Tips for Coming Up With Post Ideas When Your Blogging Spark is Fizzling

Picture this:
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!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to encourage you to…

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!

Easy Ways to Help Your Blog Reach A Wider Audience

Finding other bloggers
to connect with is an

important part of blogging!

Building your own network of bloggers
you know takes time, dedication,
and creativity.

It requires you to learn how to
find new blogs, stay connected,
and publish content others will
want to come back to.

But what happens when
you’ve reached a
seemingly dead end?

It’s been weeks since you met a new blogger,
and your readership has dropped significantly.
You’ve been blogging the same way,
but your connections within the community
seem to be diminishing.

If you’ve been experiencing this lately,
then this post is for you!

Hi there!! Welcome back to our blog! If this is your first time here, welcome to Living the Blogging Life. This is a collaborative website where a bunch of people who love to blog share their tips, ideas, and advice! We hope you enjoy your time reading articles here 😊💙 if you ever have a question you’d like answered, just leave a comment or contact us through this page!

Today I’m sharing ways to help your blog reach more people! I’ve followed all of these tips and ideas myself and seen very positive results over the years. The tips can be tweaked to fit your niche, work with your blog, and accommodate your own personal blogging style!

Easy Ways to Help Your Blog
Reach A Wider Audience

1. Write posts of varying lengths!

This is a very easy one to incorporate into the way you write posts! When you share a post that’s 2k words, then a week later you write one that’s 300 words, then the following weekend you share some of your recent photography with minimal captions, you’re offering your audience a nice selection of posts to choose from!

Depending on the subject matter and how much time your readers are able to dedicate to reading your posts, you’re giving more people a chance to get a lot out of your content.

2. Expand your blog’s content to include more topics

This may not work for a blog with a very specific focus, but it’s something to consider if you’d like to reach more people! Think about your hobbies and interests, what you enjoy talking and thinking about, and you may just come up with some new category ideas. Find fun ways to fit your favorite things into your blogging niche!

By creating new categories and tagging your posts with new labels, you’ll spread the word about your blog through the Reader to a wider audience.

3. Share posts with varying formats

I really love it when a blogger writes posts with different formats! Here are some examples of types of posts:

  • list post
  • photography
  • quote collection
  • favorites
  • a tag/award
  • review
  • day in the life

Sharing posts with varying layouts and formats gives your blog versatility, intrigue, and it helps your audience get to know you better!

4. Involve other bloggers!

You can interview bloggers, write posts that were requested/recommended, collaborate with another blogger, do an award/tag and nominate people, or host a Question of the Day! (A blogger I know and fellow LTBL team member, Selina, does this on her blog often, which I really love!) People really enjoy getting involved, and I know how excited I get when I see my name/blog mentioned in someone else’s post! 😂💕

5. Continue to interact with your readers (especially on their blogs!)

This one may be obvious, but I’m going to include it anyway. 😉 When I’ve taken time off from reading blogs, I feel increasingly disconnected from my audience, because then the comments my posts get is a one-sided interaction from my commenters. While they may continue getting to know me through my posts, if I’m not interacting with them on their blogs, there’s not much room for a happy blogging friendship to flourish. So do the best you can to give back and support their blogs, too!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found these ideas helpful and that they can help you to grow your blog. ❤ Let me know in the comments:

How do YOU connect with other bloggers? Have you used any of the tips in this post? We’d love to hear from you!

As always, here on Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to inspire you to…

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!

How To Swap Blog Buttons with Other Bloggers

One great way to spread the word
about your blog is
through blog buttons!

However,
the concept is a
little confusing at first.

A ‘Blog Buttons’ page? Swapping?
And how do you even make one?

With a bit of help
from a blogging friend,
you’ll be on your way to

button-swapping in no time!

Hello! We’re so glad you’re here! I’m Maggie, one of the writers on the Living the Blogging Life team. When I first started blogging, a friend of mine helped me to make a button and explained what ‘swapping’ them is! I really appreciated the guidance, so I want to pass on that information in this post. I hope it’s helpful for you!

To explain it briefly, a blog button is “a picture representing your blog that you swap with other bloggers”! Think of it as a free little advertisement for bloggers who mutually agree to display each others’ buttons on their blogs. 😄

So for example, if you wanted to exchange blog buttons with me, you would save my blog button’s image and put it up on your Blog Buttons page, along with the link to my blog! And I would update my Blog Buttons page with your blog button and your blog’s link so that others can find your blog through my page.

Here’s the step-by-step to getting your blog set up with a blog button and a page for others’!

How To Swap Blog Buttons
with Other Bloggers

1. Make a blog button!

You can do this on Canva (an awesome editing app/website) or another creative design platform! (One of our writers, Madeleine, shared a great tutorial here!) Customize it to display your blog’s name, link, and other designs that represent your personality and blog well. There’s no right or wrong way to make a blog button!

Alternately, if you’d like a bit of help with making your blog button, you can order one through a blog design service! There are different bloggers who can help you with graphics for free (just give credit to who helped you!). We have a page for ordering blog graphics here, which you’re welcome to check out!

2. Create a ‘Blog Buttons’ page for your blog.

Check out LTBL’s blog buttons page or my personal blog buttons page for ideas! You can call your page any number of things: ‘Blog Buttons,’ ‘Blogs I Love,’ ‘Swap Blog Buttons With Me,’ or whatever you’d like. As long as it gets the blog buttons point across, it’s good! 😀

Make sure that after you create the page, add it to your site’s Primary Menu! This will allow other bloggers to find it easily. To do this, go to Customizer > Menus > Primary, then under Add Items, press the ‘+’ sign and Add it to the Menu. 🙂

3. Reach out to other bloggers!

Just go to blogs run by bloggers you enjoy chatting with and see if they have their own Blog Buttons page! You can comment there and ask if they’re interested in swapping with you. Sometimes, if comments aren’t enabled for these pages (make sure you enable comments on your page under Quick Edit!), you can contact the blogger and ask if they’d like to swap.

To add someone else’s button to your page, just right-click on their blog button and save it to your computer. I like to name the image the blogger’s blog link to help me remember what URL to add to the photo! So for example, if I was adding Living the Blogging Life’s button to my page, I’d name it ‘livingtheblogginglife’ 🙂 When you’re editing your page, just add a photo (if you’re using the Block Editor, that would be the ‘Image’ block) and then click the chain button to add the blogger’s link!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful. 😀 ❤ Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions, and one of our writers will get back to you!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, we love to encourage you to…

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!