I’ve been in a blogging rut. The truth is, between everything else going on in my life and the blog, everything else has won. The sad part is, I miss blogging. It’s my outlet, my “me time,” and my sanity. Thankfully, after 7 years of blogging (woah), I’ve gone through my fair share of blogging ruts, as well as figuring out how to get out of a blogging rut. Sometimes it’s taken me longer than others, but I’ve always managed to figure it out and now have my go-to list of things that help me with a blogging rut.
My Life, Y’all.
Ryan got out of the military entirely about 3 weeks ago which is scary as hell, but also incredibly freeing. He’s home way more than he used to be– again, awesome, but the man needs a hobby– and it’s been a huge adjustment to go from his being gone 320 days a year when we were first married to him being home 15+ days a month with nothing to do. We’ve had a couple of years where it’s sort of tapered off some, but for the most part, this is the first time we’re really having to figure out how to live together. It’s been amazing to actually get to spend time together, have regular date nights, and split responsibilities (so I don’t have to do it all, all the time).
Because a huge lifestyle change isn’t enough on our plate, we figured we’d add in building a house. When we moved back to Texas, we rented a house sight unseen so that we could get to know the area, down to the neighborhoods and streets, schools, etc. before buying a house we’d like to stay in for at least 10 years (but I’m still hoping to die in it– and not anytime soon). In getting to know the area, we fell in love with old town Roanoke. It’s a quaint little town still in the Metroplex that has some really great restaurants, a super cute candy shop, and a very small-town feel (with access to everything a city can offer, too). There’s a neighborhood right outside there that has literally every single thing on our list. The ONLY issue (if it counts as an issue) is that it’s a brand new neighborhood with houses that are still being built. I was adamantly against building, but this neighborhood sold me (and it doesn’t hurt that the house will have everything exactly the way we want it, with no big OR little things we’ll want to change when we move in). We’re still working on a contract, but are hoping to be under contract and getting the process started sometime this month!
So, now we’re adjusting to Ryan being home a lot more, theoretically building a house, getting ready for school to start, and of course, all the normal day-to-day craziness. Needless to say, my spoons have been used up on all of that and it hasn’t left much for me to give to my blog. I think part of getting out of a blogging rut is accepting that you’re in one– and that it’s okay! That’s WHY we blog, right? It’s on OUR schedule. I tend to write about a dozen posts in a week when inspiration strikes and schedule them out, so that I’m still posting consistently, even when I’m not necessarily putting the work in consistently.
But then the question becomes how to get out of a blogging rut?
Well, a call with my blog coach is always a huge push when it comes to how to get out of a blogging rut. She helps me find things I’m passionate about at the moment to write about and gives me someone else holding me accountable for posting, social media-ing, etc. Plus, she helps me figure out what direction I want to go in and the most beneficial and smart ways to get there.
Before or after our call, though, I’ll sit down and just write whatever I’m thinking about, worried about, or excited about. Sometimes that turns into a keepable post, other times it just gets my fingers moving and brain writing which, in turn, produces keepable posts about entirely different topics.
Changing something about how I’m trying to write helps with how to get out of a blogging rut, too. If I normally write at my desk with a cup of coffee, I’ll take a glass of wine out to my back porch after my kids are in bed and write there. (Wine is an excellent blog post starter, too, but you didn’t hear that from me!) I’ve been known to write on the couch with a Friends marathon on in the background, at my desk, in my bed, on my back porch, even in the car while I wait for my kiddo to come out to the pick-up line.
I also change what I’m focused on for blogging. Rather than the pressure to get posts written, I’ll go work on some social media posts, updating pictures on older posts to match my newer branding, or even just pin a ton of stuff to Pinterest using Tailwind. All of this is aided by my Bloggers Toolbox so that I can get a lot done all at once (it’s called “batching” and it’s hugely helpful for me) and have it post for a while so that all I have to do is focus on the writing when inspiration strikes again.
There’s no surefire way for how to get out of a blogging rut, and everyone has their own “thing,” but I’m hoping maybe my struggles can help you on your way to more productive blogging! Do you have a favorite way to get out of a blogging rut? Let me know on Facebook!