5 Tips For Beating Blogging Blues

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“Boredom is the conviction that you can’t change … the shriek of unused capacities.” – Saul Bellow

When you were a kid, did your parents ever tell you off for complaining that you were bored?

The standard view of boredom is that intelligent, active people have no place giving in to it – that we should all have the mental resources inside ourselves to stave off boredom, managing to find enough to do with our time to occupy our minds without succumbing.

However, this view of boredom doesn’t factor in the feeling you get when you are forced to repeat a task again and again, running out of passion and enthusiasm, without being able to do anything differently.

Let’s be honest. Sometimes, blogging can be boring.

It’s late in the evening, you’ve been slogging away at your laptop or PC all day, you’ve been dealing with irate customers, you’re tired. You want nothing more than to shut down, escaping the office in favor of some family or downtime.

But your needy, hungry, neglected blog beckons.

It’s like a whining child, demanding attention. You know you need to get your act together and produce an interesting, lively article or video post. But the thought of it makes you drag your feet, put your head in your hands and wish you could be anywhere else rather than coming up with a new idea.

It’s pretty much the same with any repetitive activity. No matter how much passion you have for your subject, and how dedicated you are, blogging blues will hit you every once in a while. It’s at this very point that some of the most dedicated bloggers out there turn away and let their blogs lie neglected, losing readers and missing out on potential customers because they can’t muster up the enthusiasm to break through the blues barrier.

Just as with any other activity, though, it’s simple enough to break through to the other side and come out on top. If you were bored eating the same thing ever night, you’d vary the menu. If you got tired of wearing the same clothes? You’d invest in a new wardrobe. It’s the same with blogging. If you’re fed up, and you’re losing your enthusiasm, it’s time to change things up.

Take these five simple steps to revolutionize your take on blogging and rekindle your passion again:

1) Switch Subjects

If you’ve done a particular topic to death, not only will you be bored of writing about it, your readers will be bored of hearing about it too. Expand your horizons, branch out in to a new area and switch to a different subject related to your industry. You’ll get a new lease of life as you discover new subjects, and your blog will get a much-needed boost too.

2) Get Learning

Nothing sparks enthusiasm more than learning about a new subject. If you’re feeling jaded, take some time out to learn a new slant on your industry specialism. Take a class, research online, talk to people and figure out a way you can approach your area of interest from a whole new angle. You’ll get new ideas, and a lot more enthusiasm once you have a head crammed with interesting new facts.

3) Take A Break

By this, I mean go out there and find someone who can blog on your behalf. If you hate plastering, you don’t slog away doing a bad job – you hire someone in to do it for you. If you really need a break from your blog, leave it with someone you trust and let them keep it going for you, while you head off to work out exactly why you’ve got so jaded with your business that you can’t bring yourself to write about it anymore.

4) Check Out Your Competition

If you’ve been doing the same old thing week after week on your site, the chances are things have moved on in the industry since you last did some decent research to get new ideas. Take a sneaky peek at what your top rivals online are doing, to generate some decent ideas and rekindle your zest for writing about your subject. If it suits, try a different approach such as images or vlogging to get a break from articles, choosing new subjects and evolving your list of subjects to tackle.

5) Get Feedback From Those Who Matter Most

If you have the blogging blues, this may well be translating across in to your site, leaving your readers wondering what’s up. Instead of ditching your blog and ignoring the problem, come clean online and ask your readers for ideas, suggestions, guest posts and input in to how you can shake things up and make your site more interesting for them. The very fact that people care enough to respond should start that old familiar spark of enthusiasm, reminding you why you are doing the blog in the first place, and just how many people rely on you to make it work.

It’s natural at times to lose your enthusiasm for blogging, either because of the activity itself, or because your passion for your industry and niche has gone stale. The trick is to try the tips above and work to turn things around, giving both you and your blog a much-needed shake up to do things differently, and better, in future.

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17 Responses to 5 Tips For Beating Blogging Blues

  1. Arbaz Khan
    Twitter:
    March 1, 2015 at 2:35 am #

    The thing I do when I get a little bored with blogging is to take a break for some days.
    This not only gives you time to think what you are doing and whether you are doing it right or not, but it also gives you time to refresh your mind and do some fun activities and go on a trip.

    Taking a break is the best way for beating blogging blues, in my opinion!

  2. Dhruv Sharma March 2, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    Seeking competition is really a good step to know about how much uniqueness of content is needed to make your content viral and more informative.
    Nice tips.

    Thanks,
    Dhruv Sharma

  3. Jolly March 5, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Taking a break is very important in blogging, sometime we got so serious about blogging and forget about our life.
    Jolly recently posted..Top 50 High Page Rank (PR) Websites in The WorldMy Profile

  4. Akash March 30, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    yah you are right these 5 tips are really important and the most important is checking your competition.
    Thank you
    Akash Singh

  5. Naved Khan April 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Great post…I like all the tips that you’ve mentioned especially the taking of break point as it is very important in today’s busy generation….thanks for sharing.

  6. Michael April 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    You hit the nail on the head! It’s easy to get burnt out while blogging. The main thing to keep in mind that blogging should be somewhat fun! If you hate blogging then don’t blog! Take some time to interact with readers/commenters. Or, like you said, learn something new! I take classes all the time and I always look forward to posting them on my blog: for two reasons (1) My writing my notes/review up on my blog if forces me to ask myself “what did I learn,” and “was it worth it,” this forces me to really evaluate the class/seminar. And plus, knowing that it’s going to be posted online makes me give extra thought to what I’m writing. This means I’m getting more from the courses then people who just take the course and then go home and, most likely, never look at their notes. (2) New classes means new readers/followers to your blog and this opens up you and your community to new people and opportunities.

    Taking a break can be good too, but taking a break could hurt your blog’s standing and SEO since Google likes blogs that are more constantly updated. It’s better to prevent blog burnout than to have to attach a bandaid later.

  7. chieyine May 2, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    When I am bored blogging, I do take a break from blogging or blog on unrelated content.
    I am on the health niche but when i get bored on blogging about health topics, I qyickly switch over to other passion such as music

  8. Matthew Queen May 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    Writing is a challenge. Blogging is only one form of writing. If there’s anything writers love to talk about, it’s how much writing sucks. The whole art form demands patience, solitude, and logical thoughts. Then, you’re rewarded with people skimming your article and likely missing the subtleties you built into the thesis. There has been many a day when I’ve sat down to write and nothing came out. No amount of writing through the writer’s block helped, either. Sometimes, it’s just not there.

  9. Amar Ilindra July 9, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    I already prefer coding something or learn something new in programming when i’m bored at blogging and writing articles.

  10. Ben July 24, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    A good blogger shouldn’t be writing just about anything and everything.There are times your mind wont be set to think anything meaningful. give it a break so you can organize your thoughts and words properly. thanks Andrew for the great post.

  11. Jean Aroldi July 25, 2015 at 5:29 am #

    Checking out the competition is for sure the hardest one. There is so many new website that appears everyday that its hard to always be up to date with the competition. Its an everyday job”

  12. Mark
    Twitter:
    November 15, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    What an excellent list of creative suggestions Andrew!
    While it’s certainly not a crime to initially get bored or
    slightly jaded.

    Thanks to your excellent list of five suggestions, it should be incredibly easy to
    get back on track.

    Because there is always some extremely helpful information to share
    with our audiences!Thanks!

  13. Jessica Powell March 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    I definitely find switching subjects for a bit helps – a change is as good as a rest, they say! I always try to keep a couple of posts in reserve too, to tide me over if I need a break.

  14. Usman November 20, 2016 at 5:34 am #

    I know there are so many sites out there that keep telling you, write about what you love and all. BUT you cannot just love one thing. I love motivating people but I will soon run out of ideas and the things will get too repetitive for people. So I love the idea of extending branches. We can start off with one genre and when there is audience being attracted to your blog, you can add in branches that you love.
    And then there comes this break factor. It is so important. People who think that you need to blog 24/7; yes, it is important. But BREAK is really going to help you come back with a fresh mind and so many new ideas that you will go on for a week or two, without getting out of ideas at all

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