One of the things I've struggled with as a blogger is motivation. Some days it just isn't there at all and I want to do anything but blog on here. Whether you blog as a hobby or as a career, you will probably know that when you're at home and surrounded by many ways to procrastinate, its very easy to become distracted. As a blogger, you're out on your own (well unless you write your blog with others) so everything falls in your lap - you're the writer, editor, photographer, administrator etc. so being motivated will help you get those tasks done efficiently. Theres a few things I've learnt along the way that have helped with being productive and getting things done.
Know when you can blog
If you work or study full time or just have very little free time due to other commitments then finding time to blog can be difficult. To solve this issue, schedule a time in your diary when you can realistically sit down and get to work on your blog. If you know that your going to be exhausted when you arrive home from work/study then it might not be best to do your blogging then. Is there a time when you know you'll be able to focus on your blog and not be distracted? Knowing when you're most likely to be productive will be a big help to getting motivated and its far likely that you'll enjoy it much more.
I'm far more motivated and productive when I'm organised. Using a notebook or diary to note down your post ideas, photos you need to take and making a checklist of tasks that need to be done really does help you to stay focused. You don't need a fancy planner or anything like that - I've linked to several free printable blog planners in this post which will help with your blog planning.
Focus on one thing at once
Trying to tackle too many tasks in one go can lead to blogger meltdown. Taking on one task at a time can mean your far more productive in the long run.
You don't need to make life hard for yourself if you have little free time to spend on your blog. You don't need to spend hours photographing products/looks or editing on photoshop if you don't want to. I wrote a post on photo editing for busy girls using free online photo editing.
I also like to bookmark certain websites that I know are going to be useful so I dont need to spend ages looking for the information I need. Scheduling your social media is also a good way to save on time. You can link your bloglovin account to your twitter and facebook so your new posts appear automatically on your feeds.
Do what you love
I always say this but if your creating blog content that you love then your motivation to blog is likely to be much higher. Don't be afraid to post what you want to post regardless of what people might think. That is a tough hurdle to overcome but I think it really shows when a writer is passionate about what they write and it makes much more enjoyable for the reader too.
Don't feel guilty
Don't beat yourself up for not posting new content every day or for taking a break if you need one. Taking some time out to just enjoy life can be refreshing and help you come with new ideas or give you a fresh perspective for your blog. I went through a period of pushing myself too hard and in the end, I felt completely burnt out. Taking a step back made me feel much more positive and I enjoyed returning to my blog after a little break. Blogging should be a fun, creative outlet and its perfectly OK to take a step back to find your motivation and passion again.
Do you have any tips for staying motivated with blogging?
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