So, for the past few months I’ve been stuck in a seemingly never-ending blogging slump, and it seriously sucks.
It all started back in December when I went through a lot of major life changes – moving to a new city, starting a new job etc. – and I found I just had less time and mental energy for blogging.
At the time, that was totally understandable, but it’s now eight months later, and I feel like I never really got my blogging mojo back. I tend to have the odd period of productivity, and then it all goes downhill again. At the moment, I’m barely managing to scrape together one post a week, it takes me ages to get around to answering my blog comments, and I definitely haven’t spent much time blog hopping recently.
I think there’s few reasons why I’ve been struggling to overcome this particularly stubborn blogging slump:
- Wanting to focus on other projects: I’ve been working a lot more on my fiction writing recently, as I’ve been more in the mood for that kind of creative work. I also have so many different fiction projects I want to work on that it already feels like I haven’t got enough time to do all the things I want to do, even without accounting for blogging.
- A disastrous blog makeover: In an attempt to renew my enthusiasm for blogging, I had a mini blog makeover back in April, that ended up being majorly stressful. I had so many technical difficulties that I got to a point where looking at my blog automatically made me stressed…so if anything it had the opposite effect than I intended. Thankfully it all turned out how I wanted in the end, but it definitely didn’t make me any more enthusiastic about blogging!
- Just generally feeling lazy: Whilst there are a few legitimate reasons for my continued blogging slump, I think a lot of it is just down to not feeling like it. I think we all go through phases like this, and lately I’ve just been feeling kind of lazy and like I just want to veg out when I get home from work, and read a book or watch some TV with my boyfriend.
I’ve still been finding it super frustrating though, as I can feel myself becoming more and more disconnected from the blogging world that I love so much. And it especially hits home when you look at your stats and see the way they’ve dipped as a result…
So I’ve decided to try and fight my way out of this slump, as it doesn’t seem to be something that’s passing on its own. Here’s a few things I intend to try to get back in the flow of blogging (and I’d love to know if you have any other ideas in the comments!):
Do some major blog-hopping and commenting!
Since I want to throw myself back into the blogging world, it’s about time I caught up with all my favourite blogs and the incredible posts I’ve been missing. I feel that immersing myself back in the community will help fuel my enthusiasm, and I get to catch up with some bloggers I haven’t visited in a while.
I think this is a great first step as it’s one of the funnest and most rewarding parts of blogging, and requires less effort and mental energy than writing your own posts.
Brainstorm some post ideas.
A major symptom of blogging slumps is an inability to come up with any blog post ideas that excite you, so I’m going to make it my mission to do just that! I want to devote some real time to coming up with lots of post ideas, so I can just sit down and start writing without struggling to come up with an idea, and eventually putting it off.
Batch write some content.
Once I have a huge list of ideas, and am hopefully newly excited about blogging, I intend to spend one of my days off batch writing posts. I’ve never been a person who has blog posts scheduled ages ahead, but I feel that doing this would really take the pressure off.
Plus I’m interested to see if the whole ‘batch-writing’ thing works for me, as I think that perhaps devoting a long period of time to one task might get me into the zone a bit more? I guess we’ll see!
Talk about some different topics.
Sometimes I think blogging slumps come about through feeling like the content you’re writing has gotten stale or boring, or that you have no more ideas left in your blog niche (does anyone else come up with blog post ideas, get excited about it and then realise you already wrote that post months or even years ago? Because that has been happening to me a lot lately!). That’s why I thought I might try and branch out a bit more with my content, to try and get myself excited about blogging again.
Even just within the realms of book-themed posts I might mix it up by talking about different types of books (for example I’ve been reading a lot of manga recently, and trying out slightly different genres, as well as audiobooks) or using different post formats. But I also might just include other random topics that come to mind, such as crafts, music or films and TV.
Plus I’d quite like to do some kind of blog post series? So I’m going to try and come up with an interesting idea for that!
So do you often go through blogging slumps, and what do you do to get out of them? Do you have any handy hints or tips for me to try and get back into blogging?