My first midweek post in my new blogging schedule! And today I thought I’d do a post that I’ve had hovering in the back of my head for a little while now – how I stay motivated in blogging, and most importantly, how I beat writers’ block!
When I first started blogging I struggled so much to know what to post. Just ideas were a struggle for me, and I had no clue how to get over that wall that sometimes goes up in my brain and stops me producing anything decent. I’ve been blogging for nearly two years now (crazy!) and have definitely found ways around the challenges of keeping my content interesting and well written. So I thought I’d share some of these tips for my first Wednesday post.
- Don’t just copy other bloggers – do your own research, buy, try, and review products that you haven’t seen on another blog before. It’ll give you the feeling that you’re the first to bring it to the table, even if you’re not!
- Talk about your blog – I never told people in my real life when I started blogging, but now everyone knows and it’s shared on my Facebook page, people ask me about it all the time. They tell me they read it every week, they think it’s a great thing, and it keeps me motivated to continue publishing even when the stats are low.
- Don’t blog just for the stats! – don’t get me wrong, it gives me such a boost when I see big numbers on my stats, but that’s not why I started blogging, or the only reason I keep doing it. If there was only one person reading my blog I’d still keep going (and that happened for a very long time, so I know the truth of that statement!)
- If you’re stuck, read other blogs – there’s been so many times I’ve been reading someone elses blog and thought ‘that gives me an idea!’ I don’t like to copy ideas, but there’s nothing wrong with seeing what someone else has done and taking elements of it to form your own post idea.
- Make it a habit – the more I blog, the more ideas I have (usually in the shower, hence why I keep my phone within arms reach). I think about my blog a lot, I look at my blog a lot too, and seeing the finished product with all it’s features gives me a real kick. I also have a routine from week to week to stay on schedule.
And the most important bit –
- When I have writers’ block – I kind of plan ahead for this. I have bouts of feeling super inspired, and I’ll cash that in and write seven or eight posts, or at least start them all. Then when the inspiration runs dry I’ve got ideas and posts sat there and I can force myself to finish them. The best way to beat writers’ block is to write through it. It doesn’t matter if it’s total rubbish, just write something; you can always go back and change it later!
So there are my top 5 tips for staying motivated in blogging, and a tried and tested way of beating the dreaded block! It works for me, but that’s not to say it will definitely work for you. I know other bloggers who get writers’ block and need to step away from the work and get outside, do something else, think about other things, and that helps them break it. Do what works for you, and be proud of what you do!