How do you get through a blogging slump?

14 November, 2018 / 12 Comments

Today is one of those days where I just cannot for the life of me find any motivation to write a blog post.  I have a list of ideas for times like this, but none of those ideas appeal to me at the moment.  I’m looking at my blogging schedule and seeing a whole lot of empty slots where blog posts should be (and they’re approaching way too quickly!).  I look at other blogs and read some posts and admire how other bloggers are so good at blogging, how they write such clever posts, how they write such informative and helpful posts, and this puts me into even more of a slump because I lack self-esteem and I feel like anything I write will just be insignificant.

I know this is sounding like a bit of a downer post and that’s not what I intended, so I’m sorry about that.  I just have days like these and they come and go.  Tomorrow I might just get some motivation back and write one of those posts I have on my list of ideas, and hopefully that’s the case.

I’m not very good at opening up on my blog (or in real life, let’s be honest here).  I wish I could write more meaningful posts to go along with my book-related posts.  I tried my hand at it with my posts about miscarriage and I lost followers as a result.  That didn’t help my already-present self-doubt when it comes to those types of posts.

I want to blog about parenting more, but again I’m afraid of losing my book-loving followers.  Plus, I’m just not really sure what people would be interested in reading.  I have ideas, but not sure if they’re good or not.

I don’t know how to get through blogging slumps like this other than just waiting for it to pass and staring helplessly at my empty schedule and hoping to have motivation tomorrow.  I’m curious if others have experiences like this and how you deal with it?

Share your story: Do you have blogging slumps like this?  Do you doubt yourself or your blog sometimes and find it affects your motivation for blogging?  How do you get through it?

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12 Responses to “How do you get through a blogging slump?”

  1. Oh Sam! I’m sorry you’re in a bit of a slump. It happens! It happens a lot actually, and your doubts and fears are something we’ve all experienced. I think the thing that you have to remember is that this isn’t a day job – you’re here doing this because you love it, because you enjoy it! Screw the numbers! Post what you want to post! And when you find your individual flavour, when you hit your stride – you’ll get the followers that you don’t even worry about any more. IT’S SO MUCH HARDER THAN IT SOUNDS, and even I need to take my own advice! But try not to be hard on yourself and if you have an empty slot that’s still okay! So long as you’re still out there reading and chatting with other readers/moms/bloggers isn’t that what you are here for anyway???

    Hope that you manage to kick the slump soon and hope that the rest of the month is a great one for you.

    xx

    • Sam

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Di! I know, I know, you’re right! Sometimes it’s just hard though. And that’s so true – we do this as a hobby, so it should be treated as such! It doesn’t need to be consistent or perfect, right? It’s easy to lose sight of that sometimes! Thanks for the pep talk!! 😀

  2. Hmm, I wouldn’t say I had blogging slumps, but there are definitely times when I need to reset my brain. Sometimes I don’t feel like picking up a book and expending the energy required to read, or following a book with a review on the blog. When that happens, I just take a break and pick a TV series to binge. Last week I only reviewed one book because I just didn’t have the time or the energy, and I binge-watched all of Riverdale. I’m currently watching Bitten, but I think I’ll stop after S1. I’ve got an itch to pick a book up again!

    I think we just need to let our brains reset sometimes, and watching mindless TV lets us do exactly that. Good luck to you! I hope this was somewhat helpful, haha.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    • Sam

      Yeah, that makes sense. It’s good to give our brains a break and switch it up sometimes! I like watching TV too, but I usually feel guilty when watching – like I should be reading! Haha. Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

  3. Like you I have a list of topics to write when the inspiration fail to strike. I also found when the last minute panic strikes I churn something out. In fact I just wrote a topic on blogging slump this week. Sigh, we all have those days. Hope you will get out of it soon.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  4. I went through this exactly two year ago, November 2016. Stopped blogging for 4 months! Because I wanted to talk about other things (parenting the main one!) I started a Family blog in 2017. Had fun but missed my book blog so I came back to my book blog. My loyal wonderful bookish friends followed me back and forth between the two blogs! And I will forever be grateful for that! I’m sure you can count on us to be here for you no matter what you talk about. Hope you feel better about blogging soon hugs!

    • Sam

      Really?! I didn’t know you had a parenting blog! I follow your book blog, but would love to check out your parenting blog too! What is the URL??

      I’ve taken time off from blogging in the past as well, once when I was pregnant and just too tired to do anything (haha) and then after my daughter was born because again I was much too tired to do anything!

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment! It means a lot!! 🙂

  5. I have trouble with this sometimes. Lately I haven’t felt motivated to write discussions at all. So I just haven’t. Sometimes you have to just give yourself permission to do whatever you want and then not worry about it (I know that can be easier said than done, though).

    • Sam

      True, very true. Discussions are the hardest to write for me. I don’t know how some bloggers just have SOOOO many ideas that they’re constantly coming up with new and interesting discussion posts! I wish! Thanks so much for the comment! Good luck on finding your motivation, Nicole!! 🙂

  6. I’m so, so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling this way! 🙁 sometimes it’s so hard to figure out where we stand with blogging, if we’re good enough, if we can write about this because most of our followers are actually interested about books and will they be interested about other topics, too? In the end, I think it’s so important to remind ourselves that blogging is a hobby and it’s our hobby. Sure, it’s hard not to look at statistics and to feel down by them sometimes, but it’s the worst when we feel like we’re forcing ourselves to write when we’re not happy about it. Take your time with it all, consider what you’d genuinely enjoy writing about, really. You’re allowed to write about other things than books, too, it is your space and you should do whatever you like with it. In the end, if you’re proud of what you wrote, that’s what matters the most.
    Sending love and hugs and inspiration your way! xxx

    • Sam

      Thanks so much for this! That’s all very true and great advice! It’s hard to remember sometimes, especially in those moments of feeling like I was when I wrote this post. You’re absolutely right that it’s a hobby and I need to write what I want to write! 🙂 <3

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