How To: Get out of a blogging rut

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I think it is safe to say that we have all been their at least once in our blogging lives.
The moment where we have all these wonderful ideas to get down on the screen, but when we return home from work we just want to relax in front of the TV or even have an early night.
And on the very rare occasion, you have all the motivation in the world but with no idea what to write about.

As you may have realised, I've not exactly been the best or most consistent blogger in the world. I kept my blog running in the background just incase I got the push I needed, and I did - two years later!

Since 2016 I was visiting all these places, taking photos and wanting to post but I was getting in from work so tired or not having time to write. As well as feel scared that no one would read or like the content.

Until this year, I made that all change.

Here are my tips on how to get out of a blogging rut.
**I'm not an expert in this field, but this is what worked for me.**

Get Reading

This could be books, magazines, news articles, anything that will get those writing juices flowing.  Reading other people's posts is also a great way to get inspiration. I'm not saying copy content, far from it, but maybe you have a different view on a makeup brand, book or location.

Comment, Like, Share

Once you've read a bloggers post, do your bit to share it even more or comment on to praise the writer.
Just like you will one day, they have spent potentially hours researching, visiting, writing and editing posts and accompanying photos. Even if it is a simple 'I love this post, great work', I guarantee the blogger will be smiling.
Before I got back into my writing, I would read lots of posts and them comment, like and share. I still aim not to read at least three posts a day. Let's support each other.

Got the motivation; get typing

Isn't it funny that motivation or ideas to write come at you in the most inconvenient times?! At work, in the shower, even when I'm trying to doze off. Because of this I now keep a notepad next to my bed just so I don't lose the idea. I can then quickly jot it down and take a look at it later on, when I'm slightly more awake!
When I'm on my laptop and an idea comes to mind, I will now open up Blogger and pop the idea down as a title. I don't publish (obviously) but it's there, just like the notepad to remind me.

Write, but don't publish

When that motivation hits you, let it flow. Get writing whether that be on a laptop, notes on your phone or an old fashioned pen and paper. Don't fight it.  I have lots of draft posts which have bullet points for my to expand on at a later date. I will even look at two or three posts within my drafts at the same time, because that's the way my mind works.

Don't give a fuck

I'm still finding this the hardest thing to do, but I'm getting there. The main reason I stopped writing was due to the pressure that appeared within the blogging community. The pressure to create amazing content for someone to even acknowledge my post, was incredibly high.
It soon upset me that no one would comment, like or share my posts. Posts that I had spent hours writing.
But not anymore, I've decided that if I don't get any of that, it doesn't matter.. as much.
If I get one like, I will be happy.

Finally, just remember that Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was engagement on a blog.
Just keep at it and if you want a break from blogging, then do it. Sometimes a break is all you need and you may just get your mojo back.

Do you have any great tips to get back into it? What has worked for you?

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