Five Tips on Getting Back to Blogging After An Extended Break

Five Tips on Getting Back to Blogging After An Extended Break

blogging after an extended break

I’ve been blogging on and off for nearly 8 years now, and I’ve learned a few things about taking a step back from the world of blogging.

In fact, I’ve learned a lot more in the last month or so about how to get my blogging mojo back than I’ve felt it in years. You know what I mean, that urgency to want to share things on your blog… the way sometimes it. Just. Stops.

Life gets in the way, you drop the ball for a week, then another, before you know it a whole month has gone by, two… three… in my case, my latest burn out came last November and that was me till June.

Eight months without blogging.

SACRILEGE!!

But then again, who doesn’t drop the ball with their hobbies when shit gets real, am I right?

Thing is, it can be really overwhelming to start up again.

I had pretty much stopped using most forms of social media other than Facebook for chatting to friends.

So here are five tips I’ve found helpful to get me started with ideas and get that blogging muse back up and running!

  1. Have a good look at the categories on your blog. Try to cut them down to between say 4-7 that can be used prominently… trust me that will make the next bit a lot easier!
  2. Now that you’ve got your 4-7 categories, Get some paper and pens out, a notebook, whatever you like to write with… you’re going to make some mind-maps! (stick with me here… I’m not a big mind map fan myself, but it WORKS!)
  3. Brainstorm blog post for 10 minutes on each category.
  4. Get yourself an editorial calendar and start plugging in those posts!
  5. Get yourself on Buffer and use their power scheduler to arrange how many tweets and what you’d like them to say. Switch it up a little with quotes from the post you’re promoting, and use pictures – people love pretty visuals!

I’ve done all of the above (I ended up taking about 20 minutes on each of my 5 (or is it 6? I can’t remember!)Β and now have enough content ideas to last me into the new year and feel focused and relaxed about my blog now instead of freaking out about ALL THE THINGS I need to do!

Hope this helps, and hit me up with any questions if you have them, I’d love to be able to help if I can!

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20 Comments

  1. Susan Mann
    September 2, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Good luck lovely and good tips xx

  2. Mrs TeePot
    September 2, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    There is no way I could get down to just 4-7 categories, I have about a zillion! lol!

    • September 2, 2015 / 7:17 pm

      Ah but you never run out of blog ideas either huh? πŸ™‚ I use tags for lots of things, but keep categories more as an umbrella for ranges of subjects!

  3. September 22, 2015 / 6:06 am

    Thank you for the ideas, I’m new to blogging and trying to learn as much as possible.

    • Marylin
      Author
      September 22, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Glad to be able to help! I’ll be writing a post with some of my favourite resources for blogging soon. πŸ˜‰

  4. September 26, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    This is what I do. I would spend a few minutes brainstorming blog post ideas and choose the ones I would want to write about for the whole month. I love Buffer! This really helps me because I can schedule my blog posts and not worrying about spending everyday on sharing posts.

    • Marylin
      Author
      September 28, 2015 / 6:08 pm

      Buffer is awesome isn’t it? I couldn’t do my scheduling without it. πŸ™‚

  5. September 26, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    This is what I do. I would spend a few minutes brainstorming blog post ideas and choose the ones I would want to write about for the whole month. I love Buffer! This really helps me because I can schedule my blog posts and not worrying about spending everyday on sharing posts.

  6. September 26, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    This is what I do. I would spend a few minutes brainstorming blog post ideas and choose the ones I would want to write about for the whole month. I love Buffer! This really helps me because I can schedule my blog posts and not worrying about spending everyday on sharing posts.

  7. September 26, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    This is what I do. I would spend a few minutes brainstorming blog post ideas and choose the ones I would want to write about for the whole month. I love Buffer! This really helps me because I can schedule my blog posts and not worrying about spending everyday on sharing posts.

  8. Shante' Anderson
    September 29, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    I don’t know what buffer is but now I’m going to find out! Thanks girl!

    • Marylin
      Author
      September 30, 2015 / 8:32 am

      It’s definitely worth using Shante’ πŸ™‚

  9. Trevor Wanjala
    October 29, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Thank you for the insights, got to check out Buffer though

    • Marylin
      Author
      December 9, 2015 / 10:26 am

      Buffer is awesome! πŸ™‚

  10. December 9, 2015 / 3:25 am

    Thank You so much for sharing this. It is December and I have not written anything on my blog since I broke my wrist in June. I feel bad and think about blogging but just haven’t gotten back into the groove. I felt this is really going to help me. Thanks again.

    • Marylin
      Author
      December 9, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Ah I know that feeling well! So sorry to hear about your wrist – I hope it’s fully healed now!
      It’s really hard to get back into the groove and stay there once you’ve had an extended break, but doing what I have above has really helped! Good luck Becky. πŸ™‚

  11. Cadetrus Fikes
    December 9, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I have taken an unwanted break due to illness and hope to back in the groove. I never thought about using a mind map, I am going o try that!

    • Marylin
      Author
      December 10, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      I hope it helps, and that your illness is fully healed up!

  12. January 31, 2016 / 1:34 am

    I love this! I started blogging again after about two years away and this post has some great info I will definitely be including in my return overhaul haha.

    • Marylin
      Author
      January 31, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      I’m glad I could help! <3