Even the most enthusiastic blogger gets in to a blogging funk sometimes.
Whether it’s prompted by comparing yourself to other bloggers or simply a lack of creative inspiration, getting out of a blogging funk can be hard. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why people quit blogging.
Those times can feel kind of isolating, especially if you don’t have any blogger friends in real life. Sometimes you need a reminder that hey, this happens to everyone else too. Here are some things to keep in mind during those times when being a blogger feels decidedly “meh”.
1. You are looking at a filtered version of someone’s life.
Sometimes the blogging blues are brought on by looking around at other bloggers in the blogosphere and getting a case of the comparsies.
On our blogs, we usually share the best of who we are and what we do. Those vulnerabilities we do share, we get to frame exactly how we’d like to frame them.
Behind that blog post, is a real person who screws up, has feelings, maybe got in a fight with a loved one, or spilled coffee down their shirt today (or was that just me?). They don’t have to share the bad or mundane stuff with you. But it’s happening to them too. I promise.
2. The most wildly successful blogger was once where you are.
3. Think of your stats as people.
I once read a post by a blogger (I wish I remembered who, because the concept really stuck with me), that said that you should imagine every unique page view as a person. Because behind every page view was a person!
Now imagine how nervous or excited you’d be to present your ideas or feelings to a classroom of 30 people – in person. What about a lecture hall of 100? Now what if it was a crowd of 1,000 people? Any of those things would be an amazing accomplishment!
On days when my stats dip and I’m just not sure why, I remind myself that lots of people did show up to hear what I had to say. How amazing is that?
4. Taking a break will not break your blog.
You’ve worked hard to gain your readership. So it might feel risky to walk away for a bit. What if those people aren’t there when you get back?
But here’s the alternative: You keep writing through your slump and your content suffers for it. People leave because your content goes downhill.
If you’re feeling uninspired, consider checking out for a bit. Sure, people might miss you or worry you’ve quit, but it’s better to take the space you need to get your creative juices flowing and come back with stellar content that brings all of those people right back.
5. A little tidying up might make you feel better.
Sometimes your space isn’t inspiring you. We can look at this two ways – your virtual or physical space.
Changing up your blog design might be exactly what you need to make you feel more inspired. In the past, I’ve been so stuck on how my content looks once it’s published that I struggle to finish any post. If you’re feeling like your blog just isn’t you enough and you can’t figure out why, maybe a redesign is in order. Think this is an expensive idea? Think again. There are tons of awesome pre-made designs available. Here’s how to pick a good pre-made blog design.
If you’re loving your design, maybe it’s your physical space that isn’t inspiring you. Consider a change of scenery or a mini-makeover of your work space. Head to your local coffee shop, or even to a park. Maybe bring your notebook instead of a computer. Can you rearrange your desk space? Add a new lamp, change out your chair, or just clean up a bit. It’s amazing how your physical space can have huge impact on your head space.
Change things up and see what happens.
6. You don’t have to be blogging to boost your blog.
Have writers block? You can work on boosting your brand without adding new posts.
Here are some ideas:
- Take a minute to revamp your old content by adding a new pinable image.
- Spend some time on Pinterest. Follow some new folks. New people = new inspiration.
- Pre-schedule your tweets and Facebook posts using a service like CoSchedule (which I use and love) or Buffer.
- Go on a photo walk around your neighborhood and take pictures to use on Instagram. Here are some tips for finding your Instagram “look”. Edit photos and create an album of the edited, ready to post photos (basically an Instagram content calendar). Then post them throughout the week.
- Take a class. Whether it’s a photography class at your local community college, an online course from your favorite blogger, or popping in for a Skillshare class, learning something new will always help you.
7. A less frequent, more realistic schedule might help (not hurt) your blog.
Somewhere along the way, lifestyle bloggers got this idea that you had to post every day to be successful. This is not true.
I’ve felt that pressure at certain moments in my blogging career. It’s 11pm and you realize you have nothing to post the next day. You try to dig in to one of your saved drafts and get no where. You go to bed, convinced you’ll come up with something in the morning. Morning comes, still no blog post idea, no inspiration.
Putting the pressure on yourself to post everyday is a recipe for burnout. If you manage to pull it off, chances are, the quality of your content will suffer.
Consider choosing a posting schedule and sharing it with your readers. On this blog, I post on Mondays and Wednesdays. You can find that information right on my about page. That is what I feel comfortable agreeing to. Your readers will be grateful to know when they can expect new posts and with more time to put in to each post, the quality of your content may improve.
Now fellow bloggers, what has helped you get out of a blogging rut?