It started slipping away during a busy few weeks leading up to a week’s vacation. Then, between my writing business, and school, and networking/volunteer activities, and family, the blogging momentum just slipped away.
To prepare for that climb this time, what did I do? Of course I didn’t just blog. I did what any procrastinator worth her salt would do: I read about blogging. A Google search for “lost my blogging mojo” pulled up about 30,900 results so I see that it’s a common problem!
I already had a few ideas of my own on how to get out of a blogging slump, and collected some other ideas from Google to come up with these tips:
- Go for something quick, short thoughts on whatever is topical, just to break the ice and get you started again.
- Figure out a pattern of blogging, where you run a certain type of post on a certain day (from Simone at GreatFun4Kidsblog.com).
- Ask readers, friends and family for ideas (from Corinne at Frock & Roll).
- Refocus on what you love (also from Simone) or go back to why you started the blog in the first place (also from Corinne).
- Go for something easy, like a roundup of links you found that appealed to you.
- Use mind mapping to come up with structure and direction for topics (from Joanne Newberry).
- Stop reading blogs by “people who have thousands of dollars behind them,” instead reading ones from the heart (an unnamed blogger at Central Coast Seachange).
- Schedule “write a blog post” into your day (from my friend Donna Papacosta of Trafalgar Communications).
- Write a guest post for a fellow blogger (from Louise).
- Write about something that bugs you or that’s top of your mind, even if it is unrelated to the things you usually blog about.
I know that this, too, shall pass, and it’s just a question of climbing back on the wagon. See you there. And if you have any suggestions, please share!
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