Am I Even a Blogger?
I haven’t been blogging lately…Now what?
So I started blogging a few months ago. I came on full steam ahead, ready to bring content to the world, got my site all sparkly and new and began to write. I wrote a few posts and then got stuck! Why would anyone want to read what I have to say? I’m no mommy expert (or expert of anything for that matter). Yet here I am wanting to share openly with whoever is willing to read. What do I even want to share?
We all have a story…
I know I can’t be the only blogger that has gone through this. That being said, I have yet to make strong connections with other bloggers so I feel like I’m alone in the ocean without a life jacket! I’m kind of just out here in the deep end learning as I go. In college, I honestly wasn’t all that interested in writing and definitely didn’t see myself wanting to write for a living. Something changed when I had Koa. A new light turned on inside of me and the urge to write things down suddenly appeared. Maybe I have things to say that you’ve read a million times. Maybe I have a few stories that are unique to me but regardless, I have a story and life moments that I hope you find special and relatable.
Am I cut out for this…?
How do you get back on board with your blog after a month (or two) have passed without you writing a word? I know for me, as the days went by without any inspiration coming my way, I started to think maybe this whole blogging thing wasn’t for me. Even though I had the passion and desire to write, maybe I wasn’t cut out for this type of work. These types of thoughts swam around in my head for a few weeks.
Find your courage.
No blog post ideas came to mind and it started to feel like a chore rather than something I have chosen to do for the love of the game! I could have sat back and continued to let the days and weeks roll by and let this dream fade into the distance but I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. So what did I do? I showed up. I came back to my blog and started writing. I’m not promising you A+ content all the time, but I do know it will be real, honest, & a direct path through my journey as a blogger. Find your courage and get to it.
Getting Over the Blogger Jealousy.
If you’re new to blogging like me and see other bloggers busting content out like it’s no tomorrow, you’re probably feeling a little self-conscious. What are they doing differently and where do they find the time to write all of these amazing articles? Although I truly am no expert (hi, I’m new here), I have begun to see some patterns that might make it a little easier for us newbies to start creating great work. First and foremost, you must get over the hurdle of comparing yourself to the thousands and thousands of bloggers you see on the daily. For me, I love scrolling through Instagram and finding beautiful pages filled with cohesive photos that speak to me. That doesn’t mean I don’t get jealous seeing how successful other people are, but I know that these feelings have no place in my life!
5 Ways To Start Blogging After Months of Writer’s Block
Set a Timer.
If you set a daily timer and carve out a chunk of your day (say, 15 minutes) to spend focusing on your blog, you’d be surprised at what you get done. Yeah, easier said than done right? I mean trust me like I’ve said before I put the ‘pro’ in ‘procrastination’. I struggle often to get things finished. If setting that timer helps ME, I’m sure it’ll help you.
Hear me out, this seems incredibly obvious and I know that, but something I’ve realized in my own failures is that the fear of sounding stupid or the fear of nobody reading my blog has hindered me to the point of not even writing! How do I expect to get better at blogging if I never do it? In order to get better at anything, you have to practice as often as you can. Your craft deserves to be polished to perfection. Just be sure you don’t let the idea of perfection hold you back. I am incredibly guilty of this, so this is advice for the both of us: don’t let fear get in the way of hitting the publish button!
Create Your Happiness.
Lately, I’ve been trying really hard to be a more positive and grateful person. Sometimes I have to create happiness out of nothing. On days that are especially gloomy, I have to really make an effort. It has truly made a world of a difference in my life. When I write down (or even just say aloud) the things I am grateful for, my day seems so much brighter. It becomes much more likely that I will accomplish the goals I have set out to do.
Thank you Caption Obvious! But seriously, if you need inspiration, stop scrolling through your feed and start actually reading! Read more of those articles you see with the big flashy + enticing headlines. What are successful bloggers writing about? How are they writing? How does their work make you feel? You can always get inspiration if you read more! Be sure, however, not to copy someone else’s vibe because that is never cool!
If you notice a problem in your life or community, try brainstorm some solutions. People read blog posts or articles that solve their problems for them. Find some answers and deliver to your readers what they want to hear!