On some occasions you might hit a pot hole in the road of your blogging. There might be a point where doubt has paralysed you into inaction and the gears grind to a halt. There might be days where you can’t see the wood for the trees or when you feel you’ve talked about everything and are not sure how to move on uniquely.
1 Trust in yourself
There are a number of reasons you could be down.
Time of year
There are a number of trigger times during the year that could drag you down over the hot coals. For people who work in the Northern hemisphere where you are subject to less or more light in the abject cold there are some problems. Less serotonin and melanin is produced in your body at certain times of the year affecting your circadian rhythms, your mood stability and your cheer producing hormones. Sleeping might be difficult leaving you crabby and affecting your memory. Summer also has some issues for some, heat and allergies amongst them, also making sleep more difficult.
Taken a knock
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Well-meaning or non-well-meaning comments and observations from third parties could subject you to doubt or guilt. You might come back with an awesome comment to divert the negativity from someone else but the pain from that observation is still there.
If you take a knock too deep it can stop you in your tracks.
It happens, no escaping it sometimes. You might have a run of cheerful calm for years and then several events come along at once.
Andrew Warner covered this topic in a respectful way on his site at shadeofinfo.com, following his own experience. “What Happens To Your Blog When You Die?” was a particular post that attracted interest by many.
Close to burn out
Juggling too much in your professional and personal life will surely push you to the limit. Burn out is a big problem and can lead to serious cases of lack of activity. Whilst you can schedule your way to success, at a flash point, something will have to give.
Boredom comes from too much conformity to routine. If you are averse to changing your strategies you might become a shade “comfortable uncomfortable”. Boredom is dangerous because it can lead to you dropping standards and becoming disillusioned.
What’s the magic cure to these issues?
Make something. If it is bad, try to improve it, but make something.
It doesn’t have to be an epic length. Keep it simple. Once you have the sense of achievement pushing out the content, you should be better placed to start rolling again. If not, rinse and repeat until you get your mojo back.
- That it has some use
- Asks a question
- Gives food for thought
- Write something too personal
- Write an epic length article, you need to get back into the game sooner
- Stray too far from your core topic
2 Talk to people
Asking somebody what they want, or what their bugbears are can quickly lead to an idea, this blogging thing is meant to be a collective activity.
It doesn’t even matter if the problem is one that you might think has already been covered. The truth is, everything has been covered but there are always common topics that return to popular comment. It’s just how you put your spin on it that counts.
I recommend this tip because I’ve had a few issues that pop up from time to time with my blog or facilities that work in unison with it which don’t always work as I expect or hope and I find it infuriating. Talking to others who’ve had similar issues is a great way to overcome that negativity.
- Ask too many questions
- Antagonise by pestering
- Be a jerk or jerkette: See below
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3 Help someone out
Guides are brilliant, the sense of helping someone through a problem is magnificent, the person requiring help may not tip you with a comment but at least you made a difference. There is always a guide you can write. They don’t even have to have a basis in originality as long as you’ve added a unique flavour.
Things to try:
- Make a guide for a friend and others might find it useful
- Re-package someone else’s guide with improvements, in your own words
- Research a trend, even if only a basic look
Things to avoid:
- Making it too long
- If it is a borrowed solution but with update, forget to tip the source with a link
- Forgetting to add pictures or video.
Whilst this is a short post, those three tips can help you. If you can already think of more things to try you should be on your road to recovery. But if none of that is working for you, let me know in the comments below.