Blog Bored: Three Things To Get Back On Tracks

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Launching a new blog is one of the most exciting things you can do online! You’re pumped up with motivation, writing 4 to 5 articles per day, having high hopes for your blog, making plans to have it grow as fast as possible…

Now, it’s time to take a look at what’s happening 3 months later. We are on a Sunday and until Friday, you have been regularly posting at least one fresh article every single day. You had a nice weekend with your friends but now it’s time to write some new blog posts. The problem is that tonight, you just can’t find the motivation to write something new… Traffic is not as high as you were expecting, you hardly get new RSS subscribers and you simply can’t find the energy to write some new helpful content for the few loyal readers you managed to acquire God knows how.

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bored with your blog

Did that happen to you already? Let’s be honest, it happened to every blogger on the planet, even the A-list bloggers out there. It generally happens around the end of the third month of blogs. There comes a critical moment when your blog is still in its infancy. At that time, you are not yet making money (if any), and your readership didn’t start to grow just yet.

This phase is quite critical, but if you manage to get through it successfully, you highly increase your blog potential. On the other hand, if you fail to keep your motivation up, your blog will most likely end up dead.

Some of you may be facing this situation right now, some of you may have to face it in a couple weeks… Here is a list of 3 things you can do to revive your passion for your blog and to get the ball rolling again:

  1. Have A Contest: Contests are among the best ways to motivate your readership! Who doesn’t love free stuff? A lot of bloggers who are organizing contest are doing it the wrong way because they are offering stuff that people do not fancy. Find “cool” prize ideas and you be able to hit a home run. If you are serious about taking your blog to the “successful” level, you’ll have to invest some cash in it: picking prizes with a face value over $200 or even offering a cash prize will get people interested and could get you some major exposure. A contest with a high-value prize could help you increase your RSS Subscribers, increase your blog comments, grow your readership… All in all, seeing these immediate benefits is highly motivating and could help you by lighting up the fire again.
  2. Network With Fellow Bloggers: This one may not sound as obvious as the one before, but it could also build up your motivation. Take about an hour or two to put together a list of the blogs your read on a regular basis and start gathering their contact information and start sending them messages introducing yourself. You’ll be amazed by all the positive things that simple networking can do. Simply doing that can lead to all kinds of benefits. The goal here is to build relationships with people in your niche with whom you can interlink articles leading to more traffic and more subscribers…
  3. Become An Authority: You may not be able to see the direct benefit of this one but believe me, if you want to build long-term success, this is the way to go! Take a step back and think about the things you have to manage to get your blog going: plugin, snippets of code, hacks, social media, Twitter, Facebook, and so many other programs and tools. Now the thing is to take a little time to become a master on one or several of these subjects. Once you completely master it, you should brand yourself as the go-to guy for these matters. You will attract the attention of all the people who want to learn about this particular subject. You will quickly forget being bored since you’ll always have people who want to learn from you about your area of expertise, you’ll be guiding people who have questions.

These may not be the only three ways to revive the passion for your blog, but whenever you start getting bored, give a quick look to this list and it may inspire you to get things rolling again!

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  1. Sarah

    I think having a contest is a great idea! There’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of winning something. It sounds like a great way to get readers pumped up again and traffic flowing once more.

  2. Anon

    I’m not sure if what you described is so much “bored” with your blog as “lazy”. No one ever said starting a blog would be easy, so if someone is serious about it then they should be more than able to find content to write about. If someone is not wanting to write then they need to change what their blog is about currently to something they really care about.

    1. Gorman

      I think that’s a little harsh. I mean, it’s not like this is a cakewalk. I think it’s good to have at least 3 go-to things that help you write when you don’t want to. I’m sure you’re not always skipping and jumping to your computer to write your next blog…

    2. Anon

      Doesn’t everyone skip and jump to their computer to write blogs? I thought that was normal….

  3. Liz

    I love that little kid’s face! *SQUISH!!* So cute! ^_^ But for real I have this problem sometimes, and what I do in this situation is I put on my PJs, get ice cream and make writing fun! I always end up thinking of something to write!

    1. Michelle

      He or she is a cutie for sure! I think it’s a girl, but you can’t really tell. Either way: Cuteness overload!! And I am so so going to do PJs and ice cream from now on when I can’t write! ;)

  4. Dana

    If by “had a nice weekend with your friends” means “running around after 3 boys” then yes, this accurately describes me. ;) But for real I am so familiar with this feeling. Like “what the hell do I write about now?” I usually go to #2 on your list, I look at other blogs that I enjoy for ideas. Works like a charm!

  5. Affmaster

    I definitely think you’re onto something there with becoming an authority. To be more specific, I think that if you’re bored one of the best things to do to get your motivation back up is interact with your readers. Go through your posts and add to the comments, reply, and answer questions. One of those questions may lead to the new post!

    1. Mitch

      I think that’s definitely a great idea, that’s some good feedback! The readers are the ones you’re needing to please anyway!

    2. Affmaster

      Exactly, and the more you please your readers, the more please you’ll be with the success of the site. It’s a win win situation.

  6. Jonyyou

    Yet another reason why networking is so crucial. If you have friends in the blogging world, you scratch their back if they scratch yours. Share and share alike drives traffic for everyone, it’s marvelous.

  7. Samie

    I think these are great ideas. Besides, even if just enough motivation came to write one measly blog, nobody wants to read something written by someone who’s bored! It’s boring! That’s when you need to spice things up!

    1. Michelle

      So true! Your blog is a reflection of yourself, your interests, your personality. If you’re bored then your readers will definitely be bored with your posts!

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