it’s the middle of the summer,
and you’re sitting around a campfire
with your closest friends.
Good! You guys have just finished
roasting marshmallows and,
surrounded by cheerful conversation,
you watch the flames die down.
You’re fine with this,
because it’s part of the process.
The party has been had,
and the grand finale is, ironically,
the fun coming to an end.
The white embers and
soft warmth from the heart
of the fire slowly fades.
Now, let’s consider another fire –
the kind you keep coming back to
every single day.
It keeps you alive during the winter
and helps you cook your dinner.
What if this fire went out?
There wouldn’t be much of a
finale to be had, would there?
You don’t let this fire go out.
You stoke it. You fan it.
You gather more wood.
You’re invested in its life.
Your blogging spark is worth
this kind of attention, too!
Welcome back to Living the Blogging Life!
Hello! It’s so nice to see you again! 🧡 and hey, if it’s your first time here, we’re glad to have you! This website is a place where my friends and I sharing our blogging tips and experiences 😄
Today I thought I’d write about – wait! I haven’t introduced myself 😂 I’m Maggie, one of the writers here. Blogging is my favorite hobby and helping others is my absolute passion! 🔥 (to learn more about our team, check out this page)
I recently had an inspiration fizzle in my own blogging life. It’s very discouraging at first because it feels like the more you try to get re-inspired (😂), the less capable you feel to even write posts! The blank draft looks more and more hopeless, and it can get bad real quick.
You start remembering bits and pieces of awesome posts you came up with, then didn’t get around to writing. Where did they go? And why didn’t I just write them down or put them in a draft? All the normal places you go for inspiration (click here for the blogging inspo post I wrote!) just don’t seem to be inspiring anymore. Is it you? Is it your blog? Is it your fizzling blogging spark itself that’s the problem? The deeper you get into it, the less you know. 🙃😂
So, what do you do when that happens? Today I’ll chat about what I did! Because I feel really excited to blog again, and I have lots of new ideas frequently 😍❤️
Tips for Coming Up With
Post Ideas When Your
Blogging Spark is Fizzling
1. Keep an eye out for those lost post ideas of yours.
You know when you walk in a room and instantly forget what you went in there for? What do you do next? Give up?? Of course not – you’re not a quitter. You look around the room to see if anything brings the task back to you. If that doesn’t work, you… retrace your steps!
So, pay attention to your surroundings! Whether that’s on others’ blogs or in your daily life, get actively involved in seeking inspiration. It’ll come back to you! (And even if all of them don’t, you’ll definitely pick up new ideas during this process!)
2. Check in with your blog categories.
Do you ever look at your categories and hope they’ll whisper inspiration in your ear? 😂 they don’t usually. Because of this, it can be helpful to merge categories, delete ones you’re not going to post in anymore, and make new categories! I’ll have separate categories for my post series, as well as different types of inspirational posts. When I make things more specific, it helps to remind me what I’ve written about without scrolling through all my published posts.
Don’t feel guilty about your neglected categories, or your popular ones. It’s great that you’ve gone with content within one topic that means a lot to you! Even when that means other categories get put on the back burner. (Or maybe they haven’t made it to the stove at all. 😂 how many fire references am I gonna make in this post)
If you do find some tiny categories you’d forgotten about, and they remind you of posts you’ve been meaning to write, that’s awesome!
3. Honor your unique blogging style!
When I get more serious about blogging (i.e. making a post schedule, buying a planner, etc), I tend to veer from the way I happily do things in favor of meeting some goal. But that ends up being uncomfortable! And I ultimately quit following that plan (and will probably need a blogging break to boot) since I wasn’t working with my blogging style.
What’s your blogging style, you say? It’s blogging in a way that YOU love the most! It takes a while to discover, and it can even change. Just evaluate when you get the most out of blogging. Here are some possible scenarios:
- You feel the best about blogging when you write a post every Sunday, respond to comments on Tuesday, and read others’ posts on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
- You get the most out of blogging when you post three times a week and read your friends’ blogs every day while you eat lunch.
- You really enjoy blogging when you post twice a month, respond to comments on Mondays, and read others’ blogs on the weekends.
Those are absolute examples, by the way 😂 and things can differ for all of us depending on the week! But as a whole, you have developed patterns in the way you blog that make you the happiest. Do your best to honor those! And if you’re struggling in any area, look at the situation and tailor it to your wants and needs.
Hey thanks so much for reading my post! I hope it got you thinking about how you can keep that awesome blogging flame of yours alive. 🧡 Don’t give up! Living the Blogging Life exists to help and inspire other bloggers, and we hope that our posts are an encouragement to you! Let us know if there’s ever a topic you’d like to see us write about. You can submit post requests here.
How do YOU fan your blogging flame? Did any of these tips help? We’d love to hear from you!
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Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!