It’s a strange thing, isn’t it?
One minute, you feel like you could sit down and churn out 100 blog posts at once.
The next, you feel like you can’t even churn out one.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve gone through many ups and downs when it has come to motivation during my time blogging. Just off the top of my head, I can think of at least three distinct stretches of time in which I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated to keep producing content.
The cause? A total lack of inspiration.
During these moments, it was difficult for me to come up with post ideas that I actually found interesting. I would think about this saying that I had seen quite a few times in the blogging world that says you should only write things that you, as a reader, would want to read. And when I really thought about it, I realized that I wasn’t all that interested by my own content.
Which, of course, made it harder for me to brainstorm or plan posts.
Which, of course, made it harder for me to write.
But while these lapses in blogging motivation were challenging, they taught me about what it takes to get out of them. I learned a lot from going through these droughts, and today I thought that I would share.
Celebrate small victories
Something I’ve learned from blogging inspiration lapses is that not every uninspired day really qualifies as a blogging lapse. And that it’s important to appreciate every single success, even if it’s a small one.
We live in a culture that demands constant perfection and improvement. It seems like if you don’t write 12 blog posts a day, read a book, run a marathon, and eat healthy, you aren’t truly successful.
While social media may try and tell us that this level of perfection is attainable, the fact of the matter is, it’s not. Humans aren’t designed to work 24/7. We need fun. We need breaks. We need to be able to enjoy our small successes.
Just because you didn’t write 15 posts in one day doesn’t mean you’re going through a blogging rut. Society’s expectations for what we can do in one day are impossibly high. And when we fail to achieve impossibly high standards, it’s easy to assume that something is wrong.
Being realistic with yourself is an important part of blogging. It’s hard to stay motivated when it seems like you can never meet your self-imposed expectations.
Learn from other bloggers
If you were to ask a blogger what it’s like being a blogger, I can pretty much guarantee that they would say that it’s much more than writing a few words and taking a few pictures. Blogging involves a myriad of different elements. And it’s a lot more complicated than people make it out to be.
If you were to ask me what it’s like being a blogger, I would tell you that it’s basically a gigantic learning experience. The blogosphere is constantly changing and evolving. And with those changes comes many new learning opportunities.
That being said, a lapse in blogging motivation doesn’t have to be a total waste of time. A lot of different things come with being a blogger. Instead of dwelling on the obvious issue, you can look for new things to learn.
During the last big blogging rut I went through, I spent most of my time learning from other bloggers. Reading different blogs taught me tons about the blogging world. Without the information I’ve read in other blog posts, I wouldn’t know anything about taking flatlays or promoting posts on social media.
It’s good to keep in mind that blogging isn’t just about taking pictures and writing words. There are lots of different things out there, waiting to be learned. Getting inspiration back sometimes requires you to channel your energy into different areas of your blog.
Do something different
If you’re ever feeling unmotivated when it comes to your blog, it might be a good idea to try something that you haven’t done before. Thinking outside of your usual niche can be exciting and provide you with that little spark of enthusiasm that you need.
If there’s a post you’ve been contemplating writing but haven’t been sure whether or not it would fit in with your blog, you might as well give it a go. For me, this came in the form of fashion or non-flatlay posts.
I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with taking flatlays. So, pushing myself to do posts that feature other kinds of photos was both nerve-wracking and exciting. I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would be in front of the camera, but I’ve gotten more used to it as time has gone on. Not to mention that doing fashion posts has become one of my favorite things about blogging.
Take a break
One of the best things I ever did for my blog was take a short break between Christmas and New Year’s. I was feeling pretty drained after getting through blogmas, and I decided that it was time to step away for a few days and simply recharge.
Having those few days off somehow managed to do wonders for me. I ended up coming back to the blog with more post ideas and motivation than I had had in months. In fact, I was basically able to plan out two month’s worth of content in a couple of days (and write it quickly as well).
Whether we like it or not, taking breaks is important. It’s crucial that we realize when we’ve overspent ourselves and take some time to step back and relax. Being the type of person who has a hard time relaxing, I like to remind myself that I don’t produce my best work when I’m drained. This thought gives me a little perspective, and ultimately makes it easier for me to unwind.
Anyway, that concludes this post! I hope you enjoyed. And as always, thank you for reading.
How do you regain blogging motivation?