Has blogging been feeling a bit blah lately? Have you lost the excitement that kept your blog at the forefront of your mind every day? When you’ve been blogging for a while, it’s normal to go through a slump but you don’t want to lose your readers might you recover. Here are some tips for getting your mojo back and keeping that blog going.
Get some help
One of the best ways to keep your blog going while you regain your focus is to get guest bloggers. It’s a good time to invite your readers to make their contribution to your blog. You’ve got a couple of options here: you could issue an open invitation or you could contact a few bloggers who have left thoughtful or useful comments and ask them to write something for the blog. If your blog is making lots of money, then consider hiring someone to help you. It’s important to choose the right person — someone who knows the blog, knows the readers, has something to say and isn’t the same slump that you’re in.
Change of scene
Once you’ve taken care of that, it’s time to broaden your horizons. Perhaps the people who are guest posting on your blog would like you to guest post on theirs. There is nothing like writing for a new audience to get the creative juices flowing. Trying to appeal to someone else by writing something that is different from your regular content can help you to rediscover what you loved about blogging in the first place.
Take a break
If blogging for others doesn’t do it for you then maybe it’s time to take a complete break. Schedule some posts and guest posts and then go offline for a while. Read papers and books, watch television, visit family — do anything but blog. Keep a notebook handy to jot down any ideas that come to you — it’s funny how they do when you’re trying not to think about your blog.
Sometimes you have to face the fact that you will never be interested in the topic again. Perhaps the blog grew up out of a particular interest which you have now left behind or perhaps you really have said everything you want to say about it. That might not be true for everyone else. Consider starting a new blog on the passion that drives you now. As for your old blog, you’ve got lots of choices — you can leave it on the web as a resource for others or sell it on to someone who’s got ideas about how to develop it.
Taking my own advice
I’ve got a bunch of old blogs littering the web (and in some cases I mean that literally). I’ve got a couple of blogs that are about four years old on sites that I outgrew when I started blogs on their own domains. I’ve got a couple of Blogger blogs — at least one of which I might go back to one day. On my writing blog, I took my own advice and asked someone whose skill I respected to become a regular contributor. And I’ve also started a new blog on a topic that I’m excited about. What have you done to get your mojo back as a blogger?