I kinda went missing.
Not intentionally. December was a rough month. I was poorly and it knocked me sideways. I had no choice but to rest, a lot.
As I was physically resting I think my brain decided to switch off too! My daily addiction and excitement for blogging faded and fast.
And I wanted it back.
What do you do when you lose your blogging mojo? I googled it of course (what the hell did we do before Google please?!) and the best advice I could find was to relax. Don’t write for the sake of it as your audience will sense it. Valuable guidance because the last thing I wanted to do was piss off my readers.
The apprehension of losing followers was also quickly seeping into my worry bank. You know how it works, one day you receive a huge new following and the next they are gone just as quickly. Annoying right. But what did actually happen? Nothing! My blog didn’t lose any followers but the best part, my Instagram, Twitter and BlogLovin followers increased! Yup, that’s without posting a picture, a link or a quote.
So I followed the advice I was given, relaxed and trusted that the attack of the blinking cursor would retreat of its own accord. And it did. As my health improved so did my curiosity and I found where my positive pants had been hiding.
I remember thinking where do I start? It’s one thing re-discovering my position in the writer’s corner but I was out of sync, I couldn’t remember my posting frequency nor did I feel aligned with my content plan. I had to start again, park the existing plan which I could always revisit and begin again. But the same question kept reappearing…”How you do that?’
Small steps. That’s how. And if you have found yourself in a blogging slump or if you slide into one in the future, I hope you find this advice useful.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a blogger is being able to inspire people. Some of my posts have received feedback to this effect so I thought why not revisit my work and reignite that spark. It didn’t take long, I re-discovered my drive and started to drift into the same momentum that I had managed to build. I was surprised, I had even managed to inspire myself.
Most bloggers have a schedule of content ready to be published a week or more ahead. It takes considerable planning to regularly connect with our readers. But I didn’t feel I was aligned with the content about to be published. I had a desire for fresh material, radical thinking. Immersing myself in the blogosphere with a notebook and pen was rewarding and provided renewed thoughts to get me started.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Ah, now that word belief. A popular noun these days, the subject of discussion in multiple news articles as we look to increase our self-confidence and hold our heads up high in today’s society. Whilst my blogging mojo had taken itself off for an unintended vacay I remember thinking just what’s the point, why am I even doing this. I knew exactly why this was important to me but I needed to feel it. I needed that purpose back, that inner aspirational mission. This bit I struggled with and turned to a close friend for help. Within two sentences she nailed it. She reminded me of why I love being a lifestyle blogger and shared how much I inspire her through my work. I felt proud, influential, meaningful. Just within the space of 20 seconds. So when you find yourself struggling to find what you stand for, just ask one of your nearest and dearest. They know you better than anyone.
Thanks, Google. Your advice really did help. And this isn’t just for a case of the missing blogger mojo. It’s applicable to all walks of life whenever we may feel a little lost or in a state of flux. Once you accept the need to just pause it can change your entire outlook. Things aren’t so hazy, so chaotic and you are able to see things more clearly without an abundance of pressure that we have probably propelled onto ourselves.
So if you find yourself chasing that blogging mojo, fear not, there are ways you can get it back.
Have you found yourself in the hands of the blinking cursor? How did you combat it?
I would love to hear about any new ideas should I find myself here again!
So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.