Have you ever heard the phrase, “Blogging is like a Marathon?”
Have you ever stopped to think how long a marathon really is?
I have a confession to make. I run. Nothing too impressive and on really big hills, you will catch me walking, especially if I’m pushing my almost 2 and one-half year old in the stroller.
In the last two weeks, I’ve gone from running 3 miles to running 6 miles five days a week. I have to tell you, I’ve been pretty proud of myself. Six miles of running (and walking up hills for an hour). That is a long time.
My new found confidence got me thinking, well dreaming actually. I thought maybe the sky is the limit, maybe I should start thinking about running a 10K or maybe half marathon or even a real marathon. Then, I asked my husband, how long is a half marathon?
“A half marathon is 13.1 miles, exactly half of a marathon,” he says so matter of factly, like he wasn’t crushing all my hopes and dreams.
All I can think to myself is, that is more than double what I am doing now. That’s like running really fast for 2 hours and that’s only a half marathon.
Marathons are really long.
Blogging is a Marathon
I know I’ve said it and I know you’ve read it. “Blogging is a Marathon”, but have you ever really stopped to think about how long a marathon really is? I’ll tell you, it’s really long.
The truth is though, blogging is like a marathon. It’s something you have to continue doing and doing and doing. It has amazing rewards, but those rewards may not be achieved until you have been at it for a long time.
5 Ways to Stay Motivated With Blogging
The question that I have is how do you stay motivated? It’s easy in the beginning to dream about blogging for years, just like it’s really easy for me to dream about running a half – just a half, not a whole – marathon.
Today, I wanted to take some time to share with you some great ways to stay motivated.
- Routine or Ritual
Having a routine or a ritual is a great way to stay motivated. Writing and brainstorming ideas will become just another part of your day. For more information on blogging rituals, check out an article we published called, Do You Have a Ritual For Writing Blog Articles?
- Editorial Calendars
My editorial calendars keep me sane. Having a plan has really motivated me to keep going. Every month I take a chunk of time to simply plan and to think about what I really want to accomplish with each of the blogs I write for.
In an article we published called, Why We Shouldn’t Give Up on Article Editorial Calendars, I share some great tips and the template for the same editorial calendar I use.
- Get Inspired
To be able to inspire your readers, you need to be inspired. Find writers and bloggers that you just love to read or songs you love to listen to. I love to read Copyblogger and drink a strong cup of coffee to get inspired.
- Write About Your Passion
When I’m really struggling with staying motivated, I’ll take time to write about something I’m extremely passionate about. That’s where articles like, Never Give Up on a Dream and Never, Ever Give Up on a Dream came from.
- Give Yourself a Break
If you’re feeling really unmotivated, it might be time to take a break. Give yourself a week or two weeks, but don’t stay away too long. Sometimes just giving yourself permission to walk away from your keyboard is all you need.
Blogging is a marathon and marathons are really long. Stay motivated by taking care of yourself and following the tips above.
How do you stay motivated? Let us know how you stay motivated in the comment section below.