Blogging Passion: How To Reignite The Fire
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Let me be the first to admit: Sometimes I have to literally force myself to sit down at my blog and write something. The very idea of trying to come up with yet another interesting idea sometimes just turns my heart to stone. But everyone has those days, even famous novelists have to take a break every now and then. If you’re dreading the thought of blogging today, here are some things you can do to reignite your passion for blogging.
Reward yourself with a day off: Most of the time this is all it takes to get me back on track. Usually when I have those Blogger’s Blues days it’s because I’ve spent the last four or five days intensely focused on some new blogging project. Taking a break from the computer for a day, or even just an afternoon, is often all it takes to get me going again.
Add something new to your blog: Come up with a new freebie and add a new opt-in form to your blog. Or add a Twitter or Facebook Widget. Is your footer just sitting there collecting dust? Add some widgets in the footer and promote something.
Give your blog a makeover: I’ve seen some blogs that change their theme every season and I love it! Of course, this won’t work for all blogs, but for some of your niche blogs, why not? Heck, maybe it’s time to make over your business blog, too.
Go read some totally unrelated blogs: I don’t know about you but I seem to gravitate to blogs about blogging and Internet marketing. But ya know what? There are some pretty good bloggers out there in other niches, too. And they’re doing some exciting things on their blogs, things you can incorporate into your own blog. (I’m not going to tell you what, though. I’ll leave that for you to discover the next time you’re having a Blogger’s Blues day.)
Analyze your stats: When was the last time you really sat down and looked at your stats? I mean digging all the way down to see where each visitor is coming from, where they go when they leave your blog and what they read in between. If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while. Since you don’t feel like blogging today anyway, dig into your stats. You just might be surprised.
Start a new project: Now that you’ve seen some of those interesting stats, that should give you some new project ideas. If you had 10 visitors from XYZ forum, how can you turn that into 100? If everybody seems to be leaving from one particular page, what can you add to keep them there? You get the idea. Now start plotting a new course.
Set a new goal: Sometimes all it takes to get the adrenaline flowing again is the excitement of a new goal on the horizon. And sometimes, the reason you feel blue is just because you’re bored. Set yourself a new goal – Make $100 extra next week or bring in 1,000 new visitors. Creating and implementing a new marketing plan will get you back in the Blogger’s chair in no time.