3 Things To Do When You Get The Blogging “Blues”

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It happens to the best of us.

We get so wrapped up in our jobs, family, and other priorities. The pressure to produce great content, networking with others and promotion can be a major downer!

Combine them together and you get the Blogging “Blues”!

3 Things To Do When You Get The Blogging “Blues”

As defined by me……

The Blogging “Blues” – when you simply lack the inspiration, the motivation, and the desire to write unique content. This is generally accompanied by the lack of desire to visit other blogs, comment, and share.

It may happen gradually or it may slam you all at once. But when it happens, You Know It! Some of us get so crazed by the “lack of” that it drives us insane!

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But don’t let it! Here are three (3) things we can do when we get slammed by the blogging “blues”.

1. Take a Break

You might not like it but it’s highly recommended that you “take a breather”. Being overwhelmed by the pressures is going to hinder the content you produce. You need to be relaxed, refreshed and focused. Do things you enjoy. A hobby, spend time with your children, your partner, your furry kids. Take a walk, do yoga, meditate, kickboxing, or anything else that may help you detox from the burdens you’re experiencing.

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Step away from your blog(s) and take care of your priorities!

3 Things to do When you Get the Blogging Blues

 

2. Revise Your Blogging Schedule

If you are one that publishes on a daily basis (I certainly don’t know how y’all do it), then maybe cutting back to every other day or even three (3) days per week, may relieve some of the tension. I know the pro bloggers say we should publish consistently but if you have a family, a job, and other priorities, it may not be feasible. Screw what the “so-called” blogging rules are and walk to your own beat.

If you decide to change your publishing schedule, be sure to let your readers, your audience know what your intentions are. If you have a good relationship with them, a great community of loyal friends and readers, you may even let them in on what is happening in your life and why you are changing your schedule.

No one says you have to blog daily. You could blog twice a month and as long as you are consistent and keep your readers involved, you’ll be fine. Don’t stress it! Do it Your Way!

3.  Ask For Help

If you’ve been blogging for some time and have developed relationships with other bloggers, ask them to help. Maybe they could contribute to your blog by writing a guest post and taking the “driver’s seat” for you. If you have many trustworthy blogging friends, reach out to them. You may be surprised at the responses you get!

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By having Guests or Contributors, you’re also allowing for another “tone” on your blog and one that may break up the “norm”. It’s a great way to not only take the break you need but to lure a different audience to your blog.

BONUS

I know, I said three (3) things but I wanted to make sure to share this tidbit with you.

When you find that you are technically “brain-dead” or “content challenged”, it’s great to Brainstorm with some trusted blogging friends. I am lucky enough to have a small brainstorming posse with my good friends, Cori Ramos of Not Now Mom’s Busy and Dana Gore of I Am My Imagination.

We have special chat sessions on Google Hangouts and Facebook. These are ongoing sessions of talking about our personal lives, business strategies, and blogging ideas. Trust me when I say, I would be lost without these two wonderful women! I learn so much from both of them and have embraced their opinions. A Brainstorming Group is a fabulous thing to get your mojo back!

To my girlies, thank you for always supporting me in all my blogging adventures. I am forever grateful for both of you! Muwah! xoxox

Over to You

How do you handle the “blog fog”? Do you push through content even though you aren’t focused? What strategies would you like to share with us?

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24 Comments on 3 Things To Do When You Get The Blogging “Blues”

  1. Dana
    October 10, 2016 at 9:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Bren,

    First off, thanks so much for the mention 🙂

    Secondly, I LOVE talking to you and Cori. Yes, it has been a huge help – not just because of blogging, but because I enjoy our conversations in general. You’re both so cool and I’m happy we’re friends.

    I know too well what the blogging blues are about. I’ve been pretty consistent with my once a week posts, but occasionally I need a week off if something time consuming comes up.

    I’m sure plenty of other bloggers will relate to this.
    Great message.

    Hope you have a fantastic week!

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    • Bren
      October 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Dana!

      No thanks needed, gf. You and Cori are an essential part of my blogging, even if you didn’t know it. Watching both of you strive through your blogs/businesses and growing it pushing me that harder. I honestly don’t know what I would do without you both. 🙂

      I get hit by the blues and I’ve learned to just walk away from it. I’ve been really trying hard and not letting my “lack of” motivation beat me down and rather embrace the downtime.

      I’m glad y’all made it through the Hurricane unscathed! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

      B

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  2. Cori Ramos
    October 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey there Bren,

    I’m like the poster child for blogging blues, lol. That is so me right now.

    These tips are perfect for me…I need to follow them. My life is crazy right now to say the least and I have thought about taking some time off to take care of my mom but then I feel guilty about it. I know my place is with my mom but that’s how much I love blogging – it hurts to leave it – even if it’s only for a little while. Talk about probs, right? 🙂

    Thanks so much for the shoutout gf, that was a sweet surprise. I look forward to our chats, whether it’s brainstorming or sharing our personal feelings. It’s like therapy for me, especially lately because you all are too sweet to hear me out when I need to vent. I don’t know what I’d do without you two.

    Great post gf! You know I’m gonna share this one. 🙂

    Have a great night. Love ya Chica!

    Cori

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    • Bren
      October 11, 2016 at 1:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Cori,

      You, me, and Dana have had these chats before about blogging blues. That’s what kind of inspired me to blog about it. However, I see so often in some of my blogging Facebook groups how many other bloggers struggle with the blues. It really is a “thing”, just like “Migraine Mondays”. 🙂

      I know your life is pretty cray right now and understand your lack of motivation and/or time to dedicate to blogging. But with what you have established with NNMB, you can never walk away. You just need to find a rhythm for you to be able to keep it going and continue to take care of your priorities. Maybe a heartfelt post?

      Use your blog to your advantage and blog it out, gf. You may get some great suggestions on how to deal with your situation.

      Hope you’re having a great day. Glad to hear your son got a job! I love Macy’s! 😉

      Muwah!

      B

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  3. ravichahar
    October 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Bren,

    Sometimes we get frustrated because of the work. Blogging requires so much time.

    The lack of motivation can be killing sometimes. There is always a good idea to spend some time with the friends.

    ~Ravi

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    • Bren
      October 11, 2016 at 3:09 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re so right, Ravi.

      Spending time with friends, whether in person or online, can be therapeutic and just the break we need to re-energize. Frustration is almost a given for me. I get great spurts of inspiration and then a major slumper hits. That “brain fog” gets me at least a few times a month. But thankfully, I’ve been finding ways to work through it.

      It’s great to see you here. Hope all is well on your end!

      B

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  4. Donna Merrill
    October 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Bren,

    We all get it…that Blog Fog! Your suggestions are wonderful! I’ve tried all three and they do work well. When I get into a slump, I do find that taking a break always wins.

    It can be a day of being unplugged and doing something different…or even just hanging out with the dogs. When I get back I’m full of ideas and fresh as new.

    Great Stuff!

    -Donna

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  5. Renee Fuller
    October 13, 2016 at 11:43 am (1 year ago)

    Perfect read for today as I have struggled with the ‘blogging blues’ for quite some time. Thanks for the tips and as I re-group and take some time I need to follow some of your other tips fro blogging too! thanks for sharing!

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    • Bren
      October 14, 2016 at 8:24 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Renee!

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. I know you have a lot going on in your personal and blogging world, so no wonder you’re having a slump. Remember when I emailed you awhile back “one thing at a time”. Baby steps my friend. Take a breather if you have to, regroup, and come back and kick some booty!

      Hang in there!

      B

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  6. Corinne Kerston
    October 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm (1 year ago)

    We all get the blogging blues, and I find it’s great to get outside, spend time with friends and family. Sit in a coffee shop somewhere nice and just soak it all up. Inspiration can come from the strangest of places.

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    • Bren
      October 14, 2016 at 8:26 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Corinne,

      Isn’t that the truth! I love your tips for regeneration and finding inspiration. I know years ago, when I’d get “blog fog”, I would beat myself up. I would continue to push forward to publish content that was horrible! It reflected in my lack of comments, lack of shares, and overall just bla bla bla. I’d rather produce good content 3 times a month versus pushing it out and it being horrid.

      Inspiration is all around us. We just need to open our minds and eyes to it in order to reap the benefits.

      Have a great weekend, my friend!

      B

      Reply
  7. Harleena Singh
    October 14, 2016 at 2:04 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Bren,

    Wonderful indeed 🙂

    Yes, as bloggers, we all go through this phase, and there can be so many reasons behind getting the blogging blues! I do take it off by taking a little break, though I am working offline even then- but it does bring about a change in the scenario, which helps.

    Life’s never smooth for any of us, I’d add, and as bloggers, we need to remain consistent with our blogs as well, no matter what we may go through. So, keeping yourself positive is required.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice rest of the week 🙂

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    • Bren
      October 14, 2016 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

      Hey Harleena,

      I couldn’t have said it better myself! “Life’s never smooth for any of us, I’d add, and as bloggers, we need to remain consistent with our blogs as well, no matter what we may go through.” However, I find when I’m not in the right state of mind, I just cannot hit that publish button (especially when nothing of substance is there). A few years back when I was going through a difficult time in my personal life, I was thankful I had a hobby blog to release to. However, if I had my business back then, there is no way I could have focused enough to produce quality content.

      I’m glad to see you’ve found ways to work through your “blues”. I hope all is well with you and your family and you’re enjoying the “empty nest”!

      Have a great weekend!

      B

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  8. Amar kumar
    October 14, 2016 at 7:07 am (1 year ago)

    Hey Brenda,

    Nothing sparks enthusiasm more than learning about a new subject. If we’re feeling jaded, need to take some time out to learn a new slant on our industry specialism. Or we can take a class, research online, talk to people and figure out a way which we can approach our area of interest from a whole new angle. We’ll get new ideas, and a lot more enthusiasm once we have a head crammed with interesting new facts. Taking break in proper interval of time is really beneficial for our schedule to being refresh for prolong time.

    If we have the blogging blues, this may well be translating across in to our site, leaving our readers wondering what’s up. Instead of ditching our blog and ignoring the problem, come clean online and ask to our readers for ideas, suggestions, guest posts and input in to how we can shake things up and make our site more interesting for them. Eventually, thanks for your great support.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

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    • Bren
      October 14, 2016 at 8:32 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Amar! It’s great to hear from you again!

      I totally agree about learning something new. Sharing that experience could lead to multiple inspiring articles, as well as, help others learn too.

      You have shared some valuable tips for me and my readers. I appreciate your time in sharing with us.

      I hope you enjoy your weekend ahead! Happy Blogging!

      B

      Reply
  9. Susette
    October 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello, Bren
    Donna Merrill mentioned your name in one of her posts and so I mosyed over here!

    A random blog post about the futility of blogging impacted me so adversely, I quickly lost heart and totally stopped blogging. Not only did I stop, I was constantly assailed by all sorts of ensuing negative emotions – I doubted, I disbelieved, I was disheartened, I retreated back into my shell and let the grass grow under my feet – for almost 10 months!

    I was afraid too, and felt like a failure (still feel that way, actually).

    How weird, rather divinely provident – that for my very first visit, I should land on your post about Blogging Blues! It immediately resonated with me. So that’s what must have happened to me …. The Blogging “Blues”!

    Taking your excellent advice, Bren – and taking a break! We intuitively know we should take a break, but it helps enormously when someone ELSE emphasizes it, hahaha!

    Not sure what the blogging rules are about blogging Schedules, but taking your advice again … will be walking to my own beat! Already feel the stress dissisipating! Amazingly therapeutic, actually.

    So – how do you get guest posters to write a guest post – on a fairly new blog? Are there some pre-requisites, like having a certain amount of traffic or a certain amount of blogposts or blogger’s expertise, skills and talents?

    Brainstorming …. Now that’s a brainwave!

    You’ve given me a lot of food for thought here, Bren. I’m so glad I plucked up the courage to comment – I’m normally a quiet, shy person. So finally here I am, not for an ulterior motive though, but genuinely just to learn from you – you are undoubtedly an expert in this field! I’d love to come back here again and again!

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    • Bren
      October 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Susette,

      I’m glad that you decided to hop on over and see what Donna was talking about. 😉

      When we get the “blues” or downright discouraged with our blogging, it is imperative that we step away for awhile. Maybe a few days, weeks, or months, to rethink why we began blogging in the first place. We can also gather our thoughts and come back stronger than what we were before! I’ve been blogging for 6 years now and have taken numerous breaks simply because I “lost my mojo”. I come back refreshed and ready to tackle the world.

      The biggest advice I could give you for guest posters is to first build a Community of blogging friends whom you can trust. These should be people who you value and produce quality content. If you’re friends with Donna Merrill then you’re half way there. She has a great Community of friends. Once you are comfortable with the blogger/person, ask them if they would contribute to your blog. I’m sure they will be honored to do so.

      Blogging is about networking with others and building relationships. Take it from me, there is no room for shyness. Just get out there and strut your stuff!

      I appreciate you taken the time and “courage” to share with us. I’m headed over to your place to say “hi”! Have a great week ahead!

      B

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  10. Jackie
    October 14, 2016 at 8:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I used to feel like I had to post every day. And when I did post every day, I felt like my content suffered. So now, I’ve been focusing on producing content on helpful topics and with highly-detailed tutorials. These posts take me days to write, so I only get 2-3 published per week, but my numbers are not suffering! Hard to do it every single day when you have little kids and a house to take care of. And a job on top of that? Forget it! I wouldn’t be blogging.

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    • Bren
      October 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Jackie,

      I’m glad you finally “came to your senses” and changed up your routine to allow you to produce quality content. I totally know that feeling. Finding a rhythm that we can find manageable is most important, despite how much our readers may crave our goodies. There are many bloggers out there that do, indeed, have family priorities, a full-time job, maybe a part-time job, and managing multiple blogs. Those people amaze me because I find it hard to manage what I have right now.

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

      B

      Reply
  11. Shannon
    October 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Great tips! I definitely do not follow many, if any, blogging”rules.” lOL- which if I did, I could probably have more views and such, but I figure that I started this for fun and anything that makes it stressful is a no go. Lately I have a lot going on and find I can only blog about twice a week, and that’s okay. Great tip about asking for help in the form of guest posts!

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    • Bren
      October 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Shannon,

      I’m happy to hear you say “you don’t follow the rules” but I’m sure that makes others CRINGE! 😉 If we can’t do it “our way”, why do it at all, right? It sounds like you are the leader of your pack and will take no prisoners. That’s an awesome trait in my book.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us! Have a great week!

      B

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  12. Sadhan Pal
    November 13, 2016 at 1:54 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Bren!

    I’m a new blogger. Thanks for your helpful article. It’ll help me for being successful in blogging.

    Thanks
    Sadhan Pal

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    • Bren
      November 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Sadhan,

      I’m glad you found it helpful. Happy Blogging!

      Bren

      Reply
  13. Kamira G.
    December 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This is great timing as of this week I’m taking some time off! To recharge, relax, retweet my blog. It definitely helps. Also sometimes taking a break brings on new ideas. Thanks for this post!

    Reply

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