A few days ago, one of my students said that she was giving up her blog — it was taking too much time, for too little return. Many more people give up their blogs than commit to them for the long term, so maybe you feel the same way. If you do, here are some blogging tips to help you to fall in love with your blog, perhaps for the first time.
Before we get started, think about your reasons for blogging. WHY are you blogging? Maybe you want to become a full-time blogger, or you’re marketing your business, or a book.
Grab a notebook, or open a new computer file, and write three paragraphs about why you’re blogging. Start with: “I’m blogging because…”
Here’s a secret. When I started blogging some 16 years ago, I had no clue why I was doing it. It seem stupid… but my intuition kept nudging me to blog. I tried to ignore the impulse. I couldn’t. It kept coming back.
Finally I was exasperated. I wrote a list of “why blogging?” thoughts in my journal. It boiled down to: “Because I love writing and it’ll be fun.” Silly ideas, since writing is the way I make a living, and I should have spent the time wooing magazine editors, or writing a book proposal. (That was long before Amazon launched the Kindle, so you sold books by writing proposals and sent them to editors and agents.)
My point: you may not be able to articulate your ideas about blogging any better than I could. Maybe you just feel that blogging is for you. Go with your feelings. Blogging’s done more for me than I could ever have imagined, so trust yourself.
These tips will help you to love your blog.
1. Spend time on your blog…. read your posts
Remember what it felt like to be in love? You wanted to spend all your time with the person you love. Perhaps you once felt like that about your blog.
Whether you did or not, commit to spending ten minutes a day with your blog. You don’t have to write anything, or do anything. Just read over the material you have. Imagine yourself a year from now. You have many more blog posts, and loyal readers who visit your blog.
When you spend time with your blog, and think about your dreams, you’re giving yourself a chance to fall in love.
2. Talk positively about your blog: share your hopes and dreams for it
Abraham Lincoln supposedly said: “folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Whoever said it, it’s true. You decide how you’ll feel. If you talk lovingly about something, you’ll feel positive towards it. Similarly, if you denigrate something, you will start to dislike it.
This has nothing to do with positive thinking. It has everything to do with how your mind and body work.
Talk positively about your blog. Find bloggers who love blogging, and talk to them. Their ideas and positive emotions will inspire you.
3. Make a list of blogging adventures you can try
There are no rules for blogging. No one forces you to blog their way. You can blog any way you choose. Think about things which sound like fun. Maybe you can snap an image a day, and post that.
If you’re blogging on Tumblr, you can choose the kind of post you want to create from your dashboard. It’s a handy reminder that you don’t need to write 1,000 words — you can just post a link, a quote, or an image.
Neil Patel, in How to Generate $100,000 a Month from a Brand New Blog, is on an adventure:
“… you told me you wanted me to create a new company in a space that I had no ties to. So I’m now starting a nutrition blog.
“The official start date will be April 1, 2015. And within 12 months, I have to get the blog to generate $100,000 in monthly revenue.”
Brave, right? Yes, but also clever. Neil will become inspired, because he’s trying something new, and inspiring himself, as well as his readers.
Make your list, then choose your own blogging adventure.
4. Dress up your blog: change your blog’s look and feel
No matter which platform you’re blogging on, you can change the look of your blog with a few clicks. Over the years, I’ve tried all the popular blogging platforms, and I found that when a blog started to bore me, I could get inspired when I changed the blog’s look.
Try it. Choose a new theme for your blog. Create some images, or pay someone to create them for you.
5. Interview people who love blogging to get new ideas
Make a list of bloggers who blog in your area. Interview them, either live, or via email. Post the interviews on your blog.
Their enthusiasm will be catching. Too often, when we lose heart in blogging, we spend time thinking about how disheartening blogging is. We talk to others who validate our feelings.
Change that. Talk to people who LOVE blogging, and it will rekindle your own passion for your blog.
So, there you have it. Five tips to help you to love your blog. Put them into action, starting today.
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