A Guest Post by Annabel Candy – Get In the Hot Spot
In marriage they talk about a seven year itch. It’s the time when people get restless and think about giving up on their relationship.
For bloggers that itch and desire to give up comes sooner. In fact, most bloggers give up on their blogs after only 6 months.
I’ve been writing my blog for 6 months now and I can relate to people quitting at this time. It seems as if you have put a lot of time and effort into your blog, but it’s still to early to reap the rewards of that hard work. It seems as if you’ve made every mistake in the book but you still have so much to learn about blogging.
According to psychologists having grit, or persevering with a project, is more important than intelligence or any other personality trait when it comes to success.
With that in mind, I’d like to tell you why you shouldn’t give up on your blog and how you can find the motivation to carry on.
Why you should carry on blogging after 6 months
- You’ve already invested a lot of time and energy into your blog.
- Your blog may not have been ranked with the search engines yet.
- You may have been working hard but there’s still a lot to learn. It would be impossible to learn everything there is to know about blogging in just 6 months. Even pro-bloggers are still learning and many of them have been writing blogs for years.
- Your readers are growing slowly but steadily.
- Your content is also growing and the more content you have on your blog, the better it will rank with the search engines.
How to find the strength to carry on blogging
- Enlist help. Talk to friends, colleagues and relatives. Get their advice and feedback. Actually watch them using your blog. Set challenges for them to find a certain piece of information on your blog and see how easy it is for them. This will help you learn what improvements you can make to the blog to make it easier for your readers to use.
- Relook at your goals for the blog and reassess them if necessary. Have your blogging goals changed? If so how? What did you readers enjoy best? Which were your least popular posts? Make adjustments to your blog based on these findings.
- Do a survey on your blog. Ask you readers for feedback. What would they like to read about most? What topics have you covered that the would like to read about more?
- Play to your strengths. Do a skill swap. If you’re great at writing content but the technical side of blogging frustrates you, find someone with the opposite skills to you and trade off. You’ll both end up with a better blog and a blogging ally too.
- Stay motivated by using Twitter or the power of co-motivation with a like-minded blogger.
- Understand that success will only come from preserving. Most businesses make little or no income in the first year and your blog may not either. To gain benefits from blogging you need to carry on for more than a year. Congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come with your blog so far and resolve to keep up the good work.
- Stop comparing your blog to other people’s. Rejoice in their success, congratulate them on it and see what you can learn from them.
- Compile a testimonials page with all the positive comments people have left on your blog. It will cheer you up and impress new readers too.
- Learn from your mistakes. We all make them. Successful bloggers learn from their mistakes and press on regardless. They don’t give up blogging at 6 months and neither should you.
Look at anything you’ve achieved in your life. It probably didn’t come easily. There may have been times when you wanted to give up. But you’re glad you didn’t. Take heart from that and carry on blogging.
Press on writing and improving your blog for another 6 months and then another 6 months after that. It will be worth it in the end.
Annabel Candy writes Get In the Hot Spot: a blog to inspire and inform people on how to live their dream. If you dream of travel, writing, self-employment, or just being happy then Get In the Hot Spot by email. If you know someone who dreams of change or wants to be more daring with their life, please tell them about it so they can stop day-dreaming and start living their dream.
Annabel has four obsessions: writing, travel, Internet design and helping people follow their dream. Annabel ran a successful Internet marketing company in New Zealand for 10 years before following her dream and goofing off to Central America with her husband and three kids. After 18 incredible months in the jungle the Candy family moved to Australia where Annabel is now doing what she does best: writing and exploring.