Ten ways to stay motivated as a blogger

Blogging isn't for the weak of heart. After working day and night, sometimes a thoughtless comment or a drop in pageviews can make you feel demotivated and run down. It happens to the best of us. There are many moments in blogging when you feel that you just aren't getting due recognition for the efforts you put in.

When these thoughts come, you need to pick yourself up, simply because no one else can do it for you. Don't fall into a cycle of self-pity, which is will only make matters worse. When you feel demotivated, you don't write as well, or you don't update your blog as often as you did. This naturally leads to a further downfall in numbers, and then you just want to give up. Stop right there!

Many blogs start off with a bang, and go off with a whimper. I have seen many blogs just die of neglect. This probably happens because bloggers set unrealistic goals at the beginning, and not enough hard work. As I said, blogging isn't an easy job!

Unless you set clear and achievable goals for yourself, and push yourself to do better, you put your blog at the risk of withering away.

Here are ten ways in which you can stay motivated while blogging:

Ten ways to stay motivated as a blogger

1. Re-look at your goals

Did you make a list of goals at the beginning of the year, or at least when you started blogging? Go back and look at it. This will refresh your vision of what you set out to do with your blog. It should be enough to motivate you to keep going. Didn't write any goals yet? There's no better time than now!

2. Just write, even if you don't publish

Sometimes, we are held back from writing exactly what we want to because the internet can be a ruthless place. Even well-meaning posts can be interpreted to mean something negative. So, the process of writing becomes heavy with fears of how people will react, and how politically correct we should be. And that can dampen your flow of thoughts and creativity. That's why, it's a good idea to just write when you want to get something out of your system. Let it remain in draft. And then go back and read it to see if you can edit it for publishing, or spin off a new post from it.

3. Tone down your schedule

It's easy to overload yourself with a never-ending list of tasks. But we're human after all, and sometimes, our minds just can't cope. Examine what you do everyday. and see what you can cut off or just reduce doing, even for a while. Stepping back from social media may bring back your blogging mojo!

4. Stop obsessing over stats

Unless monetization is your number one goal, don't check your stats every time you can! I only go back to check my statistics once in a while, and it helps me see my growth over a longer time frame rather than on a day-to-day basis, which can differ due to many external factors. Stats aren't a bad thing to analyse, but you can only make them grow gradually. There's no shortcut to genuine success.

5. Have a blogging calendar

It really helps to have a schedule in place, even if it's a broad one. Remember not to overdo it! Make a list of top priorities, and things you will do only if you have the time. Write down post ideas throughout the day, not just at a specific time. Try to update your blog a minimum number of times a week. Focus on the categories that are most important to you, and so on.

6. Read blogs you admire

Whenever I read an awesome post by a blogger I love, I just go wow and think of doing better the next time I write. Reading good bloggers has always motivated me to write, and I recommend taking out time to just read superb writing.

It really helps to have a schedule in place, even if it's a broad one. Remember not to overdo it![Tweet This]

7. Think outside the box for new ideas

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Your new post won't instantly materialize when you sit down to type. Make notes wherever you go, and think of different perspectives. The thinking process is as important as the writing itself.

8. Do something new

Don't get stuck in a rut. Who says you can't add a new category to your blog? Just because you have been writing about certain things doesn't mean you can't write about something new. As long as you present it well, your readers may like the new content. You can also do a bit of blogkeeping and make design changes where needed. That always motivates me!

9. Think of it as your business

Money may not be on your mind, but thinking of the blog as your venture or business will make you want to work harder on it. Think of your blog as an extension of your personality. Make it your goal to make your business grow, and give it the attention it deserves.

10. Meet other bloggers

It always feels great to meet a fellow blogger and talk about things only bloggers understand! You could attend a blog conference or workshop, meet a blogger for coffee, or even correspond on email. Connecting with other bloggers makes you feel good about being part of this community.

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There's more! I asked bloggers to share what kept them going, and here are a few of their answers:

I love to write and blogging gives me that outlet. The connections I have with other bloggers also keep me going. Our blog posts are kind of like conversations between friends. 

My readers. So that means: Seeing my visits increase, reading comments, hearing how parents' lives were made easier because of something I wrote. That kind of stuff. Other than that, I love writing, marketing, and designing, so blogging is a great medium for all three. 

As long as I continue to see month over month growth (visitors and views), I figure I must be providing value to someone. That's the one thing that keeps me motivated. 

The reason I blog is self gratification. What motivates me is to tell the world what they are missing in this processed, fake world. It is exactly the same feeling when you've discovered something awesome in your backyard but none of the people in the house understand it's value. 

When something I have written resonates with a reader, when something I have written helps a reader or makes them smile. I get so much joy from my blog, it's lovely to know that a reader does too.
 - Kerri-Ann, Life As Our Little Family

My audience - even when I feel like I want to step away, I get an email, comment, or message that reminds me of how much the audience relies on my blog. It's an outlet for them just as
much as it is for me.
- Carin, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman

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