5 March 2016

How To Stay Motivated As A New Blogger

I have been running my blog for about 6 months now, but I didn't really take it seriously until about 3 months in. Now I'm starting to get a bigger response to my posts and it's great, but my blog is still extremely small in the huge sea of bloggers in the world today. Sometimes I find it hard to stay motivated to keep going with it. If any of you are new to blogging or have a small blog then I'm sure you've been in the same place I've found myself, so I've decided to share the ways I keep myself motivated with my blog!

1) Remember Why You Started 

When you're having down days about your blog, try to remember why you started it in the first place. I doubt it was to get loads of views and earn lots of money, but for your love of writing or your passion for the subject your blog is about. I started my blog to practice my writing skills whilst also having a place to look back on memories I've made. My first post was about my trip to Zante (read it here) and reflects everything I wanted my blog to be in the first place.  Go back through your posts and have a read through to remind yourself of why you're doing this and get yourself motivated again. 

2) Read Other Blogs

Not to steal their content or ideas, but to gain motivation and inspiration from their own successes.  A lot of bloggers create a "30 blog post ideas" type thing, so having a read through some of these might spark the blogger in you off again. You could also look at the type of photography, font and templates they use to see how you could improve your own, but remember to always be original and genuine to your own style. Reading other blogs is also just really enjoyable and I find that reading a good post by someone else is enough to motivate me to keep writing.

3) Make It Look Pretty 

If you love how your blog looks, then there's a pretty good chance you'll want to keep working on it. Having a nice theme/template is really important not only for yourself but for your readers too. If your blog looks good then chances are they'll stick around and have a nosy round. Blogger and Wordpress offer their own, free templates, but if you want something more professional looking then there are lots of places you can buy them online. I got mine from Etsy, you can find ones really cheap on there (mine was £6!). You can find the shop I bought mine from here. If you have a bigger budget and want yours to look really good then you could pay someone to make a completely original template for you - or maybe you could do it yourself if you're clever enough to be skilled in coding. 

4) Create A Schedule 

Creating a schedule is very important and a great way to keep you motivated. If you have a clear idea of what you're going to post each day/week then you will naturally be more inclined to keep blogging, rather than if you just wake up one day and decide to write about something.  It also gives you longer to plan your posts which will lead to better content on your blog! I write down all my ideas in a notebook, then I schedule them by using Google Keep on my phone. I try to spread out different topics throughout the month, for instance I wouldn't do 3 make up related posts in a row and then one recipe, I'd rather do 1 advice post, 1 fashion post, 1 make up post etc. However don't feel that the schedule has to be set in stone. If things in life prop up that makes it impossible to write that specific topic, then just swap it with something else. Another benefit of the schedule is that you have a list of ideas to use! 

On the topic of scheduling, keeping a posting schedule is key too! For instance, I post every Saturday. This gives you a purpose to the day and hopefully more motivation to blog. Keep it consistant and you will find it has a really positive affect on you and your ever growing base of readers! In the New Year I decided to start blogging once a week and ever since I did my motivation has sky rocketed and so has my traffic. 

5) Write Posts For Brands

If getting incentives such as free samples, discount or even payment for your blog posts are not motivation enough then I don't know what is! There are lots of websites that bring bloggers (usually called influencers) and brands together. This is great especially, if you want to be a professional writer as it will get your blog a lot more exposure. This is something I have only just started to use in the last couple of weeks. Don't be disheartened if you don't get chosen straight away, especially if your blog is quite small. However there's no harm in applying - you never know what opportunities might come your way! As my great grandma would say: "You've got to be in it to win it." The websites I use are Brandbacker, Activate (part of Bloglovin) and Bloggers Required. However if you do this then remember to stay true to yourself and write honest reviews and posts, also disclose when your posts are sponsored and always blog ethically. 

6) Use Blogging Apps

There are so many great, blogger friendly apps that will keep you motivated all week long and help you to improve your blog! I like to use Bloglovin to follow and read other blogs throughout the week, especially when I'm on the train or during my work breaks. Its also a really easy way for people to follow and read your own blog so it's definitely something worth getting if you don't have it already. Instagram is also really great for bloggers! So many people use it and it's becoming more and more influentual every day. Having a theme and using hashtags are the best ways to get lots of likes and followers, you can also link up your instagram to your blog (scroll down to the bottom of mine and you'll see what I mean!) as well as being able to follow and comment on other blogger's posts. There are many more apps you can use to help you stay motivated but I feel like it would take up a whole post of its own if I go into too much detail about them! 

7) Make Friends

Sitting at home and writing is obviously awesome or you wouldn't be blogging, but it can also be a lonely task. Using some of my previous tips such as reading other blogs and using apps, make friends with other bloggers like you! Comment on their content and create a connection. This will make the experience so much more enjoyable and will also mean you have a few guaranteed readers. You could also share experiences and advice and maybe even collaborate or guest post on each others blogs. I think its amazing we can connect with people we otherwise may never have met if it wasn't for the power of blogging! 

I hope you've found this post helpful! Now go get writing! But just before you do - I'd love to know what things do you do to stay motivated with your blog! Leave me a comment below.  I will try my best to reply but I am having some issues with my google+ comments right now so apologies for that!

See you soon, 

Beth x

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