So, you’ve started a blog but you just can’t seem to stay motivated. You know you need to publish blog posts frequently and yet you’re sporadic at best. Or perhaps you’ve been blogging regularly, but are starting to run out of steam.
Here are 7 ways you can maintain your blogging motivation.
1. Remind yourself why blogging matters.
Surely if you started a blog, you have some sense of the importance of blogging, but perhaps it’s been awhile since you‘ve thought back on why you started a blog in the first place, and what you hoped to accomplish with your blog.
Take some time to think back on your initial goals for your blog, and allow your enthusiasm to be rekindled.
2. Take a look at how your blog has grown.
You may feel that not a whole lot of action is happening on your blog, and perhaps that’s true. But my guess is that if you’ve been blogging consistently for any length of time, your traffic, comments, and other things have improved. Sure, maybe you’re not quite as far along as you’d like to be, but my guess is that you’re far beyond where you were when you first started your blog.
3. Announce your blogging commitment to the world.
I’ve found that going public with my commitments makes a big difference in the odds of me sticking with something and doing it consistently. Making a commitment and then failing to keep it is a form of failing publicly. Though our primary motivation shouldn’t be pleasing others, there are times when not wanting to fail publicly is a good form of peer pressure, particularly if our public commitments are things God has put on our hearts to do.
4. Be accountable.
This is related to point #3, but is different in that accountability often involves a deeper relationship with a single person or a small group. Part of that accountability should include having to give an answer to people for how you’re doing with your blog, which can be rather motivating.
5. Use social media.
Blogging discouragement sometimes occurs as a result of not much happening on your blog. Social media is a great way to get the word out about your blog posts, which can bring new readers your way and increase not just the traffic, but the engagement on your blog.
6. Network with other bloggers.
Having a good relationship with other bloggers in your niche can help you to stay motivated. This is especially true since blogging is social in nature, and your blogging friends can help support you in your blogging efforts.
You can also learn a lot from other bloggers in your niche and you can serve as mutual encouragers to each other.
7. Remember the One who called you to blog.
As believers, we have Christ to look to as a source of blogging motivation.
It may seem that He wouldn’t be interested in how your blog is going, but if He is the one who put it on your heart to start a blog, then He has a purpose for your blog that is important to fulfill.
And by the way, this applies to you, even if your blog is not specifically Christian in nature. As believers, we are ambassadors of Christ, regardless of whether or not the work we do is religious or seemingly spiritual.
Question: What tips do you have for maintaining blogging motivation? Leave your comments below, so we can all learn from you!
* Image credit: Rusty Wilson (Creation Swap)