Most experienced bloggers will know that running a blog is both challenging and hugely rewarding. At times, you feel as though you could write all day. On other days, you don’t have the motivation to write or you have absolutely no inspiration. This is the typical blogging seesaw – if you recognise it, you can use it to your advantage.
You will always have ups and downs as a blogger
Some days, blogging is easy and a real pleasure. On others, it is a real pain and can be hard work. Once you recognise that some days will be better than others, you can become more productive by ensuring you keep on working when the time is right.
Take advantage of the blogging seesaw
Every now and then, I’ll start writing an article, publish it and then be disappointed that my blogging work for that day is over. I tell myself that I the required task for the day is now done and then go off and do something else. This is a mistake – in these situations you are at the top of the blogging seesaw and should take advantage of it!
When you are at the top, you just can’t stop writing. Suddenly you have loads of ideas for new articles, you are enthusiastic and keen to write, write, write. You want to answer all the comments left on your blog and even fix that minor bug you noticed a couple of weeks ago. You don’t know when you’ll be coming down from this high so you should ensure you work whilst you are in this positive position.
Reap the rewards of the blogging seesaw
Your initial interest, inspiration and enthusiasm may have waned after writing and proofreading a few new articles, but that doesn’t matter. The fact is, you took advantage of your moment of blogging nirvana – you now have a stockpile of posts ready to take over on those days where you just don’t have the inspiration or motivation to write.
Don’t be tempted to simply use your stockpiled articles because they are there – keep to your normal blogging schedule! You should only use your saved articles on days when you are so unmotivated or uninspired that you would normally just skip writing a new post. It is then, and only then, that you should dip into your pool of saved articles.
The blogging seesaw really does exist
Still don’t believe in the blogging seesaw? Go back to when you first started blogging. I bet you would write fervently at least once a day, and were enthusiastic and highly motivated every time you loaded up your blog. Over time, you found that you were running out of ideas; perhaps you weren’t receiving the traffic or recognition you thought your content deserved and consequently your posting became less frequent and you became less and less motivated to post. This is a typical characteristic of the blogging seesaw.
Remember you’re only human
You aren’t a machine – you are a real person with real emotions. Some days you’ll want to write, and on others you won’t. By recognising this in advance, you can ensure that you take full advantage of the days when you are highly motivated and enthusiastic by creating additional content to see you through the rough periods. Ride the blogging seesaw with a smile on your face!
Are you a regular blogger? Do you have your up days and your down days? Do you stockpile content on the days when you just can’t stop writing or do you keep to a rigid plan of writing only when you need to publish? Share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment below.