Blogging is quite a hard hobby to maintain despite what most people think. It isn’t churning out the first thing that comes to your mind and getting freebies for it. There is a lot that goes on in the background – photography, upkeep of blog links, domain, research about products that you trial to name a few! And that’s just the tangible part of blogging – coming up with new ideas and projects, or making existing themes your own – these are the things nobody tells you about. Sure, when you’re a new blogger, you’ve got lots of ideas to get you going. But what happens when you’re in a rut? When you’ve hit your proverbial blogging wall?
First thing I do, is take a small break from blogging. Although it sounds counter-productive, it’s helps me to gain new perspective. It helps me to get back to the root of why I started blogging – love of beauty products, feel of my new face mask, smell of my new hand cream and of course that beaming highlighter that gets me glowing! I go back to the products I love, hang out in the drugstore and check out new products. Sometimes amidst the aisles of Boots, that lightbulb moment happens, and I get that inspiration I’ searching for.
If that doesn’t do it, I scroll through my Bloglovin’ feed and read my favourite bloggers or even scroll through Instagram. Seeing beautiful images and reading my favourite blogs sometimes just makes me want to write. Even if it isn’t something I’ll post, it gets me writing and that’s sometimes enough for me to get past that writer’s block where I stare at a blank page for hours.
Join in with Twitter chats and discuss ideas and products. The various chats for bloggers on Twitter are great for ideas as people discuss problems, products, makeup tips that work for various people etc. Besides really engaging with the blogger community, it can be a great inspiration to get your blog mojo back.
Ask your audience
Quite simple really, ask the people that read your blog, what they would like to read on your blog! Run a poll on Twitter, ask on a blog post, or on your blog’s Facebook page! As a blog reader myself, I often look for answers to issues I’m facing with my skin or just looking for product comparison etc. on blogs I love and trust. So as your readers’ what they enjoy reading on your blog!