Starting your own blog or website is always a challenge for the newbies or even for the professionals.
You have various questions in mind; where to start? How much do I invest? Will the blog be successful or not?
As I am writing this article, I will be applying some of the tips to myself because there will be days when you lack motivation, especially when you are just starting out with your own blog or website.
At times you may feel good and be very enthusiastic about your blog. Then there are times when doubts arise or you feel overwhelmed. You may even question whether it is really worth it or not.
It is normal part of the process when you are starting your own business because the truth is your blog is your business.
Anytime you take a risk a little bit of anxiety or even fear will arise from time to time. But if you give up now, how will you ever know what the outcome will be? Of course the answer is that you won’t know. No worries.
Here are some practical tips that you can apply right now to keep you motivated when starting your own blog or website.
1. Spend 15 minutes every day for this blog/website
I very much agree with this tip because consistency is important if you want to see your blog grow. You will even feel like quitting sometimes but then, keep in mind that you only need to dedicate 15 minutes of your day and before you know it, hours will have passed already.
Just think about how much you can accomplish during these 15 minutes.
To keep your motivation strong, keep in mind to not overdo it with writing or producing content because there will be times when you feel like you are stuck with what to do next. Rather than rushing things, try to take your time when you are writing or producing content.
2. Figure out your passion/niche
You need to know what you can talk about and what is going to be your focus of this blog or website. Are you passionate about cooking? Are you good at making DIYs?
Are you interested in fashion and beauty? You need to establish this early on so that everything else will fall into place.
Your passion or niche is like your foundation. You need develop this first, before you start creating something on top of it.
3. Create a schedule for yourself
This is similar to number 1; consistency is essential if you want to accomplish anything in life. This applies to blogging as well because you only need to spend 30 minutes to an hour to write content for your blog.
I am writing this article every day because I want to complete this series of 10 tips to keep you motivated when starting your own blog or website. This way, you actually see the process and develop consistency as well.
4. Be Realistic –
Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same can also apply to a successful blog or website. It takes time. Just think of some successful companies or blogs.
Subway, Google, Twitter, and even Papa John’s wasn’t a household name a few years ago. Take time to build a following, a name for yourself, and loyal readers. And if you stick with it, they will be loyal to the end.
5. Reflect –
This is very important to do from time to time because sometimes you may tend to focus on what you haven’t achieved instead of what you have. Look back and see how far you have come.
Try this exercise: Check your stats from a year ago. Have they improved? Maybe initially, you only had a few visits per week but now you have hundreds. What were you earning 6 months or even a year ago? Maybe you started out only making a few cents a day but now it you are earning a few dollars or even more. Do you have more people returning to your site? More Facebook likes?
If you try this exercise, you will be encouraged and may come to find out that you are doing better than you originally thought.
6. High Expectations –
Try to avoid having too many high expectations in the beginning. Take baby steps. You have to walk before you can run. It is practical to have goals for your blog or website but you also want to make sure that they are reachable because if not, you could set yourself up for disappointment.
I remember when I first started my blog, I set up so many expectations in the beginning and it was discouraging because whenever I would visit other websites to gain inspiration, they all seemed to grow quickly.
It made me feel like I wasn’t doing anything right or that maybe it wasn’t meant for me.
Try not compare yourself with others too much and just stick with what you know. It is better to be the second boat in a ship than the first horse of a wagon.
7. Avoid Comparison –
Try not to compare yourself with others. Sometimes this is really hard to do but remember that everybody’s circumstance is different.
It would be unrealistic to expect the same outcome for yourself that others may have had. Although it is beneficial to check out your competition periodically, try to avoid comparing your site with theirs. People appreciate different sites for different reasons. Remember that your blog or site is unique and like no one else’s.
8. Get Feedback –
Talk to a very close friend or your spouse or partner. Someone that knows you well and has your best interest at heart. I have done this many times and I have never regretted doing so. They will give you encouragement and be supportive of you and your endeavors.
We all need encouragement on occasion and that is what a good friend or spouse is built for. They may even offer suggestions and advice on ways you can improve.
9. Color –
Why would this be a factor for motivation, you may wonder? Because color can have an affect on our mood, the way the we work, and even function. Color can also be very inspiring.
Even when you are having a bad day and the sun is shining bright, somehow it seems to put you in a better mood. That is because the color yellow exudes happiness. Purple has a calming effect, and orange can inspire you. If you can’t paint your home office you can use color to motivate you in other ways.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate color into your work space:
- Colored paper
10. Look for blogs that inspire you –
Find a blogs or websites that is in your area of expertise or niche that you get inspiration from. Read their background story of how they got started and obstacles they had to overcome.
Many of them started out with the same hurdles that you may be facing but never gave up and that will encourage you to continue. Try to avoid comparing or copying another website.
11. Dream –
It is good to envision what you want to achieve from your blog or website.
It can motivate you in so many different ways. It can also help you to set practical goals for yourself without feeling overwhelmed. Write them down on paper. Who knows, in a few months you may have reached or even surpassed your goals. You are more likely to reach your goals if you set them.
Keeping yourself motivated when starting your own blog or website is an ongoing process. You just have to keep trying and do not allow failure to hinder your progress.
I wish you well on this journey that you are taking! Now it’s time for me to wrap up, I hope you all enjoyed this short article and feel free to leave any comments below.