What If I am Not Motivated To Update My Blog Anymore?

By Daniel Scocco

questions and answersThis post is part of the Friday Q&A section. If you want to ask a question, just write a comment below.

Rui Cruz asks:

I’m done updating some blogs because I’m not motivated anymore. And I can’t find why, I just don’t want to. Any idea or tip on how to get motivated for something we really do for MONEY? Just “money” isn’t motivating enough.

There are different angles involved in that question. If you are not motivated at all to update your current blogs then you probably did a couple of mistakes. First of all you probably have chosen niches that you were not passionate about, but you went ahead anyway because you saw other people making money in those niches, and you figured you could, too.

This approach works if you are planning to outsource the content writing part. If you’ll be the one writing the posts, however, you must have an interest on the topic, else you’ll lose motivation sooner or later.

The second mistake is to have started too many blogs at the same time. Finding the time and motivation to update and promote one blog is already tough, let alone several of them at the same time.

The solution to these problems is an easy one. Start a blog on a niche you are passionate about, and focus all your emerging on that single blog, until it reaches the desired level of traffic and profitability. Once you achieve that you’ll be able to start a second blog without losing momentum on the first one.

The second angle I wanted to talk about is the persistence one. Even if you start a blog on a niche you are passionate about and focus all your energies on it, there will still be times that you’ll feel tired, not motivated, without ideas to write and so on. But you got push it anyway if you want to succeed.

This is true for everyone. I love to write on this blog, but there are days I wish I didn’t need to write a post, moderate comments, promote it on social media and so on. And what do I do on such days? I force myself to write the post, to moderate comments, to promote the blog and so on. Why? Because I know I must, if I want this blog to keep growing.

So yeah choosing a topic you have an interest on is essential, but it is not enough. You’ll still need to push yourself if you want to stand out from the crowd.

This reminds me of a movie a saw a couple of weeks ago, titled “Great Debaters.” One of the kids in the movie was reluctant to do his homework, so his father told him: “We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.

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22 Responses to “What If I am Not Motivated To Update My Blog Anymore?”

  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    Great Advice Daniel.

    If someone does not enter in a niche they are not really interested in, then this will be happening sooner, rather than later.

    Many people are blinded by the money part, but then realise that it is no use in just going after the money.

    If you want to keep your web business growing, then you must choose a niche in which you are genuinely interested in.

    Nabeel

  • Michael

    I run into this issue myself from time to time. It’s compounded by the sense that if I push through it I might end up with something substandard.

    But the more I do it the easier it gets, and some of the stuff I’ve written while pressuring myself is some of the best stuff I’ve written.

    To me it’s less about financials and more about providing consistent value to the people who are gracious enough to read regularly.

  • Tammi Kibler @Website Set Up

    Luis could also consider selling those blogs that no longer interest him if he hosts them on his own domains and they are receiving traffic and/or earning income.

  • Jarrod – Inspirational Words

    Well said! I totally agree that it can be overwhelming to operate multiple blogs, let alone one blog, when you’re not passionate about your niche. The first blog I ever owned was a result of a niche I wasn’t passionate about. It’s not that I disliked blogging, it’s just that I wasn’t passionate about the topic I was blogging about. Therefore, my blog slowly dwindled. After that, I was eager to start up another blog but knowing what I knew, I wanted to wait until I found a niche that I was super passionate about.

    Eight months ago, I found that I was passionate in the area of personal development, so I developed a blog around that niche. I even found that even I had days where I wasn’t motivated but like you said I pushed myself to blog Valuable Content at-least once daily if at all possible.

    Now, because I’ve made a habit of blogging once daily even on days where I think I’m not motivated or can’t find a topic to blog about, I end up surprising myself because I come up with something out of the blue. I think I’m able to do this because I pushed myself and now I’ve got 186 blogs under my belt. I’ve got a long way to go but for a newbie, I must say that’s progress!

    Moral of my story, and just to reiterate what was said in the article, YOU MUST BE PASSIONATE about your niche.

  • Tom | Oral Answers

    My first blog I started because I found a good deal on a fairly good domain name. I looked at the domain name and thought, I can write a blog about that.

    I ended up blogging there for a couple of months, but quickly ran out of ideas. I checked out books at the library hoping for new ideas and got a few, but eventually I couldn’t make myself write about it anymore.

    My current niche, dentistry, is something that I am immersed in everyday at school. Because of this, I have hundreds of post ideas and tons of posts in the “Draft” stage that I need to get around to finishing.

    While I didn’t really start my latest blog to solely make money, I don’t believe hat you can’t unlock your true earning potential on a topic for which you have no passion. You may be able to make some money, but not what you are worth.

  • Roshan Ahmed

    Yeah,
    I am writing blog on the topic I’m interested in. But sometimes I can’t post anything because mine is a pretty new blog ( almost 2 months and less than 100 posts) and I’m not getting enough traffic. 10-20 views per day is not at all a motivation to write posts. Anyway, I’m trying not to lose the track.

  • Men’s Online Magazine

    I would always have freelancers on hand if this was the case

  • Dev | Technshare

    Awesome Advice Daniel.

    Niche is one of the most important part of business. Many People fail to realize and they just see money money.
    To be honest i also started blogging for making money online, but now i found passion in this field :).

    Thanks for sharing this great Advice.

    ~Dev

  • Steve

    totally agree! I’m at the stage where I’m doubting myself if this is really for me! I like to write reviews, but no one gives a …. so no motivation now!

  • Jens P. Berget

    My approach is that I only write content when I have the time to write and when I feel I have something to write about. It’s important to me that I don’t feel that I’m forced to write, or that I have to update my blog at specific times.

    I don’t write every single day on my blogs. I try to find topics every day, but I only add keywords to the future posts. So then, when I’m ready, it’s a lot easier to write the blog post.

  • Mukundan Srinivasan

    After reading the post I got motivated and I have decided to keep my blog updated regularly.

  • zebra bed in a bag

    You have to make sure not to give up on your business. Do not worry about the end result until it happens. Just make sure to never give up as you will eventually get rewarded in the long run.

  • Dmytro

    Daniel, I agree with you everything but the last paragraph (which, I admit, was a quote, not really your own opinion).

    Doing homework or succeeding in school isn’t truly a proven strategy on later being able to do what you love and making a profit of it. Moreover, “homework” has a bad connotation associated with it (and it deserves its bad reputation, mind you), so of course it feels like work and “having to do it”.

    Having “blogger’s block” however, is a temporary thing, and if, like you said, you are passionate about the subject, you will find the motivation to continue to blog of more than just “having to do it” but knowing that at some point, you did love doing this and with the utmost faith that you will return to loving blogging and being interested in blogging in the near future. Homework, on the other hand, was never something I loved doing and was never done with the thought of “it’ll be better later on”.

  • indialoka

    I’ve had couple of sites that are in the toilet right now! It took a lot of experience and investment to realize the mistake.

    Now I do outsource and I am glad things are somehow working out 🙂

  • Ralph

    Good advice. When I started, I had several blogs that I operated. But it was just too much to for me to bare so I only focus on my main blog now. I’ve been tempted to start another blog but I know the amount of work it’s going to take to manage two so I can’t bring myself to do it 🙂

  • Umesh

    Its seems like second advice will be important to me. I am and IT guy and want to write about System admin kind of thing but at the same time I am passionate about photography and I created a photography blog too. Now I think I will be promoting my photography blog first and then grow it more.

    There are lots of smart people than me in IT group. Let them promote their IT blog and I will promote my Photography blog. 🙂

    Thanks DBT for great motivation.

  • Pankaj

    Nice tips Daniel. I am sure that everybody gets into this phase sometime. I am also trying hard to get out of this phase by committing to have at least one post per day on my blog. Wish me luck

  • Rachel

    Great tips! I’m a new blogger myself. I can think of topics for posts, but the motivation is hard to find when the blog is new and doesn’t generate a lot of traffic. Maybe everyone who commented on here should visit another commenter’s blog to generate some traffic. 🙂

  • admin@technofreaky

    “The second mistake is to have started too many blogs at the same time”, this fact and you should concentrate on one blog.

  • munawar am

    in my mind, Rui Cruz have no soul of blogging more
    is this too simple?

  • cmdweb

    I completely agree. I’m in the doldrums with one of my sites at the moment but needs must I suppose. I’ll set a target to get a few new pages laid out and written to see if that kick-starts me.

  • Alan @ Work From Home

    It may be good to have regular guest bloggers on your blog. It not only lets you take a breather, this provides your readers with a new perspective of things for a change. Have a system to publish your guest posts like every sat or sun and spend that day with your family or loved ones.

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