Since moving house, my blog has taken a back seat. I’ve found it difficult to keep up with a regular blogging schedule whilst so much change has taken place in my personal life. But blogging has been a passion of mine for 8 years now, and I certainly don’t want to give up on it. So I’ve taken a step back for a couple of months, but now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things, bigger and better than ever.
Taking this break has helped relight my fire for blogging, and I wanted to share a couple of tips and tricks I’ve found helpful, in case any of you are going through a similar spell.
Listen to yourself
Number 1 is listen to yourself. There’s no point in blogging if your heart isn’t in it. I felt guilty that I wasn’t posting as often as I had been, but equally, I didn’t want to publish content then I wasn’t proud of. We all have personal lives, and that can often get in the way. Especially when you’re going through a significant life moment, like buying a house! But that’s okay. We all need to be better at taking a step back from time to time, concentrating on ourselves, and we shouldn’t feel guilty for that.
Evaluate what it is you enjoy
When I began to think about my blog again, the first thing I did was think about ‘what do I enjoy most about my blog?’. My blog has changed dramatically over the years. I’ve tried just about everything from fashion to beauty to DIY. But in recent years, my passion has focused around food, including making my own recipes and sampling London’s best restaurants. This has taken a back seat in the move, with lots of our possessions still boxed up and our flat covered in dust. We also haven’t had much of a chance to go out and explore our new area. But now that things are beginning to settle down, I’m super excited to get back into this, especially with Christmas on the horizon.
Brainstorm new ideas
Following on from above, I’ve taken some time out to brainstorm new content ideas that I can create over the coming months. I’ve also taken time to look over my analytics in more detail, to find out what has worked, and what hasn’t. This has highlighted a number of common themes and older content of mine (published way back in 2012!), that is still garnering interest, which I could resurface.
Even just taking a look at my blog, and reading over my latest posts, has helped me realise what I want to do more of. Sometimes it’s good to see it through the visitors eye too. Plus, with my new Surface Pro it makes viewing my blog even easier, and jotting down ideas on the go.
Create a (loose) schedule
I’ve never been good at sticking to blog schedules, which surprises me, as in every day life I live for lists and schedules. But I’ve always found any I’ve made for my blog have created too much pressure, and I’ve found it difficult to stick to. So instead, I’ve made a note of the different content ideas I have, as well as the content I’d like to revisit, and I’ve created a loose plan for the next couple of months. I’m hoping to get into a rhythm where I can schedule ahead of time, but I’m not applying too much pressure to myself. Things can be pushed back, or switched around, if need be.
*Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1 laptop was kindly gifted to be by AO.com. All thoughts are my own.