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How Much Do you Really Want it?- A Post About Inspiration & Motivation

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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7 thoughts on “How Much Do you Really Want it?- A Post About Inspiration & Motivation”

  1. This is a beautiful post! To be honest, I never understood how the hell someone tries blog as a career path when you don’t love it. There are so many different jobs out there that are way easier to make money off… The truth is, as you said, with blogging (or anything content creation related) is going to be hard work. It takes too much time for someone to be noticed to the point that you are able to get any money of it, then you have to be always changing because the Internet (and your community) are always changing. So, this is not a job for someone who doesn’t LOVE it. It will require way much work than most of the other options out said.

    That said, it is also true that if you don’t love it you will not be able to pass difficulties, and god there is many. First of all you will probably have a slow growth. Meaning, if you don’t this for the love of writing or your existing community, then you will be desmotivated by your stats really quickly. Then, you have all the amount of work you have to put on. Blogging is just not writing. It’s also social media marketing, talking with your community, reading other people’s work, commenting on those… In the end, it takes a lot of effort and a lot of time to do it.

    Nevertheless, even if you love it there will be times when it feels that you are not going anywhere or that people aren’t really into your stuff. Many bad thoughts will come and make you think that you are just not good enough and things like that. Unless you have a gigantic love to make you want to continue, learn and get better you won’t be able to overcome these kind of thoughts.

    Completely in another note! I also the same problem with writing when I went on holidays xD But, I think the most difficult one to write is the first one ahah After that everything starts coming together and you will be slaying before you notice it eheh ^^

    1. Wow ! This comment was better than my essay XD. Thank you so much for your feedback. As you said, even if you love it, the challenges content creators face at times can be emotionally and mentally draining causing them to falter in their work, and the never ending adaptation to change can be very difficult. Blogging or any form of content creation is so much more than what it is on the surface, loving what you do is a must in order to keep going and get better, but it’s only 1 of the many requirements you need to stay on track and achieve your goals. Motivation and Inspiration are challenges that I wanted to tackle because they’ve been setbacks for me in my journey so far, I hope I did a good job lol. Great comment Arthifis, I really appreciate it 🙂

  2. That is a very good question to ask how much do you really want it too. I have been over the past month not writing as much, due to life changes. Then or I’m still in a slump to write something, till now been waiting for something to hit me to write about. Finally hit this week and I think trying to motivate yourself doesn’t do you any favours, in fact becomes more burdensome in the thinking “ I NEED TO FIND THE MOTIVATION*. Writing when a spark comes along like you have wrote here about motivation itself maybe this will be your kick you need to write 😁 great piece enjoy reading thoughts like this about blogging a lot

    1. I can relate to “I need to find motivation” so much lol, sometimes I simply cant write and I didn’t like that, which is why the whole purpose of this post was to motivate me to write, I’m really glad u liked it 😊 thank you.

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