I've been there. We have ALL been there. Its a weird little thing this blog world and it can be a lot of work to write posts and take pictures and share your life online. You're 'real' friends probably wont 'get it' and your husband might not get it either but for some reason you just like it.
I've tossed and turned and been ready to call this whole thing quits lots of times, but then I get a comment, or read an inspiring post by another blogger and BAM the blog bug bites me again.
So I thought I would share a few ways that I help myself get out of the blogging slump.
ONE | MAKE A LIST OF WHY YOU BLOG
This is a pretty big one. From what I have seen in this little world, all of us come to this place of wondering why on earth we are sharing and writing and whether anyone is even listening and what is the purpose of it all? I would call this your 'blog life crisis'... but if you make a list of why you like blogging and why you blog than I can guarantee you will come out of the other side with a clearly defined purpose. My friend Andrea over at Hand and the Heart just wrote a great list reasons of Why She Keeps Blogging go be inspired and encouraged by her sweet words!
For me this hit a few months back and I discovered that the purpose of this space for me is to encourage, inspire and build up other young mamas in this crazy season of birthing and raising babies. The idea for "Authentic Motherhood" came from this time and discovery in prayer. It is also really important for me to bring glory to Jesus in this space too... cause I just don't see the point otherwise. Thats not to say that ALL of my posts will totally God/motherhood/baby centered! But I love that I have more of a focus now.
TWO | TO THINE OWN BLOG BE TRUE
Once you have figured out why you do this whole thing you may want to start to cultivate that. Start thinking of your posts with your new 'mantra' if you will, as your baseline. Write what you want to write. Don't conform to writing what you think will get you page views and readers, because if thats not you than those people probably wont stick around anyway. What readers really want (at least I can speak for myself as a reader of many blogs) is authenticity. Sure there are blogs I occasionally visit who are all DIY all the time, but I probably wont stick around to be a dedicated reader. But if that is your thing than do it!
You don't have to be confined to a 'niche' but I do think its really awesome (and helpful) to create a loose vision statement for your blog and work from there. If you do this you'll avoid the slump far more easily.
THREE | DON'T COMPARE!!
I get it. It is SO easy to compare your blog with another blog. But I urge you not to do this... this road has led me down a number of inauthentic paths on the road to finding my own 'voice'. Just write what you write. Be you. Share you. We will like you! By all means read other blogs, you will be inspired and encouraged. You will also learn to hone your own writing and by reading lots of both books and blogs you will find your own platform and voice.
Sure does it sometimes throw you into a panic attack when your fellow blog friend who started blogging at the same time as you (or after you) starts getting crazy page views and followers and sponsorships and posting every day. Yes. It sometimes will still make you panic and throw you into a whirlwind of thinking you need to get your butt in gear. I'll be honest. I have been there. We can't lie and say those things like page views and followers don't matter. Because they do. Otherwise we probably wouldn't stick this whole thing out.
But your blog is your blog. Its not their. Do your own thing and make it yours.
FOUR | BUILD YOUR BLOG COMMUNITY
I know, I know, enough about the 'community' already Hannah... but for real guys... its important! Find others who you enjoy reading and who encourage and inspire you. Reach out to them, comment on their posts, tweet about their posts, support them! This is the way to build online friendships that are actually real! Don't be afraid to collaborate and guest post and offer your space as a venue for your friends to be heard. Connect with them on instagram and be real.
FIVE | DON'T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY
Remember what your priorities are in your life. And live your life accordingly. Chances are blogging isn't at the very top of the list. And hey maybe it is, you go girl. But as soon as blogging becomes a chore for you don't be afraid to take a little break. Nothing will happen. You wont all of a sudden lose followers or disappear from people's radars. If you have taken the time to build your online community we will all still be here when you get back, and chances are you will have a ton of fresh new material for us! Go easy on yourself, take care of yourself.
I mean I really never thought a couple of years ago that I would ever say something like "create a loose vision statement for your blog". HA seriously! Im no expert, I'm just doing this thing, just like you. Keep on writing. Keep hitting that "publish" button.
I would love to hear your own tips on how to get out of the blogging slump! Share them with me below.