When you first start blogging, you likely felt like you had so many ideas and so many things to say and you promised yourself you would blog every day and respond to every comment and it would all be the best thing ever. And for the first couple months it was. Your blog posts brimmed with excitement and you looked forward to having the chance to put your thoughts down on paper (meaning, on your computer). As time passed, you started to feel less excited about blogging and found yourself struggling to come up with content. You hate to say it…but blogging has become a chore. We’ve all been there. But I’m happy to say that after three and a half years of blogging, I still love it and while I may have days where I’m not brimming with ideas, I pretty much never view blogging as a chore. Here’s how to still love blogging after the honeymoon ends (because, the honeymoon always ends).
- Love to write. If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t blog. Blogging is writing and nothing will end the honeymoon sooner than dreading writing. I love to write and I always have. I don’t always relish the hard parts of writing, but the art of writing is something I’ve always enjoyed. Loving to write is one of the main reasons I love to blog. It’s a creative outlet for me and I get to put my thoughts down someplace concrete.
- Love what you write about. I love running. I love food. I love blogging. I write mostly about those things with some slice of life items thrown in for fun. I don’t ever get bored blogging because I don’t find what I write about to be boring. If you feel like you’ve hemmed yourself in with a blog title or theme that doesn’t allow you to write about different things, change it up! This blog started as Project 30 in 30, as a countdown to my 30th birthday. Well, it turned out I had more to blog about than turning 30 and I also wanted to continue blogging after my 30th birthday. So, in March of 2013, I changed things up. I’ve never looked back!
- Plan ahead. I’ve talked about the benefits of using an editorial calendar like CoSchedule and I’ll briefly mention those benefits again. I think part of the reason blogging becomes a chore is because you get to the point of feeling pressured to post by a certain day or time and you find yourself throwing together an uninspired post at the last minute. Planning ahead can greatly reduce this, thus reducing much of the stress commonly felt by bloggers.
- Share the love. If you are feeling dissatisfied with blogging, sometimes it can help to take a step back and spend some time visiting blogs that you love. Visit other blogs, comment on other blogs, and remember why YOU started blogging.
Blogging is fun, exciting, freeing and can be an amazing adventure. However, after blogging for some time, the glow might fade. Keeping in mind the above tips will help you to keep loving blogging well after the honeymoon stage ends.
What makes you love blogging?