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What to do when you don’t feel like Blogging

when you don't feel like blogging

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If this makes you feel better, I don’t always feel like blogging. I have gone a month without the blogging vibe and even though you were supposed to know, you didn’t, and that’s because I practised what I am about to share with you very soon.

Blogging can be draining, I get it. It can also be boring if you have this to do full-time and you don’t have as many blogging friends as you should. What you essentially do as a blogger, is connect with people you don’t physically see by sharing information or experiences.

What this means is that there are days you are not inspired to share anything just because. If what you do is connect by sharing experiences, there are days when you certainly don’t feel like ‘talking’. This happens all the time, even in the physical world.

What happens if this goes on for longer than usual? How do you keep expectant readers satisfied when you don’t even feel like blogging? I have a few tips that might help you pull through this phase.

what to do when you don't feel like blogging

Republish old content

When you don’t feel like blogging, it is an opportunity to check out outdated content and work on them. Thankfully, this also helps your organic traffic. When you update an existing content with new information and links, search engines see this as fresh and relevant and you may as well go up in rankings. If you want it, I could write a blog post on how to rank on search engines by updating old blog content, you have no idea what repurposing content does to your general SEO.

It also affords you the opportunity to correct a wrong notion, old thoughts and update stale information. You have a ‘new’ blog post and an updated blog content. Win-win.

Ask for a guest post

You can ask someone to write for you. This may be another Blogger or just a friend you are certain needs your push to share a spectacular experience or review of something. In this period where you don’t feel like blogging, approach a few people and ask them if they would like to write on your blog.

This way you have new people for your blog readers to read and an updated blog at the same time. Please remember that you may have to give your guest writers something in return. It could be a link to their own blogs, so that your blog readers can visit theirs too, it could be exposure of their services or what they do. Just be gracious about it.

Find Inspiration

Every content creator has that one thing or a list of things that bring back the vibes. A Graphics Designer I know plays games. He says that during this time, ideas and colour inspiration begin to flow.

Another Graphics Designer I know listens to music. I know of a friend who finds inspiration when she goes to sleep. I don’t know how that’s possible. Perhaps it has something to do with dreamland, lol.

For me, I watch movies and read. I read books, articles, blogs, anything. When I am full of too many things to share, I am quickly motivated to write. Sometimes watching a movie reminds me of a million things I would love to write about, the movie review inclusive.

Take a break

I know this doesn’t sound like it but I have experienced blogging burnouts a couple of times and as a result, I just didn’t feel like blogging for a while. Most often than not, pressure and low expectations are reasons why you burnout as a Blogger.

As such you become so exasperated that you don’t even want to do anything on that blog. What I suggest is that you take a step back and take a break. Just sit back and relax. Do other things asides blogging.

Do other blogging tasks

This might just be the time for you to take stock of your blogging life and do all of the other blogging tasks you have postponed for so long. Reach out to the other Blogger, delete the redundant posts you said you would (please do this the right way, let me know in the comments section if you need this), get active on social media, respond to the blog comments you ignored for so long, redesign your blog header, assign categories to the old posts that have no category, take some blogging lessons, etc.

Do other fun blogging stuff if you really don’t feel like writing at all. You could do blogging stuff away from your blog like attend the blogging cookout, meet-up or event. You might even come back home with some inspiration and motivation.

Write easy content

What I mean by easy content is content that doesn’t require too much from you. Do you have a video you just watched on YouTube, if it’s something you really want to share with your friends, why not share it on your blog. All you have to do is write what has inspired you to share it.

Let me know if you have never shared a video on your blog and would like to know how to. There are also better ways to share videos, I could teach you that too.

Examples of other easy content are listicles, music, web roundup, finds all over the internet, quotes, pictures from an event etc.

When next you don’t feel like blogging do one or more of any of these tips. Hopefully, these tips help you bounce back up. Happy blogging fam.

Related : How to never run out of blog post ideas

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(42) Comments

  1. Hi Esther, thank you so much for the post. I very much liked it.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I am glad you liked it.

  2. Please how do I upload video on my blog?

    1. The best option for me is creating a YouTube channel, upload your videos there and link them to your site… Its a win win

      1. Esther Adeniyi says:

        Hi Yemi, just as Mudasiru Adewale has said, create a YouTube channel, upload your video there and then embed your video on your blog. Embedding your video helps to make sure that your page is not heavy and that it loads faster.

        How do you embed a YouTube Video?

        It is easier on a system, so go to the YouTube video you want to embed and click on the share button underneath. You will find the “embed” button, click on that, copy the HTML code that appears. Go to the post where you want to insert the video, place the cursor where you want to insert the video and go click on “text” just above your wordpress editor. It is usually on “visual” by default.

        You will see a lot of codes but don’t worry, just paste the code you have copied at the spot you want it to appear on the blog. You can also adjust dimensions of the video so that it can fit any screen whatsoever. I usually adjust my dimensions to 300 by 300. Edit both of the numbers you see and replace them with 300 respectively. Go back to “visual”, you should see your video.

        I hope this helps, let me know if you encounter any other problems.

        1. Hakeemat says:

          Thank you so much for this, thank you thank you, I lost hope and didn’t bother trying when I could not do it. Thank you. You are so so helpful.

          1. Esther Adeniyi says:

            Oh, this is awesome!

        2. Is it possible to embed videos from someone else’s YouTube Channel, assuming you don’t want to create yours.

          1. Esther Adeniyi says:

            Yes, definitely. There are a lot of arguments on this issue all over the internet, but here is my stance, you can always disable the embed option if you are the owner of the video. If you leave it on, it means you allow anyone to embed the videos. All the YouTube videos embedded on my blog are not mine. I just give them credits. Giving the owner of the video credits is also a safer way.

        3. Thank you for the break down. I appreciate.

  3. I do all of the above when I don’t feel like blogging. But taking a break works best for me

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      It works for me too, taking a break. But while at it, to keep the blog running, I update very old articles, make them much more comprehensive, format them and then republish.

  4. Esther, you’re a genius! ?
    This is so so helpful!

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Feels so good to be called genius. Safe to buy myself pizza yea?

  5. Hi Esther, thank you so much for the Content. I so much liked it. Kudos

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I am glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I’ll like to know how o share the video

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hello @evansweb, please refer to the comment I made under @Yemi’s comment. Thank you.

  7. Thank you so much for this info, Esther.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      You are welcome Temi

  8. Joshua Malik says:

    Found an awesome blog! Your blog is so beautiful. I would love to have something this beautiful, did you design it? Sorry for diverting focus. I could send an email though so that we take it up from there.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Thank you, Joshua. I designed it. Just shoot me an email.

  9. Tofunmi says:

    Thank you so much for being practical and transparent about your blogging process. Indeed, you are one hell of a Blogger. You make blogging so interesting. Your consistency is out of this planet.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Thank you so very much. I am excited to share my journey with you.

  10. I have learnt a lot from this blog post, about to start my blog soon. I will need some consulting and blog design, hopefully your hands are not full. I think I only have to fill your form, I see one at the right hand side of your blog here.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Yes, you just have to fill that form. You can alternatively send me an email.

  11. Ok I have some dumb questions. When you republish old comment, do you leave the old post up? How do you tweak it

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      The same old post is what’s coming up as new. You go to where you have your date of publish (after you are done updating content and tweaking as necessary) and simply change the date to the current one. If you are using wordpress, you also change time to 00:00. Let me know if this clarifies it for you.

  12. This was very helpful. I got a lot of ideas reading through. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I am glad you got a lot of ideas. I don’t mind getting some bits o…Hehehe.

  13. This is useful. Nice one

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Thank you Elizabeth

  14. Vanessa says:

    Great ideas! Thank you for sharing

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Great. Thank you for checking in…

  15. Taking a break doesn’t help me at all, I just drift further away. What I just do is go find inspiration. That way I am on my toes. Great post as always – Tumi

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmmmm, just stick with what works for you. Thank you Tumi.

  16. You nailed it. Republishing old posts is doing the work for me presently. I barely have time these days for new content. Thanks for sharing

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Great!

  17. How did you ask people to guest post?

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I have only, so far, asked my blogging friends. So, it has been easy. In other easier cases, people email me to write guest posts for my blog.

  18. Awesome post, Esther! I thought I was the only one going through this. Sometimes, I feel unmotivated to write new blog posts so, instead of allowing myself drown in depression and self pity, I promote old content and tidy up my never ending to do list. It works all the time!

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Thank you. That is a very good approach to keeping your blog alive while you figure things out.

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