Blog Content: Tips to Help You Keep Your Motivation
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Blogging is a labor of love for many of us, but what about the times when the labor feels like it far outweighs the love? Are there ways to help you re-find your original passion and rediscover your motivation for content creation?
The answer, thankfully, is yes! Chloe Trogden, a seasoned financial aid writer and major contributor to College Grant, shares her top recommendations for how to re-find your motivation when you feel like your blog has hit a slump.
Blogging is a great way to make money online while also exploring and sharing your passions. However, blogging is a long-term play, and few blogs blow up and start making money overnight. After months or even years of writing posts and reaching out to readers and developing your social media presence, you may start to feel a little uninspired by what you’re doing – especially when you’re blog is stuck at a plateau or doesn’t seem to be growing.
It’s precisely at those times when your blog seems to be the most lifeless that you need to pour the most energy into it and help grow it and keep it going. Here are a few tips I have found, which can really help you find your motivation again and inject some life back into your blog.
Remember Why You Got Started
Remember that feeling when you decided to start a blog? How excited you felt thinking about all the things you would write about and all the readers you would attract? Try to tap into the feeling again. It’s what got you motivated to get started, and it’s what can get you motivated to keep going. That sense of excitement likely had you brimming with ideas and with energy for executing them. If you can tap into that feeling again, you’ll soon be brimming with new ideas that can help you to revive your blog and push it over the hump.
Write about Something New
When you write in a certain niche, you write a lot about the same ideas and the same topics, albeit with some variation. That can get tedious for you and your readers. To break out of your rut, you need to write about something new. That doesn’t mean writing about a different niche, but it does mean looking at your niche from a new angle and stepping outside your comfort zone. For example, if you have been writing a lot of tutorials, consider writing a few personal posts as they relate to what you’re trying to help readers with and your experiences with the same problems.
Write something funny. Write something controversial. Write something that challenges the status quo. Just do something different and get outside your comfort zone.
Buy a Few Blog Ads
While SEO is a great strategy that can help you to get ongoing organic traffic, it can take a lot of time and effort, and you may not see results for some time. Buying some blog ads can help you to get a quick boost in traffic that can help you to get excited about your progress and renew your efforts with your blog. Look for advertising opportunities on blogs in your niche that have a high page rank and a large following. Just one ad on the right blog can get you a big infusion of traffic, which can help you to feel excited and motivated to blog again.
Take a Little Break
Everyone needs a little break sometimes. If you’re feeling bored or frustrated or unmotivated by your blog, a break might be just what you need to regroup and come back to your blog with a fresh perspective and new motivation. Take a week, a month or more off to collect your thoughts and give yourself some time to decompress. You may find that you don’t need as much time as you thought you would. You may start to miss blogging very quickly and return to it with new passion and new ideas to help your blog grow.
A blogging slump can happen to the best of us. Blogging is hard work, and when you’re at it day in and day out, you can start to get tired or feel like you are in a rut. When you hit a blogging slump, use these tips to help you find your motivation once again so you can start growing your blog again.
What do you do to get out of the blogging slump? Share your tips in the comments!