You’ve had that feeling, haven’t you?
Since starting your blog, there came at least one instance when you just wanted to let go.
Your energy level was 0 and felt NO motivation whatsoever to continue to work.
I’ve had that feeling tons of times. In fact, I feel demotivated at least once every day.
In today’s post, I’ll show you:
How to Stay Motivated as A Blogger.
#1 Choose a Niche which you love UNCONDITIONALLY
Do you love what you do?
If you don’t, it’s highly likely to get demotivated every now and then.
So, it’s necessary to think thoroughly whether you really love the topic you’ve chosen?
… Or it’s just because that topic can fetch you a lot of money?
If you choose a topic because of the money factor, you might get disappointed when you don’t make any money, and no money would mean no motivation for you to continue working.
Hence, choose a topic that you’re comfortable with and can get you money. This puts you in a good position to stay motivated all the time.
#2 Draw A Proper Picture of what lies ahead
To succeed, as a Blogger, in the long run, it’s necessary to map out things ahead of time.
What do you plan to do next? When do you want to implement the latest tactic you learned? What will you publish next week? When will you start posting videos on your channel?
You get the gist.
Randomness will get you no concrete results. You’ll just be aiming at the huge sky hoping to hit the balloon.
Let me ask you:
What situation would you rather be in?
Situation #1 — Randomly try new things when you learn them, with no proper plan of what you want to achieve.
Situation #2 — Having the right vision of what you aim to achieve and have set-up a proper schedule of what you’ll do next.
In my case, I always have things scheduled a month ahead of the present date.
This gives me enough time to study, research and frame a particular idea well before it’s concrete. It also gives me the flexibility to reschedule stuff as I can handle any last minute changes (having done most of the work well before).
So, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned Blogger — it’s always in your and your blog’s best interest to plan well before implementing anything.
Now, where do you exactly implement this?
You can fit into one of these two categories:
Category #1 — Superparticular about every last detail. Plan every minute detail well in advance to the last minute.
Category #2 — Prepare a rough sketch of how you want things to go with a few tweaks here and there later.
Falling in the first Category puts you in a very very good position — to succeed — strategically. Having said that, it’s very difficult to practice.
I fall into the 2nd Category. This gives me a decent picture of how I need to go ahead to make it work.
#3 DO NOT get intimidated by the big boys in your niche
In whichever niche you operate, there will already be people who’ve established themselves as influencers.
No matter where you go, you CANNOT avoid influencers.
And more often than not influencers post updates of how their blog is growing. One purpose is to motivate their readers to try to aim and achieve similar results.
But, hey, as a beginner you might get intimidated by the huge traffic, engagement, and money they have. And instead of acting as a motivation to work hard it can counter-act as a demotivating factor.
For example, I operate in the Blogging and Internet Marketing niche, two influential people that fall in my category are Neil Patel and Harsh Agarwal.
Here’re the traffic stats from NeilPatel.com:
And, these are from ShoutMeLoud (Harsh Agarwal):
Compared to these I am nowhere close to 10% traffic of what these sites attract.
And there are many such examples in my niche. There are so much strong, well-established people in my niche that sometimes I feel — Hell, how do I compete? There’s no chance.
But, I don’t.
How do I keep myself from quitting?
I just ignore the influence of these numbers. Rather than looking at the numbers in a negative way, I approach the content of these sites, grasp as much as I can, and tell myself this — One day you’re going to get this, only if you work hard.
#4 Follow the Mantra of One Step at a Time
Do you watch football? I do. I support Arsenal FC from English Premier League.
Arsenal is, as of now, struggling to keep pace with the league leaders Chelsea FC. We’ve just lost to Chelsea and 12 points adrift the top.
The Premier League is gone. There’s no chance of closing the gap this big at this stage of the season (just 15 games to go).
So, what do we do now? How do we continue to perform well in those 15 games knowing — there’s no chance of claiming the championship now?
I know how:
#1 We completely forget about things far away in the future — like the end of the season.
#2 We concentrate on the next (and only the next game) as it comes.
#3 We look on the positive sides of the campaign like the other trophies we’re still competing in (FA Cup and Champions League).
You might be wondering how does all of this relate with Blogging?
#1 You’re like Arsenal.
#2 The influencers in your niche are like Chelsea.
#3 So instead of taking it this way — they’re far ahead of me in terms of traffic and resources, just look at it in terms of one tactic at a time.
You might not be able to overtake them in a year or two (No title this season), but after working consistently for three or four years you’ll definitely be better of reach closer to them (Title, next or maybe the season after that).
#5 Work the MOST in Your best Hours
Everybody has their best hours in the day.
Best hours are those hours you feel the most energetic, positive and highly motivated.
You CANNOT waste those hours. That’s the time you’ll be able to make the most of.
So, let’s start with how you work this out:
Step #1 From tomorrow, start observing your day. Note down, when is the time you feel very happy and energetic.
Step #2 Figure out what you do in those hours? Is it work related? Or is it something that is mechanical and just can be done some time later.
Step #3 Prepare a schedule of the hours you feel most energetic and make sure you’re giving blogging a considerable amount of time in those hours.
For me, I’m the most energetic when I get up in the morning; and I feel great in the evening.
I would schedule the most important tasks of mine in these hours (roughly 8:30 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00), something like this:
I’ll push the rest of the tasks like reading emails, scheduling social media posts, etc for the rest of the day.
#6 Know the consequences of NOT following your schedule
If you align a failure to do what you’d planned with a consequence, you can help work demotivation in a counter sort of manner and help you get motivated.
When you do some work, you do it to get results. You write a new blog post to get more traffic. You create a new video to get more traffic. You create a new free course to build your email list. This goes on…
Say you’re working on creating a free ebook that you’d leverage to build your list.
You cannot help, but have no motivation to continue writing the book, think of a consequence, like this:
If I do not write this book, I’ll not be able to build my list. If I do not build my list, I’ll not have a group of people who’re interested in my work, as an email’s reach. If I cannot reach people who’re interested in my stuff, directly, I cannot sell my latest course. I’d better get working on the ebook.
See? Now you’ve attached a consequence with your failure to do something because of lack of motivation.
Now, you’ll definitely feel motivated to complete the book.
#7 Do NOT think about money, as a beginner
As a beginner, it’s often very difficult (or impossible) to make money.
When you start out, make this clear to yourself:
I will not think about money for the first year.
Even if you say two, that’s great (better).
Money will lure you away from the joy of blogging and helping others. The content you create will be affected by this. You’ll try to create content from the point of view of making money and not helping people.
This is a very dangerous proposition at the start. The way you start can either make or break your success ratio as a blogger.
So, when you think from the money perspective, you expect to make money. When you do not make any, you’re left with 0 motivation and want to Quit.
#8 Track and Record your success from Day #1
You’ve asked this to yourself — What am I doing? What have I achieved? — at some point in time in your blogging career.
I have many times.
And for this, I always track and record my success factors.
Here’re a few of them:
- More than 30000 visitors.
- Built an email list of 1000+ people.
- Built a following of 5000+ people across Twitter, Pinterest, and other networks.
- Made many new friends, Sam Hurley the best.
- Learned tons of new things, the most valuable.
The list goes on. But these are the top 5, but its nothing compared to other bloggers in my industry, but still I’m happy to have something consistently growing, rather than nothing.
Every time, I want to quit, I read my record.
You also want to do the same. Achievement works as a motivation booster.
#9 Do Not Fall For No Topic Syndrome
One of the other things that can hurt your motivation is no topic.
Every day you must have something to write about.
No matter what, as a blogger, you always have to keep on creating new blog articles/videos/podcasts etc.
I always have at least 10 topics to write about.
Here’s how I do it:
Step #1 Divide your niche into different categories
Step #2 Roughly note down 2 or 3 topics from each category
Step #3 When you don’t have anything scheduled, pick up an idea from your saved list and expand
Step #4 Make sure to update your list every time you pick up an idea and use it
Say you pick up On-page SEO factors; replace it with something like How to rank in the top 5 results on Google
This gives me something to think and write about every time I’m about to fall for No Topic Syndrome.
This can also be done for videos or podcasts, anything. Basically, the idea is not to get stuck for not having a topic to expand.
#10 Set Rewards for reaching milestones
Rewards are great. I absolutely love them.
Whenever we achieve something on this website, I and Ashutosh reward ourselves.
This helps us stay happy and motivated to work better and achieve more rewards.
These are some of the milestones we rewarded ourselves for:
- Hitting 100 visitors/day for the first time
- Reaching 1000 visitors
- Creating our first ebook
- Reaching 5000 visitors
There’s a lot more, but you understand how it works.
Rewards act as a stimulating factor for your brain and help stay you motivated to achieve more.
#11 Follow success stories of others who hadn’t had the best of starts
Success stories are great. They always boost you to work harder and achieve more.
But, success after a lot of hardship or failure. There’s nothing like such a story.
Whenever I hear a story of some ordinary person who achieved something extraordinary, it boosts my mind and motivates me to work even more in making this blog a success.
I’m always on the hunt to learn about businesses and people who defied all the odds to build something far greater than them.
It not only does make for an incredible story but also helps me push limits to achieve more.
Here are two of the great success stories I’ve read, that have motivated me A LOT:
- The story of a Man who did not achieve his remarkable rise to success until his 60s
- The inspiring story of a man who failed multiple times now has a net worth of $28.3 billion
#12 Avoid everything that demotivates you even the slightest
I’ve come across many online and newspaper articles and people who don’t make me feel like continuing my blog anymore.
They’re not wrong, they don’t try to demotivate me on purpose.
All they do is state the facts and figures, in order to prove the point that how hard it is to establish yourself in this online race to success.
I just don’t link the way they put things in front of me and hence I just avoid those people and websites.
Your biggest opponent to succeeding will be the belief that you cannot do it. It does not auto-generate in your mind, rather it’s generated from outside sources. Avoid anything negative completely.
#13 Books, Music, Quotes
Like stories, books, music, and quotes that motivate you are great.
I love books, absolutely.
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And as much I don’t fancy motivational books much as other genres, I read a book or two once a while.
Here’re the two motivational books, I read, recently (that I’d recommend):
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
As far as music is concerned, it depends on your taste. A music that helps me feel energetic might not do the same for you. Brain.fm is a site you can check out.
Motivational Quotes are my favorite. I make sure to read at least one a day.
To find you can just Google — Motivational Quotes.
I use Hike Messenger app, where I get one of these every day from Hike Daily:
You’ll also find dozens of accounts on Instagram.
Blogging is not an easy task. You have to work hard to taste success. But with the right kind of will, energy, and motivation to do so, you can and will definitely succeed.
- What acts as a motivating factor for you? Let me know in the comments section below.
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