Everyone now and then gets a writing block or gets a bit down in the dumps when it comes to blogging. It’s like having 6 full time jobs at times and trying to make sure everything doesn’t overwhelm you and trying to keep pushing yourself can become draining very quickly. For myself I get really excited and I’m full of ideas and then sometimes it can get hard to keep your head above water when there’s pressure.
There is a lot to blogging that I think a lot of outsiders don’t understand. From personal experience a lot of people think that blogging is just writing online and getting things for free. Not a lot of people understand the business side to it and how much work and effort you have to put in all day around the clock to keep it going. Yes, there are perks to blogging just like any job but for me it means that I can be at home with my daughter and try and create a new career path for myself.
Tip number 1.
My first tip is either when you’re starting out or have been doing it for years, is to buy a small notebook and jot down all your ideas. I normally get my best ideas just as I’m closing my eyes and then I forget them by the time I’ve woke up. So I write everything in my notebook and even if I don’t use it straight away, the idea is there for the future.
Tip number 2.
Next is to research. If you’re in a blogging slump for whatever reason, is it your photography, your niche, your writing? Go have a nosey at the people you are most inspired by and see what they’re doing and how you can push yourself to get to their level. I’m not saying copy what they do, but take inspiration.
Tip number 3.
If you’re really stuck ideas try a quick google search. There are hundreds of ‘Blog Post Ideas’ to be found and probably more in specific to your niche. Jot down a few you like the sound of or you could use in the future.
Tip number 4.
Make a plan. I’ve come to realise I started my year off very slow and I was so excited to start my blog all over again and then I became quickly demotivated because I wasn’t where I was on my old blog. I wasn’t going to be. My old blog had more traffic coming in, and also spam views as I was with blogger. I made a plan of the realistic goals I want to reach by the end of this year and if I smash them by keeping up the hard work, then I know I’m doing great. This includes what I hope to hit social followings wise, views, DA and more.
Tip number 5.
Join a blogging group. There are always girls on twitter making blogging support groups through either Twitter itself, Whatsapp, Facebook. Even if you don’t keep up with them half the time, it’s a nice feeling having a group of support having people doing the exact same thing as yourself and it can take away the loneliness feeling!
Tip number 6.
Set up a schedule that works for you. Whether you blog full time, part time or just as a hobby then try and stick to a schedule. It’s not for everyone but it is ideal if you want to keep on track of your goals and to post regular. So if you blog everyday, every other day, two set days a week or once a week. Make a point of sticking to a schedule to make sure it’s all happening on time.
Tip number 7.
One of the things that genuinely helps me the most to get out of a blogging funk, is to talk to other bloggers. I mean you might not be best friends with anyone, or even talk to any bloggers at all but I’m pretty sure if you speak to a blogger or influencer that they’ll help push you in a creative direction. I luckily now have a few friends to turn to that will give me the kick I need and seek to push forward. Just message someone, the worst they can do is ignore it right? Heck if you’re scared just message myself. I always reply ASAP that is saying with my toddler trying to butt me in the head.
Tip number 8.
When blogging it can be hard not to compare yourself to others. Yes, we can see how sucessful others are and their stats and following ect, and I know it can be daunting. Sometimes it can make you want to give up before you even get to the hurdle but you’ve got to remember, they started at the exact same position as you. They’re doing what you want to do. What’s stopping you and not them? You. Keep pushing yourself and work hard and the results will soon appear.
Tip number 9.
My last tip is to have fun. I remember when I first started blogging a many moons ago on a different website, that it was FUN and exciting. And then I started to take stats and analytics too seriously. Remember it’s great to post for your audience and to keep up with the latest launches ect but remember your blog is yours. Take time to write what you want to write about because that will help you to keep positive.
How do you keep yourself motivated to blog, let me know below.