Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blogging tips: how to get motivated

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Of course blogging is something we all enjoy doing, (well we wouldn't be doing it if we didn't), but sometimes life and other things get in the way which can make it a lot harder to keep motivated to post. I know I struggle with this, especially when there's a lot going on at University. 

I'm definitely not an expert on the subject, as there has been times I haven't posted for weeks. But nevertheless, I thought I would show you the different ways I reboot my motivation, and if you have any tips or tricks please write them in the comments so I, and everyone else, can read them. 

1. Get inspired 
Read blogs and magazines. Sometimes you just need that push to get you going again, and reading other peoples blogs and magazines seems to do the trick. I find that when I read engaging content from bloggers, it inspires me to be the best I can be and produce engaging content too. 

2. Blog about things you enjoy, seriously
This is one of those cliche things that everybody says, but it doesn't make it any less true. There's no point blogging about topics you don't enjoy because the posts will lack enthusiasm and you simply won't enjoy it. Just have fun with your blog, and use it to express whatever makes you happy. 

3. Blog for yourself... and then your audience
This one kind of comes under 'blog about things you enjoy', but I do think there is a pressure in the online community to get followers, subscribers and readers, which could lead to people portraying themselves in a different way online. Such as blogging about things they know will get views, rather than what they enjoy doing. Although having readers is what makes blogging more of a community, it's important to write posts that you enjoy reading, and then hopefully your viewers will enjoy it too. 

4. Give your blog a fresh new look
In a similar way to when my desk is messy I'm less inspired to get on with my work. When I'm unhappy with my blog design I don't feel encouraged enough to post on it. Recently I gave my header and sidebar a new look, as well as tweaking a few other bits, and now I feel much happier about posting on it. 

5. And lastly, don't be too harsh on yourself 
It's okay if you need some time out, you're followers are going to understand. We are all human! I would also suggest not being too strict on yourself and not setting any schedules, because this could set you up for disappointment when you don't reach them. Ease into it and make it fun. 
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