Blogging can be a hard nut to crack and it is common for bloggers to become uninspired, bored and simply tired if they don’t start getting recognized or talked about for all the hard work they’re putting in.
Thankfully, triggering these 15 amazing psychology life hacks, which are seated deep in the human conscious, will help you effectively handle moments when you feel like giving up; in turn making you a better blogger.
Hack #1 – Celebrate Small Successes with Positive Reinforcements
If you have been blogging for a while now, you will know that it is very easy to quit your blog and bid goodbye to your goal of becoming a popular and successful blogger, but it is hard to stay persistent and hold on to this goal.
And how do you reinforce your actions positively? Give yourself a pat on the back, buy yourself something you like or just spoil yourself with your favourite food.
Takeaway: Celebrate every little success and you will be more likely to be rewarded with successes again.
Hack #2 – Banish Self-Loathing
Do not give yourself a hard time by punishing yourself for every time you’ve procrastinated writing that blog post or when your blog went unnoticed or you didn’t win the accolade you were expecting to get.
Takeaway: You will only end up feeling more miserable and less likely to continue working towards your blog if you give yourself negative experiences in the form of punishments and self-loathing.
Hack #3 – Be Emotionally-Intelligent
At the end of the day, we are all social animals.
We get affected by the actions and reactions of other people and the way we handle such emotional turmoils defines how effective or ineffective we are. Emotional Intelligence is all about recognizing and managing one’s own and others’ emotions and feelings.
By adopting simple emotional intelligence techniques like tackling the problems that are troubling you emotionally before proceeding to other tasks, or scribbling away all your feelings on a piece of paper and throwing it away before proceeding to blogging, you will become a better blogger.
Takeaway: It all starts with your emotions and feelings and what you do to manage them.
Hack #4 – Adopt a “Me with the World” Strategy
Every single blog post you write is like a tiny droplet of water in a giant ocean. There are millions of people out there, writing amazing and inspiring blog posts every single day and there is no way you can compete with all of them.
Even if you succeed to become a more popular blogger than most bloggers you know, you will always come across bloggers who are doing better than you. You might just end up feeling joyless.
Think of yourself, your blog, as a medium to help people, entertain them, live a better life and find more joys out of their lives. Your words can move mountains.
Takeaway: Look at the larger impact you can create rather than competing with a small group of people.
Hack #5 – Set Apart Time for Blogging
Most people blog out of passion and it likely that they have other commitments in life like a course to take up, a job to do and/or a family to take care of.
A lot of times when bloggers give excuses like writer’s block, for not being regular on the blogging front, they are basically just procrastinating due to their own inability to manage their time well.
Takeaway: Do not get distracted or change your schedules at the last moment. Let this time be only for you and your blog.
Hack #6 – Do Not Multi-task
In this day and age of social media and mobile apps, getting notifications and messages from hundreds of apps, profiles and multiple inboxes is very common.
If you blog and simultaneously remain active on these profiles and apps, you are basically multi-tasking and therefore, getting distracted way too often.
This will affect your thought-process, the way you write and your overall blogging experience. This will also take you longer to complete your blog post and you are also more likely to delay the post for another time.
Staying distraction-free is a smart choice you will make towards becoming a better blogger. You can also make use of online blogging tools to help you stay distraction-free and more committed to your blog.
Hack #7 – Surround Yourself with Supportive People
According to American entrepreneur and motivation speaker Jim Rohn, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
The kind of people you hang out with, the ones you confide into have a big impact on how you view yourself and your life.
If you spend time with people who poison your spirit or dull your shine, or let’s say those who don’t acknowledge you for putting up so much effort in your last blog post or who criticize your work or appear jealous of your success; you will soon begin to get disengaged with your work as well.
On the other hand, spending time with people who encourage you, appreciate you and support you with ideas and help will motivate you to work harder on your blog.
Hack #8 – Go Through Blogs that are Better and Worse than Yours
This is a simple psychology hack that always works. When you feel like you are a failure of a blogger and everybody else has mastered this art except you, check out blogs of complete newcomers.
On the other hand, when you start feeling arrogant about your blog, check out some of the really popular blogs in your genre or community.
This will instantly put your feet back on the ground. At the same time, it will inspire you to work harder as you will realize that you still have a long way to go.
Takeaway: If you’re going through self doubt – go through the work of rookies or your competition who are doing a mediocre job. If you’re going through self-arrogance – see the blog of someone better than you and put yourself back on the ground.
Hack #9 – Let People Know What You Intend to Do
I once began a gratitude project on Facebook in which I posted about one good thing that happened to me on that day.
But before I launched my project, I posted about my intention to do it with all my friends and followers. Of course, I received a lot of supportive responses.
But there was one more thing that was happening which I wasn’t aware about then. The same people now expected me to post daily and they actually looked forward to see my posts. The day when I was too busy and forgot to post something, I got several messages asking me why I did not post.
By letting other people know about what I intended to do, I became more committed to my work and also found my own champions of success.
Hack #10 – Take a Break
When you do something you are truly passionate about, you can actually work on it for hours and hours on end without feeling the need to stop.
But the moment you start feeling uninspired, tired and sleepy, your eyes start hurting, your brain feels fuzzy and the next sentence will just not come out of your head on to the screen – step back and please take a break.
Hack #11 – Set Deadlines
As stated in one of the points above, most of us blog out of passion. We all have other things to take care of. Which is why it is easier for a blogger to lose motivation in the midst of all the other things that we have to do in our lives.
Takeaway: Deadlines make you more accountable to your work.
Hack #12 – Visualization
Imagine yourself writing on your blog, struggling with issues and working out solutions, getting noticed for your blog, being recognized, monetizing it.
Imagine getting thousands of shares and hundreds of comments on your next blog post.
Imagine people interested in knowing what your next blog post will be all about and appreciating all the hard work you put into your blog.
Hack #13 – Record Every Thought
Inspiration can strike you anytime.
A sparkling blogging idea can hit your mind while taking a shower, reading a book, watching a movie, listening to a song or taking a stroll in the park or just going about your daily shenanigans. Note it down as it comes because your memory is just not so sharp to record every single thought or idea.
Takeaway: Keep a notepad handy to scribble away stuff or use mobile apps or digital tools to make notes.
Hack #14 – Use the Halo Effect
Some of you may have heard of the Halo Effect, a cognitive bias in which people form a positive impression about a person or a thing based on a few characteristics that they appreciate.
Some of the things you can do is to create a really awesome landing page for your blog so that people associate your overall blog with the awesomeness of your landing page.
Takeaway: Make sure that the first couple of posts are really strong so that your readers develop a positive impression about you and your overall blog and keep coming back to it.
Hack #15 – Leverage Social Proof
Social Proof is all about using your current social influence to get new readers to share your posts.
If your blog has very less shares, likes and comments, a reader who may genuinely like your post might not share it as he does not want to be singled-out.
Try to get influential people to share and comment on your posts, join communities that support and promote each other’s works, request friends to promote your work, display your existing social media share stats on your blog and make it easy for people to share it.
Takeaway: If readers can see that your blog post has already been shared by so many readers, they are more likely to share it too as we all have a need for conforming.
Now, which one of these psychology life hacks will you use to become a better blogger? Do you have a favourite among these? Do share in the comments section below!
(Authored with the help of Pranav Sukhija)