There are days when blogging makes you feel on top of the world – your stats are soaring and your posts are on fire!
Then there are days when you feel like walking away from it, not posting anything and cursing the poor soul who came up with such things as blog statistics.
Sometimes these negative days grind you down and you find yourself in blogging no man’s land. You start asking yourself things like ‘what’s the point?’ and ‘where will it lead to?’
Here are some tips on staying focused during these bleak blogging times:
- Have a break from checking your blog statistics. Go back to just concentrating on writing some good stuff. Sometimes we get so caught up in those things called statistics that we lose sight of writing good content.
- Reassess your reasons for blogging. I have been through many patches of feeling disillusioned with blogging. Each time I have asked myself why I blog. I remind myself that I am a writer and I blog because I need to let off some creative steam. My blog cheers me up when I am feeling gloomy or having my own pity party. My blog is a place where I catch up with online friends who share a passion for writing. It’s like an imaginary coffee shop where different people pop in each day. Once I have this conversation with myself it is like someone removes the weight from my shoulders and I go back to merrily creating posts. Blogging is so much more than statistics.
- Write a post and share your feelings. There are so many bloggers out there that there must be bloggers feeling the same way as you. Sometimes reading a couple of ‘me too!’ and ‘I feel the same way!’ type comments can make you feel a bit better.
- Review your social media strategy. Sometimes a small change to your social media plans can have a positive impact. I have recently started Instagram and that has been really useful for me as a writer. This was after I felt disillusioned about blogging. I am making contact with some amazing and very creative book readers, book bloggers and book reviewers (eeek!) through my photos and pictures of my blog posts. I feel like my blog posts are helping me build links with reader networks.
- Remember you are doing something amazing! No matter how small your blog is – always remember you are out there doing something creative! A lot of people (believe me on this) sit at home wishing they had the guts to start to a blog and put themselves out there. You are one step ahead of them. Even if you only have 5 followers you are doing something that some people can only dream about. Be proud at what you have created and work through this phase!
So, come on, pick yourself up, grit your teeth and keep going!