This post was inspired by my recent absence from the blogging world which you can see here. Now I know it can be challenging at times when we may run out of ideas for blog posts (hitting a writer’s block) or generally losing the motivation to blog all together which can make your readers think you have stopped blogging.
I recently experienced a combination of both these feelings and through it I came up with the following points. Even though you may not be posting new content frequently, you can keep up your blogging presence. Now I’m no expert and by no way necessary should you feel this is the only way out of a rut, but this is my view on a few tips to get back in the saddle when I draw blanks.
1. Take bulk pictures
Whatever your blogging niche may be, it could be a good idea to take lots of pictures in advance where possible to use for blog posts at a later stage. Whatever it is you are interested in, you can capture moments and keep them to be uploaded as and when needed. Outfits are a good example as most of us get dressed daily so you’ll always be able to post an outfit of the day or if you find you have some spare time, practice some new looks with your makeup taking lots of selfies of course!
2. Schedule/plan posts
I don’t know about other bloggers but recently I haven’t been as organised as I use to be with scheduling or planning my posts. I pretty much post sporadically, I do know however that it does make for a more organised blogging schedule when I plan my posts. Taking a day out in the week to write up posts really does make a difference for example, on a Sunday I would schedule 2-3 posts for the coming week which would free up time to be more active on social media throughout the week for pushing my content and interacting with other bloggers.
3. Repost older content
One way which I find helps to keep up your online blogging presence is through recycling old content! I know it may sound weird because you want to draw readers to new posts but how about your older posts? We work hard on every post so it is only right that it gets out there especially as you gain new readers/followers, sometimes they may not wade through the archives on their own so it helps to make that content easy to find. You may have had a really popular post from a year ago which someone may still find useful today.
4. Read other blogs
It’s likely that most of you have your favourite bloggers, vloggers and YouTubers and this is a great way to seek inspiration. Watching and reading other bloggers content is a great way to reignite the flame for blogging should you hit a dry patch. Now don’t copy someone else’s work. People work hard to put out content so it isn’t fair for another person to pass off the same content as their own – thats.not.cool! You can take inspiration from them and put your own spin on ideas as it is inevitable that some posts may not appear similar in the Blogosphere but my advice would be to just be you!
Blogging has a great way of bringing people together online that you probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet irl. I find that Twitter is a great way to interact with other bloggers through the various chats that take place daily. As well as other bloggers there are opportunities to converse with brands who relate to your blog so although you may not be putting out new content, make your presence known as a blogger as you never know what could be around the corner!
6. Run Twitter polls
Give the readers what they want. Unsure of what this is? Ask! I see many bloggers on Twitter asking their readers what posts they would like to see next. This is great for many reasons but mainly because once the people have spoken, you know you are going to create content they’re likely to enjoy. Giving them the chance to contribute also builds a good rapport between reader and blogger which makes them feel they can trust you.
7. Take a break
Even after all of the above, sometimes it’s good to simply take a break! I think as bloggers this can happen intentionally and unintentionally but whatever the reason, sometimes it is needed. Stepping back gives a new lease of life, like anything, if you do it for too long it can become stale. You need fresh ideas and the only way to encourage that is to leave it alone and return. There is no need to feel guilty about taking a break, we all need it and as long as there is still an element of your blogging presence, I think it’s absolutely fine!
I’d love to hear in the comments below how you overcome your blogging blocks and if you have any tips you can share.
Thanks for reading xx