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8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

Do These Eight Things When Someone Discourages Your Blogging Efforts.

We have all been there.  We are cruising along, doing our blogging thing, things are going well, and then someone comes along and makes you want to throw the towel in and quite everything.  New bloggers are especially susceptible to discouragement from others because they have not seen strong and real results yet.  But even established bloggers are not immune to the unkind and unhelpful words of others.

I write this article for all bloggers, newbie and established.  We are all human, and unkind and discouraging words can pierce us no matter how great our results may be.  Let's face it, blogging is seriously hard work, and when someone comes along and belittles that work, the easiest thing to do is just quit.  Today I am going to list eight action steps that you should implement immediately if you find yourself wanting to quit blogging because of discouragement. 


8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

Ever had one of those days like the woman above in the picture?? Yeah, I know, me too!  I have days like this pretty regularly in my mom walk as a stay at home mom, and I also have these days in my blogging walk too unfortunately.  Before I get into my eight action steps, I want to tell you my story.

I have been blogging for 6 years, but not on this blog.  I am the author of a Latin cooking blog that I started in 2011 called Postres de La Cipota.  This was just a hobby blog for me and I used it to share my adventures of learning to cook traditional food from El Salvador.  I wasn't serious about blogging and  I didn't do anything to increase followers or make money off of it.  (It was featured on NBC Latino in 2012, which you can view here: Food blogs we love: Postres de La Cipota.)

Fast forward to the summer of 2016 and I started feeling a strong urge to start a new women's lifestyle blog.  I wanted an outlet to share some other really big parts of my life that I couldn't share on my cooking blog.  I wanted to share my passion for makeup and beauty and hair, and all the tips and tricks I knew about those subjects.  I wanted a space to talk about my mom walk and the struggles and triumphs of being married.  I wanted to tell my own personal story, how Jesus rescued me from depression and self-hate, and  gave me a new life and a new path, and how He has blessed me mightily since coming to know Him.  For all these reasons, I decided to create a new blog, and The Makeup Equation was born.  And this second time around, I decided to become serious about blogging.

It has taken thousands of hours to learn how to blog correctly.  There is so many things one has to learn.  Not only is a blogger a writer, they are required to become an html expert, a social media expert, a photographer, and so much more.  Blogging is one of the hardest things I have ever done, and also one of the most time consuming.  If I didn't enjoy it, and have the desire to help my readers, I would have quit a long time ago.  Sadly, one of the people closest to me is often a discourager of my efforts, and it makes things all the harder.

If you read The Makeup Equation, you know that I love my husband.  You can view some of the articles I have written about this man under my page, Marriage, which is located at the top of my site.  God gave this man to me and me to him, and we love and appreciate one another.  Unfortunately, my husband has struggled to encourage me in my blogging efforts many a time.  I think this is simply because as a man, he equates work with things that he can visually see being done.  He has a hard time understanding how all my hours will pay off, and when there are dirty dishes in the sink or toys that are not put away, he can get frustrated with me for spending so many hours on my laptop or phone.  I understand where he is coming from, but it doesn't make his words any less discouraging.  And when you are new into blogging, and haven't had years of results, its easy to want to throw the towel and quit when you feel discouraged by others.

I have learned to implement the following eight action steps whenever I feel discouraged for whatever reason.  I know from personal experience that these eight steps do work, and I hope these steps will work for you as well.


1.  Take a look back at your progress.

Do you remember how much money you made your first month of blogging?  It probably wasn't a whole lot.  Look back at what your earnings used to be, and what they are now.  Even if they may not be a huge amount right now, I bet they are a lot more than what they used to be, and there is nothing more encouraging than looking at your growth and progress.

2.  Focus on a different aspect of blogging for a few days.

If you are feeling unmotivated, it's time to put your energy and time towards some different activities.  Luckily, because there are so many things bloggers need to do, finding something else to focus on for a few days is pretty easy.  Whenever I feel discouraged, writing posts is usually the hardest thing to do for me.  So, I switch to easier but still very important tasks.  I do other tasks like following people on pinterest, pinning others posts, organizing my pinterest boards, using StumbeUpon, updating my blog, finding new Instagram followers, and looking for new affiliates.  There is simply so much to do in the blogging world that you can easily switch to an activity that you haven't done for a while.  Usually after a few days of doing this other activity, I become motivated to write again, and all is well.

3. Read others' blog posts and get re-inspired.

8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

I don't know about you, but nothing inspires me more than reading a few mama blogs.  I love my mama bloggers, and I get charged up mentally when I read mama blog posts.  I can relate to their experiences, and their posts touch my soul, and suddenly I feel refreshed and re-energized.  If you are feeling totally discouraged and unmotivated to continue blogging, do nothing but read other's blog posts, and I bet you will snap out of the funk pretty soon.

4.  List what you like about blogging.

8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

I do this a lot when my husband discourages my blogging efforts.  When I start to think about quitting blogging, I remember why I was drawn to blogging in the first place.  Here are some of my reasons:  I can work my own hours.  Before I started blogging, I was considering working a night job, but I came to the realization that working at night was pretty dangerous, and I didn't want to be out of the house during those midnight hours.  This is why I love blogging.  It is my night job, but it is a safe night job because I do it in the privacy and safety of my own house, and that is worth so much to me.  I also love blogging because I can share my story with others.  If you read The Makeup Equation, you know that I feel strongly about women knowing their beauty and self worth.  This blog has allowed me to tell other women that they are beautiful and worth more than gold.  If this is an issue you are struggling with, I invite you to read my post, A Valentines Love Letter To Ugly Ducklings.  

I also love blogging because it allows me to do a job in an area I love.  If you read this blog, you know that I am a makeup and beauty junkie.  I love me some makeup and skincare products.  Now I get to make money working with and writing about what I love.  Those were just a few examples of why I like blogging and I remind myself of these things when I feel discouraged and question why I spend so many hours doing it.  Make a list like mine to help remind yourself why you got into the whole blogging thing in the first place.  I promise you, you will feel better after you remind yourself of your reasons for blogging.

5. Allow yourself a few days off to recharge.

8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

Vacations are so important!  I think they are extra important for us hardworking mama bloggers.  I don't care what anyone says, if you are a mom, you are the hardest working person in your family.  If you are a blogger, just multiply that times two!  Us bloggers are hard workers and hard workers can get burned out easily after periods of intense workloads.  I take a vacation with my family every winter because I hate cold weather and I suffer from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder.  See my post, Seasonal Affective Disorder Picture Test & 9 Ways to Cope, to see if you might suffer from SAD too and ways you can cope with it.  These winter vacations to warm and sunny places help me to clear my mind and mentally recharge and prepare for another season of intense workload as a mom and a blogger.

If you cannot afford to go on a vacation - though first see my post, How I Take A Family A Family Vacation For Less Than $500, if you are struggling with affording a vacation - then try to take a staycation.  Do nothing for a few days.  Got out to eat with your family for a few days in a row, it will still be much cheaper than a vacation, but will make you feel like your kind of having one.  If it's summer time, go outside.  All of these activities will help recharge you.  Please do them before you ever decide to quit blogging.

6.  Sit in the Sun.

8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

This ties in with my fifth point.  Did you know that the majority of the population is Vitamin D deficient?  It's really not surprising to me when you look at how much time we humans spend inside on our phones, laptops, iphones, etc.  Vitamin D is the awesome vitamin your body makes when your skin is exposed to sunlight.  Did you know that being low on Vitamin D can lead to some real mental and physical health problems?  Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include depression, night sweats, foggy thinking, chronic fatigue, and more.  If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may be wrongly thinking that these things are a result of all your blogging efforts, when in fact, they are just a result of not getting enough sun!  I don't know about you, but laying in the sun does wonders for my body, mind, and soul.  Yes, sunlight actually recharges my soul.  Only someone that suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may really understand this statement, but it's the truth.  If you are feeling depressed, discouraged, and unmotivated to work on your blog, go sit in the sun for a few hours.  Your mind and body will thank you.

7.   Read the Bible.

8 Action Steps To Take When Someone Makes You Want To Quit Blogging

The Bible is my rock.  It is the Book I go to when I feel severely depressed and discouraged in any area of my life.  The Bible is God's Word, and it is one of the big ways He talks to us.  There are so many great verses in the Bible that will encourage and uplift your spirits.  That is something really special about the Holy Bible, it can literally transform your thoughts and emotions.  Here are just a few really strong verses that I meditate on when I feel like quitting something:

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philipians 4:13. 

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philipians 1:6

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible". Matthew 19:26.

He replied, "Because you have so little faith.  Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31.

The entire book of Psalm is also a great book to read for anyone facing struggles, sadness, or tough times in their life.

8.  Use your discouragement to right a killer blog post.

They say that success is the best revenge right?  Make that lemonade when life throws you those sour lemons.  If you are feeling discouraged and unmotivated, think about whether you can turn your feelings and experiences into an awesome blog post.  Chances are that it will be a great blog post because many other people probably feel the same way you do and will be able to relate.  I followed my own advice and did just that with this blog post.  This post was born out of feelings of discouragement, hopelessness, and sadness, but I am happy for it all if this post can help others who may be feeling the same way I have many times in my blogging walk.

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy my other blogging, business, and technology posts.  You can view these posts under my page, Blogging and Tech, which you can also find at the top of my site.  You may also enjoy some of my mental health articles, which is found under my page, Mental Health.  To get coupon codes, and some free products, for the brands I work with, see my page, Coupon Codes.

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Love this post! My husband does not understand, at all, why I spend so much time on my blog

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