Here are 12 Ways that will Easily Motivate New Bloggers when You Feel like Quitting
How do you stay motivated as a blogger? Especially if you’re new to the game?
Yes, I know. These are just 2 out of many questions we ask ourselves when we feel demotivated. When everything doesn’t seem to fall where we want them to be! Did I just trigger something? I know because I feel the same way. That’s why in this post, I’ll share you 12 Ways That Will Easily Motivate YOU as a New Blogger.
We feel demotivated especially when things are not working out on our favor. And it can happen in every aspect of life, like at work, parenthood, being a student etc. As bloggers, new or not, we feel demotivated particularly when blogging doesn’t give us result that we’re expecting.
New bloggers are the ones who get demotivated easily
Do you agree? Let me know your answers in the comment below. If you’ve been blogging for a while now, perhaps, for months or for years, and haven’t seen any “results” (yet) I want you to close your eyes for a while and try to recall the day when you started blogging.
That day when you feel so energized, motivated, passionate, and you were like, “let’s do this!”. You, having that spirit and your goals in mind made you write blog posts continuously but after 3 or 6 months that excitement slowly fades away.
Can you relate?
Reasons why new bloggers get easily demotivate
In my recent article, 10 Actions New Bloggers Must Do to Deal with Blogging Struggles, I talked about different struggles of blogging that can be reasons why bloggers fail. And those struggles can also be the reason why new bloggers get demotivated.
Apart from those, here are other reasons why bloggers, particularly newbies get demotivated.
And I’m going to be honest, this also includes me as well, there were multiple times when I want to quit that I didn’t touch my blog for almost a year – it happened twice actually. Yet, I’m still here! And I will tell you how and why later on this post.
Reasons why new bloggers get demotivate
#1 MONEY = VALIDATION
Yes, you read it right. I know that I may sound a blunt person, but in all honesty, money is the biggest motivation in life.
And in blogging, or even just normal job, if we get money from it. It gives us the sense of validation. That our work has been accepted and validated that’s why we work even more.
In case of new bloggers, while not all of them, make money from blogging became their focus.
Which is understandable, to make money is one of the reason why we started a blog in the first place, right? But one should not expect to make money from day 1.
That’s away it frustration if it didn’t come out that way.
It is in our nature to compare ourselves to others. How many of you as a kid, stand side by side with a friend to see who is taller?
In psychology, they call it “Social Comparison Theory”. And this study is developed by a psychologist, Leon Festinger.
According to him, people compare themselves to others to evaluate themselves, their worth, intelligence, and success.
Although, comparing ourselves to others can sometimes be motivating but most of the time, it can hurt more than help.
And the latter happens to new bloggers in most cases. Comparing the success of other bloggers to theirs.
Like what Theodore Roosevelt said : “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
# 3. DISTRACTION
There are too many things that can distract us from blogging. Here are few to name :
Social Media – There’s no doubt that social media can help you to drive traffic to your blog especially if your niche is more of visual stuff.
But using social media can drive our focus away from the main reason why use it in the first place. And with too much use, it can also be the root of comparison to others.
Other Bloggers – Particularly the successful ones. It’s okay to be inspired by them, but it can also serve as a distraction. How? By trying to copy them and comparing yourself to their success.
#4. NOT HAVING A PLAN
We already know how important it is to plan a blog from the very beginning yet there are new bloggers who started out of impulsiveness.
Without a plan you’ll be just bouncing around, not exactly know what to do that can really affect your blogging negatively.
Along with planning, it is not only the content creation should be planned but as well as your marketing, monetization and your blog’s growth.
How did you plan your blog?
There are still few other reasons why new bloggers get demotivated in blogging but the things I mentioned above are the main ones.
Now that we know the causes, lets move forward on how to stay motivated blogging especially if you are a new blogger.
12 Ways That Will Easily Motivate New Bloggers to Continue Blogging
1. Analyze your Blog Plan, Re plan if Needed
If you see that there’s something isn’t working with your blogging or you have difficulties to move forward. Then, it’s time to analyze your blog plan, and construct another plan if needed.
I have done this process twice. Because, when I started, I picked a niche, MMO, that I know nothing of. I chose it out of impulsiveness and thinking that I can be like others. But, in turns out — I can’t that’s why I decided to pivot and construct a new plan.
So if you feel the same way, or in the same situation, I suggest : PAUSE, ANALYZE & rePLANNING.
2. Set New Realistic and Achievable Goals
It is often advice to set goals in whatever you do. So, as you analyze your blog and create a new plan for it, you might as well set a new realistic and achievable goals.
In my case, I realized that long term goals don’t work for me and it is so frustrating if I didn’t able to achieve it while others can achieve their goals in a breeze! It gives me the feeling that I am failing.
So, after feeling sorry for myself, I got back to work, analyze what I’m doing and I created short term goals and easy doable steps that goes along with it.
Thus, if you feel demotivated, try to set new realistically achievable goals for you and your blog.
3. Create a Habit Around It
This will work especially if you’re struggling with consistency. And you can do this by creating a designated time for your blog. You can actually use a calendar or a bullet journal to set a schedule on writing your blog post.
Make sure you allotted a specific time and day to do it. And more importantly, it has to be realistic and you commit that you stick to it.
It’s one way of creating a habit on showing up to your blog. In this case, you should keep it mind that consistency is more important than volume.
What I meant is, it’s totally okay to publish blog post once in a week, if that’s what works for you. If that’s way you can be consistent, go ahead and do it and maybe, when you get the hang of it, you may increase your frequency.
For me I use Trello and Google Calendar along with Google Sheets for this task. I have an Editorial Calendar I made with Google Sheets you can grab it, if you like!
4. Come up with a theme to ease your writing
Writing can be boring especially if you’re talking about the same stuff over and over again!
Especially if you are on a specific niche. It kind of limit you on what topics to write.
I remember when a question came up in the group that I belong to, she asked, if it’s okay to include some “personal” topics in her blog. Which, I get and relate to.
Actually, I felt the same way too. And once that boredom of writing hit– It can literally demotivates you to write.
So, what I did is, I observe other bloggers that are on my niche and looked at their blog posts. I study how they write, the topics they talk about. And also I observe those people who use social media and how they come up with a theme (sort of).
After researching, I ended up designing my own theme that is still within my topic, of course.
It’s like, for this month, I’ll be writing about tools, next month is this topic so on and so forth. And try to integrate that with my social media content as well. Now, I feel that writing and coming up with topic to write is easier.
You too can try this and let me know what happens.
5. Write for Yourself First then next for Your Audience
I know it will contradict the main rule of blogging which is : Write for your target audience.
But, blogging is a marathon, it’s a very long process and in order to stay on the race you need to think of ways to do so until you reach the finish line.
And one of it is thinking of writing yourself first and your readers next. Write blog posts topics within your niche that interests you most.
Remember that your blog is your own space that should reflect your identity as a person.
6. Worry About the Money Later, Focus on Blogging First
Money is the biggest motivator, I know. But, if you are just starting out, there are a lot of things to be focused on rather than money (marketing, traffic, seo etc)
I know that making money is one of the reasons why you start to blog, but it should not be your major focus from the very beginning.
Consider creating helpful contents, establish loyal readers and followers, and soon you’ll be able to earn money from your blog.
You’ll get there.
7. Limit the Use of Social Media
If you don’t like Google Sheets, and you prefer pen and paper, I also created a printable blog planner for you to have!
Like I mentioned above, although social media is important it can also be one of the biggest distraction as well demotivating factor on your blogging journey.
Because, marketing your blog to social media can be time-consuming. From creating graphics, keyword research, caption / description, hashtags research, and engaging.
That’s why I suggest to start with one or 2 platforms first and expand later on if needed.
8. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
It’s okay and normal to be inspired by other bloggers but, if admiring them makes you feel bad about yourself and to what you are doing, then… You should stop.
Always remember that we blog in our own pace, in our own style and ways. You are different from them and besides we’re not here to compete.
The success that you want to reach is achievable with proper plan and effort. You’ll get there, it may take time but it will.
9. Connect With other Bloggers
Instead of copying other bloggers that inspires you, connect with them better yet, connect with other bloggers in general. And you will find it really helpful especially if you are struggling in your blog.
Networking with other bloggers can help you in different ways :
- Learn from other bloggers by asking question and you will be surprise how willing they are to answer your question.
- You’ll have a chance for collaboration or guest post which will be beneficial for your growth as a blogger and your blog’s growth as well.
- You may find your business partner too.
- Not only you’ll find your business partner, you’ll also find your target audience.
You can connect with other bloggers by joining Facebook Groups and Pinterest Boards. I myself is a member of few Facebook Groups and a platform called Wealthy Affiliate where I learn a lot of things about blogging and online business.
So, join and connect with other bloggers to help you stay motivated.
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10. Don’t forget your “Why”
Like what I asked you at the beginning of this post.
Remembering “Why you started a blog” in times you feel like your failing is a good motivation. It makes you reflect, and the excitement when you started your blog will somehow revive.
And it will also help you to re focus, analyze and evaluate your blog as a whole and you as a blogger as well.
Such as, where did you do wrong and the things that you need to improve.
So, when you’re feeling down and you want to quit, remind yourself you did you start blogging in the first place.
11. Seek Help from a Blogging Coach
Most of the time and for some, people need someone to lead them. If you think that you’re really stuck and don’t know what to do then, go and ask for the help of a Coach.
It’s better to hire a coach to quicken your learning process, that you have somebody who is looking after you, you can get direct help and you’ll benefit from it, eventually.
12. Celebrate Your Milestones No Matter How Small it is!
Personally, this is by far my biggest motivation. I already mentioned that I almost quit blogging because, it’s like nothing is happening. Probably because I started blogging unprepared.
I was busy, I had 2 jobs at that time, my hands are full. So I couldn’t really put much effort to my blog plus, I see other bloggers in my group who started same time with me and others later than me, but it seems like they’ve been successful already while I’m still on the same spot — Stagnant.
It’s really frustrating that I literally stopped for months!
But then, I would check my analytics and see 3 or 4 people visiting my site a day! I know it’s not big, but with a blog that’s fairly new, had only 5 – 6 posts during those times, haven’t touched and promoted — Well, it’s something!
That’s why i decided to come back. I reevaluated my blog, changed my niche, my goals and this time I record and celebrate my tiny milestones!
And you should it too! It can be in different ways, not just people who visited your blog. It can be the following as well :
- First email subscriber
- Organic blog post comment
- First 10 social media followers
- First affiliate sale
- First blog post share
Celebrating these tiny wins will surely motivate you to move forward same thing it did to me. Even though, it’s not in a form of money still it validates your work. Letting you know that you’re on the right track.
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Wrapping it up
Blogging can be fun and challenging at the same time. Like they said, it is a marathon, and there are obstacles waiting for you along the way. So, it is really up to (us) you how you’ll stay in the race to reach the finish line.
It’s normal to feel demotivated especially if you are new to blogging, that’s why I’m giving you
12 Ways that will Easily Motivate New Bloggers
- Analyze your blog plan. Re plan if needed.
- Set new realistic and achievable goals.
- Create a habit around it.
- Come up with a theme to ease your writing.
- Write for yourself first then next for your audience.
- Worry about the money later, focus on blogging first.
- Limit the use of social media.
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Connect with other bloggers.
- Don’t forget your “WHY”
- Seek help from a Blogging coach.
- Celebrate your milestones no matter how small it is!
Among these 12 ways on how to stay motivated blogging a new blogger, which one is your best takeaway? Have you ever feel demotivated? How did you deal with it?
Let me know in the comments below. And I hope you learned something!
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8 thoughts on “12 Ways That Will Easily Motivate New Bloggers”
I can relate with the demotivation, it happened to me a few months ago. Blogging is a lot of work. Just for one article one needs hours of preparation, research, writing, editing, adding images, links, etc. It takes up a lot of time. I do it with love, because I love writing, but it’s exactly because of all the work that goes in there that no or small returns for it can become demotivating.
Your list to stay motivated will certainly help. Having a theme per month is a great idea. You just gave me an inspiration 🙂
Thanks for dropping by.
Totally agree, blogging is a real hardwork! Sometimes, as bloggers
we need to creative and come out of ideas to deal with these struggles.
And yes creating themes for my blog really helped me lot.
So I suggest you do it too.
Anyway, happy blogging!
Great tips! I definitely need to connect with others and set more realistic, achievable goals. Thanks for sharing!
Hi! Glad you find this post helpful.
You have touched on lots of really good points here. I think comparing yourself to others is so common as is wanting the money to come fast!
When I was stuck, it was because I couldn’t decide what to write about. I was fine for ages, but once I had a lot of posts, I got really stuck.
Once I made a content strategy, it changed everything.
Looking forward to checking out more of your posts.
I totally agree with you. Comparing yourself to others is really common. Because we’ve been doing this eversince.
When we were a child, we used to compare our heights with our friends, who runs faster and so on.
I think the somparison, gives us the gauge on how we measure ourselves. If take it the right way it’s healthy but if it’s not,
it can be a huge demotivation for us.
And also being stuck, is another common problem.
However, I do believe that there’s an answer to every problem.
One is figuring or creating a strategy that works for you.
And thanks for your comment.
These are great tips! I find myself abandoning my plan for the “next big thing” and then just wasting time. I need to get better at sticking with my plan!
Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
I find myself do the same thing too sometimes.
I think what really counts is that,
getting back to our work and re-focusing.