Ever get to a point with your blog where you’re just … worn out?
Writing a new blog post feels like a chore. Your readers are getting on your nerves.
You don’t want to quit … but you do want to get some of that old magic back, the way it was in the early days.
If you could use a few ideas to rekindle that spark, you’re in the right spot. And if you’re still passionately in love, don’t worry … the same techniques can be used to keep the fire as bright as it is today.
1. Learn something new
The moment you quit learning and growing, you begin to die. That was what made blogging so much fun in the first place — that crazy learning curve. It may have been overwhelming or intimidating at times, but it was also exhilarating.
It’s critical to your blog (and your self-respect) that you keep learning. The moment you think you’ve learned everything there is to know about blogging, that’s when everyone else starts to surpass you.
Add a new skill to your mix, or get even more amazing at some of the skills you already possess.
2. Do a Q&A call
If you end up thinking that you don’t truly deliver something of value, announce a free Q&A for your readers.
You’ll find that you know a lot more than you think you do. You might not be able to answer every single question, but that’s ok — just let your readers know you’ll look into it.
You’ll be amazed at how many questions you can answer. This is the fastest confidence-builder I know. It’s also amazingly energizing to see firsthand how much you can help the people who are reading you.
Quick, name your 10 favorite blogs.
Today, visit each one of them, read their most recent posts, and drop some comments. Remember how they used to inspire you? Well, let them help you once more.
Go make some connections — and not just with the most popular bloggers out there: connect with that wonderful reader who always leaves awesome comments, connect with the blogger who’s got about as many readers as you do, or that guy on Twitter who always makes you laugh.
4. Find a mentor
Truth be told, most bloggers think they can do everything alone. We tend to be contrarians by nature, and we’re addicted to drawing our own map.
And all of that is awesome. You need to be self-reliant. But it’s not cheating for you to get some help, too.
When I first started blogging, my legs were wobbly. I had a lot of passion and a ton of drive, but there were definitely days I was going in the wrong direction.
Working with someone gives you some much needed perspective, and helps enjoy the process a whole lot more.
Just like a personal trainer at the gym, a mentorship program won’t do the work for you, but the mentor can help you realize that you’re strong enough to do the work yourself.
The important thing is that you find someone who resonates with you, shares your values, and has a style that will challenge you to do more than you can do alone.
5. Schedule time away from your blog
I don’t care how much you love blogging or writing. I don’t care how much energy it gives you. If you want to give it all the juice and passion you have to offer, you’ve got to step away from time to time.
You’ll be more creative, more energetic, and more excited about your blog when you build in time away to do some the other stuff you love.
The first thing we all need is to get moving. You don’t have to run a marathon if that isn’t your thing, but get out for a walk or a bike ride every day. It improves your mental clarity, your mood, and cuts your risk of pretty much every kind of disease. You’ll be a lot more productive, too, which is a nice bonus.
But you don’t get to stop there. I also want you, at least once a week, to schedule some time to just play. I don’t care if you go to the art store and get finger paints, just do something you find fun. Don’t make it too practical. Give that inner child some play time, and watch what that does for the rest of your life.
How about you? What do you do when you need to rekindle that spark?