If you’ve been reading my blog for the past couple of weeks, you’ll know I’ve had a fairly long blogging break. I enjoy blogging, but sometimes life just gets in the way, and unfortunately, it had to go on the back burner. My love for blogging came back as a bit of a surprise, as I typed up a mind dump of emotions and decided it was time to get back. Whilst taking a blogging break is sometimes necessary, it can be hard getting back in to the swing of things. Here are 5 tips and tricks to help you out!
Own Your Blogging Break
Make the most of it. Use it as a time to regroup and figure out what’s holding you back. Is it creative block? Get back in to reading and commenting on blogs. Reconnect with fellow bloggers on social media and gently ease yourself back in to the creative mindset. If it’s timing that’s stopping you from writing, practice some self love and relax. You shouldn’t feel compelled to blog, as for most people it’s a hobby. Take some time for yourself and come back refreshed and revitalised!
Don’t Just Jump Back In
Take some time to assess what you want from a blog. Do you want to monetise, or is it a mind dump for you. Maybe you want to work on your writing and build up a following and portfolio before monetising? Find what you want your blog to be, and go from there. Do your research, find what fits with you, your goals and your capabilities.
Building on the previous point, but I’ve found that planning a couple of weeks worth of content has really helped me to create a schedule that I’m happy with. This way, I can plan my days as to when I’m going to blog, when I’ll do the admin associated and when to take photos. This can’t be stressed enough. As much as I hate using cliches, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s so easy to fall off the blogging wagon if it isn’t a full time job, and planning will definitely help prevent this.
Blogging breaks are always harder to bounce back from when you’re suffering from writers block as well – after all it’s often writers block that caused us to take a break in the first place! My favourite place to get inspired is Pinterest. Usually searching for “blog post ideas” brings up hoards of lists provided by other bloggers to get the juices flowing! My favourites are by Sophia, Caitlin and Sally.
Optimise Your Content
Give yourself the best fighting chance. Utilise the free resources out there for bloggers, and make sure that you are truly happy with any content that you put out there. So many fabulous people in this industry have fantastic blogging resource pages available, such as Paula at Thirteen Thoughts and Hayley at Tea Party Beauty. I also have my own, which you can find here.
Although I’m not back to my full blogging capacity, I’m getting there, and there’s nothing helping me more than the wonderful blogging community. I’m excited to be back, and the above has definitely helped me!
Have you ever had a blogging break? How did you get out of your funk?