You pinned your shiny new blogging badge on with high hopes.
You read blogs. You like blogs. You especially like it when someone reads your blog.
But lately the mojo isn’t there. You’re in a funk and you can’t figure out why. The ideas are not coming to you.
No one shows up. Or not enough people show up. Or too many people show up and you can’t keep up with the comments.
You are wondering if this whole blogging thing is just a time suck.
Maybe you should quit.
“Quit?” you say? “I can’t do that. Can I?
People quit blogging every day and, in fact, most people close up their blogs within 3 months of starting them.
But before you pull the plug on your blog (or leave it lying in a field, starving for attention), try these things:
5 things to do when blogging isn’t fun anymore
1. Publish guest posts from other bloggers.
It gives you a break and introduces your readers to a new voice. Just be sure the blogger you choose writes about things your readers are interested in. Because if you blog about your big RV adventure and you give a post to a a blogger whose site is all about the aye-aye—also known as the world’s largest nocturnal primate—well, that just wouldn’t make sense.
2. Mix it up.
Maybe you need a little variety. Try a video post. Or an interview with someone you admire who your readers might like to meet. Post links to other bloggers’ sites when they have a cool post out. Find resources on the Web and write a “Free Stuff I Found” post.
3. Write about something you care deeply about.
Who said that every post has to be connected to your blog’s reason for being? One of the reasons we watch the late night shows is to get the ‘unstructured, unplugged’ celebrity. We feel as if we get to step behind the ‘velvet rope.’ We get to see what they’re really like, how they feel about things.
Use the ‘velvet rope’ strategy to tell your readers what matters to you. Maybe it was a moment of grief. Or a personal cause that holds meaning for you. Or a life-changing event and how it impacted you. It’ll give you a blogging break—and these posts are usually easier to write.
4. Give yourself some breathing room by making an editorial calendar.
It is amazing how a calendar takes the pressure off. Even if you just jot down ideas for blog posts, you’ll find that it’s much more simple to create posts from them than creating every single topic on the spot, when you are feeling the pressure of that blank screen.
5. Step up your blogging.
“What?” you say. “Are you crazy? I’m about ready to throw in the blogging towel and you tell me to blog more?’
New ideas spawn more new ideas. Writing more makes you write better, faster, easier. I’m guest posting a lot these days and I find that my own CatsEyeWriter posts aren’t taking nearly as long to write.
Because I’m in the groove.
What about you?
Do you ever feel like blogging isn’t fun anymore?
What do you do to get back in the groove?
Bring the fun back: If blogging isn’t fun because you aren’t feeling the reader and comment love, our 90-minute, interactive lesson will take some of that pressure off and free you up to focus on bringing the fun back to blogging. Find out if our March 15 30 Design and Content Secrets to Skyrocket Your Blog webinar is right for you.
And a gentle reminder: If you register by Friday, March 4, you’ll also get your blog’s home page looked at during the webinar!