So…you’re starting your blogging journey and things aren’t going exactly how you thought they would. It’s been weeks, months, even a year…and you aren’t as successful as you thought you’d be. You’re in the right place if you need some pointers on How To Stay Motivated As A Blogger.
Blogging is a wonderful and exciting opportunity that so happens to take a lot of work. Many might not understand how much work goes into running a blog. As a blogger, you wear many hats. Your a photography, designer, editor, planner, writer, and so much more! This can be exhausting, even when you’re giving it your all, you feel like it’s still not enough. You dream every day about becoming a blogger and living your dream job. At times that dream feels so far away that your motivation starts to thin out.
Staying motivated throughout your blogging journey is important, it drives you to create valuable content for your audience. These ideas are to help you on the right path and help you get your blogging mojo back.
Set Obtainable Goals
To say that you want to be a successful blogger is too broad of a goal. Yes, that is the ULTIMATE goal! The trick to setting goals is to set smaller goals that are more obtainable.
Obtainable goals you could set:
- Gain X number of followers on social media
- Write X number of blog posts within the first few months of your blog
- Have X number of people subscribe to your blog within the first year
- Have X number of monthly website visitors by X date
- Complete one brand collaboration within the first year of launching your blog
These are the types of goals that build upon each other to eventually lead you to the main goal of being a big-time blogger. Working towards micro goals like these may not seem like they are taking you very far, but they are essentially laying the groundwork for your future success. You ultimately want to see blog growth, and these will be stepping stones during your blogging journey.
Your In For The Long Haul
You need to invest time into blogging, focus your mindset on the long haul. Try to remember the first time you thought about starting a blog. You had a vision of your dream job, being your boss, making great money, having a creative outlet or whatever else you imagined. Those hopes and dreams you set for yourself, were meant to be lifelong. So, if you’re losing motivation because things haven’t happened yet, then adjust your time frame.
Turn Comparison Into Inspiration
We’re in a time where there are so many talented bloggers, who are killing it in the industry. It’s easy to get discouraged and compare yourself to these bloggers. Stay in your lane and rather use this to fuel your inspiration. Let yourself be motivated by the possibilities. Remember you want to attract your ideal followers these are the people who love what you bring to the table.
Find A Community
One of the biggest mistakes I made when I started my blogging journey, I wasn’t finding some sort of community to be part of. Because while blogging is a solo career for most people, you can be so much more successful if you reach out to others. Having a community with others who ultimately is working for the same goals, it becomes easy to bounce off ideas and help each other. You will be amazed at how many kind bloggers are our there who believe in Community over Competition.
Why is having a community so important?
- You can find inspiration from bouncing ideas off others
- You can end up with your first collaboration, possibly from an account larger than yours. This would ultimately mean greater exposure for your blog.
- Your content can be shared by others in your community, again leading to better exposure for your blog
- It provides a support system when you’re struggling with something.