Friday, August 29, 2014

BLOG SERIES: How-To Get Out of a Blogging Rut


Blogging can be exhilarating and simultaneously exhausting. It's increasingly easier to get burned out in an over saturated market. It might be the changing of the seasons, but the Internet feels very stale lately. I've definitely been off my usual game from lacking style inspiration to lacking the energy to create. But here's how I got back on track.

Detox
Yes, a social media/internet detox. With Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and a hundred other ways to stay in touch (digitally) -- it's important to take a step back every now and then. I didn't check Instagram for an entire day, didn't get on Twitter for three and I never once opened my Bloglovin' app. I didn't leave a single comment or read a single blog post. I disconnected briefly, but enough to not be overwhelmed by others thoughts, opinions, and lives.

Be Present and Active
When you're not spending time absorbing other people's online lives, you have time to be actively aware in your own life and surroundings. There is so much inspiration and beauty surrounding us. Beauty that is easy to miss when we're not looking it directly in the eye.

I find so much inspiration when I go for a walk that I want to scream. It's simple and yet, it's exactly how I get back refocused. What soothes you? Is it yoga, running, hiking? There's something about the outdoors that can change you.

Meet with a Friend
This seems easy, I know. But you'd be surprised at how talking with a creative minded person can get you back on track and interested. Abby and I met up last night and we discussed everything from blogging to sports to the kids we grew up next door to. In those few hours we spent together, we came up with more ideas and plans than I have on my own in a month.

Blogging is a very solo activity and it can be isolating when you are the sole creator. Collaborating with other people on ideas, events, and just bouncing ideas off of each other can completely drag you out of your rut and help you feel enthusiastic again.



Break Your Routine
Think about what has you feeling in a rut or uninspired. If you're a style blogger, is it your clothes? If you're a lifestyle blogger is it the constant over sharing of your life? We, as bloggers, make a choice to document our lives in some capacity. With that comes a routine and a pressure to be constantly creating bloggable moments or outfits.

Do something you never do. Whether it be wearing your hair a different way or not documenting your meal, use that and to help give you a different spin on life.

Don't Worry About It
Let me tell you something, there is no reason to ever apologize about not blogging. For most, blogging is a hobby. Hobbies should be fun. The minute we feel the need to apologize is the moment we need to take a step back. When the blog feels like a burden there's no point. So, chill out, sit back, and enjoy that missed day of blogging.

What are you tips and tricks for surviving a lull in blogging?

The Blogging Series @ Midwest Muse will continue on a semi-regular basis. Covering all aspects of blogging. Got a suggestion or question? Email me at jessica@midwest-muse.net. Follow the series here.

22 comments on "BLOG SERIES: How-To Get Out of a Blogging Rut"
  1. I love the last tip. Last night I wasn't feeling too well and I started getting all anxious because I had a lot of blogs to go thru on my bloglovin feed and I had to work on some posts...so instead of getting MORE anxious I shut off the computer and walked away. Now this morning I feel much better... sometimes the best thing to do is to just get away from the internet for awhile :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  2. It can be really draining sometimes... I think you're absolutely right that it's ok to just switch off from everything for a while. It should be fun, it should never feel like a chore if it's your hobby and you're not getting paid for doing it!

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    1. Yes! It should absolutely always be a blast! Too bad that doesn't always happen.

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  3. Totally true! I always hate to hear "sorry I haven't blogged". It's like--that's ok, you can have a life outside of the blog! I do! I love blogging and have not grown sick of it or anything, but I have taken breaks and it was always just what the doctor ordered. I am the only blogger that I know in CO so that can get pretty lonely sometimes. Talking about my blog to people here is kind of annoying. I always feel silly or self-important or just weird.

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    1. You have such a good outlook on blogging and that's probably why your blog is always so fun to read.

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  4. This is a fantastic blog post! I definitely agree with the point of getting together with someone (even if it's just an e-mail or a Skype date) and bounce ideas off of one another. That usually helps shake up my routine! Also watching a lot of Netflix and my favorite movies makes me remember what I love and then I can go ahead and put that into whatever I'm working on.

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    1. Netflix is always the best idea for regaining composure!

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  5. This has come at such a perfect time. I feel like the last few months have been rutty than suddenly enthusiastic, then back down into the rut.

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    1. Yes, it's unavoidable sometimes. Hope I could help.

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  6. You're totally right! Inspiration strikes when you're out doing something totally different!! I started a really silly series of weekly posts recently because it was something I loved and noticed in real life and I wanted to share my enthusiasm about it. It's totally stupid but nobody else is doing it so I like that fact it is my different thing!

    Your blog always seems cool to me! X

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    1. Aw thanks, girl! I will have to check out your little series! I love when bloggers come up with really new and different ideas!

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  7. I completely agree with you on these tips. As bloggers, it's important for us to be living our own lives and embracing all of those opportunities around us outside of our blogs. I know when I focus on my blog for too much time, I lose the inspiration of why I started blogging in the first place!

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    1. I definitely agree - sometimes it's like you get caught in this weird blogging spiral where you're thinking too much about THE BLOG and not enough about your ideas or the content itself. I guess it's kind of the same with any type of writer's block - you just have to shake things up sometimes when they are getting stale. This post comes at a good time for me, too, as I am trying to refocus a bit and come up with a less haphazard approach to blogging :)

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    2. You are totally right, Emily. I've learned ways to cope with writers block and one of those ways is by writing through it. Sometimes I blog through my lack of interest and it works and other times it does not.

      I think it all stems from the feeling of needing to blog when no one will be mad if we don't. I try and keep a schedule (at least twice a week, but I push for three). Because then I always feel like I'm accomplishing something vs. just giving up.

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  8. Such a great post- these ideas are spot on. If I am not feeling it I don't force it because I feel like it comes through in the post. Breaks are definitely helpful- it's awesome how the ideas can start flowing again! Love this series!

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  9. OMG! This is so what I needed!! Thank you! I started blogging back in February..first time blogger. And well as much of a high it gave me, everyday life seemed to get in the way! So I'd say I've been in a blogging rut! It's awesome to know that I am not alone and that it is okay. I am currently trying to re focus and get back to it. This post was what the Dr. ordered!! Thank you!! :)

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  10. I love this series! Good advice as always :)

    <3 Megan
    http://www.garden-variety.net

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  11. great post and awesome suggestions :) It's so important to disconnect and have time for yourself and enjoy your surroundings sometimes :)

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  12. This post is exactly what I needed. Like everyone else, I too experience the occasional lull. As of late I've been very busy with a lot of real life stuff (travel, work overload, cat death, trying to get back into shape, etc.) which has caused me to hyperventilate about not being on my blogging game. But like you said, blogging IS a hobby and for me it's the first thing to go when shit starts to hit the fan IRL. It's a commitment but it shouldn't be stressin' you out.

    Thanks for the words of wisdom and for lifting my spirits!

    Gina
    pregamingwithcoffee.com

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  13. I love this post. I recently had to do a little detoxing, it didn't last too long, but still felt pretty good anyway. Hope you are having a great week so far :D

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