A few months ago, I found myself with no real answer when my friend asked what motivates me when it comes to blogging and ideas. In all honesty, coming up with ideas has never been a forced process for me. Perhaps it’s because I have no niche, or because I literally just started this as a reflection of me. You can’t exactly run out of ideas when your blogs about you and, well, you live your own life. I still don’t exactly run out of ideas, but with a whopping 240 posts, it can be hard to keep yourself going. Honestly, with a hobby like blogging, where the initial stages involve a lot of work for very little pay off, you have to learn to be your own motivator. So, I thought I’d take a look into different things that motivate me.
It’s totally about money, right?
Yes, I have mentioned before that I make a bit of money through my blog (You can find out how much here). However, money is definitely not what motivates me with this. I’ve never really considered blogging full time. I may be slightly introverted, but I’d go stir crazy staying home alone everyday doing this. It’s nice making money through this, and I either reinvest it in my blog (Like I did with this big change), or put it in savings. It works effectively as a part time job, giving me a flexible method of income alongside uni.
It sounds cheesey, but if I wasn’t making anything I’d still blog. I have mentioned many a time that I didn’t even know you could make money when I started. For me, blogging is the cake and icing, and the money is the sprinkles; it’s not needed for my enjoyment, but it’s a nice little extra.
Then… It’s about the recognition?
In the grand scheme of it, I am a very tiny blogger. I have been recognised a couple of times at events by other bloggers, but I never did this to be a “famous blogger”. In fact, I think I’d be terrible if I made it big. I’m so awkward around new people and it probably comes across really rude… Knowing me I’d freak out at someone saying hi in the street and next thing I know, every drama channel on the internet is talking about how I hate my “fans”.
Ohhh… So it’s about the free stuff?
Rant time: I absolutely hate the notion that the stuff bloggers get is “free”. Most brand deals that I take require a lot of negotiation of terms, photography, and a post I’ve spent a lot of time on. They’re the result of being somewhat “business savvy” and being able to “sell myself”. Every review I do, I go into as much details as possible. In fact, my posts involving “free stuff” tend to take twice as long as posts like this. For example, this one here took months, and this one took around 9-12 hours. Yes, I do find it very cool that I don’t have to pay for things. And yes, there is a lot of satisfaction and glamour assosciated with PR packages/events. However, I hate the idea that it’s just a bunch of stuff being handed at me for no reason. I’ve worked so hard for this, and built everything from scratch.
Anyway, tangent over. It is true that working towards brand deals motivates me a little bit. But not because of the “free stuff”. It’s to do with the validation that comes with them; I know that somebody appreciated my work enough to want me to work with them. However, much like the money, I would definitely do it without it.
Then… The stats? The cool website? What is it?!
In all honesty, my motivation comes down to love and pride. When I first started it was this brand new thing that I loved to write on. However, now the novelty’s worn off, I’m still here because I’m proud of my growth. This blog is probably the longest thing I’ve comitted to and I built it completely from scratch. At this stage, it is my baby and I want to grow and nurture is as long as possible. I love doing this, and every break I take reminds me of how much I love it. I do this for me, and I do this because I’m proud.
Everyone has different things that motivates them in all aspects of life, be it success, money, fame, and so forth. I guess, if you had to strip mine back it would be the success, in the sense that I want to see how far I can grow this and make it a success.
I’d love to know what motivates you in different aspects of your life, let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,