There’s a term us bloggers like to use when we’re on a roll, and that’s ‘blogging mojo’. When you’ve done a post you’re proud of, a bit of networking, replied to your e-mails and feel like an unstoppable force of productivity, that’s when you’ve got your blogging mojo. But what happens when you lose it? Last month I suffered a serious case of blogger’s block. My notepads were empty, I had no ideas and couldn’t seem to find that motivation to get a post written. When you feel like you’ve lost your blogging mojo, it’s easy to stay uninspired and hard to break out of the cycle. But here are my tips for picking yourself back up again…
1. Have a Brainstorming Session
Burn some candles, clear a space where you can focus and spend some time jotting down ideas. When I’m brain storming, I always use my calender to plan upcoming blog posts. This helps you to keep in mind any holidays or events coming up and gives you a clear visual calendar. Think about what you’ve been loving lately, current trends, the products you’ve recently bought, and figure out interesting ways you can write about them. If you incorporate this into your everyday life, then blogging becomes super easy. If you’ve figured out a way to style a recent trend, or have got your Christmas party outfits planned, share them with your readers. Inspiration is everywhere, just make sure to write down all of your thoughts!
2. Make use of the ‘Notes’ section on your phone
I would be completely lost without my iPhone ‘Notes’ which I use as my diary when I’m out and about. Your phone is always something you have with you, and is really useful for writing rough drafts for posts when you have free time to fill. Inspiration for content can strike in the most unusual places, so making use of your ‘Notes’ means you can keep all of these ideas in one place. iPhone automatically backs up to your Gmail notes section, too, which makes things even easier!
3. Get Re-connected
One of the most important parts of blogging is keeping up an online presence and posting regularly. If you haven’t posted for a while, your blog interaction will take a serious hit. It’s really important to stay connected and keep your social media updated so that your readers know about your new posts. Be sure to social out your blog, post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
4. Read Your Favourite Blogs
Reading my favourite blogs always motivates me to get blogging. Sometimes you have to remember why you started your blog and what you love about it to get your enthusiasm back. Staying connected with other bloggers is also really important when you feel like you’ve lost your blogging mojo. They’re the people who get where you’re coming from and are always on hand for support. Try to schedule in a Twitter chat, use the #fbloggers and #bbloggers tags, and be sure to get back up to speed with other people’s blogs and comment on them.
5. Answer Your E-mails!
Nothing says TRIUMPH like an empty inbox. Working with PR companies is a huge bonus of blogging, but when you’re being chased by PRs for blog posts and have dozens of people to reply to, it can get quite stressful. My main tip would be to reply to e-mails as you read to keep on top. Keeping a log of the products you’re reviewing and ticking them off also helps. Try to get a time frame in mind, answer your e-mails and refocus!
What do you do when you feel like you’ve lost your blogging mojo? Do you agree with these tips?
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