I see tons of bloggers saying that one of their biggest issues with blogging is finding the motivation to blog consistently! It’s definitely something I struggled with too when I was first starting out. And it’s definitely rough with real life getting in the way. But I’m proud to say that this month I published nine new blog posts!
Today, I decided to share some tips that I’ve found help me with my consistency, and I just know they’ll help you, too!
By the way, I’m Pinterest-friendly!
How to Find Motivation to Blog Consistently
Write Your Ideas Down
Whenever I’m feeling particularly inspired with blogging, I write down my ideas in one of two places: either in a note on my phone or a Google doc. I use my phone if I think I could write the post within the next month. In my Google doc, I also have a list of seasonal content, events in my hometown I could attend and review, themed lookbook ideas, and stores I could do hauls from. I also check this handy list of National Days every month to see if any of them resonate with me.
Basically, I keep any idea at all I have in my Google doc, and blog post ideas I could do soon on my phone. This gives me a large list to pull from if I need to come up with a lot of ideas at once, but then I have the note on my phone so I’m only seeing what’s coming up next.
Let Your Ideas Settle
You don’t have to churn out the perfect post right away. Take some time to think about your wording, your sentence structure, where you can post images… etc. Get creative and have fun!
For me, I usually don’t write my blog posts all in one sitting. I tend to start a draft, write a few sentences/paragraphs, go do something else… come back to my post, etc. I think that’s just a habit I picked up from college when I was writing tons of research papers, but for me that’s what works.
Don’t Limit Yourself!
I’m a big believer in a niche-free blog, or at least a blog that covers a wide range of topics. If you want to write about something, go for it if you think it will be helpful to someone! If you find yourself itching to discuss a certain topic but are hesitant because it’s not your niche or your brand, try a poll on Twitter or Instagram stories to see how your audience feels. Plus, if you feel like you have the freedom to write about what you want, you’ll have more motivation to blog consistently because you’ll be more inspired!
Consider the “Why”
WHY do you want to write about your topic? Do you want to be inspirational or motivational? Are you sharing tips or a good deal? Are you just generally happy about whatever it is you’re discussing? If you can focus on the why, you’ll feel more motivated to write.
Also, if you aren’t happy or excited about your topic, you may not want to consider saving it for later or not writing about it at all.
photo credit: Danielle MacInnes
Think About What You’ve Already Written
Look at your other blog posts on your site, and see if you can come up with related content. That way, you have a new post idea and you can link to that post in your new post. It also helps your SEO to include links to other pages on your site, and could potentially help lower your bounce rate.
Create a Schedule
When I first started, I knew I wanted to write two blog posts per week. I got so stressed out trying to figure out which days to post and coming up with the ~perfect schedule~ that it actually made me post less. Then I decided that it didn’t matter which two days of the week I posted, as long as I posted two days a week. Once I got used to writing two posts per week, I decided to be more structured and opt for Mondays and Thursdays. This helps me find motivation to blog consistently because I have designated days when I make blog posts.
Two might be too many for you or it might not be enough for you. If you want to post more frequently than that, be careful you don’t run out of content. I know it’s exciting to pump out new content, especially when you’re super inspired, but you don’t want to risk burnout! Sometimes if I just feel like writing, I’ll schedule a post or two in advance and do the finishing touches (images, pins, etc.) as the post date approaches.
Figure Out What YOU Need
I know some bloggers who can’t write without their coffee. Some people might like to write in complete silence, while others need music or general noise. For me personally, I find I focus well when I’m in a public place or have certain music playing. Experiment with what works for you!
Don’t pressure yourself.
Be NICE to yourself. You know that blog post schedule? It isn’t the law, so if you don’t feel up to writing one day or you feel sick, you don’t have to. That’s the beauty of blogging, it allows you to be flexible.
I hope these ideas helped you!
Are you a blogger? How do you find motivation to blog consistently? Let’s talk about it in the comments!