Blogging is a job for the patient ones especially the monetization aspect. You can’t just wake up one day, dust your laptop, write few posts and expect to receive credit alerts from blogging. Just like that? No.
Even if you are not looking at monetization but just want to share your thoughts and experience with the world, you still need some some of resilience attitude to blog consistently and pass your message diligently.
With content creation, writing, publishing and every other blogging activities coupled with your daily routine, you might become demotivated if the results you wish for are not forthcoming. But you don’t have to give up, all you need do is put a workable plan to enable you work in an organized order.
These 4 tips on how to stay motivated as a blogger will help you remain consistent and even help you love blogging.
1. Browse for ideas
When you feel like giving up because you lack ideas on what to write, you should instead look into your blog niche and see what other have written. Even keywords can spark your creativity and you will see yourself wanting to write everyday with non stop topic ideas.
Two good places I recommend for blog topic ideas are Pinterest and WordPress Daily Post. On Pinterest, you will get countless ideas from uploaded pins if you do your search the right way. WordPress Daily Post gives you one word daily; the aim is not to get you to write about the word but to prompt you to write with the word serving as an inspiration.
2. Read blogs
At other times, your lack of motivation might be a result of not drawing inspirations from outside your niche. To overcome this, you should follow your favorite blogs which authors write in their unique ways. Some of my favorite blogs are blog.close.io, Jeff Goins Writer, Zen Habits, Enchanting Marketing and Chris Ducker. Each of these blogs is in a different niche and by reading all of them I have been able to stay motivated because they inspire me with their style of writing and the message they pass to upcoming writers.
Writing is an art which you can master by practicing and closely watching the works of those who have mastered it. When you consistently read from authors such as the aforementioned, you will gradually find your own unique voice and also build a confidence that would not have been possible if you had only followed some of the blogging rules flying all around the blogosphere.
3. Plan your posts
When you plan your posts, you will find it easier to blog as you already know what is next. See HubSpot’s free post planner to help you with post planning and eventually consistent blogging. I have planned this post several months ago, but I finished it under one hour when I was ready to publish it.
4. Schedule your posts
You can batch write and schedule your posts to be published at later dates. This method is handy if you are the busy type who is able to set aside substantial hours despite your busy schedule. When you have hours like this on your hands, endeavor to write as many posts as you can and schedule them on your blog.
To ensure that your write-ups are of good quality give yourself time to plan out your posts. Let’s assume you want to write and schedule posts for March. Use the following steps to write awesome posts for your blog.
February week 1
- Do keyword research and use industry trends to form your topics. Depending on the number of posts you want to write, an average of 2 hours is sufficient for 5 posts if you blog once a week.
- Write your first draft for each post. Another 2 hours is enough for this activity.
- Do your research on existing write-ups about your topics to validate your idea and see what has been written on your content. Another 2 hours should do for this exercise.
February week 2
Finish your posts. You may spend 30 minutes on each post. Get your featured images ready and add tags to your post. Total 3 hours.
Read your posts to check for errors and correct them as necessary, ensure that your readability and SEO score is high, add your featured images, tags and set the appropriate category. You may now schedule your post to be published in each week of March. Repeat the steps in week 1 to week 3 for your April publications.
As you write consistently, you will be able to perform all scheduling actions under one week and by so doing, you will have more time to yourself, making blogging an enjoyable activity.