We all go through some kind of slump every once in a while. Bloggers are not any different, even the best and most experienced of them. In fact, the blogosphere is littered by millions of abandoned blogs, forgotten by their owners because blogging as a business is not at all like what they have expected or because they got disheartened and could no longer find the heart to keep working on their blog.
Such discouragement is common among newbie bloggers who had bloated notions about blogging for money, but it is not unheard of for bloggers who have been around longer to lose energy on their blogs as well.
Is that the situation you find yourself in? Are you a newbie blogger who has just found that blogging as a business are far too different from your expectations, or are you a somewhat experienced blogger who is simply disheartened by the business returns on your blog? Whichever you are, you should know that you must not give up unless you absolutely must. There are a number of ways to get over this discouragement you are feeling.
Know the Reasons Why You Are Discouraged
There is always a reason why you are discouraged. Your reasons could be of a more personal nature and external to your blog. It could be that you are not getting any support from your family regarding this project of yours. It could be that your day job or any other facet of your life is eating so much of your time and attention that you find it difficult to spare any more for your blog.
If your reasons are personal, then maybe you should take a break from working on your blog to address these issues that are bothering you. You won’t be able to give your blog your all if you are constantly distracted by your personal issues. Your preoccupation will eventually show on your blog and may turn off your readers.
It could also be that the reason why you are discouraged is in the blog itself. Is your discouragement a result of flagging readership? Are you not seeing any sales from your blog? If that is the case, rather than just giving up, you may want to revisit your strategies for driving web traffic to your blog.
Find Ways to Be Excited About Your Blog Again
There is a solution to every problem you encounter with your blog – it’s just a matter of finding out what this solution is. Maybe your blog doesn’t look attractive. If that is the case, you may want to redesign your blog to make it look prettier and more functional. Improving the quality of the content you post and increasing the frequency of your posting also helps a lot. Or maybe you aren’t getting enough exposure for your blog. Try guest posting or promoting your blog through social networking and article marketing. Whatever problem you have with your blog, more often than not there is an easy solution to it.
Perhaps you’re bored with your blog and your boredom is already driving away your readers. If that’s the situation, you should try to find ways to make working on your blog exciting again. If you’re out of ideas, you can poll your readers and ask them what new features they would like to see in your blog. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it.
Why Did You Start Blogging in the First Place?
Most of the time, the reason why we feel discouraged about blogging is that we lose sight of why we are doing it in the first place. So maybe you should take time to sit down and remember your reasons for starting your blog. Why are you trying to put up a monetized blog? Why are you selling products and services through your blog?
In the face of discouragement, it always helps to focus on what drives you to maintain your blog. A visual reminder, like a framed photograph, a poster or wallpaper on your desktop, will make you keep your eyes on your goal. When you feel down and discouraged, just stare at these visual reminders and imagine what it would feel like once you have achieved what you want out of your blog.
Discouragement happens even to the best of us. However, feeling disheartened should not be a reason for you to give up on your blog. There is always a solution to every problem you face regarding your blog and, more often than not, dispelling the discouragement is just a matter of finding the solution to the problem. Don’t give up on your blog; the best is yet to come and you’ll never know when it will happen.
Your Ways to Overcome Discouragement
Have you become disheartened or overwhelmed with blogging? What have you done to get past that and continue on your path to becoming successful?