How to stay motivated as a blogger

January 22, 2018 atscomfy 47 Comments

How to stay motivated as a blogger

January 22, 2018 Toyin Adekola 47 Comments

Blogging is a job for the patient ones especially the monetization aspect. You can’t just wake up one day, dust your laptop, write few posts and expect to receive credit alerts from blogging. Just like that? No.

Even if you are not looking at monetization but just want to share your thoughts and experience with the world, you still need some some of resilience attitude to blog consistently and pass your message diligently.

With content creation, writing, publishing and every other blogging activities coupled with your daily routine, you might become demotivated if the results you wish for are not forthcoming. But you don’t have to give up, all you need do is put a workable plan to enable you work in an organized order.

These 4 tips on how to stay motivated as a blogger will help you remain consistent and even help you love blogging.

1. Browse for ideas

When you feel like giving up because you lack ideas on what to write, you should instead look into your blog niche and see what other have written. Even keywords can spark your creativity and you will see yourself wanting to write everyday with non stop topic ideas.

Two good places I recommend for blog topic ideas are Pinterest and WordPress Daily Post. OnΒ Pinterest, you will get countless ideas from uploaded pins if you do your search the right way. WordPress Daily Post gives you one word daily; the aim is not to get you to write about the word but to prompt you to write with the word serving as an inspiration.

2. Read blogs

At other times, your lack of motivation might be a result of not drawing inspirations from outside your niche. To overcome this, you should follow your favorite blogs which authors write in their unique ways. Some of my favorite blogs are blog.close.io, Jeff Goins Writer, Zen Habits, Enchanting Marketing and Chris Ducker. Each of these blogs is in a different niche and by reading all of them I have been able to stay motivated because they inspire me with their style of writing and the message they pass to upcoming writers.

Writing is an art which you can master by practicing and closely watching the works of those who have mastered it. When you consistently read from authors such as the aforementioned, you will gradually find your own unique voice and also build a confidence that would not have been possible if you had only followed some of the blogging rules flying all around the blogosphere.

3. Plan your posts

When you plan your posts, you will find it easier to blog as you already know what is next. See HubSpot’s free post planner to help you with post planning and eventually consistent blogging. I have planned this post several months ago, but I finished it under one hour when I was ready to publish it.

4. Schedule your posts

You can batch write and schedule your posts to be published at later dates. This method is handy if you are the busy type who is able to set aside substantial hours despite your busy schedule. When you have hours like this on your hands, endeavor to write as many posts as you can and schedule them on your blog.

To ensure that your write-ups are of good quality give yourself time to plan out your posts. Let’s assume you want to write and schedule posts for March. Use the following steps to write awesome posts for your blog.

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February week 1

  • Do keyword research and use industry trends to form your topics. Depending on the number of posts you want to write, an average of 2 hours is sufficient for 5 posts if you blog once a week.
  • Write your first draft for each post. Another 2 hours is enough for this activity.
  • Β Do your research on existing write-ups about your topics to validate your idea and see what has been written on your content. Another 2 hours should do for this exercise.

February week 2

Finish your posts. You may spend 30 minutes on each post. Get your featured images ready and add tags to your post. Total 3 hours.

Week 3

Read your posts to check for errors and correct them as necessary, ensure that your readability and SEO score is high, add your featured images, tags and set the appropriate category. You may now schedule your post to be published in each week of March. Repeat the steps in week 1 to week 3 for your April publications.

As you write consistently, you will be able to perform all scheduling actions under one week and by so doing, you will have more time to yourself, making blogging an enjoyable activity.

 

 

Toyin Adekola

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Toyin Adekola. I am a part-time content manager, wellness blogger and full-time civil servant. I create content and products to help you increase productivity and achieve your goals without burnouts. I hope you enjoy visiting my blog.

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47 Comments

  • John Darrel January 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I know that this business is not easy. Doing Keyword Research was very hard for me. I use Squirrly Seo tool for this step and for its other seo features.

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      You are quite right; blogging is not easy. Thanks for stopping by and also for sharing your SEO research tool.

  • Everyday Made Fresh January 22, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    These are great tips! As a seasoned blogger, even I have lacked motivation. However, push through, it’s totally worth it!

  • Val January 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Great article, lots of good ideas!

  • CurlyWhippedTee January 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Great tips for those days when we feel like giving up.

  • Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps January 22, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Running a blog (and then some) is TOUGH work. You better be dedicated! Good luck, xo

  • Sela January 22, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I enjoyed this post. I especially liked the part on motivation because as a blogger one can easily lose that aspect. Thank you for the tips.

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      It’s my pleasure to share the tips. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sarah Bailey January 22, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I love this, it can be so hard to be motivated when your a blogger, there is so much you can want to do but sometimes it gets muddle up. Having a plan of action is a great idea!

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      It’s so true that at times you might even end up not doing anything because you are confused where to start from. A plan and to-do list are necessary.

  • Dee Clarke January 23, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for telling me about The Daily Post. I had no idea that existed and it looks like a great resource.

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      It’s my pleasure! Yes, Daily Post is quite cool. I currently use the prompt to practice 100 words per day on my personal blog.

  • Cassie S January 23, 2018 at 2:36 am

    I needed this today! I get discouraged when my blog isn’t going anywhere and these are great ways to stay motivated! I will definitely start browsing other blogs for inspiration

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Aww sorry about being discouraged. Yes, you can get loads of inspiration from other blogs and on social media. Your blog will definitely go places, don’t be discouraged. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Erika Ramona Flowers (@ekachamporado) January 23, 2018 at 6:45 am

    And motivated bloggers get awe-inspiring and awesome results! Great tips to help you write consistently!

  • My Dee Dee's Diary January 23, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I enjoy all these tips. Running a blog can be exhausting but your tips are great for management of posts. I’ll use all of them for the next few posts I write. β™‘

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      I am glad you enjoy the tips. Thanks for stopping by.

  • The Motherhood Club January 23, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Having an action plan is so important ! I feel like sometimes im all over the place just because you need to keep up with social media, support groups etc. Thank you for this post!

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      You are so correct about the social media and support groups. One thing I do is not to participate everyday to enable me keep balance. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  • Yocana talaia January 23, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I loved this post really helpful as I have just started blogging. Will for sure follow the tips. Thanks

  • Akamatra January 23, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    The holidays and some personal stuff left me totally bored and I neglected my blog. Thanks for these they help keep me on track!

  • kellyhutchinson37920 January 23, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I have to admit, it has been very hard for me to stay motivated lately. My page views just suck and I cannot get them to increase no matter what I do.

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Your pageviews will definitely increase if you remain consistent. My blog is over 2 years old but my pageview is just starting to improve since I started promoting and blogging more frequently.

  • Real Women Talk 2 January 23, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    It is very easy to become unmotivated as a blogger as I have even learned there is so much more than just writing a post, adding cute pics and publishing it. Also, as you mentioned if you looking to monetize your blog it definitely takes due diligence. I didn’t know about WordPress Daily Post so I am going to save this so that I can keep referencing it going forward. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      It’s my pleasure to share! Yes, WordPress Daily post is a cool resource for bloggers. I currently use the prompt to write 100 words everyday on my personal blog as a practice to improve my writing. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia Nicoletti January 24, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Like your ideas sometimes I just can’t think of what to post. I am not a scheduler just what ever comes to mind at the time.

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      That’s also fun; to be spontaneous πŸ™‚

  • Nichole January 24, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I do need to work on scheduling my post and planning them out for at least a week. This post is what i need.

  • Hey Sharonoox January 24, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Lacked of motivation is pretty common among bloggers and I can totally relate. I agree that looking for ideas and plan for upcoming posts definitely helps. Thanks for sharing!

    • Toyin Adekola January 24, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      It’s my pleasure to share! Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

  • rachael burow January 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    This is a great post, I’m guilty of falling behind when I’m unorganized with my posts. Its easy to fall behind so these are great tips!

  • Alissa Ackerman January 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    It really can get hard to stay motivated to blog! At the beginning, i didn’t realize how difficult it would be to get readers, so i almost gave up. It’s still very difficult at times to remain focused on continuing to build up what i now have.

    Content ideas are definitely one of those things that can either halt motivation if we feel stuck, or prompt amazing growth and motivation if we can remain passionate and inspired. These ideas are great!

    I forgot about WordPress Daily! Thank you for that reminder…

    I have to schedule a whole lot more time for planning and writing my posts, usually…But thank you for showing how to parse out the planning and research the way you did. Compartmentalizing it like that should help me simplify the process!

    • Toyin Adekola February 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      You are so right – it’s really hard to continue when the results are slow in coming. But it’s always worth it in the end. Thanks for stopping by!

  • ohmummymia January 28, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Such a lovely tips! I’ve needed that kind of post because I’m loosing my motivation right now

    • Toyin Adekola February 3, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks for reading. I hope you’ve got your motivation back πŸ™‚

  • Zoey McNeville January 30, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Saving this!. As a new blogger I need all the motivation and tips I can get!.

  • Julie Plagens February 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Very helpful ideas. It’s taking me too long to write one post.

  • Azeezah Salau-Mohammed February 4, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for these lovely tips.

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