There are times in your time as a blogger when you will feel like everything is getting on top of you. You can struggle to know where to begin, you may feel like you have nothing to write about. It is important to realise that we have all been there, we all have those days but what is even more important is the way you handle it. Do you throw in the towel or do you work through it?
Ten Tips to get Focused
1. Be inspired
Look around you, there are so many wonderful bloggers out there, each one with their own talents. Take a step back from your own blog every now and then to look at what it is that draws you to certain blogs. Don’t compare yourself to them, remember they are further along their blogging journey, but just take inspiration and use it to take a fresh approach to your own blog. Make it work for you!
2. Be open to opportunities
As your blog grows you will get more and more opportunities. Each time a pr/ brand approaches you, take a real look at the opportunity and decide how it will benefit you and your blog. Be open to everything but also remember not to take on too much at any given time. Don’t be afraid to turn things down but keep the door open by asking people to keep you in mind if something else should be a fit with your blog.
3. Do your own PR
If you don’t shout about you, nobody else will.
PR is so important, especially in this line of work. Katie of Pouting in Heels wrote her Top Ten PR Tips and they are a great reminder of what you need to do to get yourself out there.
4. Look after yourself
Many bloggers will go live 2 or 3 times a day and this can cause blogger burn out. It is so important to look after yourself and make sure you have at least one night off a week to be yourself. The name of this blog starts with ‘Live’ as that is what everyone should be doing- you cannot love or blog if you are not living your life!
5. Get organised
Writing a list and freeing up your mind of all the jobs that need doing can do wonders for your well-being. If you feel organised you will feel less stressed, in turn you will feel able to create more fabulous posts. Keep a diary, have a notepad and if you are super organised then make yourself a spreadsheet with all of your commitments. Another fab tip would be to make sure you have the Editorial Calendar plugin installed if you are on WordPress, having your posts organised can do wonders for your creativity too.
6. Be focused in your down time too
When you have your nights off you need to make sure you have those nights off! Block that time in your diary and make sure nothing gets in the way. It is easy to let things creep into your down time but you need to stay focused and get those jobs done in time!
7. Don’t forget your friends
If you spend every waking minute sitting at your laptop you will miss out on real life. Real life = inspiration and so the two must go hand in hand. It is easy to feel like you haven’t the time but you must make time- even if it means scheduling in a skype call or scheduling ahead of time to meet for a coffee. If it is blocked out in your diary then it will happen.
8. Shut off from the world
Now obviously this is a difficult one when you are a blogger, social media is crucial in helping you to build your blog but it can also mean endless hours wasted when you could be doing much more productive tasks. If you are feeling as though you lack focus then turn it all off, close down those tabs and get rid of the distractions. It is so easy to get lost in other people’s blogs and then lose your own focus. Find your own voice and focus on what you want to write.
9. Reach out to the world
In the complete opposite to the point above, sometimes you just need to reach out and connect with people. Inspiration can come from a chance discussion on Twitter or by reading somebody else’s blog. Reach out and collaborate, host a linky, comment on blogs and organise to meet other bloggers. This blog was grown from a friendship on social media and through discussions at Blogcamp, the community is amazing and can inspire you and help you find your focus.
10. Just get started…
Sometimes you don’t know where to begin and can overthink the whole process. Sometimes it is just better to start, just get writing. Hannah wrote a post every day for a whole year, she said some were awful but just the process of writing meant she improved and by the end of the year she felt she knew who she was as a blogger.
What do you think? Have you got any tips for anyone who has lost their focus?