I love being a blogger. I am my own boss, I get to talk about things that make me feel passion and joy, and I can work from wherever I want to. However, sometimes I struggle with motivation, so I have had to put tools in my toolbox to help me fight this off when it starts to happen. Here are four ways to stay motivated as a blogger.
Create a schedule
Sometimes my biggest problem with motivation is that I have lots of ideas and they are all floating around me and I can’t really grasp any of them enough to pad out into a solid thought. If this sounds like you, then it might be worth your time to write things down. Jot all of your ideas, use them to create mind maps of what you want to achieve, and then create a schedule that will help you spread that workload out into a reasonable and attainable period of time to stop you from feeling overwhelmed and overworked.
Make sure your workspace is uplifting
Working from home can feel a little bit isolating sometimes, especially when you are working for a blog because that is generally a one-person operation. To make sure I stay positive and motivated, I like to display uplifting wall art in my office so that I always feel inspired and happy when I look around me. This keeps me feeling good about the work that I am doing, so I know I am always going to produce my very best content in this space.
Stay focussed on your purpose
It is important to have a niche when you are blogging, to make sure you stand out from the crowd with a very clear purpose and message. For example, this blog focuses on a vegan lifestyle, and I keep this purpose in mind when I am writing so that I know I can stay on brand and stick to the point. When you are feeling lost with your blogging, think back to your purpose, and if you need to, strip back your posts and just talk about what your message really is.
Engage with your community
Blogging isn’t just about what you actually upload to your blog. Most of your traffic is going to come from people you already know these days, so making connections on social media as well as creating videos that are niche-relevant are very essential aspects. Social media is a great place to promote yourself, but don’t forget about the ‘social’ aspect of social media – find like-minded people, form genuine connections, and make new friends. When you have a community of people around you, it keeps you motivated and you are going to produce better work when you enjoy seeing a positive reaction to it.
Are you a blogger? How do you make sure you stay motivated? Share your tips in the comments below.