On Fridays, I usually like to post about blogging, and while this is apart of blogging, I want to focus on positivity and goals. Being a blogger and a writer can be very overwhelming. There’s so much to do to keep up with a blog, and if you’re blog is your business and job, it can be even more intense.
I was finishing up the final edits on my book, and I realized how mentally exhausted I was from just these last two weeks alone. I know I don’t need another break, but I needed to find some positives to keep my motivation up.
Goals for the Win
Some of my biggest motivators are the goals I set. I try to set goals every month for my blog. To start, I outline what I want to accomplish, and then I find a way to turn it up a notch.
I usually post every Monday and Friday. Monday is my Coffee Talks series, and Fridays are usually for blogging about blogging. The in between days are where I set my sights. My goal for June is to do more product reviews. This goal isn’t as simple as buying and trying for me. I set a few guidelines to up my blogging game.
- Reach out to two new brands I haven’t worked with before.
- Do a roundup with 5+ products.
- Find 3 new blogs to follow that review products that I enjoy, and increase engagement.
- Update my media kit for current stats, and include my ebook.
I want to make sure that if I’m going to do something, I’m not going to half-ass it. I really want my blog to succeed and grow, so I try to find little ways to stretch my goals. Setting goals motivates me, and that motivation helps me keep a positive attitude.
I know it sounds like I could potentially be burning myself out, but setting goals keeps me organized and thriving. When I don’t set goals, I get unraveled and exhausted.
When I don’t have an idea of what I want to write for the upcoming week, I get lazy. I end up pulling something out last minute, and while not scheduling far ahead has worked well for me in the past, I want to start getting a better blogging schedule. Knowing what I have ahead of me keeps me excited and organized. It actually keeps me from being overwhelmed and burnt out.
I noticed that I’m getting too comfortable just flying by the seat of my pants. It works more times than not, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t bother me. So, I want to be a more organized blogger, because I think it will make me feel more positive overall.
I personally like to write lists in a notebook for my blog. I don’t ever write my posts ahead of time, but I do outline and make lists of all the points I want to tackle. So, I want to keep doing that and even step that up more.
Kind Words All Day Every Day
When it comes to blogging, writing in general, or even just posting on social media, I try to keep a few positive affirmations handy. I don’t just use these for my readers or to motivate my self-love and body acceptance followers. I use them for me. They really do work.
When I first started blogging, I was so wishy-washy with my confidence. I was so preoccupied with caring what everyone thought that I lost myself. I played the comparison game, and I had zero faith in my capabilities as a blogger and writer. Then, I started writing positive affirmations to get me in the blogging mood.
Some of my Recent Favorites
- Don’t let lack of support discourage you from doing what you love. You don’t need a fan club. Be your own motivation. Once you learn to love and appreciate yourself, that’s the only support you need. That’s the best damn fan club there is.
- Blog first with passion, and then, let all of the other elements fall into place. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll succeed.
- It’s okay to take inspiration but never imitate. The core of a good writer is being authentic and having their own voice.
- Confidence unlocks so many doors. Loving who you are and what you do will push you to succeed.
- When you stop worrying about others, there is no comparison. Your voice is more than enough to succeed if you trust yourself.
- Stop fearing rejection, because success comes after you get past the fear.
These are just some that I wrote down recently in my notebook. When I have a tough day, I take a step back and think of something positive, and that’s where these come from. They remind me that if it’s difficult, it’s worth it.
Blogging isn’t easy. I see those ads that say, “start a successful blog in 24 hours,” and I laugh. While they may have some nuggets of truth and success, building a blog isn’t an overnight ordeal. It’s takes time, passion, and motivation.
As a mom, my summers are long and busy. They are filled with a million parties, cookouts, and birthdays. We always have something planned, so my blogging time gets tighter as the weather gets nicer.
I put my family first, because my family is a major part of my blog. I can’t just cancel something to write, so I have to work around it. Blogging isn’t a 9-5 kind of job at my house. It’s a work while they sleep type of job. Sometimes, I write when I can, and I have been known to edit on car rides or between errands. I make it work though, because I want this.
I get asked how I started and how I got to this point a lot. Honestly, I feel bad because I don’t have a swift answer or tips. You just have to want it. You have to work at it everyday.
It’s okay to blog when you want. It’s okay to not be an everyday blogger, but that’s what I am. Even if I don’t have a post being published, I still check and work on my blog little bits each and every day, because that’s what I want. So, my advice isn’t some magical wisdom. Work hard, love what you write, and be yourself.