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?"
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.
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?