For most bloggers getting good feedback and, of course, a sudden increase in traffic are maybe the best motivators for creating blog posts. In the startup stage of a blog neither of these are very frequent, so it’s easy to get demotivated. Especially when the first months of the blogging euphoria have ended. You may have started out with high expectations, and when they are not fulfilled, it’s easy to think “Why on earth should I continue blogging?”. Having a successful blog, and not only in terms of hits, takes a lot of work, and it won’t happen overnight. But what can you do when you feel the motivation falling? I know quite a few of my readers are bloggers themselves, so here are a few tips to get back that motivation. They personally helped me get back on track. And beyond.
Post every day for a limited time
As you may know, two weeks ago I set a goal to post something every day for 14 days to try to get into the routine of working on my blog every day. I haven’t really been posting every day, but I’m not being too hard on myself, because for the last 14 days I’ve done 10 posts. And that is a quite big improvement for someone who used to post once a week! And besides that my motivation has gone through the roof, I’ve also noticed an increase in traffic, and that my traffic is more consistent throughout the week. This makes a lot of sense, because why would you visit a blog daily if you know it won’t be updated more than once a week?
Ask for feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family, and, of course, your readers for feedback. Ask them what they like and don’t like about your blog, and also what they would like to read about. The answers may surprise you! In my case I was very surprised when people asked me to post more personal things. And after asking, do take their advice!
Give yourself a deadline
Since posting is your own responsibility (at least in my case), it’s easy to postpone posting and also get distracted when writing a post. I have no idea how many half finished posts I have on my computer. Most could have turned out great, but since I didn’t finish them when I got the idea, I find it very hard to start again. Give yourself for example one hour to write the draft, and another hour to choose photos and edit your post. Doing this has helped me a lot.
Write down your ideas
The very second you get an idea, write it down! The best is of course to start writing the draft immediately, but sometimes that’s just not possible, so bring with you a small notebook wherever you go. My ideas usually start with the opening phrase and if I don’t write it down at once, I find it hard to start writing when I get back home.
Look through your favorite blogs, or even blogs that you don’t visit, but have a lots of visitors. Why do you think they are succesful? Find posts you like and posts you don’t like, and try to find out why. Is it the photos? Is it the way the post is organized, making it easier to read? Maybe because you feel like you get to know a part of the blogger’s personality just by their writing? Is the post not convincing or does it seem too much like advertisement? Borrow ideas, but never steal! It will just come back and bite you in the butt!
Improve your blog design
When everything else fails and you have no idea what to write about, take a few hours and look at your blog design. Maybe you could make a new header? Or change the font? You can improve the information in your side bar, or make the post area smaller or bigger. Remember to check your site with different browsers and different computers to see that it behaves the same with all browsers. Play around! Just small changes can make a tremendous difference on how people see your blog, and also, it feels great to be pleased with your own design. Motivation achieved!
Do you have any good tips on keeping the motivation up? Let me know!