How Being Happy can Make you a Better Blogger

by Alex

Blogging is hard work, and it can really take a lot out of you after doing it for a long time. I think it’s safe to say that at one point or another, you weren’t very motivated to blog one day and you either did a bad job, or nothing at all.

I know I have days like that. Even after blogging for almost a year, there are still times where I’d rather not even open my blog.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love my blogs just as much as you love yours. And I have a secret that keeps that love going, and keeps me with my blogs. Everyone can relate to this secret as well, some more than others. What am I talking about?


Do you have any of that? Now, I’m not a psychologist or anything, but I do have enough happiness in my life to tell you that it is the key to unlocking a lot of other necessary emotions to keep you going with your work.

Lighten up, it’s work time

Blogging is a very laid back thing to do in my opinion, so you have limitless ways of doing it. With all of that freedom, I find it hard to actually get around to when the time comes, so I have to prepare myself in a way for “work.”

Being a student in high school, I have a lot more free time than many other bloggers because I have less responsibilities like paying bills, or a job for example. That obviously helps me with the whole “being happy” thing, but there are other things you can think about besides not paying bills to get you ready for blogging!

Think of the future

Going back to having a job here – wouldn’t it be nice to blog as your career? It’s all a dream of ours to do something like that isn’t it? I can tell you right now, I don’t want to turn 18 and have to go work in a restaurant, or be a bag boy at Shop Rite. I do know I want to work as a blogger right from home one day, and it’s thinking like that that gets me pumped up to start blogging.

Now think of the future of your blog. What do you want your blog to be like in six months? What about a year from now? It’s all about setting goals for yourself and thinking about the future where you have hopefully achieved that goal and are enjoying the benefits of it.

If you can just think about these things every day before you start getting to work, I promise your workflow will be a lot smoother and you will be happy to put more effort into this work.

More tips to get ready for “work”
  • Listen to music that gets you pumped - Music is my number one motivator, and without it, I wouldn’t feel as ready for work as I would with it.
  • Build your ego a bit - Too large of an ego isn’t the best thing, but sometimes when I really just can’t get in the mood to work I need a little ego boost. I go through my blog and read some comments or emails that congratulate me on my work, and it makes me feel good about what I am about to do.
  • Enjoy the small victories - Take everything that happens on your blog the most positive way possible. If you gained five subscribers overnight, pat yourself on the back. Maybe a post got 20 comments – jump up and down with excitement! Be happy about every little thing that goes right on your blog and make a big deal about it.
  • Have a goal sheet for the day - I make a todo list on my whiteboard, and before I shut my computer down for the night – I go through my email and my blogs and write down what I need to get done the next day. Before I start working, I look at my list and see what needs to be done. Nothing is more motivating than checking something off of a todo list, so I really advise that you make one of some sort and keep it around so you can cross tasks off of it and get excite to keep going!
  • Check up on your role model(s) - Who inspires you? There are a lot of cool people out there who you can look up to because of their success, and hopefully that is enough to get you ready for some blogging.

Are you happy to blog?

When you turn your computer on, how are you feeling? Do you constantly feel eager to start working? Or are you kind of bummed you have to write an 800 word article about the same thing you have been writing about for 11 months?

If you can’t seem to get interested into what you are blogging about, even after trying some of the tips I talked about, you should do some self-evaluating and determine whether or not blogging is actually for you. Or if you are blogging about the right topic.

How do you get ready?

I shared a few things I like to do before I get started to work on my blogs. Now I’m asking you – what do you do? I would love to hear some of your ideas! We’re all different, so I am sure there are plenty of great ideas here.

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Eric B. November 23, 2009 at 12:35 am

This article is so true. I really do feel better about blogging when I’m feeling happy.

When I’m about to write a post, I usually play some game (usually something like Tetris), to get my mind focused, and to forget everything else that’s going on.

Then, I open up my RSS reader and read a couple of other blogs. I think: If all of these people can do this, then I can, too.

And then I get started writing, or if I need some code snippets, I open up my text editor and get those started.

Doing all of this usually helps to make blogging an even more enjoyable experience.
.-= Eric B.´s last blog ..Creating a Wordpress Theme — Part 3 =-.

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Roseli A. Bakar November 23, 2009 at 1:08 am

So true Alex.

I blog because I love doing it not because I’m gonna make money doing it.

However, the latter does motivate me a bit LOL
.-= Roseli A. Bakar´s last blog ..EzyBlogger Featured By Local Newspaper – New Straits Times =-.

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Blog Tips November 23, 2009 at 1:20 pm

LOL. Well we cannot deny it, blogging is really financially rewarding, that’s just a bonus of being a happy blogger =p
.-= Blog Tips´s last blog ..Blogging Tips and Techniques =-.

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Rebecca Rizzuti November 23, 2009 at 1:57 am

Lately I’ve been feeling as though when I log onto the Internet with the intention of writing, the very act of putting my fingers on the keyboard puts me in a bad mood. I’m not sure what it is, but somewhere along the way, writing became too much of a job and I stopped looking forward to it.

I am, in a manner of speaking, on a “quest” to stop looking at the negative side of things and to focus on what does make me happy. That’s one of the things I am blogging about right now, actually.
.-= Rebecca Rizzuti´s last blog ..Overcoming Failure =-.

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Bjorn @ iCan't Internet November 23, 2009 at 2:56 am

Very true… The way you feel reflects in your writing, and transfers to your readers. And nobody likes reading posts that depress you :-)
.-= Bjorn @ iCan’t Internet´s last blog ..Top 25 Photoshop Tips – Part 2 =-.

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Antti Kokkonen November 23, 2009 at 2:58 am

Great post Alex. There are times when I’m not at my best and feel down because of how things go with the blog. I might be disappointed at myself for not writing enough or get pummeled after checking the traffic stats with high expectations. But I’ve learned to shake that off, because I just love to blog. It’s so great to be able to share the things I’m passionate about and things I do with others. And it’s never been easier than it is today. Even if it’s just one person that reads it, if it helps then, enlightens that readers day, then my blogging efforts have been worth it. Being happy is a state of mind, and happy blogger is a better blogger :)
.-= Antti Kokkonen´s last blog ..How To Connect Your Social Media Profiles =-.

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izzat aziz November 23, 2009 at 2:59 am

one the most important aspect of blogging is enjoy what you doing, how can you write 4-5 post per week without motivated or enjoy it.. you just can’t do it.. blog look simple but without enough interest you actually try to kill you day each time you blogging.

I Love my blog, I really do, I can’t stand watching my blog without new post more than two days.. unless I had too.. That actually motivated me, you should take something that you can get to motivate you, don’t blog because you want money, because when not actually making much money you will lost your interest in blog hence you no longer a happy blogger.

Treat your blog as your girlfriend like on of my post, and you sure will happy to blog :)

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Phaoloo November 23, 2009 at 3:26 am

I love this point. Blog is a reflection of blogger and I believe that a happy blogger will blog better. I always listen to my favorite music, walking while brainstorming what will write down about 15 mins before to blog. It helps me release stress and negative thoughts that can affect my writing :)
.-= Phaoloo´s last blog ..Auslogics Antivirus: Comprehensive Anti-virus And Anti-spyware Protection =-.

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Seth November 23, 2009 at 4:42 am

I blog because it makes me happy! I love blogging and its a great source of happiness to be able to share myself through writing with others.
.-= Seth´s last blog ..How Being Happy can Make you a Better Blogger =-.

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Chris Peterson November 23, 2009 at 7:05 am

I am always excited whenever I write blog on interesting topic. Before going to write I usually research deeply on what customer needs. Discuss with my colleague on a particular topic and playing some online games. After finishing this entire step, I usually optimize this topic according to the customer need.
.-= Chris Peterson´s last blog ..Go Green Hosting For Your Websites! =-.

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Learn Creative Visualization November 23, 2009 at 7:43 am

A classic technique that always work is to pretend you are happy. Singing a happy song is always effective if you know how to sing. And happiness improves performance not only blogging, but on everything else in life.
.-= Learn Creative Visualization´s last blog ..Creating a Clear Picture =-.

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John Paul November 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

Great Post… Everything is better when your happy. You think clearer, you write with optimism and your readers will pick up on it.
.-= John Paul´s last blog ..Top 15 Firefox Plugins To Make You A Better Blogger =-.

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Dana @ Online Knowledge November 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

Yeah, you right that the blog result will be better if we are happy to do it.
.-= Dana @ Online Knowledge´s last blog ..How To Create Paypal Subscription and Recurring Payment =-.

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chandan November 23, 2009 at 8:20 am

I have come to your blog from Sitescatch101 after reading the interview. Your blog have really very nice look.
Well I am enjoying my blogging life, I want to stay in front of my PC at any time, Before I only think for make money from my blog, but now I also blog for enjoyment, blog can increase our creativity.

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Web Hosting UK November 23, 2009 at 9:03 am

Yes if you are happy with your blog, you will always have good and intelligent things to say. Then what your blog has brought to your life that you wouldn’t have had otherwise is a good way to measure being happy as a blogger.
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Ryan November 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

Great tips Alex. I meditate first thing in the morning. Sitting quietly calms the mind while clearing it of mental junk; the blockages which prevent the flow of creativity and happiness.

I also check my RSS for ideas from other bloggers. I receive great ideas for posts as well as some mood-lifting support.

Since I started this practice I write 3-5 posts each day.
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..How To Build Wealth By Visualizing =-.

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Gabe | November 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I’m a happy blogger, even though my time is getting spread thinner and thinner. Almost always, words just roll off my fingertips and before I know it, my article is done. That would probably be harder to do if I was depressed all the time.
.-= Gabe |´s last blog ..The 8 things your blog must have to make a good first impression =-.

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Blog Tips November 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Blogging is really a dream for everyone specially earning a living from it and gaining lots of friends worldwide. Having financial and time freedom from 9-5 job is really a great achievement and blogging can give you that
.-= Blog Tips´s last blog ..Blogging Tips and Techniques =-.

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Teen Blogger November 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Being in a good mood will surley benefit you as you’ll be able to produce more quality posts for your blog. I’ve had times when I’m in a crappy mood and tried blogging, but problem then is that you wont be able to come up with good ideas or good posts.

Anyway when I’m a bit down I just watch tv or read other blogs to just bring my mood back up again. I just do something fun that tries cheering me up. After that I get back to blogging.
.-= Teen Blogger´s last blog ..Why You Should Have An About Me And Contact Me Page =-.

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Ms. Freeman November 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I definitely have a goal sheet for the day otherwise I would never get anything done with all the distractions.
.-= Ms. Freeman´s last blog ..10 Reasons I Stop Reading Blogs =-.

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Blog Tips November 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

That’s one good tactic to be able to achieve everyday’s goal
.-= Blog Tips´s last blog ..Blogging Tips and Techniques =-.

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David Walker November 24, 2009 at 12:24 am

Music makes it all better for me. I have a play list that I listen to when i start work and it gets me going and in the right mood. I also have a to-do list which makes me focus on the job at hand or it would be difficult to get anything done :)
Because I’m easily distracted, I switch off all social media until I have some free time so no tweeting, retweeting and pages until it’s time to do that. Blogging is a joy in itself and gives back to you rather than taking away but we also need to stay focused on the job at hand to get to wherever we want to go.
.-= David Walker´s last blog ..Live Webinar – Tuesday 24 November 5pm EST =-.

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Reza Winandar@Blogging Guide November 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

I always create blog posts before and after sleep. I don’t know why, but with this situation, I can make a better posts. So, I think the key is to make yourself comfortable. A soundless room should be good, also, an air conditioner is good to make your room comfortable.
.-= Reza Winandar@Blogging Guide´s last blog ..100 Adsense Tips – Part 3 =-.

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Willie Plasencia November 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

I do not follow any structured blogging routine, but do blog when my mood is high.

Blogging has opened so many doors to my inner being that I sometimes get a kick at what I come up with.

A always happy blogger,
Willie Plasencia
.-= Willie Plasencia´s last blog ..Kompozer, A Free Webpage Tool For You! =-.

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Dennis Edell November 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm

“you should do some self-evaluating and determine whether or not blogging is actually for you. Or if you are blogging about the right topic.”

I’m going out on a limb here with what some might consider a pretty bold comment. It’s my opinion that very few if any bloggers continue blogging at all if they get fed up with blogging as a whole; quite frankly that would be, well…..kinda stupid, don’t ya think?

No I think the topic or niche is the culprit 99.9% of the time. The real problem arises when someone is well aware of the fact that they hate it, but do it anyway because of what it “could” produce…..defining insanity yet again. ;)
.-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Are You Thankful For Your Blogging Community? =-.

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King Sidharth November 29, 2009 at 6:05 am

Now I know your dirty little secret XD Lol
Yea, blogging makes me more than happy. It’s like life line. And guess what there is one blog that makes me more than happy – Blogussion
Anyways to keep blogging you need Happiness
and to Keep your readers happy (well most of them) you need passion. Which, my friend, you have unlimited.
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Prove Thyself =-.

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ZK @ Web Marketing Blog November 29, 2009 at 7:19 am

Certainly a fresh and happy mind can do things much better than a unhappy one and this is not applicable only in blogging world.

I mean every one would love to get the company of a cheerful people so that at least they can get few smile from him/her. In offices you will notice that cheerful person is always in demand and people would love to hear when he/she speaks.
.-= ZK @ Web Marketing Blog´s last blog ..Get $30 Discount on Wordpress Wizard 2.0 – Wordpress Coaching Program =-.

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Senthil Ramesh December 1, 2009 at 7:10 am

Being passionate about blogging can make you show much interest toward it and stay happy blogging. You must nt do it for compulsion , or for schedule but for your readers and for your passion towards it.
.-= Senthil Ramesh´s last blog ..Proven Ways to Encourage Comments in your blog Part II =-.

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David@Your Money Online December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Thinking of the goals you want to achieve on your blog is a great way to get motivated. This is what I always do when I don’t want to blog, :)
.-= David@Your Money Online´s last blog ..Make Money with Forex Trading =-.

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Jez @ Mobile Phones with Free Laptop December 2, 2009 at 7:14 am

These are really great tips, I agree with you on many of your points especially the part about listening to music. I always try to listen to music in the mood of the blog I am about to write, for example, if I’m writing about the run up to Christmas, I blast out the Christmas tunes! I’m going to try out your tip about making a list of things to do before bed too, I sometimes find that I can be quite unorganised when it come to replying to emails so a ‘to-do’ list is a great idea!

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DavidMitchel December 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

Being happy is the only key to enjoy your work and your life.It boosts such a confidence in you which help’s you to take every thing positive in your life and lead to success.

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lautsprecherkabel December 4, 2009 at 5:42 am

If you have interest then only you will get success.I blog because i like it,money making is also their but not only for that reason i blog but my personal interest is also their.Really Blogging is a great way to get attention for your cause and share information about your organization and your mission.

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albuquerque law firm December 13, 2009 at 10:06 am

I love to blog because i want to develop my carrier on blogging and totally happy with it.I like to be successful blogger and want to earn name.Thanks for your awesome post.
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Great article!Happiness is essential in each and every field not only in blogging.Happiness is the main thing necessary to keep us healthy and beautiful.I am totally agree with your view and i appreciate your blog because it provides us lots of oppotunities to learn so many things.Thanks for it.
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albuquerque web design March 3, 2010 at 6:36 am

Happiness is the inner and outer beauty of people which creates their personalty.Even sometime when we did not success,we use to be sad.But i have learn that try ,try and try until we die.So in the field of blogging happiness is the key point to be success.If we are happy then there is motivation with us which creates willingness at work.So be happy and let other to remain happy.

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company logo design July 14, 2010 at 5:58 am

Happiness is such a kind of medicine which can destroy all our negative results.So performance done happily will be much more better than doing work at pressure and sadly.So for appropriate result always needs happiness in our body.Main in the field of blogging we should work happily for getting desired output.So happiness is necessary for to keep us mentally and physically healthy.Thanks for sharing wonderful blog.

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Web development September 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Happiness came from heart. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have bookmarked your site to check out the latest stuff you post.

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