Some time ago I got bored. I got bored with blogging that is.
I didn’t hit a wall and I wasn’t facing writers block or anything like that, I just got so bogged down with everything involved with running my online business and blogging, that I simply forgot how to enjoy it.
Yep, it felt as if the fun in blogging had gone…
What! blogging is meant to be fun? I hear you say!
Yes of course, absolutely!
Regardless of whether you blog for the fun of it or you blog for business, you’ve got to enjoy it for it to be rewarding in some way. Otherwise what is the point in it? You might as well start up knitting or something crazy like that.
If you’re blogging to generate income, part-time or full-time, think of it as job satisfaction.
Like any normal job where you’re earning money, you’ve got to enjoy it right? Moreover, if you’re not enjoying blogging, then what ever your goals might be, you’ll struggle to reach them.
Bogged down in the pits…
So as I said, I got so bogged down with so much stuff that I forgot how to have fun blogging.
In addition to being busy with running my blogs, I was also doing other none-fun time crunching things.
Things like attending to endless emails, replying to comments, doing blog promotion, social networking, reading and commenting on other blogs, content planning, driving traffic etc.
All of these things were taking it’s toll and making blogging boring for me, and I was running myself well into the ground.
This combined with little sleep, poor diet and almost zero exercise.
I stopped blogging entirely for a few weeks, because all I was doing was procrastinating like a bad ass.
So what did I do to put the fun back into blogging again?
I’ll share with you my list shortly, before that I’d like to share with you some of the things that I think can take the fun out of blogging of anyone, just so that you can be aware of some of the signs in the future.Are you getting bored of blogging? Here are some tips to make blogging fun again!Click To Tweet
8 Things that can take the fun out of blogging
- Taking on far more than you can cope with, i.e starting up and running multiple blogs, guest blogging on multiple sites, blog commenting on too many blogs, replying to comments on your own blog etc…
- You don’t have a content strategy.
- You don’t schedule posts or use an editorial calendar.
- You don’t really know the purpose of your blog or why you blog (no blogging goals, aims or objectives)
- You can’t think of anything useful or compelling enough to write about.
- You’re too tired to blog.
- You’re too critical about your content and writing style.
- You don’t feel motivated enough to blog – check out this post I wrote a few days ago on things that can demotivate you as a blogger.
These are just some of the things that can take the fun out of blogging for you, and I’m sure there are many more that I’ve missed out.
So now let me share with you what I did to make blogging fun again for myself, after taking a well deserved break:
10 Ways To Make Blogging Fun Again [How I did it]
#01. Become better organised – In life as in business our circumstances can change, and we can easily become less organised as we take more on.
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t take all the free time that I used to have for granted, before my children came into this world, because I did.
So whilst family always takes top priority, I’ve learned to organise my time a lot better, separating life, work and blogging.
I’ve learned to utilise my blogging time and prioritise my tasks much better too. I now dedicate 5 to 6 hours each day, four times per week to working on my blog and business. I have nothing else interrupt me during that time, not even clients.
#02. Set myself realistic goals – It’s important to set goals in blogging. Setting small goals and making a conscious effort to reach those goals is like taking small steps to your ultimate goal in blogging, which is to find success for many, or get to a point you want to be in blogging.
I set myself 1 small blogging goal each week, with one goal I can achieve so much over a period of time, instead of trying to multitask 5 or 6 big goals and achieving none of them.
Also, having something to aim for makes the whole blogging experience much more fun.
If I set myself 52 small goals each year, (1 per week) that’s a step in the right direction to reaching my long term goal in blogging.
#03. Invest in new tools – Investing in your blog financially really helps to boost your motivation and can make blogging fun again, take my word for it. I’ve invested in a lot of new tools over the last few months that I’m excited to try out.
You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money either if you don’t have it, perhaps a new WordPress theme or a new plugin to enhance your blog and user experience.
Or, a new piece of hardware or software to enhance your blogging experience.
I recently bought myself a new Macbook Air to replace my old tired Windows desktop.
This investment has certainly helped me to become more productive online, and has also given me the freedom to manage my blogs on the go too, since these days I spend far more time away from the desk.
#04. Learn new things – Blogging isn’t just about dishing out advice and information to others, it’s also about taking a little bit of your own advice, and learning from others.
You have to learn new things yourself along the way, not just to better yourself and your skill set, but also to help you provide better information to your audience.
What I like to do when I’m not writing is to read a lot of Amazon Kindle books and eBooks. I like to read and learn anything that can help me improve my blog and my blogging, and help me serve my readers better.
I also love taking on new Udemy Courses, and currently I’m having a lot of fun learning how to use Xcode and coding using Swift.
#05. Reach out to other bloggers and readers – Blogging can be a lonely old pastime at best of times, especially when you’re just starting out and no one really knows who you are.
Sure you’re building an audience and engaging with the few of them on your blog and social networking sites, but sometimes it pays to reach out to one or two of your new or regular readers.
Or to reach out to other bloggers in your niche to start talking to them. Building relationships online is so important in blogging, and can help put a lot of fun back into doing it.
One of the best ways to connect with other bloggers and influencers I’ve found, is to offer to interview some of those respectable folks. In fact check out the bloggers I’ve recently interviewed here on Magnet4Blogging.
#06. Stick to a posting frequency – I like to write two or three blog posts per month, and I usually stick to that frequency I’ve said that numerous times before I know.
Sticking to a regular blogging frequency can make blogging a lot more fun, as you’re almost always looking forward in writing your next post, especially if your last post was well received by your readers, and attracted a lot of comments and social shares.
Blogging on a daily basis? Well from my own experiences I’ve found that blogging daily can become more of a chore than a fun activity. Especially if you’re struggling to find new things to write about each day, it’s really not a great tactic unless you have others writing for you each day.
The benefit of writing a few good power posts each month is that you can promote them properly, because as you know, blog post promotion takes far more time and effort than actually creating content.
#07. Simplify my content writing strategy and style – It’s so easy to over procrastinate over your content writing and style, you can literally edit your post a million times and still feel as if it doesn’t sound or read quite right.
You can spend too much time dwelling on whether others might think your post stinks or not, and that can take the fun right out of blogging altogether.
I’ve learned to simplify my blog writing and develop a style of my own, and not to overcomplicate things too much either. The best way to do that I’ve found is to just write the way you would talk to someone normally.
#08. Escape the office or desk from time to time – Four walls, a desk and a computer is great, but it’s not a life. Blogging in the same environment can get pretty boring at the best of times, well it did for me anyway.
There is nothing inspirational about staring into a blank wall space behind your computer all of the time, which is another reason why I recently invested in that Macbook Air. I can take my trusty little Macbook it to my local coffee shop with WiFi (as you do), and sit to write my posts in a new and fresh environment, which really helps me to get creative.
Of course you don’t have to have a Macbook to get out of the house or the office, any old laptop or portable computer will do really, as long as it has long battery life. I seriously recommend taking your blog mobile from time to time, it’s a lot of fun.
#09. Write for the benefit of my readers, not for the search engines (at least not that much) – I’m not against writing for the search engines, after all search engine traffic is critical if you want your blog to grow and new readers to find you and your amazing content right?
Eventually however it becomes more about writing for your readers and less for the search engines, and that to me is a lot more fun.
To actually write for people that come to your blog with a problem, looking for for a specific type of content, that’s a great feeling, to write blog content that resonates with your audience.
#10. Create content that I love to share – Whilst I’m a strong believe that you should write for your readers, I also believe that from time to time, you should create content that you enjoy creating and want to write about. You should share something that makes you love to blog.
For me that’s creating cornerstone content, 4,000+ word epic tutorials, online reviews. Creating massive value posts.
Let’s not forget the true purpose of blogging here, and that’s to share your own thoughts and perspective on anything, whilst providing value and educating others.
So if you’re struggling to make blogging fun for you, I hope that me sharing the things that I’ve done, and I’m still doing today to enjoy blogging will help you immensely.
I hope this post has inspired you in some small way.
If you’d like to share your thoughts and experiences with me, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below, or why not connect with me and get in touch.
Thanks for reading and have an awesome rest of the week!
Your blogging friend – Fabrizio Van Marciano
PS. On a final note, I’d like to recommend an inspirational book which I read some time ago called 31 Days To Find Your Blogging Mojo by Bryan Allain, it’s an amazing little book and well worth the read if you ever get the chance and the time. You can find this book here on Amazon.