Starting a new endeavour isn’t always easy, sure. But I would think that keeping it going is often the much more difficult part. Certainly that can be the case with Blogging — and if that matches your experience, then welcome! This is the ‘Staying Motivated’ week of Blaugust where bloggers new and old alike admit to the struggles of staying motivated. Particularly if, like me, they’re chasing after the achievement of 31+ posts during the month of August.

Here’s mine! I wouldn’t say my spirits are flagging, but certainly the day by day motivation is harder to come by.

Fortunately, something else you might find this week is advice on keeping it going.

Which will be excellent — I’ll be on the look out for it too.

Cya!


Well- Alright. I suppose can do a little of the ‘helpful’ side of things too.

I thought a bit about what I might want to say this time. For Blaugust 2019, I wrote this piece around finding your motivation to blog in the first place. Identifying your ‘why’ and making sure it’s one that will see you through the tough times.

I still think that’s pretty good advice, even if I do say so myself. But what more is there? I started thinking down a branching path of, ‘If this type of blogger, then that type of advice’ but quickly realised my conclusions were all coming to a similar place.

Whatever you do- have it be in service to you; not the other way around

When I say this, I’m thinking about experiments you might try. Any regular features or series you might start running. Heck, any post you might be in the process of writing, any subject matter you might cover or any schedule you might’ve set yourself.

Don’t let yourself feel bound to it.

Give yourself permission to let anything go that is no longer bringing you enjoyment.

It’s better by far to drop an experiment, series, line of content or whatever, than it is to drop blogging entirely because the weight of such things become too much. If it stops being fun- stop doing it and find something else! Give yourself explicit permission to change whatever you need to before you even begin.

That includes, I might add, posting every day for Blaugust.

You will, of course, know yourself better than anyone else — and whether the pressure is something you can push through and feel good about at the end of if it or whether if you carry on you’re never going to want to blog another day in your life.

If you suspect it might be the latter — step out! Take a break. Make the conscious decision not to post today. Or to post something easy, or silly, or silly and easy. Just something to release that pressure valve.


This was posted during Blaugust 2021, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year-round!


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

5 Comments

Nimgimli · August 24, 2021 at 12:59 am

I’ve been writing a day ahead of time and this is the first day that I am completely devoid of post ideas.

But we’re SO close to the end that I don’t want to give u. At least having that 1 day buffer gives me some time for inspiration to strike.

Tho I have also been taking your advice to heart about weekends. My Sunday post even bored me, but I knew no one would read it anyway so that was OK. It was a post!

    Naithin · August 24, 2021 at 10:39 am

    One thing I’ve often found helpful when tackling an issue getting in the way of my blogging is to just directly address it in a post. Let the problem become the solution. Could — if nothing else better strikes — write about the sources of your ideas more generally and how they’re currently failing you. ;)

    Or, could just go ‘Yoink!’ Krikket’s ‘Would you Rather?’ post as a quick starter. :D

bhagpuss · August 24, 2021 at 1:16 am

I read that post! In fact, I read it twice because I didn’t understand a lot of it the first time. I found it technically intriguing but also I was interested to learn you watch the English Premiere League. I don’t do that and I am English!

I probably should have left that comment at Dragonchasers really.

As for motivation and stopping when you don’t feel it – what Naithin said!

    Naithin · August 24, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Haha, this chain is no doubt going to confuse people later, as the reply status didn’t kick in either. xD

    In any case — I really think giving myself explicit permission to drop things that aren’t working but still to carry on with something else is the whole reason this blog has lasted when my previous attempts haven’t.

Nimgimli · August 24, 2021 at 1:19 am

English Premiere League is getting pretty popular over here, actually!

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