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Have you lost your blogging mojo? Feel demotivated to create content? Then read on, as today I am going to share with you some great ideas on how to get back your blogging motivation. Try a few of these and hopefully they will reignite your passion and help you reclaim your love for creating and writing once more!
How To Get Back Your Blogging Motivation
We all face problems from time to time that demotivate us. Life is undoubtedly full of ebbs and flows, and if you are anything like me, you will have a hundred different things that need to be done in real life before you have the time to create content and write for your blog.
But after a period away from blogging it can then be a real struggle to get back into writing productively again. In recent months I have definitely felt a lack of motivation to write, and have really found it hard to stay motivated. But here are some tips and techniques that can really help in getting your creative juices flowing once more.
Before I go into these, however, I do have to say this one piece of advice.
Understand That It Takes Time To Grow
It can take a lot of time to achieve any kind of success with blogging, whether that be
- views attained,
- social media followers,
- money made or
- brand collaborations.
Comparing yourself to others isn’t useful here. And this is why people quit. Think of all the bloggers that you have known that have fallen by the wayside. I know plenty that were brilliant, but even they gave up when they weren’t seeing the results that they wanted as quickly as they’d hoped.
It is hard to say how long that it will take to get to your goal, but you do need to keep moving to get there. And sometimes this can be a little bit demotivating in itself. In my first 18 months of blogging, I was incredibly dedicated. I wrote three articles a week, did twitter chats and linked up with everyone I could. It burnt me out slightly. But it was the best thing that I could have done for my blog. Often did feel like I wasn’t really getting any results, but it was important to keep going.
Were all those posts brilliant? No, not by any stretch. I cringe at some of them. But I was consistent. Even when I felt a bit demotivated. And finally my stats really started to take off. My take home from this? Do not be demotivated. I know that can be hard.
So how do you get back your blogging motivation when it is flagging somewhat?
My Top Techniques For Reclaiming Your Blogging Mojo
Remember Why You Started
Did you want to start a side hustle or make an income from writing? Did you wish to get traffic to your business? Help others by giving them your expertise? Or did you simply want to work from home?
Well try to remember the real reason that you started a blog in the first place, and this may be the thing that reignites the spark to start back up again. It is easy to get motivated about blogging when you have a subject that you are passionate about.
I actually started this blog to write about my sewing passion, and talk a bit about the challenges that I have faced being an older mum (I had my child at 44 years old). Writing about these things that I feel uniquely able to give my expertise on seemed to me a good place to start a blog.
What is your unique area of expertise? What was your initial niche?
Maybe you just need to recall the passion you have for that subject and the ideas will flood in once more. Go back and read a few of your old posts to see what your passion was like at the start. And maybe consider my next idea.
Update And Improve One Of Your Old Posts
If you are anything like me you have plenty of blog posts in your back catalogue. As I said earlier, I cringe at some of my earliest content. But it can be a great way of getting back into writing again.
Go back and look objectively at one of your old posts. Maybe pick one that still gets good views, but is older. I’d be willing to bet that your writing has improved so much since you first started. Why not consider giving this old post a rewrite and updating it? Or adding new photos? It may be that you can bring it more up to date or add to its information to make it so much better for your followers.
Don’t forget to promote your updated post once it is finished. Make a new pin for Pinterest, retweet it to your followers or share it in a suitable Facebook group.
Republishing old posts is actually also really good for the SEO of your blog. And it is something that you should consider doing regularly in any case. But as it is a bit easier than starting another post from scratch it is also a great way to get some motivation back for writing.
Don’t feel like doing this even? Then why not just promote some of your old posts? Make some new pins for them, or share them again on your socials and in Facebook groups.
But ultimately, do your old posts not really reflect how you feel now? Maybe your interests have changed and your blog needs to change with it.
Consider A Change Of Direction
Life moves on, and maybe the whole reason for your demotivation is that your writing has hit a wall. That you don’t feel that you can grow any more with your subject matter.
If this is the case, why not consider a change of direction? Or a change of style. If you write about serious subjects, maybe try writing comically for a change?
Reevaluate the things that you are passionate about and where you are going in life. Maybe even consider giving your blog a facelift? Then you can…
…Write About What You ARE Passionate About
I always find that the blog pieces that I write from the heart, or the posts that come from my core passions are my top ranking posts. They also fly out of my fingers, and I am sure that you have had posts that have done the same because you have been THAT passionate about the subject matter. Because I am passionate, that seems to shine through the screen and hopefully inspires others too. So I would definitely advise others to do the same.
But are you feeling totally devoid of ideas or inspiration?
Maybe Try Writing In A New Space – Or At A New Time
If you are writing in the same room in your house it may not be helping with your writers block. I love my blogger work space, but getting out into nature makes me feel happier, and often inspires me creatively.
Maybe you could try working in a coffee shop or a library space for a change? (Even though this may not be possible due to virus restrictions where you are right now)
Even moving to a different room can sometimes make a difference for me.
Alternatively, try writing at different times of the day. Some bloggers I know get up mega early (especially the mum bloggers I follow – as they can work before the kids awake!). Or you may find that late at night is the best time for you?
Look At The Blogs And Social Feeds Of Other Bloggers That Inspire You
Not only might you get some good ideas, they can also motivate you by seeing where you are aiming for. They got where they are with their hard work, and you can do this too!
But At The Same Time Remember That They Are Not You – Nor Vice Versa
It is ok to be inspired by other bloggers, but not ok to completely copy their content. Remember that people want to follow you and your content for who YOU are. You are unique and so is your brand and passion. If you have found your niche, forget about the outside competition and stay in your own lane.
Similarly, try and ignore other content creator’s stats and stop comparing your stats to theirs. It is easy to feel as though you are not being seen, and this can be a major demotivating factor. Create the content, promote it and believe in it, and your stats will improve.
“If we build it, they will come”
Always Have A Notebook
I am a great believer in pen and paper. I have a notebook with me at all times, to jot down ideas before I forget them. And I love to brainstorm my posts on paper, just throwing down random words and thoughts. Don’t have a notebook? Use the Notes app in your phone.
I bookmark parts of books that inspire me, and write blog post outlines if I am away from my screen. A lot of these may never see the light of day, but they are good for going back to if you hit a slump.
I also find that my notebook is a great organiser for me. I have sections for ideas, pins to create, brand outreach and etc. Being organised helps me, so it could help you.
Stop Procrastinating – And Just Write Something
Sometimes, one of the best ways to get the writing bug back is just to brain dump your ideas. Talk about what is currently affecting you the most, or what is currently going on with the world. It might be your opinion, or something that is affecting you deeply. It could be a great way to get back your blogging motivation.
Your thoughts and feelings may not be your best ever work, but just getting it on the page can help to unplug your writers block, and may lead to other inspiration.
And if you are procrastinating and are just sat there staring into space, maybe try this technique. And start writing about anything that comes into your brain for 3-5 minutes. Do as much as you can in this time, and promise yourself a treat at the end. Chances are, you’ll get into the groove and not want to give up after the time has elapsed…
Look At Other Places For Inspiration
There are loads of places to find inspiration for your own work. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook groups can give you some great ideas for blog posts. What are the questions that people are asking right now in your niche?
Pinterest is a great place to hop around to find ideas, especially if you have a creative niche.
Maybe even watch TV, listen to the news or read some books to get a new perspective that you can share with your readers. Maybe write a post about a book that you are reading.
And do you have a subscriber list?
Ask Your Audience If They Have Any Questions Or What Content They Would Like To Read From You
Your subscribers or followers are who you are creating content for, and they want to read your ideas, so why not ask them what they really would be interested in? Ask via your social channels. Or if you have a newsletter, use it to get some feedback.
Another great way of getting some real feedback directly from your following could be by asking a poll question in Instagram stories. Once some people have voted in your poll, you can swipe up to find out people’s responses.
Look At How Far You Have Come
Finally, remember that you have come this far, and have reached so high, you have looked each day and night in the eye, oh no, hang on, that is the Take That song, isn’t it?
In all seriousness though, do remember that you have learnt so much and have a lot of transferrable skills from doing this blogging malarky. Be kind to yourself and be proud of what you have achieved.
If you do still need to take a break, do it. And give yourself a great deal of self care until you are ready to return. It is ok to take that break and your motivation for blogging will come back when it is ready to. Do something else instead, and maybe this will be the new spark to write about.
Once you do return, slowly get back working on it, and you will see your stats return, even if they did fall. Focus on the positives. You’ve got this, you’ve done it before and you can do it again.
Do you think that any of these tips will really help you boost your blogging? Have you got other ways how to get back your blogging motivation? I would love to hear if any of these have particularly helped, or if you have any other tips that have worked for you in the past. Leave a comment below, or contact me on social media.
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