With millions of blogs it can be hard to feel like yours is worthwhile, important, or even seen. Often we notice other bloggers writing about the same topics or feel like they have more successes and we get stuck in a negative mentality towards our blog. Blogging should not be something we dread! We started a blog because we are so passionate about our idea that we couldn’t keep it to ourselves any longer. We naturally want to share our talents and passions with others and blogging is the perfect outlet to do that. We can share our creativity and encourage others to use their talents as well.
It’s easy to start a blog but maintaining and growing it can be overwhelming and discouraging sometimes. Not having enough money or time to create the vision of our dreams overnight, even though unrealistic, can be discouraging. However this does not mean that we give up. Our favorite bloggers did not earn their millions of devoted followers over night or even in a year. They did not buy their likes or followers they earned them! Inspiration and diligence are two huge values every blogger needs to feel like their blog is successful.
Getting inspiration from other bloggers is easy but sometimes we may feel like we are cheating. It’s important to remember that no two people will have the same experience. That’s the beauty of life and personalities. We may all one day experience graduating high school, for example, but it isn’t the same feeling of happiness as the person next to us. Because of this that is why bloggers can write about the same topic for years and every post will always be different. We can also find inspiration in ourselves and our own blog! Looking at posts we never finished, reading comments, or rereading our own old posts can be a huge motivation and inspiration! Engaging in conversations with readers can be a great tool to get inspiration for a follow up post or we can see what types of topics our readers want to see. Going back and revamping old posts can be exciting and helps us see how far we have come.
Being diligent with our blog is important but it doesn’t mean having to write a post every day. Diligence is being organized and realistic with ourselves and our goals. A lot of bloggers have full time jobs and don’t have the time to post every day; and we don’t have to! Seeing a new post everyday can overwhelm readers and burn us out quickly so stick to a schedule. Decide what days you want to post (it can be one or 5) each week and come up with a list of topics you would enjoy writing. Having a monthly theme can be a great way to be inspired for a post too! It will be easier to come up with ideas and your readers will enjoy following the story. Plus it’s a great way to insert past posts into new posts to build more traffic!
Blogging is fun and a great outlet for creative minds so let’s try not to get overwhelmed. We can join communities on Facebook for support or more inspiration or honest constructive feedback. We can also outreach on other social media sites such as Instagram, Tumblr, or Snapchat. Marketing your blog in fun creative ways can be great motivation tools! Doing a Q&A on Snapchat or a tutorial of your day can give readers an insight to the every day life of a blogger – which is not only appealing but also personal. Running giveaways or asking questions on Instagram and Twitter is another great ways to engage with other bloggers and readers as well.
We started our blog to impact the world and make a change in our lives. It should be fun, stress free, and personally beneficial to us. So if we feel ourselves making comparisons and wishing for more take a step back and look at how far you have come already! Reach out to a favorite blogger and ask them questions or attend a blogger conference. Attitude is everything when it comes to our dreams so if we stay positive and recognize the little victories we will always be able to stay inspired and believe in our blog.