There is nothing more demoralising than staring at a blank screen knowing you haven’t written a post for ages. There is that horrid nagging voice inside your head telling you to get a move on, and why aren’t you writing yet?
Losing your blogging mojo may seem disastrous at the time, especially if you are time-pressed and the baby may wake at any time, or the school run grows ever closer.
But there is help at hand, and I’ve created this Infographic to show you a few tips how to get your blogging mojo back:
And here’s some code you could paste into your own posts (via the text mode) if you want to share this Infographic with your readers.
1. Go find some other blogs to read
There is nothing better than a good read to find ideas and gain inspiration. Whether you agree with what people say, or even downright disagree, this will kickstart your posting thoughts back into action.
Some unfortunate souls like me may have collected millions of blog posts and stored them in various places, eg your Pocket folder, ready to read another day. In fact I have so many it’s taking up all my iPad’s space. Now’s your chance to read them all! Even flicking through the titles may stimulate some ideas and get your blogging mojo back again.
2. Go surfing on social media
Social media will be packed full of people who may have lots of good ideas. Don’t get depressed by the fact you don’t have any, jump right in and join in the conversation! A really good discussion is bound to get your creative juices flowing again.
And commenting on social media will help stimulate your ‘writing muscles’ and will definitely make you want to write something more substantial on your blog.
3. Take your dog for a walk
A change of scene is as good as a rest. Notice what’s around you. Does anything inspire a blog? A different environment will unclog those negative feelings that have been been building up while you have been worrying about your lack of blogging mojo.
Fresh air and exercise releases hormones and pheromones and all sorts of goodies that circulate around your body, giving you a sense of well-being and exhilaration. Feeling good is certainly beneficial towards getting your blogging mojo back.
4. Stop looking at your four walls
Take your laptop and go find a friendly coffee shop with free wifi, excellent coffee and lots of sticky cakes! Similar to going for a walk, this provides that necessary change of view that will unblock your writing skills.
Even though the coffee shop may be full of crying babies, over-excited mothers and even an over-enthusiastic barrister’s frothy milk nozzle, once you’re ‘in the zone’ this eventually can be ignored. Background noise that doesn’t require your attention can allow you to concentrate better.
5. Don’t forget your readers
Ask the people who matter the most to your blog – your readers. Here is a fabulous source of inspiration that will help bring back your blogging mojo.
Find out what really interests them. Ask for their suggestions, opinions and advice. But doing this, you will make them feel more included within your blog, which will help with their retention. You will gain that quiet glow of purpose and they the satisfaction of feeling needed.
6. Create a survey or poll
Similar to asking your readers for inspiration, you could do some research with a wider audience. Use your survey to find out what other people are looking for by asking a series of open ended questions and throwing it out to the world.
Do this with your social media followers, or your email list if you have one. Focus on people you’ve already made contact with, rather than approaching people cold. That way you’ll more likely to get more relevant replies.
7. Check out your emails
Here is a fabulous untapped source that will instantly give you ideas that will restore your blogging mojo. Whatever you have received or answered in your emails can easily be adapted into a blog post, as long as it doesn’t compromise anybody.
If you are the sort of person that likes to help people, I bet you have received countless questions that have been helpfully answered by you. All you need to do is to adapt them into a blog post, and if you’re canny, you could recycle or repurpose your posts to reach a difference audience, such as in a video format.
8. What did you originally blog for?
If you have lost your way with your blog, this can certainly result in a loss of blogging mojo. Go back to the beginning and re-examine your blog’s purpose. Can you regain the same desires and inspiration again? Can you regenerate the same excitement you had for your first post?
If not, it’s time to think of a new purpose. Has your blog evolved, grown, developed, or improved? Did you achieve your first goals from all that time ago? How can your blog move on to better and bigger things?
9. Brainstorm some ideas
We all know how intoxicating a list can be. There is nothing more satisfying than writing everything down so you can see properly. Especially combined with the action of ticking or crossing each item off afterwards.
Get some friends together to brainstorm some new topics, headlines, ideas or goals. But these ideas into a flow-chart or mind-map to help you. Writing something down on paper will easily restore your blogging mojo, especially if you do it within good company surrounded by coffee and cake!
10. Recycle something successful
If you know which posts have been successful or popular in the past, try and work out why they did so well. If you have managed to find this out, see if a bit of rewriting or updating can improve them.
This is a good way to infect yourself again with their success. You need a bit of a boost to get your blogging mojo back. This will increase your sense of purpose, feel your readers’ love, and through social media brew up some more popularity to make it happen all over again.
11. Force yourself to write
Sometimes making the effort to force yourself to write will do the trick. It’s like having to clean up after a children’s party, or tackle that mountain of ironing you’ve been ignoring. You could leave it to fester, or you could just get on and do it.
Once you start to exercise your ‘writing muscles’ once more, it doesn’t feel so bad. It’s like going running again after a long time: it feels strange, but after a couple of minutes you’ll be thinking why did you stop! Eventually you’ll find yourself enjoying the process again and you’ll soon have your blogging mojo back.
12. Give yourself a deadline
There’s nothing like setting yourself a time limit to get something done. If you procrastinate for too long, the idea of losing readers will soon become unbearable. It is this dread will get you reaching out for the keyboard.
Working under pressure sometimes produces your best work. Do a little experiment: set the kitchen timer and see how much you can write in 15 minutes. Once the bell goes I bet you’ll be in the thick of it again and you won’t want to stop!
So over to you!
Let me know if you have lost your blogging mojo and what you did to get it back. I’m sure we could all benefit from your stories and solutions.