Losing My Blogging Mojo, And Getting It Back!

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.

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Photo Cred: Liana Mikah / Unsplash

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.

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Photo Cred: STIL / Unsplash

BE INSPIRED

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.

FRESH KNOWLEDGE

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.

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Photo Cred: Krista Mcphee / Unsplash

RELAX

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!

N x

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.

8 Comments

  1. January 8, 2018 / 11:11 am

    I’m so sorry that you had such a horrible December, just in time for Christmas too! I’m glad you took a break and got your mojo back, sometimes that’s all we need to renew that spark and forge ahead even better than before. Hope you’re feeling better now, looking forward to your posts as always! xx

    • niccimcshane
      January 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Thankyou my love, your kind words are helping! It was a vile month for me and to lose my passion for blogging really worried me! It was a slog but I’m getting better health wise and finally got my drive back for blogging! Xxx

    • niccimcshane
      January 9, 2018 / 5:55 am

      Thanks for the tip! I enjoy a good walk so I think clearing the cobwebs might help!

  2. January 9, 2018 / 1:42 am

    I’ve heard from some of the experts in blogging and platform building (Jeff Goins & Michael Hyatt) that every blogger loses their mojo from time to time! Only the best and most successful can do what you did: return to their original purpose and keep going even if they don’t feel like it! Way to go!

    • niccimcshane
      January 9, 2018 / 5:56 am

      Oh that makes me feel so much better, thanks for the support and reassurance! Only your blogging community can understand how this feels, I appreciate your time in supporting me! X

  3. January 13, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    I hope your feeling better boo. I think its just this time of year. Well I hope so becuase im in a complete rut to at the moment. Zero motivation right here! Hoping a clean out and some fresh blogs to pore over will help! Great ideas I’m adding a few to the list as we speak 🙂 xx

    • niccimcshane
      January 14, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Thanks my lovely I’m much better! Awwww you have the same feeling, try reading over your old work it does help. And have a vino whilst you’re doing it 🙌🏼😘xxx

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