Being a blogger may seem like it’s all rainbows on both the inside and the outside with the great words in writing, and the pretty pictures. To be honest, it’s really not. It’s usually frustrating to get serious as a blogger because it’s not just a hobby anymore. You’re building your business. And starting a business is very critical. You don’t decide to just start a business, you have to be committed to do it. You always have to work on it consistently. You always have to hustle and do everything you can to keep it from dying. There’s so many stressful things about blogging and it’s hard to keep the motivation. These are just a few of these stressful things that I can tell you right now. It’s hard to stay motivated as a blogger.
You’re traffic is not going to increase the way you want it to.
You’re not going to get the comments that you’ve always wanted, and if you do get comments, they’re usually just spams.
The most frustrating part about blogging would probably be when you’re not even going to make any money for the first five years of your business.
These are really unmotivating, I know.
It’s darn hard and if you’re not ready for it. You might as well just quit now while you’re in your early stages.
I’m not saying this because I want to discourage you from blogging so that I can have it all to myself. There’s enough room for more bloggers in the blogosphere. It’s unlimited actually. But I’m telling you this because it’s the truth, and you need to know the reality of blogging because this will prepare you for the mission that you are about to embark on. If you are not ready, you might find yourself quitting right in the middle of everything.
So when you find yourself stuck in that rut, pulling all your hair out, trying your best to figure out what you’re doing wrong, and doing everything you can to make it better but nothing seems to be working, this is the post that you can run to. Because I’m sharing with you here the three things that you need to do to stay motivated as a blogger.
Revisit Your Goals
When I started to get serious about blogging. I didn’t have a roadmap, I didn’t have a timeline, I didn’t have a to do list, and I certainly didn’t have a business plan. But I had one thing. I had a goal. And that goal is to create a business out of Kintsugi of Life (that’s what I used to call KOL Blogging Business). Someday I’m going to have my own team working on this. Someday It’s going to be big, making a lot of money. Someday I’ll be reaching out and helping other bloggers, too.
The goal is different from the business plan, the roadmap, the to do list, and the timeline. It doesn’t have to do anything about any of those technicalities or details. The goal is just your dream. It’s what you want and how you see yourself in your blog after a long while. It’s when you close your eyes and you think about it and it leaves a smile on your face. It doesn’t matter if people who pass you by think that you’re crazy because you’re smiling about nothing. It makes you happy.
No one starts to do anything without a reason to do it. You don’t just get up to suddenly run without a direction until you hit a wall. You need to have a direction. You need to know where you are going. That is your motivation. You don’t need to plan out how you’re going to get there. You just need to picture out what you can see at the other side of that hill.
So if I ask you now what is your goal or what is the very reason you started your blog, can you answer me?
Don’t Look At Other Bloggers Success
Other bloggers would probably advise you to look at other’s success. I’d advise you to do the same but then look away. Just take a glimpse of that success because that is the success that someday you’re going to achieve. But don’t get indulged with it because you are setting yourself up for failure. If you dream of it too much, every small setback that you get from blogging is going to get you down. And soon it will seem as if that success is actually too far for you to reach. Don’t do this to yourself.
Instead of looking at other blogger’s success, you need to look at the hardships that they have gone through to get to where they are now.
It’s never success if you do not conquer all the challenges. – Click To Tweet.
Look at the things that they’ve done when they were still starting out just like you. I found that all the successful bloggers that I follow have worked day and night on their blog. They publish posts, not just once a day, but more. They’ve contacted every blogger they know so that they can get a guest blogging opportunity, even if most of those contacts resulted to rejection. They have done and tried all sorts of advertising, using A B testing, and conducting so many different experiments. They all have had their fair share of challenges.
If a successful blogger tells you that they did all of that overnight, you should just unfollow them because they may be lying to you.
The motivation that you get is not by following their dream. It is by following yours and moving forward in the same manner. Real success does not happen overnight.
Success is a pattern of conquering all the hardships. – Click To Tweet.
Talk To Other Bloggers And Ask Advise
A month ago, I met Kari from A Global Commute. She is definitely inspiring and the fact that she’s currently launching a startup gives me even more motivation because I see this person who is as ambitious as me and is willing to go through the hardships of being successful. I was able to get to know her and work with her for a little while on a secret project, but within the short time, I was able to learn so much.
One of those things is to just keep doing what I’m doing and never giving up. That is my motivation.
Asking other bloggers for advice is a great practice. It build your networks, and help you learn how to communicate and at the same time you learn from each other. You can contact other bloggers through their contact pages or their social media platforms. If any of them responds then take that as your motivation. If some of them did not respond, don’t take it as rejection. They’re probably just too busy right now.
Don’t give up. I’m currently in that stage of my blogging, too. And I know I will see you at the top.
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