There are innumerable reasons as to why people start blogging. Some people simply wish to share their ideas with the world and likeminded individuals. Some feel that they need a vent from the myriad everyday problems that assail each and every one of us. Of course, there are also those who are trying to make money blogging.
There are many more reasons and they are all valid.
Unfortunately, and this is something everyone who has blogged for more than a few months knows, there comes a time when a blogger feels that things are not working out for them. They look back at the reason why they started blogging and they do not see themselves moving closer to that goal or fulfilling it in any meaningful manner.
In essence, blogging gets tough.
So, what to do in such a situation?
When the Writing Stops
The most common way in which blogging gets tough is hitting that notorious writer’s block. The reason why this is the most common way is that it affects all bloggers, regardless of why they are blogging, how long they are blogging or how much content they are putting out.
Writer’s block has been around for as long as there have been writers and it really can seem like the end of the world.
Perhaps the best way to deal with it is to try and remind yourself why you love to write in the first place. Go back to your favorite book or writer. Read. Read the classics. They are classics because they are good. Read newspapers. Read magazines. Read your own blog. Read other people’s blogs.
Of course, if you are more of an organized type of a person who thrives on schedules and practice, dedicate at least an hour each day to nothing but writing. It does not have to be writing for your blog. As long as you are putting words to “paper”, it counts.
When the Traffic Isn’t There
There are a lot of blogs out there and even more blog posts being published every day. In fact, the numbers are so elusive that the closest we have are projections. For example, this counter from Worldometers estimates that there are millions of posts being published on a daily basis.
In other words, there is just too much content being published every day.
It is therefore no surprise that it can be difficult to bring people to your blog and engage them enough to share your content with their friends and acquaintances. For some bloggers, especially the inexperienced ones, this can be quite a downer.
Getting more people to come to your blog is hard work and trying to explain it in a paragraph or even a single article would involve some serious cutting of corners. Instead, check out these couple of guides from Moz, Post Planner and WordStream.
It will require some time, but mastering these can do wonders for your blog’s traffic.
When the Money is Tight
Like we mentioned already, there are plenty of people who get in the blogging game because they are looking to make money. They read a few articles online and they start thinking that they are a couple of 1,000-word posts away from fortune.
It does not work that way. It can actually be quite difficult to make money blogging and it can take a while. This hits some budding bloggers like a ton of bricks.
If you find yourself in such a situation, it is essential that you do not despair and that you have something to fall back on. For example, you can get in the tutoring game or you can do paid surveys to make a few bucks here and there. You can do some freelance work, just until your blog gets off the ground.
If you do everything right, it will. It will just need time.
When you start blogging, hard times will come. It is inevitable. The important thing is not to despair. Acknowledge the problem, do not try to walk it off and instead find ways in which you can work on it.
There is a solution to almost any problem.