#TipsTuesday: 8 Ways To Get Over ‘Bloggers Block’ And Feel Inspired Again!

On Sunday I wrote a personal post on how I’d been feeling like I’d hit a ‘bloggers block’, I’d started to feel like a failure, like I wasn’t good enough. Ideas and inspiration were running thin, so I decided to take a break over the Christmas period to re-charge my batteries! It feels so good to be back blogging again and I feel like I’m brimming with ideas and rearing to get back into the swing of things. I wanted to put together some tips on how I dealt with ‘hitting the wall’ as it happens to the best of us from time to time!…


1.) Take a break –
Taking a break from my blog was the best thing I could have done during this time. I always think that if it’s not happening, then don’t force it. If you force yourself to work, yeah you’ll produce content but it won’t be your best and you won’t feel happy when you publish it because deep down you know you could have done better. Give yourself some time to figure things out, your followers aren’t going anywhere.



2.) Look back –
Take a look back at old posts, what was the most read? What genre is everyone loving? Your travel or personal posts? I always find a great way to feel inspired again is to work out what content everyone was loving, what was most read and most commented on and get creating that content that you know we all love!



3.) Stop looking for inspiration –
I love to use Pinterest, the web and Instagram etc for inspiration. But sometimes, I also find it does me good to just ‘stop looking’. Turn to the people that pass you in the street, the people that inspire your life, your favourite museum. There is inspiration and ideas everywhere we turn, sometimes I find the best things in life happen when you aren’t looking for them.


4.) Get brainstorming – Remove yourself from your ‘online’ situation whether it’s scheduling posts, replying to emails or posting on social media. Take yourself to a cafe or somewhere quiet where you can concentrate, pop on a playlist that you love and order a cheeky hot chocolate. Take out a notepad and pen and get brainstorming, what do you love writing about the most? If you could cover anything on your blog what would it be? What would you love to improve? Simple things like putting pen to paper I find really helps me to clear my mind and re-focus on what I want to achieve. 


5.) Strip it right back and start again – It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race, whatever your job. When it comes to blogging I find that it’s really easy to loose your identity, to replicate what’s already been done and let your originality slip. The best thing to do is strip it right back, what did you first ever blog about? What do you love writing about? Remember what it is you love/loved about blogging, get it back and get going again!


6.) Appreciate the little things – During my ‘time off’ I made sure I spent time doing things I love like spending time with friends, reading a good book or having a pamper evening. Appreciate the little things in life and remember to take care of yourself and those you love. Don’t let your online life take over every aspect as it’s important to differentiate the two. 


7.) Remove any negativity – As I mentioned in my post on Sunday, I was unhappy living at home so I decided to move to London for a couple of months to almost start again and discover what really makes me happy. If there’s a person or situation in your life that has a negative impact, no matter how hard it is as the time, don’t let it weigh you down. Remove yourself from the situation and start afresh, be that person you know you can be!


8.) Don’t be so hard on yourself – When I took a break over Christmas, at first I felt really anxious about it. Would everything think I’ve fallen off the bloggersphere? Would they even care? What if I loose followers? In the end I decided to let go of any negative thoughts, anyone who enjoys reading my blog will be there at the end of the day so I let myself enjoy some time away and now I feel ready to take on the world again, and guess what? You’re all still here waiting to enjoy the journey with me! Don’t be hard on yourself, take the time you need and enjoy it, we aren’t going anywhere!

What are your top tips for hitting a bloggers block? Any advice you can dish out to the rest of us?

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24 Comments

  1. More MindfulYou 12th January 2016 / 10:19 am

    Such great tips! I've bookmarked this post incase I need it in the future 🙂

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

  2. A Branch of Holly 12th January 2016 / 10:38 am

    I loved reading this post, Hayley. You're right – this is something all bloggers go through and definitely more than once! My favourite tip was stripping things right back, taking yourself away from the online world and just sitting with a notepad and pen to make notes about what inspires you. I usually find there's nothing that brings my inspiration back more than doing that!

  3. Erin Russell 12th January 2016 / 2:09 pm

    love this. I found what was giving me a block was myself, I put so much pressure on myself to post a certain amount, but with the weather and the lack of lighting I had gotten myself into a rushed slump. But no more – we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves 🙂

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

  4. Ambar Syed 12th January 2016 / 8:59 pm

    These are such wonderful tips. Very useful for finding new blog ideas for the new year 🙂
    – Ambar | Her Little Loves

  5. Monique | WritingMonique 4th July 2016 / 12:41 pm

    These are some amazing tips! I find it quite hard to take a break if I’m not feeling inspired: but it does help!

  6. Beth 4th August 2016 / 1:41 pm

    What a lovely post, thanks for the tips! Beth x

  7. Laura 10th November 2016 / 1:59 am

    I love looking back at old posts to get inspiration. I’ve been doing that a lot lately. I really like the advice to strip it back and start again – finding what I love about blogging and hitting that stride again. I really needed this post today! Thanks xx

  8. Sammy Scott 14th November 2016 / 11:33 pm

    These are some great tips and something I definitely needed to read at the moment 🙂 xoxo

  9. Anastasia 17th November 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Yes Yes YEs to all and especially number 6 and 7!
    I am so glad you feel better lovely, cheers to many more fabulous post 🙂

    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com

  10. adele 17th November 2016 / 10:03 pm

    I love this.. I will definitely be keeping these in mind! I am so happy I found your blog, keep up the amazing work! x

    adelelydia.blogpost.com

  11. Linda 22nd November 2016 / 6:11 am

    You offer some really good tips here. You have a very nice blog. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  12. Jaz 9th January 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Don’t worry Hayley, you’re not the only one & your blog is amazing! Didn’t I see on Twitter recently you’ve been nominated for an award?! Don’t put yourself down. There are so many blogs out there it can be overwhelming and hard not to compare yourself to others, but I found taking a break over Christmas really let me relax and stop worrying. Best of luck for 2017,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  13. FASHION TALES 30th January 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Being in post grad school at the moment and working full-time, I definitely have to take breaks between blogging. These are great tips, and helpful for any person who needs inspiration. have a lovely week. <3 /Madison x

    FASHION TALES

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