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?