Ever been there with your blog? Bored to tears? Sort of feeling like maybe your readers are too? We all hung out with our blogs in Funky Town but there are way to get out of your blogging funk and make it better than it was before. Don’t hang out there too long either – blogging funks can easily turn into blogging breaks that end up being permanent.
4 Step to Breaking a Blogging Funk
1. Get Out More
Just like with our 3 dimensional lives, getting out of a funk sometimes just requires a change in scenery.
There are 2 avenues to go with this one. You can literally get out more, as in physically get the heck out of your house. Call a friend who you haven’t seen in awhile because you’re “too busy” or take a day to just spend time with yourself out and about. New experiences breathe life into blogs because the invigorate the writers of those blogs – YOU.
If your social calendar is all filled up and you’re getting out then start to spread your online wings a bit. Writing endlessly on your blog does not bring you new readers or make your blog more interesting for you – meeting new people online and being apart of a larger conversation does.
Jump on your favorite social media network and start talking with people. Schedule yourself 10-15 minutes a day and actively converse with other people in your blogging niche. Enthusiasm is contagious and just hanging with upbeat – getting things done kinda people is going to feel good.
2. Learn Something New
One of the best indicators of job fulfillment is whether you are allowed to be creative in your employment. I don’t know about you but I can definitely attest to that being true, my least favorite jobs allowed for about zero creative input.
Being creative doesn’t just mean picking up a paint brush it means using new parts of your brain to creatively solve problems. If all you do with your blog is post, read, answer a comment here and there, no wonder it’s so tiring.
What skills can you learn that would add to your challenge and excitement around blogging? Have you wanted to learn about WordPress SEO, CSS, designing themes, graphic design, whatever sparks your interest consult the big old Google and go learn! You’ll not only feel more excited about blogging but you’ll no doubt learn something to help you improve too.
3. Re-Examine Your Goals
What’s the big picture here? Why do you blog? When we get into a funk it can be because we’re a bit off course. Are you blogging for the same reasons now as you were when you started? If your goals have changed, maybe it’s time your blog changed too.
I’m not saying to throw your blog away and start again, but as you evolve as a person – grow, change and learn – your blog should evolve too.
Take a look at your long term blogging goals? What do you hope to ultimately get out of it? Is your current blogging topic, style and routine getting you closer to that goal or farther away? Be really honest with yourself and decide what to do to start making progress in the right direction.
4. Change Your Routine
I know this one sounds really easy but sometime the simplest things are the best ones!
Take a look at your blogging routine and see if it’s time for a shake up. Are you trying to post daily and that feels like a burden? Try posting 3 times a week. Posting less often with more thorough posts is a great way to feel better about your blog and frees up some time to get out more (see #1 above).
On the flip side, are you posting rarely and sporadically? Posting all haphazard is not only hard on you because you can’t get a rhythm, it’s really hard on your readers because they don’t know what to expect. Sit down and figure out a realistic routine that you can commit too and honors all your other time commitments. If that’s once a week or twice a month, whatever, just start with something you can do and schedule that time in.
Have you ever suffered from a case of the blogging funkies (maybe in one now)? How did you break out?
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