I am a victim of my own circumstances. I promised my readers daily content, and instead of delivering those posts becoming easier over time, it's now more of a challenge, and even feels like a chore. My inbox is full of an overwhelming amount of pitch emails, and I spent all Saturday afternoon taking and editing photos instead of hanging out with my friends. My daily newsletter goes out in five minutes, and I have no content written yet for the day — and I don't care. Ever felt this way? I certainly do from time to time, feeling like I can never get ahead, am buried in “wants” and “needs” for the blog, but hard pressed to find the time to do it all since blogging isn't my sole career obligation.
Unfortunately, I've created expectations for myself of doing a certain amount of things for my blog that has bled so much into the other aspects of my life that I've started to have some resentment, and certainly less enthusiasm, for blogging.
There's no faster way of sucking all of the fun out of something by creating an endless list of “have-tos” and I've certainly dropped myself into that bucket. If you feel like you've stopped caring, here's a few things that you can do to re-evaluate blogging and start to feel better and motivate to change the circumstances.
You're Burnt Out
Believe me, this is soooo easy to do; splitting your time amongst writing, editing, photos, comments, social media, blog design, affiliate programs, email communications, events…the list is endless as to the amount of avenues you can go down with blogging, and being fragmented into 100 small pieces can make anyone feel exasperated and ready to throw in the towel.
Go on a digital diet of sorts, and cut out the items that may lead to the most stress or trepidation of taking them on.
If you aren't sure what aspect is giving you the most anxiety, pretend like you're having some sort of mysterious allergic reaction to something blogging related, cease all activity, and then every few days add another element back in and evaluate how it feels. If you discover that you really just hate Twitter, guess what? Don't do it. Be kinder to yourself about what you “have” to do, and make up your own rules and boundaries that don't regulate “have to's,” but more along the lines of “don't worry about it.” For example “It's okay to check Twitter only when you feel the urge to tweet something or someone directs a tweet at you.”
You Need New Inspiration
After writing about the same subject for months or even years, it may start to bore you a bit, and hence, you stop caring about it as much. It's okay, this is totally natural, and can also go hand-in-hand with being burnt out. Think about why you started your blog and blogging, what you loved writing about the most back then, and what you may like to write about the most now. If you're stumped, take a little break to refresh and restart, and do something totally unrelated to fashion or blogging; go to a museum, watch a movie, read a book, learn a new skill. See where your mind takes you, and it may leads you right back to fashion blogging, a new angle for it, or a new subject completely.
You've Moved On
There are so many reasons why you can feel like you've totally moved on from your blog; a new job, lack of time, major life events (moving, health issues, marriage, divorce/break ups/children), new interests that you're more passionate out, etc. With some of these circumstances, there's a slim chance that you can, or will what to go back to how things were before with your blog, so it's time to consider evolving your blog with you. If you decide to post way less frequently or change the focus of your blog, let your readers know. You may lose some of them, but you also may gain some new one,s, and most importantly, you may begin to care more about blogging when its accommodating to your new state of mind and lifestyle, instead of the other way around. Remember: you created your blog, which means you can also change it too!
How have you dealt with feeling a blogging slump?
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