How Do You Keep Motivated?

By Daniel Scocco

questions and answersThis post is part of the Friday Q&A section. If you want to ask a question just send it via the contact form.

Lye Kuek Hin asks:

You have been blogging since 2006. How do you actually keep your motivation at a consistently high level to maintain your blog?

Actually I have been blogging since 2005. That year I started FutureTechWeb.com, which was my very first blog about technology. I still remember purchasing the domain on GoDaddy, getting a hosting plan, and starting to build it with raw HTML pages (yeah, it was a pain…).

After that I started a couple of other blogs, and one of them started growing pretty fast, and that is when I decided to create Daily Blog Tips. I basically wanted a place to share the tips and tricks I was learning with my other sites.

Since then I wrote 1,590 posts here, pretty much never missing a week day over the past four years.

So where does the motivation come from? I am not really sure.

Some things certainly help. The first being the readers. If no one was reading my stuff I probably would have tried something else after one year or so. The feedback I get via emails and comments is very rewarding.

Second comes the money. Just by selling ads on this blog I am able to pay all my bills. On top of that it also helped to launch other projects over the years, so it’s definitely an important part of my overall online business. If this was not the case I probably would not be as motivated.

Third comes my interest to the topics I write about. I have been working on the Internet since 2006, and pretty much all aspects of Internet marketing fascinate me, and that is where most of my post ideas come from. Usually it’s stuff I either tried personally or saw other people trying.

Even with all the motivational factors above, however, I still have days when I just don’t feel like writing. But I push myself and write anyway, because I know that if I want readers to respect my site (i.e., to visit it often and trust its content) I need to respect them first, and that involves writing quality content regularly.

Summing up: In my opinion if you want to stay motivated with your blog you should a) build a community around it, b) get something back from your efforts and c) focus on stuff you are actually interested about. On top of that you’ll also need to have the discipline to do your homework even on the days you don’t feel like it.



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28 Responses to “How Do You Keep Motivated?”

  • HP van Duuren

    Indeed seeing stats go up and seeing people link to me and participate in discussions giving their feedback are all things that can help motivation.

    So feel free to do all of the above 🙂

    Recently I saw that one of the elements of success is also
    about accessibility, so it goes without saying that
    I will make an effort to reply to your feedback.

    All the Best,
    To your Happy Inspiration,
    HP

  • Alan @ Work From Home

    Hey Daniel,

    Five years is a long time. I’m sure we could all benefit from having the same determination and focus as you have had and still have. That kind of motivation would certainly keep me going. I’m slowly getting there, but I still have a long way to go compared to where you’re at. Keep up the great work.

  • HomeList

    Maybe this sounds childish, but for me it’s the fun of seeing my site stats go up over time, and seeing my articles get linked to more and more without any of my own involvement that really motivates me. One of my blogs has some prominent backlinks from Yahoo articles, college professor’s lectures, etc.. it’s a really cool feeling knowing that my writing is being read by so many people, and they like it enough to link to me.

    That’s how I stay motivated.

  • zeeshan

    I agree motivation comes mainly in two way , from the people who praise your work and rewards you get from your hard work

  • Pete”BloggingGenius”Carr

    Hi Daniel,
    My motivation comes from all different places, people like yourself and other top bloggers that I follow continue to inspire me.
    Also as somebody has already mentioned my ultimate goal in life, to spend more time with my wife and daughter.
    Those are my inspirations and motivations.
    Blogging as with traffic generation is all about consistency, something I am quite bad at, but working on it.
    Pete

  • John Sherry

    Great question, we all have the motivation issue often worse than writers block. It’s sometimes tough to get up each day to create fresh stuff that appeals or reads well. For me it’s writing about something that matters. Something that fires me up and gets my juices flowing. It keeps me motivated and powers the zen in the pen again and again. Find what gets you going and make that your inspiration to blog on and you’ll find motivation a best mate not a noisy neighbour.

  • HP van Duuren

    I must admit that your blog is interesting because you have a high productivity and constantly have fresh content. I admire your discipline!

    Nowaday’s on my own blog(s) I do write a little more
    regularly than I did in the past since it usually where posts on their own, and nowaday’s I make them more like ‘Continuing Posts’ more like commenting on my own posts or elaborate on one or more of my own previous posts. That way making it easier to be a little more productive.

    So nowaday’s on my Blog(s) you can get a rather fresh content also. Although I don’t feel totally obligated to have a really tight schedule, because I don’t want to write posts when I am not really motivated to write them!

    Besides it keeps my posts
    Very EXCLUSIVE !!! 🙂

    All the Best,
    To your Happy – Blogging – Inspiration,
    HP

  • Melvin

    I think for me motivation comes on later. Yes, I know you have to be motivated when starting something and I am. However, a bigger chunk of motivation comes in as i go along. Increase number of readers, recognition, monetary compensation are those things that add up so I can always stay enthusiastic on something.

  • carolee Sperry a.k.a. The Blogging Biz Mom

    P.S. Also, like you said, your following…….

    We all love to hear from them!

  • carolee Sperry a.k.a. The Blogging Biz Mom

    I think the fact that I don’t want to go back to a J-O-B keeps me motivated- I have kids and a grandson. I want to be here…

    My daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and has to go to the docs every couple of weeks or so.

    Of course the only appt I can ever get is during working hours- I would get fired after a month or two for taking time off.

    AND, I have always liked working from home…..

    If I’m not motivated, I take a walk- usually I am gung-ho and ready to work when I come back..

    I also have a notebook where I jot down ideas as they come to me. There is always a blog post among them, or in posts I have in draft…

    • Web Marketing Tips

      well that is your daily need, but however we are happy that this kind of business suits you.

  • Ramona

    Staying motivated is far from easy, especially when you’re just starting out. As an example: I have a Romanian blog that’s doing pretty well. I write daily, I have hundreds of visitors and many people comment. I am well known and respected. Once you hit success it’s pretty easy. On the .com blog it’s harder. The community is still not created, I get very few comments etc. So just my stubborness makes me keep on working on it.

  • Mike @ Blog Success Resource

    Daniel,

    That is sure motivating, not missing a single day since 2005! You must have passion for it, otherwise this would not last this long even with amount of money!

    • Web Marketing Tips

      yes every factor plays an important role and than only you can reach at such level.

  • Brent Stangel

    It’s like planting seeds.

    I find the best seed I can (niche,keywords, etc.), which I plant in the best way I know how (SEO), then I go on to the next one.

    It’s not that I neglect them, I just know that some are not going to grow…so i plant more.

    I don’t have much time to worry about the seeds that don’t grow as I’m too intensely focused on planting new ones.

    Then one day things start sprouting up everywhere.

    I really enjoy producing videos and building web sites. Work ain’t work if you’re having fun.

    Brent

  • Barry Wells

    Hi,
    Thanks for the tips. They all make perfect sense, especially the first one about the readers, without them what have we got? The third also hits home with me but as yet i’ve not experienced the second 🙁

    I’m in my second year of my blogging and my motivation comes from the desire to change my situation. I’ve been learning and applying as i go and have started to see some results, which gives me a little boost and encourages me to keep doing what i have been.

    I used to post every ten days or so, but have recently started to post on a weekly basis, normally Mondays.

    Regards, Barry

  • Robert Bravery

    Motivation is a real bummer, especially if your blog aims to motivate other, like your blog and mine.

    Some once asked, I forget who it was, “Who will motivate the motivators”

    What motivates me a lot is when I get responses from readers as to how a particular article has helped them solve a problem, become better at what they do etc.

    You can’t believe how much we as people rely on praise from others.

    Then it also help when a big company like Microsoft recognises your blog and wants to get involved.

  • Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach

    There are times I’m motivated…and times when I’d prefer to gaze upon the excitement that grass growing affords.

    I’ve learned now that when that mood hits me, its my guardian angel saying, take some time for yourself.

    I leave, I regroup, I come back refreshed. Definitely helps.

    • Web Marketing Tips

      so that means that there is no fixed schedule of posting.

      Believe me if you want to gain the confidence and wants that your readers should come again and again than scheduling is quite important thing for you.

  • Web Marketing Tips

    basically motivation depends on person to person. If you blogging for money than good amount of money can easily motivate you.

    Similar is the case if you love blogging than adding new contents and appreciation from your readeers can also motivate you.

  • d3so

    That’s pretty awesome how you post frequently. I honestly probably can’t do it unless I forced myself to.
    I post at least once a week but I do need to improve the quality of u posts.

    • Web Marketing Tips

      i always believe that consistency is the common factor among all the successful bloggers.

      You can take the example of Darren or Daniel or John.

  • Lye Kuek Hin

    Hi Daniel,

    I believe sooner or later people will find less motivated in some days. This is some good advice for us to follow to ensure we stay motivated. Yes the first is always the readers. Even though my blog traffic is low but i am feeling motivated as long there are people reading and commenting in my post.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer the question.

  • IM Secrets Revealed

    Bloggers like you keeps me motivated 🙂

    • Web Marketing Tips

      good answer …

  • Matt Gio

    Staying motivated with my blog is extremely hard. I know it takes time to build a following and I also know that some niches just don’t create good followings. So how long do I continue? 6 Months? A year?

    My blog is attached to my main site and since the start of my daily blogging, I have only gained 5 rss subscribers in 3 months. Piss poor if you ask me. Maybe people just don’t have any interest in following a blog about pool & spa care, or maybe I’m targeting the wrong kind of audience. Or maybe they are just not tech savvy enough to know what an RSS feed is.

    Bottom line for me: it’s hard to stay motivated with no comments, no twitter feedback and no readers.

    • Dieter

      Hi there

      I took a glance at your blog. I would have guessed you have more readers. It’s well crafted, tackles a well defined niche, has a variety of ways to provide content and provides added value. I know a fair amount of people who would be interested in your tips. My brother in law has been suffering with his tub for the whole of summer!

      It’s always easy to find flaws in something that doesn’t appear to work, but, from your article on the chlorine stabilizer I would say that sometimes you need to be more specific in order to become authoritative (like: what is “slowly”?)

      On another note: are you consistently marketing your site or did you expect appearing on Martha’s to be an end station?

      I believe in your website and blog. I’d keep up for another 3 months.

      Cheers

  • Justin P Lambert

    Daniel,

    I really appreciate your answers because it helps to place the focus where it belongs: on the reader and the reader’s reasons for coming to the blog.

    As much as I love writing, like you said, there are days I have a hard time. But now that I’ve committed to making this blog happen, and I’ve mapped out an aggressive editorial calendar, I’ve tried hard to maintain that focus: someone, somewhere, is expecting this post today. Even if they don’t know what it’s about yet, they’re waiting for it.

    I don’t want to disappoint them, because I need them.

    That being said, I recently had a complete implosion at the blog, and I’m still digging out of the rubble. I sent my sincere apologies and my e-mail subscribers stuck with me, which is gratifying, but I’m back at square three or so with daily traffic.

    It just underlines the points you made in my mind: I let personal difficulties distract me from delivering what I promised to the readership, and the readership (as they should) moved on to more consistent bloggers.

    Thanks for the consistent advice and inspiration!

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