Friday, June 9, 2017

5 Ways to Stay Motivated & Inspired to Blog




I recently got the question: how do you stay motivated and inspired to blog? This is a question I face pretty often. It can be easy to feel like you aren’t doing enough or feel burnt out from blogging. Here are 5 ways I recommend to continue to stay motivated and inspired to blog:

1. Define your blogging goals

Take a moment to reflect: Before you launch into writing, taking photos, doing make up or hair, traveling, or etc, ask yourself what do you want out of blogging? Ask yourself what does success look like to you? Is it a high follower count? Is it producing quality content? Is it partnerships and brand collaborations? Or is it a high engagement with your followers?

It’s important to define what success looks like to you because success is different to everyone. 

What’s Your Capacity? I would begin each year, or each quarter, or each month with a set of blogging goals. I would keep in mind your capacity – are you working full time? Are you in school? What is a realistic goal for you to set? Whether it’s one blog post a week or one blog post a month, keep your capacity in mind when goal setting.

Why set goals? The main reason why I recommend setting blogging goals is because you will stay more motivated if you know what you are working towards.



2. Blog about Things that Interest You

Why is this important? This may seem like an obvious one, but blogging about things that you are passionate come much easier than things you aren’t interested about. If you’re interested about reviewing products and items, pursue it. If you aren’t interested in creating a Father’s Day post or What to Wear on Memorial Day, don’t do it. Create content on things that you are interested or passionate in. Your readers will also be more interested in your content if they see your passion.

Ask yourself: What spaces do I want to be in? Fashion? Travel? Beauty? Cooking?

Example: Less than a year ago, I started blogging about career focused content. This was a pretty easy step for me because I love talking about career development. My past blog posts about informational interviews and coming down the learning curve have all stemmed from conversations I’ve had with friends. I feel good about myself when I’m able to help someone get to the next step in their career.



3. Ask yourself where you draw inspiration from

One thing I’ve learned about blogging for several years is that you can’t wait for inspiration to hit you. You should actively searching for things that inspire you.
 
Ask yourself: what inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Example: Personally, one place I continuously draw inspiration from is TED talks. One of my most successful and meaningful blog post I ever wrote was The Truth About My Imposter Syndrome. I watched Deanna Simmon’s TED Talk about Imposter Syndrome and it completely shook me to my core. It forced me to reflect and realize that I had dealt with imposter syndrome my entire life. Other places I draw inspiration from: Pinterest, Lookbook, and my followers/readers who ask me questions!

4. Take a Break
If are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out from blogging, take a break! It is not productive to expend all this energy towards blogging when you are feeling down, frustrated or uninspired. Whether you decide to take a walk or get dinner with friends, taking the time away from blogging can help you feel refreshed. You’ll feel rested and hopefully more motivated to revisit what topics or projects you are working on.

Set a Brainstorm Time
Some bloggers write a blog post right before they post it, while other bloggers like me plan out blog posts in advance. I personally write more thoughtful, meaningful posts when I take the time to brainstorm and flush out my ideas. 

Ask yourself:

  • When are you most productive? Mornings? Right before bed?
  • Next, where are you most productive? Coffee shops? At your kitchen table?
  • And would be helpful to you to set aside 15 or 30 min to brainstorm ideas to blog about in this time and space?


These are just 5 pieces of advice I have about staying motivated and inspired to blog. I also wanted to thank one of my Instagram friends/followers for asking me this question! You inspired me to write this post because I know this is a topic that every blogger encounters at some point of their blogging journey.

If you have any more questions or topics you’d like to see on #emmasedition, please let me know: emmasediton@gmail.com!

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Love,
Emma 

2 comments :

  1. Thanks for the helpful tips Emma! I have just launched a blog about being an expat in Barcelona and traveling. I know that your advice will come in handy. It is inspiring to see you blogging and to see how much your blog has grown!

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  2. This is all so true! Blogging started to feel like a chore to me after a while and that's when I needed to take a break because I realized I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I'm finally done with school now though and ready to start blogging regularly again. These tips were so refreshing to read - and helpful, too! :)

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