When I first started my blog in 2012, I was so excited. Everything was new – content ideas, deciding on a design, meeting other bloggers, interviewing people and the list goes on. As with any new start it’s easy to be motivated and hit the ground running every single day but after awhile, it all gets a little…for lack of a better word…boring.
It’s very common for bloggers like me and you to lose our motivation, especially when you’ve been in the game for years.
Because we’re considered “creatives” (thought leaders, someone who doesn’t fit in just one box, our brains are wired to create and explore new ideas) we tend to reject routines in favor of unpredictable work days. Let’s be honest…when you’re blogging for coins or trying to build your audience to eventually earn the coins, you have to follow some sort of routine: come up with ideas, create a schedule, write a post, find an image, publish, share, repeat. Boring, right?
Many of my blogger buddies have suffered from such a lack of motivation that they’ve considered leaving their blogs for good (yes it gets that serious sometimes). While I’ve never experienced it on that level, I can say that when motivation is absent, creativity is nearly impossible.
Before you divorce your blog and the world is forced to find someone else to trust for amazing, engaging content, here are a few tips to stay motivated while blogging.
Ditch the routine (and create a ritual instead).
As we’ve established above, routines are boring. Creating a blogging ritual is a little different from establishing a routine. With a routine you’re more than likely sticking to a specific place, specific times, specific methods, etc. Rituals leave a little more room to shake things up. Here’s an example. Instead of sitting at your desk (or if you’re like me, in the middle of your bed) and waiting for a topic to appear in your thoughts, start a ritual of visiting a new place to brainstorm content ideas. You can do it weekly at any time of the day as long as its at a place you’ve never visited to work. Before you know it, you’ve created a content brainstorming ritual! You’d be surprised at how nature and people watching will inspire you.
Create a reader survey to generate ideas.
Many times lack of motivation comes from not seeing results as fast as we want them, or at all. Combat that by surveying your readers to learn what they like, don’t like and are waiting to see from you. If you’re just blogging for fun, this may not be information you’re interested in learning. However if you’re looking to monetize your blog or are currently earning money, this info will be beneficial in more ways than one. You’ll be able to get updated stats on your readers, inside information on how much they’re feeling your brand and content and you’ll be inspired and motivated to revise your blog to make it a better experience for your audience.
Get back to the basics.
Sometimes you’ve just gotta go back to where it all started. When I first started this website it was merely a creative outlet…a place for me to satisfy my urge to write and discuss topics that were important and interesting to me, whether people participated in the conversation or not. I wrote about whatever my heart desired and it was FUN! I started experimenting with video content that was exciting to create (even though my production skills were um…questionable to say the least LOL) and it was FUN! I didn’t revolve every decision for my blog around how much income potential it had and I literally updated this website almost twice a day. Now with so many life changes going on with me, all I want to do is make blogging fun again and let the money flow as it may. I’m already motivated just thinking about it.