How to Find Motivation to Blog Consistently

How to Find Motivation to Blog Consistently

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I see tons of bloggers saying that one of their biggest issues with blogging is finding the motivation to blog consistently! It’s definitely something I struggled with too when I was first starting out. And it’s definitely rough with real life getting in the way. But I’m proud to say that this month I published nine new blog posts!

Today, I decided to share some tips that I’ve found help me with my consistency, and I just know they’ll help you, too!

How to find motivation to blog consistently!

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How to Find Motivation to Blog Consistently

Write Your Ideas Down

Whenever I’m feeling particularly inspired with blogging, I write down my ideas in one of two places: either in a note on my phone or a Google doc. I use my phone if I think I could write the post within the next month. In my Google doc, I also have a list of seasonal content, events in my hometown I could attend and review, themed lookbook ideas, and stores I could do hauls from. I also check this handy list of National Days every month to see if any of them resonate with me.

Basically, I keep any idea at all I have in my Google doc, and blog post ideas I could do soon on my phone. This gives me a large list to pull from if I need to come up with a lot of ideas at once, but then I have the note on my phone so I’m only seeing what’s coming up next.

Let Your Ideas Settle

You don’t have to churn out the perfect post right away. Take some time to think about your wording, your sentence structure, where you can post images… etc. Get creative and have fun!

For me, I usually don’t write my blog posts all in one sitting. I tend to start a draft, write a few sentences/paragraphs, go do something else… come back to my post, etc. I think that’s just a habit I picked up from college when I was writing tons of research papers, but for me that’s what works.

Don’t Limit Yourself!

I’m a big believer in a niche-free blog, or at least a blog that covers a wide range of topics.  If you want to write about something, go for it if you think it will be helpful to someone! If you find yourself itching to discuss a certain topic but are hesitant because it’s not your niche or your brand, try a poll on Twitter or Instagram stories to see how your audience feels. Plus, if you feel like you have the freedom to write about what you want, you’ll have more motivation to blog consistently because you’ll be more inspired!

Consider the “Why”

WHY do you want to write about your topic? Do you want to be inspirational or motivational? Are you sharing tips or a good deal? Are you just generally happy about whatever it is you’re discussing? If you can focus on the why, you’ll feel more motivated to write.

Also, if you aren’t happy or excited about your topic, you may not want to consider saving it for later or not writing about it at all.

How to find motivation to blog consistently!

photo credit: Danielle MacInnes

Think About What You’ve Already Written

Look at your other blog posts on your site, and see if you can come up with related content. That way, you have a new post idea and you can link to that post in your new post. It also helps your SEO to include links to other pages on your site, and could potentially help lower your bounce rate.

Create a Schedule

When I first started, I knew I wanted to write two blog posts per week. I got so stressed out trying to figure out which days to post and coming up with the ~perfect schedule~ that it actually made me post less. Then I decided that it didn’t matter which two days of the week I posted, as long as I posted two days a week. Once I got used to writing two posts per week, I decided to be more structured and opt for Mondays and Thursdays. This helps me find motivation to blog consistently because I have designated days when I make blog posts.

Two might be too many for you or it might not be enough for you. If you want to post more frequently than that, be careful you don’t run out of content. I know it’s exciting to pump out new content, especially when you’re super inspired, but you don’t want to risk burnout! Sometimes if I just feel like writing, I’ll schedule a post or two in advance and do the finishing touches (images, pins, etc.) as the post date approaches.

Figure Out What YOU Need

I know some bloggers who can’t write without their coffee. Some people might like to write in complete silence, while others need music or general noise. For me personally, I find I focus well when I’m in a public place or have certain music playing. Experiment with what works for you!

Don’t pressure yourself.

Be NICE to yourself. You know that blog post schedule? It isn’t the law, so if you don’t feel up to writing one day or you feel sick, you don’t have to. That’s the beauty of blogging, it allows you to be flexible.

I hope these ideas helped you!

Are you a blogger? How do you find motivation to blog consistently? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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  1. February 1, 2019 / 8:11 am

    I found this post so relatable. I too still struggle with blogging consistently but these tips are so helpful! Great post ♥️

    • Jackie
      February 1, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks for reading! Glad you liked it!

  2. February 1, 2019 / 10:33 am

    This is such helpful advice. I think I really need a scheduled because I have long blogging breaks all the time haha

    Jenny |

    • Jackie
      February 1, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      A schedule totally helped me! Thanks for reading!

  3. February 1, 2019 / 11:08 am

    This post included a lot of great tips! I also try to post twice a week-if I try to do more, I feel like I get overwhelmed and get behind on other responsibilities. I have a section in my planner for my blog now as well, so I try to plan out which posts I’m publishing the week before so I don’t have to struggle for ideas.In addition to that, I keep a journal with blog ideas, although it probably would be easier to keep it all stored electronically (as I type this I’m working on blog stuff at work and I forgot my blog journal at home haha)
    I have a similar process for writing blog posts. Normally I work on it a few times before it’s finished, but even on the rare occasion I write everything in one sitting, I always try to revise it later it in the day so I can read it with fresh eyes.
    Thanks for sharing these tips!
    Melissa //

    • Jackie
      February 1, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      There’s something about writing stuff down that helps make it easier to remember! I occasionally use my planner for my blog as well. Usually it’s just to be like “Oh you have a post due today!!” I agree that if I do write something in one sitting, I always try to read with fresh eyes later. I’m bound to make typos or say something that doesn’t really make sense haha. Thanks for reading!

  4. February 1, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I’m just starting my blog so I find your post very useful. Thank you so much for your tips!

    • Jackie
      February 1, 2019 / 5:58 pm

      You’re welcome!! I hope they can help! Thanks for reading!

  5. February 1, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    These are some great ideas! I’ve been trying to come up with a schedule myself. I seem like I’m always working on 50 blog posts at once!

    Kristen |

    • Jackie
      February 1, 2019 / 11:16 pm

      I definitely feel like I’ve been more consistent and prepared since I made a schedule! Thanks for reading!

  6. February 2, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I loved all your tips! I definitely did this in the beginning and was trying to post too much and got overwhelmed and burned out and then focused all my time on Instagram which was a total waste. But now I’m trying to stick to posting just once a week and then eventually get up to twice a week.

    • Jackie
      February 3, 2019 / 12:05 am

      I’m glad they were helpful! Once a week is great, too!! Thanks for reading!

  7. February 10, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    Love your ideas! Especially about not limiting yourself and thinking about the why. I have a hard time trying to stay in particular “niche,” but I agree that it’s okay to write about different things—especially when you’re new to blogging and discovering what works best and what you (and your audience) enjoys most!

    • Jackie
      February 10, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      I definitely think as a new blogger it’s been good for me to try out a bunch of topics and see what works! Thanks for reading!

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