I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes, when it comes to blogging and motivation, sometimes I struggle. At the moment, for example, I feel like I have less than zero motivation to blog (among things… EEK) and there are a few reasons for this. Aside from the fact that work has been very busy (overwhelmingly so), my hard drive crashed, so I’m using P’s laptop which is very different to what I’m used to. My whole blogging process is altered and it’s definitely having an effect. Even though it would seem that I’m posting fairly regularly, there are times when finding the motivation to do so is very difficult…
When I Feel Like I Have Nothing To Say
For a very long time, I didn’t think I had much to say, and honestly, I think my blog suffered for it. It’s only within the last 5 or 6 months that I’ve felt like my writing has substance. That’s been a journey, and it took the realization that I really wanted to focus on quality over quantity. The issue and lack of motivation happen when either I have something I want to talk about, and don’t know how to articulate it, or I just don’t feel like I have anything to say. You know that post I wrote about exploring my blackness? I wrote about 5 drafts of that and even had a few friends read it before it went live. I really struggled with articulating it, and I also worried that no one would even read it. Even now as I write this, I feel like I’m pulling teeth just to get it out.
When I Feel Like The Content I’m Creating Isn’t Quite Right
We’ve all been there. You’ve got a great post planned, and you’ve taken all the pictures, but something isn’t quite right. Do you take the time to fix it or make it work, or just throw out the whole thing. Honestly, I’ve done both. It’s such a frustrating feeling, when you’ve put so much time and energy into it. I shared a post maybe a year and a bit ago, that I wasn’t quite happy with, and I definitely regretted it. I didn’t like the pictures I’d taken, I couldn’t quite articulate my point and the outcome wasn’t great. In the end, I posted it anyway because I felt like posting something mediocre was better than posting nothing at all. I feel differently these days, but that still has an effect on my motivation.
When I Feel Like I Have No Audience
There’s no worse feeling than pouring your heart into a post and then seeing little to no response. I’ll be honest with you, this one gets me down the most. I don’t get very many comments on my blog, and it sometimes makes me question why I’m doing this. I know it shouldn’t but I sometimes struggle to motivate myself, especially if I’ve posted something meaningful and gotten little response. In the grand scheme of things, I know I’m a small blogger with a small audience, but it’s that sense of validation that sometimes just throws a wrench in the whole thing!
I will say, I do have a great support system when it comes to blogging. I’ve made some really great friends, and when I’m feeling unmotivated, it’s so great to use them as a springboard! I also love doing Twitter Chats to help get the creative juices flowing or just to engage with people who are in a similar boat as me! My blog is the place where I can talk about anything, it’s a safe place where nothing is off limits. I know that I have a voice, and that I do get views on my blog, but as we all know, sometimes motivation likes to just wave as it passes you by. The silver lining is, it always comes back, and there is nothing wrong with taking a break!