How to Stay Motivated with Blogging

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Blogging can be overwhelming. What’s worse is that even when you’re working hard, you may not see the results you want.

So, if you’ve hit a rough patch or just need some blogging motivation and inspiration, this article is for you.

I’ll guide you to getting your mojo back by helping you figure out what’s actually causing your loss of motivation in blogging.

Is it because you’re not making money from your blog (or not earning enough money)?

Is it that you’re not getting as many visitors as you’d hope?

Or, is it that your subscriber and follower counts aren’t increasing fast enough?

Maybe it’s something else.

Together, we’ll go back to why you started your blog. More importantly, what motivated you to start blogging?

From there, I’ll help you work your way to understanding how human motivation works and how to use it to help yourself stay motivated with blogging.

Sounds good?

  • It’s just you and your blog. Blogging can get lonely. That’s the irony of it. While blogging is technically all about relationships, it is mostly done in isolation. And, spend enough time working alone, you can start getting lazy.
  • There’s bound to be something you don’t like to do. Blogging is made up of so many different components. At some point, you’ll find something you don’t like or hate doing. It could be the tech backend, networking, promoting or asking your subscribers or other bloggers for favors. More importantly, when it comes to things we’re not good at or don’t like doing, we try to push them aside for as long as we can until they pile up.
  • Things aren’t working out even if you’re working hard. This happens to everyone. When you’re not getting the results you want despite putting lots of time and effort into something, it can become disheartening.
  • Your blog isn’t growing. When we put effort into things, we feel discouraged when nothing happens. Unfortunately, with blogging, just because you put a lot of hours into it doesn’t mean you’ll see results.
  • You’re not making any/enough money. This is one of the biggest motivations for people to get into blogging. And, because you’re spending time blogging, there’s the opportunity cost of doing something else. So, if you don’t make money, you lose motivation.
  • Burn out. Working too much and not taking time out is a surefire way of risking burn out. And, once it happens, you’ll quickly lose any or all motivation to keep working.
  • Comparing yourself to others. This is one of the least productive things you can do. Yet, we all do it. The problem is, once you see other people do better, you experience jealousy which leads you down the path of feeling sorry for yourself and believing you’re not good enough.
  • Afraid of failing or making mistakes. We all experience this as well. With blogging, it’s all about being afraid and/or embarrassed that your blog doesn’t succeed.
  • Lack of patience. This refers to Instant gratification and the belief that it takes just a few months to become a full-time blogger or a 6-figure blogger. While it can happen, it’s not a realistic goal for most new bloggers. That said, not achieving these goals in that amount of time is not a reason to feel down or even quit.
  • Getting overwhelmed. Because there are so many aspects to blogging, it’s easy to get caught up and try to do everything. But when you do that, you risk become overwhelmed by everything. Plus, everything keeps changing, making it hard to keep up. As a result, you find yourself playing catch-up again.
  • You don’t believe you can do it. “Am I good enough?”, “I don’t know how to do this” or “I can’t do this”. All this self-doubt seems to creep into our heads when we need to tackle new things we don’t know or things that we know we’re not good at.

Once these things happen, you can quickly go down that rabbit hole and become unmotivated to do anything. It can also get to the point where you start asking yourself, “Am I wasting my time blogging?”

What’s Your Motivation for Blogging?

One of the things I’ve found to be very helpful when I lose motivation is to go back to asking “Why?”

And, as far as blogging goes, the question boils down to: “Why did you start blogging?”

In short, what’s the reason you created your blog in the first place?

Or, if you haven’t started yet and are still in the planning stages, why do you want to blog?

Here are a few possible reasons.

  • Make extra money from blogging
  • Switch careers or make a full-time living from blogging
  • Create a blog to express your thought or creative side
  • Something that will let you work while traveling the world

Of course, it doesn’t stop there.

The question is, what’s your motivation for getting into blogging?

Why Did You Start Your Blog?

That said, everyone is different. As such, you have your own reasons.

One thing I did notice when I asked other bloggers about why they started their blogs is that their motivation centered around mostly ONE THING.

Self-sufficiency.

  • Some were trying to get away from a job they didn’t like.
  • Others wanted to supplement their current income.
  • Yet, there were those who wanted to be their own boss.
  • And, a few believed that blogging provided more potential than their current job did.

If you noticed, success and money have a lot to do with it. That’s why it’s so discouraging when your blog isn’t growing, getting enough traffic or making money.

It’s also why you hear the words full-time blogger, six-figure blogger, 7-figure blogger, and all the $ signs related to how much they made blogging, a lot.

Similarly, survey results also point towards the same conclusion.

But, they do shed a bit more light to the blogger’s motivation.

A survey by Convertkit found that most people created a blog for the following reasons:

Here’s a summary of the top results:

  1. To Become Self-Employed
  2. Self-Expression / An Outlet for Creative Expression
  3. Build an Audience
  4. Teach What They Know
  5. Earn More Money
  6. Build A Company

Just as interestingly, they came up with two major conclusions as well.

Being able to express themselves creatively is the biggest factor that contributes to a blogger’s sense of happiness.

Meanwhile, money is the main factor when it comes to the blogger’s sense of success.

So why bother to go through all this?

It’s to understand what the root of your motivations is.

That way, when you feel discouraged, you know where the problems lie.

More importantly, this lets you focus on the few specific things that are causing them.

What Keeps Us Motivated?

The complicated thing about motivation is that while getting inspired to get started is tough, maintaining it is even harder.

So, it’s just as important to understand what keeps us motivated.

What Is Motivation?

Let’s start with what motivation means.

Basically, motivation is what moves you. That is, a reason in you that makes you do something or move towards a specific goal.

This drive or desire makes you behave in a certain way, makes you feel enthusiastic about something or someone, and makes you put more effort into that thing more than you normally would.

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation

Just as importantly, motivation can come from within you just as well as be influenced by external forces.

  • Intrinsic motivation – is that which comes from inside you. Often, you do something because it makes you feel good, happy or gives you pleasure. An example would be feeling good about yourself when you help others. Similarly, when you overcome your fears or obstacles, you experience that sense of achievement.
  • Extrinsic motivation – is something that comes from external factors. Often, these are from material rewards like money, success, fame, and power. All of which makes you behave in a certain way to achieve them.

So, What Causes You to Lose Motivation?

One word: SETBACKS.

The reason why so many blogs fail is that they don’t make money or don’t make enough money.

As a result of this setback, they quit.

Hopefully, for you, it never gets that far.

But, when you experience a blogging setback, it can make you lose some or all of your motivation.

Blogging setbacks can come in many forms. These include:

  • lack of traffic
  • not getting enough social media shares
  • your subscribers aren’t growing
  • your income isn’t increasing

More importantly, the relationship between motivation and setbacks is a little tricky.

That’s because you need to stay motivated despite these setbacks in order to overcome them. But, enough setbacks can break your motivation.

How You React to Setbacks: The Key to Motivation

One of the most interesting things I discovered while reading up on motivation for this article is that people react to setbacks in different ways.

Why?

Because of your personality. More importantly, whether you’re right-brained or left-brained also plays a huge role in how you handle difficult situations.

Right-Brained Individuals

In his book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, notes that right-brained people often give up more easily when the going gets tough.

This happens because when challenges arise, their brain’s right prefrontal cortex, the section that’s responsible for social behavior, personality expression, decision making, and complex cognitive behavior works to inhibit behavior.

Thus, they become overly cautious, to a degree that they’re too averse to taking risks, even good, calculated ones.

More importantly, it results in low levels of motivation, increased fear, anxiety and that feeling of being threatened.

Left-Brained Individuals

On the other hand, those who are more left-brained are more positive emotionally. This makes them take the obstacle head-on.

And, while they get angry and lose their temper when they fail or experience mistakes, this becomes a motivational factor for them.

Their irritation and at times frustration, makes them put more energy into overcoming whatever setback that stood in their way.

Here’s a cool image of the different characteristics right and left-brain dominant individuals often possess.

Right Brain vs Left Brain

Bet you’re wondering whether you’re right or left-brain dominant. Well, here’s a quick test that will tell you.

Try it. Let me know in the comments below if you results are in line with how you describe yourself.

How to Stay Motivated with Blogging

To get to the answer that will help you figure out how to stay motivated in blogging, let’s take a step back and look at our hierarchy of needs.

The hierarchy of needs simply refers to the different things that motivate your behavior. In short, why you do things? More importantly, which of these needs do you prioritize over the others.

The image below is based on Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Maslows Heirarchy of Needs

The pyramid represents your needs in life. The bottom being the most important ones for survival, which is why it’s the widest part of the triangle.

But, as you go up, the needs become less primal.

Yet, the higher, more evolved needs only come into play after personal safety is ensured and you know that you have all the basic necessities in order to survive.

That said, notice the items in the middle and top sections of the pyramid. Most of the psychological and self-fulfillment needs are the things that lead us to become bloggers.

They’re similar to, in fact, very close to the reasons why people started their blogs. And, they’re likewise the factors involved in a blogger’s sense of happiness and success.

In short, these are the things you want to achieve or obtain such that you’re motivated enough to act on them,

Human Motivation Theory

Now that we know this, it’s time to drill down to the motivators that drive you.

According to psychologist’s David McClelland’s Human Motivation Theory, every person is driven by three things: Achievement, Affiliation, and Power.

And, depending on which of these factors is more dominant in you, that’s what you’ll likely be drawn towards.

Just as importantly, you aren’t born with these motivations, they’re nurtured. It can be from how you were raised, your environment, experiences, and culture.

So, figuring out which of the three is your dominant motivator allows you to work more efficiently. It also lets you find ways to overcome setbacks in order to stay motivated.

Here are the characteristics of each of these motivators.

Dominant MotivatorYour Characteristics
Achievement
  • You want to accomplish something significant
  • You take pride in achieving goals
  • Good in solving problems
  • You like keeping score, stats, earnings, and targets
  • You keep track of metrics to see how you’re doing
  • Hitting your goals and target numbers are important so you have feedback
  • You strive to keep improving
  • You never stop learning, even if you’re already good at something
  • Never satisfied with what you’ve achieved, always trying to get better
  • Not afraid of taking calculated risks
  • Likely prefers working alone
Affiliation
  • Creating and maintaining relationships with people is very important
  • You like to collaborate with others; enjoys working with a group
  • Being liked by others is important for you
  • Valuing relationships can also mean not offending others
  • May prefer not to stand out in order to be “one of the group”
  • You enjoy doing things for people you like
  • Feel good when achieving success along with the group
  • A good team member
  • Would prefer partnership or collaboration as opposed to competition
Power
  • You like being in control
  • You enjoy taking a leadership role
  • The power may fall into selfish, egotistical reasons
  • Or, the power may be influencing others in order to achieve a higher good or good for the majority
  • You like recognition, success, competing and high status

Which one sounds more like you?

For me, it the achievement.

How to Use It to Motivate Yourself in Blogging

So how do you use all this new knowledge to help motivate yourself in blogging? And, just as importantly, stay motivated to follow through with it.

Here is a step by step guide.

1. Know What Your Dominant Driver Is

The first step to using this theory in helping you motivate yourself is to figure which of the three motivators is your dominant one.

Sounds easy enough, right?

You probably know your own characteristics pretty well. And, you have a good idea of what drives you. So that’s a good start.

But, you may also want to ask other people. Ideally, those who know you really well. Sometimes, the way others describe us can be very different from how we see ourselves.

As such, getting someone else’s opinion can go a long way as well.

You can likewise use a questionnaire I created to help you see which of the 3 motivators you have a low, medium or high likelihood of being.

2. Figure Out How You Can Use It for Blogging Success

This is the tricky part.

Once you know your main driving motivator, it’s time to apply it to blogging.

This is where looking back at some of your blogging highs and lows can help.

Think of the times:

  • When you felt most motivated in blogging. When was it? What caused that feeling? Why did you feel that way?
  • When you feel less motivated or unmotivated at all. What specific things made you feel this way? Was it an event, person, or result? Why did you feel so undriven?

With those ideas in mind, it’s time to:

  • Take note of the things that made you feel motivated. Look for similarities, triggers and other things that are repeatable.
  • Also, make a list of the things that make you lose motivation. This is what you’ll be working on. In part, trying to apply some of the things that help you feel motivated. And, also thinking of new ideas on how you can overcome the situations that make you lose your motivation.

For example, if your dominant motivator is affinity, you may not be a fan of spending all your blogging time alone. It’s one of the reasons blogging can get lonely.

Knowing that you can find ways to reduce this isolation.

One would be to participate in active Facebook groups that are focused on your niche. This will let you spend more time with like-minded individuals and learn along the way. it also reduces the lack of contact.

Similarly, you can start a small mastermind group of bloggers. These lead to more intimate sessions. Thus, allowing you to get to know one another better. Group members can likewise video chat which goes a long way in terms of fostering a connection with one another.

Other possibilities are attending conferences and events. Odds are there are small gatherings of bloggers in your city or somewhere nearby. You can attend those if you want actual personal contact.

Or, you can start working in a coffee shop or a co-working space instead of staying home all the time. Doing this once or twice a week may be enough to reduce that feeling of isolation, which in turn, can fix your motivation problems related to lack of affinity.

If you’re an achiever, then setbacks like overwhelm and not seeing growth in traffic may be sources of lack of motivation.

In these cases, it goes a long way to analyze each of these situations.

And, instead of trying to tackle everything all at once, break things down to the bare essentials.

Dividing the tasks into smaller components lets you take on each one at a time. This reduces the overwhelming load of seeing all the things you need to do.

Plus, having a checklist around helps as well. Not only does it let you list down all the sub-tasks, but it also lets you check things off one by one. In doing so, you experience that sense of achievement, which will help increase your motivation.

Similarly, tackling one traffic source at a time or choosing the right one for your audience makes you more efficient. By analyzing your current sources of traffic, you’ll be able to tell which ones you should focus on. Then finally, break down the steps on how to increase them.

For example, if you’re trying to get traffic from Pinterest, your list of sub-tasks may look like this.

  • Find a keyword Pinterest users are searching for… check.
  • Create an awesome post covering that keyword… check.
  • Make a beautiful pin image… check.
  • Think on an engaging title so Pinterest users will click on your pin… check.
  • Schedule into Tailwind… check.
  • A/B test different images… check.
  • A/B test different headlines for your pin… check.
  • Analyze Pinterest and Tailwind analytics… check

From there, you’ll be able to see which component you need to work on to increase traffic.

Then starting from what your Pinterest and Tailwind analytics say, you’ll be able to work your way back to see what the problem is.

  • Is it your Tailwind pinning strategy?
  • Are your headlines attractive enough?
  • Do people like your images? Are you creating the right size images?
  • Do readers respond to the keywords you’re using?

Doing so lets you check items off your list, it also lets you become an analytical problem solver to figure out what’s wrong. Both of which feed your need for achievement.

Best of all, by doing things step-by-step you’ll be able to figure out how to make it work and finally increase traffic to your blog.

3. Keep Adjusting

Did the changes work?

If not, find something else. Like all things, it requires some trial and error. And, when you find something that works, tweak it some more to make it more efficient.

Also, keep in mind that as you grow as a blogger, your motivations and personality will likely evolve.

For example, as a beginner blogger, lack of traffic and earnings may be de-motivators. But, once you become a full-time blogger or a 6-figure blogger, then you may be more interested in work-life balance as opposed to making money.

When the time comes, make the appropriate adjustments.

4. Use the Human Motivation Theory to Choose and Delegate to Team Members

What’s great about understanding the dominant motivators is that you not only know what motivates yourself but also those you work with.

This can work when you’re collaborating with other bloggers.

For example, you’ve been eyeing this big blogger in your niche but haven’t figured out the right way to approach them.

Understanding what they’re main driving force can help you find a way “in”.

Let’s say they’re an achiever, which makes sense. That’s why they have a hugely successful blog.

Here, you have two approaches you can take.

  • Focus on their main motivator and offer to do something useful for them. Here’s an example. Say the blogger has grown their blog organically and now want to start doing Facebook Ads to exponentially grow their traffic. You, knowing how to create successful FB ads, can volunteer your help or advice for free.
  • Focus on their lesser motivations. Nobody likes their weak points. As such, we often find ourselves avoiding instances where we have to do them. The same is true even for uber-successful people. Let’s say the big blogger isn’t a fan of outreach or networking. So, if you’re at building relationships, for example, you can introduce them to other well-known bloggers in your circle that they don’t know. This is something they’ll both appreciate because of the opportunities that can arise from their acquaintance. At the same time, you save them the effort of having to do something they’re not fond of.

Similarly, it’s something you can apply when choosing your team members as well.

Say that you’re a good leader. Then, focusing your energy on motivating your team members as well as taking the executive lead not only makes you happier but it increases your odds of success.

Similarly, if you’re looking for someone to do marketing and promotion, you’ll want to find someone who’s more drawn to affiliation. This makes them enjoy collaborations, partnerships, and networking with other bloggers and industry specialists.

For the tougher technical stuff, challenging projects like growing your followers, creating successful advertising campaigns and outlining eBooks or courses, you may want to find high achievers who enjoy these types of tasks.

More Ways to Stay Motivated and Keep Blogging

In addition to the exercise above, here are some more things you can easily incorporate into your life (and blogging) to help you stay motivated.

Follow the Right People

We all have bloggers we like the read, follow and take tips from.

Often, we listen to their podcasts and read their content because it helps or entertains us.

As such, it’s important to choose them wisely. That’s because you only have so much time for reading other blogs and working on your own blog.

More importantly, you don’t want to be doing more of the former and less of the latter.

Choosing the bloggers and websites you read regularly lets you:

  • Learn as much as you can
  • Helps you avoid reading the same thing over and over just from different blogs
  • Allows you to apply effective techniques and not useless ones
  • Build useful relationships
  • Spend more time working on your own business as opposed to reading about others’ content

Invest in Good Blogging Courses

Better yet, if you have extra cash to invest in courses, I highly suggest doing so.

Looking back, I held back too long before taking any blogging courses because I didn’t want to invest in a course unless I was sure it would pay off.

That said if you can take the leap, find a course that caters to the current stage your blog is in. This will help you answer the problems you have and grow faster.

A good course will take you through the entire blogging journey or give you the know-how on what to do for a single task (step by step). That will save you a lot of time and frustration. Believe me, I know!

Also, choose courses which have private Facebook groups. These let you interact with other people taking the course and ask the instructor questions. In doing so, you not only learn but also build relationships along the way.

Finally, you’ll also be able to email the course creator to learn from them one-on-one in case you need more clarification on certain topics or strategies.

Join a Group or Mastermind

Facebook and mastermind groups are an amazing way of learning from one another. Bloggers in the group often support and help each other.

In the process, it makes things a lot easier.

Again, just like following bloggers and choosing courses, it’s important to pick the right ones.

I can still remember back in college how study groups helped a lot. But like study groups, you want to join the right FB or mastermind groups.

Unfortunately, I spent way too much time just goofing off and playing around in some of the worthless study groups.

That’s not what you want to do here.

Don’t Compare with Other Bloggers

Just don’t do it. It’s a waste of time. Plus, it will frustrate you.

That’s because there’s always going to be someone better than you and making well more than you. Just the same way that you’re doing better than other people.

The only thing is you notice the former and aren’t grateful for the latter.

The thing is, comparing with how other bloggers are doing doesn’t help you in any way, shape or form. It doesn’t grow your blog, traffic or income. And, it wastes your time just thinking about it.

You’re better off being productive working on your own blog.

List All Your Tasks, Break Them Down, and Do One at a Time

It can be easy to get overwhelmed with blogging because of two things.

  • There are so many things you need to learn, do and cover.
  • When you figure something out, something new comes along and you’re back where you started – having to learn something new again.

The best way I’ve found to overcome this problem is to list down all the tasks you need to become a successful blogger, starting with the main things.

This includes tasks like starting a blog, getting traffic, making money, building your email list, networking with other bloggers and so on.

Once you have your main list of tasks, break each one down into smaller sub-tasks.

For example, creating a blog will include signing up for web hosting, installing WordPress, choosing a theme and so on.

From there, all you need to do is figure out one sub-task at a time. More importantly, don’t think ahead or about other tasks.

Focus on what’s in front of you. When you’re done, move to the next one.

Over time, you’ll find that using this one-step-at-a-time process lets you achieve a lot of things collectively.

Take a Break Once in a While

Like work, blogging without rest or taking time off is a recipe for burnout.

That’s not something you want, because it will make you lose motivation even more.

When it comes to taking a break, you can go one of two ways:

  • Take shorter, more frequent breaks. You can take one day off per week from blogging, say Wednesday or Thursday. Similarly, you can create a schedule where you don’t blog on weekends. Or, take half-days off twice a week, one mid-week and another at the end of the week.
  • Enjoy longer, less frequent breaks. This is the approach most companies use. They give you two weeks of vacation time each year, which most of us save up and all at once.

Show Up and Be Consistent

A big part of success is just showing up consistently. It is the reason why you’ll notice that the most successful bloggers have been around anywhere from 3 to 10 or more years.

In contrast, many blogs that fail do so after the first year or two. Often, they quit before or just after the end of year 2 because things aren’t working out.

By showing up and constantly learning, you give your blog a better blog a chance of success.

And, when one thing isn’t working, try another.

For example, you’ve read all the tutorials and still can’t make your blog grow. Well, have you tried taking courses? Have you tried joining mastermind groups or asking for advice from successful bloggers?

There’s always something else out there to try. You just need to figure that out.

Have a Schedule and Stick to It

Creating a blogging schedule is one of the key things that will help a beginner blogger succeed. It ensures your blog consistently.

Just as importantly, it allows you to balance work, rest time and life. This prevents burn out, it also lets you have fun so you can come back to blogging motivated and fresh with new ideas.

Find a Workspace That Lets You Focus

One of the biggest benefits of blogging is that you can work anywhere.

While that’s true, not all places are conducive to working.

For some people, blogging at home is hard because of the kids. For others, working at home isn’t as motivating as the office because of the TV, couch, bed, and food lying around.

That said, it’s important to find a workplace that lets you focus and be productive.

Have the Proper Mindset

Are you blogging as a hobby or are you blogging to make money?

The mindset you come in with is very important when it comes to achieving success.

Why?

Treating your blog as a hobby makes it just that, a hobby. As such, you’ll hesitate to invest when it may be needed.

Similarly, you can “miss days” with your hobby. That’s because you don’t take it as seriously as you do work or business. In doing so, you don’t make yourself accountable. Instead, you blog only when “you feel like it”.

In contrast, if you treat your blog as a business, you’ll be more willing to invest in a course or premium WordPress themes, plugins or website design, if needed.

Similarly, treating it like work means you don’t skip workdays just because you “don’t feel like working today”.

Organize Your Work and Prioritize Your Tasks

Contrary to what some people think, blogging isn’t easy.

Just like other businesses, you need to figure out everything from start to finish. And, believe me, there’s a ton of things you need to do just to create a successful blog.

As such, it’s important to find a way to organize your work. Also, knowing which tasks to prioritize.

This lets you get into the proper flow of things. It also allows you to focus 80% of your efforts on the 20% of things that produce the biggest results.

Learn to Love the Process Not the Lifestyle

Don’t get caught up in the hype of the “blogging lifestyle”. A lot of bloggers will often show you photos of them vacationing, in expensive cars, and all the fun things life has to offer.

While you may achieve that one day, today is not yet that day.

That’s the difference when you’re starting out and when you’ve already made it.

What the successful bloggers don’t show you is the struggle they had to go through when starting out. The good news is, if you email and ask them, they’re all too willingly tell you about the tough times they had to endure to succeed.

So, when you’re starting out or growing your blog, focus on the process. This involves knowing what tasks you need to do and how to execute them.

With time, you’ll be able to enjoy the blogger lifestyle as well.

Focus on 3 Things Maximum at a Time

For some reason or another, we’re always in a hurry. This seems to be the case with blogging as well.

Everyone wants to grow their traffic quickly, make money and retire as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, that mindset makes you want to try to do everything all at once.

When you do that, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, not to mention risk burning out.

One of the things I’ve found to be helpful in terms of productivity is to limit yourself to 3 main tasks at a time, depending on how intensive the tasks are. If it’s super intensive, you can make do with just one.

This will prevent you from trying to do too much and end up finishing nothing or doing them half-baked.

Reward Yourself When You Hit Milestones

Don’t forget to reward yourself when you complete important tasks. This is a great way to keep your motivation up.

Working non-stop and never celebrating your wins will make you miserable. After a while, you’ll lose motivation because you don’t see the pleasure or gratification of each achievement anymore.

Make a List of Your Goals

Knowing your goals allows you to figure out what you want to achieve.

Just as importantly, it allows you to know what you need to do to achieve those goals.

This sets you up for success because you can focus on the main goals and not get distracted by other things that come along with way.

Focus on the Basics First Before Going to More Advanced Topics

One of the reasons it’s important to choose the right bloggers to follow is because you don’t want to get ahead of yourself.

That is, following a blogger whose audience is intermediate and advanced bloggers doesn’t help you as a beginner.

The same way, an advanced blogger doesn’t get anything by listening to someone who’s talking about the basics.

As such, it’s important to choose the bloggers you follow and the courses you take to ensure that they’re ideal for where you’re currently at.

In the same way, take time to learn the basics because they’ll set the foundation for more advanced techniques. This not only lets you learn faster later on; it also prevents overwhelm.

Don’t Be Afraid of Failing and Learn from Your Mistakes

You learn most from your mistakes. So, don’t be afraid of making them.

More importantly, don’t dwell on them. And, don’t let your failures define you.

Just move on.

This is why it’s important to have the proper mindset when it comes to mistakes and failures.

Seeing them as learning opportunities and stepping stones to where you want to get to lets you grow from your mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes instinctively make us afraid, feel embarrassed and down about ourselves.

Conclusion

Setbacks make you lose motivation. 

Blogging is no exception.

That’s why taking some time to do some introspection when you need inspiration is important.

It helps you understand the reason you started blogging in the first place.

Above, you also learned:

What motivated bloggers to start their websites

How your brain can help and hinder your motivation 

How to stay motivated when you aren’t getting results

All of which allow you to overcome those times when you start to feel discourage because your blog isn’t making any money or getting as much visitors as you wished.

What aspect of blogging causes you to lose motivation? I’d love to know so I can find a way to help you solve it.

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