We have all been there. You start a blog because you want to and because you enjoy it. You love putting together graphics, taking pictures, researching and telling your story. Months or years down the road, the excitement just isn’t there anymore. You struggle to put together posts and everything seems like a chore. One day you love your blog, the next day you hate it. Seasons change, holidays come up, lives are busy and sometimes we just get lazy.
Deep down, you know that you enjoy what you are doing, but you feel like you are in a fog. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, take a break and wait for that feeling of joy to come back again. There is nothing wrong with that. In the meantime, giving your blog a little refresh may be all you need to get inspired again. So, we have come up with 8 ways to reset, restart, and fall in love with your blog again. Check them out below.
8 Ways To Reset, Restart, And Fall In Love With Your Blog Again
Remember Your Why
Think back to why you started your blog in the first place. Are you just as passionate about what you are writing about? If you are, great! You probably just need a little break. If not, then you may need to really dig deep and see what your other passions are and go from there. There is nothing wrong with starting over.
Sometimes, all it takes is a good ole fashioned blog purge. Delete old content that isn’t relevant anymore, take care of broken links, update photos and get rid of widgets that you or your readers don’t really use. Then, look at your blog’s appearance. Maybe a new colour scheme, logo, header or a whole new theme entirely is what you need to get excited about blogging again.
Get Organized and Figure Out a Schedule
Blogging isn’t how it used to be. There is SO much involved and it can be quite intimidating, not to mention it can take up every ounce of your free time. Setting yourself up for success all comes down to one key component; a consistent schedule. Get yourself out a calendar and jot down the days you would like to post and the day you will put stuff out there on social media. This one less thing to worry about will do wonders for your mind and leave you with more free time.
Write Down a Bunch of Topics
One of the top reasons why people stop blogging is because they don’t have anything to write about and don’t have the TIME to sit down and figure out what to write about. Set yourself a timer for 20 minutes and write down everything that comes to your mind about a specific topic. This exercise will be so helpful for your future self when you are way too busy but haven’t posted in a month. Just having these topics for easy access will help you get your creative juices flowing again.
Keep It Simple
There is so much blogging information out there. So many courses to take, printables to fill out and Pinterest articles to read. We get so bogged down with information and stuck in a rut of constant learning that we just don’t blog because we are so overwhelmed. Take a break from learning and just blog. Don’t worry about the numbers, the followers or the likes. Just start typing.
Set a Specific Goal
Sometimes you need a plan and something to really strive for. It can be as simple as getting 10 Facebook shares on a post, blogging twice a month, or having 100 repins on Pinterest. Working towards something can help light a fire under you again.
Engage With Others
Finding an online tribe, communicating with people who love the same things you do and sharing one another’s content can be a great boost to your mind, body, and soul. Remember, they don’t call it “SOCIAL” Media for nothing. Take advantage of it, pick ONE stream that you really enjoy and start thinking of it as a great way to meet people instead of it being a chore.
Being in the same room with like minded people can help get your creative juices flowing again. Exciting new projects can unfold and you can meet other entrepreneurs that can help hold you accountable with what you are trying to accomplish.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. Is there anything you do that helps when you are in a rut? Let us know in the comments below.