Blogging is a long-term endeavor. That means over time bloggers can fall prey to lack of motivation and may find themselves feeling like they’ve run out of post ideas. Today, freelance writer and ghostwriter Sanjay Bojan (@sanjaybojan) offers some fun and interesting ways to keep the creative juices flowing and renew your passion for your blog.
A few years ago, I was having a casual discussion with a long-time friend of mine. I told him about my intention to start a career in blogging. And guess what? His reaction wasn’t very encouraging. “Blogging is a lazy man’s profession” was his reply.
And now, five years later, it is my turn to reply: “My dear friend, blogging is not half as easy as you think.” And I am sure millions of bloggers around the world would stand by my side.
Yes, we are gifted authors and wordsmiths, but one of the biggest challenges we face in our daily life is staying motivated and inspired every time we start a new post. Unlike a routine, so-called professional, 9-to-5 office jobs, bloggers need to be in a happy state of mind to be successful.
That said, I would like to help my fellow bloggers by revealing some easy and unique ways to de-stress, fight monotony, and motivate themselves to write more. If you’ve ever struggled for new words, phrases, or ideas or found excuses to skip blogging for a day, try some of these tricks.
1. Annoy Another Blogger you Know
Just joking! But there is nothing better than sharing your experiences or simply connecting with another professional blogger. You could end up gaining a tip or two or maybe even discovering their success mantra. Keeping in touch with someone in the same professional field as yours is motivational by itself.
(Want to connect with me? Here’s my email address: email@example.com)
2. Have a Good Laugh Reading Your Blog Comments
You might think this is a cheeky, weird, or even a stupid idea. Trust me, I am suggesting this after five years of successful blogging. There is nothing more entertaining, educational, and motivating than reading your blog comments.
Yes, there are some funny ones, some creative ones, some nasty ones, but you also get good post ideas and questions from your readers. More often than not, simply answering a genuine visitor’s question becomes a potential subject for your next blog post.
Some blog comments are so creative that sometimes even a nasty comment helps you have a good laugh.
So what’s your next move? Try getting more and more comments for your blog.
3. Hang out in Forums
To me, forums provide the most useful content material I read on the Internet. You know why? They almost always have a solution to all your routine problems.
Whether you are running out of ideas for a new blog post, seeking a way to get inspired, or wanting to find tips to make yourself a better blogger, remember, you are not alone. There is a champion who has already found the information for you.
Now all you have to do is find the right forum, and hang out there—and ask questions.
4. Determine Whom are You Blogging For
You have heard a million times that you need to blog for your audience or the end user. True, but unless you enjoy what you write, you are never going to capture enough readers.
To give more character to your blog, let each post reflect your own voice and identity. It’s high time you stop copying someone else’s voice or style.
While it’s important to choose topics of interest for traffic and engagement, there is no harm in doing it in a way you enjoy. In other words, blogging with purpose works best. Blog for yourself first and the audience second.
5. New Events for New Ideas
The Internet can teach you hundreds of new ideas to de-stress yourself and get inspired to write your next post. Now try attending events.
Go to events that are closely related to your niche and industry. Mastermind meetings and seminars are extremely useful for generating fresh thoughts and interests.
Remember: Go with a purpose. So take your video camera along so you don’t miss on anything important. Be creative; upload some of the inspirational public speeches to your blog. You will generate more traffic and interest in this way.
Every time I attend an event, I come back with oodles and oodles of new ideas. You will, too.
Did you enjoy reading my tips? Now it’s your turn to motivate and inspire me. Ask your questions and post spicy comments below.
About the Author
Sanjay Bojan is a blogger and researcher who contributes on various high profile sites including Forbes, Huffington Post, and TechCrunch. For writing wok and brand promotion, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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