There are few things that have the potential to kill your blog as easily as the lack of passion. So many times it happens, the pure thought of researching, writing and networking makes a blogger nauseate. It is very difficult for bloggers to maintain the spirit of blogging 24X7. There is going to be a phase when you have no motivation and lack the drive to continue blogging. This case is applicable for beginners as well as pro-bloggers who have been blogging for years.
The biggest risk to your blog could be you, not your competition, not poor SEO. There is a bomb within you that can self-destruct your blog without your acknowledgment. This is why it is very important to avoid the platonic phases in blogging where a blogger does not even care to post a single article for weeks or even months at a stretch.
A Platonic phase in blogging can be characterized by the following points:
- Total lack in interest in writing a blog post
- The pure aversion to login to your WordPress dashboard
- Never getting any real topic to post an article
- You have not blogged for the last few weeks
So I’ve decided to come up with a few ways in which the platonic blogging phases can be avoided. Here are 5 practical tips for you to avoid platonic phases in your blogging career:
A new hair cut, a new music system in an old car, a fresh coat of paint in an old room always seems to get interested in things again. For example, a new music system in my old car makes me enjoy driving again. Similarly, you could redesign your blog and watch how your brain is again interested to keep blogging. You get tired watching the same layout again and again and a fresh new look will quickly inject new enthusiasm in you towards blogging.
Another great way to deal with a flat phase in blogging is by starting something up. You can do a lot of cool stuff with your blog. A good idea is to conduct some kind of a contest, blogging project (for example, Darren Rowse started the Tanzanian Blog Project) or survey. Don’t get lonely blogging, use this idea to have fun and interact with others in the blogosphere.
Change your routine
One of the main reasons why a blogger hits a platonic phase is because his schedule is boring and has become predictable over time. It is a great idea to shake things up, listen to new music, catch up with a new flick, date someone new (if you are single, LOL!) and basically try changing the structure of your day. This will definitely get your creative energy up and running again. The more interesting you make your life, the more interesting you will grow as a blogger. A reason for this is that, people who lead dull lives rarely have anything interesting to share. So make your life interesting.
Maintain a Journal
It is a great idea to maintain an idea journal when you begin blogging or at a time when your inspiration is at its best. You can jot down all ideas for new posts and other pointers to improve your blog in that journal. Refer to that journal when you find your morale dwindling. That way you don’t have to worry about thinking of doing something productive as your idea journal will have a lot of stuff that you can use.
Arrange a Guest Blogger
Nothing like some new blood into a dusty blog to kick start the engines once again. You could have someone become a regular author to your blog or market your blog effectively such that you manage a lot of guest posts from different guest bloggers. It is amazing how quickly it will make your blog more popular as well as lift a lot of pressure from your shoulders to post regularly.
These 5 points are certainly not the only comprehensive list to beat blogger platonic phases. I am interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions in avoiding a platonic phase in one’s blogging career.