29.6.15

Returning From A Blogging Break | How To Love Your Blog Again

I think it's safe to say that most of us have had to have a break from blogging at some point in our journey. Whether it be as a result of exams, stress or just a general lack of motivation. We have decided to call it break, as assumably we do intend to return to blogging once again. But sometimes, it isn't that easy to come back and love your blog the way you once did before. You expect to find a sense of motivation returning so easily but it just isn't that simple. Especially if your break has turned into three long months without blogging, you kind of almost forget how to even blog. I think that's the reason why some of us take such long breaks, for the fear of coming back. We ask ourselves questions such as "Did people even care that I was gone?" "What can I even write posts about anymore?" "Can I even be bothered to add another workload to my schedule once again?" and it's sad because the beginning feeling of starting a blog is so exciting and then it just disappears, like you never even once loved your blog in the first place. Even though my break was only three weeks long I will admit I am struggling to get back into the swing of things. I used to only write one post a week but now I'm writing three and sometimes when you are only getting a couple of comments you wonder why you're even bothering again, so I can't even begin to imagine how people who have taken months of time off feel about coming back. So moving on from my rambling intro, here are some (hopefully) useful tips to help you love your blog once again.


1. Give your blog a make-over
Particularly if you have had a longer break from blogging, you would be surprised but we as people can change our interests more often than we actually think. The way we liked the look of our blog three months ago could change three months later, and we could find the original look we had three months ago, to now be drab and boring. Get creative with it, you could change your header, buy a new template or even change your blog's name all together!

2. Research new post ideas
Perhaps in the past you used to post the same things constantly. If you're used to posting outfit ideas every week or beauty tutorials every week, then change it up and try out something new. Sometimes experimenting is the best way to find your new niche. 

3. Give yourself a structure
I personally love schedules, particularly writing them down as I feel as though I am more likely to do something if I have made that commitment and put it in writing. Nobody will ever force you to create a post, it's your decision so when you feel confident enough commit yourself to it and once you've completed the task it will definitely become a weight off of your shoulder. I think the first post after your break is definitely the hardest, from then everything will eventually fall back into place.

4. Brainstorm
Set yourself a timer so for maybe a minute or two and list as many fun post ideas as possible. This will get your creative juices flowing and the things that come into mind first are clearly the things you consciously love the most. Hopefully the fun ideas you come up with will help you gain more motivation and happiness with your blog once again. I find that I work better under pressure and a under a time limit, the panic that sets in can sometimes be strangely exciting!

5. Read other posts
If your break has restricted you to the point where you aren't even reading other people's posts anymore then of course when you return to blogging it will definitely appear alien to you. Reading other blogs will help you to visualise and remember the structure of blogging and if you're enjoying what you're reading and are actively making comments on posts you will more likely wish you were back in the position of the blogger. Writing your own content for others to love.


So I hoped those five little tips helped some of you out there who are still fearful after returning from a long break. Blogging can sometimes be so daunting in many ways and when we have put so much time and effort into a post and not receive much response it is very disheartening but just remember the reason why you started. It wasn't for followers or comments, it was because you loved to write. If you have any useful tips besides the ones I already mentioned then let me know in the comments down below, until next time..


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10 comments:

  1. lovely

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  2. Some great picks Toni! Need to try the Clinique cheek pops! They look lovely www.shehearts.net

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  3. The blog makeover tip is so true - I fell 1000x happier and more excited about my blog after making some big changes to it :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  4. I can see why, your new look is great! Simple yet classy!! I'm hoping to get my own domain name soon so I'm excited about that :)xx

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  5. Aw thank you :) getting your domain name isn't as tricky as you'd think and I wish I'd done it sooner! Xx

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  6. I was on a blog break too and this post was so helpful. Thank you so much for sharing. xo

    Antonia || Sweet
    Passions

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  7. I was on a blog break too and this post was so helpful. :) Thank you so much for sharing. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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  8. No problem, glad it helped! x

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  9. I hope it's not haha, I definitely think it feels more personal and professional without the blogspot bit in the url haha! xx

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