A few weeks ago, posts about the hardships of blogging (1)/(2) stormed the bloggosphere and broke the internet with cold hard truth. I loved these posts because a lot of the struggling and the challenges I was going through was felt by literally all bloggers, even the most successful ones. Posts like these really make you feel as though you’re not alone in this and that the only way to successfully overcome these hardships ultimately comes down to how much you really want it.
So as for me, for the past two weeks, I haven’t been writing, I was focused on so many other things that my blogging suffered. And I realized that the more I was putting off writing, the harder it got for me to get back to it. It’s almost as if I was getting used to my lifestyle not involving the occasional writing. So I tried many times to write an article, because I didn’t want to give up blogging, but I didn’t want to write another anime review, because I felt as though it wouldn’t make an impact on me or in my audience, (also because I ran out), and I felt I needed to write a more challenging post to really flex my writing muscles and get back on the grind.
Ultimately, I thought “why not write about my situation.” Motivation & inspiration are challenges that I’m certain are also faced by other bloggers. There is no way I’m the only one who’s having trouble finding something to write about from time to time. It might seem like Karandi and Irina are immune to such setbacks, but I’m pretty sure that just maybe once in their blogging lifetime it happened. Concerning motivation, I’m pretty sure it has been a roadblock for some bloggers too. So in this post, I want to discuss the source of inspiration and motivation, where do they come from, and how do you channel them? Mainly as a motivator for me, but I also wish you guys can relate in some way and that this post can help rejuvenate any potential setback in relation to finding motivation and inspiration.
Bloggers blog for a number of different reasons, however, one thing that is mostly common, is the goal of making the blog a hit. In some way, we want our writing to impact others and make our content stand out.
As a result, engagement and feedback really start to matter and become a powerful driving force in how the creator of the content is going to feel about their content and also affect the things they post and how often they post. But let me tell you, something I learned in my journey so far is that if you don’t love blogging, there is nothing that will keep you going. If you start a blog for a reason other than the pleasure of writing and sharing your thoughts, you will have a really hard time keeping up and might even give up. Facing the challenge of writer’s block or a having a day/week/month of no engagement will bring you down, these are some of the roadblocks we encounter in our blogging journeys.
You should know from life experiences that aiming for a goal never goes smoothly, there is always going to be that rocky path. If some sort of roadblock manages to add on your pressures while you’re going through such a time, you might be tempted to give up, flooding your head with excuses to justify it, but the other part of you, where your goal and your initial determination was born from, will tell you to keep going. The outcome will rely on your answer to this question: How much do you really want to achieve these goals? In introspection, if you value your goals enough, you will put in the work, and it’s from that determination that you’ll find your inspiration and your motivation will rise.
Wanting and striving to achieve your goals, but being limited by a roadblock such as a lack of inspiration, will put you in a situation where it’s going to force you to think outside the box and come up with something new, and then it’s up to your creativity to turn it into something absolutely beautiful. But you see, don’t expect that kind of epiphany to come if you don’t want it enough, achieve your blogging goals that is.
I felt challenging myself to write something other than my reviews was a way to force my brain to think outside the box and write something else to give birth to that new inspiration I needed to come back and keep going.
I knew eventually that my thoughts would start rambling again, maybe after a powerful episode of MHA or AOT and I would get back into blogging with a load of thoughts to share, but like I said, I wanted to challenge myself to write something different. I mentioned I loved blogging and I want to keep going, and if I could bring it to the point where it can pay for itself and buy my coffees, that would be absolutely amazing. But if I were to write just because I wanted my blog to pay for my coffees, the lack of effort would show in my writing, my website and everywhere else, and it’d be obvious that I don’t care about the writing and a few months in, I would give up. My brain would never bother to look for inspiration in a case like that, and I would be much less motivated to give any substance to my posts.
So ultimately as hard as they might be, challenges are really here to sift out the winners from the overall competitors. Passion, dedication, hard work, and perseverance are really what will get you through them, and all of these solutions relate to that one question: How much do you really want it. If you know the answer to that question, you should know how much its worth to you, and use that metric whenever you feel you can’t write or can’t go back to blogging after a tough period.
Whenever I want to motivate myself I think about those things and it really helps me keep my discipline and focus on my writing. I will still write when I feel inspired but every once in a while I want to be able to inspire myself when I feel like it and not wait for something to make me want to write. Does that make sense? I hope so.
I used blogging as an example to illustrate this concept, but I feel it could be applied to anything you want to achieve in life, it’s going to take a lot of hard work, but you’re going to pull through only if you really want to achieve these goals.
Let me know of what you thought of this post, it would really mean a lot, and if you read this far, Thank you.