As much as we might all love blogging, we don’t always feel like it. Writing, editing and preparing posts is much tougher than non-bloggers might think, and it’s often the last thing you want to do after a long day at work, or a busy weekend.
As someone whose recently dived into Blogtober after a really long blogging slump, I’ve been struggling a lot recently with my ‘I don’t feel like blogging right now’ feelings. However, I’ve still been managing to post every day, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips on how I’ve been managing it.
So here’s how to write a blog post when you don’t feel like it:
Keep a list of ideas.
One of the biggest reasons why I find myself not wanting to blog is when I’m struggling to come up with an idea for a post. That’s why I keep a running list in an Evernote folder on my phone that I can flip through when I’m low on inspiration.
Already having an idea, and even a rough outline for your blog post can make it so much easier to write, and means the task seems a lot smaller and less stressful.
Read other blogs.
Now I’m not saying ‘read other blogs and copy their posts’ here… I’m saying read other blogs to get inspired and remind yourself why you love blogging so much. Immersing myself in the community and reading all the amazing blog posts out there from other bloggers always reminds me why I love blogging so much, and makes me eager to write my own!
Have a particular place where you blog.
Being in the right mindset to write a blog post is important, so having one place where you usually blog is a good way to form a habit. If your brain knows that when you sit down in that one place, you usually write a blog post, you’re more likely to get in the zone just by sitting there.
At the moment, my own blogging place is pretty weird… We haven’t got a desk yet in our new house, so I bought a cheap lap tray from IKEA, and sit up in bed with it in front of me. It may seem like a stupid idea to sit in bed and do anything productive, but apparently my brain knows that when the lap tray comes out, it’s time to work, not time to sleep!
Blog as early in the day as possible.
OK, so this is one I should really start practicing instead of just preaching…
I personally find that if I don’t write a blog post as soon as I’m able to in the day, I end up putting it off and putting it off, until it gets late, and then I’m suddenly panicking that I haven’t done it. It’s a well known fact that putting things off creates more resistance towards whatever it is, which means you’re most likely to actually do the thing if you do it as early as possible!
Create an outline or structure and then fill it in.
An easy way to get started with a blog post when you’re not feeling like it, is to simply set up a structure or outline in your drafts folder, and then fill it in.
For example, with this post, I started out by typing up the title, and then creating the 8 headlines. Then I went through and filled in the headlined sections, and wrote an appropriate introduction. The act of writing a blog post from start to finish can seem daunting when you’re struggling for motivation, but simply filling in paragraphs is much easier!
Write messy drafts.
Some days I try to write blog posts and just cannot get the right words out. Everything sounds awkward and clunky, and I’m convinced I’m not making any sense. On those days, it can be so easy to give up and decide it isn’t happening, but the best thing you can do is to just keep going anyway.
Because as they say, you can edit a messy draft, but not a blank page! These days I try to push on, even if I’m convinced that what I’m writing is terrible, and worry about the editing later.
Have an editing process.
To make things easier when you’re low on motivation, you should have some kind of editing process for your blog posts that makes it quick and easy to get from a rough draft to a polished piece.
I’ve only recently developed mine, but it consists of three stages. Firstly I go back through moving things around and changing the structure to make it flow better, then I go back over and clean up overly complicated sentences etc., and then finally I make a final pass over for typos and spelling mistakes etc.
Do whatever works for you!
Give yourself a break.
And finally, I think if you’re really, really struggling, you should cut yourself some slack and just give yourself a break. Whilst it hasn’t happened to me yet this Blogtober, if I really feel like I’m not in the right head space to blog, I will allow myself to just miss a day, rather than torture myself.
After all, blogging is something most of us do for fun, and if it’s become a massive chore, then it’s probably time for a break. It’s not worth getting yourself majorly stressed over, or damaging your mental health trying to do ‘all the things’. Be kind to yourself!
So how do you write blog posts when you’re low on motivation? Do you push through it, or give yourself a break? Any further tips?