To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Blogging

blogging motivation tips

Imagine …

It’s 31st December, the year’s end, or 25th December or any other day of celebration you can think off.

You are sitting beside the dinner table, with your family; mom, dad, your little brother, your elder sister and your best buddy whom you have invited to celebrate the night with you.

You are narrating an incident when you did something amazing in the class, and the table is dead silent, all lending their ears to you.

There is laughter and some aww moments on the table based on your style of narrating and overall they are enjoying your story to their heart’s content.

You finish up the story. All have a great round of applause for you, and you feel like you are on the top of the world.

You think you have surpassed Shakespeare in terms of storytelling.

You go to bed smiling and patting your back.

Imagine once more …

Seven friends (including you) are going on a long journey car (okay, a spacious car!) ride and there is so much silence in the vehicle. All clung to their smartphones.

Now, suddenly you remember a story when you went to a picnic with your family. Yes, the picnic where you saved a girl from being molested and also helped her find her way back home.

Fantastic story; all seven had their cell phones back in their pockets and were glued to your words.

You conclude taking a selfie with your friends all looking so nostalgic.

Feeling elated, you write the event in your diary and create a Facebook life event for keeping the moment alive.

Now take it this way…

You are sitting at your table writing on your blog. You decide to narrate both the stories (or anyone, no problem), and do a fab job describing the event.

You also get 7 to 8 comments on your blog, thanking you for filling their day with positivity.

You check analytics and find that post had not seven, not eight but twenty views that night and the other day after it.

But, still you are not happy this time, you are disheartened.

You think you are no better than a dumb-ass.

You humiliate yourself saying you are nobody in the blogosphere and you hate to be like this.

You start complaining that you are not as rocking as your fellow bloggers and competitors are. Afterall, they get thousands of views on any post they write!

Frustrated, you go to sleep promising to never blog again, ever.

Now answer my questions

What had significantly changed during both your storytelling events?

Did you not get the seven people in your car or five family members going crazy with your narrative style?

Did your post not garner much more appreciation when you repeated the story on the internet?

You even got twenty pairs of eyeballs on your content that was roughly three times compared to your first two attempts.

So what went wrong?

Why do you feel you now have no motivation to write?

Is it because this time it is twenty people sitting on the other side of the computer, each separately on their dinner table?

Does that make a difference?

Change your mindset…

Even if your blog has one reader, respect them.

If someone (at the other corner of the world) decides to spend 3 minutes of their valuable time reading what you have to say, respect their efforts.

If twenty readers of yours think you have helped them in gaining confidence and are grateful to you, DON’T humiliate them saying, “Ah, you are not the 5000 visitors the other shitty blog is getting, and I don’t want to appreciate your gratitude”.

If you have one reader, take it as a friend who is giving you his time. Don’t get disheartened. One friend is invaluable.

If you have six readers, take it as a dinner table where everyone appreciates your words.

If you have 50 readers, take it as a cafe where everyone is sipping their coffee for sure, but lending their ears to you too.

If you have 500 visitors, it is equivalent to your community hall, where all are listening to you with all their hearts.

If you have 5000 visitors, take it as if you are addressing a football audience and they are all for you. Cheering and applauding.

Never underestimate your audience, never underestimate your ability.

How to motivate yourself to write & get results?

If you want to motivate yourself to write, just remember “some people dream of success while others get up in the morning and make it happen”.

You might get stuck or run out of ideas but you have to stay positive, and keep writing no matter what.  If you’re motivated by rewards, you can also consider the benefits of blogging to motivate you.

Here are 5 ways to stay motivated to write:

1) Discover your why

Henneke from EnchantingMarketing suggests that connecting with your “why” helps you get inspired to write. When you know why you do what you do, it becomes less of a chore and more of a pleasure you want to stay indulged in.

Jot down why you write, what benefits does writing have on you (personally and professionally) and these reasons will become your motivation to write.

2) Write for your target audience

Another most common blogging mistake beginners make is trying to be a people-pleaser. To hit the bull’s eye, you need to focus on writing for your target audience.

You have to accept the fact that not all will relate to the story you have to tell, you need to focus the ones that will benefit from your blog.

3) Write for a single person

Now that you know who your target audience is, create an audience persona (a simple profile of your ideal reader, the problem they face, the solution they’re looking for etc) and then start writing for that single persona.

Did you notice how you felt like We’ve been talking one-on-one all this while so does another reader sitting in front of their laptop (reading this exact article).

How did this happen?

By a single trick of using conversational writing style and using words like “you”, “us” and “your”. These words make the reader feel like you’re talking to them one-on-one.

4) Keep the ideas flowing

Ideas don’t have to strike to you when you want them to. You can get ideas at the most weirdest places and in the most odd of times.

The best way to harvest all these ideas is to jot down as they come and write on them at your own pace. Sometimes, certain ideas will not make sense later on, discard them and cultivate newer ideas.

Here are some tips to help you blog more consistently. Take a thorough look:

Please note: Don’t forget to go through my best blogging hacks that I mention after this graphic.

How to get motivated to write and blog consistently

5) Focus on providing value

In the first two assumptions, did you notice both your family and your friends were happy with your story?

Why

The reason is you provided each of them a value they wanted and could relate to. When you were with your family, it was an obedient student’s story and with your friends, mostly teens, you talked about a girl.

This is what will help you in your blog posts too.

Research what your audience wants. And then craft posts that provide some value to them.

Solve their problems.

6) Fix your issues

It’s always safe to run a scan and see if there is an issue that needs to be fixed rather than hoping all is fine.

If you’re doing all of the above and then some more but still not seeing visible growth, you need to think about the other areas you’re missing out.

The best way to get reliable and targeted traffic/audience is via search engines. Make sure your blog is optimized for search engines.

If bots don’t get what you’re writing, they can’t rank it, and then you lose out on all those potential readers that type the query you’re writing about.

I highly recommend you to check out these easy yet effective on page SEO techniques that will help you boost your search engine rankings.

Another important aspect is to make sure you’re not making any blogging mistakes that might be crippling your blog on the inside.

Check out these top 10 blogging mistakes (#3 on the list kept my blog growth-deprived for a year or so until I discovered it) and double-check if you’re making them.

If you’re making any of those listed mistakes, follow the solutions listed in there to fix the loophole in your blogging strategy.

Over to you

I hope this post gave you a different perspective on blogging and helped you gain some motivation to write and blog consistently.

What are your thoughts?

Which stage of blogging are you in now?

Do you think visitor count or page views matter more than a community of loyal readers?

How do you stay motivated to blog consistently? Let us know in the comments below…

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About Swadhin Agrawal

Hi, I'm Swadhin Agrawal full time Blogger and Freelance writer. I write content marketing and social media stuff over here. Sign up for my RSS feed to stay updated and support me by liking my Facebook page

21 thoughts on “To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Blogging

  1. Hi Swadhin,

    Most of the times I read blogs very fast and very little pieces of information I keep in my mind. But in this article, it’s well narrated and a lot of things inspired me to continue blogging as my passion.

    Thanks a lot
    Sajeesh

  2. Hello Swadhin,

    It is really very great post and it is very motivational also and thanks for sharing this article.

    Regards,
    Marya

  3. Thank you! I definitely needed to read this! This way of thinking is what I need to keep in mind.

  4. It was really helpful blog for me, really capturing one , and also loved the detailed explanation with the dinner table story narration. I just started blogging and I am definitely going to save this blog for future references.

    Best regards,
    Sushila Nepal

  5. Hey Swadhin,

    Wow. What a riveting write up my friend. It definitely felt like you were talking directly to me.

    I agree we should treat our readers with care no mater how many we have.

    Off to share this one!

  6. Thank you soo much for such an encouraging blog post. It definitely puts blogging into perspective. One reader is no different from 5000 readers – we should be appreciative that they came to our site and enjoyed our entry. Love that!

  7. Love the “seven friends at the dinner table” analogy. Thanks for this alternate point of view.

  8. Thank you for this post. I agree with you completely. I was listening to a podcast recently and the guy said that if you have the ability to make a different for even 40 people, you are changing the world. My blog is small right now and of course, I wish that I had more traffic but I care a great deal about the traffic that I do have.

    I have been considering email each subscriber individually and asking them, how I can help them. Do you think that is a good idea?

    • Hi Renne I am replying to your comment because you have a question in it. I think that podcast was a powerful one. We should always respect people who teach such positivism.
      Yes why not, I think thats a incredible one. You are not going to have subscribers after this tough. They will all be converted into your friends. Its an awesome idea and I think I should also follow it.

      It will surely boost your engagement rate. So go forward :)

  9. Hi Swadhin,

    This was a very engaging post. I love that way you have given examples based on the number of readers in a blog. I totally agree with your thoughts. Even if a single person is reading your content, you are obliged to keep writing and providing useful content for him. You just have to be focused and good things will come your way.

    Keep sharing your amazing posts with us. Have a wonderful week ahead :)

  10. Hi Swadin,

    Hats of to you for motivating me, so many times I have same feeling and depressed about blog traffic comparing with other people, You said right, even if you have single reader to your blog, we should respect him because he is spending his valuable time to read your article.

    I liked the way you compared readers into audiences like dining table, community hall, cafe centre, and Stadium, keep up the good work.

  11. Hi Swadhin

    Loved this post and what you have shared is a nugget of wisdom. You remind of a post I wrote where I advised that we should not be rank conscious but provide value and what better way to provide value to your audience than to treat them like a special GEM.

    I agree that we should not be disheartened or sad because we don’t have much followers as every blogger has a voice and If 1 reader believes in you then such reader should be treated with care and respect.

    Loved the headline, story and the finish. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi Swadin bro,
    What a great post. Its 100% true that blogging is nothing rather than a story but you need to provide a value in your story to your reader. The explanation you have made, is really impressive.
    Thanks for such kind of inspiration.
    Have a great day!!
    Naveen Kumar

  13. Hi Swadhin

    Magical beginning and super magical ending I rarely observe ever because either a post has a great start or an impressive ending; but at both sides never happens commonly.

    Your posts reminded me my visit to a recreation place in my city with my family where we also watched a magic show. The hall was completely empty when we entered into it. The show organizers waited for more audience but no one came up.
    We were thinking then he would refund our ticket and we would go away but to our utter surprise they started the show just for four persons of my family. They didn’t skip any item and fully conducted the show from start to end and even while winding up the show the host finished it with a typical way as mostly hosts do like “do take of yourself and people living around you, stay positive and love animals” type of phrases.

    It thought then they were the real sellers either they have just one buyer or thousands and thousands. So this mindset should be of a blogger as well, as you mentioned how a blogger should treat a specific number of visitors at his blog.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post.

  14. Hi Swadhin,

    I agree to Nirmala ma’am that this is an unique post. Completely enjoyed reading it. You have got a nice point, in order to impress the reader we need to make them feel special.

    Also if you see around these days everyone is trying to copy other’s style. I have seen people adopting the same boring styles and topics which were so 2015… Having a unique tone would surely make us stand out!

    You are so right on providing value. I think this should be the top-most priority of any blogger or writer. Thanks for sharing this exceptional post with us. Have a nice week ahead. :)

    Regards,
    Rohan Chaubey.

  15. Nice post full of great motivation.

    Actually blogging is an area where you have to start from the zero visitor count.

  16. Hi Swadhin,

    That was a wonderful post indeed and a much required one :)

    You are absolutely right in giving the wonderful examples you gave as comparisons, about the story or incidents we share with our loved ones and how they are all ears to what we have to say. It’s the same case with bloggers – even one reader matters, and you should be happy for the views you get.

    Like you mentioned, I’ve often heard bloggers talk of 5000 page views or much more in a day, or they talk of how much they earned, and share their income, reports etc. But where does all this lead to? Perhaps it makes you sad or depressed – and is what they share really true? If you are the kind to make comparison, not realizing the value of the single view, a single reader who takes time to spend time reading your post, commenting, and perhaps sharing it further. So, write for that one reader, and I am sure it would bring you as much happiness and contentment as writing for many.

    Your post reminded me of the time when I was a new blogger too, and hardly got any visits and comments. But I never gave it all any thought, as I loved to write and took blogging as a platform to express my views with an aim to help others, and I just wrote and shared it with people. Slowly, they started liking what I wrote, and started visiting my blogs. And there’s been no looking back. I’d say, subscribers or no subscribers, traffic or no traffic, just keep writing and blogging.

    If you can help just one person – you are on the right path. We need to rise above the numbers and counts, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational piece with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

  17. hmm.. unique post for us Swadhin :)

    Seriously, I got frustrated after reading several blogging type posts like how to get blog comments, how to drive traffic, some smartphone reviews etc. I felt hungry and thus decided to shut down my lappi for lunch break. That time, you shared Rohan’s interview post on Google plus (kindly note, you haven’t shared your post). I thought about Digitalgyd and assumed that I would get a good post to read (may be something on writing) and theus headed over here.

    The crafting style of the post with asking so many questions is really good and it would nudge the readers to share their views here. I really liked the way you’ve explained under “Change your mindset” subheading. Agree with your opinion in respecting even a single reader and I too write the posts by imagining that I’m speaking to my beloved readers.

    Nice post, keep sharing your advises :P

  18. Good advice Swadhin. Blogging is like telling a story to friends. I think some bloggers make the mistake of writing like they are talking down or reporting news. It comes across kind of boring instead of engaging and helpful.

    ~Lea

    • Hey Swadhin,

      This was really an awesome and unique post.
      Now I will treat my blog as a football stadium and will help my readers in enjoying reading my each and every post of blog.
      I had learned even if I have one visitor i should blog for him also.
      As he was here for seeking some knowledge and I should not waste his efforts at all.

      Thanks for sharing
      Regards
      Suprabhat

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