Do you think your blog is starting to bore you? Being bored with blogging (which is related to but different from experiencing blogging fatigue) is something that many long-time bloggers tend to go through. Rather than running out of things to say on the subject matter you’ve decided to focus on, you simply realize that you no longer want to talk about the things you usually talk about on that site. Maybe it’s not even that–maybe you feel like you’ve already done everything you wanted to do with it, from design to content. Either way, it all just makes you feel trapped.
With boredom comes the lack of enthusiasm. And when you completely lose your enthusiasm for your blog, the temptation to completely abandon it in favor of a new project will be strong. The thing is that that reaction will probably spell disaster for you if you rely on that site for making a living.
So how do you deal with it?
Figure out if you’re really bored, and why
You know your blog is starting to bore you when:
- Every time you start to write for it, it feels like you’re slashing your wrists open
- As much as possible, you avoid having to write at all
- You avoid checking for comments altogether
- You ask yourself why you’re doing this anymore
- You start to fantasize about building another blog
Once you’ve determined whether or not you are really bored with working on your blog, you should try to figure out why it’s started to bore you. Here are some possible reasons:
- You did nothing but work on that blog for a solid year
- You didn’t pace yourself when starting out and did everything you wanted to do at once
- You didn’t cultivate an audience that truly engages your mind
- You’ve stopped thinking about anything but blogging (so your life is dull now)
- You’ve gotten yourself stuck in a specific process you think you need
THEN find ways to make blogging fun again
When you’ve discovered why your blog is starting to bore you, then you can take more solid steps towards making blogging on your site fun for you again. For example:
- If you did nothing but work on that particular blog for a solid year, then you may want to work on other aspects of making a blog work (like building a social media following)
- If your problem is that you did too much too soon, then you may want to revisit everything that you’ve done before and try to do the tinkering at a more leisurely pace
- If you don’t think you have an audience that you can really engage with, then go out into the Internet world and find thinkers you can interact with
- If your thoughts revolve around nothing but blogging, then try to distract yourself by picking up an unrelated hobby (it’ll probably give you more ideas for the site too)
- If you’ve gotten yourself stuck in a rut in terms of your content and process, you can try changing things up by experimenting with new post schedules, adding categories, and changing up designs and content types
At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of taking a step back and evaluating your relationship with blogging. After that, beating the boredom becomes easy. So when you think that your blog is starting to bore you ask yourself why, and whether or not you can do anything about it.
Working on the same thing for quite a long time already is really boring. Trying to do something rather than mere writing about that something is a good idea. You can also try to have something to do other than your blog also to keep you distracted once in a while.
Absolutely, Felix. 🙂 Distractions aren’t always bad, after all.