Let’s face the facts. Blogging isn’t exactly a nine-to-five thing. If you’ve been blogging for a while you’ve probably noticed that your blog life and your personal life are constantly intertwined. It’s almost impossible to always come up with scintillating new ideas when it feels like everything has been done already, by you or by someone else.
Not to worry: it’s okay to experience a bit of blogging exhaustion. Everyone does at some point! The trick is not to give up. Coming from experience, here are some of our ideas on how to deal with a blogging dip.
Let’s refresh! Why did you start blogging?
If you’re feeling low on energy when it comes to your blog, chances are you’ve put too much pressure on yourself. To keep going when blogging starts to feel like an obligation is one of the most difficult things. And we’ve all been there! To tap back into the enthusiasm you felt when you first started, literally go back to that moment. What made you start a blog in the first place? Where is your talent – is that in photography, writing columns, or doing product reviews? Focus on the skills and tasks that you’re best at and you’ll see it shines through in the content you make.
Cluster the dull tasks
If you’re looking for ways to feel excited and energetic about blogging again, one way is to do more of what you love. Another way is to shine new light on the things you dislike. Set aside a specific moment each week for the tasks that you dread (for me, those are administration and filing e-mails). That makes it easier not to postpone them – or to decide not to do them altogether. Reserve the first part of every Friday for getting organized and doing those more boring tasks. You’ll be able to enter the next week with a clean slate.
Take a week off (really!)
Tell your readers you’ll be taking a mini-break to clear your head and come up with fun new ideas. Going offline might seem like a blogging disaster but if you announce it well, there is no real harm done to your readership. You get the most valuable thoughts when you’re at ease and relaxed, without any pressure. Your readers will understand that and they’ll probably appreciate you for taking your blog so serious.
Have a look at the long term
Another way to find your blogging spark back is by dreaming. Toss out those to-do lists for a day and simply allow yourself to daydream. Ask yourself: Where do I see myself and my blog in a year? What would I like to have achieved by then? What kind of articles will I have published, ideally? If there were no boundaries to time or money, what would I do? No matter what your big idea is – whether it’s wanting to write longer pieces, teaming up with fellow bloggers for a weekly column exchange, or getting your best blog photos published in print – sometimes dreams for the far future are what keep us going for now.
 It’s wonderful to read in the comments that this is a topic so many of you relate to. Blogging might seem ‘easy’ from the outside, but it’s quite the challenge to constantly stay current and inspiring. So let’s chat in the comments; where do you find motivation to keep your blog going?
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