Those of you who follow my blog regularly know that I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump lately. I don’t know exactly why, but I just haven’t felt like posting as much – I have to force myself to write reviews and I just haven’t felt like discussing anything either (thus this discussion post!). I can’t explain why I’ve been feeling this way, except that I think I may just be letting the fact that the new school year is starting up soon overwhelm me (I homeschool my kids and I’m feeling really unprepared). When I start to feel overwhelmed, I tend to shut down and get LESS done – the exact opposite of what I need to do!
So, what can you do when you’re feeling uninspired? Well, I HAVE found a few things that have worked for me – at least somewhat.
- Schedule more. If I have things specifically marked on my calendar they feel more set in stone and I get them done whether I want to or not. And usually, once I start working on a post, I can go with the flow and enjoy it – it’s just the starting that’s difficult. So, I just need to put a few things like reviews in my calendar – even if they’re not necessarily required on specific days. It helps me to have goals for the week!
- Do something new. I haven’t felt like doing reviews or discussions lately, but I AM really excited about my Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, which is something brand new I’m trying. By focusing on something completely new, I’m bringing some of the excitement back to my blogging!
- Visit other blogs for inspiration. Checking out lots of other blogs can often spark something and get you excited again! Finding new-to-me blogs when I’m in a slump is a great way to mix things up a bit too! Unfortunately, sometimes when you’re in a blogging slump, you end up feeling less motivated and able to surf the blogosphere as well – but if you can manage it, you just might find rejuvenation!
- Take a break. If all else fails, there’s no crime in taking things easy for a little while. I sometimes pressure myself to post every day (or at least five or six times a week). I had two weeks in a row where I only posted three times! This could have been panic-inducing, but I really tried to give myself permission to not stress about it. My blog didn’t implode because I stepped away for a little while and all of my followers didn’t up and leave me. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that our blogs don’t have to be all-consuming. And we really shouldn’t want them to be!
So, those are a few of the things I’ve tried lately to get out of my slump. How about you? Have you ever been in a blogging slump? What helped you get out of it? I want to know!