I am super excited about the Biannual Blogathon Bash. I agreed to host a mini challenge, but as a blogger of six months, I wasn’t sure what to share. I realized that if you’ve been blogging one month or 10 years, motivation is essential.
Not everyone gets blogging. Certainly not everyone gets that every blogger has different goals. The key is determining and focusing on yours. In the beginning, some male friends made fun of my blogging, especially since it was focused on beauty products. This irked me a little, but instead of sulking about it, I turned to those who I know believed in me – the friends who had asked me to put my advice out there in the first place and my brother, who has always understood my big dreamer aspirations. Many of those people have changed their tune as my proud brother brags to them about the free stuff I get all the time.
Hopefully you have supportive people in your life like I do. Regardless, you should connect with other bloggers. If you haven’t yet, it’s really the missing piece of the puzzle. I am a single blogger, and most women blogger communities are for mommy communities but they ALL have been so accepting and welcoming – Social Moms, BloggyMoms, 5 minutes for mom, etc. If you would like my list, feel free to email me.
So you will find support around you, online, and cheesy as it is, the last piece is within yourself. Think about the goals you had when you started and whether they need to be updated. If you never outlined these goals for yourself do it now. Initially I wanted to write about something I enjoyed, share my advice with others, get free products, and hopefully (down the road) make some money. So far my goals remain the same, except that I have added paying it forward to other bloggers, as they have already helped me so much.
Sometimes I get frustrated and try to make excuses like “I could do better if I blogged full-time.” I just keep reminding myself to do the best can with the time I have and that I’m doing this because I LOVE it.
1. List the people in your life you can turn to when you need a boost – who is your support system?
2. Join two or three new blogging networks – get connected and see what’s out there. If you’re already well connected, maybe find a way to help a couple new bloggers.
3. Establish or reevaluate your goals. What about blogging makes you happy?
4. Include your answers in post on your blog and post a link to your post in the comments on this post, or just answer the questions in a post comment.