Everyone lacks in motivation every now and then, and I know it’s unrealistic to believe that one can be driven and thriving 24/7. But when your drive has been faltering for months on end, it’s time to face the truth: you’re losing your touch somewhat. That’s how it is for me with blogging.
I feel like I always talk about this when I write a new post, and it’s always because it’s been so long since the last. I was thinking about this on my commute to work this morning, and I felt like I had so much to say – but when I go to actually write it, the words just don’t come. That’s what blogging’s been like for me for pretty much this entire year, at least. I remember when I started this little site, I was churning out three posts a week. Now, they weren’t exactly incredible content-wise, but they were consistent, which I really loved. I’d rush home from work just to spill my mind to the internet, and I never had an issue with wording things exactly how I wanted.
I’ve had this “block” as it seems for a while now, and it seems to have instilled a fear of blogging in me. “I won’t have the words, therefore there’s no point.” has been my mindset for so long, and it’s sad. It also doesn’t help that it’s been so long since I’ve stood in front of a camera that I’ve grown uncomfortable with going back to it. And don’t get me wrong, I do WANT to go back to it, producing regular content that I’m really proud of. But instead, I’ve been burying my head in the hope that it’ll resolve itself, which I’m realising isn’t going to happen, at least not on its own. I’ve come up with a few tips for combatting a loss of love for the blogging world.
When I was blogging consistently, I was writing a lot of beauty-related content. When my style changed, I completely faltered in that regard. Contemplating what you love and the content you want to produce are sure-fire ways to find your way back. For 2017, I want to post general life updates, somewhat relatable and (hopefully) helpful advice posts. And of course, a lot more outfit posts. Thinking and planning is absolutely key for me, in every aspect of life including bloggin. So all in all, this is an excellent start.
Turn to the blogs you admire.
You like them for a reason, right? I find inspiration everywhere, from a simple google search to a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen style account on Instagram. My fellow bloggers are included, as their success is a reassurance that I can achieve the same. Some of my favourite blogs at the moment are Wonderful You, Katy Belle, Le Happy, New Darlings, LJLV and I Am Foxxtailz, and reading their content never really fails to inspire me to start back into my own.
I know I can’t be the only one who opens a blank blog post and feels like the pressure’s on? Turning to an empty page and scrawling ideas is one of the best ways to get those creative juices flowing. I find myself writing pages and pages once I get the first sentence out. Which I prefer to staring at a new post page on WordPress for half an hour. It’s not the method for everyone, but it’s absolutely worth a shot.
Something I haven’t been doing for the majority of 2016 is prioritising my blog. Which is really sad, because it really did make me lose touch with the little space that I adore. I wasn’t motivated and didn’t want to force out content I wasn’t 100% happy with. When I started my new job I lost the time to even think about it. Changing my priorities around will help to get me back on track. Weekends will be for outfit photos, and I’m writing this post at 7:30AM on my commute to work. Dedication, am I right? If it’s important to you, you can make the time for it somewhere.
What are your tips for getting your blogging mojo back?