We’ve all been there. Even the most emphatic writing lovers I know get to a point where they stop updating their website as often. The frequency of your posts slow down and may even halt.
It doesn’t mean you have lost your love for writing. It may not even mean you have writer’s block. I’ve sent out plenty of above-average posts born out of lack of desire to write them.
It’s human nature for us to get bored. Ideas stop coming in as naturally. That euphoric feeling of posting something people like and that craving you have to constantly check your site’s stats doesn’t last forever.
At the risk of saying something that will make you roll your eyes, I’ll say that it’s almost like a relationship. Once the honeymoon phase of your website or blog wears off, it’s natural to not be as excited about keeping up with it.
So what do you do? Here are some solutions to this problem depending on your situation:
Go back to basics.
Identify the true reason for why you put the time and effort into creating your platform. Reconnect with your old self who motivated you to get this started.
If you made goals at the beginning of this writing adventure, revisit them and conclude on whether or not they are worth upholding. It’s this soul searching at a critical time that will determine whether or not you’re cut out to be an online writer.
If you find yourself constantly creating new blogs every few months in order to hold onto that euphoric new car smell, chances are you will never find a meaningful relationship with an online audience.
Take a break.
Of course, taking a break is always a good thing, and going a few weeks every once in a while is actually one of the best things you can do for your creative mind, especially during the busy holidays. These breaks contribute to a rhythm that we as human beings thrive on. Work. Rest. Work.
Tread carefully, however, because more often that not, it is incredibly difficult to come back home after a vacation. For some writers, you may need to post less frequently, which would prevent long breaks. If you’re posting 7 days a week, then you are likely to burn out fast, making it hard to recover.
Instead, figure out what your rhythm is. Establish a vision and make it happen as my boss would say.
Shake things up.
Spice up the relationship. It’s very possible that you’re sick of writing because you are using a format that isn’t inherently exciting. Use change to your advantage by writing about something completely out of the ordinary, or take on a new project, like an interview, or a video review.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is power through. It takes a lot of discipline to stick to a structured timeline and set of goals, but it is tremendously rewarding.
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