Whether you’ve been blogging for several years and have built up a stable stream of revenue on your site, or you’re just starting out and perhaps feeling a little discouraged, one of the biggest challenges faced by most bloggers who do it for money is the loss of motivation.
One of the harder aspects of blogging professionally, whether you do it full-time or as a side job, is that you have to discipline yourself to get the work done even when you’re not feeling particularly inspired, and you have to do it on a consistent basis.
Below are some of the key ways you can remain motivated to keep your blog business moving along.
Create a Schedule
If you were working in a traditional 9 to 5 office environment, you would likely follow a relatively controlled schedule. This schedule would outline when you would do certain tasks, how much time would be allotted, and when you would take breaks for things like lunch. If you’re a full-time blogger, you can do the same thing. Create a daily or weekly schedule for yourself, depending on whether it’s something you do on a part-time or full-time basis. As well as a general structure for your work, you should also consider using an editorial calendar, which can keep you on track with your posts and your blogging strategy. In fact, having an editorial calendar is one of the top blogging tips for anyone who writes, even if it’s not to make revenue.
Write in Bulk
No matter what you do, there are just going to be some days you’re not feeling as inspired to blog as others, so be prepared for this situation. You can stock up on blog posts by writing as many as you can when the writing mood strikes, and then save them for posting when you can’t come up with much.
Track How You’re Doing
Whether you’re just starting to monetize your blog, or it’s something you’ve been doing for a while, it’s incredibly rewarding to track your progress and see how you’re doing. You’re likely making more progress than you even think you are. If you track your growth over time, you can see where changes need to be made, but also get that push of encouragement you need to keep going. If you meet certain milestones, go ahead and treat or reward yourself, just like you might if you were to get a raise or promotion at a traditional 9-to-5 job.
Join an Online Group
Blogging, particularly if it’s your business, can be rewarding, but it can also be a bit of a lonely world, and that sense of isolation may cause you to lose motivation. Consider joining an online group or even a social media live chat with other bloggers. You can not only up your inspiration levels, but also get tips and tricks from other bloggers, and build your network.
As a concluding note, if you really feel that inspiration waning, consider switching up the type of content you share with your readers. For example, use your lack of writing motivation as a chance to make that video or podcast you’ve been interested in for a while.