How to Regain Blogging Inspiration and Focus
August 23, 2008
Lately I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to continue posting for my blog, not because I don’t want to but because I’ve lost my focus and been lacking inspiration. I’ve been trying hard to get back into the swing of things, and to do so I had to sit down and identify what the problem was, and then how I could fix it. Regaining inspiration and hopping right back on board isn’t easy, and it’s a gradual process, but when it comes to blogging there are plenty of bumps in the road and to be successful you’ve got to prove you can overcome them and return even stronger than before.
And that’s just what I’m going to do. I’m going to pay attention on how I can overcome blogging burnout and regain my inspiration and passion for what I’ve always loved to do. If you’ve ever hit a rough patch in your blogging career, you know that it’s definitely difficult, but still possible to get past.
Firstly, I realized I was suffering blogging burnout because I never gave myself a break or any time off. I was always on the computer, and always stressing about what my next post would be, or how to deal with current or new sponsors, and even my blog’s design. All my worries built up without me ever doing a thing about them, and soon it became too much. I still loved to blog, but I wasn’t sure where to start anymore.
Thus, lesson one: take a break from time to time.
Secondly, I felt like I was always running out of ideas. Even though I took my own advice and kept a running list of article topics in a notebook, I was never satisfied and never quite sure where to begin. The first step was realizing that I was just overwhelmed, and didn’t actually have a lack of content I could write. You have to start somewhere.
And if you’re a blogger who is running out of ideas, take 15 minutes every now and then to sit down with a piece of paper and just brainstorm. Put yourself in another blogger’s shoes and imagine questions that might be running through their head. Carry a notepad with you wherever you go, because ideas can strike you at any random moment. Plan out a blogging schedule and stick to it. Becoming determined and focused isn’t always easy, but once you’ve got it down you’ll thank yourself.
Lesson two: keep the ideas flowing.
I also realized I was drifting away from my blogging productivity because I was losing inspiration, and I wasn’t seeing the point in what I was doing anymore. Finally I took a long look at what always inspired me in the past: other bloggers, success stories, and my own hopes and goals. I re-identified the reasons I was blogging for, and I knew I wasn’t going to give up. If you’re ever struggling, figure out what motivates you and put all your attention on that! Whether it be the fact of building up your online presence, your relationships and connections, or getting closer to that full time income, keep working towards it and don’t lose hope, even in times of difficulty. If your passion is strong enough, it will shine through.
And, lesson three: focus on what motivates and inspires you.
I’m very proud to say that I’ve made it through a rough bump in the blogging process, which includes blogging burnout, writer’s block, lack of inspiration, and more all rolled into one. I was never in this just to give up, and I’m always going to have difficulties but then I’ll just come back to work even harder. If you’re going through a hard time, don’t let it knock you down and keep you under. Remember to take breaks and not work too much so you don’t always feel overwhelmed and pressured, and make sure you keep your goals intact. Remember why you started blogging in the first place, and hold on to that passion and determination!
Have you ever lost your blogging inspiration and focus? Share with us and let us know how you overcame it.