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How To Overcome The Newbie Blogger Blues And Stay Motivated

By Aug 18, 201449 Comments

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When I first started blogging I had no idea what I was doing, I admit it. I started my blog on a whim. I was out of work, feeling defeated, and most of all, I was bored. I didn’t really even know what a blog was, but I knew it was something I wanted to do. Very soon, I realized it was much harder than it looks. I was in a funk, I had 20 views on a good day and not even one comment yet (except for my trusty mother, thanks Mom!). I had a bad case of the “newbie blogger blues” and I was ready to quit! Almost two years later, here I am going strong. I’ve made it my career, and I’m so glad I didn’t quit! Today I am going to share with you some tips on how I stayed motivated and overcame the newbie blogger blues!

Blogger Blues

Overcome The Newbie Blogger Blues And Stay Motivated

Hopefully these tips will help you overcome the blogger blues, and find your motivation, because blogging is awesome.

My number one tip is just don’t give up.

You stared your blog for a reason; to share your creativity or thoughts with the world. It doesn’t matter if you are doing it for yourself to look back on or hoping to make it a career. Keep at it. You will be so glad you did. An example where I gave up on an aspect of my blog was with ads. I put them up when I started getting a little more than 20 views a day. I didn’t know what to expect, and basically I was making nothing, so I took them down. Big mistake. I waited until I had a decent amount of traffic to put them back up, and now I’ll never know how much revenue I missed out on.

Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers.

Don’t do it. Yes you can have favorite blogs to look up to and strive to be like one day, but never just dwell over how you will never be as “good” as them. You are unique. You have a special, different voice. That’s what makes “bigger blogs” so successful, they have found a way to connect with their readers that you can’t find somewhere else. Now that’s your job, to grab our attention so we keep coming back for more!

Only blog about things that really excite you.

I think this is very important. Only blog about topics, crafts, and dishes that you truly love. Your excitement for your post will come out in your words, and get us excited with you. Don’t be afraid to be quirky or use slang. Don’t try to be perfect. Being real is essential to your success. Your authenticity is captivating and pretty soon I’ll want to read anything you write.

Keep your material flowing.

Here is something critical. You have to keep posting. Period. Be it once a week to 5 times a week, keep it coming. Got writers block? The easiest way for me to keep spewing out ideas is to write them down. Every time I get a new idea for a dish, I write it down in a spreadsheet. I have it organized per holidays and seasons so I will always have something to go to if I’m in a rut. I also keep a notebook on hand at all times to jot down new ideas, then input them into my spreadsheet when I get home.

Give your readers what they want.

Have you noticed how some of your posts do better than others? Was it a certain topic you covered that was on a high? Keep doing that. When I started I used to blog about everything. Everything. Dinner dates. Book reviews. Outfit of the days. Kitchen basics. But, not everything was getting views. I finally had to suck it up and just stop posting about a lot of those topics even though I still love them. It was getting me down that my readers didn’t enjoy them as much as I did and got me back in a funk. Now I just do what works and I don’t waste my time on posts that go no where.

Network with other bloggers.

This is the number one thing that got me out of the newbie blogger blues. I befriended a couple of other bloggers and talk with them daily still. Being able to share struggles and successes with others in the same boat really helps. You are not alone. Now, I don’t just consider them my “blogger friends” they are genuine friends that I share everything with, and it’s such a great feeling.

I hope you will benefit from my tips to overcoming the newbie blogger blues and staying motivated.

Do you have any additional tips to share?

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About Dana DeVolk

Dana is a lover of all things creative. A former professional Chef, Dana now let’s out her creativity on her blog http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com Posting about food and recipes with the occasional craft thrown in, This Silly Girl’s Life is the perfect stop for the most timid home cook to feel at ease. She also loves to share tips and tricks from working long hours in the restaurant industry. She resides in Florida with her hubby Jeremy and their four fur babies!


  • Lucie Palka says:

    Ah, I sometimes get the blogging blues. I’m getting more and more views a day, however, people aren’t commenting! I guess I’ll just keep on trying to engage my readers.

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  • Amaia says:

    I have been blogging for a few years, and I have started at least 3 blogs. I stopped all of them because I wasn’t getting all the readers I thought I would in the first 3 months!!! My latest blog, I started it last January and I am sticking to it. I know now that patience is the first quality a blogger has to have if you want to pursue in this blogging world. I am doing all the great tips you give here and the number of readers is increasing little by little.
    I have now to concentrate on being more regular and creating exceptional content (not easy!). Thanks for the good tips, whether you are a newbie or not, you can always have the blogger blues, so it is good to see that others have overcomed it 🙂

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  • Madison says:

    Thanks for the post! I’m not officially new, but I didn’t “properly” start blogging till now.

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  • Great list! I second what the other Lisa said about celebrating the small successes. I recently had an increase in views and I was so excited but then it leveled off and I am just plugging along until the next small success 🙂

  • Dionne says:

    yeah if you give up you will never know, I’m saying this to myself

  • Gary Kerr says:

    This is such a very helpful and informative post specially for newbie like me.Motivation is really critical for blogging.I appreciate your efforts and agree with every word written.Thanking you for sharing.

  • Inez says:

    Thank you. I have been doing this inconsistently for over a year and still feel like a newbie. I stick with it because I love that feeling of hitting the “Publish” button. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. Although I haven’t posted on weekly or daily basis I use the following quote as inspiration, “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”

  • Barbara says:

    Thank you for this post. I am a 2 week old blogger and I’m wondering what I got myself into at times. I’m not sure I’m doing everything correctly and just learning as I go. I am trying not to compare with someone who has blogging for years. Overall I am enjoying it. Thank you again for your encouragement!

    I’m at brepan.wordpress.com and Facebook page is Facebook.com/barbrepan

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  • Thanks for this!! Dreams don’t work unless we do! Bloggers, keep on bloggin’!

  • Michelle says:

    Love your post! I’m a newbie. Luckily I don’t have the blues yet but at this point I would be happy to have 20 views a day! Thanks for the encouragement to keep blogging!

  • Thank you so much for your informative blog, Marya. I alway learn something new, or have something reinforced. to see your busienss from your prospect’s point of view.
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  • Jeanni says:

    I literally just read this after looking at my pageviews (which have started to creep up) and noticed they had dropped. My heart sank for a moment and then I read this blog. It still bothers me that the numbers went down, but it just means I have to look at what was working when they started going up. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Jackie says:

    Thanks for this! I started a blog with my sister-in-law to share our love of nail polish across the miles. Its hard to share a blog because we tend to get sad that no one is reading or that one gets a comment and the other one didn’t. But in the end for us, this is just a way to stay connected, get to know each other more and to do something fun since we live across the country from each other. I think staying focused on your why is pretty important.

  • Great post – and so needed. I still feel motivated and maybe just delusional enough to not have the blues yet, but still encouraging to read this!

  • These were great tips!!! I remember feeling this way too when I first started my blog last year. It seemed so intimidating at first!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Dana, I really love what you wrote about not giving up, not comparing to other bloggers, and writing about what you love. I think those things will keep me going. I have gotten discouraged (more than I like to admit) but I think the key is just not giving up! Thank you!

  • I am such a newbie, I think I started my blog about a week or two ago. This is great advise for me 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    These are great tips and ones I probably could have used when I started. Giving your readers what they want is so crucial if you want to be successful and have readers, but finding what the want to read from you can be hard when you start. I too had to figure it out the hard way, but am happier writing what people WANT to hear about.

  • You are so right regarding blogging about things that really excite you. When I really enjoy the topic I have no problem going over 300 words easily. I start wondering if I should cut my blog post in two!

  • Clotilde says:

    Wonderful points, very useful for a newbie! I went through that period without going through the blues but I do admit it can get very lonely and discouraging until the flood of readers starts to flow in. One more thing that I would add to the list is don’t cause anyone to compare you with anyone else, especially if the comparison will be detrimental.

  • Cyndie M says:

    Thanks for some awesome tips. I’m such a newbie blogger that I’m just (fingers crossed) days away from going live. Minus a few site issues with some set up and social media I think I’m more anxious than anything. but these tips help a lot.. My next big hurdle is networking with others.. Guess that’s why I was never good at selling Mary Kay 🙂

  • Rosalinde says:

    I’m a newbie .. started in 2012 .. stopped because life got in the way… as it does for a lot of people by the look of it … but I’m going to go strong … I’m thinking of making the switch from wordpress.com to .org so I’ll have no choice – I’m not wasting money for nothing … 🙂
    great post!

  • Joan says:

    As a new blogger, I am right where you write about…thanks for the encouragement!!

  • I think I’m just past the newbie stage, but I would add to celebrate small successes. My first few months saw very little view or comments, but I sure would celebrate any comment or even a small increase in views!

  • Laina Turner says:

    Great advice even for not so newbies. We all struggle from time to time.

  • Yes the 20 views on a good day is a drag, but once I got 146 views on a post and I got super excited 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only person in the world who felt this way, I also appreciate that the tips were related to motivation and not stuff like how your blog looks…even though I know that’s imporant

  • Eva says:

    Thanks for this. I am going through it right now. I just started blogging but was wondering if it’s really worth it. Then I also think that I should keep it going and not quit, at the end of the day, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  • Tammi Young says:

    Great post, Dana. I think you make great points. It is important to find your voice and keep going. Write every day about anything. This is the one thing I have done and it really helps with inspiration. The most important point you make, “don’t give up!” Cheers!

  • Jamie G says:

    Thanks for the tips, I feel like some of my posts aren’t resonating as much as others, so I will need to weed it down!

  • Glenda says:

    I have been blogging for a little over a year and I have the blues. I have many comments but still feel empty. Thanks for the advice.

  • I am not a newbie but I have had the blogging blues lately. This post was exactly what I needed to read. Sometimes I need a reminder of why I blog.

  • This was an encouraging read. I started my blog in 2013, but had to set it aside when life got in the way and started it up again in 2014. I don’t have 300 views a day like Ally, but I don’t get discouraged anymore, now that I’ve gotten good about reminding myself of MY reasons why I blog. High viewership isn’t one of them. I blog to connect with other bloggers who interest me, and I’ve made lots of new friends on the blogosphere, so I feel successful.

  • Ally says:

    I think this is great. I’m still in my newbie blogger stage. I started my blog in January, and even though I get about 300 views a day, I still get discouraged some times!

  • Thank you for this post. I think that the “Only Blog About Things That Really Excite You” & “Give Your Readers What They Want” have the potential to conflict. If you feel like only writing about certain things and no one wants to read them (or the number of people reading them is low) I say who cares. You need to keep the passion alive somehow. If what the readers want is something you may not be as passionate about you can still very well end up in a funk…your posts may not be as genuine and you could start to lose yourself.

  • Fantastic post, Dana

    I’ve been blogging since 2009 and Keep the Tail Wagging is my 5th blog and I’m having the time of my life. I receive opportunities all the time and I’m always reminding myself of my niche and why I’m blogging and that makes it so much easier and keeps it fun. Whenever I’ve felt burnt out, it’s because I started straying outside of what I love to write about 🙂