When you got started with vlogging, you were really excited about doing something new and fun that might even turn into a whole career for you down the road. You were enthusiastic and highly motivated, and you chose a vlogging niche that you were passionate about and that you knew would keep your interest.
Unfortunately, as is so very common, you’ve gotten into a routine with your vlogs, and vlogging is starting to lose its sparkle and appeal. You’re having trouble finding the motivation to continue posting consistently, but you don’t want to quit. Y
ou know that to be successful you have to keep going, but some days are just harder than others. What can you do? Try out one (or all) of these simple tips to keep yourself motivated as a vlogger on YouTube.
Remember Your Goals
When you started out, you had goals for your YouTube channel. If you didn’t write them down then, go ahead and write them down now. Write down a list of the things you want to achieve and accomplish with your YouTube channel along with why you want to achieve those goals. Then post that list on your wall above your desk so that you can remind yourself what you’re working towards whenever you feel unmotivated.
List the Reasons for Your Goals
You can even take this a step farther by making a completely separate list of your reasons for vlogging in general and for setting your specific goals. Sometimes you need to remember why you decided to do something in the first place to maintain the motivation to keep at it.
If you started vlogging because you love your niche and you want to give it more exposure, write that down. If you started vlogging and setting goals for your YouTube channel because you wanted to eventually quit your job and make vlogging your career, write that down, too.
Break Your Goals Down Into Short Milestones
Sometimes those long-term goals aren’t going to be huge motivators, though. It can be hard to visualize yourself quitting your job to be a full-time vlogger when you’re only getting started with your channel.
So, instead of focusing on the big picture and the long-term goals you’ve set for your YouTube channel, break them down so that you have short-term milestones that you can achieve more easily.
Track Your Progress
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you feel like you have thousands of miles to go before you reach your goals, stop looking ahead for a moment. Look back at how far you’ve come.
How many YouTube videos have you made? How many subscribers have you gained? How many views do your videos get on average now versus when you first started? Keep track of your progress, and you’ll have an easier time staying on task and motivated.
Take Breaks to Stay Refreshed
If you’re feeling burnt out, don’t forget to take a break and stay relaxed and refreshed. Remember that you do this because you love it. If you’re having a hard time making yourself focus on editing your next video, give yourself a break to chill out and go for a short walk.
If you’re staring at a blank screen as you try to plan new content or concepts, take a breather and do something else for a short while. Then come back when you’re refreshed and ready.
Remember Your Passion for What You Do
Finally, all successful vloggers are passionate about their niches and their vlog topics. If you aren’t passionate about yours anymore, then take some time to think about what’s changed. Do you need to take a scheduled week off of vlogging (be sure to let your audience know if you do this) to go find what you loved about your niche again?
As you revisit your passion for your niche and your video topics, brainstorm a list of new topics that you might want to cover to breathe new life into your vlogging channel on YouTube. Think about how a video format change or a slight shift in focus might make everything fresh and fun again. Above all else, though, keep going and don’t give up!
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