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Renew Yourself And Renew Your Blog

By Aug 10, 2016 5 Comments

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I love blogging and writing for other blogs. It is rewarding to create with words, help other people, or share a laugh. Blogging is all that and more. It is a wonderful opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, creativity, and essence with a whole world of people. As time goes by, however, the longer you blog the more difficult it may be to generate ideas or motivation. That is why you need to renew yourself and renew your blog. Taking time to rejuvenate yourself will help your blog because it is a reflection of you.

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your blog is to take a break. Learn how to renew yourself and renew your blog by taking strategic time off and giving yourself space to rest when needed.

Renew Yourself And Renew Your Blog

Recently, I experienced a slump in my blogging. Spending many hours designing and redesigning the blog, creating content and graphics, changing focus from one niche to another all resulted in hitting a wall. I hit that wall hard.

It was time for self-renewal and introspection. Here is what I learned from giving myself permission to step away for a time.

It’s Okay To Take A Break

Think about the hours you spend working on your blog. In any other job, you would have the weekends or vacation time. These periods of non-work are meant to help you refresh, renew, and rest. The same is true for your blog. It’s okay to take a break. Give yourself permission to spend time with family and friends or take up a hobby. Give yourself some time to refresh.

Inspiration and Motivation

Tap into the little things. Stop looking at life through your camera lens and engage. As bloggers, we are always looking for great images or experiences to share with out audience. The next blog post is always present on our minds. But there is worth in stepping back and being in the moment.

Put the camera down and experience life. Sure, you may not capture that great shot, but you will have renewed your being by staying present. Staying in the moment also feeds your mind with inspiration and motivates you to share experiences and revelations with others. Stay in the moment, because you deserve it and your audience will love the renewed energy and enthusiasm you bring to the blog.

Write

You may step away from your blog for a short time but keep writing. Jot ideas down in a notebook, journal, or write for others. During your renewal process you will uncover ideas and thoughts you may want to share later. Or you have ideas about where to take your blog next. Whatever it is, write it down. Writing, for me, unleashes more creativity and invigorates my thoughts. Guest write for other blogs too. This is a terrific way to keep your creative juices flowing and stay engaged.

Change Your Schedule

Blogging is hard work. You are responsible for every aspect of your blog and each part takes time. Give yourself a break by reworking your blogging schedule. Change your posting frequency, streamline your graphics, reexamine your sponsored post guidelines, or schedule down time. Don’t be afraid to restructure your blogging to make it work for you.

Do What Works For You

I made the mistake of taking every bit of advice about blogging and tried to incorporate it into mine. I lost my focus, vision, purpose, and time. The blogs became a chore rather than a joy. Only apply the bits of blogging advice that apply to you. Post at a frequency that works for you. Maybe it’s once a week. That’s okay if it is the best for you. Only consider sponsored posts that work for your blog. Avoid sponsored opportunities that don’t fit.

Stay true to your vision by posting on your office wall what your blog is about, what you love, and why you blog. This simple thing will help you stay focused on the why and your true self.

Support & Blogging Buddies

It’s been said time and again, because it’s so true — join a blogging group. Facebook is a great place to find blogging “tribes”. Make an effort to find a group of fellow bloggers. Engage by chatting, sharing, and supporting one another. Share your questions or struggles, triumphs and victories, and support other bloggers at the same time. Consider a blogging buddy to bounce ideas off or motivate each other. Whatever it looks like, find support.

Blogging is a journey. Each of us can look back at our early posts and see the progress we have made. It is also a personal journey. Where we start as people may not be where we end up. Along the way, we must take care of ourselves as much as we care for our blogs. Taking breaks to renew our bodies and minds is essential to keeping our blogs fresh. Take time for yourself because your audience will love you for it!

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About Tammi Young

Tammi was born and raised in Northern California as have her four children. She has owned and operated an internet service company for 13 years with her husband, working as the company accountant and human resources manager. She started her handmade jewelry business, French Robin Designs, in 2012 to work out her creativity and started blogging at French Robin not long after. She loves everything creative, especially DIY furniture renovation projects, fashion, and jewelry. You can always find Tammi visiting on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

5 Comments

  • This is what i’ve been looking for!

    I’ve been running some blog for almost 6 months and something is wrong. My visitor just cannot growth more than 100. And now i know what the problem is by reading your article.

    Keep up the good posting.
    I’ll be waiting for the next one

  • Anil Saini says:

    Great tips!
    I have a blog and written 100+ post on that, but due to my exams i stopped posting and give my time to my studies. Now i am planing to come back with a fresh mind.
    Booyah! 😛

  • Jessica says:

    This was exactly what I needed to read right now! I too am a SITS Girls contributor but have been in a major slump with the consistency of writing on my own blog, for this one and in my life in general. I love the idea of RENEWING my blog AND my life, since you’re absolutely right, the two go hand in hand. I’m gearing up for my “post-renewal comeback” and will definitely be reading this post again over the next few weeks!

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  • Great tips! For me generally lots of caffeine and actually sitting down on my desk helps (rather than bed or couch). Or go to a café and just take your blogging material and nothing else – so you can really focus 🙂