How to fall back in love with your blog

How to fall back in love with your blog | robowecop

You may remember a post I wrote a few months back entitled Blogging Slump. I think it’s totally normal to go through blog slumps/blog block/whatever else you want to call it. Sometimes they last a day, sometimes they last a few months. But, even when you’re so far away from loving blogging, there are some ways you can fall back in love with your blog.

I hit that slump HARD. It was pretty horrible to be honest. My baby (my blog), my place on the internet, my outlet was suddenly the last thing I wanted to do. I had zero motivation, zero imagination and zero inspiration.

But I came out the other side stronger than ever and since then my blog is soaring. I’ve doubled my pageviews and users, my follower count is creeping up quite nicely and I’m full of ideas. So, today, I figured I’d talk you through everything I did to get myself out of that slump and how I fell back in love with my blog.

1/ I had a revamp. I bought a shiny new theme, spent longer than I’d care to admit trying to pick a font for my new header and changed up the style of my posts. When it was finished, it instantly felt more me and I loved it. It made me want to create shiny new content that was amazing enough to match my swanky looking theme.

2/ I decided what type of blog I wanted to have. I wrote down all the topics I covered at the time (being a lifestyle blog, there was a lot of them) and I decided what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to bin and what I wanted to cover more of/less of. It gave me more of a focus, which really helped.

3/ I had a tidy up. I had 20-30 post categories and sub-categories. (Why there was that many, I have NO idea.) After doing the above and deciding what my focus would be, I renamed, adjusted and regrouped all of my post categories so now I only have 8. (Lifestyle, Beauty, Blogging, Fashion, Food, Music, Travel and Wellness – just FYI.) It made my blog feel so much more organised and so much cleaner. I also went through and adjusted/deleted some old posts. Some weren’t relevant anymore and some just weren’t good.

4/ I decided what type of blogger I wanted to be. I made a note of my favourite bloggers and why I loved them so much. I had a think about any qualities I had as a blogger and out of those qualities, which ones I loved the most and which ones would make me want to read my blog. It really helped me figure out what kind of a blogger I wanted to be, which helped me with post ideas and my general tone of voice. I feel so much happier with my blog now I feel more like me again!

5/ I set myself some blog commandments. Giving myself some “rules” to stick by really helped me focus on myself and what type of blog I wanted to have. It is also great to have them so I can refer back if I’m ever feeling a little lost again. (Read my blog commandments here.)

6/ I brainstormed. My favourite posts I’d already written, my most viewed posts, my favourite topics to write about, other blogs I loved and why I loved them, ideas on what I wanted to cover in the future, everything I could think of. It got my creative juices flowing and the ideas coming!

7/ I stopped accepting things. I used to be very guilty of accepting PR samples to review just because they were free. I did have a line I didn’t cross, but when it came to the point where I had a box full of skincare that I’d used once I knew it had to stop. Now I have some strict rules to follow when it comes to review samples: 1. Do I 100% want to try/use it? 2. Will I 100% use it? 3. Will my readers want to read about it? 4. How can I fit it into a post? I don’t tend to do outright review posts now because I just don’t feel like they’re “me”. (Unless it’s something I really, really want to rave about, like the Clarins oil I reviewed a few days ago.) Instead, if there’s a product I’ve been sent that I really love, I’ll include it in another post (like round-ups, routines and makeup looks etc.) and disclose that it was sent to me.

8/ I held a reader survey. I blog for me, but I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for you guys. I really wanted to know your opinions and it helped me SO much to find out what you liked and disliked. You can read the results of my survey here.

9/ I only wrote what I wanted to write. Whilst I was in the midst of my slump, I cut down on my blog. I didn’t take a break as such, but I only wrote posts I really wanted to write and was 100% happy with for a while. It helped me figure out what posts I enjoyed writing and how I enjoyed writing them and it really helped me get my creativity back.

10/ I reminded myself of why I loved it. And why I started in the first place. And why I’m still here almost 2 years later.

If you’re going through a blogging slump, you can get through it! They’re literally the worst and can feel so daunting at the time. But this is what I did and now I’m back. And stronger than ever. I have faith in you.


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  • Thank you for writing this post. I’ve been in such a slump for months now. You’ve got some great pointers for getting back into it without it feeling like a chore.

    Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

  • This post is so helpful! I’ve been in a little bit of a blogging slump because life has been so busy and writing posts has seemed like a chore. But this is such a great, proactive plan to get back into the swing of things and it’s made me feel like blogging again! Thanks for posting ?

    Sarah
    http://sarahschapter.co.uk

  • This is really good. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately which is partly because of a lot of real life influences but I really want to get back into it.
    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • Just been through a bloggers slump myself, and wish I had this post back then! Awesome advice ;) Love the idea of blog commandments, think I’m going to make one for myself!

    elisedorothea.blogspot.com

  • I’ve never needed to read a post so much in my life. I feel like I’m always in a bloggers slump, I just never feel in love with my blog anymore and I really like hearing when I’m not alone.
    I’m taking note of this post and giving myself a blogger revamp today. I’m going to fix areas of my blog I dislike, delete things and brainstorm my post ideas, what I want to change and all the things I hate.
    So thank you for inspiring me with this post :)

    Sarah xo || See The Stars

  • Really glad to hear you’re out of your slump and feeling positive about blogging again! Some really useful ideas in here so I’ll know where to come if I ever feel like I’m starting to hit that wall. x

    Shiona | LifeAfterLdn

  • Aimée Julia Cottle

    I went through a blogging slump at the end of last year and took a week or two off blogging. It was only in January, really, that I began to feel more inspired with my blog and with a recent massive revamp and my new header/button I’m starting to feel really good about my blog. There are some great tips here that I’ll refer back to in the future, because I know that blogging slump is lurking, waiting to hit me again sometime! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Sian

    Such great ideas here! I’m going through a serious slump at the moment and will definitely be taking a few of these tips on board :) sticking to your own blog commandments seems like such a good way of staying true to your blogging intentions! love it.

    Sian x

    http://thefreckledfieldnotes.blogspot.co.uk

  • A revamp always helps me! x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

  • Claire Sawyer

    Having a minor slump at the moment.
    Not really sure where I fit in or what kind of blogger I want to be.
    I’m going to give some of these a go and see if I can get out of it!

    Xxx

    http://Www.theclairediary.co.uk

  • I definitely agree with write what you want to write – I only just started blogging and reading a lot of tip posts like these I know that blogging will get boring very easily if I’m not passionate about it. Lovely post :)

    Kathy xx
    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.com

  • Having such a slump at the moment, but don’t want to disconnect completely. Really enjoying taking some time out and reading other blogs!! I like your idea about writing what I like about other bloggers – great idea!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • This is exactly the sort of post that I needed to read! Not quite been in a slump but haven’t been paying attention to my blog properly since starting work and realising how much I’m missing working on it. Great tips and really looking forward to trying some of them out! Thank you!

  • Really enjoyed reading this http://www.99percentlifestyle.com/

  • katieemay1

    These are great tips! I hate going through blogging slumps (I had one a while ago but luckily it wasn’t too long!!) however I think these tips are great and I will definitely be using them!

    Katie xo | KTMY

  • Those are great tips! I haven’t been through a blogging slump yet, what I’m really glad for. But I’ve only been blogging since last July, so I will probably experience that in the future ;) For now, everytime I have lack of inspiration, I always like to read other blogs as it always helps to develop new ideas and it makes me think in other ways.
    Patti Shifting Tales

  • Great tips. Blogging slumps are the worst! I’ve found that if I just step back from writing for a bit and focus on other things in life and reading other blogs, I quickly get inspired again! I’m either out doing things that would make for a great post or give me an idea, or I’m inspired by other blog posts to get back at it.

    – Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

  • The Gossip Darling

    Such an amazing post! I’ve been there with my old blog. I ended up walking away from wedding blogging and move forward in the lifestyle world. I’ve never been happier! No regret! You have to be you.

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  • This is a really great post, Rhianna! I’ve taken a lot of the same steps recently, but even though I want to blog, I’m really struggling to find the time at the moment. SIGH x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    Im so happy you are feeling good about blogging again. Your theme is great btw, definitely my favourite theme I have seen. X

    http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer K

    I was finding I was losing motivation to blog recently – I wasn’t doing an awful lot to blog about and didn’t know what to write about. I’ve massively regained my motivation by creating a blog instagram account this week, rather than just using my personal one. I’ve noticed a small increase in traffic and have loved finding things to photograph and share which in turn has inspired me to start loving my blog again!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • Lee

    loved this post!! I feel like I’ve ben in a slump so this definitely had some good ideas.

    Lee – leethrifts.blogspot.com

  • These are such great ideas, I’ve been in a bit of a slump recently so I’m going to try some of your suggestions! I especially like the one about deciding what type of blogger you want to be and the kind of content you want to create!

    Millie x | Millie’s Wardrobe

  • This is a great post, definitely going to try some of those things. I think now I write for work, blogging is beginning to feel a little bit like work so I need to get back to basics and remember how fun it is to write unedited about anything I want! X

    100waystohappy.com

  • Loving this post. I’m going through this at the moment. I’ve got my blogging mojo back and want to get a shiny new layout to match.

    DarlingSophie

  • Nameless Gap

    This is a lovely post! We all have those time when we just don’t love our blog so much, I think doing some of these things can help you love it again! :)
    Paula | http://www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

  • B.

    I normally get a new theme too when I’ve hit a slump! I feel a little makeover is the perfect way to get back into blogging!