I’ve been an aniblogger here in Fujinsei for 2 years now. It might not seem that long to you but trust me when I say this, the majority of new blogs are deleted by their owners within 3 months. Only 3 months! I think that one of the most important issues facing bloggers is lost of motivation/interest. Sure, we’re all so pumped and so excited when we create our first blogs, harbouring all of these dreams of hitting it big. And then we experience first-hand the harsh reality of the extremely competitive blogging world. Our dreams are dashed, our self-confidence beaten to a pulp. And the next thing we know, we’re clicking “Delete Blog”. The end.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If you learn how to manage your motivation and work hard in keeping it alive, theoretically you’ll be able to blog for a long time. So here are some tips on how to do just that.
How to Maintain & Increase Your Blogging Motivation:
1. Read Posts By Other Bloggers
Study how they write their posts. How do their styles differ from yours and how do they use theirs to convey content? Be hungry. Learn as much as you can from other bloggers to develop your own blogging style. Some word of caution: learn but don’t be a second-rate copycat. Take what you learn and make it your own. Take inspiration from other bloggers’ success.
2. Make Friends With Other Bloggers and Stick Close to Them
Befriending other bloggers simultaneously creates a circle of fellow bloggers who’ll support you throughout your blogging career. The foundation will always be give-and-take but as all of you grow closer, it’ll eventually develop into pure friendship where real affection rules more than merits. Big shout-out to my awesome Friends of Fujinsei, to my fellow cuckoo members of Lyndere Club and Gundam Sisters, and the trying-hard NinjaPirateers that I’m captaining. You’re all the best!
3. Keep a Blog Idea Notebook
I already mentioned on a previous Blogging Tips post titled “How I Get Blog Post Ideas: Anime & Manga Edition” that I keep a notebook which I use exclusively for recording any blog post ideas that pop into my head. Here’s a photo of a couple of pages from my actual notebook:
Having a notebook like this helps you tremendously whenever you feel like you can’t eke out any more posts. Looking at all the ideas you listed previously stimulates your writing juices. It also prevents you from running out of ideas, so you can never use the excuse “But I don’t know what to write anymore!” ever again.
4. Use a Blog Calendar
“Professional” bloggers may call this an editorial calendar. It’s basically a visual overview of all of your posts by date. Just like checking off a task from a to-do list feels good, filling out dates on your blog calendar with a post also makes you feel good and productive. It’s also very handy when planning out future posts. Feel free to use an actual physical calendar or an online one like Google Calendar. I personally use both. Here’s a screenshot of my actual Google Calendar that I use exclusively to record my Fujinsei posts:
5. Make Blogging a Habit
Do your best to be consistent. If you make blogging a habit, it becomes a part of your life and makes it easier as time goes by. When you make blogging a habit, you’ll actually feel like your day is incomplete if you don’t do anything blog-related. If you take a break, you’ll feel the proverbial “itch” to blog again.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Take Regular Breaks from Blogging
Most of my blogging buddies and regular readers know this. I often take frequent unannounced blogging breaks. I don’t know how many times I recommend this to my fellow bloggers. Read “I Regularly Take Breaks From Blogging And Why You Should, Too” for more information. If you feel burnt-out, that’s okay. Don’t be afraid to take a break. Focus on taking a rest and regaining your enthusiasm and motivation instead of forcing yourself.
Treat blogging as a marathon and not a full-out sprint. You’ll only suffer if you force yourself to blog when you literally can’t do it. Worse, you’ll end up resenting it.
7. Track Your Progress
Look back from where you started to where you are now. Recheck your Archives to the period where you just created your blog. Unsatisfied with the number of your followers? Remember that you had zero. Instead of whining about your dissatisfaction with your current state, use your experiences to propel yourself forward. Remember how you were when you started, evaluate how you are now, and plan how you want to be in the future.
8. Appreciate Your Accomplishments, No Matter How Small
Reached 100 followers? Written 100 posts? Celebrate. Brag a little on your blog, but if you’re too shy to do that (like me, cough cough), treat yourself with a double chocolate cupcake. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small you think they are, and then aim just a little higher next time. It’s better to take baby steps slowly but surely, rather than attempt to fly when you haven’t even grown wings yet.
9. Avoid Negative People
In some of my previous Blogging Tips posts, I always emphasized to be nice. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to be nice to everyone. If someone’s being a total a-hole to you without reason, oh honey, there’s no need to be nice to douchebags like that. Of course you can try being nice, but if he’s still being an a-hole with a capital A, forget it. Avoid that toxic person. Negative people like that will only drag you down. They’re energy vampires who’ll suck you dry if you allow them to. They’re not worth your time. Focus instead on surrounding yourself with positive people who’ll motivate and cheer you up whenever you need them. Again big shout-out to my Friends of Fujinsei, fellow members of Lyndere Club and Gundam Sisters, and the NinjaPirateers I’m captaining.
10. Learn How to Deal With Criticism
l won’t be presumptuous and say that I’m an expert in dealing with criticism. Not at all. I still have lots to learn in this area. After all, I’m a woman with a nasty temper when provoked the wrong way and I’m not afraid to fight back to douchebags who unfortunately don’t know the concept of “Respect”. However, I know very well that diplomacy gives more peaceful results than resorting to all-out warfare in the blogosphere. Many of my posts are quite opinionated, so it’s a given that there are people who disagree with me. That’s fine. I also don’t shy away from voicing out my disagreement to posts by other bloggers.
I’m also a fan translator of Japanese radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~ (I’m on an indefinite break now, though). My translations have been criticized numerous times. But they don’t mean that much to me. I’ve faced worse criticisms during my past as a book reviewer.
Some a-holes will always be a-holes no matter what you do. However, some may just seem like a-holes at first but are actually friend material underneath. Watch out for these people and grab them immediately into your circles. I discovered some awesome buddies this way. After trading barbs for a time, we’ve developed admiration for each other’s wit and grudgingly accepted each other as worthy allies. . .or rivals is a much better term, I think.
11. Blog For What You Believe In
Do you blog because you want to share your opinions? Do you blog because you want to meet people and make new friends? Do you blog because you want to be famous? To earn money? No matter what the reason, blog first and foremost for yourself and for what you believe in. Don’t let others’ opinions make you stray from your chosen path. If you feel strongly about what you’re blogging, it’s less likely that you’ll lose motivation because you’re blogging about something you’re passionate about.
12. Don’t quit.
Probably the most basic and most important but often the most-overlooked in this list. If you keep on quitting and deleting your blog because you keep on losing motivation, you’ll never accomplish anything. Persevere. Like what I said earlier, treat blogging like a marathon. And to successfully run a marathon, you have to remove the word “quit” from your vocabulary.
And that’s it for my 12 tips on how to increase & maintain your blogging motivation. How about you? How do you deal with maintaining your blogging motivation? Any tips that you might want to share with us?
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