Blogging should be fun right, not a chore! I remember when I first started blogging, at least three blogs before I started this one. I stumbled across some blogs when I was searching for something parent related when Miss A was a baby, and it went from there. I began with a Blogger hosted blog and then when I decided I wanted to go self hosted, for some reason I didn’t realise you could migrate across so I started a brand new blog on a different platform. I soon grew bored with that as the platform I chose at the time wasn’t right.
When I wasn’t blogging, I found I missed it, so I started again with yet another blog name going self hosted right from the beginning. I stuck with it for a while but I can’t for the life of me remember now why I stopped again. When I settled upon The Life Of Spicers, I had found a lovely group of ladies, some who had already started a blog and some who hadn’t before I launched my own blog again.
I think finding a great group of people in the beginning really helped with the knowledge of blogging and finding the motivation to keep going when you’re not sure where to go next. Blogging for me is an outlet I have always loved. Even when I was small I would make up my own stories on a typewriter given to me by my Dad. Writing is definitely an avenue I wanted to pursue right from childhood.
When You Get Bloggers Block
Blogging is a crazy, exciting world, but I go through phases when I can stare at the screen and not want to do anything blog related. When this happens I know there’s no point trying to push through and write as I won’t write anything that’s worthwhile. Equally I get other times where I have so many ideas an inspiration, I can’t write them down fast enough. I have a job outside of the home so my blog time is limited, however when I do hit bloggers block, I know I have to walk away for a while. This can be for a few hours or even a few days. That’s the beauty of your blog. It’s yours and no-one can tell you how often you must write or update it.
The Social Media Addiction
With blogging some promotion and social media. It’s a trap we can all fall into and find ourselves spending more time catching up with what’s going on in other people’s lives via Twitter or Instagram rather than living our own lives. Equally you can’t focus on every social media platform for your own blog promotion. You can’t be great at everything all at once and burn out will happen quickly. I have spent quite a while mastering Pinterest and I have almost got it to a place where I am happy. My focus is slowly moving towards Instagram as that is a platform I would like to grow. My Facebook page and Twitter often get neglected though but that’s OK.
What To Do When Taking A Blogging Break
When I am taking a blogging break, I often find the ideas start to flow as my brain unclogs itself from the blog world. When this happens I jot down all my ideas either in my drafts folder within my blog, or in my bullet journal. Sometimes I use my planner to brain dump which often works out to be quite productive. It’s amazing what ideas come out when you’re not concentrating too hard.
Your blog will still be there when it’s time to return, and this is why it’s ok to take a blogging break.