How I Stay Motivated to Keep Blogging

My motivation to continuously create and deliver content for this blog is a fickle thing. Some days I am high as a kite with enthusiasm that is self-replenishing, and exuberant, and some days .. well, some days I find it damn near impossible to string two to three words together, let alone an entire blog post. Because nothing hinders my ability to write quite like demotivation does, and nothing frustrates me quite like not being able to write. But demotivation is inevitable when maintaining a blog, or just about any hobby that is sustained by self-motivation and a pure love for doing whatever it is that you are doing.

And as I approach my 6-month-versary on Olive & Clo, having successfully added blogging to my repertoire of habits, I have become somewhat adept at getting through the motivational troughs that seem to confront me on a regular Monday-night-basis. So, for today’s musings, I thought I would share with you guys, some of the things that have helped me keep motivated throughout these past few months. And whilst doing so, share a suite of completely unrelated photos from a morning spent exploring and horsing-around on the Instagram-famous, Tibrogargan Road of the Glass House Mountain Range on the Sunshine Coast.


Motivation #1: OliveandClo.com.au

Ha. Honest-to-g*d, this is not a self-plug. And this kind of goes without saying but, I am super-duper proud of this tiny virtual space of mine. And fudge, why shouldn’t I be! I have spent the better half of this year investing time and energy into challenging myself to improve, learn new skills, to be more creative, and daring, and to exercise mindfulness, and gratitude, and above all else, to proactively live whereas before, I had not. All whilst regularly documenting said journey on this blog and keeping myself accountable through the diarying of my thoughts, monthly achievements and adventures. And so by simply clicking on the Olive and Clo’s landing page, I can clearly and quickly see how far I have come since my very first post back in February, 2017. And I find that very, very motivating.

Motivation #2: Time Away from Motivational Detractors

I’ve touched on this topic quite a lot lately, and even more recently in my post (3 Life Lessons I Have Learnt) from late last week. So, in light of that, I’ll keep this brief. But simply put, a few motivational detractors for me include: hours wasted on Instagram and a general lack of sleep. Therefore, I try pretty hard to keep my social media consumption  to a minimum, having even been known to deactivate my personal accounts for months at a time, and I try to average about 8 hours-worth of sleep on a nightly basis. And for the most part, these small little efforts really help to keep me going.

Motivation #3: Inspirational Quotes

Give me an Instagram page packed with motivational quotes layered over angsty, slightly-blurred landscape photos any day of the week. Like most people, I am an absolute sucker for them. And honestly, I don’t really know why I enjoy them so much. But if I was to hedge a guess, it would probably have something to do with the comfort it brings me with knowing that somebody, somewhere, at some other point in time, went through a similar situation or felt a similar feeling. And simply knowing that I am not ..alone, makes everything feel a touch more manageable. So whenever I find myself feeling demotivated, or down, you will more than likely find me trolling through troves of past wisdoms to get me through my hump.

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

Motivation #4: My Future Hubby

This won’t come as a surprise to most, but as the photographer, companion explorer and editor to this blog, my hubby-to-be, is quite literally, the Olive to my Clo. And what more can I say? Through his regular and hands-on contribution to this side-project of mine, Rhett not only keeps me accountable but motivates me through his unwavering support, and his daily encouragements, and his unyielding faith in me. Needless to say, I am one lucky woman.


Motivation #5: My Blogging Buddies

Since rolling out this blog to family and friends, I have been asked: ‘should I start a blog?’ a surprising amount. And every single time, I have replied with a simple ‘yes’. If only to encourage them to become a part of the blog community and experience it for themselves. Because since starting Olive and Clo, I have had the pleasure of forming a handful of meaningful friendships with like-minded people from all around the world and from all walks of life. This might sound strange to some but I have found that, since finding these people, life has become that little bit lighter and a whole lot more fun. And that in itself, motivates me to continue.

That’s it from me today, a bit more long-winded than I’d originally intended. But nevertheless, I hope you guys enjoyed yet another installment of my musing. It’s been a hot minute since I have last blogged on Olive and Clo, but I am hoping to get back on top of life and into the swing of posting regularly again. And until next time, I hope you guys had a crazy-good weekend!

Love Linda, xo

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29 Comments

  1. July 24, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Loved this! Like you, I click on my home
    Page every now and then (actually multiple times a day) just to enjoy the beauty that I have created. Lol it motivates me! Same goes for amazing blogger friends that I’ve met. I’m still struggling through defining my blog and all but so far so good! Thanks for sharing, my dear!

    • July 25, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Asaake! Your blog seems to have a very well-defined aesthetic! I would not have thought that you were struggling with that at all! ☺️❤️ It’s beautiful! And yes! You SHOULD be proud! You have certainly created something very beautiful.

      • July 26, 2017 / 1:04 am

        LOL it’s called perfectionism 🙁

        • July 26, 2017 / 8:14 pm

          What a terrible trait you and I suffer! 🤣🤣

  2. July 25, 2017 / 12:23 am

    Great reading! You’ve done a great job in designing the site and of course it’s content. People may not always understand how much time and thought are invested into blog sites and blogging. 👍🏻❤️

    • July 25, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much John! 🙂 And it’s amazing to hear such compliments from somebody that knows how much effort and hard work is involved! Definitely need some commitment in this hobby of ours! ☺️

      • July 26, 2017 / 12:57 am

        Your welcome. I’ve been blogging since 2000 and have had several sites. The time invested is for me, a labour of love. It keeps me out of trouble too! 😉🌴

  3. July 25, 2017 / 1:12 am

    I can’t believe you just started 6 months ago! You’ve definitely achieved a lot in that amount of time. You deserve all that. 🙂

    • July 25, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Oh! Thanks so much lovely V! ☺️❤️
      Haha, yeah 6 months has absolutely flown passed!
      How long have you been at this for? 😍😘

      • July 26, 2017 / 12:34 am

        In the blogging world? Oh I have been here since 2005, I think. 🙂

        • July 26, 2017 / 8:13 pm

          Oh yes! I think you’ve told me that before! ❤️☺️
          Oh how you must have seen the blogging world transform since those days! Have you remained with the same blog domain? 😍

          • July 27, 2017 / 7:11 am

            Yes. I’ve seen it transform into so, sooo much more! Oh no. I’ve switched over to multiple domains–even platforms over the course of those years!

  4. July 25, 2017 / 1:26 am

    Enjoyed reading this…..going to try limiting myself on social media and getting 8 hours of sleep lol 😆

    • July 25, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much Jenique! ☺️💛 Oh yes. Social media can be an absolute killer of my joy! I try to stay off it as much as possible! Time which would be better spent working on us, than watching what others are doing! ☺️

  5. July 25, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I came across this at the perfect time! I’ve been trying to motivate myself to continue with my blog, but I’ve been feeling a lack of creativity and inspiration. Your words and encouragement have helped a lot. Thank you, and best of luck with your journey 🙂

    • July 25, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Oh beautiful Elizabeth! 😍
      I absolutely adore your blog! And more so your style! 💛☺️

      I wish you all the best on your journey as well. I hope you do get over this little hump! There is nothing like allowing yourself some time to just .. sit in front of the t.v. and do very little else to get yourself going again! But it can be hard! I struggle with guilt whenever I take a moment away. But you just got to have faith that you were motivated before, so you will be motivated again! 💛☺️

      • July 27, 2017 / 3:49 am

        You are the sweetest thing :’) It means a lot, thank you for all your support! I’ve actually been working on a new post! Wishing you the best 🙂

        -xo Elizabeth

  6. July 25, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Well written! I started thinking that I wasn’t as passionate about writing as I thought I was because I have not been finding the motivation to blog (part of this has to do with having a full-time summer job with little free time), but thank you for reaffirming that “demotivation is inevitable” & just because I am not motivated now, doesn’t mean blogging/writing isn’t my passion. Can’t wait to read more of your stuff! Also, I’d love if you could check out my blog: https://basicbloggerwannabe.wordpress.com.

    • July 26, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Oh Naydeline 💛☺️
      Your comment – I absolutely adore!
      So sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you.
      And it’s my pleasure! I go through demotivation on what feels like .. a daily basis! ☺️

      I will be sure to take a wander over! Thank you for stopping by my love! ❤️

  7. Keri Elaine
    July 25, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I think its good to remember if you are not inspired to skip the post. It’s better to write when you are inspired, than to force something out that you might want to delete later. That being said I think you’ve done amazing Linda and shout out to Rhett for being your flawless photographer. I think everyone should have their own corner of internet space! It’s a fun way to express yourself and meet other interesting people from around the world.

    https://kerielaine.com
    Keri Elaine

    • July 26, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Oh Keri! ❤️☺️
      Girl – I adore you! Every single morsel of you! 😍

      And I couldn’t agree with you more!
      In the earlier days of Olive & Clo – I used to churn out a blog post every day, and by the end of it, I almost deleted every single one! So – yep. Better to produce quality that you are proud of, instead of publishing pretty much, nothing at all! 🤔🤔

      As always Keri – thank you so so much for stopping by, and reading, and commenting! I absolutely LOVE hearing from you. And following YOUR little space on the internet! 😘😘

  8. July 25, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I adore this post of yours! I love when you share your internal experiences and insights, it’s like chatting over a sunrise with you. I relate to much of what you wrote, I think thats something that connects us here in this space like you find with quotes. And you should be so proud of Olive + Clo! You have done a phenomenal job all around and it clearly shows! Ok I’ll stop ranting but I have to add that I greatly appreciate these photos too, I have a ‘thing’ for roads. x

    • July 26, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Haha! Of course you do V! 🤣
      It’s that ex-model in you! You could make any road – dirt, gravel, paved – look absolutely stunning! ❤️

      Thanks babe! As always! And there is so much that connects us. If the only thing that comes out of blogging – is getting to meet people from around the globe – gorgeous people – like yourself. I honestly think that that will be enough. ☺️❤️

  9. mackenzieglanville
    July 30, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    This is a wonderful post and I have to admit the photography makes it even better, those shots are breathtaking, I love the sunshine coast. Your words totally connect with me though, my blog space is something I feel proud of too, and I think that it is wonderful to have a space just to be authentic and it is our little space. Having loving, supportive partner in life makes it even better. Great read and so glad to come across your blog through #blogcrush

    • August 1, 2017 / 6:09 am

      Oh Mackenzie! 😱😱
      I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you! 😵
      You are much too wonderful! Thank you so much! And I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s great to finally have a place where you can honest-to-g*d just be you, and do you. ☺️💚 And are you local to Brisbane? ☺️

  10. August 3, 2017 / 6:33 am

    gorgeous pictures! and why not be motivated by the great work you have already done 🙂

  11. August 3, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I think connecting with other people and feeling less alone is a great motivator for continuing. I love the photography in this post – it’s stunning. And congratulations because somebody loved this post so much, they added it to the #blogcrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

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