Even the most enthusiastic and organized blogger encounters blogging blues sometimes because we are just humans whose emotions and thoughts are easily affected by the things we see and hear. When we see that others are doing well in their craft, while we don’t, we get discouraged. That’s the thing we should avoid the most, seeing others and comparing what they do to what we do.
We have different reasons why we blog: perhaps to be heard more, to share our craft, or to just explore blogging. Whatever our reasons are sometimes we can’t avoid to feel that our effort isn’t good enough and that what we do isn’t that effective. We then feel wasting our time, worthless, or doing nonsense. Then the though of giving up would come up. It’s really difficult to keep blogging especially when we don’t have real life friends who have the same passion in blogging. We feel that no one understands us. It’s hard to keep motivated when we are only exposed to those bloggers we only know online, who only show us what they want us to see.
Due to that, many of us compare their behind the blogging scene to those filtered version of the life of the bloggers they know. They don’t see that those bloggers feel blogging blues too, and they also struggle in balancing their life on and offline. Many of us quit blogging because of these thoughts and feelings. They felt regrets for spending too much. Some of us They felt disappointed when they saw their stats decreasing despite their effort to drive traffic to their blogs. But you know, there will always be a lot of reasons to feel bad and to get disappointed if we look at those. Instead of thinking of the things that discourage us, we should remind ourselves of the things that would motivate us not to give up on things that we want to do.
Here are some reminders to remind yourself when you feel blogging blues.
Not having comments does not mean your blog isn’t being read
I met a lot of bloggers who think that the effectiveness of their blog is based on the comments they receive. They think that if they don’t get a comment, no one is moved or touched by what they just blogged. The truth is that doesn’t make sense.
Do you leave comment to every blog or site that inspires you? No. So not because your blog posts aren’t getting any comments, does it mean they aren’t being effective at all. Just keep on blogging on your chosen niche, you’re inspiring people who are silent yet waiting eagerly to read more from you.
Do not compare your behind the scene to what other bloggers choose to show
Not because they blog daily and that they are active on their social media accounts do that mean they aren’t struggling as you do. They aren’t successful bloggers instantly, they experienced running out of topics, struggles, and blogging blues. But, they kept blogging despite those because they love what they do. Remember that all those successful bloggers you admire were once where you are and still experiences it sometimes.
Don’t ignore those people reading your blog (even they are few)
Even you get 1 or 2 pageviews a day, don’t ignore that. Consider each unique pageview you get as a person because behind each pageview is actually a person. So, don’t just give up blogging because you dont get thousands of views a day. Every blog begins from having few readers, and it doesn’t take overnight to get your blog exposed to thousands of viewers. So, be patient and don’t compare your stat to those who says they get 10000 views a day, because it took them effort, time and patience to be there.
If you need a break, go have it.
Maybe you think that you can’t take a break because you already have built your readership network and you feel that it’s your obligation to post regularly. But, actually you need to check out from blogging sometimes to get inspiration and motivation outside the blogosphere because it is where inspiration and motivation are found. So it’s okay to go offline when you ran out of stories to share. Do something you enjoy, play sports with your friends, go to gym or eat at your favorite restaurant with your sister. It’s okay.
Clean up your working space or redesign your blog
Maybe to tidy up your space, to fix your room, or to have a clean area would help you to get motivated to write. If your working place is uncomfortable, you wont get any zeal to do something. So clean up your area and grab some decorations you like and place on your working desk, it may help you to get inspired to blog something tonight.
Redesigning your virtual space or blog would help a lot too. There was a time when I felt so unmotivated to blog but then I was amazed how my new blog design made me wrote 3 new blog posts overnight.
These are just of the things you could remind yourself when you feel like giving up. Also, remind yourself of your goals and the reasons why you started blogging. Also, evaluate yourself… do you really want to give up blogging? or you are just being discouraged because you think your effort doesn’t pay off? Stop comparing yourself to others. If you have a great reason why you are blogging, then shake off those blogging blues and just keep blogging!