As a blogger, we all experience peaks and troughs in our motivation. Sometimes we’re brimming with ideas and have pages of post inspiration jotted down ready to write up. Other times, you might stare at a blank white screen for half an hour waiting for inspiration to arrive and it never does. When it gets bad, this can even lead to ‘blogger’s block’, something that any established blogger will probably have experienced at one time or another. If you’re struggling with inspiration and want to get back into the swing of creating content, here are some things you can try.
Give Yourself a Planned Break
If you keep sitting down to write a blog post and coming away unhappy with what you’ve created or unable to produce anything at all, this can lead to frustration. What can happen is next time you come to write, there’s added pressure which can make the situation worse and lead to a vicious cycle. Rather than trying to force it, give yourself a planned break, Whether it’s a week or two, or however long you need- set a deadline and enjoy this time without worrying about your blog at all. In the meantime, do as much as possible. Go on days out, see a show at the theatre or cinema, catch up with friends, take up any opportunities to do things in your day to day life. What can happen is these kinds of things can all inspire posts, and you might find ideas popping into your head when you least expect them. If this happens, take out your phone and write some brief notes and get on with your day again. After your break, take a look at your list and work from the ideas you have created. Sometimes a break and a change of scenery really can make the difference, inspiration can be found in the strangest of places. So even if it’s nothing to do with your blog, go out and enjoy yourself as this can help with bloggers block.
Take in Lots of Content
Another way to boost your creativity is to take in lots of content from other people. Read blogs, books, magazine articles, watch documentaries and listen to the radio. Ideas are all around us, but sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees. While of course you should never plagiarise or copy someone’s ideas, these things might well spark ideas of your own. Instead of living in your own head and racking your mind for ideas, enjoy taking in others content and fill your head with lots of interesting information. Chances are, ideas of your own will develop organically, and having plenty of cool knowledge and info floating around in your brain will help get you out of your blogging rut. You might even discover a new interest, which would give you a whole new topic to write about.
Give Your Site a Revamp
It might seem a bit shallow, but aesthetics are more important than you think. Just like a good hair day can make you feel confident, or a new set of workout clothes can make you work harder at the gym- revamping your site can bring back your love of blogging. If you’ve really fallen out of love with the topics you write about, you could go for a full relaunch with new topics and ideas. Otherwise, having a new layout designed and speaking to IT companies to get any errors and loading issues sorted can make all the difference. If your site looks great and you get it back up to scratch, chances are you’ll want to fill it with new and exciting posts and it could help you come up with ideas. If you have a bigger budget, a web designer could create you an awesome custom design just for you. Otherwise there are cheap templates you can buy on Etsy as well as some great responsive ones for free online.
Losing your blogging mojo or experiencing writer’s block can be frustrating for any blogger, but just because your inspiration is scarce now doesn’t mean it won’t be back. Give yourself a break and take a step back, do things that will get your creative juices flowing and you’ll be back to creating awesome content in no time.
Have you ever experienced losing your blogging mojo? How long were you away from blogging, and what did you do to get it back?