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How To Get Back Into Blogging After Taking A Break

19/05/2018

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.

Just write

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?

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21 responses to “How To Get Back Into Blogging After Taking A Break”

  1. These are great tips! Another one I’d add is always have somewhere to write notes, when you’re not near your laptop and able to write a post. Sometimes in the notes section of my phone, I’ll write down WHOLE paragraphs for blog posts which I’ve thought up randomly. So when it comes to write the post, I can just copy what I’ve already got and usually the rest comes quite easily 🙂 Glad to have you back anyway, your blog is one of my faves <3 xxx

  2. Jade Marie says:

    Ooo that’s a really good tip! ☺️ and thank you so much Jenny! Honestly that means a lot to me 😘 xxx

  3. Kayla says:

    These are great points Jade! I feel the same way about “just write”! What I’ll typically do is write random paragraphs about the key info I want included in the final draft, and then organise it later. It seem to be the best strategy my brain can handle hahah. Also it’s SO important to connect with community like you mention! That’s the best part ☺
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who does things that way, I always felt I was writing “backwards” after some of the things I’ve had said to me over the years at college and uni 🙄 and the community is definitely a perk to blogging I never expected to find, I’ve met some absolutely lovely people through it and miss it when I have to step back for a while! ☺️

  5. I’ve been there. Ive even deleted a whole blog once to start over. I felt like i had lost all interest of followers and so on. But I have been pretty consistent now, and I believe im slowly growing. I think it is important that you just write once you get back on and not be too critical at first. You can always re-read and make sure that your content is upto quality. I especially think that the engaging part is important too.
    I really enjoy it as well. It helps 🙂
    Really useful post!
    thank you!
    Love,
    Rose – http://www.rainbowsdreamcloud.com

  6. Aww Jade, I can totally relate to this right now. I haven’t so much “taken a break” but I’m having a lot of doubts about my own writing and it’s killing me a bit! I love these tips for getting yourself back into it. Reading your own content does help give you a little well-needed boost and a reminder of just how much you love it. I always find going for walks on my own and just letting my mind wander brings fresh ideas and motivation!
    Alice Xx

  7. Bexa says:

    These are all excellent tips Jade! I especially like read your own content as sometimes it can be the source for new inspiration. I’m glad you are back lovely! Looking forward to reading more of your posts. I’ve always loved your writing style and your photography is stunning! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  8. Jade Marie says:

    Aww I’m sorry to hear that Alice! 😔 I love reading your blog and your writing style is awesome!
    I wish I could go for walks on my own, I used to love being on my own in nature but after what happened to set my anxiety off there’s no way I’d be able to 😔
    I hope you’re feeling more confident again soon hun!xx

  9. Jade Marie says:

    I came close to deleting mine once but I’m so glad I didn’t- I love my blog even though I struggle with self belief sometimes. Yeah you can always go back and edit things after they’ve been posted ☺️

  10. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Bexa 😘 honestly you’ve no idea how much it means to me when people say such lovely things about my blog! 🖤 It’s great to be back again too, it’s helped lift the last of the depression I’ve been struggling with ☺️ xx

  11. ruthinrevolt says:

    Glad you’re back! Great tips here, too. The one about reading your own content is fab advice for trying to find your voice again, makes a lot of sense. 🙂

    Ruth | http://www.ruthinrevolt.com

  12. Love this post. I found the part about writing a title useful. I probably change my title 3-4 times while writing the post.

  13. These are all such great ideas! The engaging with other bloggers is something that definitely helped me get back into blogging after taking a five month blogging break. Reading other people’s posts, and celebrating their successes, really inspired me to come back and make my own. I agree with what you said about titles, too; I stress about them WAY too much. I try and remember that, as long as I have a generic slug in my URL, I can change the title to a better one after publishing if I need to. I change it on Pinterest with the amount of graphics I produce, anyway.

  14. Jade Marie says:

    Yeah that’s the most important bit, titles can always be changed later ☺️ I’m going to rework some of my old content soon I think, I like a lot of it but I don’t at the same time 😅

  15. That’s what I’ve been doing a lot recently. Going through old posts to update the SEO and what have you. It’s a great thing to do when you’re struggling to write new content.

  16. I loved this blog post, thanks for sharing your tips!

  17. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂

  18. Dominique says:

    I’m also really bad at getting back into blogging after having a break from it (which, in reality, is, like, constantly…). 😉 It’s indeed funny how, in my brain, it goes from ‘blogging this’ to ‘blogging that’ but when I put pen to paper it all just disappears into a thick smock and I’m left behind staring for long hours at an empty page… It’s often a case of just starting to write just for writing so you get into the rythm again (and hopefully producing some top notch stuff). 😉

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips ‘n’ tricks! Maybe next time it won’t take me as long to just DO IT.

    Love,
    Dominique

    http://www.fashionedbypluche.blogspot.com

  19. baybythesea says:

    Interesting – I’ve never needed a break – yet. I’m sure it will happen!

    (Apart from Instagram – I feel like a permanent break from that).

    I can read my own stuff without cringing – yet when it comes to watching myself on video – NO way. I’ll never be a YouTuber!

    Tracy xxx

    https://www.bloggerbythesea.com

  20. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you’ve not needed to take a break yet ☺️ hopefully you never will, but it’s perfectly okay if you find you need to!

    I think we’ve all taken a break from Instagram these days – I’ve not posted in over a week 🤷🏻‍♀️

    And I honestly don’t think we’re all made to be on camera, I know I’m not (at least not yet) lol xxx

  21. Aspiringlady says:

    Nice Tips Jade!

    I myself find it hard to get back to read my posts or even conversations with firends. However, for blogging, it has become a must for me to re-read my posts. In fact, I need to update them regularly with new content for SEO purposes. Especially the ones that have 3000+ words.

    I do like the idea of the post. The hardest thing to do is to restart something you’ve stopped doing for a while.

    Keep it up!

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HI THERE!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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