The Art of Staying Motivated About Blogging (Even When it Seems Like No One Else is)

Thursday, December 07, 2017

I've popped in and out of the blogging world for the past five years or so, and in that time I've seen a ton of changes taking place.

When Daniel and I first got married and I moved to another state, I started a blog as a means of getting my thoughts out there as I embarked on my new journey as a young military wife. There were TONS of people consistently blogging back then. 

I could count on all of my favorite bloggers to show up day after day with important posts, or just a post to catch up on their daily lives, and everything in between. Bloggers became friends and created lasting relationships. Blogging was fun. But I got caught up in my own life, moving from state to state with Daniel and between roaming the country and switching universities every semester or so, I eventually deleted my blog (and regret this, mostly). Eventually we became more settled and flash back to two plus years ago when I decided to regroup and get back in the blogging game. 

Imagine my surprise when I rejoined and the blog world was totally and completely different. I was lucky to see a post every other week on the blogs that I used to read every day. I saw a lot of posts about people getting burned out with the same old thing, or getting frustrated about the amount of sponsorship posts and lack of "genuine" material. There were still a few of my favorites hanging around, but as the years have passed, slowly but surely many of them have made the decision to shut down for good as well. This year in particular has been hard for a lot of people, myself included. I've found it difficult to balance the art of sharing too much about my current thoughts of the state of the world (and possibly offending someone) and not sharing enough, and coming off as less than sympathetic. It's a very fine line. 

There are still so many truly great, motivated and passionate bloggers out there today. There are people who show up everyday and make it a point to keep things the way they used to be, but they are further and far between. 

I think that in order to stay motivated about blogging (because it is really such an amazing community) we must continue to show up for ourselves first. Write because you enjoy writing, or because you've found that its been profitable for you in the past, or because you've met some really great people along the way. Write just for the love of writing and stay motivated because your words have the power to reach others and because they mean something. 

The blogging community is much different than it was, but it doesn't have to be. It's still possible to make connections and create lasting relationships. It's still possible to write about things that are important or things that are fun, or things that mean something. Stay motivated because at one point or another you were passionate about your online space, for whatever reason that was for you, and maybe you just need to find your way back. I'm thankful for the community of people who continue to show up and catch up. I'm grateful for people like you, who may be reading this post right now.

I love the blogging community and I'm hoping to make steps in the future to continue it forward, so thanks for coming along with me. 

3 comments

  1. This is so, so true! Not what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised by your advice. I think we should show up for ourselves, and blog about topics we truly love. You can always tell when someone is genuine and passionate about their content. Thank you for this xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

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  2. I agree with this so much! I've seen the blogging world evolve and change so much since I started in 2008.

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  3. This subject really caught my eye! I saw my posts really dwindle this year. (I think I posted 205 times in 2015, but I have less than 70 this year.) It's really important that we post when we want to, or we have something worth sharing. Just being proud of what you put out is more important than the numbers!
    I wish more people thought the way you do!

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