The Importance of Staying Motivated

I just wanted to say I really blew it this month looking like I am going to take a couple steps backwards but that is ok.  I completely lost my focus and motivation.  I stop publishing regularly, I stopped spending time on just about everything.  I really took some time off from Staying Motivated my blog and business which is not good for traffic or progress but I just couldn’t find the motivation and didn’t want to deliver crap.  So what can I learn and share from this.  First I going to look at some of my mistakes and then cause for lack of motivation.

Mistake #1 Regular Posting

With a newer blog or a regular posting schedule is extremely important to traffic and readership.  The good news is my traffic didn’t completely die but it did drop.  If your a rockstar blogger or have an more established blog you can probably get away with only a couple post a per month but  for me I need to continue to post at least 3 post or more per week.  That what been working so I need to continue this.  I think I might even have to kick it up a notch and do more as punishment for taking off the last 10 days.

Mistake #2 Failure to Following Though

I had a few things lined up that would have resulted in some very good content and interviews but didn’t carry though with them.  Let’s see if I can recover, it seems it is very easy to connect with people the key here is to connect the right people and when things don’t work out as you planned don’t let it stop you move on don’t let it become your excuse.

Mistake #3 Looking for Shortcut’s

I still find myself more interesting in the learn vs. doing.  I still find myself subscribing to just about everything under the sun.  I still find myself constantly analyzing what other peoples are doing and trying to figure out their systems.  I need to take more action.  I need to learn more from trial and error.  Focus on more on the things that help my business.  Producing content, traffic generation, connecting with others, building list, building systems and products.

Mistake #4 Time Management

What little time I spend I poorly managed.  Not exactly sure if this is a time management issue or lack of spending any time.  I pretty much only checked my e-mail for the last 10 days and left a few comment here and their.  I should have at least make a point to get a post in but didn’t like feel anything I was going to write about had purpose.

Enough with the mistakes I could go on for a while on these but lets talk a little bit about while I lost or am losing my motivation.

Reason #1 Money

I know it shouldn’t all be about money but time is money and I have put in a lot of time this year to my business and have not seen the result that I would have expected.  I now have more realistic goals and understand it will all come in due time with with right amount of effort and time but lets face it money is a motivator.  When it is not coming in then you have to ask yourself why are you doing it.

Reason #2 Distraction

Ok I must admin since hockey and football and a few of the new TV shows started back up I been spending some more time in front of the TV vs. plugging away on the computer.  Earlier in the year I had pretty much given up TV and replace that time with time spend on my business.  Also it seems since my personal laptop died back in August I just haven’t found my writing zone.  Back then when I had that I could socialize with my wife and the TV and still get things done now I have to enter my man cave and be away from everyone which seems to be a hard place to find myself going to late at night.

Reason #3 Time & Effort

Let’s face it running a blog and online business requires a lot of time and effort.  I could easily spend 40-50 hours a week doing this but I only have 10-20.  So I find that since I not able to spend the time I need I get frustrated and behind.  It’s not that I don’t want to spend the time it that I only have so much of it to spend as this is a part time venture for me at this point.  Another thing is I really like to do quality work in everything I do so I don’t like it when I get behind and try to make up time by taking shortcuts.

So what does all this mean?

Not exactly sure yet but I am going to continue blogging.  As punishment for taking some on un-expected time off I going to post M-F for the next 2 weeks.  The post are going to be more about my thoughts and what I need to do to fix this site and my motivation.  The goal of the post is really to come up with a future direction and action plan for this site.  YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME as all this is for you.  I think part of the problem is I find myself posting about blogging vs. the original intent of this site.  I feel that I need to find a way to write faster.  So this punishment should help get me with getting in to the habit of publishing daily and also help me with learning how to do some faster post.

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  2. Brad Harmon says:

    Jared,

    Thanks for sharing your frustrations. I am sure that I speak for small business owners and bloggers everywhere when I say that we completely understand. It is so easy to get distracted, become disheartened, and just worn out when you are the only person in your small business.

    It’s so easy to get off track isn’t it? It’s also easy to get off message. I keep finding myself wanting to add more topics to my blog and I am barely a month old. I am already at 7 categories (or series) of posts so I have probably went too far already. There is a common thread through them all though – how does this impact the small business owner.

    My suggestion would be to write a post everyday for the next two weeks, but only post every other one. This will give you a reserve of posts that you can schedule to post during week #3 and #4. During week 3 just write your normal 3 posts and schedule them to post the following week. This should give you much more flexibility to take a break now and then when you need to do so.

    I am glad you are not giving up. I really enjoy reading your posts. I have been doing a lot of blog walking this week and it is sad how many bloggers have given up even though they were writing great stuff.

    Brad
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  3. Thanks for bring this article. I learn a lot from it. You may not aware that i am in writing block right now. Yeah, I still have many article that i write back than, so i still post in regular schedule. But, i almost did not write anything in a week.
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  4. Hey Jared,

    It’s great that you can be so open – and I think that Brad’s sugggestion of only publishing every second second post is really excellent.

    All the best

    Will
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  6. Jared says:

    @Brad Harmon
    Brad thanks for the great advice, I think I going to keep with my punishment for this week I been wanting to see if posting everyday for a while and see if it has any effect on traffic vs. posting every other day. I been posting 3-4 times a week for the last 3 months.

    If I do sick with everyday this week I will be able to keep my month post number consistent and see if that has any increased effect on traffic. Then next week I will write everyday but go back to my Normal posting M-W-F.
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  7. Greg Ellison says:

    We all go through this in our blogging path. There will be ups and downs. We just need to keep working at it. It will all come together at the end. Greg Ellison
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  8. Jared Little says:

    @Greg Ellison
    Thanks Greg, yes very true up and downs part of the learning process and your right in the end it will all come together.

  9. Extreme John says:

    All excellent points all though I can’t say that looking for shortcuts is always bad as long as it’s to help with being efficient.
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  10. I’ve found (and agree with you) that regular posting is the best thing you can do, especially when you start. If users don’t see frequent posting, they will be less likely to come back.
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