8:30 AM6 Ways Not To Get Discouraged Blogging
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Whether you are a new or veteran blogger it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. As bloggers we are constantly trying to come up with fresh new content on a daily basis and keep our blogs interesting for our readers. It can be overwhelming to the point that you can even entertain the idea of quitting. Many people start blogs and they quit before they get started. Why? Because it is not as easy as they thought it would be. Let's face it blogging is hard work. Especially, if you don't know the right way to go about it and have not been given good advice.
It's way more to blogging then just writing a couple of blog posts and throwing up some ads. It's a process and it does take time. Even, if you like writing you still have to learn how to blog. It's not something that you learn overnight. A blog is not like your diary even though people compare blogs to diaries. Usually, a diary is private and it is usually handwritten. It's not something you have to run. If you decide to abandon it. No one will really care. Why? Because no one knows about but you. However, with a blog it is public (although you can make it private it's usually not). You have opened it up to the world and you have to keep it updated with good content. You have to engage your readers and overall keep up the maintenance of your blog/site. Plus, you have to continually find ways to get traffic to your site. One can easily get discouraged before they even realize it. However, there are somethings we can do before they get to this point below:
1. Don't Compare Yourself To Other Bloggers
If you are comparing yourselves to other bloggers all the time it will hard for you to stay focused on your blog. They might of been blogging longer than you and have had more experience. You can't worry about what someone else is doing. You have to focus on yourself and your needs. What do you need to do to take your blog to the next level? You can't do this if you are always comparing your blog to someone else's It's okay to admire someone else's success but you don't know what all they had to go through to get there. Focus on your blogging goals and learn from your mistakes and continue to increase your knowledge about internet marketing and blogging and you will get where you want to be.
2. Don't Set Your Expectations Too High
When we set our expectations too high we are setting ourselves up for failure. It's much better to set small achievable goals than great big ones in the beginning. As I said before it's a learning process and you have to give yourself room to learn and make mistakes. Take baby steps. Do a little bit of something everyday and then apply it. Plus, it makes us feel really bad when we set our expectations too high and then, can't fulfill them. This is what we are trying to avoid at all costs.
3. Don't Put Too Much On Your Plate
If you are putting too much on your plate this can cause you to have feelings of being overwhelmed. We all know when we get overwhelmed how it makes us feel. You will not feel like doing what needs to be done if you are feeling overwhelmed. You will do the exact opposite. Don't schedule 10 things that need to be done but you only have 5 minutes. This is not going to help your situation any and you will still have things to do. See how to schedule your time successfully and how it truly can make a difference.
4. Don't Follow Every Blogger You Read
It's okay to read more than one blog and have more than one favorite blogger. However, if the blogs you are reading are in the same niche you need to pick which ones will be your mentor. However, if they are in a different niche it is cool to have more than one mentor but I think you should still put a limit on it. I would say the limit should be three. It's hard to take advice from so many different people and it is more hard to apply all of it. You will end up feeling confused. Besides, you will just keep going around in circles and not getting much of anything done.
5. Don't Focus On Making Money Right Away
Now this is a killer right here. This is the reason why so many bloggers end up feeling discouraged and then quitting. I'm not saying you can't make money with your blog but you shouldn't put all of your attention on that right away. I think you should focus on writing good content and having a place that your readers can come to learn, discuss and share. Thinking about money can sometimes blind you to what is most important and our blogs will start to show it. It's a fast track way to get you on the path to writing a spam blog and believe me, no one wants that.
6. Pick A Topic That You Will Enjoy Writing About
I know that you probably have heard this many times but I just want to reinforce how important this is. When you like what you are writing about it shows. People can tell if you are not happy writing about something. Plus, it becomes hard for you to write about it on a continual basis. It's like working a job that you hate. It's worse because you are writing. When we write our feelings are on display because we write how we feel. If you really hate what you are writing about it will eventually show. I wouldn't ever write about golf. Why? Because I find it absolutely boring. Write about something that you like and can get excited about. It will show.
I hope that you found these 6 Ways Not To Get Discouraged helpful. Have you ever felt discouraged? Do you feel discouraged now? What is making you feel that way? Are you thinking about quitting blogging? Please leave me a comment below explaining how you feel and what is causing you to feel that way.