You’re human. You need time to yourself sometimes. That includes time to focus on other things in your life rather than blogging.
If you’re like me, coming back to blogging after a hiatus can be HORRIBLE. You have ideas, you want to write, and yet you find yourself staring at a blank screen for hours instead.
I’ve found the longer I stay away from Honestly Haley, the harder it is to come back. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be here and I LOVE writing, it just takes a while to get the gears moving again.
In short, losing your blogging mojo is the worst, but here are some ways you can work to try and get it back!
Once you’ve taken a break from blogging, it becomes harder and harder to get yourself to sit down and just write. It’s easy to find other things to do when you are worried about writer’s block. I keep a list of post ideas on my phone and after a long break, I typically go through DOZENS of ideas before I find one that I’m excited to write about.
The key here is to just keep pushing yourself to get started. Sit down with a blanket and a hot cup of your favorite liquid, and write. It doesn’t have to be perfect-you can always edit later.
Look for inspiration.
My favorite places for inspiration are always other blogs and Pinterest. Even a quick search for some quotes on Pinterest can give me an idea for a post.
I keep all of my favorite blogs to read bookmarked in my favorites tab so I always have them. More importantly, if I find a post that inspires me, I keep all of those in a folder so I can go back to them when I’m feeling stuck.
Write down ALL of your topic ideas.
As I mentioned before, writing down topic ideas is CRUCIAL. I have the memory of Dory, so if I if I don’t write down a topic when I think of it, I’ll never see it again….or maybe I will, I just won’t remember it….
Either way, keep a long list of everything and anything you could write a post about for times like these when your brain feels like a bowl of mashed potatoes. How helpful.
Change the Scene.
Go to a coffee shop, the library, or the park. I’ve discovered if I change up my location, it helps my brain realize it’s crunch time and I can not only write, but also get a handful of posts done a lot quicker.
Get Up and Write.
WAKE UP. I should make a recording of my voice yelling that for all of you in the morning.
Just like it’s useful to change your location, sometimes it’s also good to change up the time you write. Wake up your brain and see if writing in the morning instead of in the middle of the night makes any difference in your writer’s block. (Guilty.)
Schedule out-and Write Multiple Posts at the Same Time.
I use Trello to schedule out all of my post ideas so I know when I need to write. It helps to see my posts on a deadline rather than just a long list of words.
In addition, I’ll write the posts for the week when I can find a chunk of time so I don’t have to repeatedly block out blog time throughout the week in addition to promotion.
Coming back to blogging isn’t always easy, but it’s so worth it-so push through the struggle and send out some great content to your readers!
What helps you break blogger’s block?