Blogging is hard. It takes tons of time, commitment, inspiration, networking, and learning. Often times I am disheartened to see bloggers I love get burnt out and stop blogging.
I have found myself discouraged many a time. Whether I felt stressed, uninspired, or burnt out; there have been a couple times I wanted to throw in the towel.
Today I have compiled a small list of ways you can avoid blogging blues. These have all helped me along the way stay encouraged and excited about blogging.
1. Don’t compare yourself to others.
One of the easiest ways to get down is by comparing yourself to other bloggers. Let’s be honest- we all have different capabilities, passions, and funds to start a blog. Some blogs take off right away and gain tons of followers out of a post that goes viral. Some blogs gain new followers because the blogger has extra money to invest in giveaways. Some blogs just take a LONG time to build an audience. Some people have way more time to invest in blogging than others. Some people have a few dollars to put into their site, and others might have thousands! Whatever the case, write about what you love because that is what will drive readers to your site.
2. Write about what you love.
That is what people will love about your blog. You are one of a kind and have your own magnificent experiences that are valuable! Your passion will exude out of your writing. If you are simply posting generic stuff everyone else is posting, that will easily get overlooked. Don’t be afraid to be different, speak out on a controversy, or be real.
3. Don’t stress.
Early on, I got stressed about my blog. I wanted everything perfect. I wanted to respond right away to every email and opportunity I got. Here’s the thing- there is only so much time in the day. I try to do my best, but sometimes I drop the ball. Blogging is a priority of mine, but not my only one. I also want to be a great Wife, Mother, Friend, Volunteer, and more. If you need to spend less time on your blog, don’t feel horrible. Make sure it is always an activity you enjoy, otherwise you will get burnt out, fast!
4. Stay humble.
This one might sound weird. One of the funny things about blogging is all the social media that can mess with your mind. Social media can definitely change your focus if you let it. Any well meaning blogger can find themselves checking twitter non-stop or seeing if they gained one new follower in the past few minutes. No matter how big your blog gets, stay grounded. Be nice to your followers. Thank them for their comments. Reply to emails. They are the reason you started, right? I have been so delighted when I’ve emailed a blogger I loved and complimented them and they emailed me back and even offered help. I still follow them, sponsor them, and read their posts. On the other hand, there have been some bloggers early on I reached out to that were SO snobby and dismissive to me. Do you think I still follow them? Ha, nope! You will feel good about your blogging efforts if you make sure and love on the people loving on you. It’s worth a little time. Who knows- you might even make lasting friendships!
5. Skip stat-checking for a day (or more!).
Ok, if you blog you know I’m right! Often the first thing I do in the morning is log into Blogger and check out my overview. Am I vain? You betcha! Sometimes a much needed break from statistics is a very good thing to do. It might be hard- you might be itching to check, but instead focus on other things- like reading other blogs and commenting or writing some quality, heartfelt posts. Numbers are good, but too much of them and they are soul-killing.
Any of you have any more ideas to add? I’d love to hear from ya!