A couple weeks ago, I got Sisterlocks. For those of you who havenât a clue what Iâm talking about, itâs basically like getting very tiny dreadlocks (like hundreds) in your hair. If you would have asked me six months ago if I would ever make such a permanent decision, I would say, âNever!â
Why not? Locs are not versatile. Locs are not beautiful. Locs are too permanent. Locs are not for me. Those were my excuses, and yet here I am with a head full of Sisterlocks.
What changed my viewpoint? In short, an education.
Stop blogging now!
Blogging is a beneficial endeavor. It gets your business heard on a more social level. It gets your audience to trust you. It makes you appear as an authority in your niche. So, why would you stop blogging?
1.Â You donât have the time. You have a life. You are a parent, a spouse, a full-time worker, and youâd like to keep up your hobby. Blogging takes the backburner.
I am the same way, and yet, I find the time to write. How I do it is with simple scheduling. However, I find that most people will agree that a schedule looks good on paper, but it doesnât help with motivation. I love blogging because I write about topics that interest me. So, I have my schedule, and I have something interesting to share, which brings me to my next pointâ¦
2.Â You ran out of ideas. You donât know what to write about. You feel like youâve covered every single topic in your niche, so youâre ready to give blogging a break.
Been there. Maybe you need a creativity boost. Iâm not saying to create a whole new blog, but maybe you need to repurpose your blog. Do you have a tight niche? Do you have a creative slant on it? Do you share information in a way that interests you and your audience?
Take some time to read other blogs, whether they relate to yours or not. Talk to friends and family. Observe your day-to-day activities. Then sit down and write as many topics that come to your mind. Youâll soon have more topics than you ever imagined.
3.Â You are not a good writer, so why keep up a blog?
Well, you could try some of the editing tactics Jael mentioned last week. You could also hire a professional blogger to write for you.
If those ideas donât appeal to you, have you tried starting to video blog? Writing is talking with letters. If you cannot string your letters together in an intelligible manner, but you love to talk, try talking to your audience. Uncomfortable with your face? Two words: Audio Podcast.
4.Â Your blog doesnât look as nice as other blogs, and youâre ready to shut it down.
Iâm no graphic designer. I know as much about html as a newborn knows about pizza. It looks good, but I canât do a whole lot of anything with it. There is such a thing as a template. Shop for a new template, and it doesnât have to cost you anything. Of course, if you do hire someone to design your blog, you are more likely to get exactly what you want.
If you just want to tweak your existing look, search for some help. I recently got some help from a fellow blogger with my blogâs appearance. And guess what? She didnât charge me a cent! Enlist the help of bloggers you know.
There are more reasons you should stop blogging. But before you indulge yourself and call it quits, educate yourself. See how you can make your blog work.
I became educated about Sisterlocks, and now I wish I would have gotten them sooner. Donât be like me, wishing you would have solved your blogging problems sooner. Take action.
How do keep yourself motivated to continue blogging?
Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clientsâ authority status and net visibility.Â She has written informative pieces for newspapers, online magazines and blogs, both big and small.Â She regularly blogs at Freelance Writing Mamas . You’ll find her on Twitter @thewriteblogger
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