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
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
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
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:
- Take advantage of the post scheduler.
- Have an hour or two dedicated to blogging.
- Always bring a notebook. In case you have some post ideas, you can write them there. Alternatively, you can use a smartphone.
- Write a lot of drafts.
- 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.
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
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.