Those of you who have been long time readers of my blog, or those of you bored enough to compare last year's archive with this year's, will notice that my blog posting habits this year have been largely inconsistent.
Gone is my schedule, gone is my commitment to even once weekly posting, left instead to sporadic short bursts of posting lots and then disappearing into silence again.
While moving house, starting my first full time job, changing relationships and a constant battle with my mental health have all largely played a part in my poor posting regime this year, I can't blame it all on that - a lot of it is because for a little while there, I simply just lost my passion for blogging.
Last year, I was an absolute blogging powerhouse. I never quite managed to hit my dreams of consistent daily posting but I always blogged a few times per week and my editorial calendar was my bible. I knew what I was posting months in advance and whenever I bought a new beauty product, I would promptly photograph it the next day, edit it and upload it to my Photobucket account, ready and waiting.
In fact, the images I've chosen to include in this post are an example of that. The Maybelline Baby Lips and E.L.F All Over Colours sticks are both products I eagerly recorded during a blogging productivity streak, just to decide in the end, they weren't products I wanted in my collection and gave them away before I had enough experience with them to make them worth reviewing on here.
Anyway, I digress. The point I'm trying to make is sometimes, I flip from superblogger to nevereverblogger. And I don't think I'm alone. Sometimes, I just get bored of blogging.
So how do we fix this?
- Take some time away from blogging. Nothing makes me want to blog like not blogging. I noticed this especially when I went away for a week this year and couldn't blog because I didn't have my laptop.
- Read other blogs. Other blogs are a constant source of inspiration for me. I don't even mean this in way where I'll use other bloggers' ideas to form my own posts - just reading other posts that I think are great, or you can tell a lot of thought and care has gone into them, makes me want to do a good job myself.
- Re-evaluate your content. For me, it's writing beauty product reviews and posting beauty-themed YouTube videos that started to suck the passion out of me. Don't get me wrong, I still love makeup, but because I've found a brand I'm happy with now, reviews are getting a little boring for me and I'm changing a lot as a person right now, so I've realised my content has to grow with me.
- Learn a new skill, such as a different way of taking or editing your photographs. Whenever I learn something new creatively, I want to show it off on my blog. Whether it's different method of editing or I've got some cute new graphics to play with, it makes me want to blog a little bit more so I can really make use of what I've learnt.
- Think about your motivations for blogging. Do the reasons you started your blog in the first place still apply? Have you started blogging solely for an audience rather than yourself? Are you accepting sponsored posts that perhaps you don't really want on your little space on the Internet?
What are your tips for getting out of a blogging funk?