Any blogger knows the perils of getting in to a blogging slump, I’ve been there, completely uninspired and stuck for ideas. Since I’ve come out the other side, I’ve put a couple of things in to action to make sure I keep my blogging mojo right up where it should be and boy, has it worked. So, it’s only fair to share the knowledge, right?! x
GET BACK TO BASICS – This was the biggest thing for me and I’m so pleased I did it as it’s been a real game changer. I took a couple of weeks out (yes, it’s okay to do that – you’re the boss remember?) and in those two weeks, I kept away from social media and from reading other peoples blogs. When I wasn’t being influenced by what everyone else was doing, I soon recognised what I actually ENJOY reading and writing about. You have to blog for yourself as much as for your readers, however cliche that may be. When you get back to basics and doing what you love, you’ll be shocked at how quickly your mojo and inspiration comes back.
CARRY A NOTEBOOK – And take it everywhere with you. Even to bed. After all, you never know when you’ll suddenly have an amazing idea for a post! I bet you’ve been in the same situation as me many times, when you have what you think is truly the best idea ever and when it comes to typing it up, your mind goes blank and you’re kicking yourself. If you’ve got a notebook busting with ideas, it also means that if you ever get in to a slump and feel like you have nothing to write about, you can just turn a page and have a whole host of things to get working on
RECOGNISE ENVY – I almost didn’t put this point in here, but I realised that for me, it was such a game changer that it was too important to leave out. When I took some time out, I noticed that some blogs I read very regularly, or bloggers I followed on social media just made me feel rubbish about this corner of the internet or myself. I can’t believe i’m sharing this really, because I’m truly not a jelous person and I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way, but – It’s okay if you feel envious of someone else, you’re only human. Just recognise when it’s having a significant effect on you and if it is, just hit unfollow. With so many fabulous bloggers in the community, it’s easy to feel it sometimes.
MAKE YOUR OWN CREATIVE SPACE – I’ve written a whole post about this here, so go ahead a check it out. It was another big part of helping me fall in love with blogging again and I’ve given my five super simple tips to transform the space to work in. Check it out!
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE A STEP BACK – You’re the boss. Like I said in my ‘get back to basics’ tip above, I took two weeks out to get some perspective. I know lots of blogger friends that have taken up to a couple of months out, and you know what? That’s okay. Don’t feel the pressure to keep going when what you really need is some time away.
MAKE A CREATIVE PLAYLIST – Probably the most fun tip in this list! We all have those songs that come on and you instantly feel full of life and want to dance around, right? Whether they’re classics or guilty pleasures, stick them all in a spotify or itunes playlist and pop it on whenever you get to work. You’ll be amazed at how much better you work when you’re happy as larry bopping along to your favourite songs. If you’re a little bit nosy, my playlist has everything from The Smiths and Bowie to Miley Cyrus (Party in the USA – guilty pleasure for life #sorrynotsorry). Get compiling your list!
Speaking of doing what you love, I’ve been doing just that and writing some pieces for the fabulous American Express Style Inspiration Hub over at ShopStyle! As well as writing for them, I’ve already spent an age reading all the other articles, style tips and advice from my favourite bloggers – go and check it out!
Woah, that was a bit of a meaty post in the end there wasn’t it! Will you be getting involved and taking on any of my pointers and tips? Let me know! x