When I first started blogging, about 2 months ago, I thought it would be pretty easy because I love to write. I was completely wrong. I had no idea how much time and effort goes into creating a blog and getting your name out there. I also had no idea how much money it was going to cost me. A misconception is that blogging isn’t expensive because you can create your website and just start writing. That’s exactly right if you want to have the same amount of readers forever! If you want to grow your audience, it’s tough.
After the first month, I really started thinking about giving up. I wasn’t acquiring new readers as I wanted and I thought my content was stupid. I started to wonder if it was even worth it; if not that many people were going to read my blog. What’s the point if I am just writing for a few select family members and friends? Was I really even helping anyone? That was the point, to share my thoughts, opinions, and ideas in a way that would help other women just like me. I was so close to giving up.
Deep down I knew I couldn’t and I knew I really didn’t want to. I started thinking about my 42 subscribers and what they would think if they didn’t see a new blog post on Tuesday? Would they even notice? Would they wonder if something was wrong with me? My biggest fear is that they would stop taking me seriously. As in “oh, I knew her blogging was just a phase.” I definitely didn’t want that. But how did I come to the decision to stick with blogging? How did I get myself out of the giving up mindset and back to being motivated?
You’re in luck because I’m going to tell you how I did it and hopefully these tips work for you too! So here’s what I did and do to stay motivated when I feel like giving up!
Remember why you started
Whatever you’re about to give up on, take a step back and think about why you started. I bet it’s not because you want to make money or because you wanted to be a famous internet star. No. It was most likely because you are passionate about whatever you do and you wanted to share that with the world. I had to stop thinking about how many subscribers I didn’t have and start thinking about the ones I do have! They were counting on me to create beautiful and helpful content.
I started blogging because I love to write, I’m opinionated and I want to help others. Blogging is the perfect way to showcase my writing, my opinions and help others with whatever topic I’m writing about. Even though I hope to help my readers along the way, I started blogging for me. Writing is a way of expressing myself. Helping my audience is just a bonus! If you are struggling with staying motivated I for sure think it helps to stop and think about why you started in the first place. Even if you’ve been doing it for a long time, try to remember what exactly made you want to start.
I realize this one is way easier said than done. But if you tell yourself you are good at what you are doing the motivation to keeping doing what you love will come back and fast! Am I a perfect writer? No. But every time I write a blog post I know I’m getting better. I am very creative which helps me create good content that people want to read!
Stay confident no matter what. You are going to make mistakes; you are going to slack off sometimes. That’s ok because it’s not about what you messed up or how. It’s about what you learned from that mistake and how you are going to move forward from it. That to me is what confidence is, knowing you are going to screw it up but not being afraid to because you will learn and grow from it.
You are good at what you do!
Ask for help
The best way to stay motivated is to ask how someone else does it. Post to social media, “Tips on staying motivated?” Find someone who does the same thing you do. Ask them how they stay motivated and if they’ve ever felt like giving up. You’ll realize you aren’t alone. Everyone lacks motivation at some point. Maybe someone just got the motivation back and can tell you want they did. Maybe there is someone that is going through the exact same thing you are. The two of you can bond over it and help each other.
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Everyone needs help eventually. There is also nothing wrong with admitting that you want or wanted to quit. I just admitted that I wanted to quit blogging after only a month! I believe being honest with yourself and your audience about what is going on is key. Your audience will support you and they will be there when you get the motivation back! Your readers, customers, whoever they are to you, will respect you and trust you more after watching you almost give up but knowing ultimately, you didn’t!
That’s all I have for now everyone! I hope my three tips help you get your motivation back and stay motivated even when you feel like quitting! Did these tips work for you? Did I leave anything out? Let us know in the comments!
Thanks so much to Tarryn Christy for allowing me to guest post!
Beautiful Guest Post was written by Samantha Klein