Most often we start blogging because we feel called to it and the work of it is fun. But sometimes life gets busy and time becomes precious and blogging begins to feel like work. Bloggers can burnout too. Let’s chat about getting back on track when you’ve lost your blogging way.
I seem to go through seasons with blogging. I will keep my goals and vision right in front of me, they energize me and I go after them with full steam. Then life happens and family comes first and blogging loses its gusto for me. Blogging can begin to feel like a chore and one that I dread rather than the fulfilling thing is started out as.
So how does a blogger get back on track? Here are 5 tips to help you out:
Seek God first. Pray and ask Him for renewed direction and ask Him if you need to take a break to rest. Psalms 139:3 in the NLT says:
“You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.”
You may be in a season of resting and that’s okay. While you are in that season you can still ask God for wisdom and direction for your blogging. Ask Him to remind you why He put it on your heart to start. Ask Him how to make room for it and to provide you with the time and resources you need to do it successfully according to His will for you.
2. Be patient with yourself and your seasons.
If blogging is not your full or even part time job, then chances are you are just finding small amounts of time to set aside for it. Life can be unpredictable and get in the way of this time during certain seasons. Give yourself lots of grace and don’t compare yourself with other bloggers who are in a different season. Perhaps their life gives them the time and space for writing right now and yours doesn’t. It’s always okay to learn from others but don’t follow them to a place that is outside of God’s will for you. <—-Tweet this
Perhaps you could switch to micro blogging and share smaller parts of life with your readers by posting on Twitter or Facebook or just let your readers know that you need some time and will be back. They are probably more gracious with you than you are with yourself.
3. Remember why you started
Answer this question: Why did you start blogging? This will often help you gain perspective and recharge you to keep at it.
4. Take time to dream
Nothing gets me back in the blogging groove faster than spending time dreaming for my online space. Grab a notebook and pen and write down what your dreams are for your space. Don’t inhibit yourself in this. Dream freely and wildly. God is in the dream fulfilling business and can do exceedingly and abundantly more that you could ask for. So dream, BIG, and then boldly ask Him for it. If you’ve already taken the time to seek Him first then your heart is already in the right place. Keep on seeking and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.
If you are at a loss then let God do the dreaming for you. Ask Him why He has you blogging and if He would show you His dreams for your space. Then ask that His will be done.
5. Don’t aim for perfection, just excellence.
Sometimes we burnout because we aim for perfection. Since perfection, or near perfection, is impossible, we wait to do anything we have thought of or dreamt of. Instead do everything with excellence – do your best and do it as unto the Lord but remember that you have weaknesses, limitations and are loved just as you are. Be okay with your limits and resources and move forward.
Do you have a tendency to compare where you are in your blogging journey to where another blogger is? What one step can you take today to get back on the path that God has just for you?
Love, Kristin of The Beautiful Deep