Over the last few days, I’ve been feeling like I should share some parts of this whole writing/blogging thing that you don’t often see in all those flashy Pinterest pins, Income Reports or Blogs About Writing Blogs. *wink* 

The last few days have been hard. I was having so many doubts and lacked major vision in my writing. I was having MAJOR doubts. It was like I was convinced that absolutely no one would ever read my stuff and that all this effort will be for nothing. UGH! It has been rough. To say I didn’t love my blog is an understatement. It was more like hate. 

Now, I am feeling much better today. And I have more focus. What was it that helped me push through these problems? How did I come to not hate my blog anymore? 

I Go For A Run

It is amazing how getting some exercise and getting those endorphins moving can do for a cloudy vision. I was in the pit of despair one minute and then within a few minutes of running I felt tons better and I was getting more ideas pretty quickly. 

It never takes long for my mood to lift and my perspective makes a full 180 turn. 

When you are in the pits of creative despair and lack motivation or inspiration, get outside. Get some exercise.

I personally love running outside. Do what works for you. Move your body and remove yourself from your work.

Or as my husband will say, “Go for a run and don’t come back till you are in a better mood.” 

 

 

 

Change What I Am Working On

When I am feeling defeated and ready to quit, I switch what I’m working on.

For example, let’s say I’m working on getting some writing done. Ugh! I’m so tired of writing! So, I switch to creating a bunch of graphics for the blog. That’s a switch in what part of the brain I’m using and it can be such a sweet change.

Or, I switch to creating the printables I make for all the posts.

Finally, I like to turn off the creative side of blogging and go straight into consumer mode. I’ve invested in some blogging/writing courses. It often helps for me to put the creation side of my brain down and invest in myself through coaching. I turn on one of the courses and just watch and listen.

I’m still working and moving forward towards my dream. I’m just doing it differently.

Different is good, especially when I need a reboot. Click To Tweet

 I Go Back To Where It All Started

Why did you start blogging in the first place? 

What is the WHY behind this whole thing? 

For me, that means going back to the writing.

It is so easy for me to lose sight of the fact that I started this whole thing because I love writing. I get so caught up in SEO, social media, page views, stats, etc. I’m not saying those are not important. They are absolutely important to this important.

But, sometimes I need to be reminded the WHY of this whole thing. I love to write and I have something to say. When I feel downcast and ready to quit, I put aside all the business stuff for a day or two and I just write. I write and write and write and write.

I process my thoughts and feelings (yes, I’m a very emotional and sensitive person, INFJ) and as a bonus, also get quite a few blog posts knocked out.

What you need to do is go back to the beginning. Why did you start this whole thing? Go there. Click To Tweet

JUST STOP

Take the day off. Take a few days off. Just let it sit.

Writing and keeping a blog can be an emotionally exhausting thing.  Take a complete break from the blog and writing.

Personally, I have this built into my week already by observing a Sabbath every week. On that day, I don’t do anything related to the blog whatsoever. It gives my brain and my heart a nice reset and I’m rested and ready to go when work resumes.

The Sabbath is the day that I focus on Self-Care. I do all the things that make my soul sing. That includes watching movies, napping, lingering over my cup of coffee, reading good books, going on adventures with my two favorite men, and unplugging from the Internet. 

What would your self-care look like? 

Listen, there will most likely come a day when you just want to throw your laptop out the window and swear you will NEVER ever blog another word again. That’s pretty natural. 

Take some time to sit with these feelings and figure out WHY you are feeling this way. 

Then, take some time do one or all of these steps to refresh and reset.

Come back stronger and a better writer and blogger. You went into the pit and then came back. 

Why? Because YOU ROCK!! 

 

 

 

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Tim Gouw

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32 comments on “What To Do When You HATE Your Blog”

    • Absolutely. That being said, I still get royally frustrated sometimes. That’s when I walk away and do something I love.

  1. We all have days where we just want to give up and ignore the responsibility. What usually helps me is to just take a step back, relax for a couple of days and dive back into it (very carefully!).

  2. Love this! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to a full “I want to quit blogging” moment, BUT I do have those times where it just seems like to much work, etc. It’s definitely good to remember why you started – and why you love it – as well as letting yourself take breaks sometimes.

    -Lauren

  3. Thanks for sharing! I’m still in the beginning of starting my blog, so it’s lots of work and it can be really discouraging. When I feel extra discouraged I look at my stats to see that I AM having growth each month, and that usually makes me feel better.

    • Yeah. It just goes to show that tracking something is so important. That way you can see that you are growing even if in tiny steps. A step forward is still a step forward.

  4. When I hit a wall with my blog, I reorganize. I look back through my notes and redo my scheduler and figure out why I’m stuck. Take a break for a day or two and usually Im right back on track….

    • Breaks are so huge…and I think that falls under Self-Care. We’ve got to take care of ourselves if we intend to help others, right?

  5. I get in the same rut once in a while, I too go for a run or just let the blog “sit”. I am also a big fan of using Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration!

    • I saw someone mention doing searches on Pinterest as a way to drum up some post ideas!!! I think I’ll start doing that too.

  6. I do something similar when it comes to my self image. Sometimes, depending on the environment i’m in, these old negative thoughts come creeping back in my mind. And in order to jump back into my body, I do exactly what you say. Go for a run. Or do push-ups. Or do the thing that makes me feel GOOD In another environment because then that feeling will bleed over to where I am right now.

  7. I needed this. I was just thinking to myself today “do other bloggers get burned out? or is it just me?” I try and take two days off, no different than a “weekend” at a normal job.

  8. Thank you for sharing. I can absolutely understand you and I can assure you you’re not alone with your doubts 😉
    Having a day off and maybe getting some new inspiration is always a good idea. Just don’t give up!

    • Yeah. I get it. All the biz side of blogging can be frustrating sometimes but it is also so important. So, take care of YOU so you can remember WHY you are doing this to begin with! 🙂

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