Keeping Motivated With Your Blog






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.

Be organised
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. 

Use shortcuts
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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15 comments

  1. Thank you! This was so helpful!

    Missmacbeauty | Missmacbeauty

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  2. I've just had a week off of blogging and posted again tonight so this is great timing for me to stay motivated :) lovely post, as always xx

    Chloe Andrews | Beauty Posts & Nail Tutorials

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  3. I think the most important ones are definitely to do what you love and to remember that you, as well as everyone else, needs to take breaks.


    Jemma | Jemma In Words

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  4. If I don't identify chunks of time in my week and tell myself that they are dedicated to blogging I wouldn't get anything done! I also like planning out posts I would like to do and mass-photo take when I have an hour to spare as although I might not write the posts in consecutive order, it's always nice to have a back up for when you do get busy.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  5. That's so true, I always feel guilty everytime I don't have time to blog. The feelings are just so overwhelming. One time, I was so busy with school that I abandoned my blog for a whole month. Yes I was worried, worried that I will never have time to blog again, worried that I will lose interest, worried that I missed out on a lot of things. At the end, I just let it flow and stop pressuring myself with so much thinking and worrying. Thanks for the advice though :) LOVE IT

    xoxo
    www.colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

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  6. All good advice. I've been going hell for leather on mine over the last few months, but had a bit of a break for the last week or so, not doing quite as much, and it has helped get me enthused again!
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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  7. This is great advice! I work full time and because of that its really hard to get the motivation for working on my blog!

    Ayesha
    Defining Me

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  8. I agree with not feel guilty. I used to struggle with that and would prefer to post everyday. However I think its healthy to take a break from time to time as you'll produce better quality content that way. Instead of something rushed.

    Sammi
    thechroniclesofwastedtime.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great tips! Always so helpful

    Alana | alanawise x

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  10. Nice post - I work full time and am finding it hard to blog during the week! I am finding that as the evenings are getting darker earlier that I get home wanting to take photos and there is no natural light :(
    Need to organise and take a load of photos at the weekend and maybe do the write-ups during the week! - Still I love doing it just need to change my schedule a little.

    Fab post!

    LondonBeautyxx

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  11. I found this post so helpful, i've been struggling to get my blog up off the ground recently. I suck at htmls and editing and everyone's blogs look so pretty. Between going to work and university I can't give my blog the TLC it deserves so have been feeling pretty disheartened! But this post was very helpful to me so thank you! x

    http://jemappelledylan.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. This has really helped me Zoe (Name Twins haha :) ) I find it hard to keep organised with my blog around my normal life but taking a note book around to just quickly jot down ideas has really helped! I will definitely give a few of the other tips a try! :) xxx

    www.zoethedreamer.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Definitely pinning this for when I need inspiration. I'm trying to do more of the organizing thing.. I used to have ideas scribbled randomly in my planner, but now I'm keeping track of them in a little notebook. It's so much easier to see them all in one place!

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  14. Great tips! Thanks!

    hzars.blogspot.com

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