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What REALLY Happens in a Blogging Rut + How to Get Out

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 9, 2017

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!

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4 Tips For When You Feel Uninspired & Unmotivated

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 15, 2017

Anyone who works in a creative field has probably gone through this at some point in their career. They love their job, they are excited about it—then out of nowhere, inspiration and motivation to perform that creative task flees from them without warning.

If you have ever found yourself in this scenario, you know how frustrating it can be. You want to blog/draw/create content, but you have lost the inspiration and motivation to do so. This can lead to a negative spiral of self-doubt, confusion and you questioning whether or not you’re meant to be in that field altogether. Trust me, it’s not a place or position anyone wants to be in.

But thats where I was a few weeks back at the end of the year. My full-time job was truly taking a toll of my productivity, inspiration and motivation for blogging altogether. And if you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you know that I truly love this space as my creative outlet. It is something I have always been passionate about and loved having as my creative space.

It’s common to go through periods where you feel uninspired, unmotivated and drained creatively. You feel that you couldn’t possibly come up with something new, and that pressure to consistently push out brand-new, exciting content can be overwhelming.

So how do you move past it? Here are a few tips that have helped me through my creative ruts:

1| Step back and take a break

I took an unexpected break from the blog during the holidays because that’s when I felt more overwhelmed than I should have. I had posts planned, yet I still waited to post them; and allow myself a longer break to get my inspiration and motivation back on track.

2| Don’t force it

I’m all for planning, but don’t schedule time to work on your creative project when you’re not feeling inspired, motivated or creative. You’ll only harm yourself more because you’ll get frustrated and angry even more when you find yourself not able to work on that project. Never force creativity.

3| Carry a journal

You never know when a small spark of inspiration can strike you. Whether it’s a fleeting thought in the car, or on your break at work—make sure your notebook is close by in case an idea hits you out of no where. I’ve found that I come up with the most ideas when I’m least expecting it, so I write everything down immediately so there’s no chance of forgetting.

4| Wait until you have the “Ah-Ha” moment

One of the best decisions I made was deciding not to blog until I had a great ah-ha moment. For me, this was an idea I knew that once iI had it, it would immediately inspire me to sit down and write the post out completely. Once that moment crept up, I blogged five posts in one sitting. I couldn’t have been happier. It removes the pressure to produce content when you’re lacking inspiration and motivation.

Although it can be extremely frustrating to find yourself uninspired and unmotivated to fulfill a creative hobby, it’s important to take a step back, and allow yourself to go through the motions naturally. Don’t force yourself to create content or work on a project right away. You want to make sure that you won’t make yourself even more frustrated in the process.

Have you ever experienced a creative rut leaving you uninspired and unmotivated? How did you overcome it? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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