10 Ways To Get Out Of A Blogging Slump

I’m having a blogging slump during the last few days or so and I’m not really sure why. It’s not that I lost my motivation for blogging. I suspect (and hope) that this is only fleeting and I’d eventually overcome it.

Nonetheless, instead of worrying about it too much, I decided to write about some ways to beat a blogging slump. Perhaps, they will not only help those who have blogging slumps but me as well.

1. Motivate Yourself

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Many people these days rely on motivational books and motivational seminars for motivation. They would even pay huge amounts of money for them. However, the truth is, all of these motivational guides are useless if you don’t know how to motivate yourself. For example, the speaker at a motivational seminar can simply tell you that you can “overcome your problems using your willpower” or “you can succeed through determination”, but they all mean nothing if you don’t have self-motivation.

This also applies to blogging. I could repeatedly tell you some cheesy quotes to motivate you but it’s pointless if you can’t motivate yourself. Yes, you can use others’ motivational speeches or writings as inspiration if you want, but in the end, you have to rely on yourself. Those who know how to motivate themselves seldom need motivations from others.

2. Read Books and Other Blogs

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Reading is essential even if you don’t have a blog. But if you do have a blog, reading becomes more important. Books can provide you blog ideas and inspirations that can help you come up with blog posts. It doesn’t matter if the idea is a small one since ideas can grow quickly.

Reading other blogs is also a good way to find post ideas. If you are blogging in a niche, make sure to read blogs from your niche, but don’t forget to read about other things too.

3. Go Outside

The outside world is one of the best sources of blogging ideas. There are many things that are happening outside you wouldn’t witness otherwise if you are always staying at your home. So, go outside and observe.

4. Watch Movies and Documentaries

Good movies spark our imaginations. This could be helpful in unexpected ways. Remember that ideas don’t have to be related to what you are writing for them to be useful.

Documentaries can be interesting too since they provide informative knowledge and good documentaries can also challenge our thinking. Thus, I’m sure that they are full of post ideas.

5. Manage Your Time Smartly

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A large number of bloggers find it difficult to blog consistently due to time constraints. It can’t be helped since many of us have other things to do aside from blogging. Therefore, you should manage your time smartly. Here are five things that you could do:

  1. Take advantage of the post scheduler.
  2. Have an hour or two dedicated to blogging.
  3. Always bring a notebook. In case you have some post ideas, you can write them there. Alternatively, you can use a smartphone.
  4. Write a lot of drafts.
  5. Try your best to not procrastinate (much).

Anyway, If that’s your thing, you can write down your daily schedule.

It’s easier said than done, but it’s doable.

6. Find Another Hobby

This may be counterintuitive since a new hobby could divert your attention away from your blogs. However, sometimes, life can become monotonous so a change of scenery is a great idea. Doing the same things over and over again makes us dull. Even the sharpest knife will become dull after a long time of doing the same thing. This could result in loss of enthusiasm which would affect your blogging.

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Personally, I like to take up a new hobby or two each year. For example, this year, I’m learning Go, a Chinese strategy board game since I’m intrigued by its complexities. I know that I’ll never be good at it anymore (you have to start at a young age to have a slight chance to become good at it) but it’s all right as long as I enjoy it.

7. Follow the News

Yes, I know. News today is mostly depressing and cringy. However, it’s a bad idea to not follow them and remain ignorant of the current events. This is especially true if you are a niche blogger. You have to be aware of the current trends after all.

A little reminder: In today’s world of “fake news” and “alternative facts”, you have to choose your news sources wisely. But even then, it’s still not enough sometimes. Therefore, you have to learn to objectively analyze all the information that you read about.

8. Write About Things You Wouldn’t Normally Write About

For those who have writer’s block, it may be a great idea to write about other subjects that you normally don’t write about. For instance, you haven’t tried to write a poem yet, why not try it now?

9. Make a “List” Post

When you are out of ideas, consider writing a “list” post (like this post). For one, they are less difficult to write (it depends on the type of post of course). Also, “list” post generally receive more views since they are easier to write than essay-type posts. However, some “list” post may be harder to finish as you first have to do a lot of research.

10. Remember Why You Started Your Blog

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When we first created our blogs, it’s safe to say that most of us were extremely enthusiastic and can’t wait to hit the “Publish” button and see what would happen next. Over time, that level of excitement would lower to a more normal level, then it may even plummet further. That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves why we started our blogs in the first place. Did you want to share your stories, experiences or knowledge to a wider audience? Or perhaps, did you wish to inspire others?

Remembering how it all began is a great way to ignite your passion for blogging.


Note that if all of the above doesn’t work, maybe it’s time to take a breather. While it may not be ideal to those of you who want to grow your blog, sometimes, it may be necessary to take a break.

What did you do to get through a blogging slump? Please let me know in the comments section below.

 

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About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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35 Responses to 10 Ways To Get Out Of A Blogging Slump

  1. Loved this! I am a new blogger looking to gain some friends and followers in the same category as mine and I must say, I loved your posts! I followed you so I can continue being inspired! Follow back please 🙂

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  2. Miss Hued says:

    I’m just coming out of my own slump. When there’s no income from a given activity, it’s so easy to push it aside in favor of work and housekeeping! That goes for all my hobbies really, as one by one they’ve fallen by the wayside. For me, I just kept it in my mind but didn’t write unless/until I actually felt the desire to; not just obligation. Now I’vedecided I want to get back into it, so let’s see how it goes!

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  3. This is really great tips. I’ve read other blogger tips about blogs and its all very helpful. 😊 Thank you!

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  4. Great post ! I think we all lose the motivation to blog periodically. And we have so many things to keep up with. But I also think we who love to write will find our way back to the keyboards 🙂

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  5. Great tips. For me, managing time is the first thing to be taken care of, not just for blogging, but in life as a whole. Thanks for the tips, again.

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  6. here what monkey do when monkey fall in blogging slump. monkey stop writing until monkey feel like writing again. this = very powerful technique.

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  7. This is very resourceful and insightful, Edmark. It’s been terribly hard to write or blog lately, and it seems like it’s the same with many other bloggers.

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  8. Hi Edmark — In February I experienced a slump… I just wasn’t feeling creative for some reason. Usually by using your list above there is “something” that peaks my interest to write about, but nothing was doing it for me. I realized it wasn’t just for writing a post, but I was feeling bored with life. I still kept up with my weekly posts, but I new they were a bit on the “boring” side, but I wanted to keep on schedule. THEN one day, I started feeling inspired again. Sort of like a bear who has come out of hibernation!

    Would LOVE to see a post from you on WHY the game GO, is si difficult to learn AND maybe some ideas on HOW the game is played. I’ve always wanted to learn.

    THANKS for sharing with us your slump, we’ve ALL been there!

    Taking a short weekend trip is always inspiring OR maybe changing what we are posting about too.

    Hong Kong – would love to see a post on what are best cafes, sight seeing, etc. from someone who lives there.

    Has there been anything going on in Hong Kong lately, art-wise? What does a tourist shop look like in Hong Kong compared to Europe?

    I haven’t been to Hong Kong yet, so curious about these things. 🙂

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  9. Rini says:

    I’m falling into a slump, but that’s most likely due to time restrictions. I hope you get out of it. The worse is when you enjoy reading a blog and the blogger just disappears!

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  10. Candi Nicole says:

    This will be resource post for me on my down days. Thanks for making it!

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  11. lindasschaub says:

    Since my blog is about walking, when the weather turns ugly or when we have endless months of Winter weather, I have my “Tuesday Musings” feature where I can write about something silly (usually at my own expense poking fun at myself) or hopefully it is around the time of a holiday and I can intermingle the holiday with some nice memories from my memory bank. I have a unique issue in that I have no relatives at all so if I write about relatives it has to via memories of them.

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  12. I noticed a lot of bloggers getting into a slump this month. I think it has something to do with it being Spring. It is really nice out there right now. I know I have been busy outside, so I tried to include that in my posts. Most of my posts this month have been about the garden since that is mostly where I have been hanging out. Another way I get over blogging blocks is to find a story from my past to write about. I pretend the post is a note to my kids to read about past relatives or experiences their mother had when she was growing up. If all that fails then it is time for a road trip to see what the world out there has to show us, usually there is always a story at the end of a road trip. Great post Edmark, thanks for the ideas and sharing.

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  13. Edmark,
    So often when we are asked to assist others we gain a better insight into ourselves by offering solutions and observations. We find our guide by listening to ourselves. That is if you are willing to listen.
    Great information,
    John

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  14. Abigail says:

    Yes, blogging slumps are tough (as our writing blocks in general). I mostly apply #2 and #5 to inspire myself and keep my site on track. I like to have posts ready in drafts to publish in case I don’t know what to write for the day. On particularly productive days, I write a few posts at a time and schedule them for later publication. If worst comes to worst, I dig through my Word documents and adapt a previous writing assignment for use as a blog post.

    Planning what posts to write for what day in a small planner also helps me.

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  15. I haven’t actually had a blogging slump yet. I have had a few blank days but not so much as a slump. I guess for me is to stop trying to focus on what to write and rather just think about how things are going in your life, there has to be something that has happened that you can write about. Great post. 😀

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  16. You hit the nail on its head Edmark. Nice encouragement.

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  17. allyaldridge says:

    This is a great post. Lots of useful ideas. 🙂

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  18. Lena says:

    This was very helpful and mostly true. Number 4 works most for me. Since I own a movie blog, when I see a good movie, that gives me a lot of motivation to share with people. Thank You!

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  19. ellie894 says:

    Thanks for the encouragement to keep writing. 😊

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  20. B4-KJV says:

    Interesting reading! Good thoughts!

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  21. Thanks for your tips

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  22. John says:

    Very good tip, Edmark. I have a photo blog and share my picture, but I love to write about them and if I don’t know anything about them, if it’s is ex old buildings, I Google. I think facts is important as the picture is. Without a single word it’s “only” a picture among others. I like your blog a lot because you blend facts and fun things, and even I must use the translator sometimes (Swedish is my mother language). I mostly like to do post everyday, but I can’t make any without any pictures. I love to write and have my head full of words, but not without a picture. I think I mentioned when I bought my last book? It was John Grisham, The Broker, for over 10 years ago. I have still not open it!😁

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    • I use Google translate as well when I read your blog since I don’t know Swedish. Well, I know French, Latin and a bit of German so I can recognize some of the words but it’s not enough of course.

      Indeed, a picture may represent a thousand words but adding some more words to give it more details is better.

      Thank you. I appreciate it very much.

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  23. masercot says:

    What I try to do is keep a few blog pages in reserve. That way, when I hit a dry period, I still have something to post…

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  24. puzzleblume says:

    A really good list.

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  25. craftysurf says:

    Excellent advice! 👏👏👏

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  26. Thank you for your tips 👍 🙂

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  27. Great tips! 👍💯

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  28. Garfield Hug says:

    Good tips! I have a Go set but never got round to learning it but hope to one day!

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  29. shutterbug says:

    Ah yes! I have been in a slump myself due to time constraints and have forgotten why I started the blog in the first place…. Thanks for the tips! Much appreciated!

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  30. paolsoren says:

    Umm. Maybe! Would it make any difference? I would have liked 3 ways rather than 10 ways. 10 makes it more complicated. I think I will have small whisky and go to sleep.

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  31. Thank you Edmark, for these tips really same here, I will follow those handful of tips,😃😃

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