Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:50 pm
Starting a blog is the easy part. You install WordPress and take care of the basics. Growing your blog, that’s a different story. In this blog post, I am going to share with you some tips that you can use that will teach you how to motivate yourself for blogging, even if no one is reading your blog.
Blogging is one of the most difficult things you can ever do, especially, if you don’t have the money to outsource any of the tasks.
It takes a lot of hard work and pillar content. Statistics show that there are 24 blog posts published every second. Millions of people are turning to blogosphere to try to create a different lifestyle for themselves.
So how can someone like you and I get a piece of the American Dream?
Well it’s not as easy as you think. However, with a lot of hard work and the resilience to NEVER quit, you may be able to reach your blogging goals.
How I Stay Motivated And Keep Blogging
I’m NOT going to lie, there are times that I wake up early and I don’t feel like working on my blog. After all, it’s hard to keep working on something that doesn’t produce any income yet.
This isn’t my first blog, in fact, it’s my fourth one. My last blogs, I never kept for more than 7-8 months. I always found myself jumping from one shiny object to the next. (No wonder I am starting from scratch with this one)
I’ve learned a lot from my past blogging mistakes and I even wrote an article about it. If you’re just starting your blog, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
Anyway, the only way I am able to stay motivated is having my WHY in front of me.
I am 44 years old and I am currently a WordPress freelancer. I am offering my limited WordPress services on my blog, I don’t know how long they’ll be offered.
While I love working from home in my pajamas. The truth is that freelancing no longer makes me happy. I no longer jump out of bed excited to work. It has turned into a job with deadlines and dealing with all types of customers. (some of which I love and some I could do without)
So now I’ve started this blog, with the dreams of turning it into a profitable business through affiliate marketing, product creation and right now WordPress services.
Working on my blog makes me excited. I love writing blogging tips, and tutorials that have the potential to help others.
The purpose of my blog is to make the techie side of starting, growing and monetizing a blog easier. While also documenting my experiences and strategies for growing my blog. You can read more about me here.
I don’t want to get a job and have someone else call the shots for me. So I wake up way before the birds (right now it’s 3 am EST time) and write articles to fill my WordPress editorial calendar. If you’re not using your editorial calendar, then it’s time to start filling it up.
Find out how my WordPress editorial calendar saved my Disney World trip.
I personally fill it up so I always have a new blog post ready to publish every week. It definitely comes in handy when I’m feeling unmotivated or have a lot of freelance work to do.
That’s my why…what’s yours?
How to Motivate Yourself For Blogging When No One Is Reading Your Blog
It’s easy to fall into the trap of “how easy it is to earn money from a blog.” If you do a quick search online for “how to make money from a blog” all kinds of blogs will pop up on Google.
You might get sucked into believing that all you have to do is write a few articles and watch the money roll in. However, what those bloggers don’t tell you is how hard they worked to create a sustainable income making blog.
I am going to share some tips you can use to motive yourself for blogging, even if you’re just starting out.
Blog For Yourself And Then Others
While it’s important to write for others and know who your audience is. Sharing your own personal experience or documenting your strategies like I do can help you find your audience.
When I first started this blog, I was writing mostly tutorials for beginners. While I love writing tutorials that are helpful for bloggers. I started to realize that my blog did not share anything about myself.
While it’s true that people come to your blog because they are looking to solve a problem. However, if you’re content is dry and robotic, chances are they won’t find it interesting enough to stay.
One of the best things you can do for your blog is to start sharing your personal experiences. This alone may help people resonate with your blog.
Plus documenting your own personal experiences and strategies could help someone overcome their struggles.
Blog About Something You Love And Are Passionate About
One of the biggest mistakes new bloggers make is that they try to start in a niche just for the money. While it’s true that you’re trying to grow your blog into a profitable business.
You’re going to struggle producing great content if you are trying to blog in a niche you don’t know anything about or are not passionate about to keep learning.
For instance, back in the day I started a blog on “junk cars for cash.” I hated the niche, I only started the blog because it was a very profitable niche.
I had gotten the blog to make a consistent $1500 per month like clockwork. However, when the site took a hit by the Panda update, I had no desire to even try to revive the blog.
Instead, I let the domain expire and lost all my hard work I put into the blog.
As a blogger you’re going to need to write a lot of content. So the best way to stay motived is to choose a niche that you’re passionate about.
Spend Less Time On Social Networks And Focus On Your Blog
I know this is different than what everyone else says. Most people say that you should spend more time on social media connecting with others and re-directing them to your blog.
I am NOT saying that you should totally disregard social media. I am just saying that if you’re spending too much time on it and not enough time growing your blog, you might want to get off of it.
Try to limit yourself to 30-60 minutes per day networking with other bloggers. If people are not visiting your blog, you may want to consider if you’re in the right Facebook group.
I’ve noticed that many people use social networking groups to try to blast affiliate links everywhere. While they make a sale every so often, the truth is that it’s not helping them grow their blog.
Use social networking sites for networking and creating real-life connections with people. Focus on connecting with the right people and learning from them will benefit you. If your focused on what everyone else is doing to have success, your time spent on social networking sites won’t benefit you.
Create A Business Plan For Your Blog
One of the biggest mistakes that most new bloggers make is they do not have a direction or plan for their blog. They start a blog because they know that they want to make money, however, they have no clue how.
Take the time to write down your content generation plan, blog monetization plan, marketing plan and so on. If you don’t know how to create a business plan or need help, don’t be ashamed to invest in a business coach or purchase some type of product that will teach you how.
I’ve personally invested in a few courses that show me how to do something. I don’t come from an entrepreneurial background. I come from the typical blue collar background. So I don’t have a lot of business sense when it comes to turning my blog into a business.
Sometimes I still find myself trying to blog about every blog about blog topics that don’t fit with my blog. However, I am able to catch myself and get back on my blogging track.
If you don’t take the time to create a business plan for your blog, your road to success will be harder. While will make it a lot more difficult to learn how to motivate yourself for blogging.
Get Off Your Blog
I am the type of person who works too much. It’s easy for me to over-work myself. (I guess this is one of the negatives of working from home)
If you find yourself demotivated and not wanting to write a blog post. Go for a walk. This always works for me and during the walk, I am able to brainstorm new topics and ideas for my blog.
Just make sure that you have your iPhone with you so you can record or dictate all your thoughts and ideas. Otherwise you’ll forget about them before you get back home.
Final Take Away
Blogging is hard work and it’s going to take some time to grow your blog and find your audience. However, you started your blog for a reason. It’s up to you to remember your WHY.
Your why is the strongest motivator that will keep you working towards your goals. It will help you stay motivated to keep pushing and working on your blog.
Don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re NOT feeling motivated. It’s a normal to feel this way sometimes. As long as you’re not feeling like this every time you think about blogging.
Otherwise, you may have picked a niche you don’t love.
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Do you ever feel un-motivated to blog? What do you do to get motivated? Share your own personal experiences and what you do that works for you. I am sure that others will want to know some techniques they can use to help them get motivated when they’re not getting the results they want.
Recommended Blogging Resources:
- Free 12 Day Blogging Bootcamp
- Article about using Yoast SEO for optimizing your blog posts and how to do it.
- SEMRush Free Trial to Gather Low Competitive Keywords
- Quiz: Which theme is best for your blog?
- If you want to build an email list and send newsletters, I recommend ConvertKit (starts at $29)