Some time ago I got bored. I got bored with ‘blogging’ that is.
Hey, I’ve been doing it for over 5 years, OK? So it’s not like I got bored after just a few weeks, right?
Anyway, 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 businesses and doing 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 to past your time or you blog for business, you’ve got to enjoy it for it to be rewarding in any 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’.
You hear people going to work because they love their job so much, well, blogging is no different.
Moreover, if you’re not enjoying blogging, then what ever your goals might be, you’re going to struggle to reach them.
Bogged down and darn right unmotivated
So as I said, I got so bogged down with so much stuff that I forgot how to have fun with blogging.
In addition to being busy with running my online businesses and serving my clients, I was also doing other time consuming things.
Things like managing my email inboxes everyday, replying to blog comments, doing blog promotion, social networking, reading and commenting on other blogs, content planning, analysing and data collecting, 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 having little sleep, a poor diet and doing almost zero exercise. Not good.
I stopped blogging entirely for a good few weeks because at one stage all I was doing was procrastinating instead of focusing on writing content and growing my blog.
So what did I do to put the fun back into blogging again?
Well, I’ll share with you my strategy 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 for YOU or anyone, just so that you can be aware of some of the signs in the future.
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8 Things that can take the fun out of blogging
- Taking more on than you can manage, i.e. starting multiple blogs and spreading your resources thinly.
- Having no content strategy.
- Not scheduling posts.
- Not really knowing the real purpose of your blog.
- You’ve run out of ideas of what to write about.
- You’re always too tired to write your posts.
- You’re always critical about your writing and content.
- You don’t feel motivated enough to blog – check out this post I wrote 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
Our circumstances can change instantly, that’s just life.
Before my kids came along I had all the free time in the world to work on my blog and online businesses, however, as I said life’s circumstances can change.
I took the time that I had before family commitments for granted, really.
So whilst now that family always takes top priority, I’ve learned to be more organised with my time to work on my blog.
As both our kids are now at school full-time, I can dedicate almost 6 hours per day, five days per week to blogging running my online business.
The rest of the time is dedicated to them, my family.
I think it’s so important to not mix work time with family time. Because this can lead to decreased productivity, boredom.
Not to mention that time with family is too important to mix with work.
#02. Set yourself realistic goals
Blogging without a goal is mindless and unproductive.
Setting small goals and making a conscious effort to reach those goals is so important.
Because you’re taking small steps to your ultimate goal in blogging, what ever that might be.
I set myself one blogging goal per day. I use my blog planner to help me with this.
With just one goal to aim for every single day, I can achieve so much more over a period of time. Instead of just trying to multitask 5 or 6 goals and achieving none of them.
Also, having something to aim for makes the whole blogging experience much more fun. You’re giving yourself a direction, a target to aim for, and that’s so important.
#03. Invest in new tools
Investing in your blog can really help to boost your motivation, and can make blogging fun again.
Take it from me, when I’ve invested in some new tools it makes me excited about using them to develop and grow my blog.
You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money, perhaps a new WordPress theme or a new plugin to enhance your blog.
Or, a new piece of hardware or software to enhance your blogging experience.
I recently went overboard and bought myself a new Macbook Air to replace my tired old Windows desktop.
I was so amped about owning my first Mac, and it really helped me to boost my productivity like nothing else could.
More over, I also felt like I was free to leave the confines of my home office space and go blog from coffee shops, or outdoors, where ever when ever I wanted to.
#04. Learn new things
Blogging isn’t just about dishing out good old advice and information to others, it’s also about taking a little bit of your own advice, and, learning from others too.
You have to learn new things yourself along the way. Not just to better yourself and your skills, but also to help you provide better information and advice to your own audience.
What I like to do when I’m not writing is to read a lot of books and eBooks.
I like to read and learn anything that can help me improve myself, my blog and my blogging skills, and help me serve my readers better.
I also love signing up to new Udemy Courses from time to time. Currently I’m having a lot of fun learning how to use Xcode and coding using Swift.
It’s a huge learning curve for me, but it’s so much fun at the same time.
Find time to learn something new that’s going to help you with your blog, and apply it to your daily blogging routine.
#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 frequent readers.
Or, to reach out to other bloggers in your niche and start chatting to them.
Building relationships as a blogger or marketer is so important, and this can definitely help put a lot of fun back into doing the blogging thing.
One of the best ways to connect with other bloggers and influencers I’ve found is to offer to interview someone.
#06. Stick to a posting frequency
I like to write 3 or 4 blog posts per month, and I usually stick to that frequency. Sometimes I may do as many as 6 posts per month.
Sticking to a regular blogging frequency can make blogging a lot more fun because you’re always looking forward to writing your next post. Especially if your last post was well received and attracted a lot of comments and social shares.
If you blog too frequently, for example, every day, you may struggle to keep it fun, especially if you find it difficult to find new topics to write about.
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 your content writing strategy and style
It’s so easy to over procrastinate over your content writing and style.
You can quite easily 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, anyone, naturally.
Think of how you talk to others, then write the same way, it’s simple.
#08. Leave your desk
I love my office, I love my desk, I love all the things I have in my office and the fact that it’s the most comfortable place for me to work on my blog and online business. But sometimes I just have to escape.
Blogging or writing your blog posts in the same environment, day in and day out can become a bit boring I think.
There is nothing inspiring about staring at a blank wall space. Grab your laptop and escape your office or desk space.
Head down to your local park to write in the great outdoors. Or, if you need WiFi and coffee, head down to your local coffee house.
Make sure you have headphones and music if you head into a coffee shop. It will stop people from coming over to chat to you and wasting your time 🙂
#09. Write for the benefit of your readers, not so much for the search engines
I’m not against writing for the search engines, after all search engine traffic is critical if you want your blog to grow and prosper, 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 looking for a solution to their problem, 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 believer 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 MVP’s (Massive Value Posts), I love getting lost in those types of blog posts.
Let’s not forget the true purpose of blogging here, OK?
And, that’s to share your own thoughts and perspectives on a topic you’re passionate about. All whilst continuing to provide value and education for your readers.
So peeps, 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 a 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 get in touch with me.
– Fabrizio Van Marciano
PS. On a final note, I’d like to recommend a fantastic book which I read some time ago called 31 Days To Find Your Blogging Mojo by Bryan Allain. Peeps, this book is truly amazing. The author shares his own dilemma whilst sharing some valuable tips and advice for getting your juices flowing again to blog. Well worth the read if you ever get the chance and the time. You can find this book here on Amazon.