Hey Lovelies, I hope everyone has had a great week so far. This post is a little different for me and a little more personal.
Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed on the border of burned out. I’ve been second guessing myself and haven’t been posting as much as usual because I’m just tired and unmotivated which takes me to what I want to talk about today.
How many times have you said, “I really should be working on a blog post right now?” but then procrastination sets in and 1 hour passes, then 2 hours turn into 3 until you’ve wasted a whole day and haven’t written one word. Then there’s the other side of the coin where you’re so tired that your mind is a total blank and no ideas will come to life. The creative vault is just…empty. No matter how hard you try you cannot come up with a post idea; nothing comes to mind.
Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to get out of the creative rut and out of your own way. These methods have been helping me lately and although I’m still not blogging my usual three days a week, it’s helped keeps me consistently putting out content every week. No one said blogging was easy.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti
So you have the idea but lack the motivation to sit down and put thought to action. All you want to do is nothing. You’d rather sit on the couch and watch mindless television. I think we have all been there, haven’t we? What do you do?
Seriously, do absolutely nothing. If you lack the motivation to write, then you probably shouldn’t. Because what will happen, you will write garbage and believe me, it will show that absolutely no effort went into what you wrote and you just posted it for the sake of posting. Don’t do it!
There are times when your body talks to you and says, “Girl, you need to sit down!” My advice is to listen. Procrastination can of course border on laziness but sometimes you just need to rest. With all the responsibilities of our daily lives (work, school, kids, family, etc), we need to take the time to recover and regroup. Blogging on top of our daily stresses can take a huge toll on our bodies not to mention our personal relationships. So shut down once in a while, meditate, go out on a date, sleep (yes, sleep!), listen to music, dance a little and then get back to it. You may feel revived and get your creative juices going again.
“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama
Now on to my next point.
What happens when you can’t put the proverbial pen to paper (because we all type now, right?). Well, I still put pen to paper (I wrote this entire post, then typed it up).
Your brain isn’t working for you – your mind is completely blank. This is when I start looking for inspiration. There’s so much inspiration all around us, we just have to open our eyes and see. Not to mention, the internet. Instead of forcing a blog idea or getting an idea at midnight when it’s time to go to bed (yeah, that’s happened to me on numerous occasions), I will turn to the good old world wide web and social media. When I’m lost on ideas, Bloglovin’ is my #1 resource for inspiration. Do you realize how much of an asset Bloglovin’ is to bloggers? I don’t use it as often as I should but every time I scroll through the pages or visit blogs, I get so inspired that all I want to do is write. There are so many talented bloggers who use that platform and I love that Bloglovin’ gives you access to all that creativity. On the other hand, when I need outfit ideas, I turn to Instagram and Pinterest which in itself can become overwhelming at times and I have to remind myself to put my phone down.
Performing a simple search on Google for blog ideas is helpful as well. It yields a ton of results. You just have to weed through the ones that interest you.
Additionally, when you need that extra push, blogging groups are a great way to go. Not only do they give you exposure but they motivate you to be your best blogging selves and encourage you to put out great content.
I belong to a blogging group called Style Collective and I can’t tell you what a blessing it has been for me. By joining this group, I have met an incredible group of inspiring women who are so supportive of each other and they make you feel like you’re a part of something larger. I’ve been blogging for 9 months now but I know that when I started out, I was lost with no clear direction of how to navigate the blogging world. Once I joined this group, all that changed for me. They made me want to succeed, not just be. Every few weeks, I second-guess myself and my ability to continue to put out good content, and there are times when I’m just exhausted and feel like giving up. But then I check in with my girls and all is right with the world again. The bloggers that make up Style Collective are all from different backgrounds and genres. Their blogs cover fashion, lifestyle, food, fitness, etc.
This group is the perfect platform for bloggers especially new bloggers who feel a little overwhelmed and lost in this saturated community of ours. I have increased engagement on my blog as well as my social media platforms (instagram, twitter, facebook) because of this group.
“Do what you love, love what you do.”
If you feel like you could use the extra support, Style Collective is a great place to start. Membership is only $10/month but it’s totally worth it in my opinion. There’s always someone to help with any questions you may have about blogging platforms (WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, etc) because we’ve all been there at some point. Our motto is “We rise by lifting others” and we do.
If you’d like to become a part of this amazing group or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me via my contact page. If you’d like a little more inspiration, check out #StyleCollective on instagram.
Let’s continue to support each other. Have a blessed day everyone.