I love to write. . . except when I don’t. Even through writing to a large degree comes naturally to me, there are times when I just don’t feel like blogging.
At the same time, I know that blogging is an important part of growing my business, so I need to be consistent.There are seven things I’ve learned really help when I don’t feel like blogging. Perhaps they will help you, too!
#1: Remind Yourself of the Purpose
When you started your blog, you must have had some reason for doing so. Perhaps that reason has changed over time, but there should be some reason why blogging is important to you. It could be to establish yourself as an expert, or to promote a cause you believe in, or to improve your writing skills, or any other number of reasons.
Whatever your reasons for blogging are, remind yourself of them right now!
#2: Make a Commitment to Write for 15 Minutes
It’s really easy to write for 15 minutes. I can do this on days when I don’t even feel like writing at all. 15 Minutes is a long enough time to get quite a bit done, and yet a short enough time to fit in even if you don’t have a lot of time or motivation.
I used to always write in larger blocks of time, but after taking the 15-Minute Writer course I found that I can actually get a lot of writing done in 15 minutes. Now whenever I don’t really feel like writing, I make a commitment to write for just 15 minutes.
#3: Set a Timer and Write like a Maniac
Once you’ve made the decision to write for 15 minutes, set a timer on your phone, computer, or even an old-fashioned kitchen timer and start writing! Write fast and furious, not worrying about spelling, punctuation, research, or getting the words just right. You can always go back and tweak the writing.
I even like to challenge myself to see how many words I can get write in 15 minutes.
The main point of using the timer and writing fast is that it helps you shut off your inner critic, because you’re too busy getting the words down.
#4: When the Timer Goes Off, Decide if You Want to Keep Writing
By the time the timer goes off, you may be so motivated that you want to keep writing, or you may still not be in the mood to write. Either way is fine. Just decide what you want to do, rather than waffling about it.
#5: Depending on Your Decision in Step #4. . . (Choose Your Own Adventure!)
Depending on what you decided in the previous step, you can either set the timer for another 15 minutes, and work on finishing up your post, or take a break and do something physical, such as going for a walk. Walking is a great way to not only get some exercise (which we as writers all need more of!), and it’s also a fantastic way to feed your blogging soul.
#6: Schedule Your Next Writing Time
You’ve probably heard the adage, “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” That is certainly the case when it comes to blogging, particularly when it comes to sitting down to do the actual work. If you’re not intentional, you’ll likely never get around to it, and the longer you go without blogging, the harder it is to get motivated to do it.
#7: Plan Your Next Posts
Speaking of planning, planning out your blog posts ahead of time makes it WAY easier to blog consistently. It takes much of the overwhelm out of the process, because knowing what to write about is half the battle.
I created a blog post planner template, and using it has helped me tremendously, because when it’s time to write, I simply pull out my planner and write the next post on the list. That takes some of the thinking out of the process for me, and reduces overwhelm, which makes me more inclined to feel like blogging.
7 Steps to Take When You Don’t Feel Like Blogging
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