I woke up and it’s 77 degrees out today-in Maine! Isn’t it supposed to be getting cooler? No excuse to go for a long walk I guess! Anyone else having a hard to stay motivated while blogging? I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and it can be difficult to stay motivated! Sometimes the numbers aren’t where we want them to be or it’s becoming difficult to come up with new content. I have been there, you are not alone! For Blogtober Day Nine, I’m sharing how I keep motivated while blogging, even a year later!
Staying Motivated While Blogging
Blogtober Day Nine
If you’ve been blogging for some time now, then you’ll understand that finding that spark that keeps you going is an ongoing process.
Don’t get be wrong, I absolutely LOVE blogging. It’s become my absolute favorite thing to do. One of the main reasons I’m participating in Blogtober is to kick my booty into gear when it comes to blogging. I have to create 31 different blog posts, every single day! That’s not easy to do!
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Blog About Makes You Happy
If you had to spend an hour a day writing about a topic that you aren’t a fan of, how long would it be until you become unmotivated to create interesting content? Probably not that long. Find out what makes YOU happy to write about. If you love fashion, write about that! If you’re more into video games, write about that! When you write about topics that you are passionate about, it will not only lead to better content, but your readers will be able to tell. This will also help you to write for years to come.
Anyone who knows me will say that I’m a very goal oriented person. I love setting and thinking of goals to reach and I do this with my blog as well. I have my yearly, monthly and weekly goals for blogging. That may seem like quite a lot, but my weekly goals help me reach my monthly ones and my monthly ones help me to reach those yearly ones!
Setting those goals gives me something to work at. If you don’t know what you want to achieve, how are you supposed to achieve it? One of my yearly goals is to have 100 posts on my blog! Because this is a goal of mine, it’s motivated me to create new blog content at least 2x per week. My favorite way to keep track of my goals is with a trusty bullet journal. Check out my favorite one HERE!
Don’t Focus on the Numbers
Not hitting your number goal or seeing that a post didn’t do as well as you thought can be discouraging. This is exactly why I try not to focus on the numbers. The reason why I blog is because love to do it! I would still be putting out the same kind of content if 1 person or 1 thousand people read it.
Create a Fun Blog Post List
This is so much fun to do! For every month, write out the blog posts that you really want to do! For November, you may want to come up with “10 Ways to Use a Squash” or “5 Ways to Set a Thanksgiving Table”. Thinking of these big picture blog posts helps me stay focused and work ahead on those bigger types of posts. For me, when I went to California this past May, I really wanted to do a “10 Instagram Worthy Spots in San Diego” post. That made me so excited to create content, find outfits and edit the post.
Thinking of blog posts that are fun to create will motivate you to actually create them! I genuinely love to create college blog posts, because I have so much information to share, so I write them! With the fall season here and the holidays coming up, there is an endless list of content to create!
Work On the Blog Itself
I have a big to do list of things that I want to work on when it comes to my blog structure. If you’ve been following me since the beginning of the year, I’m sure you’ve noticed some changes. I changed my blog theme to something that fits me better. I’ve changed my header quite a few times, switched fonts, etc.
I’m not done updating my blog, so it’s been really fun to update the layout of my blog. It makes me happy to come to it. If you’re struggling to find that motivation, take a quick look at your blog as a whole. Is there something you want to change or tweak? Find out how to do it! If you have WordPress, take a chat with their help team, they are awesome!
Treat Your Blog like a Job
Because I’m not earning anyway near a sustainable income, my blog would be considered a hobby. I don’t treat it like that though. Hobbies don’t need to be done everyday. They are something you do when you have free time, not something you typically make the time to do.
Treating my blog like it’s a job makes me more motivated to get certain things done. If I want to write a blog post 2x per week, then I’m going to try my hardest to get that done! Working from home can create a sense of “I’ll get to that after I do X, Y and Z” mentality. For specific times of the day, I set aside time to solely work on my blog. I don’t do anything else during that time.
Having dedicated time to work on it allows me to focus on my blog and what needs to get done. This has motivated me to maximize the time I’ve allotted to it.
How do you guys stay motivated while blogging? Let me know in the comments below!