When you begin as a blogger, no one tells you that blogging is actually hard. It’s a whole another job that I have to balance with my life as a stay at home parent and then as my other job as a graphic designer. It’s hard sometimes to be motivated to keep blogging when you don’t have any comments and any recognition for all the hard work you put in every day for your blog. Sometimes, you want to give up. God, knows I have been there!
This is why a good majority of bloggers quit before they hit their first year. Don’t give up, you will be successful at blogging but it’s going to take time and work. This is my list of how I stay motivated as a blogger.
1) Allow Yourself To Fail!
No one likes failure, I know I sure don’t. However, with anything failure is necessary sometimes for you to grow and to learn. This blog? Wasn’t my first blog, it took me many trials and failures for me to find my niche. It taught me what I want to blog about, what my ethics are when it comes to blogging, and what are my limits. Don’t give up at a failure, learn from it, and no matter how hard it is get up and try again.
2) Keep Track of Your Accomplishments
I have said this once, and I’m going to say it again. Stop paying attention to numbers, or goals and instead actually celebrate your accomplishments. It’s so easy to nitpick and get down on ourselves as bloggers for every missed opportunity or goal. Don’t fall into that trap! Pay attention to your accomplishments instead of your goals. This will make you feel like your moving forward without tearing your self-confidence as a blogger down.
3) Take Your Self-care Seriously!
I have been dealing with depression and anxiety my whole adult life. This means even on medication I still have good days and bad days. Then add my physical disabilities and I’m surprised that I get as much done as I do now. This is is why I write ahead and schedule all of my posts. This is the anticipation of my bad days. They are going to be days when all I want to do is lay in bed. I have learned when to listen to my body and take breaks. These breaks may be days or even weeks. Yet, I can’t accomplish anything of worth without taking care of myself first. Those breaks are just a bigger part of my method of self-care. I need to recharge before I can go back to work.
4) Have a Good Work Environment!
As companies around the world have long known a good work environment is essential to consistently have good work producitiv8ty. It’s the same at home. Find a niche in the house be a whole room, a just a piece of space in the rest of your home and create a beautiful workspace that will motivate you. Depending on your style it can be anything for an Asian inspired zen design or something cute and feminine! Surround yourself with motivational posters, or vision board (more on that later), pictures of successful people in your field, or your family. If you hate your workspace, then change it! Revamping your workspace can be relatively inexpensive if you know where to shop!
5) Give Yourself a Pep Talk!
I know it sounds crazy, but when you feeling low take some time out to give yourself an inner pep-talk Attack those negative thoughts right at the sources. This method is also called “Self-talk”. It’s a technique I have been using for years to tackle my own struggle with anxiety. I can’t recommend it enough. If you want to learn more about this method check out this book here.
6) Vision Boarding
We all use Pinterest to keep up fashion and to search for new interesting recipes (yes, I do have a Pinterest account). However, I have a personal Pinterest account that I use to vision board. When I say a vision board it means getting all the pictures of your goals, and what you want in the future and putting them all together on a college, bullet journal or on a Pinterest board. Oprah Winfrey famously used a vision board and credits that it was one of her tools for success.
And those are my sex tips to stay motivated as a blogger. What do you use to keep motivated? Let me know down in the comments!