The decision to blog was a very easy, yet difficult one. I knew it was something I wanted to do, but would I be able to continue? Would I run out of steam? Would I burn out? I hope I can help any aspiring bloggers who are on the fence.
1) Inspiration will come and go
You won’t feel like writing all the time. You may lose all your inspiration and motivation. You’ll question why you started blogging in the first place. Don’t fret. There will also be times where you will be so inspired and not able to type as fast as your brain can think. Take everything in stride. When you are inspired, write to your heart’s content. It will balance out the times you aren’t inspired.
2) Consistency Makes a Big Difference
Once you get off your schedule, it’s hard to get back on. This doesn’t mean, taking a few days off to regroup. I’m talking about taking a month off. It may seem harmless, but in the long run it will hurt you. Consistency is key for staying motivated. It’s also key if you plan to monetize your blog in the future. Companies don’t want to work with bloggers who don’t produce consistent quality content.
3) Have a good blogging schedule
Have specific days where you blog and days you don’t. Many will disagree with me on this one. So many people never shut off. It’s one of the pitfalls of this “always on” generation. It’s not healthy. Take days off, where you do not even think about your blog. There are so many scheduling apps that make this possible.
4) Stay true to your blogging style
There is so much competition when it comes to blogging. This doesn’t mean you should change who you are. Find what makes you different and run with it. It’s the things and people that rock the boat that really make a difference.
5) Educate Yourself
You will have to teach yourself many new skills. Take SEO for instance. I had no idea what that even stood for. You will have to learn all about it if you want people to actually see your blog. There will be so many things you don’t know. But that’s normal. Learn as much as you can before you start your blog. Continue to learn.
Running a successful blog is possible. It takes hard work. Don’t give up.