Blogging is mostly a hobby for people. Some find their niche and brand, then work off of them to make business. Others don’t. And that’s okay. More will fall out of love with blogging. And that’s also okay.
When I found my Mom’s diagnosis, my life got turned upside down. And blogging helped me cope with what was happening. But once everything settled, I almost fell out of love with my blog and questioned if I should keep it. A part of me never wanted to admit that fact. I didn’t. However, being honest is kind of my thing on here. I open up more than I have in my personal life. But it took me a while to accept that I wanted to stop. But that time is when I appreciated it and the book community.
Over the last three years, I have grown as a blogger and reader. And I’ve found close friends who I love and cannot imagine not having them there for me. So what happens when you’re in the same situation? Well, that depends on you as a blogger. But I’ve figured out which pieces of advice you may want to follow if you’re struggling with your blog. Here they are:
Falling Out of Love and Admitting Are Great First Steps
Refusing to admit your situation won’t help though. The problem is where I struggled with the most. I didn’t want to come to terms with that fact. So I rebelled and didn’t listen to myself. Once I moved past that, I knew I had to admit I was falling out of love.
Needing to Take a Hiatus Should Be Your Next One
Whether you take a mini-hiatus or a longer break, you should consider taking one. Last month, I took most weekends and some other days I’d normally post off. I couldn’t keep up with my self-imposed schedule. Even if you simply do the same thing as me, I’ve noticed less stress. And I was able to focus on myself. Hiatus helps people who are struggling with their blog or with their lives. It’s not defeat. It’s not a failure. It’s just a break you need.
Losing Interest in Your Blog May Make You Value It More, like Me
Sometimes not though. Again, I feel this stage is subjective to everyone. And there’s no right or wrong way of handling a break up with your blog. In my experience, I’ve grown to love it more. But I never knew I’d get to this place though. I thought I’d deactivate my account or simply leave it, not return. ut I’m glad I didn’t let my mind change my decision.
Creating a List of the Reasons for Keeping/Not Keeping Your Blog Will Help You
You can either make an internal list or write one down. Honestly, lists have saved me. And they’ll offer you a visual representation of what is good or bad. What are you willing to give up, what are you gaining will be answered, or at least you can hope they will.
Talking with other Bloggers Will Give You an Outside Perspective
Now, I kept mostly quiet about my dilemma. I didn’t want to voice it because I didn’t want to deal with it. However, I wish I had talked with my blogger gang. Maybe I would have dealt with it quicker and didn’t internalize it. Whatever works for you doesn’t always help others though. Even if you talk with yourself, that’s fine as well.
5 thoughts on “Beyond the Blurb | What to Do When You Fall Out of Love with Blogging”
I guess I’m lucky in that I’ve always felt I want to blog more and not less. When I retire next year, I hope I’ll have more time for it. These are some good ideas.
I love how transparent you are with your feelings. I know I took six months off with blogging when I was doing it on Blogger, and I just never got any interaction with other bloggers because I didn’t know how to find others. Moving to WordPress really helped me reignite my passion for blogging and I feel like the interaction I get with other bloggers really helps me to stay motivated. I like this list though, and if I ever feel like I’m falling out of love with it, I’m going to follow this.
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So true!! Sometimes taking a break works wonders. Great post 🙂
This was such a great post. I’m glad you decided to continue blogging.