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Blogging is probably a lot harder than you thought it was when you first started out, right? I know that’s true for me. I used to think you just write a post, publish it, and the readers and followers would come pouring in. I didn’t realize how much work actually went into it.
Even if you’re not making a living blogging, even if it’s just a hobby – it can still be a struggle to even get your voice heard. To even attract the people you’re trying to attract.
I feel like most (if not all) bloggers go through a period of feeling unmotivated.
“Nobody cares what I have to say.”
“This isn’t going to work.”
“I don’t know what to write anymore.”
“My blog isn’t growing fast enough.”
“I feel burned out.”
If you’ve had any of those thoughts, or similar ones, I want to encourage you to keep going! We all feel low at times – not good enough or like we’re not growing enough. But you’re definitely not going to get anywhere by giving up altogether.
I’ve questioned giving up a couple of times since starting this blog, but I obviously never went through with it. Because my love for writing and blogging is too strong to just give up. And if you feel the same way, I encourage you to read the rest of this post!
Here are a few ways to stay motivated when it comes to blogging:
– Take a blogging break.
With many things in life, sometimes we just need a break. Sometimes we need time to recharge or refresh our creativity. If that sounds good to you, then take a blogging break. Just be careful that you don’t give up altogether unless you really don’t like blogging. Also, it might be a good idea to let your readers/followers know that you’re taking a break so they don’t wonder where you went or think you abandoned your blog. 😛
– Do what makes you the happiest.
I wrote a little bit about this in my post about things I learned during my first year of blogging. Bloggers change directions sometimes. You can start off writing about beauty but then you find a passion for cooking and decide that you’d rather write about recipes. You can start off writing about blogging tips but then you have a baby and decide you’d rather write about motherhood. This is okay.
You may read a lot about how you should always put your readers first – and that’s true. You should have their best intentions in mind and not be sleazy or shady. But if you’re not passionate about what you’re writing and you’d rather be writing about something else, it can show. So if you’re unmotivated because you want to change direction, go for it! No one is keeping you stuck where you’re at.
– Network with other bloggers.
Blogging can definitely be harder if you feel like you’re alone. I waited like 6 months to start networking and talking to other bloggers and when I finally started to, I could tell the difference. It made things easier! It’s nice to have people who support each other and help each other.
So comment on other blogger’s posts, follow and connect with them on social media, and join Facebook groups or Twitter chats. I don’t know much about Twitter chats, but if you’re interested in joining Facebook groups then I recommend checking out this post from Arts and Budgets. Also, if you stumble across a blogger that you would like to connect with, try to write them an email and ask them if they’d like to collaborate or something.
– Plan out your content.
If you’re feeling unmotivated because you just don’t know what to write about or you’re out of ideas, then planning out your content will help! I wrote a post all about how I plan out my blog posts, including a free printable for you to do the same. You can read that right here.
You could also plan out your social media content using that same printable if you’re stumped about that. And if you need blog post ideas, you can find 150 post ideas in this post I wrote, or you can purchase this book by Dana Fox with blog post ideas for every day of the year!
– Remember why you started.
Sometimes you just need to sit down and remember why you even started. Remembering our passion and the reason we decided to start a blog in the first place can give us the motivation we’re lacking when things get tough. Don’t give up on something if you really want it!
How do you stay motivated to continue blogging?