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9 Effective Ways to Reignite your Blogging Motivation

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January 30, 2020

The phrase “blogging motivation” can either provoke feelings of excitement and anticipation or of helplessness and dread. In other words, you either have it, or you don’t.

For most of us, our blogging motivation has peaks and valleys.

Somedays our ideas are electric and our words flow onto a screen faster than our thoughts can keep up.

On the other hand, sometimes our creativity falls flat and we struggle to produce content or to stay motivated as a blogger.

Whatever you’re currently feeling, this exciting post will take a look at 9 ways to reignite your blogging motivation!

With help from fellow bloggers, we’ll uncover nine practical ways to fuel your blogging motivation and get back to producing killer content!

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9 Ways to Reignite Your Blogging Motivation

1. Go back to the basics.

One of the first things to do when you’re looking to reignite your blogging motivation is to go back to the basics.

What I mean by this is when you start to feel overwhelmed by SEO, monetization, images, site speed, and social media, simply pause and remind yourself why you started your blog in the first place.

Sometimes we can get so bogged down by keyword research, word count, and on writing for Google page rank, that we begin to lose our ‘voice’.

By taking the time to just be ourselves and to simply write for the love of our niche, you’ll quickly become re-energized and refocused.

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Pause from checking the boxes on appeasing advanced blogging topics and simply go back to your ‘why’.

Write 1 – 2 blog posts on a topic of your choice without worrying about Google page rank.

When I lose my motivation to blog, I always go back to my ‘why.’ 

My ‘why’ is financial freedom, the ability to work from home, and most importantly, to spend more time with my family. 

I also remember ‘why’ I chose the blog topic that I did…to encourage and empower other families to travel and spend more time together. 

The fact that I’ve found something that ticks all those boxes keeps me moving forward.

Catherine of Traveling with the Littles

2. Take a break.

Another way to stay motivated as a blogger is to take a break.

Taking a break can come in the form of taking a break from blogging altogether, or from simply taking a break from writing new content.

Many successful bloggers can attest to the fact that there is enormous value in taking the time to revisit and revive old posts by adding additional images, keywords, and updated content.

Likewise, spend time removing outdated content that might include old statistics, examples, infographics, or product details.

A little TLC given to an old post can go a long way in terms of driving more traffic to that post.

Imagine if each of your old posts received just 10 new visitors a day?

That growth will add up over time, and as we all know in the blogging world: increased traffic = increased blogging motivation!

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Take 3 – 4 weeks off from producing new content.

Instead, spend those weeks revisiting and reviving as many old posts as you possibly can.

After reviving them, re-promote each post through your social media channels, seek out backlinks, and watch the traffic trickle in.

I have found that one of the most effective ways to reignite my passion for blogging is to just take a break.

After a year of blogging, I took a six-month hiatus.

I just couldn’t get past that feeling I was “just spinning my wheels”.

During my break, I couldn’t stop thinking about my blog and realized how much I missed working on it. Motivation restored!

Whether it’s a day, a week, or a month, the beauty of a blog is that it will wait for you!

Julie of More Than Main Street

3. Set realistic goals.

It is important to understand the real truth behind starting a new blog.

Blogging requires hard work, focus, determination, and a positive attitude… just like any other job.

Don’t enter the blogging industry believing it to be an easy career option.

Setting realistic goals and understanding that blogging success does not happen overnight is perhaps one of the most important aspects of maintaining your blogging motivation.

Consistency is key!

Also, do not compare your blogging success to other bloggers who may have more experience than you, whose blogs have been in existence longer than yours, or who blog full time if you do not.

Unreasonable expectations and comparing yourself to others with more experience will cause discouragement and decreased motivation.

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Spend 1 day at the end of each month to write down your number of monthly page views and page sessions, as well as your total number of social media followers, email subscribers, and affiliate income.

Create growth-related goals based on your monthly statistics and your blog income reports, just as I do.

Afterward, write out actual action steps to take in the upcoming month(s) in order to meet these goals.

Try to be in your own race always trying to beat your numbers from last week/month/year.

If you have limited time as a blogger and only started blogging 3 years ago, it doesn’t make sense to compare yourself to bloggers who work on their blog 40-50 hours per week and started 5+ 7+ or even 10+ years ago.

Don’t give up and keep doing what you are doing.

Maria of Maria Abroad

4. Consider a new strategy.

In order to increase your blogging motivation, consider creating new strategies and schedules to both prevent burnout and attract more readers.

First, ask yourself if your current blogging strategy is wearing you down and decreasing your motivation to blog?

Perhaps you’re choosing to write too late in the day when your mind and body are tired? Maybe you’re trying to publish too much content in too little time?

Next, analyze whether or not your current marketing strategy is proving to be efficient in attracting new and engaged readers?

Spend time getting to know your blog audience as well as determine your traffic sources and where your marketing needs improvement.

Likewise, explore new ways to come up with blog content ideas in order to determine what your readers are really looking for.

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Create a content calendar today!

A content calendar keeps you on track and creates a system to ensure your content is always top-notch and published on time.

The best calendars also have social sharing and email marketing info worked in to make things easy and organized.

Determine your target keywords, use a free tool like Google Calendar or Trello to create your content calendar, and move on to building amazing content!

When I need a creative spark for my travel site, I set a Google alert for a new topic like “Thai beaches” or “Boston pizza”.

Over the next few days, my inbox fills up with articles.

While reading them, a new story idea will ‘pop’ and then it’s off to the races.

Cathy of The Open Suitcase

5. Interact with other bloggers.

Interacting with other bloggers has been my biggest motivation as a new blogger!

Start by finding 5 – 10 relevant bloggers in your industry by a Google search or by noticing their presence on social media.

Subscribe to their blogs and begin to follow them on their socials, providing comments and likes to express interest and elicit conversation.

After contributing comments, it’s great to share these fellow bloggers’ posts via social media or to write a new post of your own taking into account (and crediting) the information you’ve learned from them.

Another way to interact with other bloggers is to join relevant Facebook groups in your industry.

Simply follow the same process of following, commenting, and interacting with group members in order to begin forming relationships.

In asking questions of other bloggers, you will both be exposed to important blogging terminology necessary for growth, as well as find motivation in conversing with like-minded professionals.

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Set up a 30-minute Zoom chat with another blogger who you have interacted with over social media or Facebook messenger.

Visit one another’s blog sites ahead of time in order to provide each other with encouragement and feedback.

I’ve found that a great way for me to stay motivated as a blogger is to connect with other like-minded bloggers that are at the same stage in their blogging journey as I am. 

I started by reaching out to other bloggers who I met on Facebook to form a “mastermind” peer-to-per mentor group. The purpose of the group is to to spin ideas off of, engage with, collaborate, and most importantly support one another.

Because the blogging world can feel very competitive at times, it’s awesome to to have a space for empowering and encouraging one another’s success, as well as a private group to problem solve and be transparent.

Interacting with other bloggers has been a great source of inspiration and accountability.

Amber of Mom Abroad

Joining a mastermind family travel blogging group on Facebook has been a wonderful way to collaborate and help project my blog to the next level.

Sharing the best tips and tricks, meeting weekly to share our goals and struggles, as well as utilizing each of our personal strengths to support everyone helps keep me motivated as a blogger.

Chelsea of Pack More Into Life

6. Take a look at how far you’ve come.

I’m sure that you can remember the very first day that you published your first blog post!

Even if you’ve only had a few readers since then, that can and should be viewed as a success. After all, your information got into the hands of someone who needed it!

The majority of bloggers get discovered one reader at a time, one day at a time, and one post at a time.

It is this slow and steady growth that you should expect and appreciate.

One of the most uplifting things that I do to stay motivated as a new blogger is to study my blog income report and remind myself of how far I’ve come since the very first time I hit ‘publish’.

When I first started making money as a new blogger, I was thrilled by my first $13.33!

To compare where I’m at a full year later is so entirely motivated even on the dullest of days!

Graph of page view growth

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Use Canva to create a graph (like the one above) that outlines your growth in a specific area whether it be page views, email subscribers, social media followers, or income.

Applaud yourself for any growth, even if it is slow and steady.

In addition, use your graph as blogging motivation to prove how far you’ve come.

After the initial excitement of launching my blog, I soon realised that nobody was reading it.

It was slow going at first and though traffic increased a little each month, the slow growth became disheartening.

Soon after, I got my first booking on my afiliate, Booking.com.

It wasn’t about the commission for me. The fact that somebody had read my blog post and trusted my recommendation meant the world to me and I realised my expertise could actually help people.

It was just the motivation I needed to carry on blogging.

Jacquie of Flashpacking Family

7. Read and respond to comments that your readers have left on your blog.

Not only does reading the comments left on your blog help you to understand what your readers want you to write about, but they can be a great source of blog motivation as well.

Reading a positive reaction from a reader may be just what you need in order to gain momentum!

Learning about what stirs excitement in your readers is both interesting and exciting, as well as is a great way to come up with new ideas for articles.

Responding to comments helps you to deepen your relationship with your readers, allows for back-and-forth communication, and provides social proof for your blog.

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

I feel that when readers respond to my posts, either directly on the blog post, or interact with my socials, that it creates motivation for me.

Why? Because their comments and/or questions make me feel that what I’m writing is striking a chord with my readers.

That’s motivation wrapped up in a pretty bow!

Diana of Traveling in Heels

8. Change your workspace.

Some people feel that it is important to have a dedicated workspace for blogging in order to be productive.

Others, like myself, choose to blog on the couch, at the kitchen island or sitting on their porch, for example.

Regardless of where you’ve blogged in the past, changing your workspace is an excellent way to boost your blogging motivation and to help to create a fresh perspective!

If you’re experiencing a slump in motivation as a blogger, try brainstorming and writing in a place that you haven’t tried before.

In addition, consider the following creativity-enhancing benefits of these colors and spice up your office, outfit, and accessories accordingly:

  • Blue: Promotes openness and thinking outside the box
  • Yellow: Increases energy flow
  • Orange: Helps improve concentration
  • Red: Enhances attention to detail (good for solving analytic problems)
  • Green: (especially nature hues): Refreshes body, mind, and spirit
  • Purple: Encourages fresh perspectives

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

Set aside a dedicated amount of time to blog, i.e. 2 hours.

Find a new, calm, and soothing place to get comfortable in amidst the yellow sunlight.

Arm yourself with a cup of coffee in a blue mug, a glass of red wine, and/or light a purple candle…while wearing your favorite orange shirt 🙂

When it comes to blogging, I have found a big key is having a comfortable ergonomic chair and a proper desk.

When we moved into our new home we also made sure to put the office in a room that had lots of natural light and a beautiful view.

Being comfortable while sitting, natural light and a beautiful view have all helped me to stay focused and motivated to do my blogging work.

Jennifer of Coleman Concierge

9. Consider new ways to promote your blog.

Since we’ve already determined that blog growth and increased traffic are directly related to blogging motivation, try considering new ways to promote your blog.

If readers aren’t finding you…consider new ways to find them!

Sooner or later, like-minded individuals will find and follow you, and they will love learning new things from you.

Take action to reignite your blogging motivation:

  • Join a new social media platform.
  • Syndicate content on platforms such as Medium and LinkedIn.
  • Work with podcasts.
  • Create a Facebook group.
  • Monitor online conversations and look for ways to promote your blog.
  • Develop and distribute a new business card.
  • Re-design your brand or re-consider your brand voice.
  • Join an association in your niche and introduce you and your blog to its members.

Final Considerations

  • Blog for passion.
  • Don’t just blog for money.
  • Before publishing a blog post, ask yourself, “Is this post going to help answer someone’s question?”. If the answer is “yes”, then hit the publish button.
  • Ignore other blogs and bloggers who discourage you instead of motivating you.
  • When you see other successful blogs, think about what actions you can take to reach that level of success. Then, take action.
  • Remember, blog success takes time to cultivate.

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    Margie

    March 15, 2020

    These are some great tips to reignite my blogging motivation. Taking a look how far I’ve come is huge and writing from the top of my head without dealing w keyword stuff is huge! I need to do one of those.

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      Jen

      March 16, 2020

      Thanks Margie! I love your blog and hope that these tips help maintain your passion!!

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