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How to Stay Motivated When Your Blog Feels Invisible




With blogging being such a growing community, it can seem impossible to keep up with the more popular blogs. You see their awesome posts, great flat lay photography (seriously they're perfect! lol) and the bumper to bumper traffic to their page. You may think to yourself "what's the point?" 
Lately, when friends see me with my laptop, they assume I'm blogging...and usually they're right lol. As a new blogger, I am having fun expressing myself and sharing my love for books and more! However, I feel the pull of measuring the success of my blog by how many views I've received or the number of comments on a post.

The reality is that for most ventures, the launch is the hardest part. Imagine an airplane taking off. It requires the most energy as it's getting off the ground, but once it's in the air... smooth sailing :) 

Here are a few tips to keep you motivated to keep blogging: 


1. Remember WHY you started 
There's a reason you started blogging. Think back to the excitement you felt as you thought of a clever name for your blog, designed a layout and made your first post! Think back to WHY you felt putting yourself out there was worth it. The reality is, you'll remain much more consistent if your motivation for blogging is more INTRINSIC than it is extrinsic. 

I even wrote about why I started blogging to serve as a reminder to myself. 

2. Celebrate the "small" victories
No seriously. Do a victory lap! Celebrate the new views on your page or that comment from a fellow blogger who noticed your page. Celebrate the friends who've shared your blog on social media or the reposts you've gotten. Celebrate the new followers or the new coding you did all by yourself! 

When I first started teaching, I was given a "smile file." Anytime a student wrote me a sweet note, I'd place it in my smile file folder and on days when I needed a pick-me-up, these letters reminded me that what I was doing was appreciated. 

Recognize and appreciate all wins :) 

3. Find Inspiration
Read a book that inspires you to write again. Watch a movie or YouTube video that ignites something you consider blog worthy. Go for a walk. Chat with friends and dream out loud. Reach into your version of a "smile file" and push forward. 

4. Don't Give Up
We all have not so great days but we still choose to try again the next day. One of my favorite quotes is "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow." Most bloggers feel the pressure of needing to blog every day, but sometimes that can feel like a daunting task. And let's be real. It's hard thinking of good content to post each day.

If you need to take a step back from blogging, do that! We're human and sometimes you need to hit refresh in real life to get out the kinks. But once you feel ready again, step back into it confident of WHY you started in the first place. 

I hadn't posted in a few days and got a comment from one of my favorite book bloggers recently and it was a great boost! Then a friend of mine who frequents my blog asked me why I hadn't blogged recently. I realized that my blog is making an impact even if it doesn't always feel like it. 

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Hope these tips help in some way! And please remember, this is blogging. There are bigger things to fret about. Don't allow something that you began out of enjoyment to become burdensome xoxo



Have tips of your own?
How do you stay motivated to keep blogging? 



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32 comments

  1. What I do is that I remind myself that I started this for me. I used to have a blog with decent traffic, ditched it, missed it, started a new one, and I miss my old readership. But, I also feel like I needed a fresh start so I could make my blog reflect more of what I wanted to do instead of get sucked into the memes and tags that everyone else was doing. I think remembering that it makes you happy is always a great way to keep going. :) Thanks for the tips!

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    1. I agree 100% Alyssa! Once we start to do things for other people, I feel it loses it natural appeal and it can become a horse & pony show. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. I have to take constant steps back to remind myself that I love talking about books with other people. I'm an introvert, so I don't really have friends to discuss books with. My BFF is not a reader, and with her being a single mother, she's not always available to rant to sometimes. As much as I would like to review every book that I've ever read, I can't post everyday like most bloggers do. I have things going on in my personal life, so my blog is not my main focus. I blog as a hobby and to share book love (or hate). I used to stress myself out in the beginning, but I had to focus on why I even started. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Lekeisha! :-) I agree. I can be introverted as well which is why I love losing myself in a piece of literature. Remembering why I started is going to be something I go back to, I'm sure.

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  3. Hey Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by @booksandbottles.blog Instagram - your blog is simply gorgeous! I cannot get over how flawless and professional you are - even with only 9 posts I thought you'd been blogging for *ages*! You are a wonderful writer, and I cannot wait to read what you post in the future - new follower, here!

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    1. Wow!! Thank you so much for the compliments! Looking forward to connecting more :)

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  4. Great post. Blog what you love, share and go out and find similar blogs who share your passion..the rest will come :)

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  5. I think it's AMAZING how you utilize your blog to uplift others, even from a place of transparency. I honestly believe that the moments where you seem "invisible" are the moments where you find the level of passion and love for what you do. There is a huge difference between doing to be seen and doing out of love. Do I a long for the world to see my deeds? Yes! But I long for them to see that they may be lifted and not my own self. So this article really hit the nail on the head as it cause my perspective to switch to a place where I can be thankful for the small victories. Lord knows that I am not a blogger, but even when my work, my ministry, or my music seems invisible, I will use your concepts and apply towards my niche! Jennifer, you're doing an amazing job :-)

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    1. Yay!!! lol So encouraging :) So glad that this could be applied to other things as well. Didn't even consider that until you shared that perspective. Thank you!

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  6. This is great! I'm not a blogger but I loved the concept of never forgetting why you started to do something you love. I was once told to "prevail in tiny things" ... it reminds me to celebrate along the journey instead of waiting for high fives at the finish line. Set off the fireworks today!! Your blog is beautiful and you're doing it!! That's HUGE!! You had an idea and here we are basking in it :) Your mind is beautiful and I'm excited to have a sneak peek into it! Can't wait to hear more from you! Xoxo

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    1. XOXOXO! You know I adore you. Thanks for the support PIG :)

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  7. Hi Jenn! Welcome to the blogging world, and thanks so much for stopping by to see us. Your blog is gorgeous, and I love your tips. I think as long as we're having fun and connecting with other book lovers, we're doing it right <3 Happy reading to you, new friend!
    ~Michele

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    1. Awww! Thanks Michele! Means a lot
      Your blog is an inspiration :)

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  8. Love this! Sometimes I wonder if anyone is paying attention and then I remind myself that I would read and review even if no one visited. It's also interesting to me that right when I start to get discouraged, something awesome will happen to reinvigorate my love. Great post. :)

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  9. This is a great post. I don't have my own blog, but I review for two blogs. I think the fact that I don't have my own, helps to relieve some of the stress. I don't see the page view numbers. I do see the number of comments on each post. That is really the only thing I have to gauge my success (that and what the comments actually say). I just remember that I'm doing this for fun. I visit blogs and share my thoughts on other people's reviews and the books that they read. Many of them come back and share their thoughts on my book and my thoughts on it. I've also gotten to be friends with many bloggers on Twitter and converse there as well. Great topic. Keep your head up and enjoy your blogging.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  10. Great post! I used to be obsessed with my stats, but now I hardly look at them. It was the only way I could keep blogging fun. Being competitive, you want to compete against the big blogs, but that's not why I began blogging. As long as you're doing what you love, and are posting what you like, blogging will always be fun for you. It's a lot of work, but it won't feel that way. Love your layout, btw.

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  11. LOVE This! I may not be a blogger but this definitely helped out in what I have going on. I often find myself starting over SO many times & the cure to that is simply not giving up.

    Thanks Jen :}

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  12. It is hard to remember the reason behind starting the blog in the first place. It was fun and I have to keep reminding myself of that. I need a sticker or something ;) This was a great post, thanks for the reminder!

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  13. Great post :) Definitely something I needed to read this week - sometimes we just need to get back to basics of what and why we're blogging! Thanks for sharing and will be following you and your journey :)

    www.blackandwhiteinsider.com

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  14. ♥ this post! Such a great reminder and I love your idea of writing a post about why you blog to remind yourself!

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  15. I definitely needed this! I only start blogging a couple of weeks ago, but even so I've found myself struggling to accept that gaining views/followers etc isn't as easy as just clicking your fingers.

    I am trying to celebrate the small things though: before setting up my blog, coding seemed terrifying and something I'd never be able to do, but now I'm beginning to get quite comfortable with it!

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  16. Great post! I have a 'small' blog so I don't have a lot of followers and comments and sometimes I feel like my motivation to keep up with the blog is slipping away (if no one reads your posts it's quite depressing, after all you've put a lot of work in your blog). But I still keep blogging since it's so much fun!

    Anyway, thank you for stopping by!

    Andie
    https://toallthebooksivelovedbefore.wordpress.com/

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  17. i love this post! as a new blogger, its been hard trying not to compare my blog to those whose are much more popular. this post really helps! i'm going to try and blog more often and keep working on it to help it grow! :)

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  18. Aw, this is awesome advice, some I will take and use myself! :)

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  19. Fantastic tips! Sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the work a blog takes and thinking oh it's not very good why should I continue anyway? Then I remember how much I like to talk about books with people and how much fun I've had connecting with people since I started my blog. Then the hard work feels worth it again! Great post and new follower here. :D

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  20. You're getting a ton of great advice - see, you're so NOT invisible :)
    The thing is that I think all bloggers feel invisible sometimes and wonder why we do this. When I feel discouraged, I try to remember why I blog (for me, it's the happiness I feel when I get to connect with other book lovers). I have to do it for myself and focus on the aspects of blogging that make me happy. Otherwise, it's just too much work!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  21. An interesting and important read. I can relate to all your posts but number 1 really resonates with me. Thank you :)
    Elliott - musicfootballfatherhood.com

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  22. I am 100% team fiction, because I obviously read it a lot more and feel more emotionally attached to fictional places and characters. However, some non fiction can be so powerful in getting a great message across while keeping things incredibly real as well, so I have a respect for both.

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  23. These are all important things to remember. I wrote a "why I'm doing this" post at the beginning of my blog, too. You've just reminded me to go back and look at it again. It's so easy to get caught up in the numbers games, and most of us want our blogs to be successful... but success can be measured in so many ways. I'm coming up on 7 years of blogging this summer, and I don't always remember to give myself credit for that.

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  24. Very well said! I used to feel like I was the only one seeing my posts. When I stopped worrying about people seeing them and just continuing to write for enjoyment it took all the pressure off. Now I am slowly getting comments here and there. I love to interact with other people who love books as much as I do so this makes me happy. If I get them I am overjoyed, if I don't get any I try not to let it get me down.

    I don't get to write on my blog every day but I try to do it at least once or twice a week.

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  25. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your site! I just started my blog 4 months ago, and I've just been learning and winging it as I go. You have some great tips, thanks for sharing!

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