Staying motivated can be hard at times. If you’re a new or small blogger you may feel like you’re getting nowhere with your blog posts, your not getting many page views, or you feel like no one is interested in what you have to say.
Believe me, you’re not alone, I’ve been there and so have many other bloggers. I will have a week where I will spend hours typing away, editing pictures and engaging on social media. But then, the following week I will lose all motivation and let negative thoughts take over.
So, when going through a hard time with my blog, what do you do? First, let me tell you what you shouldn’t do. Do not give up, no matter how much you feel like maybe you should.
It is important to remember why you became a blogger in the first place. You probably want to share your knowledge and experience with others.
Once you have reminded yourself why you want to continue, take a step back and have a break from blogging. Don’t be scared to take a break. Sometimes it is all you need to get back on track and come back even better.
While I am taking a break, there are 3 things that are important for me to do, to help me come back to my blog and work harder than ever. And, as I know how hard it can be for us small bloggers I want to share these tips with you.
Here are the 3 things I do that help me and will hopefully help you too.
Listen to a podcast
I love listening to a good podcast. There are so many podcasts out there about blogging, tips on how to grow your blog and much more.
When I go for a walk, during a car journey, when I am at home washing the dishes or doing other chores it’s the perfect opportunity to listen to some of my favourite podcasts. It helps me to get back on track when listening to other bloggers give their tips and advice on how to become a successful blogger.
My favourite podcast and the one I would recommend to anyone that is serious about blogging is ‘The Blogging Millionaire’ hosted by Brandon Gaille. He talks about all the important things to make your blog a success, such as SEO and keywords, email marketing, content marketing and much more. I have learnt so much from this podcast and it always makes me want to open my laptop and get back to blogging.
Read other peoples blogs
Firstly, reading will help make you a better writer. Personally I think reading 3-4 blog posts per day can really help with motivation as well as improving some skills. Seeing what other bloggers are writing about and finding out what’s trending is a good way to get inspired.
You might feel like you have nothing to write about or you have run out of ideas, don’t worry, it’s normal to feel this way.
I love spending hours on Pinterest and finding blog posts relevant to my niche. For example, if I need inspiration to write an itinerary, I will read other bloggers’ itineraries, but usually from a different destination to the one I want to write about. This is to avoid copying because as a blogger copying is an absolute no, so remember, you are looking for inspiration not to copy.
Watch YouTube videos
Lastly, watching YouTube videos has really helped me come back to my blog ready to work hard and carry on. YouTube has become so popular that so many bloggers are now on there making videos, sharing their journey as a blogger and teaching us how to grow our small blogs. Whatever your goal is, try watching videos that talk about ‘how to monetize your blog’ or ‘how to get more subscribers’, you get the idea.
Listening to successful bloggers really gives me the motivation to work hard and turn my blog into my full time job. It is a reminder that we all start at zero and it’s up to us to put in the effort to reach our goals.
After writing some blog posts and promoting on social media you may feel like you do not know what to do next, so it is important to get some ideas on how to take your blog to the next level.
7 thoughts on “How To Stay Motivated As A Small Blogger”
Such a beautiful read – very timely too, I so needed this today. May your motivation and energy always flow!
This article is a great reminder for me. As a new and small blogger, I often get discouraged that I’m wasting my time or whatever I do is not working. I know everything takes time and I am learning to be more patient. I know quitting is not an option. Thank you for sharing your tips 🙂
This was actually very helpful for me as a blogger. Thank you
These are some great tips, thanks for including a podcast for us to listen to when we feel stuck!
Great post! I am glad I read your post, as I was starting to find the motivation was not there like it used to be. I was getting discouraged. I told myself, you are doing this to help people and share experiences in life. Once I reminded myself why I started blogging, I was inspired again. Plus, being in touch with fellow bloggers also helps keep me inspired. Thank you for sharing, I needed to read this!
Thank you for this! It’s so helpful.
This is such a wonderful article. I started blogging a year ago and I love sharing content but sometimes it can get so discouraging just because it’s happening slower than what you expected but it’s always good to remind yourself why you started and to read encouraging blog posts like this!