For non-bloggers, blogging for business may seem like a simple task but in reality, it’s not.
Keeping oneself motivated is a struggle that a lot of bloggers face, as blogging over time can make a person lose enthusiasm.
Do you find yourself procrastinating instead of working on your blog posts?
I don’t question your love for your blog. But I also understand your exhaustion with the thought of having to come up with unique ideas every time.
Bloggers experience downtime too. So what you’re going through is absolutely understandable. Just because you love writing doesn’t mean you’re a pro when it comes to motivation.
However, do remember that your audience is expecting from you. Your blog needs regular content for it to grow.
In this blog post, you’re going to learn a few tips and tricks to ignite your desire to keep blogging. If you’re doing it for the long term, this post is for you.
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How to Boost Your Motivation When You’re Blogging for a Living
1. Practice daily goal setting.
Daily goals matter especially if you want your blog to thrive and succeed. In business, you always need to improve your performance. This is the very reason why having short-term deadlines matters.
Before you start your day, take a few minutes to answer this question: What are the things I can do today to take my blog to the next level?
Daily goal setting makes tasks easier to fulfill. Long term goals are easy to lose track of. I invite you to start recognizing the daily goals that matter to you. Follow these tips:
Create a simple daily to-do list.
Get a pen and paper. Write at least 10 goals before your day starts. Remember that your goals must be realistic.
If you want to go paperless, there’s an app called Wunderlist you download for free that lets you jot down ideas anytime, anywhere.
Remind yourself what you want to achieve in the future.
Don’t lose sight of your ultimate target. Get clear on it. How do you see your blog six months to a year from now?
Painting a clear picture of your what you really want to achieve for the long term gives you ideas on what to work on each day.
Focus on important things.
Remember that not everything on your list is equally important. Often, urgent tasks are the fires you need to put out.
Important tasks are the ones that have a greater impact on the future. Delegate or outsource urgent tasks.
2. Exercise in the morning.
Do you start your day with a good exercise? Before you take your breakfast and sit down to blog, get moving. Believe me, an early morning exercise does a lot of wonders.
You may not always hear this piece of advice from bloggers but yes, getting sweaty by running increases your motivation.
Successful people like Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Virgin Group’s founder Richard Branson wake up early in the morning to make time for their fitness routine.
Exercise works by giving you that physical and mental energy you need for the entire day. It’ll boost your endorphins so you stay in a positive mood.
If you’re having that writer’s block, running is the solution to keep those creative juices flowing. The reason is that exercise rewires your brain to enhance your memory and thinking skills.
As philosopher and author Henry Thoreau once said, Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.
3. Check out top performing blogs in your niche.
To become better at what you do, sometimes you need to learn from others. Why not visit successful blogs in your niche?
Doing so enables you to learn from authoritative bloggers. Discover their writing styles, blogging techniques, and personal stories to inspire you.
You will grow personally and professionally. Also, visiting other blogs can give you a lot of ideas for your next blog posts. Wouldn’t that be great?
4. Practice accountability.
How do you make sure that you always produce excellent work?
The answer is by holding yourself accountable. Once you disappoint your audience, it’s hard to bring back their trust.
Have someone review your work.
Problogger suggests having someone. This can be a fellow blogger or close friend. Have him read what you’ve written before you publish your work.
Join a community.
Another useful tip for you is to join a small group of writers online.
Whatever that writing community is, make sure that it that can help you improve your work by giving out respectful critiques.
But if you’ve already joined a community of bloggers in the same industry, don’t be shy to ask for suggestions.
Make a promise to your audience.
This will really hold you accountable – announcing your commitment to blogging to the whole world.
You shouldn’t be scared to say this if you are truly dedicated to making your business succeed.
Sometimes the reason why you feel less motivated to work on your blog is that you don’t see any engagement. No comments, no shares, no likes.
According to Social Triggers, you should spend 20% of your time writing your content and 80% of your time promoting it. Don’t be an island and get the word out!
To get more social shares, add social sharing buttons to every piece of content you create.
Use Social Warfare. It’s a WordPress plugin that features customizable, fast and responsive social sharing buttons.
These buttons make it easy for your audience to share your content with their social networks. As a result, more people will recognize you and pay a visit to your blog.
Last but not the least, don’t forget to make time for rest and relaxation. Your brain needs it. Frequent breaks prevent you from experiencing burn out.
Most of all, resist the urge to give up. Appreciate your day-to-day progress so you’ll realize how far you’ve come.