We often romanticize the struggle.
To paraphrase JK Rowling, rock bottom becomes the foundation upon which we rebuild our lives.
We look back fondly on the moments of despair, frustration, hunger, and remember that it was all those things that kept us motivated.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
I remember times when I wanted to give up. To call it quits. When I was frustrated with the fact that no one seemed to care about my words.
How do you stay motivated when no one is reading your blog?
Because the bitter truth is that not only do you have to keep going, but you also have to keep your spirits up.
It is not enough just to write words.
It is easy to do that.
You need to write stories, to make your readers feel, to help them on their journeys to becoming more than who they were when they first stumbled upon your blog.
How do you do that when you are not feeling it? When you’d much rather delete your blog and go back to bed?
How do you stay motivated when all you want is to go gentle into that good night?
You look for motivation. That’s what you do. You read that nice comment someone left you, or that e-mail they sent you. You read about someone else’s defeats and how they didn’t let them define who they are.
You look for a way out. You look for the light at the end of the tunnel.
You look for proof that it can be done.
That’s why I have this blog. I am proof. It can be done.
I have overcome terrible odds, and I am still standing on my feet. I am full of wounds, and still smiling.
I’ve wanted to quit a thousand times, and almost did, but somehow kept going.
This is the true magic of blogging: you read someone else’s thoughts, and you suddenly realize you’re not alone.
Loneliness breaks people, not defeat. Being alone, attempting what no one has ever tried, achieved, or survived…
But you are not alone in this. You are neither the first nor the last blogger struggling to stay motivated when no one reads your blog posts.
Think of it as a rite of passage.
This is your foundation. This is rock bottom. Zero followers. You can only go up.
If that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t think there’s anything else that will.