If you’ve ever been in a blogging rut, you’ll know how damn depressing it can be.
You’re busting to create new ideas but just can’t catch them. You’re dying to evolve your blog but you can’t see past the so-called “negatives”.
Not long ago I was speaking with a work colleague of mine, talking about her struggles with her teenage daughter.
She mentioned the typical teenage tantrums, the whole “I hate you” spiel she gets on the daily & one of the most common traits of a teenage female, feeling like the world is ending, every.single.day.
A million questions ran through my mind.
How can this girl feel like the world is ending? Her life is only just starting! Doesn’t she know how lucky she is?! Doesn’t she know how smart & talented she is?!
And then it clicked. I too have been in this teenage girl’s situation.
No, I’m not referring to back when I was a teenage nuisance & gave my mum grief (sorry mum, I love you 😅).
I’m talking about being stuck in a blogging rut.
Yes, the two are different, I get that. But when you take a look at the bigger picture between these two situations, there are just so many similarities.
In fact, right now if you can [just for a split second] think about a negative circumstance that has arisen in your life, think about what you thought when you were going through it.
Were you thinking “my life is over” and “why is life so unfair?!”
Yep, every time we humans go through something shitty, we act like the innocent ones, so helpless.
Well, the same thing goes for being in a blogging rut.
Instead of feeling like the victim of the rut, become the survivor. Put on your warrior outfit, grab your triple shot latte & let’s overcome your mental blocks and pull you from that blogging rut already! 💃🏻
The first & probably most important step to actually preventing ending up in a blogging rut…
Keep a running list of blog post ideas
You’re out for dinner at that little Thai restaurant you love, half way through your satay noodle, celebrating your grandma’s 90th birthday (go Gran) & SMACK. 100 different content ideas come to mind & you’re rushing with creativity.
What a buzz.
Later on, you get home, grab your laptop & sit down for a wicked session writing 100 new blog posts & wait… Crickets!!
Every idea you had = gone. Well, one or two might have seeped through & sure, you can roll with those. But geez man, you literally just had 100 ideas bursting out your brain & now? Nothing.
If you’ve ever been in the above situation, you’ll know just how damn frustrating it can be. But it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to lose those other 98 ideas that were SO. FRICKEN. GOOD.
Create a running list of blog post ideas you can add to from anywhere, anytime.
To avoid ending up in this situation again (& landing in a blogging rut) you could create a running sheet of blog post ideas.
Try using the Notes section on your smartphone, download a funky organisation app or use my all-time favourite tool, Google Sheets! 🙌🏼
In fact, at this very moment in time, I have over 90 blog post ideas sitting in my running list in Google Sheets. Everything is categorised (duh, I’m an organisation freak) & includes a section for opt-in ideas, keywords & more!
If I’m out & about, I’ll often just quickly jot down my blog post idea in the notes on my phone or on a sticky note, napkin, anything I have handy!
Then, when I get a chance, I’ll grab my laptop or open the app on my phone & transfer my post ideas to my huge running list.
So on those Monday mornings when I’m snuggled up on the couch, dreading moving to my office & sitting down to write… YESS!!! I HAVE MY LIST!!
Goodbye blogging rut, hello creativity!
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Read, read, read!
Did you know that reading will actually help to make you a better writer? Yep, not only will your vocabulary improve, but your creativity will begin stirring as you read your fav novels.
Even through a blogging rut!
It doesn’t matter what you read, as long as you’re reading.
Expand your knowledge on a particular topic you’re already interested in or learn about something completely new.
Whether it’s a book all about manifesting, cooking for celiacs or learning how to launch your own services, read it!
Each time you come across a new word you’ve not seen before, don’t skip past it & take a wild guess at what the heck it means. Hold your finger down on that Kindle, grab your hardcover dictionary or simply “Google it” girl. Learn that word.
I’m actually challenging myself at the moment to read for at least 1 hour per day. Most days I hit my 1-hour goal easily, no probs. Some days I fail miserably by reading 2 pages & giving up.
And then of course, other days, I could read for hours on end – never stopping for a loo break or lunch!
But, loo breaks & leftovers aside, there’s no denying that reading improves your writing, big time.
And, what better way to pull yourself out of a blogging rut than to read books about blogging, right?!
Here’s just a few of the books I’ve been reading lately that are so damn prodigious (that’s a new word I learnt from reading, Google it 😉):
- You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
- Be Brilliant Every Day by Andy Cope & Andy Whittaker
- She Means Business by Carrie Green
- Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
- Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
The third most important way to pull you out of that blogging rut?
Create a schedule
Girl, you gotta create a schedule. I mean, you could prance around the idea of being a great blogger & do tid-bits here and there, ending up right back where you started (otherwise known as nowhere).
Or, you can ditch the sporadic, scattered mindset & knuckle down on your tasks.
Put together a plan that will ensure you are always on top of everything. Well, not everything, but most things.
Don’t make it unrealistic or go overboard, you’ll just end up failing. Trust me.. Been there, done that.
Keep your to-do list to a minimum and cull out the tasks that don’t really have to be done today, like changing the colour of that button or finding a new font for your opt-in freebies.
Don’t get me wrong, I myself, often end up adding 50 different things to my to-do list & freak myself out with how much there is to do. Then, I remember what Sarah Knight taught me in Get Your Sh*t Together, to narrow your tasks down to the very most important.
Here’s how simple organising your schedule & tasks can be:
- Grab an A4 piece of paper
- Write down every single thing you think you need to get done
- Flip your A4 piece of paper & write “not important” at the top
- Anything that doesn’t have to be done today, write that sh*t down (be brutal here girl, seriously) underneath your “not important” heading
- Repeat steps 3-4, only this time writing your “most important” tasks
Now, all you need to do is begin with your “most important” tasks, then your big list of “in-between” tasks & then work on your “not important” tasks.
I kid you not my friend, this is one of the best ways to not only ditch a blogging rut, but to prevent one.
When you organise your to-do list in a ridiculously manageable way like this, you’ll not only be able to get more done, but you’ll be so much happier with your productivity levels that you’ll not even end up in the rut in the first place!
One thing my gorgeous gal Krista Dickson raves about is batching. If you’ve never heard of batching before, here’s how Krista explains it over on her blog.
“Batching is when you spend a big chunk of time focused on one specific task, instead of jumping back and forth between different things.”
So instead of trying to tackle a crap-tonne of tasks all at once, batch them. Set aside specific times to get specific tasks on. Don’t get distracted, don’t be led astray.
Working part-time, I’ve found batching one of the best techniques to help me kick my productivity into overdrive.
Rather than setting days for my batching, I set hours. Take this blog post for example…
I set myself Monday between 7am-8:30am to work on the draft. Then, on Tuesday between 8am – 10am I refined the post, took a break & added any outbound and affiliate links. After that, I worked the rest of my editing during specific time slots until the entire post was published.
And now look at it, all finished, primed, prepped & published! 🙌🏼
If you’re ready to get unstuck from your blogging rut, give Krista’s productivity technique a spin & read her entire post on batching.
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Don’t push yourself
Even with your running list of blog post ideas, a ripper schedule & an exciting new vocabulary under your belt, I hate to say it chick but there is still no guarantee that you’ll be jumping at every chance to write a new blog post, email or create social media captions to woo your audience.
It is sooo important to recognise the difference between procrastination & your body telling you “it’s time for a break”.
Learn when it’s time to take a break. Look out for signs from your body that you need to take a break (or at least, slow down) and don’t ignore them. Don’t push yourself.
Don’t end up even more deflated & further into your blogging rut than when you began.
When you need to take a break, take your break. Start again when you’re ready.
There’s nothing wrong with taking time out for yourself.
You deserve it.
Well girl, that’s it for blogging ruts & kicking procrastination in the derrière. I’ll leave you with a little bit of irony…
I wrote this post whilst I was in a blogging rut 💁🏼♀️
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