Did you wake up today to find your blogging motivation on the floor somewhere? Or you haven’t been able to think up a single idea, even though last week you couldn’t get the words down fast enough? If you’re finding yourself stuck in a rut with your blogging, it’s okay. Life, stress, kids, pets, or even just your own brain can get in the way of turning out a new post. Here are a few ways to find your motivation for blogging regularly again.
Writer’s Block Happens
Before we get any further into this: stop being hard on yourself. As content creators, writers, artists, and musicians find themselves getting stuck into ruts at one point or another. It happens. Deciding to not be your own drill sergeant about it will help to get yourself out of that writer’s block.
Of course, not being your own drill sergeant doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop. Even if you don’t feel like writing, do it anyway! Whether it’s a few words or even just the outline of a post, build the habit of writing something every day.
Francesco Cirillo explains, one way to create this habit is using the Pomodoro technique. If you haven’t heard of this, it’s fairly easy to do. You take the Pomodoro timer or an egg timer and set it for twenty-five minutes. Set it for twenty-five minutes and see what you come up with. If twenty-five minutes is too long, you can set it for ten minutes, fifteen minutes, whatever you can handle.
If you want to slowly push yourself to write for longer periods, you can do that. This technique is pretty flexible for whatever writing habit you want to build. It also works for other tasks you want to start building habits on.
The second technique is focusing more on a word count. Or in this case, a sentence count. Set a goal to write three or five sentences, a paragraph a day. What will happen nine times out of ten is you’ll end up motivated to write more than three sentences and could turn out a blog post. Even if you don’t, having that goal of three sentences a day is still very doable.
There are other methods to just get you writing. Whatever you do, just give yourself a goal to shoot for and start writing. Don’t forget to turn off or silence your phone and stay away from distractions. Just write.
Change Is Good
Changing up your environment in some way can be good to keep motivation flowing. At home, you can move furniture around where you use your computer. Maybe taking your laptop into the living room or sitting out on the porch can be enough change. Even changing the way you write posts can jog some motivation. Writing with pen and paper or using a voice dictation app while doing the dishes are some good ideas to play around with.
If you’re feeling really restless or blocked, perhaps consider going to different locations for inspiration. Parks, while they don’t always have good Wi-Fi, can be sources of quiet inspiration. Libraries are another source of creativity, particularly for bookworms. Coffeeshops, cafes, and bookstores can all be places of inspiration. Some people even find they are inspired to write in weird places like hotel lobbies and airports. Go out and explore! You might be amazed at where your writing motivation decides to kick in!
Take a Break
Sometimes our writing blocks come from spending too much time at the computer, according to Allison Lee. Our brain gets fatigued, and we need a refresher. Taking fifteen to an hour or so breaks can get your mind off blogging and get yourself back into the “write” frame of mind.
Here are some ideas for taking a break:
- Go for a walk either by yourself or with the dog
- Watch a movie
- Go out for coffee
- Do some house chores
- Listen to music
- Take a nap
- Run an errand or two
Find New Hobbies
One of the best ways to get back your motivation is to try something new. Inspiration can come from a lot of different places, including new hobbies. Have you been thinking about learning to knit or crochet? What about adding your own photos to your blog, instead of using stock photos? Even just the journey of picking up a new hobby or two can be the inspiration behind a new blog series.
How the Channel Negative Energy into Creativity
Strong emotions can elicit waves of creativity. Joy, love, and excitement are all positive emotions that you can use to create dozens of blog posts. What about negative energy? Oddly enough, that can be a source of creativity too.
So how does one change all of that negative energy into something positive and constructive? Your blog can be a good space for channeling that negative energy into something good. Psychic 2 Tarot explains how to channel negative energy into creativity. How you cope with depression or the loss of a loved one can be channeled into a blog post. Even writer’s block can be channeled into motivation for a new article.
Friends and Accountability
One of the best ways someone can stay motivated is having accountability partners, according to Aspiring Bloggers. By a friend or two who are keeping each other accountable, you’re able to support and keep each other going. Friends make good people to bounce ideas off of when the creativity well start running dry.
To Wrap It Up
Keeping up the motivation to blog regularly is a full-time job itself. By building writing habits and goals, finding new places to write, picking up a hobby here or there, writing blocks can quickly be overcome. Even learning how to channel negative energy into positive creativity can go a long way in fueling motivation. So grab your laptop and a quiet spot to start writing. Just start writing.
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