A few days ago, I was talking to a budding blogger on the phone, and he was telling me that he was worried about his motivation for blogging. Here are the first few lines of the conversation I had with him (I will refer to him as “Mister X”):
- Me: What happened? Why are you so demotivated?
- Mister X: Harsh, I have worked on my blog for many months, and this is my 4th blog and probably the last one. I’m still getting only 100 or so odd views and people are commenting just because of backlinks. Things like “nice post” and “useful posts”, and I even get negative comments from time to time and that discourages me a lot.
- Me: Why did you start blogging?
- Mister X: I started blogging because I like it and it’s my passion. I’ve been blogging for the last 4 years and I like when people like my posts and follow me. The secondary reason is money; it’s not the main one right now but it will become a major one later in my career.
- Me: What kind of people do you follow on social networking sites?
- Mister X: Mostly bloggers and internet marketers.
- Me: How do you feel when people talk about their success stories on Facebook or Twitter?
- Mister X: Some of them motivate me and a few of them demotivate me. People who started with me and are doing great demotivate me, whereas blogs like ShoutMeLoud and HellboundBlogger motivate me, as I want to be like them.
When I was having this conversation with Mister X, I was already aware of his problem. This is one common phase of the blogging life which most bloggers face.
At this point in the conversation, I shared a few of my experiences and gave him a few tips.
I’m sure many of you (especially if you are a budding blogger) are also facing the same issue. If so, you need to take action now, or you may end up among the multitude of start-up bloggers who eventually quit blogging.
In this article, I will be sharing a few tips which will help you to bring back the motivation for blogging.
Bringing Back Your Motivation For Blogging
Tip 1: Blog for yourself first and for others second.
You must have read a lot about the importance of writing for your readers. While this is a good thing to do, it is also true that in order to capture an audience for your blog, you need to write for yourself first.
One of the first and most common mistakes new bloggers make is to copy someone else’s style. Your blog is your personal space, and it reflects your identity and your individual voice. You might not capture thousands of fans in a day, in a month, or even in a year, but if your blog post is helping even one person, its creation has been worth your time.
Just stick to your niche and write anything that interests you within that niche.
One of the greatest misconceptions about blogging is that there is no point in writing about topics that have been written about hundreds of times before. But that’s not true.
The fact is that every day a new internet user is born, and your blog might be among the first sites that that new user will find! You could be the one to teach them about whatever it is they want to learn. That’s how you build authority.
So, in short: Stick to your niche and write for yourself.
Tip 2: Start with the basics, then move to more advanced topics.
Many bloggers make the mistake of starting with information that is too advanced for a beginner.
In order to create, interest, and engage your readership, you need to have a lot of content that gets a reader to stick with your blog, and that means that what you write must help them understand the topic.
For example, Mr. X had written about one of the premium SEO plugins, and he was not happy with the comments he received. Well, the first questions he should have asked himself when checking his post before publication were:
- When you see blog content with affiliate links, how do you feel?
- Have you covered other topics in the same niche that led to your current topic?
- Have you already informed your readers about the advantages of SEO and why SEO is important for your blogs?
Solution: Sit down and plan a content strategy for your blog. Write down every topic, from the most basic to the most advanced topics you can cover. This helps a beginner who ends up on your blog learn something new. And, as your blog develops in terms of content from beginner to intermediate to advanced, your readership will grow!
Tip 3: Blog without any materialistic view.
There is always a motive behind blogging, and when I started it was all about sharing knowledge.
I wrote about anything which interested me, and money and a fan following were never in my mind. The first few “thank you” comments I received helped to significantly motivate me to continue blogging and to write more and more. This is my story – perhaps yours is different.
When you blog with materialistic motives, you miss out on the most simple fundamental truth of blogging:
- Bloggers blog because they love blogging!
Your blog is your personal space, and you should write anything that interests you on topics you understand and have a passion for. Sooner or later, like-minded individuals will find you and follow you, and they will love learning new things from you.
Don’t blog for money or to build a fan-following. Blog for yourself, and let your passion be your path to becoming an A-list blogger.
Tip 4: Forget social networking and focus on blogging.
Yes, I know social networking is important. But social networking is also a big demotivating factor for many bloggers.
When you sit in a room for hours and you see someone updating about their awesome trip to Las Vegas, you feel miserable.
To be honest, that’s how I feel when I read those updates! I want to get out of my office and take a trip to some new destination, too!
However, I know that that time will come for me, but for now, I need to stay focused on working toward that goal.
Constant social media updates can be very distracting and unhealthy. They will steer you away from the very goals you are trying to achieve.
If you are unable to use social media as a networking tool instead of the constant distraction it’s designed to be, then you need to stop using it.
Use social networking sites for networking to create real-life connections. Connecting with the right set of people and learning from them will benefit you. Focusing on what everyone else is doing and comparing yourself to them will not.
If you are using social media just for sharing links, and you are expecting hundreds of people to jump aboard your blog as a result, it’s not going to happen.
Your own blog commenting efforts will be more helpful. Comment on other related blogs; not only can it drive targeted traffic to your blog, but you will end up creating many genuine connections.
- Read: A Recipe For Writing Great Blog Comments
Another reason here for the demotivation of “Mister X” is the fact that his social networking site is full of bloggers, and they are already aware of the things he is writing about.
Obviously, their interest will be limited. Instead of focusing on other veteran bloggers, he should focus on people who are new to this field and want to learn more.
My story: Blast from the past
When I started blogging in 2008, I commented on other blogs and sites a lot. I commented not for backlinks, but to participate in the discussions of issues that interested me.
I commented on blog posts that motivated me, which taught me something new or which triggered my thought process. I would comment with my perspective, with information which I felt was missing in the topic being discussed.
In this way, I generated a lot of additional comments. Yes, I got the benefit of branding and backlinks in the process, but I also created many important connections. And this is one of the biggest reasons for ShoutMeLoud’s growth!
- Use social networking for the right reasons.
- Use it for networking, and not only for self-promotion.
Tip 5: Have a blog business plan.
It is very important to have a business plan for your blog. If you wish to make money, have a plan to make money! Make a content generation plan, a blog monetization plan, a marketing plan, a growth plan, and so on.
With time, your blog plan will change according to your readership and the needs of your readers, so adapt your plan accordingly.
- Simple And Effective Business Plan For Bloggers
- How To Write A Simple Business Plan For Your Blog In 9 Easy Steps
Things to keep in mind:
- Don’t blog just for money.
- Blog for passion and blog for yourself.
- Before publishing a blog post, ask yourself one question: Is this post helping even one person? 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, and start taking action!
Remember, success takes time to cultivate, and you can’t be the next big thing in a day or two. You need to work hard and be smart to be successful.
- Read: How To Transform Your Life Today
- 20 Motivation Hacks
- How To Boost Confidence And Motivate Yourself
- Take A Self-Motivation Quiz
Whenever you are feeling demotivated in your blogging, stop and take a minute to ask yourself:
- Why did I start blogging and why am I blogging right now?
Go through your old content and read the positive comments showing you that you have helped others to learn or solve a problem.
Here is a motivational video message for you:
Now I want to hear from you: What are the kinds of things that demotivate you? What do you do to bring back the motivation? Share your thoughts with me and others in the comments below!
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175 thoughts on “How To Motivate Yourself For Blogging When You Are Feeling Demotivated”
I found routine to be the best plan for fighting this. You schedule the brainstorming and then have a fixed time (for me mornings work best).
I am also a blogger and whenever I get demotivated then I start reading your blogs on your site and see success stories of new people, this gives me a lot of motivation. I have learned from you what blogging is and I will keep trying until I succeed. You are a great teacher.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Ravi.:)
I agree with what you said about social media being a distraction and demotivation factor. I’m a new blogger and I think I’m trying to do too much too soon. I’m juggling a new Facebook page, a new Instagram page, new Pinterest, Twitter, and Mix profiles… and on top of that, I’m trying to post consistently on my blog. It got too much for me to handle. Thank you for this post. It helped me put things back in perspective.
I started my blog in 2013 and my passion was through the roof. I was super motivated and worked relentlessly to grow my blog’s engagement and it worked.
It all started by offering a “how-to” freebie and asking that people make their request by commenting on my blog and I was shocked by how many people did exactly what I asked. I was on the fast track to success and didn’t even know it.
Then one day something happened that sidetracked me and I basically stopped blogging for 3 full years until something unexpected happened. An unknown follower of my blog emailed me out of the blue and asked me why I had abandoned my blog?
He told me that he really loved the things that I blogged about and it made me feel great, so I tried blogging again but again I stopped after only a few posts because mentally I wasn’t ready yet.
I had just lost my mom to cancer so all I did was drink and grieve for exactly 1 year to the date of my mom’s passing when I told myself that enough was enough. I stopped drinking, went back to the gym, lost the 20lbs I gained in grief and began blogging with the same passion that I had before I got sidetracked. I was back!
The point I’m making is that blogging is mental and has almost everything to do with your state of mind. I was unable to write with the passion I once had just because someone asked me to. It had to be my decision. I had to be ready and until I reached that point, I was never going to be able to move forward.
Yes, you beat the most beneficial points in this post. Every blogger should blog for themselves first and have to cherish passion. Then money comes. I am also a budding blogger like other 5 bloggers. I regularly post on Bulksinfo, my blog, and want to get along with it in the future. This post inspired me a step further and I am grateful for this thanks for sharing….Harsh!!!
What a nice post! Not only helpful but also unique and motivating. I like it.
I have been blogging on Blogger for more than a one year, yes I am a beginner, and publish post regularly on my blog ‘Bulksinfo’. What I do is I do what I love because it makes me feel good and satisfying from heart. One thing that I want to mention is that what I am today is due to ShoutMeLoud. It inspired me greatly. Thanks for sharing this type of post again.
Your blogs help us and motivate us a lot in creating good content. I started creating my own blog following your tips and tricks hope I will be successful in creating nice contents and in making the society a better place. Keep up the good work 🙂
Hey, I really like this post. The tips you shared here are totally different from others.
I’m a blogger too. And one thing I want to add on for your readers is this – stop focusing on the goals and start focusing on the progress.
Imagine if you want to build a blog with 10,000 subscribers, if you focus on this goal, you will feel dejected after a few days seeing that you only receive a few subscribers.
But when you put your energy on the progress, like if you keep publishing good content every day, the number will grow and you will eventually reach that goal. Plus, when you see yourself making progress, it makes you feel good that you want to do even more. It builds up the momentum.
As I say “Follow the process and success is bound to happen”.
Great post! Blogging requires dedication and commitment. By finding a source of motivation and a blogging buddy, you’ll be preparing for any storm that comes your way.
Also creating amazing content regularly and promoting it the right way will help yield result. You can only know what works best for you by analyzing what you’re doing.
Thanks for the post and glad to have you here.
The line ” Hit the publish button ” was epic one.
I am a regular Quora writer and I was getting good applause for my writing So, I thought I should start my own blog.
I created my blog with blogspot and wrote as many 9-10 posts.
But hardly get 10 views a day and even 0 on many days.
I felt demotivation and stop writing on my blog.
But I thought, I am not getting audience because of free blogger domain.
So I looked upon free customs domain and bought free .ooo domain.
Now I am writing on it and yesterday I got 806 views ( highest ever ) but mostly are from social networks.
But I am still writing and ready to apply for Adsense, may be it’s approval keeps me under motivation.
Hoping for good
dear harsh sir,
thank you Harsh Sir for motivating me. Everyday when I woke up the first thing is come in my mind about topic. After writing about that topic carefully if I don’t get traffic and views then that demotivate me A lots. But a wise man once said,”Success is not one day thing,you have to sacrifice, you have to work hard. And the result will be amazing than you think.” Thanks for your Motivational post.
Thanks sir for motvating me
Hi Harsh, this is a must needed post.
This is because more or less bloggers fall into the trap of demotivation.
It’s very important to find a way to stay motivated all the time while blogging.
I hope that all of the points for becoming motivated for blogging will help demotivated bloggers for sure.
Hope to see more of these kinds of posts in coming days.
Very very thanku Harsh Sir for motivating me. Everyday when I woke up the first thing is come in my mind about topic. After writing about that topic carefully if I don’t get traffic and views then that demotivate me alots. But a wise man once said,”Success is not one day thing,you have to sacrifice, you have to work hard. And the result will be amazing than you think.” Thanks for your Motivational post.
I have started by blogging for last 4 months and this is a completely new field for me. I just read your blogs and follow & replicate the same thing on my site. Sometimes I became nervous but again thinking about your journey and get motivated and more confident that I will also achieve the same.Big Thanks for you.
First, of I want to thanks to Mr. Harsh for motivating us to Start blogging. I was one of them who tried lots of time to be the successful blogger but each time something has happened. sometimes I did not traffic on my website and many more other reasons. I started to follow Shoutmeloud Blog and boom within 3.5 months I was able to see my career in Blogging was possible due to shoutmeloud. thanks, Mr. Harsh For providing your great expertise to us.
Hi, Harsh! I hope you will be fine. About 8 months ago I got an idea to start my own website but like every newbie, I didn’t know where to begin. Then I found your website, read your articles and got motivated to start my own website. As blogging is a long-term project, I was getting disappointed but reading this article has again motivated me to continue my struggle to achieve a position in the blogging field. Thanks for this amazing motivating article.
First of I want to thanks to Mr. Harsh for motivating us to Start blogging. I was one of them who tried lots of time to be successfull blogger but each time something was happened. sometimes i did not traffic on my website and many more other reasons. I started to follow Shoutmeloud Blog and booom within 3.5 months i was able to see my career in Blogging was possible due to shoutmeloud. thanks Mr. Harsh For providing your great expertise to us.
A really motivational post, Harsh you’re an amazing writer no doubt I Got most of the writing inspirations from your blog keep up the good work.
I have failed in blogging 2 times. Both my previous blogs do not exist now. I had made my decision to quit blogging and do some other work. But I realized that in the process of failing 2 times, I have learned a lot about blogging and mistakes that I made. So, I started a new blog and it is growing quite good. I have learned a lot from you. Thanks.
Its true that social media gives me anxiety, I love to write. And you said not worry about Social media and to be focussed on blog. That’s my motovation for the day. Thanks a lot.