Wow. It’s certainly been a hot minute (that’s what the cool kids say right?) since I hit publish on a blog post. The whole posting once a week goal for this year really went straight out the window since lockdown began but what can you do when life gets in the way? Working five or six days a week (sometimes even seven!) and freelancing really got on top of me and unfortunately, I pumped all of my creativity into my clients which left my desire to blog a little lacklustre.
But here I am trying to get back into the swing of things and create a new routine for myself before I’m unfurloughed on Monday. And that entails blowing the dust off the old WordPress admin page and getting my blogging brain in gear. Bear with, it might take a while…
I think it’s given me the perfect opportunity though to share with you ways to motivate yourself to blog and how to get back into that groove.
So how do you motivate yourself to blog again?
Work out what your goal is
My goal is to increase my monthly page views to 1,000 and hit 5,000 on Instagram within the next three months. There. I said it. But now I know that’s my goal, it gives me something to work towards. And if you want something that badly, it’s a massive motivator! If you have a diary, write out all your blogging or social media goals and read through them each day or week or whenever you need to in order to give you a kick up the arse.
Read your favourite blogs
Whenever I’m feeling a bit ‘meh’ about my blog, I head to Inthefrow for inspiration. We all know how much I idolise Victoria and ~ obviously ~ included her in my ‘Bloggers Who Inspire Me‘ post but she honestly does motivate me when I need it the most. For you, this could be another blogger or YouTuber whose content makes you want to do better. You could even scroll through their blog and write down everything you love about it to inspire you even more!
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Find out what it is you love writing about
You know that saying, “if you do a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life”? Well if you write about what you love, you’ll never have another breakdown about your blog again in your life. Catchy right? The principle is there though and if you feel passionate about a particular topic then writing content won’t feel laborious and you’ll naturally feel more motivated to talk about it. If I were to blog about hair extensions, I’d have way less drive to actually do it because it’s not an interest of mine (despite the tonne of collab opportunities I get emailed about lol) but because I blog about what I love, I look forward (now I have the time again) to creating content.
Jot down ideas
This follows on from my last point. When you know what your niche is or passions are, blog post ideas will just come out of nowhere. And when you’ve got content to write which you’re excited about, it’s really motivating and inspiring! I have a note on my phone where I write down anything that pops into my head so when I’m feeling a bit meh, I just look at that list and it instantly gives me a buzz to crack on with something.
Don’t force it
I think it’s so easy to spot when a creator isn’t passionate about what they’re doing because the feeling you get from their writing just isn’t the same as it was before. So the lesson to learn from this is not to force anything when you’re just not feeling it, it’s just not gonna motivate you and is more likely to put you off blogging in the short term.
These things are all going to get me back into the swing of blogging for sure and I’m certain if you’re stuck in a rut, they’ll be able to give you a kick up the arse too and help you motivate yourself to blog.
Do you have any other tips for motivating yourself to get back on your laptop and start blogging again?