I didn’t always enjoy blogging, writing perhaps, but never blogging per se.
In fact, it wasn’t all that long ago that I started my blog and hoping that it will grow into a full-fledged business.
Yes, some people blog just for fun or as a hobby, but I know the majority of us bloggers do take our blogs seriously, hence monetizing it or replacing it with our 9-5 jobs.
However, there will always be days where you just want to give up. Furthermore, I know what it felt like seeing no results whatsoever or the impression friends and family give you.
Some days I just wanted to stop everything. Yep, stop writing, stop blogging and do anything else but blogging.
Then, I realized it’s my loss. All the time I spent brainstorming, writing, researching, or even just thinking about my blog will all go to waste! I am not sure why it hit me so much, but it was at that time that I decided things needed to change. I needed to change. So, I decided to ignore what everyone thinks and kept going.
It wasn’t easy.
There were days that I didn’t think I’d ever achieved my goal of becoming a successful blogger.
It didn’t help that other people didn’t think I’d succeed, either.
You have no idea how many times I heard naysayers tell me things like:
Why even bother?
Find a Real job.
You can’t do this because no one cares about what you say.
At that point, I realized that these weren’t obstacles at all. They were excuses. And the only real obstacle I had was to get over my negative thinking patterns and start believing. I still needed to do a lot of other work to come this far and stay consistent. I took courses. I read about others who’d made it as successful bloggers. And I learned a whole lot about writing in general simply through the process of trial and error.
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Ways to Stay Motivated
Considering the nature of blogging with all its ups and downs, here are 3 behavioristic approaches to staying motivated.
1. Enjoy the Ride
Your blog belongs to you, this is your journey, and you should enjoy every step of it. From the first published article to the feeling of implementing the new strategies you just learned from a course.
The good news about blogging is that you don’t need a giant investment to have it up and running. All you need is passion and willingness.
You also don’t need to have a specific qualification or possession. All you need is that drive to help, support, or entertain. I’m pretty sure everyone has a skill that could be of great help to others.
Acknowledge your progress and accomplishments, even if it doesn’t involve making money.
2. Take a Break
Yes, consistency is key, but taking a break can be refreshing. Now don’t get me wrong- by taking a break, I do not mean to abandon your website/blog; I meant taking this time off to relax and reflect on your accomplishments.
Avoid writing at a time of the day when you’re usually tired. Stop starring at Google Analytics or your Pinterest impressions all day. These statistics are good for understanding your blog but never for measuring your achievements.
The best way to take a break?
The best way is to read some inspirational and motivational books during your free time. I couldn’t recommend the following books enough.
Not only will you be inspired while reading the above-mentioned books, but you will even look at your blog with a whole new perspective, being more motivated than ever. This break will only make you run back to your blog with more courage and wisdom.
3. Practice Patience
Many bloggers who’re new to blogging don’t even realize how important it is to practice patience. And that’s why a lot of bloggers who try to get results quickly end up failing – they’re simply missing this crucial virtue. Therefore, quitting way too early.
Blogging is a LONG game; as soon as we understand this, we are less likely to be demotivated.
Many bloggers have the erroneous belief that if they work harder, they’ll win more points and reach success in no time. Unfortunately, harder doesn’t necessarily mean better. Creating fast content and jumping onto all social media platforms at the same time won’t do the trick. If anything, it might only make things worse and fruitless.
No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnantWarren Buffett
I must admit, If there is one lesson that I have learned well as a blogger, it is patience
Choose to be Motivated
You might think this is just one of those easy said than done, but in all seriousness, the power is in your hands. Only you can decide whether or not to stay motivated.
Be proud of your decision and accomplishments. Keep your workplace tidied up – it helps A LOT. Brush off all negativity and have fun.
I know it’s hard to stay motivated, especially when you are just starting out and seeing very little to no results. Nevertheless, keep going! – There is room for everyone to succeed; you might just end up surprising your friends and family sooner than you think. And the best part is knowing that you haven’t given up and you’ve made it this far, thus surprising yourself!
There you have it; I hope you found the tips helpful for staying motivated. How do you stay motivated as a part-time or full-time Blogger? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.