Unfortunately, as I’m writing this—I find myself in a blogging rut.
In short, it feels horrible. It feels like the most sour form of failure as a creative individual, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. However, life happens; and it’s inevitable that these ruts will come and go throughout our blogging careers. Even the word, blogging rut, you can tell it’s not positive. Sometimes, I think we find ourselves trying to downplay a not-so-good situation to make it seem like we’re not struggling. I always ask myself why we do this, but then I remember the hard truth:
We don’t want to be vulnerable and it’s hard to admit when we’re struggling.
So here I am…being vulnerable and admitting that I’m struggling. To be honest, this doesn’t just apply to blogging—it can apply to any aspect of your life. But, today I’m focusing on blogging because I know there are many bloggers out there who can relate to this. Today I’m sharing what a blogging rut has looked like for me in hopes that if you find yourself in a similar position, you realize you’re not alone and it will get better. Make sure to leave a comment if you have ever been in a blogging rut and how you were able to overcome it.
What REALLY Happens in a Blogging Rut:
1| You don’t love the content you’re creating
For whatever reason, you begin your rut judging the content you’re creating. Maybe you don’t LOVE the way you ended the post, or thought you should have shared more details in the beginning. Whatever it may be, you attack your own creativity and work to the point where you begin to comparing yourself to others.
2| The comparison game strikes HARD
This blogger had her post repinned 2,000 times and you can’t even get more than 10 repins on something you worked SO HARD on. A blogger wrote something similar to a post you shared months ago, but you think she wrote it so much better. Now you’re questioning if you should remove that post you loved because you know you can’t compete with the other blogger’s work. This terrible trap leads you into questioning your work as a creative altogether.
3| You question your creativity and ability
Now you’re so upset with all of your work. You claim that your blog posts aren’t even worthy of sharing on social media because you think they aren’t good enough and they won’t be good enough to share. You question your writing abilities and if you should even have a blog altogether. Just when you think you couldn’t feel any more defeated, a terrible addition comes into play…
4| Overthinking becomes your middle name
Even when you’re excited about upcoming posts you may have written, you now overthink them. You overthink the title of your blog and think it should change because maybe it’ll get more clicks on Pinterest. You rewrite your Instagram caption for what feels like the 100th time just to seek engagement on something you created. You search Pinterest for blogging tips, and how to improve, and how you can be better. Overthinking is the beginning and ending of your day, every day. And yes, most of it is related to blogging. This continues until exhaustion kicks in, and you lose motivation.
5| You lose motivation
Your mind is trapped in a vicious cycle of comparison, doubting your talents, and overthinking every single detail. You’re exhausted. You’re upset. You feel so lost and confused. Your mind can’t possibly sort this out enough to write a blog post, so you lose your motivation to create anything at all. It’s terrible because you want to write and create something, but you don’t want to go at war with yourself again over your work. So you don’t. You don’t write for bit until the rut has passed.
Being in a blogging rut is so difficult because it begins so innocently and then turns into something you wouldn’t wish on any other creative. When I’m in a rut with writing, I always can rely on the following tips to help work through them.
How to get out of a Blogging Rut:
1| Admit it
Yes, you’re in a rut. Yes, you will get out of it.
2| Cut the comparison
You’re absolutely right when you say you’re not like those other bloggers you’re comparing yourself to because you are your own creative. Your writing is unique and wonderful and should be shared with the world.
3| Remind yourself you’re worthy
You matter. Your work matters. Your work is worthy of sharing with the world. Please remind yourself of this repeatedly even if you’re not in a rut simply because it’s true.
4| Take a break to focus on self care
Give yourself a weekend away from social media, your blog, and the online world. If you don’t know where to begin, try a self care challenge to try different things that will work for you.
5| Get back at it
After your break, pick up your laptop and create a space that’s welcoming and calming to work in. And write. Write as much as you can for as long as you can.
I hope this post was something that you can relate to regardless of whatever rut you may find yourself in right now. Being in a rut isn’t fun, but it will pass.
Have you ever been in a blogging rut? What did you do to get out of it? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!