I don’t know about you, but find it so difficult to get back into writing posts again once I’ve had to take a break.
It’s not that I don’t have any ideas for posts, I’ve got at least 7 half written drafts in my notes plus a notebook full of ideas. It’s not even that I don’t know what I want to write; I’m always writing posts in m head and planning out what photos I’d take with them.
It’s that when I sit down in front of my computer or pick up my phone to actually start wringing the post, my mind goes blank. I freak out that I’ll sound too formal or forced, that I’ve lost the ability to write and that no one will find my post interesting anyway so why am I even bothering.
This has happened a few times over the last two years, and getting out of this slump is always just as difficult. Luckily I’ve picked up a few tricks that seem to help me get my blogging mojo back…
Read your own content
This is something I really hate doing. I’ve always hated looking at recordings of myself in school plays or talent competitions, and it seems reading my own writing is no different.
It just makes me cringe!
However I’ve found reading my own posts really helpful in finding my own “voice” again after taking a break. I normally just write how I would talk, but when I’m nervous or uncomfortable I slip back into talking very formally. It’s actually how I used to talk in real life for a long time and I only made myself stop because I hit secondary school and was getting badly bullied for it.
Even now I still slip back into doing it more often than I’d like.
Don’t get me wrong it’s great for writing 10,000 word essays at uni, but not so helpful when you’re trying to write engaging blog posts!
Reading my old content helps me get back into my “blogging mode” and helps me get back into the flow of writing blog post again. Plus its a great excuse to look through my old posts and work on some behind the scenes things like updating old links and checking the SEO score of a post.
I think the thing I find most difficult about blogging is coming up with the title for a post. Trying to find something thats good for SEO but will also make people want to click on the link and read it is really difficult.
It’s actually put me off writing posts in the past because I couldn’t think of a good enough title for it. So I’ve decided to stop even trying to come up with a title; I’m just going to write and worry about that later. I start out with a general idea of what I want to write about and then just write. No thinking, no worrying about if its good enough to post, just typing whatever comes into my head.
Don’t get me wrong, most of these will never actually get published and even those that do will have gone through at least one proof reading and editing session. But getting rid of that pressure of getting it right first time when I’m trying to draft out a post has been so helpful!
Engage with other bloggers
For me, taking a blogging break doesn’t just mean I stop writing posts or promoting my old ones; I seem to stop going on social media full stop. I don’t really mean to, I just go into my own bubble and forget that the outside world actually exists.
I’d pop back on every so often to watch an instastory or two, but I wouldn’t really engage with peoples content. I always feel so disconnected when I do this though and worry that not posting regularly will make me loose all the followers and engagement I’ve worked so hard to get over the past few months.
So when I finally get back into blogging again, I try and make an effort to spend more time that I usually would on social media and catch up on anything important that I might have missed. Getting back into the blogosphere and feeling like I’m actually part of the community again can really help my motivation and I’ve noticed that the lethargy and self doubt I usually struggle with doesn’t last as long when I do this.
What is your favourite way to get back onto blogging after taking a break?