Blogger Exhaustion: How To Keep The Ball Rolling After 6 Months

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Somewhere around the six-month mark most bloggers start feeling like this “Slow and steady wins the race” stuff is all a bunch of malarkey and “Patience is a virtue” is the stupidest thing they’ve ever heard. They’ve been blogging their little fingers to the bone for half a year now and there’s still barely a trickle of traffic. And income? Well, let’s not even go there. But take heart, keep a stiff upper lip and all those other hokey little motivational quotes. Success is just around the corner.

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Why You Need To Quit Whining And Get Back To Work

If you’ve been publishing a post every day since you started you now have 182 different paths searchers can use to find your blog. Just 6 months ago you had zero.

If even one person has shared one of your posts one time, you now have 183 different paths. If 10 people shared 10 posts, you have 193 paths. If 10 people each shared 2 posts, you’re at 213. If any of the people they shared with also shared your link your pathways have increased exponentially.

If you’ve been writing a new blog post every day since you started, chances are your writing skills have improved. The content you produce now is much more engaging and useful than the content you produced in the beginning, which means your chances of readers sharing your content are increasing along with your skills.

In the grand scheme of things, at six months your blog is still a baby, but you’re also at a turning point. This is the point where most bloggers either give up or finally get serious about building a business. And that’s why success really is just around the next corner. You honestly need to make a conscious decision that you’re going to build a blogging business if you ever hope to be successful.

Stay Motivated by Setting Specific Goals

Where are you now and where do you want to be six months from now? Specifically. The time for generalities like “I want to make money with my blog” and “I want to have thousands of visitors every day” is long gone.

  • How much money – exactly – do you want to be making with your blog six months from now?
  • How do you want to make that money? Promoting affiliate products? Promoting your own products or services?
  • Exactly what type of traffic will you need to attract? Where will you find this traffic? If it’s organic traffic, you’ll need to do keyword research and learn about SEO. If it’s social media traffic, from which networks and have you joined them yet?
  • Exactly what products will you promote?

The key is to determine your long range goals and then to break them down into small, achievable, short-term goals. And you’ll need to set these goals for every area of your business.

One of the reasons bloggers get that 6-month itch is because they don’t have any specific goals. Setting goals and then monitoring your progress lets you see that you’re not just spinning your wheels, you really are on the pathway to success. Now you feel motivated to continue because you know it’s coming up just around the next corner.

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  1. Catherine

    Bonjour! I have recently launched my website for a new product that I have created. I have only written 4 blogs but will continue! I have read a few of your posts and appreciate your advice! Thank you

  2. Hi Steven,

    What a great post! I’ve been blogging now for a little longer than 6 months and, although I don’t feel like giving up or that it’s not worth it, I do sometimes feel the strain.

    I can totally understand why it is that some people lose momentum and grind to a halt. But it’s essential to keep on going and it definitely helps to put things into perspective, as you said, comparing what you have now compared to what you had when you started, along with how much you’ve learned and improved.

    The advice about specific goals is good also. In fact, at this stage it’s probably even easier to do than it was at the beginning. After a few months of constant work and constant learning, you’re in a much better position to know how to deal with the specifics.

    I definitely know that my success is just around the corner!

    Kind regards,

  3. Steven, you are spot on my friend. You must understand where it is that you’re going in order for you to develop a plan of actionable daily steps. Blogging is cool, but strategic blogging with a purpose is better.

  4. Steven, you are dead on man!

    You know me lol….Churning out 5 to 12 posts daily, and I have done this for many months.

    I love the freedom. I write for my three blogs, for my ghostwriting clients, for paid guest posting opportunities, for SEO companies…I write, and I write, because I love living in Costa Rica now, for months, and love living in Bali, and Phuket, and in all of these tropical paradises. Find that driver and you will never quit.

    So when I feel a bit lagging, I write, and push myself, and go on to bigger and better things.

    Thanks dude!

  5. Triin Rebbas

    Now i have been blogging for almost 6 months, so it’s a great article for me.
    When i started i had some goals in my mind but now they have even grown bigger and better.
    I have been planning to write them all down to my blog-book( place where i keep all my ideas)and this post was just what i needed to get me started.
    Thank you!

  6. Osei Fortune

    Good tips and i’m about to reach my 6 month mark and practically got my list down already :D something i learned from a couple of blogs one should not be dependent on google traffic should be coming from all different areas

  7. I’m up to the 18month mark with my blog – which feels exactly like the 6month mark! My blog is travel related, so of course, with the summer vacation coming in the northern hemisphere, and the readship taking a break, I need to keep up some conscious motivation – it doesn’t come naturally!

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