Sunday, 20 July 2014

3 Ways To Find Your Blogging Mojo Back

Blogging took a backseat last week because every time I tried to write something, I kept asking myself, 'what's the point of it?'. There are five, half-baked posts sitting in the drafts folder that need a touch of inspiration before they get published. At the moment they read like boring press releases written by a copy writer on a bad day. I've always been bit of a perfectionist; I obsessively read, reread and edit every post at least three times, but last week I couldn't care less. I felt uninspired. I gave myself a week to snap out of this reverie, but instead felt the lack of inspiration kick in harder. I realised things weren't going to change unless I threw myself in the thick of things. 

Here's what I did to find my blogging mojo back:

1) Set A Deadline: Nothing gets me motivated like a looming deadline. I work well under pressure, always have, deadlines provide this distinct feeling of having achieved something within a given time frame. Plus, deadlines give you a sense of direction. I set a reminder on my phone to start writing a post by a certain time and to finish it in two hours. I did procrastinate when the reminder blinked on the screen, but the ticking time pushed me to do it. It was like a race against myself to see if I could finish it in under two hours. And, guess what? I did. I wrote it in an hour and half -- that feeling is priceless! I know this approach might not work for everyone, but I'm a firm believer that nothing ever gets done without a bit of planning. So, set an achievable deadline and stick to it!

2) Remember Why You Started: One of the reasons why I felt so uninspired was because I wasn't happy with the content I was churning out. I felt like it wasn't 'good enough', like I wasn't saying anything new or interesting. Self-doubt is a vicious, vicious beast! Then I asked myself why I was doing this, and things started to crystallise. I realised I blog because it makes me happy. I blog because I like the creative process that goes into it. I blog because I see it as a platform to voice my opinion. This put everything back into perspective for me. Everyone grapples with self-doubt once in a while, but don't let it discourage you, instead use it as a springboard to strengthen your trust in your ability to achieve your goals. If you go back to where you started, you'll see how far you've come.

 3) Seek Inspiration: 'Inspiration is a must-have! Seek it' said a friend, and I instantly knew that would be my motto for life. Every time I need a bit of a push, I revisit a folder on my laptop that's filled with inspiring articles, thought-provoking quotes, and encouraging words my friends and family have uttered over the years. One look at it is enough to get my creative juices flowing. Take some time off everyday to watch or read something motivational, it'll help you blow away the cobwebs, and get fresh perspective. Posts I'm loving at the moment: Hazel Jane's post on body shaming, Natsumi Suzuki's post on remembering to breathe, and Kathy's post on real life wizards.

How do you find the inspiration to do what you do? I'd like to know! 

Let's Be Friends!

@Anonymousbeautyblogger