not to discourage you and make you feel that blogging is not worth it. This is just to let you know that you are not alone and there are many ways that you can find the motivation to continue blogging when you don’t have the energy to keep going because you are physically and mentally drained.
Blogging has its ups and downs
Blogging is like a roller coaster. There are going to ups and downs just like with anything in life.
There are going to be days when you are super motivated. You get out of bed and you’re excited to start working on your blog. You’ve thought of a great idea for a post and you can’t wait to hop on the computer and get busy.
But, then there are going to be those days when you don’t even want to look at the computer screen or anything that would have to do with your blog.
Reasons you feel unmotivated to keep blogging
You doubt yourself
There are so many other people that make it look so easy. You feel your content and what you have to say isn’t as good as someone else’s.
It’s so easy to compare yourself with someone else. But, you have to remind yourself that everyone has to start at the beginning and you can’t compare your beginning with how someone is doing halfway into their blogging journey.
Stop and think about how far you have come. How much you have already learned. Whenever I feel down about my growth. I remind myself of every little milestone I’ve accomplished.
There is so much to learn and I’m overwhelmed.
I completely understand. I struggle with this constantly. Just when I think I’ve got something figured out, there are 20 more things waiting for me to learn about.
When I first started my blog, figuring out the WordPress dashboard was a challenge for me. Every step along the way has taken research combined with trial and error to figure even the simplest of tasks. So, trust me when I say you are not alone.
One of the best things to do when dealing with overwhelm is to make a list of things to accomplish and focus on one thing at a time. Start small. It will help you stay on task.
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You are a perfectionist
You want your blog to look perfect and you spend way too much time focused on things that don’t matter. When you should be focused on writing good quality content and helping your audience.
In the beginning, I spent way too much time picking out a theme and making sure that everything was perfect. So much so, that it took me forever to finally launch my blog. (although to be honest it may have had a lot to do with not feeling like I was good enough) so I kept finding ways to improve my blog so I could procrastinate on launching it.
If you are a perfectionist like me, then you need to keep reminding yourself of your goal and stop second-guessing yourself. You can only achieve great things if you allow yourself to.
8 Best Ways to Stay Motivated to Blog
1. Make a blog schedule
At the beginning of each month, I make a list of what I want to accomplish for the month. I write it down in my planner and then grab a calendar and divide the tasks among the different days of the week.
This helps with feeling overwhelmed because I am focusing on one or two small tasks each day.
2. Make it a habit
Start small if you are feeling overwhelmed. Commit to spending 1 hour a day on your blog. It may be helpful to even break it up into smaller chunks. If you can only carve out 10 minutes here and there throughout the day, then make those 10 minutes count.
Make 10 Minutes Count
- Browse Pinterest to get inspiration for future posts and write them down.
- Research a blog post
- Make a graphic for Pinterest
- Decide on a blog title
- Work on your email list
- Update an old blog post
- Start editing a blog post
- Go through emails
- Post on social media
- Learn something new
I have a notebook that I write in and whenever I come across something I don’t know how to do or need to learn for my blog. I will write it down in my notebook. Then, when I have a few minutes I will research how to do that one specific thing.
Overall, once you start devoting a certain amount of time to work on your blog every day it will become a habit.
3. Batch write posts
It’s inevitable there are always going to be days or even weeks that you may get burned out from blogging. So, it may be a good idea to batch write your posts.
It helps when you know you have a busy week coming up or just don’t feel like blogging to have a post ready and waiting to be edited and published.
However, I know that when you are unmotivated to write even one post the thought of writing so many can seem daunting but I have found once I get started researching ideas for posts it gets me excited to start writing again.
4. Take a break
Sometimes all you need when you get overwhelmed is to step back and take a break. You will find when you come back you will be ready to jump right back in. Everyone needs a little rejuvenation every now and then.
5. Blog what you are passionate about
This should go without saying. But, sometimes along the way you may start writing content that doesn’t inspire you anymore or make you feel excited about writing.
When you are passionate about a topic, people can tell and will respond better to your posts.
6. Connect with others
Follow, comment and join Facebook groups. If you are introvert like me, this can be a challenging part of blogging. But, I have learned so much in the Facebook groups that I am in.
7. Be inspired
I know that when I am feeling really low about blogging, reading income reports helps to motivate me. It may be helpful to read motivational books or inspirational quotes. Anything that will spark your creativity and push you to keep going.
8. Don’t forget your why
Above anything else that I have listed here to help you find motivation when you feel like quitting, remember why you started.
- Is it a creative outlet for you?
- Did you want to inspire others?
- Do you want to earn some money for your family while doing what you love?
Whatever your why is, remember it was important enough to give you the courage to start this blogging journey.
Don’t forget that everyone has doubts sometimes. That everyone has started from the beginning. But, it’s those that pushed forward no matter how hard it got that ended up succeeding.
Celebrate how far you have come and appreciate your journey along the way. You’ve got this!
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