Blogging is many things to many people. For some, it’s a fun and rewarding hobby. For others, it’s a great side hustle that helps them to make a little extra pocket money on the side of their day job. For a few, it’s allowed them to give up their day jobs and make a living doing what they love most in the whole world. But whatever level of blogging you’re at right now, staying motivated and engaged in your writing can be a real challenge, especially if you’re writing on top of working a day job and / or raising a family.
Here are some ways in which you can stay motivated and on task in your blogging activities and boost your chances of making good money from your blog with an affiliate program.
Arrange your workspace with productivity in mind
It’s hard to be inspired when your desk is cluttered and you’re sharing your workspace with the cat’s litter tray. If you hope to make a living from your blog, you need to get into the habit of treating your workspace as your office. Make sure it’s clutter-free and conducive to keeping you inspired and motivated. Photos of your loved ones in gorgeous silver frames, house plants, bobble heads and pop vinyls, there are no wrong answers here so long as the space feels like it’s yours. Just choose to decorate your desk and workspace with items that help you feel calm, able to concentrate and, above all, motivated.
Plan a content strategy
One of the biggest challenges when blogging is coming up with what to write about. An engaging idea can make all the difference between a great post and a mediocre post. And it’s certainly essential in getting your content noticed.
That’s why even hobbyist bloggers need a content strategy. Keep your ear close to the ground. See what people are writing about within your niche. Find out what people are asking questions about on social media. This will help you to create blog posts that are valuable to your target audience while also keeping you engaged with generating regular content.
Read other blogs and engage with the community
While you don’t want to consciously nab other people’s ideas, and you certainly don’t want to fall into the trap of plagiarism, it’s essential to keep up with other people’s blogs. They can provide inspiration when it comes to relevant subject matter and help you with ideas that might not have occured to you when working in isolation.
What’s more, it’s vital to make yourself a part of the community within your niche, making an impression on regular readers while also attracting new people to your blog. This will help you to feel more motivated as you can see the effect that your posts have on your community in real time.
Don’t overdo it
If you want to turn your passion into a profession, it’s important to be fecund and productive… but it’s also important to pace yourself. If you’re cranking out 2 or 3 posts every day on top of your day job, you’re likely to put yourself on the fast track to exhaustion. It’s very hard to sustain that level of output, and even harder to maintain quality when writing that much.
Stick to one 1,000 word piece a day and make sure that your mind is relaxed and your creative juices flowing before you start writing.