Blog Bored: Three Things To Get Back On Tracks
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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…
- 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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