I started blogging two years ago and learnt a lot since. Mainly that sometimes, I don’t really feel like blogging. Yes, sometimes I lack motivation. Whether it is because I lack inspiration, I am to busy, lazy, etc. I have learnt to go pass that phase and will now share with you my top tips to stay motivated as a blogger. They worked for me and I hope they will work for you!
Top tips to stay motivated as a blogger
1. Remember why you blog
Blogging, as a hobby or full-time job, is a lot of work. Creating content takes time and can become overwhelming. Thus, it is easy to lose track of why you started blogging in the first place. You established a blogging routine, post twice a week, think your readers are expecting you to stick to that schedule. Your readers are important, sure. However, what matters most remains your initial motivation – Why did you blogging in the first place? Because you love it. Because it is your passion. Don’t let it become a chore or the quality of your work will suffer.
2. Set small goals
Setting goals really helps to give you a direction. Reaching a destination is easier when you know what it is. Being ambitious with your goals is great. Indeed, it encourage to push further, do more, never settle. Yet, be careful. Over-ambitious and unachievable goals will do one thing – discourage you and demotivate you. Your goals need to be SMART. Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. Use your previous achievements, current growth rate and statistics to set your goals. Remember that small victories all together make big ones!
3. Plan ahead
This is not my forte. I forget to write dow my ideas, thus forget them. Lately, I have left writing until the last minute. Which can be stressful, especially if I lack inspiration. And one thing leading to another, I get lazy and end up not writing. So I need to start following my own advice. PLAN AHEAD! Have your own system. Maybe an editorial calendar. Knowing what content goes out when will really help and give you more time to think and write. No rush, no stress, better quality. Also, scheduling posts in advance is great when you go on holiday!
4. Take a break
We all have times where we lack inspiration. Writing for writing is not the solution. If you struggle, then leave blogging aside for some time. Don’t force it. Take a break, clear your mind, focus on something else. And get back into it, all fresh and ready! Taking a break can come in many forms. It is all up to you. And it will always do you more good than bad, give you new ideas or new ways to approach your blogging!
5. Test, analyze, learn
Bloggers pour their heart in the content they create. It is disheartening when results are not there. Blogging is like anything else – a learning curve. Have a look at your most performing posts. Understand why they did well. See if they have anything in common. If a particular topic works well with your audience, consider focusing on it a bit more. Do not stop writing on what you love though ever. It might be a matter of timing – the right audience has not found you just yet – of strategy – reconsider the type of content you are pushing out – or of SEO – Google can’t find you. But always remember, you blog for you first and foremost.
6. Don’t compare
This one is a bonus. The topic has been covered a lot but it does not hurt to repeat it. Do not compare. Ever. You can’t compare your beginning to someone else’ middle. Looking up to established influencers for inspiration but do not compare. They did not make it in a few days and neither will you. Blogging is hard work.
Do you agree with these? Already practicing those tips? What are your top advice to stay motivated as a blogger? Ever felt demotivated? What did you do to remedy that?!
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