I’ve lost my blogging mojo, I’m in a rut, I’ve fallen out of love with blogging. These are just a few terms I could use to describe how I feel about my blog these days. My blog used to be such a huge part of my life and I loved that but it seems to have taken a back seat lately. At first I told myself it was because I was simply too busy with work, study and moving house to focus on blogging. However, I have now started a new job (which gives me more free time), more or less finished with uni for the summer and have settled into my new home so I can’t really use that excuse anymore. Take last week for example, I didn’t post once, was I too busy doing super important and productive things? Nope! I spent most of my free time sitting on the sofa eating junk and marathoning episodes of ‘Catfish’. I think it’s time to admit I’ve lost my mojo and from what I can gather I’m not the only one. From talking to other bloggers and reading a few helpful articles it seems to me that most bloggers find themselves stuck in a rut every once in a while.
Signs you have lost your blogging mojo…
- You can no longer be bothered to read or comment on other blogs.
- You have no ideas for blog posts or you do have ideas but can’t find the motivation to actually write them.
- You constantly procrastinate and your posting becomes much less frequent.
- When you do post something, your writing is lacklustre and unenthusiastic.
- You no longer make an effort on social media.
So what am I going to do about it? This is a question that I have been mulling over in my mind for the last couple of weeks. I’m not going to lie, I’ve even questioned whether I should continue blogging at all. My blog still means way to much to me to just quit. So I have come up with some goals to help me get back on track. If you feel you’ve lost your mojo too then maybe these tips could help.
Step back into the blogosphere
I’ve gotten really out of touch with other bloggers, weeks can go by without me properly reading anything from my Bloglovin feed. I haven’t commented on another blog for absolutely ages and I just feel so out of touch with the blogging community in general. From now on I plan to make time to start reading other blogs and connecting with other bloggers again. The blogging community can be such a wonderful and supportive place, I took myself out of the blogosphere but now it’s time to get back into it.
Be more active on social media
It has dawned on me recently that my social media use isn’t actually that social. I’m not really interacting with others as much as I should be. Most of my tweets are generic “New post, here’s the link” kind of tweets, lame! It’s been ages since I last joined in a twitter chat so I will be trying to do more of that from now on.
Ditch the schedule
Having a clear cut plan of what you want to post and when can be great. I’ve been using a blog schedule for a long time and it has been a very useful way to keep my blog structured, organised and on track. I plan all my posts at the beginning of the month and then tweak the schedule every time I sit down to blog. This worked really well for a long time but ever since I started struggling with my blog the schedule has made it seem more like a chore than a hobby. Every time I would miss a post I would really give myself a hard time for it. I began to find that the schedule was actually limiting my creativity. So as a little experiment I’ve decided to ditch the schedule for now and just post what I want when the mood takes me rather than trying to stick to a schedule.
Step away from the screen and use real paper
I don’t know why but sometimes it really helps me to jot things down on actual paper rather than just type everything all the time. I’ve bought myself a notebook which I’m going to use to write down any ideas I have for posts. It’s much easier to brainstorm ideas when I can doodle in a notepad and not be distracted by emails, twitter, etc.
Collect inspiration and step outside your comfort zone.
One of the reasons I feel my blog has gone stale is because every post is becoming the same: “here is what I’m wearing… It’s from this store… generic statement about how much I love it… etc” Ive been searching all over the internet for some inspiration and have come up with some ideas for different posts. In the past I have been nervous about writing about different kinds of topics other than just outfit posts. I suppose I worry that it could alienate my readers, but now in order to get out of this rut, I think I should just go for it. I really want my blog to grow and diversify so from now on if I want to write something other than an outfit post then I will.
I have never really had set times to blog, in the beginning I would do something with my blog every day because I wanted to but lately it just keeps getting pushed back in favor of other things. Obviously that is not working anymore. I have now decided to commit to spending 1 or 2 hours everyday doing something blog related such as writing, taking photos, tweaking the design, reading other blogs or taking part in blogger twitter chats.
At the end of the day just chill out!
It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about where is my blog going? How can I get more traffic? Why are other blogs more popular than mine? Why did no one comment on my last post? And then you can forget that this is actually suppose to be something fun. So I’m just gonna chill out, forget about where my blog is heading and get back to just blogging for myself.
I’m hoping that all these things will make a real difference and I will rekindle my love for blogging soon. To be honest just writing this post has helped. I feel like this is the first piece of real writing I have done in absolutely ages and I actually feel happy to publish it.
Have you ever lost your blogging mojo? What did you do about it? I would love to hear your experiences
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