Remember when you first started blogging and you were so excited about every idea, every comment, every tweet? Your brain was an endless supply of content ideas, and you looked forward to crafting posts and editing photos, often spending hours doing so.
And then, one day there was…nothing.
Writer’s block. Lack of inspiration. Long days at work. Nothing new to photograph. Personal problems. Whatever the reason, you not only quit producing content for your blog, you stopped commenting on and sharing other bloggers’ posts as well.
If you’re a seasoned blogger, you have probably hit that wall and know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re a newbie, maybe you cannot fathom the day you stop caring about blogging, or worse (GASP!) contemplate quitting altogether. But it can happen. Even if your blog is semi-popular and a wonderful source of revenue, community, and opportunity.
So you take a break. At first you feel a little twitchy and paranoid about losing followers, but then you start enjoying the extra hours in your day you aren’t devoting to writing or photo editing. A week passes. Two weeks. Four. That’s a helluva break! Now you’re in the danger zone.
Absolution: JUST DO IT
Take a blog break, yes. They are good for you, and better than publishing mediocre content or quitting. Everyone needs a vacay from their jobs, blogs, and lives at some point. But unless you really do plan to quit and never blog again, you just have to do it. Get back to it.
Break your cycle of sloth:
- Set a date to get back to your blog.
I used to think you could depart for any length of time and your readers would come back, but excessively long breaks do affect your readership. You lose momentum and new readers when you take extended periods off, especially if you’re not interacting in any social media spaces at all during your break.
- Come back…to the back end of your blog.
Focusing on blog maintenance is an easy way to get back to blogging, without the pressure of actual content creation. Clean up your archives, streamline your categories, tagging, etc. Install updates or new widgets. Delete spam comments. Have it redesigned or do it yourself. You know that feeling when your place is freshly cleaned and lookin’ gorge? Same goes for your blog. You feel a lot more connected when it’s orderly and pristine.
- Get back to the front end of your blog by responding to comments on past posts.
Responding keeps you connected with readers, even if you’re not creating new content. It keeps them engaged, and lets them know you’re still around and paying attention. People LOVE when you respond to comments. Everyone wants to be acknowledged.
- Visit and comment on other blogs, even if you set a goal of just two a day.
Again, you stay connected with your community, so when you’re up and running again, your peeps will be back to show you the same love and support.
- Check resources like IFB or popular posts in other categories on Bloglovin’.
They are a wonderful source of inspiration for future posts.
Ready, set, BLOG!