Friday, October 19, 2018

Why You Shouldn't Get Discouraged as a Blogger

Posting regular blog posts can be harder than you think, put that alongside other writing you may be doing, like writing a book, and you have a week right there.

I love writing, but sometimes writer's block creeps up when you least expect it. When writer's block hits, all ideas and thoughts for that days work just seem to disappear, and that can be really frustrating.

So how do you get through a period of feeling totally deflated and discouraged?

Don't be disheartened and frustrated, we've all been there.  Here are some things I do when I feel discouraged:

 1. Don't Let Your Blog Stats Consume You

You can spend hours looking through your blog stats and not do any work.  Don't get me wrong analytics have a purpose, they can show you your most popular blog posts and what your demographic is. On the downside looking at your stats regularly can be pretty depressing.

This is the same for Feedburner subscriptions.  Does it really matter how many you have?  That's why writing is the most important part of your blog.
 2. Don't Compare Yourself to Others

If enjoy reading other bloggers in your niche, you may start to feel inadequate, this can happen if you're having a bad day. Try researching new blog post ideas if you feel like you're getting blog reading fatigue.

3. Try A Little Education

There's no harm in expanding your horizons and learning new things within your niche.  In the long run it won't do you or your blog any harm.  Check out my blog post 15 Best Online Courses to Kick-Start Your Writing Business.

4. Be Creative

Why did you choose blogging?  I'm guessing because you love it so much.

Blogging is more than just promotion,  the secret lies in the time you spend creating and getting your posts published. Marketing and promotion should be secondary, you need to think of delivering good quality content to your readers, just like any other magazine or newspaper does.

5. Automate Your Social Media

Having the time to create blog posts is crucial for any writer. You can do this easily by scheduling your posts in advance on Buffer or Hootsuite without thinking to much about it.

I use social media, don't get me wrong, I just keep my distraction down to a minimum.  By automating blog posts you can concentrate on the more important task of writing.

Don't be intimidated by other bloggers, your voice is important, and people want to listen to what you have to say.