Throughout my short time blogging, I have experienced some ups and some downs when it comes to my relationship with my blog. I have posts that I absolutely love and posts that I just want to hide from the world and forget ever happened. I sometimes look at my writing and think… Wow, did I write that? Then other times I think… Ew, did I write that?
Just like my life, this whole blogging thing can be an emotional roller coaster.
Whether you have been blogging for years, months or have just started the experience, you are bound to feel a mix of
emotions when it comes to your “creative baby” which is your blog.
In those down moments when I feel uninspired or detached from my blog, I have unearthed some key factors that affect those feelings. Understanding why the love is gone and how to get it back is essential to maintaining that healthy relationship with your blog. Holding the key to transforming your attitude, writing, and content into something that you are proud of.
So is your blog making your heart happy?
The point that I was the most unhappy with my blog, was also a point in which I was not writing from my heart. I went through a phase when I was only writing what I thought other people wanted to read and not what I myself wanted to write.
So I took a break, and in that time I reexamined how I felt about my blog. Why did I start blogging? What did I want to write?
I emerged with clearer expectations for my blog. Yes, it is important to engage your readers, but this is a blog we are talking about, not an essay, not a newspaper article. Share how you feel with your readers, get some things off of your chest. Open a blank page and open your heart.
Some ways to share from your heart would be to share a struggle, something you overcame, an achievement, or a happy moment in your life. Something personal that other people can relate to. One of the posts I am the proudest of is 5 Ways to Spot a Toxic Friendship, that was a true and difficult post to write and I dug deep to create it.
It’s scary sharing a bit of yourself with the world, but I always feel liberated and happy after I do it.
It may take awhile to master your own writing style and voice, (I have a long way to go) and looking to others, in the beginning, may be a good place to start. However branching out and sharing with your readers your own quirks and feelings will help you find your writing voice.
If you’re looking for a good way to practice this then try writing a Life Update post, or a monthly goal post. These types of posts are great for practicing using your own voice and broadcasting your own humor or personality. This is also a great way to draw your readers in on a more personal and intimate level.
When I reached out and began to collaborate with other writers I was refueled and my motivation was at its peak. I began the Chatting Compass series. My thoughts on my blog and blogging began to change.
Having interviews with other bloggers, doing guest posts and other fun creative blog meetups is a great way to feel connected to other bloggers and also to reach out to new readers.
I loved doing the Chatting Compass series. I was able to chat with some very interesting people from all over the world and my travel bug was also fed in the process.
Think about your theme and how you can involve other bloggers. Trying this kind of post is something that might help you fall back in love with your blog.
Feeling unhappy with your blog may come from a lack of motivation entirely. Otherwise known as writer’s block.
Some tricks to stay motivated?
I use my Pinterest as a place to store motivation for the future, for those moments when I feel like I don’t know what I want to write I look at quotes that inspire me.
Using the notes app on your phone as soon as ideas pop into your head is another great way to keep the ideas flowing. Also reading other blogs that inspire you, and even creating a blog vision board.
A trap that many bloggers seem to fall into is focusing too much on views and follows. This is a quick ticket to blog depression and disconnection.
Another issue may be that you are not writing about your true passion. Maybe you just have not found what truly inspires you yet.
How do you get out of these traps of confusion?
Well, why not set some goals for yourself, write them in a journal, place them on a vision board. Hell, write a blog post about them. Make these blogging goals and aspirations a part of your blog mission statement and try switching your focus towards these new goals. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it could be something like… I want to write more travel posts, I want to take more pictures, I want to do more product reviews. Rather than I want X amount of views or followers.
Comment on other blogs, respond to your comments and follow other bloggers. Social media is a great way to stay in contact, try engaging on twitter, facebook, Pinterest and even emailing other bloggers.
Other bloggers serve as a wonderful source of inspiration and the community feeling helps make it all worthwhile. Having blog friends that support your blog, give advice and motivation is an essential part of the maintaining the love.
Do you have any tips that help you stay in love with your blog? What would you suggest as a means to stay motivated?