Fall in love with your blog again

Whether you’ve been blogging for months or years, blogging can be relentless at times and it’s not uncommon to fall out of love with your little bit of the internet. Here are 5 steps to rekindle to romance and fall in love with your blog again…

fall in love with your blog again

I was listening to Maria Popova’s Q&A podcast recently (she writes the huge blog Brain Pickings, which has over 5M subscribers and an interesting way of making money!) and it really struck a chord. Although she was talking about how to start a (successful) blog, her tips are also great for a rejig of how you think about your current blog. So the first 2 are from her advice.

Fall in love with your blog again

1. Write for yourself

We need to be excited about what we write about or we will fall out of love with it. It will also show in our work and people will stop enjoying it.

2. Don’t write content

Kind of follows on from 1 because “nobody does content for the joy of their soul” and as Maria puts it, thinking of your work as content has icky connotations!

3. Read

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” Stephen King

Explore. Be a fan! Get blown away and inspired by someone else’s work…it’s the only way to be able to do 1! Austin Kleon’s book, Steal like an Artist has some great advice for where to get started and you can share your inspiration on your blog as you go.

4. Do something you love for YOU

And not for your blog! According to Emma Stone this is the best advice Bill Murray gave her:

“Bill Murray told me to keep some things I love just for me. The idea is to have some things that you don’t feel like you need to share with the world. To have some things that are only yours.”

This is probably even more pertinent for bloggers, we can be an over-sharing bunch at times but that can leave us feeling empty.

5. Stop Judging Yourself

Life is a bunch of cycles. Sometimes we feel like we’re in the Premiere seats at the Odeon, holding hands with a hottie, watching the best film ever with unlimited popcorn. Other times the seats aren’t great, you’re on your own, the film’s a bit naff and there’s no popcorn. That’s OK. Be mindful of how you feel, be compassionate to yourself and keep working through it.

Have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? How did you get out of the rut?

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10 comments on Fall in love with your blog again

  1. John Adams
    November 13, 2015 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

    Great uplifting post. It is all feeling a bit relentless at the moment with Christmas, a wedding and some major construction work on the horizon. Fitting in the blog as well is a bit of a challenge. Loving the Live Love Blog concept btw. Heading over from #thelist
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  2. Mim
    November 13, 2015 at 7:37 am (3 years ago)

    These are lovely tips – I hear so often from bloggers that they’ve lost their passion, got writers block, at a crossroads. I’m not there yet as it’s still a but new but I can see how that night arise. Thanks for sharing these 🙂 Mim x #TheList
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  3. Laura
    November 13, 2015 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

    This is really useful and interesting. I’ve only been blogging for 6 months and my subject matter (PND and mothering with mental health issues) is something I’m v passionate about which helps immensely. However, already I’m beginning to see how much hard work is involved in getting your blog out there to people so this post came at a good time to remind me why I’m doing this – first and foremost for me and my love of writing. Thank you 😀 #thelist

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  4. Sam
    November 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I like this Hannah – I’ll have to take a look at your links too. I would say that the flip side of reading a lot to get inspired is to beware not to start comparing your blog to theirs and ending up de-motivated. Not sure if there is a lot that I’ve kept back just for me either… whoops! 🙂 #thelist
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  5. Louisa
    November 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Sound advice. I took a step back from blogging this year because there just wasn’t enough room in my head for it. Now I am writing more to please myself than to aim for an audience and it feels much better. I think sometimes you have to step away to be able to remember what you loved in the first place #thelist
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  6. jeremy@thirstydaddy
    November 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve always found that writing what I want to write about and not worrying about numbers or niches helps me continue to enjoy it.
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  7. Jessica Powell
    November 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this – especially #5. You’re never going to be blogger x, you just have to concentrate on being yourself 🙂 #thelist
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  8. Our Cherry Tree
    November 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for this! I’m still a newbie, but have been struggling with number 5 in particular, as well as number 1. I want to write something that people want to read but am just not hitting publish because it’s not quite right and I’m being overly critical! These tips are great. #TheList

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  9. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 16, 2015 at 3:02 am (3 years ago)

    What a great list of things to think of and remember as we are building. Sometimes I need to do a food post and I don’t want to cook, this helps me to be a bit more creative with dinners and such which helps me feel more love for the post. The more I have to reach deep the more I love what I’m writing about. It’s not “content” is it? For us it a bit of our souls!
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