Home Blogging Tips 7 Ways To Fall Back In Love With Blogging. Get Re-inspired! #Pbloggers

7 Ways To Fall Back In Love With Blogging. Get Re-inspired! #Pbloggers

by Author: Jade Lloyd
24 comments

Inspiration.

It sputters and flickers like a candle flame. Blogging and I are in couples counselling. We are not on good terms, frustrated at one another. One of us is having an affair with the postman.  ‘I have lost my mojo!’ She yells in the manner of Austin Powers from the bed (aka the office), laptop perched upon her pyjama clad knees.

Christmastime tends to bring a lull to the blogosphere, a time for us all to hang up our striped blogger stockings, pour a glass of wine and give Times New Roman a rest. Admittedly I had been floundering a couple of weeks prior to this, overwhelmed with trying to juggle work, family and laptop life. Burnt-out. Redesigning the site demanded I resize all the images, reshuffle widgets and generally spend copious amounts of time faffing!

The ‘to do’ list floods over three pages of judgmental scribbles and bullet points. Jumbles of ideas swim around my head at three am and then vanish by morning. AGRRRRHHHHH. Does this sound familiar? Berating, chastising, and belittling myself. It has to stop!

So, if you find yourself in the same position, tired, uninspired, overwhelmed then grab your leftover festive box of celebrations and follow these few simple tips.

To be a successful blogger sometimes you just have to step back.

RELAX.

Start by spending two weeks not obsessing over your stats. They can become all consuming, ‘look they have gone UP’ hurrah. Two seconds later, they drop and someone you didn’t know unfollowed you and it makes you cry into your cereal. Recognise your success in the comments you receive and the way that writing brings an unexpected smile to the corner of your lips.

REVAMP.

Freshen up your old posts and titles. Delete content (not collaborative) that is a bit wishy washy or overhaul the post. Revamp fuzzy images and resize so the photos are the same dimensions within each post. Do you have 500+ categories and menus? Tidy up time! Use Canva to create a wondrous Pinterest picture that will take you three hours and two glasses of wine to create. This will bring new traffic to those posts. If like me you are wading into uncharted social media seas with Pins then check out Elizabeth’s post how to drive traffic to your blog from Pinterest.

 

BRAINSTORM.

Plan five post ideas, or, if you have a journal full of half cooked ideas like I do then focus on a couple, research these well and get typing. Avoid the siren song of procrastination. Laundry can wait till later, dedicate at least half hour to actually getting something finished. Write what you want to write. If you don’t already, commit to posting regularly. This doesn’t have to be daily, it can be one a fortnight, but find your rhythm.

GO BACK TO BASICS.

I have yet to set up an email list, half my posts have not yet been added to StumbleUpon and Facebook is floundering. If like me you have tried to tap-dance before you can walk. Struggling with focus I found this post by The Joy Chaser to help me regain some balance.

IMMERSE.

Reading feelings of and reaching out to other parents was the reason I started blogging. Amidst the reviews, the deadlines, the requests time slithered by and along the way the opportunity to enjoy others works disappeared. Use Twitter lists to gather a list of your favourite bloggers and make time to pay them some attention each week. The lovely Mumzilla created #myjoyproject to remind herself about the best bit of blogging.

REFRESH.

My scheduler hates me, you all probably hate me as I added some post and left them to spin around like laundry that has been left in the drier to long.

Social oomph has run out of oomph!

No more, each day will be different, I want to get back to engaging on Twitter, getting my GIF on!

REGROUP.

I think I am a member of about 500 groups. I love to read and look through and all the notifications make me feel popular but I want to engage! If your in the same boat then sit down, pick your favourite five and make proper use of them.  

So for the rest of this year my daily stats may be in the proverbial toilet. I may only post one post a week, but it will be a good post, one that I am proud of. I will tackle my email subscriptions, figure out how to use Sumo me (I am desperately hoping Aby from You Baby Me Mummy has a ‘how to’ post on it) and I will fall in love with blogging again.

So what are your New years blogging resolutions? – I’d love to hear how YOU plan to fall back in love with blogging.

You may also like

24 comments

absolutely prabulous 30th April 2017 - 12:25 am

Bloody stats. Kill the every cell of enjoyment I ever had for blogging. Last year was an even bigger year for me on the front after a not exactly shabby 2015; ironically it kind of gave me the blog equivalent of stage fright and I’ve not been able to get it together since! Pffft. One of the nice things has been finding you though. So cheers to that xx

Reply
Megan @ bookslayerReads 22nd February 2017 - 4:14 am

Great tips! I need to do some revamping and refreshing of my blog this year, as well. Go back and fix old posts from when I first started blogging, etc. And sticking to a posting schedule is something I want to do, too. Thanks so much for this post!!

Reply
Emma T 17th January 2017 - 8:16 pm

Some really great advice here. I think we all need to take stock at some point and decide what’s important. Yes I’d love to have 20k (or even 10k) views a month, but after nearly 5 years it’s looking unlikely. But doesn’t mean I’ haven’t achieved a lot and if I’m still enjoying blogging then that’s cool.

I think your blog look great too.

Reply
Bridie By The Sea 11th January 2017 - 5:39 pm

This is brilliant lovely – I completely agree! I got so blumming obsessed with stats last year and I am done with it. It really made me hate blogging and feel like every post is such a chore….this is such great inspiration. By the way, I love your new design – it’s so creative and visual! Here’s to another great year of blogging 🙂 xx #ablogginggoodtime

Reply
Sarah Aslett 8th January 2017 - 8:35 pm

Love this post and totally agree. I’m done with stats, I don’t bother with them anymore. I used to be obsessed but since I went self hosted I haven’t even set up Google Analytics – its just not the point. I also took a long break over Christmas and it has really revived me, I have a refreshed head and the ideas are coming thick and fast! Glad to see you, happy new year #stayclassymama

Reply
Barrie Bismark 5th January 2017 - 6:04 pm

I love all of these suggestions! Really. I love going back on some of my old work and revamping it a bit. Give it new life. Thank you for sharing!
#stayclassymama

Reply
Twin Pickle 5th January 2017 - 5:13 pm

I’m sure everyone’s feeling the New Year push for blogging success as I am! Do less, achieve more, that’s my mantra this year! hahaha. sounds good anyway.

Reply
Single Mum Speaks 4th January 2017 - 8:23 pm

Your new site looks fab! I need to do some (all) of these things!

Reply
Crummy Mummy 4th January 2017 - 3:12 pm

I feel on a bit of a roll at the moment – probably because I’m expecting baby number three so I’m never short of something to write about. I can relate to all of the above though, and great tips #thelistlinky

Reply
Jade 4th January 2017 - 4:29 pm

I need to get my roll on! Little man and I are currently snuggled up after the first day of school and back to work so I don’t think much will be done tonight! Will get my bottom into gear at the weekend!xx

Reply
RachelSwirl 3rd January 2017 - 10:39 pm

I think the whole planning things out works for me, it seems to work when I have a ‘to do’ list.

Reply
Jade 4th January 2017 - 4:31 pm

I live for to do lists. The trouble is I have about twelve. Must actually complete some of my list!!!xx

Reply
Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness 1st January 2017 - 11:43 pm

This is a great post for the start of 2017. I can relate to so much of this! I love the new look of your blog and know exactly what you mean about going back to basics. I thought you’d been a bit quiet recently…. #thelistlinky x

Reply
Jade 3rd January 2017 - 4:49 pm

Thank you 🙂 Thank you, I have spent so long trying to get the blog looking how I like it, it is not very chic but its very me…bright and a bit wacky. I was cutting down in December as it is so much trying to juggle blogging with working and family life, I felt it was important to have some us time. I wish I was popular enough to blog fulltime so it was my job, perhaps that could be a goal for next year. Happy New Year lovely x

Reply
Sarah 31st December 2016 - 9:00 pm

Excellent ideas – and thank you for the mention my darling. The site is looking amaze!! Love it love it. Happy New Year!!! Xxx

Reply
Jade 3rd January 2017 - 4:57 pm

Hey lovely, its a fab tag! The site is coming on lol I am a lot slower than you but think I am getting there and a style I like. I had a little swear that I am having to resize my featured images but otherwise am loving the theme 🙂 Happy New Year xxx

Reply
Madeline (This Glorious Life) 31st December 2016 - 12:38 pm

There are several things on your list that I need to get sorted! I have a lot of old posts that could do with being revamped, especially after moving from weebly to wordpress earlier this year. I think my big resolution though is to just get more organised and make better, more efficient use of my time! x #TheList

Reply
Jade 4th January 2017 - 4:33 pm

I am trying to do the same, time just gets sucked up doing little jobs, I am currently trying to schedule my Instagram for the week using GRUM, its a great tool! I have found revamping tends to take AGES…xxxx

Reply
Annette, 3 Little Buttons 30th December 2016 - 5:40 pm

Hi Jade, hope your blogging mojo is already back with you, or at least well on the way to being so. The lull has definitely been odd.. but come January I am sure posts will be pouring out. #TheListLinky

Reply
Jade 4th January 2017 - 4:33 pm

Its back, I have lots of ideas but not very much time. I will squeeze it in where I can! Looking forward to all the new year reads xxx

Reply
Jen @ thehollyhockdoor 30th December 2016 - 4:38 pm

This is such a fabulous post, especially right now when I’m wondering whether to keep going or just pack in the blogging thing! Thanks so much for giving me some much-needed inspiration!

Reply
Jade 4th January 2017 - 4:41 pm

It is hard when you loose your drive/feel a bit bogged under lovely but its when I find taking a step back really helps!xxx

Reply
Leigh - Looking for a Bright Side 30th December 2016 - 4:10 pm

I’ve found your blog today via #thelist, love your writing! Your tips are great – I agree that taking a step back, thinking what is important and what you want to most focus on are important. Trying to do it all leads to burnout and falling out of love with your blog. Think we’ve all been there! 🙂 xx

Reply
Jade 4th January 2017 - 4:45 pm

Thank you lovely! Burnout is hard to climb back from but I love blogging, I think we can all be guilty of trying to do to much and loose why we enjoyed it in the first place xx

Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept

%d bloggers like this: