“Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.”
– Napoleon Hill
I began blogging about a year ago. Let me tell ya, this blogging journey has been filled with twists, turns, excitement, sleepless nights, and many many cups of coffee. There have been many days where I wanted to throw this darn laptop out the window and never write again.
See, the frustration stems from a multitude of things. Sometimes it’s because, for the life of me, I can’t come up with what I should write about. Other times, it seems like everyone else is able to monetize their blog, while I’m still trying to make a few bucks. Let’s not even mention page views, bounce rates, optimized images, and juggling numerous social media platforms.
Blogging can be overwhelming…period
I wanted to write this post to encourage you. I realize that it’s tough being a newbie on the blogging block. It took me almost a year to begin receiving paid writing opportunities and sponsored posts. As a matter of fact, today, I received an email from a client approving my blog for a $150 assignment.
Sure, to some bloggers, $150 sounds like pocket change, but when you are striving to get your foot in the door, an email like that feels pretty amazing. Perhaps best of all, this surprise couldn’t have come at a better time.
The future of my blog was in jeopardy
A few days ago, being the self-assessing psychology major that I am, I performed a little soul searching to determine just why i was feeling so blah about my blogging dreams. Truthfully, I was beginning to feel weighted down. Between caring for my my ten year old, daily household duties, and my full-time job, I felt drained and unfocused. In true introvert fashion, a little introspection was all I needed. Maybe you’re in the same rut?
I want to share with you four AHA! thoughts that made me realize quitting my blog was not for me.
Fear of judgement day
No it’s not what you think. I’m not talking about when Jesus comes back to save us. I’m talking about that nauseating, anxiety-filled moment when you’ve written something controversial or highly-opinionated and your finger is on the publish button and you’re damn near sweating trying to hit the ENTER key.
It’s scary to put something so personal on the world wide web. People can be amazingly harsh these days. I say go for it.
Remember when it gets really bad, there’s always block and delete. Of course you will have healthy differences of opinion and that’s okay. A good debate makes for a great conversation. Remember that. The key to braving through judgement day is to just be yourself. If you are being true to you, who cares who disagrees. Hit publish, engage with your readers, and move on to your next amazing post.
Duh! Blogging ain’t easy
There’s nothing more frustrating than checking your Google Analytics account and seeing that your page views are down and your bounce rate is 95%, no one has subscribed to your email list in two weeks, and you’re trying desperately to figure out why.
Well, I realized that I was expecting way too much from the puny once weekly blog posts that I was making, Instead of moping around and debating on giving up, continue to write! Write something everyday. I didn’t believe this would work but you truly become more creative when you work that writing muscle on a daily basis.
Roll your sleeves up and start engaging on all of your social media channels. I laughed at myself when I saw that I only had 3 photos on Instagram. Maybe ya’ll didn’t read that right. I said Instagram! Who does that? And I had the nerve to be complaining? As they say here in Savannah, Chile BOO! Get it together.
Some of the best bloggers out there sweated and toiled for a year or more before they saw a dime. Research it. You will feel better and it just might be the motivation you need to keep pressing. Besides, no one likes a quitter.
Yes you DO have time to write
How many times do we get off from a long work day, cook dinner, sleepily engage with our children, tidy up our homes, and look at the laptop and say, “I wish I would blog right now.” I’ve been there. Heck, I’m always there come to think of it.
Let’s speak a little truth here. Did you get on Facebook? Did you watch a TV show..or two? Did you mindlessly check a gazillion emails? Could you have squeezed in even 15 minutes of writing at some time during the day? Did you even write down an interesting topic as it crossed your mind at lunch?
I’m not pointing fingers. I do it too. Maybe you’re thinking about quitting before you’ve truly applied yourself. [Tweet theme=”basic-full”]Successful folks do NOT quit…period. Try harder.[/Tweet] Is blogging your passion? Do you have a goal, a dream, something to say to the world? I believe that with more consistent blogging comes more consistent traffic. Start over with a fresh mindset. Say to yourself that no matter what, you WILL succeed.
Sit down and write.
I hope some of these thoughts resonate with you. Just when I was about to give up, things began to change in a positive way. [Tweet theme=”basic-full”]Your blog is your business. Treat it as such. [/Tweet] Schedule time for your blog just as you would the other important things in your life. Have you felt like giving up? What did you do to turn it around?
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