So you started creating your very own blog, all is going well and you have the inspiration and ideas to write pages and pages of content. Then one day, something happens… BAM! Suddenly you no longer get the same buzz from your blog. You seem to have lost all the inspiration that you once had. All of a sudden you actually hate your blog and appear to have lost the passion that you once had for the subject that you once wrote so easily about.
Have you ever been there? Do you hate your blog right now? If so, relax!
This is something that every blogger goes through from time to time. Call it writers block, call it the “bloggers wall”, call it whatever you like. The truth is, we all go through it and sometimes it’s hard to snap out of it!
Creating a blog is a very time consuming business that can eventually take its toll. Most of us have other commitments within our lives and don’t have the luxury of being able to simply concentrate on blogging as a full time occupation. We all want our blog to be successful and as a result we put massive pressure on ourselves to produce quality articles and content that our readers will enjoy. Combine the pressure of our daily lives and the pressures of ensuring that we have enough time to produce a quality article and eventually it’s inevitable that your blog might take second place.
A lot of the time we place a lot of pressure upon ourselves that is totally unnecessary. Many of us get into the mindset that we need to produce a certain amount of articles per week or per month. There are many reasons that you can experience “burn out”, one of the main things that hold many of us back is the quest for perfection within our writing.
Do you really need to produce a certain amount of articles per month? Have you become too much of a perfectionist? Is the goal of reaching perfection within your writing holding you back?
Have you ever looked at your blog and felt that you just couldn’t write anymore? If so, you might be pleased to hear that you are not alone! We all go through this and it’s completely normal to feel this way every now and then.
Just as you might hate your full time job working for somebody else, blogging can eventually feel the same way.
So what can you do when you hate your blog?
I have personally experienced the feeling of not being able to create content for my blog on several occasions. Sometimes it’s easy to get over and other times it takes a little longer to get back into the game. Blogging requires certain amount of passion within your chosen niche, without that passion your blog will start to suffer. It’s often a good idea to initially pinpoint the main reasons why you are losing your passion for blogging.
Some of the most common reasons that people start to hate blogging include:
- Lack of traffic – No matter if you are running your blog as a business or just for a hobby, you want people to read your content right? It can be the most frustrating part of blogging when you discover that very few people have read your latest content.
- Not making enough money – Making money is a big deal if you are running your blog as an online business! Not making enough money or making money on an inconsistent basis can be extremely frustrating.
- Working too many hours – We have already said that blogging takes up a lot of time! Producing quality articles that people want to read doesn’t just happen by magic. Most successful bloggers will tell you that they have worked for hours and hours with little or no results before achieving success. Working around our already busy life is just part of what we do. But working early mornings or late into the night can take its toll.
- Problems within our life – We all have other things that are happening within our lives. Sometimes events that happen in our lives can have an effect on the way that we see our blog. Sometimes our perspective on life is changed and we need time to reevaluate things.
- I will never be as good as everyone else! – Ever looked at someone else’s blog and felt like a failure because you felt that it was way better than yours? Believe me, you are not alone! You would be surprised at the amount of times that I have heard this. Some people will naturally look to others for ideas an inspiration. When the look or feel of their blog doesn’t match that of the blogs that they want to be like, they feel defeated.
- Writers block – Have you ever sat down to write something only to find that you just can’t come up with anything? Writers block is very common and it happens to the very best of writers.
- Are other people putting you down? Sometimes the things that people say about our blogs can have a massive impact on our productivity. There will always we the blogging and internet business naysayers that will always offer you a negative opinion.
How to move on and stop hating your blog
Finding the reason behind why you hate your blog or why you are struggling to write is just the first step to getting back on track. But how do you move forward? How do you inject that passion back into your blog once you have started to lose it?
Why hate your blog? 7 tips to get you blogging again!
- Remove the pressure – Who said that you need to create a certain amount of high quality articles in any given week or month? Sure if you are writing a blog then you need to produce content but a lot of people tend to focus on exact figures. Do you really need to create a blog post other day? Why not give yourself a break and create one or two less posts so that you at least have the time to do something else or reevaluate your situation.
- Take a look at how your time is spent – If working long hours on your blog is a problem then perhaps you need to take a look at where your time is actually spent. A lot of people say that they spend a lot of time working when in actual fact they spend a huge amount of time researching subjects and being distracted by social networks. Distractions are very dangerous for bloggers as there are so many things that can grab our attention from YouTube videos to Facebook. We have all been guilty of this at some stage!
- Beating writer’s block – If you really can’t come up with anything to write about a good tip is simply to take a look at what other blogs are wring about in your niche. It goes without saying that it’s not a good idea to copy content from other people, but gathering new ideas is essential for success. If you have the ideas but can’t seem to get the words onto the page, then there is a very good reason for this and something that a lot of writers experience. Writers block occurs because we want to produce perfection. We want our blog to be as good as everyone else’s or even better. It’s only natural that we compare ourselves with others and it’s also natural to be our very own worst critic. But what do we do when we really believe that our writing isn’t good enough? This video will help…
- Bored of the same old thing? Sometime all we really need to get back on track is a simple change of scenery. Believe me, this works! Sometimes we can get sick of doing the same old thing and following the same routine. Blogging can be very similar to doing any other job and if you don’t keep things interesting then you might start to get bored. We have the ability as bloggers to be able to work anywhere we like. Try it for yourself. Working in a different location to the norm can have a great effect on the way that you work.
- Get help! The one thing that a lot of people overlook when they get sick of working on their blog is the fact that they have the ability to reach out to other bloggers. Are you a member of an online community like Wealthy Affiliate or perhaps even a forum within your niche? Even if you are not a member of any group, what’s to stop you from emailing other blogs within your niche and asking them if they have ever experienced what you are going through? Sometimes just having a chat about your issues can solve a lot of problems.
- Lack of results – If you are like many other people out there and are totally frustrated by the lack of results that you are getting from your blog, then you are not alone. The top bloggers in the world will tell you that creating a successful blog doesn’t happen overnight. You can only ever achieve success with a blog over time. The key here is to keep your passion alive within the niche that you have chosen for your blog. It’s important to reach out to others within your niche, get new ideas and keep your interest going for as long as it takes to start seeing small improvements. When you do eventually achieve something, you need to celebrate the fact no matter how small or insignificant! Focusing on what you are doing right and the good things that people are saying about your blog will carry you on to your next success. So what if you have only made a couple of dollars in the last month, next month it could be two hundred, next year it could be two thousand.
- You are an individual – Don’t look at other people’s blogs and feel defeated because you don’t think that yours is a good as there’s! We are all individuals and we all have our own style and ways that we produce content. It’s what makes us human! Rather than wishing that you had a blog that was as good as someone else’s, try reaching out to that blog and telling them how much you admire their work. Ask for tips on how you can improve your blog. You will be surprised at the amount of bloggers that will be only too happy to take a look at your blog and offer you advice.
If you ever sit down and think to yourself that you just can’t do it, just remember you are not the first person to feel like that! Many of us have been there on more than one occasion. Hopefully the advice here has given you something to think about, but if you still have questions or if something is troubling you, feel free to post a comment and I will reply as quickly as possible.
Further advice for pushing through the “bloggers wall”
Jay from Wealthy Affiliate produced a video on “pushing through the 3 month wall”. I don’t know why but it seems very common for people to hit the wall at about 3 months. It’s the point where you feel burnt out or that you just simply can’t produce any more content. Experienced bloggers will know that this “wall” can reoccur on a regular basis and sometimes it’s really hard to get past it. However Wealthy Affiliate has training to tackle most situations… Check out Jay’s video on WA. Not a member? Get a free account…
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