A guest post by Carolina Baker of GirlHabits
Being a newbie blogger attempting the impossible task of merging a product and a blog, I chose to tackle a topic very close and dear to my heart.
As I’m showing love to my fellow bloggers, sometimes their greatness doesn’t motivate me to keep blogging. I find myself so amazed by their material, vision, purpose, and comments that I want to give up blogging altogether.
You might be asking why an inexperienced blogger is writing about creating an awesome blog.
Regardless of how small or big we are, we all know how hard it is to stay motivated.
I admire and look up to many bloggers, so here are the best ways to stay on track and to not let a little stardom outshine you and your blog.
1. You haven’t quit your job, so it’ll still be there
My wonder turns into doubt and then I’ll ask myself: Do I really have anything to offer the Blogging world? That seed of doubt suddenly transmogrifies into the size of a watermelon.
“Of course you have nothing to offer! Why are you even trying? Look at Leo, Katie, Chloe, and Jean. You missed the bandwagon on this one, Kiddo!”
You probably know the drill from here. Once you convince yourself you got nothing, creativity is already long gone, and you’ll stare at the computer screen for hours. Everything else seems more fun and doable than writing, so you’ll get up, relieved to have a house to clean and laundry to wash. You’ve blogged nothing, and your blank screen is proof enough you failed.
The next day, you get up, go to work, and continue your life.
Stop right there.
Because that’s just it. Your life goes on, regardless. It’s the fact you made the choice to blog that matters. Make the most of it, worry-free, stress-free, and enjoy the ride.
If you choose to blog, choose it well. Life is always waiting on the other side.
2. Nobody but you can speak your truth
What makes Leo, Chloe, Jean, and Katie successful? They speak their truths and write about their passions. That’s great news for newbie bloggers because nobody else can speak our truths. We’ve got a unique opportunity to find that truth, market it, and use it to our blog’s advantage.
How do you find your truth?
- Brainstorm about what speaks to your soul (example: healthy lifestyle).
- Breakdown your passion into more manageable angles (example: exercise/nutrition/healthy habits).
- Develop and Expand your Subtopics (example: How to exercise/What not to eat/ How to stress less).
Tip: It has to feel right. If the writing feels like you’re getting a root canal, it probably isn’t your best work to date. Take a break or reconsider your angle.
3. Practice makes perfect
I recently gave up coffee and the first few weeks were tough. I felt like I was yawning my way through the days. When I hit the one month mark, I suddenly stopped yawning. My body had weaned itself off caffeine and I felt great.
How does this relate to blogging?
It is tough. Sometimes it will feel a little awkward or a bit alien. But the more you do it, the better you’ll get. Before you know it, you’ll be dying to hit the keyboard to reconnect with your internet friends.
4. People are rooting for you…even if it doesn’t feel like it
I recently launched a business and it’s taught me a thing or two about people. They want you to succeed. I’ve gotten rejected multiple times but nothing compares to the feeling of having people tell me they believe in my product so much they’re going to carry it in their stores.
When it feels like nobody is rooting for you, think again. They are. Refocus and write an entry or two for those loyal followers. They are counting on you to keep going and they want to see your best work.
5. If you don’t try, you’ll never learn
“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather.
After graduating from college, I tried public accounting and hated it. I studied pre-med to become a doctor and my heart wasn’t in it. I even applied to become a CIA spy but chose not to take the job because I didn’t want to leave my family and friends.
It took me a while to find my path. But when I did, I was grateful and satisfied. Had I not failed, I would have never found the path that works for me.
Blogging is the same. If you don’t try, fail, pick yourself up and regroup, you’ll never learn what works for you and for your readers.
6. You can never have too many online friends
A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a woman in Romania. I’d connected with her months back regarding a product I sell. She told me she searched my homepage code and noticed my website was search engine blocked. She ended her email on a kind note, telling me she believed in my product and would love it if my website were to come up in Google, Technorati, and Yahoo as that would translate into more sales. I was grateful she informed me of this major flaw.
As a result of a simple link exchange, I got a friend who indirectly upped my internet sales for the month.
In your pursuit of blogging, don’t be afraid to reach out to others and collaborate with people in your niche. You can also help others more established by retweeting your favorite posts or posting them to your facebook profile. Remember it’s the little things that count.
7. No comments doesn’t mean nobody’s reading
The other day, I received a message from a high school friend telling me she loved my blog. I hadn’t heard from her in years and she had never left a comment. But her message prompted various emails about the details of our current lives. Another close friend messaged me a few days later telling me I was going to love the purses she was making because she knew I was obsessed with crocheting. I’d written about crocheting on my blog and hadn’t spoken to her about it. I was oblivious these types of followers existed.
Comments make us feel good, smart, and loved. But always remember that no comments doesn’t mean no readers. They are there, lurking in the backwaters, waiting to be hooked. And some of your most precious readers might never comment at all. Knowing they exist makes the newbie blogging journey a lot less lonely for all of us.
Summary: Be kind to yourself. Learn, Live, and Let Go. Stay committed to your blog, your vision, and your loyal followers, and you’ll succeed.
Your Turn: How do you stay motivated amongst all the greatness?