Blogging; there’s a lot more to it than people think. So it’s little surprise that we all, perhaps, might burn out from time to time. Sometimes our priorities lie elsewhere and blogging just needs to take a backseat. Before you know it, your last post was months ago or, if you’re like me, it was last year. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming trying to get back to it, especially if it’s been so long. So, today I’m talking about tips for getting back into blogging after a break.
For me, personally, there was a lot going on last year which meant blogging got put on the back burner. Between the pandemic, a new job, working from home and some family circumstances, it just took its toll on me, both mentally and emotionally. My plan, going into lockdown, was to knuckle down and use the time to really get on top of blogging – writing, admin, social media, scheduling, etc – but it just wasn’t to be. I found myself wasting the free time I had, losing interest in all the things I enjoyed. Basically, any sort of productivity outside of work hours went out the window.
However, in December, I found my motivation slowly returning. I wanted to get back to blogging and all that came with it. At the end of the day, I do this because it makes me happy, so it was nice to feel that coming back. Once my motivation started returning, there were a few things I started doing which helped. So, here’s my 10 tips to get back into blogging after a break.
10 Tips To Get Back Into Blogging After A Break
1. FIND INSPIRATION
The first, and perhaps most important, thing to do to get your motivation back is to find inspiration. Without it, you’ll likely find it hard to think of ideas for your posts. So, whether you read some of your favourite blogs; scroll through Pinterest; get out of the house to get some fresh air, a change of scenery and explore; or just do some research, you should hopefully come up with a bunch of new ideas that will get your fingers itching to type.
2. RE-EVALUATE YOUR TOPICS/NICHE
Sometimes we can outgrow our blog topics and niches. Let’s face it, we all grow up and the things that we might have talked about previously may not be prevalent, or relevant, in your life anymore. Other times, it might be that your current blog topic just doesn’t get you fired up like it used to. That’s okay. Work out what does get you fired up and head in that new direction. It might be scary, but you’ve got this.
3. SPRUCE UP YOUR DESIGN/THEME
Just like we can outgrow our niches, we can also outgrow designs and colour palettes. If you’re creative like me, this will also get you fired up like nothing else. It’s always fun playing around with different designs and working out what suits you and your website best. Especially if you’ve decided to go down the route of re-evaluating your niche too.
4. GET BACK INTO SOCIAL MEDIA
When you go on a blogging hiatus, it’s likely that you also take a break from social media. Yes, you might still spend your days scrolling, but how much of it is productive scrolling/reading, like it is when you’re using it for blogging? I know I definitely took a step back from social media during last year. So, one of the first stepping stones on the way to getting back into blogging after your break is to start with social media. Follow new people/new bloggers who may help strengthen your motivation.
5. DON’T JUMP STRAIGHT IN IF YOU’RE NOT READY
Don’t put pressure yourself to get back to blogging. If you’re not ready, the worst thing you can do is to jump straight in at the deep end. It might not have the desired effect. Instead, it might be completely off-putting and push you into an even longer break, just as you were beginning to get back into it.
6. ESTABLISH A STRATEGY/PLAN/GOALS/AIMS
If you break it down and work out where you want your blog to go, and what you want to get out of it, then it should make things a little less daunting. Having a plan means that you can work out the steps it will take you to get to where you want to be.
7. DON’T APOLOGISE
Never apologise for needing to take a break. Apologising suggests that you’ve done something wrong and you haven’t. We all deserve to take time for ourselves, especially during these crazy times. Self-care, right?
8. DEVELOP A NUMBER OF IDEAS BEFORE HITTING PUBLISH
Another mistake that a lot of people make is getting back into blogging too early. They have a great idea, they’re so excited to get it down and publish it, but then find they don’t have any other post ideas. Which means they’ve hit a wall before they’ve even began. If you can, try and get a few post ideas together AND develop those ideas into something that makes a post. By that, I mean just making a bunch of talking points per idea. It certainly makes it much easier when it comes to typing up a post.
9. SET A SCHEDULE
Take those bunch of ideas and make a plan of when you want to get them published. For example, if you post weekly and have 4 ideas ready to go, then you know that you’re 4 weeks ahead of yourself. Working a few weeks in advance is really beneficial because it takes some strain off you. It gives you those few weeks to come up with more ideas, develop those ideas and bring it all together into a post. If something comes up in the meantime, you’re not panicking that you aren’t going to get a post out in time because it’s not last minute.
10. CHANGE OF SCENERY
There’s nothing worse than having the place you do your blogging becoming uninspiring and drab. It certainly doesn’t make you want to sit there for the time it takes to bring everything together in blogging. I know my biggest issue last year is that my “blogging desk” became my full working from home desk, which meant I certainly didn’t want to sit there any longer than my working hours. Instead, I found a new place, I bought some curtain lights and really made it a place I wanted to spend time in. Since then, I think I’ve spent more time in my blogging corner than I have in my own living room. The power of some fairy lights, ey?!
So, what are you waiting for? Are you fired up and raring to go? Good! The main thing is not to give up. At the end of the day, you’re likely blogging because it’s something you enjoy. Never give up on something that brings you happiness.
If you found any of these tips helpful, then I’d love to know! And if you can think of any other tips that might help your fellow bloggers, then drop down them below.
Happy blogging my lovelies,