First things first, a disclaimer: no, I am not the world’s best blogger nor am I the most experienced, but I have blogged for months, failed, and then redone everything from scratch. And since my “redo” I have discovered several things that have really worked for me that I want to share with you. These aren’t tips about gaining massive traffic or how to get lots of Pinterest followers, although I do have a post about that:
Rather, these are tricks on how to become (and stay!) more motivated. And motivation is super, duper important, especially when you are trying to accomplish something that takes lots of time and hard work. And just so you know, perseverance is not my strong suit. I am remembering the time that I dropped out of cheerleading because I accidentally passed gas in front of the other girls. And the time that I quit the church choir because they wanted all the sopranos to have a solo regardless of whether or not they wanted it (let’s just say that I sound better in a group). Yep, I frequently lack perseverance, but these three tricks below have made all the difference.
1.) Have an investor.
My husband and I each have our own “fun money” budgeted each month, and when I first started blogging, I purchased everything with my fun money… the domain, Genesis framework, child theme, etc. I quickly realized, however, that I suddenly had no money for anything else, like coffee or haircuts.
Then, my father-in-law came to town. Now, everyone in my family LOVES the tv show, Shark Tank, so we decided to hold our own Shark Tank there in our living room, with me seeking an investment. How much did I want? $100. Luckily, I ended up with a lot more that day than $100. My father-in-law volunteered to finance all of my blog expenses for an entire year!
But, I gained something much more important than a financier. I gained serious motivation and drive! You see, during my Shark Tank pitch, my father-in-law asked how soon I would begin making money. I answered, “30 days,” and suddenly, when I had that check in my hand, I realized that I really had better make good on my word. So I hustled, and sure enough, boom! I earned my first income.
Now, I am not telling you to go to a bank and take out a loan. But, go talk to a friend or family member who is supportive, and tell them about your vision for your blog. (I had to tell my father-in-law all about my niche, my plans to monetize, exactly how I was going to spend the money, the works.) And then ask them if they will back you. Pick a number that is embarrassing for you to ask for. That number is different for everyone, but pick a number that makes you feel uncomfortable, and ask them if they will give you that much money. And then tell them how soon you think it will take you to pay them back. And don’t make it years! Make it months. Believe me, all of a sudden you will be ready to work!
2.) Clock in. Clock out.
When I started my blog, I was home for a week while my husband was in London. Every night, I would put my little one down for bed and then I would work on my blog for the next five hours. I was working; don’t get me wrong, but it is easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole known as the Internet and suddenly find yourself researching the Season 14 cast of Top Chef for some reason you can’t remember.
So when Erik came back home, we agreed on a blogging schedule. Every day, I would have a block of time to work, and I would have his full support. It’s not a seemingly infinite amount of time either; just a few hours, but somehow that is better. It’s because I don’t have time to waste. There is no Googling random stuff or stalking someone I used to know on Facebook. Instead, its work, work, work, and I get a lot more done with a rigid schedule.
3.) Have an accountability partner.
Some bloggers have mastermind groups that they collaborate with and bounce ideas off of, but just because you may not have that yet, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have an accountability partner. This is someone that you share your goals AND deadlines with. My accountability partner is, again, my father-in-law. No, he doesn’t know anything about blogging, but he is a tried and true business man. So every Friday morning, I email him a list of clear, measurable goals for myself, and I have to give an accounting for last week’s goals. It’s tough, but it keeps me on track. There is no way I am going to tell him I am going to do something and then not do it! Having to stay true to my word is a huge motivator.
So there you have it! 3 tricks that have helped me to be a better blogger. Now I want to hear from you! What tips and tricks have you picked up along the way?
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