What do you need to overcome to blog consistently!
It's finally been a year since I started blogging consistently. I don't want to write about how this blogging has benefited me. Today I would like to focus on blogging without giving up for a year. Frankly, a year is not a time of great patience for bloggers. Because there are more bloggers on the internet who have more patience than this. I also introduced a blogger, Austin Kleon who has been posting consistently for 15 years on the content he posted the other day, and then published a book and appeared on TV.
However, for those who are just starting a blog for the first time, the six-month, one-year deadline may seem more realistic. So today, I want to share what I felt while blogging for a year.
First, a brilliant start! Your determination and motivation to start a blog can vary. The biggest motivator is if you see that you are getting secondary income or passive income from your blog, or if you read articles or books that say power blogger are earning sufficient income without getting their job or can resign from their job. In this case, We are filled with hope as if we became the same persons of the story.
It's not that hard to choose a related company to create a blog, open an account and choose the layout or design of your blog. If you compare blogging as a business, there is no business that requires as little upfront capital as blogging. This is a really fantastic alternative.
And overflowing with hope and anticipation, you write your first post and then write the next one. When you make your first post for the first time, you will be quite embarrassed. Because it takes more time than you think. Think of your first date! How much time did you have to spend to get to your appointment? After posting the first post like this, probably you are curious about the reaction. Maybe you can imagine something like this. The first post you posted became a huge hit and became famous overnight.
But we know all too well that this cannot be the case. That's why you know that you have to wait at least 6 months even if there is no response. So, from the beginning, you convince yourself that nothing is easy, and you post diligently and steadily.
And when these posts pile up, you'll probably consider adding Adsense to your blog. In my case, AdSense was installed to stably support my work activities amid unstable artist income, for example, to buy paints, to obtain flames, or to prepare exhibitions.
In fact, to be precise, attaching AdSense itself is not an easy task. In order to place AdSense on your blog, you need sufficient quality content, steady visitors, and good comments. And when you break through this difficult gate, you will be filled with another hope. This is an reward for bloggers who open a blog for the first time and post consistently for about 6 months.
Second, you need to run hard with the start signal. During this time, you have to run hard without looking back and putting off worrying about the future. In short, it's like a full marathon. Consistent content posting is the lifeblood of running a blog. If you are not confident in this consistency, you must have your own killing content. So many people from all over the world are willing to come to your site to see this content. But most of them do not have this essential and must-know content that does not exist in the world. If there are such things, you may not be able to open them.
So, most of them consider their interests, hobbies, professionalism, philosophies and perspectives, daily life, popular content, etc. first. So am I. As a person who draws pictures, I mainly wrote about daily stories about art, introducing artists around me, introducing my work, exhibitions, and introducing past artists. And this event is continuously updated every day or on a specific day.
In this process, you will feel two feelings. One is an indescribable reward. It would be the natural, invisible reward you get for your efforts. For example, writing every day will improve your writing skills. It is very difficult to write a few lines at first, but as you go through the process of writing steadily for about 6 months, doing research to write this article, looking for references, and seeing what others have written, your writing skills gradually improve.
And you will get a steady motif and momentum for your area of interest. More consistent blogging than when you're doing nothing is a motivator that drives you to do something. For example, in the case of an art sheet, this is a freelance job. It's a company, but I'm the boss of myself. This is called self-employee. The pitfall of this self-employee is that I have to push myself towards a certain path every day in search of limitless motivation and energy.
In such a case, blogging can be a smart facilitator that allows you to set a line for your own work, get ideas, and prepare for the next step steadily without getting discouraged.
Third, run! Never stop! Six months have passed since you blogged. But you won't get much reaction or reward. At this point, you will start to feel tired and skeptical. Persistence means that you have to do it even when you can't do it. For example, when you are sick, when you have to go to a party, or when you have more urgent priorities, this means that you should not delay. This means you have to keep adding firewood to keep the firepit on fire.
So why shouldn't you turn off the lights? Why do I have to turn it off for a while and start over? What is the answer to this question? The answer to this very question will keep you blogging.
How do you keep the fire pit burning in your heart? First of all, this is a very good sign if you are no longer obsessed with results while blogging, that is, because you have had enough rewards and satisfaction throughout the process. For example, if you meet someone on a date and think about getting married as soon as you meet, the probability of failure is very high. Long marathons can be easily completed if you enjoy the process without pre-drawing the results.
It's a great idea to rethink the meaning of your blog in this regard. There should be a more dramatic and essential reason why your blog is not your source of income, trophies or hobbies. However, you will know little by little about this determination and motivation after you have been blogging for about a year. In this sense, I'd like to compare blogging to an empty room, staring at the wall and telling your story for a year.
It is very painful to talk alone in a room where no one is present. Only reaction will tell if there will be someone beyond the wall. If someone comments on your blog or the number of visitors steadily increases, you will be relieved. But keep in mind. The fact that the opposite is more common. You may have to endure a year of unresponsiveness and perseverance. At this point, the most important thing is motivation. You must have the power to encourage yourself.
So, if you've started a blog or just want to quit because it's not working, think again. What is it like before and after I blogged? Is there any obvious difference? Except for monetary compensation here, of course. Are you happy enough to get over your slump faster than before and to have the world to have a place to say your word? The lower your expectations, and the more you have the ability to be happy by giving meaning to the little things, I believe your blog will be more sustainable.
Myungja Anna Koh