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!
- 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!