Thursday 26 July 2018

How To Get Out Of A Blogging Slump

Whilst starting a blog is literally one of the best things I've ever done, I do have times where I feel really low about it and struggle to find the motivation to even open the laptop. I think because there are SO many bloggers now it's easy to feel that you aren't good enough or don't compare to others, or that's how I feel sometimes when really we should all be celebrating how unique are blogs are and that we all have our own space of the internet to talk about the things we love. I definitely experience highs and lows with blogging and recently I had a massive blogging slump and took some time out. For a while I really wasn't sure if I'd come back to it but I did and I'm so happy about that, so I thought I'd share a few things I did to try and find my love for blogging again.
Tips and advice on how to get out of a blogging slump

Take a break

First of all if you're struggling with motivation when it comes to blogging then my biggest tip is always take a break. There is absolutely no point forcing yourself to post something when you're not feeling it and it will come across to your readers if your hearts not in it. When you're buzzing with inspiration and passion for blogging, it shows in your posts so if you're not really proud of a post or are just posting for the sake of it, that also shows. I like to try and post 5 times a week and last year I was so hard on myself but now my thinking is, what is going to happen if I don't post today? Nothing! Don't be too hard on yourself and just take a step back.

Read blogs

When I'm lacking in inspiration I find reading other blogs really helps. There isn't much more that gets me back into blogging like having a proper read through some of my favourite blogs on Bloglovin with a cup of tea and just relaxing for an hour or so. Seeing their love for it and reading some fabulous posts always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, and I just want to get back to my blog and write. It's also a great way of getting ideas for new blog posts, and that does not mean in any way copying, but sometimes you see something on another persons blog that sparks an idea for you.

Reflect and make changes

If you're struggling with finding motivation to blog there's usually a reason behind it so it's important you reflect on that and what's caused it so you can try and not get into the same rut in future. We all have ups and downs with our blogs, that's completely normal but recently I got really sad about mine and for a while I really did think about stopping all together. When I took a bit of time out and really thought about it, I realised I'd been putting too much pressure on myself to try and earn money from my blog and that needed to stop for me to get any enjoyment back from it. After going self-employed with my blog and it sort of becoming my job, it meant that I took it really hard when I had months where things were a bit quieter and nothing seemed to be coming my way. I'm fortunate that I'm not in a position where we rely on my income but that still wasn't a comfort, I wanted things to be as good as they have been in previous months and a really quiet month just made me reconsider it all. After a bit of a break though I decided I just needed to go back to basics and write about the things I truly love and if opportunities come my way, then they do, if not then they weren't made for me. And once I went back into it with that attitude, that week I had more emails than I'd had in weeks, which is just typical isn't it.

Remember why you started

This kind of ties in with the previous point but really just remember why you started when you're feeling down about your blog. I started mine because I just wanted a place to share my recipes and some of my favourite things and recently I've really stripped it back and gone back to those sorts of things and I've been enjoying it so much more than before. Whilst working with brands and earning money is a fab bonus that comes with blogging sometimes, that isn't my sole focus, it's not why I started and it's not what I want this to just be about. That's the reason you'll now be seeing more musical theatre posts on here and more recipes because those are some of my favourite things to talk about and really why I started this blog in the first place. It's so easy to get caught up with what other bloggers are doing but just take some time and try and think back to why you loved blogging in the first place.

I know I don't have loads of tips for getting out of a blogging slump and these probably won't be telling you anything you don't already know but these really did work for me. Just having a break and looking back on what I've already achieved with my blog made me so motivated to get back to it! Do you have up and downs with your blog? What do you do to get back into it?

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1 comment

Rebiah L said...

Thanks for writing this and being real about it, I also took a break from blogging for almost 6 months and I discovered how much I love it and that there's no pressure, it's my space, my blog and there's no timeline as to when I can and cannot blog. So, I'm just enjoying every bit of it now.

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