For anyone who thinks they are falling behind when it comes to blogging
To introduce …
It’s December 31st, the end of the year, or December 25th, or whatever other holiday day you can think of.
You and your family are sitting next to the dining table; Mom, Dad, your little brother, your older sister, and your best buddy that you invited to party the night away with you.
You tell an incident when you did something amazing in class and the table is absolutely still and everyone is lending your ears.
There are laughs and some aww moments on the table based on your narrative style and overall enjoying your story to your heart’s content.
You end the story. Everyone has a big applause for you and you feel like you are at the top of the world.
You think you have surpassed Shakespeare when it comes to storytelling.
You go to bed smiling and pat your back.
Imagine again …
Seven friends (including you) are driving their cars on a long journey (okay, one roomy car!) And there is so much silence in the vehicle. Everyone clung to their smartphones.
Now suddenly you remember a story when you went on a picnic with your family. Yes, the picnic where you saved a girl from harassment and also helped her find her way home.
Fantastic story; All seven had their cell phones back in their pockets and were taped to your words.
You complete a selfie with your friends who all look so nostalgic.
Feeling excited, write the event in your journal and create a Facebook life event to keep the moment alive.
Take it this way now …
You sit at your table and write on your blog. You decide to tell both stories (or anyone, no problem) and describe the event well.
You will also get 7 to 8 comments on your blog, thank you for filling your day with positivity.
You review the analysis and find that the post had not seven, not eight, but twenty views that night and the day after.
But this time you are still not happy, you are discouraged.
You think you are no better than an idiot.
You humiliate yourself and say you are nobody in the blogosphere and you hate to be that way.
You complain that you don’t rock like your bloggers and competitors. After all, they get thousands of views on every post they write!
Frustrated, you fall asleep and promise never to blog again.
Now answer my questions
What has changed significantly during your two storytelling events?
Didn’t you get the seven people in your car or five family members going crazy about your storytelling style?
Didn’t your contribution gain much more recognition than you have repeated history on the internet?
You even have twenty pairs of eyeballs on your contents That was about three times compared to your first two attempts.
So what went wrong?
Why do you feel now that you have no motivation to write?
Is it because this time twenty people are sitting on the other side of the computer, each one individually on their dining table?
Does that make a difference?
Change your mindset …
Even if your blog has a reader, respect them.
If someone (in the other corner of the world) chooses to spend 3 minutes of their precious time reading what you have to say, respect their efforts.
If twenty of your readers think you helped them gain trust and are grateful to them, DO NOT humiliate them and say, “Ah, you are not the 5,000 visitors that other shitty blog gets and I don’t want to appreciate your gratitude ”.
If you have a readerTake it as a friend who gives you time. Do not get discouraged. A friend is priceless.
If you have six readerstake it as Dining table where everyone values your words.
If you have 50 readerstake it as coffee shop where everyone is sure to sip their coffee, but also lend their ears to you.
If you have 500 visitorsis it synonymous with yours Parish hallwhere everyone listens to you wholeheartedly.
If you have 5000 visitorsTake it like you are addressing a Soccer audience and they are all for you. Cheer and applaud.
Never underestimate your audience, never underestimate your skills.
How can you motivate yourself to write and get results?
If you want to motivate yourself to write, remember, “Some people dream of success, while others get up in the morning and make it”.
You might get stuck or run out of ideas, but you need to stay positive and keep writing no matter what. If you are motivated by rewards, you can also consider the benefits of blogging to keep you motivated.
Here are 5 ways to stay motivated to write:
1) Discover your why
Henneke at EnchantingMarketing suggests that connecting with your “why” inspires you to write. When you know why you are doing what you are doing, it becomes less of a duty than a pleasure to indulge in.
Write down why you write, the benefits of writing for you (personally and professionally) and these reasons will become your motivation to write.
2) Write for your target audience
Another common blogging mistake that beginners make is trying to please people. To hit the mark, you need to focus on writing for your target audience.
You have to accept the fact that not all of them relate to the story you need to tell. You need to focus on those who will benefit from your blog.
3) Write for a single person
Now that you know who your target audience is, create an audience personality (a simple profile of your ideal reader, the problem they are facing, the solution they are looking for, etc.) and then start working on that single persona to write.
Did you notice how you felt? We were talking one-on-one the whole time while another reader was sitting in front of his laptop (reading this exact article).
How did it happen?
With a single trick using conversational writing style and using words like “you”, “us” and “your”. These words make the reader feel like you are talking to them one on one.
4) Let the ideas flow
Ideas don’t need to be noticed if you want to. You can get ideas in the strangest places and at the strangest times.
The best way to reap all of these ideas is to write them down and write on them at your own pace. Sometimes certain ideas no longer make sense later, discard them and cultivate newer ideas.
If you’re still stuck, here is an extensive list of blog post topics to keep your creative juices flowing.
Here are some tips to help you blog more consistently. Look closely:
Please note: Don’t forget to go over my best blogging hacks which I mention after this graphic.
5) Focus on adding value
In the first two assumptions, did you notice that both your family and friends were happy with your story?
The reason is that you gave each of them a value they wanted and could relate to. When you were with your family it was the story of an obedient high school student, and you talked about a girl with your friends, mostly teenagers.
This will help you in your blog posts as well.
Research what your audience wants. And then you tinker with posts that give them a certain value.
Solve their problems.
6) Fix your problems
It’s always safe to run a scan and see if there’s a problem that needs to be fixed instead of hoping everything is okay.
If you do all of that and then do something else but still don’t see any visible growth, it is time to think about the other areas that you are missing out on.
The best way to get reliable and targeted traffic / audiences is with search engines. Make sure your blog is search engine optimized.
If bots aren’t getting what you write, they can’t rate it and then you lose all of the potential readers entering the query you are writing about.
I strongly recommend that you try these simple yet effective on-page SEO techniques that can help you improve your search engine rankings.
Another important aspect is to make sure that you are not making any blogging mistakes that could shut down your blog from the inside.
Take a look at this Top 10 blogging mistakes (# 3 on the list kept my blog from growing for about a year until I discovered it) and double check that you are creating it.
If you make any of the mistakes listed, follow the solutions listed there to fill the void in your blogging strategy.
Over to you
Hope this post has given you a different perspective on blogging and helped you gain the motivation to write and blog consistently.
What are your thoughts?
What phase of blogging are you in right now?
Do you think traffic or page views are more important than a community of loyal readers?
How do you stay motivated to blog consistently? Let us know in the comments below …
If you enjoyed this article, please post it on your favorite social media platform.