Ah, the good old blogging funk. Writer’s block. Feeling fed up with blogging. Whatever you call it, losing your love for blogging can happen for so many reasons and can be a huge motivational and creativity killer. It’s also something that happens to almost every blogger at some point on their journey. It can creep up on you out of nowhere or be a response to life events, comparing yourself with others or tackling other issues like confidence or anxiety.
Our blogs are our creative outlets, so they will be affected by our moods, our feelings, our outlook on life. It can be healthy to take a step back and take a break from them, but if you want to rekindle your love for blogging this one’s for you.
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1. Remember why you started
This is a phrase I’m sure you’ve heard before. It may be cliché and everywhere, but that’s because it’s a really helpful point to ponder over.
Why did you start blogging? Was it to document your days, record memories of your family as they grow, or maybe to offer advice to others in similar situations? Maybe it’s a place where you’ve shared your DIYs, recipes or creative pursuits. Or maybe it’s something you simply enjoy doing.
Whatever the reason, think back to why you started and find that energy and enthusiasm again.
2. Read other blogs
When I’m feeling unmotivated and uninspired, I find it really helps to read other blogs to remember what I enjoy about them. There are some blogs I visit because I love the photography, and for others I like reading the blogger’s perspective on life.
As you immerse yourself in reading other blogs you might find that spark to love your own again.
3. Seek out support from your community
One of my favourite things about blogging is the community. I’m very lucky to be part of a few online blogging groups which are wonderful – full of people who motivate you, inspire you and want you to achieve. Sure, not every group or community is like this, but if you find one that is then dive in, share your troubles or frustrations, and help out others too.
Community works both ways and is strongest when lots of people get involved and support each other, so pay back the support you get and help it flourish. A strong, supportive community can make such a difference to how you feel about your blog and blogging in general.
4. Create something, even if it’s not your best work
If you’re stuck in a rut, sometimes the best thing to do is… do something! I know that if I’m struggling for energy to write a new post or feel the pressure of not having written in a while, sitting down and writing about the first thing that pops into my head can help break down that wall.
Your blog’s your space, so you’re free to create and publish whatever you’d like. If you’re not ready to hit publish on that breaking-the-writers-block post, then save it as a draft and keep going until you find something you do want to share with the world.
5. Say yes to opportunities
I know this feels like the hardest thing to do if you’re not feeling the love for your blog, but sometimes a new or challenging experience really focuses you on creating something great.
Don’t accept any and every opportunity, but do seek out and try and say yes to ones which are a little outside your comfort zone – and use them as a chance to learn, grow, and discover yourself and your blog.
6. Make plans and set goals
One of the best things about blogging is that there are no rules on what you create or share, or how often you do it. There’s total creativity and freedom (barring the usual legal or industry requirements). This has some downsides too – it’s easy to lose track of where you are, not create something for weeks (or months) and feel like you’re not getting anywhere.
This is where making plans and setting goals comes in. Set yourself a goal or two for your blog – even if it’s that you want to create something new every month, or that you want to pitch to a dream brand this time next year. From your bigger goal set out steps that’ll help you get there, and tick them off as you make progress. That fulfillment of tasks can be really rewarding and motivating.
If one of your goals is to attract more traffic, here’s my guide to reaching new readers with Pinterest.
7. Take a break
Sometimes the best thing to help you love your blog again is to take a break from it. Having some time away from something you care about (or once cared about) can help you realise what you enjoyed most about it, and you’ll come back with new energy and enthusiasm to continue – or to go in a different direction with it.
I’ve seen bloggers take breaks for a week, for a month or for an undetermined amount of time. How long you take is up to you, but setting a return date for yourself can help you stay focused.
If one of your reasons for not enjoying blogging any more is a lack of time, my post on finding more time for your hobbies might be of interest.
How do you feel about your blog?
I’d love you to comment and share how you feel about your blog now, or how you’ve dealt with falling out of love with blogging in the past. What would you add to the above? How have you rediscovered your love for blogging?
Featured as Mumsnet’s Blog of the Day on 3rd July 2018