. HOW TO GET RE-MOTIVATED & INSPIRED WHEN YOUR BLOGGING MOJO’S GONE .
Blogging is a whole lot of fun, but there’s no denying it’s also a serious amount of work too. Whilst we all probably started our blogs because of our passion for a subject, our love for photography, writing or simply clothes, and 99% of the time absolutely love blogging … there’s naturally times where our enthusiasm and motivation drops, and our blogging mojo simply goes.
First of all … don’t fear. This happens to most people and is only natural when you put so much time and effort into blogging, there will of course be times when you’re tired, have stretched your imagination to it’s limits and are struggling to think up new, exciting and original ideas. And what comes with experience in the matter, is also a few little tips and tricks for getting your mojo back in action too. So today I thought i’d share my 5 tips for getting your blogging mojo back, for times when you’re feeling a little uninspired & uninterested.
. 5 WAYS TO GET YOUR BLOGGING MOJO BACK .
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
#1 GET INSPIRED
If ever I find myself feeling de-motivated or a little out of blogging ideas, I know the best way to get my inspiration back is to simply spend some time getting inspired by all the stimulus at my disposal. Whether that’s reading my favourite magazines, spending times reading blogs and catching up on my favourite bloggers or even searching out new blogs to read, strolling through Pinterest and pinning the most beautiful images, or even just reading back through my own blog to re-inspire myself through my own work, all these techniques really help get my brain excited, inspired and thinking about what I want to write about next.
You can seek inspiration from anything, as long as your relaxed and feeling positive. The worst thing you can do though, is force yourself to feel inspired and put yourself under pressure. Our subconscious brain (our creative friend) doesn’t quite work like that, so first things first, relax, unwind & drop the pressure.
#2 TAKE A BREAK
And the best way to do that, is of course by taking a break. If you’re struggling to get inspired, or feeling a little unmotivated, often the best thing to do is to accept this and simply take a break. More often than not just by letting yourself breathe and by dropping the pressure, you’re mind will naturally start whirling into creative action and you’ll find ideas start flowing in no time at all.
I know often we strive for consistency when blogging, fear missing a day or not providing readers with something new (this is my biggest grapple), but in reality this is an internal pressure, and your readers aren’t just going to stop coming back simply because you blogger 5 hours late, missed a day, or ditched the blog for a week because you were too busy having fun. When you finally get back to blogging, you’ll probably find yourself brimming with inspiration and motivation to get sharing again.
#3 SEEK ADVICE
Feeling stuck on what to write? Ask your readers what they want. Ask your friends and family for their ideas. Check out google trends. Ask other bloggers for their advice.
Theres nothing wrong with seeking advice every now and then, tons of bloggers these days ask their readers and followers what it is they want to read, that way you’re getting tons of inspiration without any effort what so ever, but your readers also feel involved, invested in your blog, and will end up with the content they’re interested in. Win Win.
I often brainstorm my blog ideas and blog content on my own, but every now and then i’ll ask my family, Jase and my sisters for their ideas too. Often the ideas are brilliant as they’re so detached from the deep depths of the blogging world. It’s fresh ideas.
#4 GET OUTSIDE
This is a personal winner for me, but if i’m ever feeling lost for ideas, de-motivated or simply in a rut, dropping the work and just getting out and about is an easy way for me to get my mojo back. I think getting out helps for a few reasons, firstly you take a break, secondly you get outside where there’s zillions of stimulus to get you inspired, and thirdly if you take your camera on your strolls you’ll end up snapping tons of gorgeous pictures that will no doubt help you with content ideas when you’re back at your desk and working on your blog.
#5 MAKE A START
Sometimes though, as much as a break and seeking inspiration are the best ways to get your blogging mojo back in gear, just getting started is enough to ignite your passion, imagination and your motivation too. Often i’ll find that putting pen to paper (metaphorically speaking) is enough to get me going, it might be a slow process, and it might take me 10 times as long to write a feature, but in the end i’ll get there, and by the time i’ve finished that one post, i’m buzzing to write the next, motivated to do more, and full of ideas and inspiration for my next content pieces. It’s that whole thing of ‘the first step is the hardest’ …
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Oscar Wilde
There’s nothing wrong with losing your mojo, feeling uninspired or a little de-motivated, the most important thing is to listen to how you’re feeling, take a break, seek inspiration, get inspired, and have some fun. Before you know it you’ll be oozing with inspiration and desperate to get creating.
Creativity isn’t a competition. So don’t let yourself feel like it is.
I’d love to know if you find these tips helpful, and even more, i’d love to hear your tips for getting your blog mojo flowing when you’re having a little dip?