Jumping back into blogging when you’ve been gone for awhile
I have a confession: it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. Perhaps it’s obvious. And while I’ve been making excuses to myself about life getting too busy, life is life; at some point I need to get back to writing–because my goal is to help new bloggers get started–and keep going!–in WordPress.
How to start blogging again
When I don’t have an idea simmering at the top, it’s difficult for me to make time to write. But if you, like I, want to make blogging a part of your life, perhaps some of the ideas below will help!
- Create a list of topic ideas: Read these suggestions for getting over blogger’s block to kick-start your own ideas for blog content.
- Set a time to write: Consider the time of day and also when during the week works best for you.
- Try writing in a new place: Maybe your typical writing spot isn’t helping with the rut you’re; venture out and try typing up a post at the beach, the coffee shop, or your backyard.
- Have a writing accountability partner: Who else is trying to stick with blogging? Encourage each other in this venture together! If you can’t think of anyone else who’s writing, have check-ins with friends who are trying to stick with something else: exercising, eating right, having quality time with their kids, etc.
- Try a different post format: Are you a “list” poster? Try writing out your thoughts in long-form this time! Or break out your camera and do a picture post with a brief description…there’s more than one way to write a post!
- Use interactions: As a friend, consumer, and employee/er you communicate with others all the time. Use that customer’s question to spur a post on their general problem; if one consumer is confused, chances are others will also benefit from your answer.
- You’re not obligated to write a full post: Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with writing an entire post–but it’s not required! Write as much of a post as you want; come back to that draft when you feel inspired again.
- Don’t feel guilty: It’s difficult to write well when you feel that you need to write. And while we as writers hear that we need to blog often, it’s not necessarily true; what works for others may not work for you. If you can get to blogging only twice a month, then that’s what works; just try to be consistent and write quality posts that keep your readers coming back.
- Just write: Sit down and see what you type up (that’s how this post began!). It may not be publishable, but you’ll start up the writing drive again.
I’d love to hear: what do you do when you’re not motivated to blog?
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