How to Keep Blogging When Life Sucks

How to keep blogging when life sucks
Life is full of good moments that’s totally worth blogging about. But what about the rough patches? When life is 💩 but you don’t want your blog to be 💩?

As you know I’m dealing with depression and anxiety. I also try to be a student, and it’s sucking the life out of me. But blogging is a safe space, an escape for me, so although I don’t have as much as energy as I wish, I still want keep my baby alive.

★ Write it out

Writing can be incredibly therapeutic, whether you write for an audience or just yourself. It’s a way to get your thoughts in order and let out frustrations, and to connect with people who’ve been through the same. I was very overwhelmed by the support to my ‘Thoughts from Therapy‘- series, and I’m so happy I found the courage to share my struggles.

When you can’t/won’t talk about it

For whatever reason, you might not feel able to open up about your struggles. Maybe it involves other people whose privacy you want to protect. Maybe all your classmates and your employer are reading along, or perhaps you just don’t want to share. Either is a valid reason, and you should never feel forced to put anything on the internet you’re not comfortable with.

Here’s some alternative ideas that can help you keep your blog content flowing without requiring a lot of energy and creativity.

★ Share the love

It’s time to give back to the people on Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/the blogging world who inspires you with their great content and amazing personality.

★ Make a resource roundup

While you’re stuck in a personal and creative rut, everyone else is still spouting out great content. If you’re like my, you probably have a folder with +100 bookmarks to sites you found helpful and are going to get back to….. in a minute… Look through that folder. Or your saved pins on Pinterest, liked posts on Bloglovin’. Another option is crowdsourcing where you ask your twitter followers or your blogger friends if they have a post about a specific topic that you can feature.

Collect all the awesome resources into a post – I always love a good master post!

Some examples

  • 54 must read articles for bloggers
  • 23 brunch recipes to try
  • 101 resources for beginner runners
  • 25 of my all-time favorite blog posts

You get the idea!

★ Round up old content

when you’ve been in the game for a while, you have a ton of great content that new readers don’t know about. So why not collect a handful with the same theme and repurpose them into a round up post?! Look through your archives and group together a handful of posts – like this

  • Foodbloggers: 14 green smoothie recipes
  • Healthbloggers: 8 workouts that can easily be done at home
  • Beautybloggers: 11 all-time favorite products
  • Travelbloggers: 5 places you’d love to go back to

★ Write down every single idea

Remember that good idea you got but didn’t write down because you would definitely remember it. You know, the idea you forgot. Ideas are fleeting, so write them down them down as soon as possible. You never know when inspiration will strike, so be ready when it does!

★ Write about something you’re good at

‘How to’ posts nearly always do well – and chances are there’s something you’re good at that other struggles with!

Maybe you’re good at the tech-side of blogging, like HTML, GA or SEO – something lots of bloggers struggle with, and would love to learn about.

Or maybe you do a mean eyeliner, have some life wisdom to share, or know how to flip an omelette perfectly every time – now’s as good a time as any to write about it!

Maybe this is too ambitious if you’re really low on energy and time, but at least write down the idea for later.

Or you could just a write a post about how to keep blogging when life sucks! (see what I did there)  😉

How do you stay productive when life is tough? Let me know in the comments!


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Life is full of good moments that’s totally worth blogging about. But what about the rough patches? When life is kinda sh*t but you don’t want your blog to be? Here's 6 ways you can keep your blog going || Click through to read more, or repin to save for later!
Life is full of good moments that’s totally worth blogging about. But what about the rough patches? When life is kinda sh*t but you don’t want your blog to be? Here's 6 ways you can keep your blog going || Click through to read more, or repin to save for later!
Life is full of good moments that’s totally worth blogging about. But what about the rough patches? When life is kinda sh*t but you don’t want your blog to be? Here's 6 ways you can keep your blog going || Click through to read more, or repin to save for later!

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32 Comments

  • What a great post! I have many of those days where my mind is blank and my life is “poo” (aka. not blog worthy). These are some fantastic ideas to keep things flowing and fresh!
    Thanks for sharing!

    C

  • I had no idea you were struggling with depression and anxiety but I can completely relate. My transplant journey has brought up a lot of difficulties and the fact I’m sharing my journey on my blog really helps me: I hope by reaching others they don’t feel alone like I did. So thank you for sharing and if you ever need to talk, I’m only a tweet or email away.

    I’ve been reading your blog more often recently and I love it. You should be so proud.

    Sarah x

    http://www.thingssarahloves.co.uk

    • Thanks Sarah. I love to read about your transplant journey, it’s humbling to follow your journey – and although I can’t relate directly, I really feel for you. You’re so kind <3

  • I take some time out – sit back, have a day completely off from any kind of blogging, and if I don’t feel like I’m properly back the next day then I take another off. I make sure to do lots of self care things during that time (taking a bath/doing a face mask/colouring/gardening etc) and they give me time to think about what I want to blog about

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Yeah, sometimes it helps more to just take some time off! It’s a good skill to know when you need to rest and take care of yourself instead of trying to push through x

  • This is so great. Sometimes it’s not even that life is bad, sometimes it is great and you still feel like all of your ideas have dried up! I find the best way for me to think of things to write is by putting absolutely no pressure on myself. Just taking a step back and going for a walk often gives me the rest I need.

  • Great tips. Writing it out and writing down all your ideas are good ones. Some weeks I am overflowing with ideas, and others not so much,

  • I love this post! I went through a 6 month lull where I could not physically blog because of the personal stuff happening in my life. Eventually, I opened up about it and wrote a super long post on my blog. It did feel amazing. Of course, I got into a bit of trouble with some of the stuff that I wrote and had to edit it out but it still felt amazing to say my piece.
    I also showed this person that I no longer cared by never mentioning it again and carrying on with writing about stuff that I truly love! 😀 <3
    Also, writing down every idea really helps getting back into the swing of things. I use to just blog as and when but now I'm flooded with ideas and carry around a little note book so I feel that my blog has really improved because of that :p

    • That must have been tough! But it’s important to be mindful of what you post on the Internet, you never know who’s reading.
      Must be wonderful to be full of ideas 🙂

  • I love this post! It will definitely come very helpful for those who struggle with motivation or inspiration at the moment. I like to write down every single idea I get whenever I can, so I won’t run out of them when I’ll need them the most 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • since blogging is a hobby and a creative escape for me, i am going through writers block..and when that happens i try to surround myself with other bloggers- their stories, creative work, and take that time as a learning/re-energizing period rather than forcing myself to write something if i have no heart/soul on it. i hope you are able to get out of that funk soon..hugs.

    • That sounds like a great idea, there’s so many inspiring bloggers everywhere! But sometimes I need to take a step back too, it stops being an enjoyable hobby when it becomes a chore 🙂
      Thank you x

  • I love the round-up content even for general blogging ideas <3 Your blog has been progressing so much lately. So proud of you!

  • So many great ideas in here. I get stuck all the time and can definitely use some of these! I loved your tip to go through folders bookmarked sites and favorites saved to Pinterest etc. What a great starting point for post ideas.