Staying Motivated

Staying Motivated

I’m tired.

Posting every day is 110% not for me. But going through the Blaugust experience has given me an even greater level of appreciation for those that do, or just about do.

I’m sort of stealing a bit from the ‘what I learned from Blaugust’ post next week with that. But it’s relevant because there have absolutely been days where I’ve wanted to drop out from the daily posting. I always told myself from the start, after all, that I may not end being able to adhere to the full extent of the challenge.

But speaking honestly, I’m still quite fearful of losing my motivation to continue here at all. It wouldn’t be without precedent, I’ve dropped blogs before. One of which was a whispered breath away from reaching 100 posts. I mentioned in that post that something feels different about this one — and that’s true. But Time to Loot is still only ~7 months old and I know I can be flighty. I talk about it with my gaming all the time.

So it has definitely been back in the mind that if I tell myself it’s OK to break from the Blaugust-post-a-day that it might be only a small hop, skip and a jump from there to conceding it’s OK to just call it quits again.

To hear Quin’s recent admission in many ways cemented that fear as a very real prospect. (And as an aside if I may — I’m so very thankful that Quin is sticking around, as a recent favourite blogger of mine.)

And with that preface, here’s some advice on staying motivated! … Yep! Alright, so you might want to just check back in a year or two to see whether it has been effective or not for even me, but here we go. ;)

Fields of Gold

The Advice

Identify what your Motivation even is

Do you know why you want to blog? Why you reaaaally want to do it? I talked about this a little in the lead up to Blaugust and the false start I had along the way to identifying my motivation.

That set of portal co-ordinates is, incidentally, my current home base in No Man’s Sky.

For me, the best motivation is one that doesn’t necessarily rely on other people. It isn’t metric driven, it isn’t for internet fame (as nice as it might be) or fortune (hah), it’s about creating an enduring record of what I get up to, discoveries made and games played.

I know I’ve missed out on this for the years already gone by, and at times this has been really unpleasant a realisation at just how much so.

Yours could be something similar, or entirely different. Just make sure it truly means something to you.

Visualise what your Success looks like

Do it frequently — but especially do it when you feel your motivation levels waning.

For me I picture myself 10 years out from now, reading my old posts like this one with a wry smile at how relatively naive I was and how much I still had to learn. You see — future me, in no small part from the introspective writing I’m occasionally given to *cough* — is a much more self-aware and -confident person.

For you this might mean being referenced by a favourite blogger in one of their posts, or having someone acknowledged you actually managed to change their mind on an issue you’re passionate about.

Whatever it is — picture it and keep working toward it.

Draw from the Community

If there’s one thing I’m thankful for — it is the supportive and awesome community we have in our little corner of the internet.

If you’re starting to lose steam, say so. Like Quin did earlier, and Sandrian just yesterday. Addressing it head on and talking through the feeling is often a fantastic way to draw out precisely what your roadblock is and get help from others that have been there.

Even if you’re brand spanking new and a post may not yet garner the responses you need — that’s OK, pop into the Blaugust Discord and talk to us. (It runs all year around, although is admittedly the most active around the event.)

There is energy to spare, so perhaps it will help.

Closing Thoughts

When your motivation falters, breaking the tyranny of the blank page is a huge part of righting the ship. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in fears of nothing to say. Writing about your game experiences is absolutely enough.

Realise instead that people come to see you as much as the things you say.

Break that blank page wide open and simply tell us (and maybe yourself in the process) about your dip. You’d be amazed how effective this simple act can be at times.

But, to further echo Bhagpuss in his reply to Sandrian — if nothing else works, put it aside for a moment. This isn’t a job, or an obligation. Take a break, with a mind to returning when it feels right. Maybe you need a week. A month. Hell, more. That’s OK.

We’re not going anywhere.


Almost entirely unrelated — but I wrote this post listening to the Ori and the Blind Forest soundtrack, after being reminded of it’s brilliance by Syp’s post including one of the tracks.

I’m quite a fan of the title in general.

I think this will only play a small sample of the 2:21 piece if you’re not signed in, but it’s more than worth a click through to Spotify to hear the full thing, with the build from the start!

This track really struck me as epitomising the feeling of staying motivated, so thought I’d include it. :)

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11 thoughts on “Staying Motivated”

  1. I’m with you on that, man :-)
    Posting daily takes far longer than I would have expected and it feels like there is little time left for anything else.

    But only 5 days to go! You can do it! :-)

    • Yup! And you too! :D

      I’ve found writing for tomorrow’s post — i.e. staying one day ahead of schedule — to take a massive load off from a stress perspective. Creates a buffer so that if something *does* happen I still actually have the next day as well before actually falling behind.

      This entirely goes against my usual post-to-publish style, but this might actually be a learning I’m able to take shined up and practiced well from this experience to my normal blogging. (I should probably stop stealing from my ‘things I’ve learned’ post though, hah.)

      • I tried to do that, but I can’t seem to consistently do that. Blogging is far from my only hobby, and I am always travelling around all kinds of places, so when I have some “work” done ahead of time, I instantly use it to dick around with something else :-)

  2. Posting everyday has been quite an experience. I’m enjoying it and am planning on continuing it after Blaugust.
    I have the same worries about just stopping all together. I can tell myself I can post 3 times a week and then I miss one or two and my next post isn’t for months. I’ve been struggling with that for years. I’ve found posting every keeps me accountable to myself.
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    • I’m happy to *write* every day, but actually hitting publish every day is another story for me.

      I can see your point there though on it keeping you accountable, and do agree there was 100% that element to the challenge.

      Basically — if it works well for you, that is awweeesome. My only watch out would be not to let it bum you out too much if for any reason a day is missed. Just get back on the horse and start again.

      But as we established back on your ‘Streaks’ post, we’re probably motivated a bit differently you and I — and that might not be a concern at all. :)

  3. This was really important for me to read. I’m extremely motivated recently with my blog posts (which I also turn into YouTube videos) but I know that won’t last. I think I start to lose motivation because I think every post needs to be some deep meaningful piece when that’s so wrong! I could easily make a short post about what I’m playing that week or something like that.

    Thank you for this post! Keep up the amazing work, Blaugust is nearly over 💪

    • Thanks Michael, I’m glad you got something from it!

      And if you liked this one, boy do I have another post for you! ;)

      This one’s from Bhagpuss and we must’ve published at very similar times.

      We share much of the same sentiment, but Bhagpuss covers more ground than I did and has written a fantastic post. :)

      Keep it up in any case, and let us know if motivation wanes and we might be able to help in some way!

  4. My blog is going on 11 this year (I may have missed it again, need to go check!) and I have had many a “break”. Sometimes weeks, sometimes months. It’s just how it goes ;) In the end, IHASPC is my little quiet corner of the internet and I enjoy writing as a break for my mind.

    It’s funny to go back and read the first 100 posts there, that’s for sure. How much I have changed. But that in itself is part of the fun, too.

    (Also – for me on chrome – the like button isn’t loading, and I can’t like any comments (just says “loading”), and Comment Love doesnt seem to work on my comments (or at least I cant see them). Now I have lost track of my closing parenthesis so adding a few for good measure )))

    PSS – sorry to have you bug hunting! Another joy of Blogging!
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    • Hah, I’m looking forward to the day I can look back on these posts as ‘the first hundred’ or so. :)

      In terms of the Like button, I’ve seen this intermittently happen. :/ Most times it comes right after a reload of the page, but not always — sometimes it seems to go through at least a few minutes of just not working.

      Not really sure why! Haven’t been able to fix it yet. I have wondered whether turning off Asynchronous Loading of JS might fix it, but also unsure if the load speed impact would be worth it. If this is going to start happening too commonly though, I may give it a go.

      re: CommentLuv, that just always acts a bit oddly I’ve found. Hah. Unticking the CL box and reticking it will generally bring up your list of posts if you want to pick something other than most recent. I get this on Bel’s blog too.

      If you had a different issue though, let me know!

  5. Couldnt agree more mate.

    Even twice a day, which is what I set myself as a goal at the start of the month, is a bit much. I just find the posts I write lack the quality I want to produce when I’m posting that much. Both in terms of the quality of my idea for what the post is, but also the actually level of polish.

    • Outside of Blaugust, I found the best pattern for me to be somewhere around 2-3x a week. Anything more than that and I often ran into the issues you describe.

      Any less and I worried I’d just stop. Hah.

      I still never settled on setting a schedule of specific days I would post though, so didn’t bind myself to anything particular pattern. With life being what it is, wasn’t really terribly possible to do so anywho.

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