Today, I’m chatting about a blogging topic that hits close to home. Although blogging sounds like an easy task, at the end of the day, it’s a full-time job. And just like any other job, it can be difficult to stay motivated all the time (especially with social media comparison so often being the thief of joy). Having the drive and desire to create fresh content daily can be rough – but it’s especially important for new bloggers because it’s key to building an engaged audience. Plus, it gives any new potential reader good reason to keep coming back. I know how disappointing it feels when you’ve been blogging consistently for a few months and you don’t see the growth you expected or a lull in engagement. So, I wanted to share some tips on how to stay motivated with your blog if you’re going through a blah period. This happens to everyone – even me after years of blogging!
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1. Love what you’re blogging about.
The biggest mistake anyone can make when starting out is blogging with the intention of making money and nothing else. In order to stay motivated with your blog, you have ask yourself if the topic and niche you chose is something you love and can talk about forever. From experience, I found myself to be more motivated because I absolutely love content creation. I was always excited about putting together fresh topics, planning outfits for photoshoots, and finding products I knew you guys would love. If blogging is taking a toll on you or you’re just not excited about it anymore, it could be that you’ve locked yourself into a topic you don’t love all that much.
2. Find content that inspire you.
I think all bloggers can agree that there’s at least one outlet or person that inspires them and pushes them to keep going. Every time you’re in a slump, refer back to that source and remind yourself of how they got there. Over the years, I’ve realized that reading interviews or listening to podcasts with women I respect and admire always gives me a surge of motivation to keep creating. (Should I do an updated post on my favorite podcasts?) While creating content is king, consumption is also beneficial to clear the mind – and I’m not talking about Instagram scrolling. Inspiration is all around you if you’re keeping your eyes ears and mind open.
3. Take stock of any kind comments you’ve received.
At some point in blogging, you will begin receiving nice comments, emails, or DMs. Always make note of those comments and keep them in your back pocket to reflect on. There have been many times where I felt so stressed that it was easy to just do nothing and hope the feeling passed. Every time I read a genuine comment or received a compliment in my inbox, it was the little kick I needed to start again. Knowing that someone was actually waking up and wanting to read my blog put everything into perspective and made me feel like I was having an impact. Hearing from you guys is truly the best feeling ever.
4. Create a social circle in your niche.
Social networking is part of the process in blogging, so build relationships with other bloggers in your niche. This will help you bounce ideas off one another and hold each other accountable. Blogging is a very unique topic, and very few people understand the dynamics. Having friends who understand what you’re going through is great when you need feedback or advice. Facebook groups can be extremely helpful and are very popular among the blogging community and are extremely beneficial in navigating business decisions. I have a small group text where we constantly chat about our everyday work/life decisions!
How do you stay motivated with your blog?
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